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GE’s Reliable, Three-Phase Uninterruptible Power Supply System Provides Redundant, Centralized Power Management and Energy Efficiency in CoreSpace’s Dallas Data Center

DALLAS — GE’s Critical Power business (NYSE: GE) has announced that CoreSpace, a provider of dedicated servers and cloud services, is introducing a new service level agreement guarantee for power protection in its Dallas data center. The center now employs GE’s highly reliable SG Series, three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system running in eBoost* energy efficiency mode. One of the first infrastructure improvements CoreSpace made when it acquired its Dallas data center was to install a 500-kilovolt UPS system to replace more than 230 distributed single-phase UPS units connected to each of the individual 45-U (73.5-inch high) server racks. The GE UPS system enabled a centralized power management approach, bringing a new level of uptime, quality and reliability to CoreSpace’s Dallas data center, while also generating significant energy cost savings.

Prior to deploying GE’s centralized power management system, CoreSpace’s distributed UPS architecture used more than 100 kilovolt-amperes (kVA) of power annually, with additional energy and dollars expended to cool the more than 345,000 British thermal units (BTUs) produced by the 230 single-phase UPS units. Since deploying the GE SG Series UPS system, CoreSpace is realizing energy savings of 92 kVA a year, which translates to $88,800 per year in energy savings by running the UPS system at 99 percent efficiency in eBoost mode. The company also reduced its data center cooling costs with the new GE system, cutting the total single-phase UPS BTU output from 345,000 BTUs to just 14,000 BTUs for the three-phase UPS system.

“Power efficiency is a critical factor in controlling the operational expenses in our data centers,” said Liana Dunlap, president and CEO of CoreSpace. “The GE UPS system has dramatically reduced our overall power usage, significantly cutting our power costs and providing savings we can pass directly to our customers. Also, as a full-service data center and hosting provider, availability is a vital performance measurement for us. Since installing the GE UPS system, we are able to deliver higher levels of service and support for our customers.”

During CoreSpace’s shift to a centralized power management system, the company also added other critical infrastructure, such as backup diesel power generation from Cummins, which provides 1,500 kVA of extended power backup. Additionally, a GE ZTS automatic transfer switch provides seamless switching between the GE UPS system and external power generation systems. CoreSpace also is using GE’s iUPS Guard to remotely monitor and diagnose the status of the UPS system, a GE surge protection device and GE Critical Power Services, which provide around-the-clock response services 365 days a year.

“GE’s energy efficient and reliable UPS technology not only boosted CoreSpace’s energy savings, it helped shift their business model to expand their service reliability for a host of new data center customers,” said Jeff Schnitzer, general manager, GE’s Critical Power business.

GE’s Critical Power business provides mission-critical applications with end-to-end power product and service solutions that help maximize uptime and power efficiency. The solutions add to GE’s broader Industrial Solutions portfolio of leading technologies designed for the delivery, management and optimization of electrical power for customers across multiple industries. To learn more about GE’s Critical Power business visit: www.gecriticalpower.com.

About CoreSpace

CoreSpace, Inc. has quickly become the data center and server hosting solutions provider of choice within the SMB marketplace. The CoreSpace reach stretches across multiple data centers throughout the country. We successfully tailor a variety of IT needs directly to our customers’ requirements. Some of our service offerings include dedicated and managed servers, colocation, cloud, VPS, SEO and compliancy hosting. As the largest, woman-owned data center and hosting solutions provider in the U.S., we are focused on offering our customers cutting-edge technology and services at a value our customers need. We are 100 percent committed to delivering quality support every day, all day, seven days a week. For more information on CoreSpace, please visit http://corespace.com or call 1-800-976-CORE (2673).

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

Follow GE’s Critical Power business on Twitter @GEcriticalpower.

NEWARK, Calif. – After experiencing major problems, including application slowdowns and employee complaints, the St. Paul Public Housing Agency (PHA) replaced its aging SAN array with a flash-driven array from Tegile Systems.

