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Jon Seals

Seeks to Take Down Incumbents Who Push Wasteful, Inefficient IT

       

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The legacy on-premises IT infrastructure market is worth more than $100 billion annually. ToAxcient, the industry-recognized leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), $70B of that isn’t necessary.

 

Today’s IT teams are under constant pressure to deliver higher levels of service, resilience and agility while simultaneously being pushed to reduce budget and operate with limited staff. It is a nearly impossible task. Legacy hardware and software vendors, who benefit by forcing their customers to purchase multiple siloes of redundant infrastructure, have only exacerbated the problem.

 

Legacy IT architectures require companies to purchase three, four or sometimes more copies of every piece of software and hardware they deploy to accommodate non-production workloads. This excess investment often sits idle and underutilized. In addition to the exorbitant expense of purchasing redundant infrastructure, eighty percent of annual IT budgets goes into owning, operating and maintaining data centers, according toIDC. The fact is, modern IT architectures are broken, and until things change, IT leaders will continue to be handcuffed by the monumental overhead of non-production IT.

 

Axcient Disrupts Itself to Put an End to Wasteful IT Infrastructure

“Eight years ago, everyone told us it would be impossible to combine backup, business continuity and disaster recovery into a unified service for our customers, but we did it and pioneered what is now being called the Disaster Recovery as a Service market bringing enterprise-class resiliency to over 5,000 businesses,” said Axcient CEO and founder Justin Moore. “While our original focus was on small to medium-sized businesses, we started to gain the attention of mid-market and enterprise companies who wanted us to solve their infrastructure challenges. We realized that we had stopped short of an even bigger opportunity – to consolidate not just backup and disaster recovery, but all non-production workloads and infrastructure in a single elastic platform – and to do it for large organizations. To answer the needs of those customers, we had to build an entirely new platform, and so we created a parallel engineering group to disrupt ourselves.”

 

Axcient Fusion goes beyond the ‘hyper-converged’ solutions that have emerged in recent years. Designed to deliver simpler, more consolidated on-premises infrastructure, hyper-converged solutions merge siloes of compute, storage, networking and software into a single box. While they are a step in the right direction, such solutions still require IT departments to purchase more hardware and provide and budget for the facilities, power, and cooling to operate that hardware.

 

The Answer is Hybrid-Cloud IT with Cloud-Converged Infrastructure

Axcient, in unveiling its new Fusion platform, is modernizing IT architectures and going beyond hyper-convergence to ‘cloud-convergence’, enabling businesses to deploy only one copy of the software and hardware needed to run production IT on premises, and place all resiliency and agility workloads in the cloud. By eliminating excess on-premises infrastructure and providing businesses with a radically efficient approach to deliver their non-production workloads, Fusion enables businesses to run a their full potential, unlocking significant budget and resources to focus on strategic IT projects. With Fusion, data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery, testing and development, archiving and compliance, and data warehousing and analytics can now be consolidated into a simple on-demand platform.

 

“The public cloud now supports enterprise-grade workloads and Axcient is tapping into that evolution in a new and exciting way with the launch of Fusion,” said Rory O’Driscoll, Partner at Scale Venture Partners. “By enabling massive simplification of non-production workloads and delivering dramatic cost savings over building replicated data centers, Axcient Fusion gives businesses true IT resilience and agility for a fraction of the resources. Scale is dedicated to companies that change the business world, and Axcient is well on its way to meeting that objective.”

 

About Axcient

Axcient solves complicated technology problems with powerfully simple cloud solutions to enable businesses to run at their full potential. Fusion, the world’s first cloud-converged solution for IT resilience, empowers businesses of all sizes to operate with the resilience and agility of the world’s largest enterprises while dramatically reducing data center footprint, complexity and cost. Thousands of businesses trust Axcient to keep their applications running, their data centers lean and employees productive. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California.


Follow@axcient on Twitter for recent news and updates.