PHA provides more than 800 affordable housing units to more than 20,000 low-income residents in the city. It owns and manages 4,247 units of city-owned public housing and administers 4,500 vouchers under HUD’s Section 8 program. 
The agency managed its network of housing assets and tenants with a highly virtualized VMware infrastructure built on Dell servers and storage, using vSphere 5.0 to load virtual machines running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 for its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure users.  The application profile included Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2008 R2, Exchange 2007 and Citrix XenApp for virtual application delivery. The existing tiered solution required a forklift upgrade to add capacity and costly licensing additions to alleviate the need for manual tiering in order to address constant battles between the performance and capacity requirements of applications

Before St. Paul PHA pulled the trigger on the array upgrade, the agency’s IT solution provider, Clear North Technologies, recommended a flash-driven storage array from Tegile Systems, with the ensuing purchase of a Zebi HA2100 array. 
Clear North performed a fast, trouble-free and 100 percent successful upgrade to the Zebi array. Replacing the legacy array with hybrid Zebi storage immediately solved St. Paul PHA’s storage performance problems without requiring any planning for “tiers” of storage since they don’t exist in the Zebi.  The Zebi HA2100 is architected to deliver the performance benefits of flash storage throughout the data path, even for application data that is ultimately stored on hard disk.  The high IOPS performance of the Zebi array has slashed boot and reboot times on all virtual machines – including VDI instances – from 3 to 4 minutes to 45 seconds or less on average. Backup issues have disappeared with SQL backup windows reduced by 80 percent from hours to just minutes using the same maintenance plans.
Fibre Channel support on the Zebi made it a virtual plug-and-play solution for the PHA’s existing vSphere environment.  This made migrations easy and made the purchase of additional network infrastructure unnecessary.  Future changes to the infrastructure will be easy to support if PHA chooses to upgrade to 10Gb iSCSI or NFS.
St. Paul PHA has also experienced unprecedented storage efficiency on its production data from Tegile’s inline data de-duplication and compression technologies.  All of the migrated virtual machines and data were consuming approximately 8TB of block space on the old SAN, and are now consuming just over 2TB on the Zebi. Tegile’s data optimization reduced the original data load by 45 percent, from 5.08TB to 2.8TB with just compression applied to  SQL databases and logs and Exchange 2007 databases and logs, and both compression and de-duplication used for all other data. The agency is planning to add de-duplication for Exchange database LUNs when it completes an Exchange 2010 upgrade.

In addition, moving from a legacy array to the Zebi array produced major OPEX savings in power and data center floor space.  The SAN consumed at least three times the wattage of the Zebi HA2100 and occupied exactly three times the rack space while providing only 25 percent of the performance.

“Tegile is a well-performing, efficient storage that fit this customer very well from an application need, capacity need and available rack space,” said Ben Kendall, Clear North Senior Network Engineer. “The inline de-duplication and inline compression will be a huge benefit as well as the multi-protocol support such as Fiber Channel, iSCSI and NFS.”

“We were happy to work with Clear North to alleviate the problems of St. Paul PHA so they could continue to focus their attention on serving the needs of their community instead of wrestling legacy storage systems,” said Rob Commins, Tegile vice president of marketing.  “They were able to upgrade to our feature-rich Tegile storage array for less than the cost of a hardware refresh.”

About Clear North Technologies
Clear North Technologies is a leading IT solution provider headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota with an additional office in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Established in 1993, the company offers technology services and support primarily for small and medium sized businesses. These services include:  managed services, cloud computing, security, storage, virtualization, network support, desktop support, hardware + software procurement, and remote access. Visit www.clearnorthtech.com  or call 952.828.9434 for more information. Follow Clear North on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash-driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays.

Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

PHD Virtual ReliableDR 3.3 features new advancements in compliance reporting, application testing, storage array support and replication

Columbia, s.c. PHD Virtual Technologies, a Unitrends company, today announced the availability of ReliableDR 3.3, the latest version of its innovative disaster recovery solution that automates recovery to meet demanding service level agreements (SLAs).

Click to Tweet: .@PHDVirtual, a @Unitrends company, launches ReliableDR 3.3, #disasterrecovery software with enhanced #storage support http://ctt.ec/yv0BJ+

ReliableDR 3.3 includes enhanced compliance reporting, application testing and replication, as well as additional hardware storage support with automated failover and failback for Nimble Storage arrays. While today’s storage solutions, flash technologies and advanced algorithms provide powerful virtualization and disaster recovery capabilities, the challenge users still face is that replication is not aware of applications, or even virtual machines. To fill that gap, ReliableDR 3.3 includes highly efficient snapshots and replication for disaster recovery purposes.

“PHD Virtual fills the gap in application-aware assurance by minimizing the difficulty and risk of configuring and testing failover and failback applications,” said Joe Noonan, senior product manager at PHD Virtual. “Without this technology, IT administrators can easily fall into a pattern of infrequent testing, increasing the risk of recovery failure in the event of an outage.”

Leveraging the highly efficient data processing capabilities of storage arrays, ReliableDR 3.3 guarantees that users can recover their applications by:

      Continuously verifying disaster recovery plans are up to date and meeting SLAs

      Keeping multiple Certified Recovery Points (CRPs) for failover

      Bringing application awareness to verification and recovery processes, ensuring that businesses can operate from a disaster recovery site

  • Efficiently automating failover and failback processes to ensure that recovery times are minimal

Pricing and Availability

ReliableDR 3.3 is available now. Formerly priced and packaged as a separate add-on, the storage module and advanced storage replication capabilities are now included in the ReliableDR Enterprise Edition at no additional charge. PHD Virtual has also automated licensing and pay-per-use reporting for managed services providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers (CSPs). ReliableDR Enterprise licenses are available with the Recovery Management Suite. 

For more information on ReliableDR 3.3, please visit http://www.phdvirtual.com/disaster-recovery-assurance. For the company’s latest news and events, go to http://phdvirtual.com/newsandevents, or visit PHD Virtual’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIN pages. PHD Virtual’s press releases can also be accessed via the company RSS feed: http://www.phdvirtual.com/rss/news-and-events.xml.

About PHD Virtual Technologies

PHD Virtual provides the best value in data protection and recovery assurance for virtual and cloud environments. More than 6,500 customersworldwide rely on its solutions that reduce the risks and costs of recovery, are easier to use and far more affordable than competitive alternatives. PHD Virtual has been transforming data protection and recovery assurance since 2006. For more information, please visit: http://www.phdvirtual.com.

All names are trademarks of their respective companies.

About Unitrends

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications. Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and delivers the best cost-to-value ratio in the data protection industry. Visit www.unitrends.com.

PHD Virtual Backup 7 offers new Hyper-V data protection, leveraging the latest capabilities in Windows Server 2012/R2

Columbia, s.c. PHD Virtual Technologies, a Unitrends company, today announced a limited time offer of free virtual backup for Microsoft® Hyper-V®. Available now, PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V provides complete data protection for Hyper-V environments free of charge.

Click to Tweet: NEWS: @PHDVirtual launches PHD Virtual Backup 7; new standard in Hyper-V #dataprotection is absolutely FREE http://ctt.ec/g3OSC+ @Unitrends

Powered by the Virtual Backup 7 architecture, this new solution ensures quick access to data with minimal impact on production applications.  Key benefits include:

  • High-speed performance
  • Extensive scalability and simplified management           
  • Multiple recovery methods
  • Environment-wide reporting and interactive dashboards
  • Elimination of extra hardware, software and training
  • Free local backup for Hyper-V

“Being a healthcare system, we are subject to HIPAA regulations requiring quick recovery of data from disks, and PHD Virtual’s backup solution for Hyper-V gives us an ideal way to meet these requirements,” said Aaron Koch, manager of information systems at Northwest Health Systems. “Other solutions we looked at were too complicated, unreliable and not designed to meet the specific needs of a virtual environment. PHD’s innovative approach of using a virtual backup appliance to back up virtual machines is easy to use, highly reliable and has far less impact on the production environment. On top of that, it’s being offered for free.”