Cloud-based service enables businesses of all sizes to run with the resilience and agility of the world’s largest enterprises while reducing data center footprint by 80 percent

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Axcient, the industry-recognized leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), today announced Fusion, a cloud-converged platform for IT resilience and agility. Fusion, the product of more than 287,000 development hours and 23 patents, consolidates multiple non-production IT workloads — data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery, testing and development, archiving and compliance, data warehousing and analytics — into a single on-demand platform. By supplanting legacy point solutions, Fusion enables IT organizations to reduce infrastructure overhead and cost, regain valuable IT staff time and deliver more reliable and high-performing IT to internal and external customers.

 

“Until now, IT departments have been caught in a vicious cycle of buying more hardware and software and building more data centers to ensure IT availability, adhere to regulatory compliance and improve agility,” said Axcient CEO Justin Moore. “Axcient Fusion solves the problem by replacing all non-production IT infrastructure with one elastic, cloud-converged platform. From one copy of production data, with unlimited on-demand networking and compute, we enable every business to run with the resilience and agility of the world’s largest enterprises at one-tenth the cost.”

 

CIOs Handcuffed by Bloated, Complicated, and Expensive Legacy IT Architectures

Today’s IT leaders are constantly asked to find new ways to deliver higher levels of service at lower cost and with fewer resources. Legacy hardware and software products for non-production workloads stand in the way. The hub-and-spoke model of legacy infrastructure creates redundant silos for each workload. This not only increases complexity and cost, but drastically limits IT’s ability to quickly respond to incidents, outages and security breaches.

 

While, at first look, the public cloud provides an attractive alternative to legacy on-premise solutions, it comes with its own challenges. “When we first looked at leveraging the cloud to reduce our data center footprint, we evaluated the large public cloud providers and quickly realized that there are significant, unexpected costs and implementation barriers,” said David Watson, IT Manager at Robinson Oil Corporation. “Fusion was the ‘easy button’ we were looking for to streamline our operations, reduce costs and increase our IT resilience. In under 10 minutes, we were able to install Fusion and watch our VMs start replicating to the cloud. Not only is our infrastructure simpler and more resilient than ever, but our team is now able to spend more time focusing on strategic IT initiatives and less time worrying about incidents and downtime.

 

Axcient Fusion: Powerfully Simple IT Resilience in the Cloud

Fusion empowers businesses to significantly reduce overall IT spend and complexity by consolidating legacy solutions for resilience and agility into a single cloud-converged platform.

With Fusion, IT teams benefit from:

  • Five critical non-production workloads consolidated into one cloud-converged platform.

  • Less than 60 minutes from catastrophic infrastructure failure to full IT productivity.

  • One-click, on-demand testing and development environments using real-time data.

  • 30x reduction in data storage footprint with global data deduplication.

  • 10x reduction in network and compute requirements.

  • 90 percent reduction in bandwidth consumption with in-line WAN optimization.

  • Snapshots replicated to the cloud in as fast as 90 seconds.    

  • Fully customizable retention policies for regulatory compliance.

  • Hardened transport and data security with AES-256 key-based encryption.

  • Ten minutes to setup and deploy.

 

Analyst Quotes about Axcient Fusion

“Organizations of all sizes are looking for two evolutions beyond just ‘better backups,’ including IT resilience and smarter usage of IT resources without so many disparate silos,” said Jason Buffington, Principal Analyst at ESG. “By combining the power of a cloud service with the comprehensive data protection platform that enables both IT resilience and non-data protection scenarios, Axcient is poised to deliver what many have sought after. As an initial pioneer of DRaaS who continues to innovate, Axcient remains one to watch in this industry.”

 

“The rapidly changing IT environment is driving the need for a new approach to holistically manage, protect and share corporate data,” said Phil Goodwin, Research Director, Protection, Availability and Recovery at IDC. “We estimate that 60 percent of IT storage is consumed by copy data, and more than half of an enterprise’s storage hardware budget goes toward storing and managing redundant data. Copy data management solutions like Axcient are designed to eliminate the need to procure separate infrastructure for each of a business’s use cases, and the economics of this cannot be overlooked.”