Offering complete data protection that leverages the latest in image-based backup technology, PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V:

  • Supports all three major hypervisors – PHD Virtual is the only vendor supporting Microsoft, VMware® and Citrix® without requiring agents in the guest virtual machine.
  • Provides advanced reporting – A new Web-based interface features a user-friendly dashboard with advanced reporting for a customer’s entire backup environment.
  • Delivers global deduplication – PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V uses built-in, multi-stage deduplication technology that averages a dedupe ratio of up to 25:1 to reduce typical storage requirements by more than 90 percent.
  • Assures block level verification – The solution uses reliable data transfer to detect corrupted data during backup and automatically corrects it.
  • Leverages new v7 architecture – The new v7 architecture provides unique scalability and data management capabilities.

“With this release, PHD Virtual becomes the only agentless virtual backup company to support Microsoft, VMware and Citrix,” said Joe Noonan, senior product manager at PHD Virtual. “This enables our customers to leverage the best virtual backup product with their hypervisor of choice -- at no cost.”

To get PHD Virtual Backup 7 for Hyper-V free, visit http://www.phdvirtual.com/hyper-v-backup/overview. For the company’s latest news and events, go to http://phdvirtual.com/newsandevents, or visit PHD Virtual’s Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. PHD Virtual’s press releases can also be accessed via the company RSS feed: http://www.phdvirtual.com/rss/news-and-events.xml.

About PHD Virtual Technologies

PHD Virtual provides the best value in data protection and recovery assurance for virtual and cloud environments. More than 6,500 customersworldwide rely on its solutions that reduce the risks and costs of recovery, are easier to use and far more affordable than competitive alternatives. PHD Virtual has been transforming data protection and recovery assurance since 2006. For more information, please visit: http://www.phdvirtual.com/.

All names are trademarks of their respective companies.

About Unitrends

Unitrends provides physical, virtual and cloud-based protection and recovery for every organization’s most valuable assets: its data and applications. Supported by a “crazy-committed” customer service model based on engagement, experience and excellence, the company consistently achieves a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and delivers the best cost-to-value ratio in the data protection industry. Visit www.unitrends.com.

Leading service provider offers VM Backup-as-a-Service to SMB clients across USA leveraging NAKIVO Backup & Replication Cloud Provider Edition, and reduces licensing costs for clients by 50%, while saving at least 3 hours per client deployment.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – NAKIVO Inc., #1 virtualization data protection software provider, has announced today that American Datacenters – a leading hosting and managed backup/recovery services provider across the US, has chosen NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect client VMs.

American Datacenters provides data center services for SMB clients in hundreds of locations across the USA, helping them protect data from the challenges of technology. American Datacenters services range from basic colocation to managed on-site backup/recovery, off-site backup, replication, disaster recovery, production virtualization, as well as full outsourcing of production and disaster recovery services.

“Our most distinguished feature is our attention to customer service,” says Michael Marchuk, Senior Technical Director at American Datacenters. “By focusing on hard-working small businesses, we can provide the same level of service you'd expect from a boutique IT services firm but with the national presence and high-end skills that you need to keep your company in business and thriving.”

Businesses can be severely impacted with the loss of data and many businesses don't have the people on staff to keep their data well protected. Since most small and medium sized businesses rarely have virtualization experts on staff, American Datacenters can bring the level of expertise required to ensure client VM data protection processes are in place and frequently tested.

“In the past, we used a number of different products to protect client VMs,” said Michael. “These products were great in their day, but as technology progressed they added too much complexity and baggage to easily implement and support.” The biggest disadvantage of the legacy software products was the need to install and manage backup agents. “Also, the price per server became outrageous as a small business added just one or two servers,” added Michael. “As a result, once the small business purchased a backup product, they didn't keep up with the high support costs and didn't purchase upgrades along the way. They settled for an inefficient process with dated technology because they couldn't afford anything newer.”

The IT team at American Datacenters began looking for a VM data protection solution that would be suitable both for them and their customers. “We have tried several leading data protection products. Each has great features on paper, but many were either difficult to implement, or very expensive when you start looking at the licensing,” said Michael.

As a result of our products investigation and lab testing, the team found the multi-tenant version of NAKIVO Backup & Replication to be the most feature-rich, intuitive, and far and away the easiest solution to implement and support. “NAKIVO provides a technologically advanced solution to back up, replicate, and recover client's VM data at a price-point that our clients can afford. The technology is outstanding and the process to implement the solution couldn't be easier or more straightforward,” said Michael. “We know because we've tried and tested the leading VM backup solutions!” he added.

“With NAKIVO, the licensing costs for the end-users that we support are about half as expensive as our prior product,” said Michael. “From an implementation time aspect, we save at least 3 hours per installation to setup and configure the NAKIVO product over our prior product. That translates into hundreds of dollars of cost savings that we pass along our clients for,” he added.

To license the Nakivo product on a per-VM monthly rental basis and to receive other partner benefits, American Datacenters joined the NAKIVO Cloud Provider Program. Now American Datacenters offers an extremely affordable monthly, per-VM pricing to their clients for VM Backup-as-a-Service with Nakivo, that keeps their clients up-to-date on support and new features while also improving their VM data protection levels and recovery times . “It's a win-win,” said Michael. “They get advanced technology at a price-point that they can afford. And best of all, their virtualized data is better protected!”

RESOURCES
    Overview: http://www.nakivo.com/product.htm
    Datasheet: http://www.nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-DS.pdf
    Success Stories: http://www.nakivo.com/customer_successes.htm
    Trial Download: http://www.nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm

ABOUT NAKIVO
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 1500 customers worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware vShpere ESXi virtualized environments with live applications & databases, including Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. NAKIVO provides one of the most affordable, highly reliable and easiest to use VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs to protect, encrypt, compress and deduplicate VM data onsite, offsite and in the cloud. NAKIVO also enables hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a service, Replication-as-a service and DR-as-a service, to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer VM backup to public clouds such as Amazon to SMB customers and multi-tenancy to service providers and enterprise customers. For more information, please visit http://www.nakivo.com.

Research firm cites company among “top dog” vendors who “excel in their current offering and strategies”

 

WAYNE, Pa. – SunGard Availability Services announces that Forrester Research, Inc., a leading research firm, has listed it among the top providers in two recent reports, The Forrester Wave™: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providers, Q1 2014, and The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014.

In two separate first-quarter reports released January 17th, 2014, Forrester cited SunGard Availability Services as one of two providers that “lead the pack” among a dozen vendors offering DRaaS, and among “the top dogs” in delivering traditional disaster recovery services.

In the “The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014” SunGard Availability Services is one of two vendors cited for excelling in current offering and strategies, and who offer “very flexible solutions that cover the entire resiliency spectrum and allow users to pick from an array of standardized offerings to ensure that their needs are met.” Additionally, the report lists Recover2Cloud, SunGard Availability Services’ recovery solution on enterprise-class cloud infrastructure, as a “highly flexible and scalable offering backed by the company’s decades of experience in the disaster recovery market.”

Forrester Senior Analyst Rachel A. Dines, who focuses on serving infrastructure and operations professionals, authored the two reports, which entailed an evaluation of 12 providers of DRaaS and six traditional disaster recovery providers.  In the DRaaS report, SunGard Availability Services received the second highest score among all vendors for its Market Presence, Current Offering and Strategy.

In discussing SunGard Availability Services’ industry presence, the report noted that in the past few years, the company has expanded its recovery services portfolio to include cloud-based recovery offerings, “making its solution suite very comprehensive, from recovery offerings to consulting to BCP [business-continuity plan] software.”

“I believe that Forrester has recognized the superior aspects of our Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service in an industry we pioneered,” said Andrew Stern, SunGard Availability Services CEO. “We remain committed to meet our clients’ changing needs and our Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service offering, Recover2Cloud, is an example of how our expertise ensures the high availability of our customers’ critical data and applications. SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software to over 7,000 clients worldwide.

For additional information on SunGard Availability Services or its Recover2Cloud offering, please visit http://www.sungardas.com

About SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services provides Disaster Recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Recovery Point announced that it was ranked as a leader in "The Forrester Wave ™: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providers, Q1 2014" report published by Forrester Research, Inc. in January 2014.

 

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Recovery Point Systems, a leading national provider of integrated disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, announced that it was ranked as a leader in "The Forrester Wave ™: Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providers, Q1 2014" report published by Forrester Research, Inc. in January 2014.