 

Available June 28

Axcient Fusion is available immediately. Learn more about Axcient Fusion and contact Axcient directly ataxcient.com/fusion.

About Axcient

 

Axcient solves complicated technology problems with powerfully simple cloud solutions to enable businesses to run at their full potential. Fusion, the world’s first cloud-converged solution for IT resilience, empowers businesses of all sizes to operate with the resilience and agility of the world’s largest enterprises while dramatically reducing data center footprint, complexity and cost. Thousands of businesses trust Axcient to keep their applications running, their data centers lean and employees productive. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

 

Gartner recently recognized Axcient as a Leader in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service.

Follow@axcient on Twitter for recent news and updates.

 

BOSTON – ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of MVNE, IoT, content and connectivity management solutions, today announced the acquisition of technology from eServGlobal for content delivery, messaging and notification integration. ASPIDER-NGI has used Mailis, MSP and Flexicontent under licence from eServGlobal for many years. The acquisition of these products by ASPIDER-NGI as eServGlobal moves away from this area of activity is in the interest of both parties.

 

The acquisition of Mailis, MSP and Flexicontent from eServGlobal contributes to ASPIDER-NGI’s business in three main functional areas:

  • Flexicontent: Content delivery solutions to extend integration across legacy, web and data services;
  • MSP: Messaging functions to support SMSC, SMPP, USSD, Voicemail and RCS services;
  • Mailis: Notification technology for presence, reachability, alerts and threshold triggers.

Tony Craven, CIO of ASPIDER-NGI commented “We have worked with eServGlobal for many years now and we are pleased to have acquired these components. This allows us more flexibility in the integration of these functions, not only for our existing MNO clients, but also for our newer Enterprise clients deploying Private Mobile Networks, eSIM and IoT initiatives”.

About ASPIDER-NGI: ASPIDER-NGI is an operator-independent company, allowing you to build, connect and control your own mobile solutions. We build, support and operate innovative MVNO and IoT platforms. We provide the network and expertise you require, and deliver with the flexibility and agility MNO’s do not provide but your company needs to enable you to disrupt your market. ASPIDER-NGI delivers and supports voice, data, SMS, multi-IMSI and eSIM products to enable billions of connections for IoT, MVNO and Corporate Mobile solutions. Hundreds of clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for operators and Corporates. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.

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For those new or who currently work in critical environments such as data centers, call centers, research & development, university research, hospitals, clean rooms, banking trading floors/environments, broadcasting sites, and manufacturing facilities.

Recognized globally for its vendor-neutral, standards-based education programs, ICOR University's Resiliency Framework provides education and credentialing in the disciplines that support a resilient organization.  Several of ICOR's Certificate Programs are also ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Accredited.

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Currently hold a certification and just need to earn CEU's or brush up on specific topic? ICOR's elearning series of course offerings meets your needs. Successful completion of the online exam results in an ICOR Certificate. Certificates can be earned in many areas. 

Looking for an instructor-led in-depth class in a particular area? ICOR's instructor-led classes are offered globally and several in both English and Spanish.

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Critical Environments Education and Certification Program
TIFM 1000: Essential Knowledge for Critical Environments - Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa)
TIFM 3000: Critical Environments Technician (CET)
TIFM 2000: Critical Environments Technician Series (elearining)
TIFM 5000: Critical Environments Manager (CEM)
TIFM 4000: Critical Environments Manager Series (elearning)
TIFM 6000: Critical Environments Engineer (CEE)
TIFMARM 7000: Critical Environments Auditor (CEA)
TIFM 1000: Essential Knowledge for Critical Environments - Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa)
CETa 2 day course covering content necessary to manage and operate a critical environment to avoid unplanned outages caused by equipment failure and human error.
For those new or those who currently work in critical environments such as data centers, call centers, research & development, university research, hospitals, clean rooms, banking trading floors / environments, broadcasting sites, and manufacturing facilities.  Download the Brochure.
TIFM 1000 focuses on creating a base set of knowledge for critical environments and includes a full range of topics:
1000.1 The Evolution of Critical Environments - Philosophy & Lessons Learned
1000.2 Building a Critical Environment - Starting Logic
1000.3 Infrastructure - Uptime Tiering
1000.4 Measuring & Reporting for Successful Capacity Planning
1000.5 Procedures - What Should You Have?
1000.6 Maintenance of Critical Infrastructure
1000.7 Individual Components of a Critical Environment
1000.8 Critical Environments Aesthetics: What a Critical Environment Should Look Like
 
Participants who successfully complete the practical exam are awarded the Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa) Certification. 