Six service providers were included in “The Traditional Disaster Recovery Service Providers Report” assessment. Forrester thoroughly evaluated these vendors across 45 criteria, broken down into three main areas: “current offering”, “strategy”, and “market presence.”  

Forrester comments in the report’s profile of Recovery Point include:

“The small but mighty DR service specialist performed extremely well in this evaluation, buoyed by its strong advanced recovery capabilities, transparent pricing policies, and best-in-class service levels.”

“One of Recovery Point’s main differentiators is that it guarantees access to the recovery site where the customer has contracted.”

“Customer service is critical to Recovery Point, and it shows: The Company had the highest level of overall customer satisfaction of participating vendors.”

“I believe that this comprehensive analysis reflects Recovery Point’s differentiators in services and strategy, as well as our focus on customer satisfaction and excellence in service delivery,” said Recovery Point President Marc Langer. “Every member of the Recovery Point team is honored to be recognized as a leader in this industry; more importantly, we are delighted to have achieved the highest level of overall customer satisfaction of participating vendors. We believe our customer support team is the best in the industry, and feel this has been confirmed by Forrester’s independent research.”  

View or Download the "The Forrester Wave™ " Report >

About Recovery Point
Recovery Point Systems, Inc. is a leading national provider of integrated business continuity solutions for commercial clients in a wide range of industries and organizations, as well as federal, state and local government agencies. Recovery Point provides flexible, cost-effective IT solutions for business continuity, disaster recovery, managed hosting and robust, carrier-neutral network services. Delivered from the most secure and resilient recovery facilities in the industry, Recovery Point helps clients plan and execute recovery testing programs and restore business operations quickly when an unplanned interruption of IT infrastructure occurs. For more information, visit us at www.recoverypoint.com.

Experts Provide Insight on Top Threats to Businesses Ranging from Cybersecurity to Pandemics

ATLANTA – Preparis Inc., the leading technology provider of business continuity and life safety programs, will host a complimentary 2014 Threat Report webinar Thursday, Feb. 6 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST to provide insights for businesses on potential threats.

Preparis has teamed up with a panel of all-star experts representing a variety of threat-based expertise areas to discuss the growing risks to any organization’s people, revenue and brand.

The webinar panelists include Jonathan Fairtlough, Managing Director of Kroll Cyber Security; Steve Veillon, a bomb squad sergeant with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force; Jonathan Trapp, Emergency Manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mike Smith, Chief Innovation Officer for AccuWeather; and Jonna Mayberry, Managing Editor of Continuity Insights magazine.

“It’s just weeks into the new year, and businesses have already faced high-profile cyber attacks, widespread arctic weather and growing risks to their organizations ,” said Armistead Whitney, CEO of Preparis. “The panelists for this webinar offer expertise in all of the top threat fields. Session attendees will get valuable insight about top business risk areas and ways to better protect their businesses’ continuity of operations from threats both known and unfamiliar.”

Attendees will hear about top threat trends including cyber attacks, natural disasters, workplace violence and pandemic s that can interrupt business’ continuity of operations and will learn about best practices on how to prepare for such events. After the webinar, there will be a question-and-answer session, enabling attendees to interact with the speakers about the predictions and procedures to follow in the event of an unexpected crisis.

To register for Preparis’ upcoming 2014 Threat Report webinar, please click here (www2.preparis.com/2014-Threat-Report). Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited. Upon registration, attendees will receive information on how to enter and participate in the webinar.

About Preparis

Preparis is an all-in-one business continuity solution helping businesses protect their people, operations and brand while meeting regulatory requirements. The company’s unique combination of technology and services makes creating and maintaining business continuity programs easy. Founded in 2007, Preparis is protecting organizations in more than 200 cities worldwide. For more information about Preparis, please visit www.preparis.com.

Company exceeds $50 million in annualized revenue; surpasses 2,400 customers

HOUSTON – Alert Logic (www.alertlogic.com), the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today announced that 2013 marked another year of record growth. The company recorded $42.2 million in GAAP revenue for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2013, which represents a 42% increase in revenue over 2012. Alert Logic’s annualized revenue run rate at year end reached $51.7 million.