Register

Schedule

July 25, 2016 Seattle, WA
August 25, 2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil
October 3, 2016 Boston, MA
December 2, 2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil

                     

TIFM 3000: Critical Environments Technician
(instructor led)

CET
Attend ICOR's 3 day class and challenge the CET certification exam, the global certification for the Technician working in the Critical Environment.  With a focus on the operation and maintenance of the critical environment infrastructure, the CET course includes practical activities that focus on solving problems in the critical environment. 
 
The focus of TIFM 3000 is on the operation and maintenance of mission critical equipment, the utilization and creation of documentation with a critical environment, understanding how each system works and interacts with other systems, identifying risks to critical environments, and increasing efficiency through operations
 
The course audience is those responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the critical environment's physical infrastructure (Electrical/Mechanical/Fire) systems.  Practical activities that focus on problem solving are included throughout the course.

The CET Certification Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.  To earn the CET certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (2000.1-2000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based.
Download the brochure.

 
Schedule       
July 25, 2016  Seattle, WA 
August 22, 2016 Atlanta, GA
September 11, 2016  New  Orleans - DCW 
September 28, 2016  Sao Paulo, Brazil 
 
TIFM 2000: Critical Environments Technician Series (elearning)
The purpose of the Technician Series is to provide specific information on a single topic. There are no prerequisites and classes are on-demand as part of ICOR's elearning education system. 
Download the Brochure.  Register for one or the entire series! Certification exam fee is included when taking the entire elearning series.
Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each online course & accompanying online exam. The certificate awarded designates Critical Environments Technician Associate in Documentation, HVAC, Power Generation, etc.

The Critical Environments Technician (CET) Certification Exam may be challenged after completing one or more of the courses in the series.

Course audience is those responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the critical environment's physical infrastructure (Electrical/Mechanical/Fire) systems. Detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics including:

2000.1 Documentation, Drawings and Compliance / CMMS
2000.2 HVAC and Chiller Plants - CRAC, Chiller, Cooling Towers,Chemistry, Piping Systems
2000.3 Power Generation, PLC and Backup Methodology - DC Power Sources
2000.4 Power Distribution, Metering, and Infrastructure / Tier Logic
2000.5 UPS, ATS and ASTS - Transferring Critical Power Sources
2000.6 Security, Fire and Life Safety includes Emergency Power Off Button (EPO)
2000.7 Server Components, Networking and Design Methods/Cabling
2000.8 Capacity Planning and Reporting / Budget Planning 

Online Certification Exam - CET available!

TIFM 5000: Critical Environments Manager
(instructor led)
CEM
For those interested in taking the full series of modules offered in TIFM 4000 in an instructor-led "live" classroom environment, TIFM is a 3 day class that includes the CEM Certification Exam. Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.Download the brochure.

To earn the CEM certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (4000.1-4000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based.

Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the strategic oversight of the critical environments operations and maintenance activities with full accountability for ensuring that the critical facilities environments are reliably available 24X7X365.

TIFM 5000 course content includes detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics listed in TIFM 4000 (above).  Register Here 
 
Schedule                    
July 27, 2016 Seattle, WA
August 24, 2016 Atlanta, GA
October 5, 2016 Boston, MA
November 23,2016 Sao Paulo,Brazil
 
TIFM 4000: Critical Environments Manager Series
(elearning) 
The purpose of the Manager Series is to provide specific information on a single topic. There
are no pre-requisites and classes are on-demand as part of ICOR's elearning education system.

Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each online course and accompanying online exam. The certificate awarded designates Critical Environments Manager Associate in Documentation, HVAC, Power Generation, etc.

CEM
The Critical Environments Manager (CEM) Certification Exam may be challenged after completing one or more of the courses in the series.Download the brochure.


Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the strategic oversight of the critical environments operations and maintenance activities with full accountability for ensuring that the critical facilities environments are reliably available 24X7X365.
TIFM 4000 consists of online classes specific to each of the following subject areas:
4000.1 Documentation and Operating Procedures:Inventory control and critical spares
4000.2 Best Practices for Critical Environments: Design, construction standards & code compliance
4000.3 Evaluating Drawings - What to demand from your project
4000.4 Long term budgeting of critical infrastructure
4000.5 Energy Efficient Operations - Critical Thinking about Efficiency
4000.6 Retaining Redundancy, Capacity Planning, Detailed Reporting,and Analyzing Trends
4000.7 Preparing to be audited
4000.8 Expectations of a Computerized Maintenance Management System: Preventative, Predictive, and Corrective Maintenance
TIFM 6000: Critical Environments Engineer
(instructor led)
CEETIFM 6000 is a 3 day class that includes the CEE Certification Exam. To earn the CEM certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the
course content areas (6000.1-6000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or
practical problem solving question based. Exam can be taken as part of
the class or outside of the classroom environment.  Download the Brochure.

Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the operation, and maintenance of all electrical, mechanical, and HVAC equipment within the critical environment with responsibilities for vendor selection and contract negotiations.

TIFM 6000 course content includes detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics including the following modules:

6000.1 Managing Critical Environments Projects

6000.2 System Design Integrations and Concerns

6000.3 Outage Window Concerns

6000.4 Vetting your Engineering Program

6000.5 Training Programs - setting up an internal process

6000.6 Vendor Requirements and Contractual Obligations

6000.7 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

6000.8 Top Level Expert Engineering for Critical Environments

 

Register Here  


Schedule

October 19-21 Chicago, IL
October 19-21 Sao Paulo, Brazil
                   
TIFMARM 7000: Critical Environments Auditor
(instructor led)
CEA TIFMARM 7000 is a 5 day class with a focus on developing a standards-based critical environment, preparing to be audited in different environmental areas, and learning how to conduct environmental audits and manage risk.  Download the Brochure.

To earn the CEA certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (7000.1-7000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based. Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.

Course audience includes those with a great deal of experience working with all areas of the data center at the technical, managerial, and engineering levels. TIFMARM 7000 content includes the following:

7000.1 Audit materials - What tools are required?
7000.2 Setting up and preparing for the audit 
7000.3 Essential data required for assessing critical systems
7000.4 Identification and documentation of gaps
7000.5 Reviewing documentation
7000.6 Evaluating reliability
7000.7 Advanced single point of failure discovery methods
7000.8 Practical: Conducting an audit 
There are two full audits represented as part of the auditor training.  One full audit under the guidance and direction of the instructor and one full audit that is conducted by the students and evaluated by the instructor.  The completion of this practical audit is 50% of the final scoring for this program.
 
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June 19, 2016  Sao Paulo, Brazil
December 5, 2016 Las Vegas, NV
 
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AACHEN, Germany – Aspera, a pioneer of strategic SAM solutions and a worldwide leading service provider, has released SmartTrack Optimization & Simulation 4.1.1, a highly cost-effective and functional way to optimize data center topologies. The new release gives SAM managers full control over planning and analyzing their IT landscape, enabling their company to maximize the value of its current software investment and plan for the most efficient future spend.

 

At the heart of the simulation is the new topology designer, through which the licences and contracts of all device types can be planned, optimized and compared on all platforms and for every infrastructure. Unlimited "what if?" licence scenarios are created real-time in a sandbox, and managed without any impact on the production environment through a unique, intuitive interface. For instance, product consolidations and the effects of rollouts can be calculated in a few seconds.

 

"SAM teams are now able to provide all stakeholders in ITIL processes with effective services and reports," said Mathias Knops, Senior Product Manager at Aspera. "This is how our clients assess wide-ranging infrastructure and architecture issues before technical decisions and investments are made.”