“Exceeding our ambitious financial goal of $50 million this year and maintaining our consistent growth rate in excess of 40% is further evidence that our disruptive business model is successfully addressing the key security challenges within the industry,” said Gray Hall, Alert Logic’s CEO. “We expect to continue our trend of achieving aggressive financial goals in 2014, as we advance our product capabilities and exceed our customers’ expectations with our unique security and compliance outcomes.”

Alert Logic currently has more than 2,400 customers using its cloud Security-as-a-Service solutions to protect their networks and data, both via service providers and direct customers.

Alert Logic’s notable highlights for 2013 include:

·         Product Releases: In 2013, Alert Logic successfully launched new versions of each major product offering—Alert Logic Log Manager, Alert Logic Threat Manager for Cloud and Alert Logic Web Security Manager for Cloud.

·         Public Cloud Expansion: Alert Logic launched its security solutions in multiple public clouds, including the Amazon Web Services Cloud and Windows Azure.

·         Recapitalization: Alert Logic completed a recapitalization transaction led by Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, in which Welsh Carson acquired a majority interest in Alert Logic.

·         Team Expansion: During the year, the company grew to over 350 total employees and added a number of key executive hires including Ben Matheson as Chief Marketing Officer, David Howorth as VP of UK Sales and Stephen Fulkerson as VP of Customer Success. The Company also added industry veteran Jim Lewandowski to its Board of Directors.

·         Industry recognition: Alert Logic was named:

o   A leader in the emerging MSSP category in “The Forrester Wave: Emerging Managed Security Service Providers, Q1 2013”

o   A “Cool Vendor” in the Cool Vendors in Security: Security Services, 2013 report by Gartner, Inc.

o   To Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for a second consecutive year

o   A Best in Biz Award Winner, with press and industry analysts giving Threat Manager for Cloud theSilver award: Most Innovative Product of the Year

o   Winner of the Cloud Computing Excellence Award by Cloud Computing Magazine for its Threat Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

For a full list of Alert Logic media awards and analyst acknowledgements, click here.

Although privately held, Alert Logic publicly reports its Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) revenue results and growth rates quarterly, in addition to its annualized recurring revenue under contract. Alert Logic’s financial statements have been audited in accordance with GAAP since 2005. All Alert Logic revenue is derived through long-term subscription contracts, consistent with the company’s SaaS business model. Alert Logic’s solutions are sold directly to enterprise customers and through a diversified channel of resellers and cloud service provider partners.

Alert Logic specializes in providing a portfolio of Security-as-a-Service solutions for customers of hosting and cloud service providers. More than half of the largest managed hosting and cloud service providers use Alert Logic to secure their customer environments, making Alert Logic the de facto standard for securing infrastructure in hosted and cloud environments. Alert Logic’s Security-as-a-Service solutions provide customers four distinct advantages: market-leading security tools, a fully outsourced and managed SaaS delivery model, integrated 24×7 Security Operations Center (SOC) services to monitor and provide expert guidance, and the ability to deploy wherever a customer has IT infrastructure, including the cloud.

Additional Resources Available:

The Forrester Wave™: Emerging Managed Security Service Providers, Q1 2013 Blog

@alertlogic on Twitter

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Statistics and scare tactics don’t work; instead the starting point is ensuring that you have a deep understanding of the business landscape, strategies and risks.

By Larry Robert

There are many approaches that business continuity practitioners can take in convincing executive management to allocate funds and resources to a robust business continuity program. Many try to overwhelm with statistics and scare tactics. I believe these actually detract from the program by making sweeping examples that are typically outdated, untrue, and not applicable. Industry statistics, in many cases are either unverifiable, or can be traced back to a vendor that may benefit from the negative information. We owe it to our profession to always strive for accurate, verifiable information when citing examples in support of developing and maintaining a program.

As you will see below, the only way to bring an awareness to senior leaders is to discuss the specific risks to their particular business. Simple, yet very effective. As you develop yourself as a mature business continuity professional, you can bring into the conversation some of your own experiences from actual events and how various solutions either contributed to a quick recovery or further complicated the recovery process.

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