 

"The new version offers clients an easy access to mature simulation, whether they have an existing SAM solution or not," added Olaf Diehl, Managing Director at Aspera. "We have always supported our customers in ensuring high data quality as the basis of every optimization, and customers today are already making seven-figure savings using the optimization functions. We're taking yet another step forward with this simulation, thereby achieving the highest level in software asset management.”

 

The Optimization & Simulation solution is a powerful companion to Aspera’s flagship SmartTrack platform for license management. Both technologies are equally suitable for corporations, large organizations and medium-size companies due to their excellent scalability.

 

About Aspera

Founded in 2000, Aspera is a leading provider of strategic software licence management solutions. Hundreds of clients now rely on technology from Aspera, including eight of the top ten DAX Groups. Its multiple award-winning SmartTrack modules, products and services are used successfully by notable groups and large organisations in all key areas of the economy – from the banking sector to the automotive, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors.

Aspera has been part of the USU Group since 2010.

More information is available online at www.aspera.com and https://www.usu.de/en/

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

US Wildfire Activity

AUSTIN, Texas – Reporting damage to a county emergency management agency or getting help from the American Red Cross is not the same as registering for federal disaster assistance with FEMA.

Many Texas residents affected by the May storms and flooding may have reported damage to their local, state or volunteer agencies. They may have even registered for assistance with those agencies. But that doesn’t mean they’ve applied for federal help.

Survivors can only be considered for federal help if they register with FEMA for each storm that results in a major disaster declaration. While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

The disaster declaration on June 11 put in place several sources of federal funding for survivors of the May storms in 12 counties. Those counties are Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller and Washington.

Disaster survivors may register for assistance the following ways:

  • online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

  • at a disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one, go to the Disaster Recovery Center Locator at asd.fema.gov/inter/locator.

FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims been settled.

For more information on the Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage for the May storms at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4272; or visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at txdps.state.tx.us/dem. Follow us on Twitter @femaregion6.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Download fema.gov/mobile-app to locate open shelters and disaster recovery centers, receive severe weather alerts, safety tips and much more.

When it comes to cloud computing options, enterprise IT departments often focus on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). That's because, in my experience, IT professionals at large organizations think of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as something primarily catering to small- and medium-size organizations.

But SaaS indeed can, and does, offer plenty of potential for enterprise customers, as evidenced by the 10 startups we're exploring here. Our list includes SaaS applications for traditional organizational challenges, such as supply-chain, payroll, sales, recruiting, and company-wide collaboration.

If your company develops software or sells products or services online, you, too, will find SaaS startups to help you offload many IT tasks, including creating development platforms and running payment fraud protection. In addition, several startups on our list take on the latest and most complex IT services, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, and monitoring inter-cloud networks and applications.

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http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/platform-as-a-service/10-saas-startups-every-enterprise-should-know/d/d-id/1325978

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 00:00

Are you set for the data traffic explosion?

Over the last few years, the amount of information pinging back and forth between devices around the world has skyrocketed. Given that almost all of us now have powerful connected computing gadgets in our pocket at all times, this is hardly surprising, but as even more people get equipped with devices like smartphones, it’s clear the transformation is far from finished.

In fact, data traffic growth is set to get even faster over the next few years. According to a new forecast for Cisco, traffic is set to almost triple by 2020, driven by the introduction of around ten billion connected devices over the next five years.

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http://blog.krollontrack.co.uk/the-world-of-data/set-data-traffic-explosion/

Cloud Security must remain the top objective when organizations consider moving their data over to a cloud computing platform.  While cloud computing offers businesses many benefits, an organization choosing to place its intellectual property along with its customer information and corresponding emails into a cloud computing environment will also have to come to the realization that that data will be subject to other serious vulnerabilities and threats.

This article would like to focus on raising an awareness to those threats and at the same time propose some steps that an organization can take to ensure and better manage the information they decide to place in a cloud computing environment.