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Jon Seals

When you’re trying to determine your IT DRP strategy, you can have many options open to you and you can’t just dismiss them without good reason.  Identify the pros and cons of each solution and document them so you can see which option is best for you – or at least the top 3 solutions that work best for you and have the best bang for your buck. 

When you have met with the various vendors or partners – this means meeting with internal and external sources depending on the solution, and determined everything from resources needed (physical and financial) and the details of each option (documented), it’s then time to take it up the ladders.  You don’t just make the decisions on your own or with a small group of people; you’ve got to get approval from Senior Leadership, as ultimately, they are the ones who’ll be paying for everything.  They need to understand the how’s and why’s of doing what you propose so they can make the right decision based on need.  Remember, they might have other plans in the works that you aren’t privy too – yet – and might need to discuss amongst themselves and some of their team members which option is best based on information you may not have at your disposal.

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https://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/bcm-dr-getting-agreement-on-the-it-drp-strategy/

The annual addresses delivered by governors around the country underscored policy priorities that routinely top the lists of state chief executives — education, economic vitality, health care and transportation. And while state-to-state differences are evident, what also comes through is that many elected leaders now see technology as an important tool that helps meet their policy objectives. And many of them are talking about it.

Data-Driven Dialog

The most viable solutions come from well-informed policymakers. This year’s speeches revealed that data-driven government is catching on. Many governors, including New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, talked about the role of data in powering more effective education policies. Martinez touted the role of data in reducing truancy and setting students on a path to success, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee noted its importance in tackling the issue of gun violence. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spotlighted data analysis that found that more than 86 percent of the state’s costliest Medicaid users suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse. That finding is fueling improvements to treatment options that can also help lower costs. 

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http://www.govtech.com/state/2016-State-of-the-State-Addresses-Does-Technology-Matter.html

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Marsh launches new cyber risk facility

Insurance broker Marsh has launched a new global excess cyber risk facility, Cyber ECHO, which provides insurance coverage for organisations globally.

Following a series of high-profile cyber losses, underwriters have become more selective, according to Marsh, and in some cases are reducing the amount of capital they are willing to deploy on certain risks – especially those involving health care and payment card data.

This is particularly acute in the excess cyber market, where rates have more than doubled in the US over the last 12 months, said the firm.

“Cyber ECHO brings greater stability to the excess market with up to $50 million in ‘follow form’ coverage for clients of any industry sector and risk profile around the world,” said Marsh.

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http://www.intelligentinsurer.com/news/marsh-launches-cyber-risk-facility-7716

What if you were able to give everyone in your organization the flexibility and freedom to securely work anywhere in the world and on any device? What types of productivity gains would your company see as a result? What efficiencies or cost savings might your IT department receive from moving desktops to your datacenter and managing these virtual workstations through one single pane of glass?

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Our Cisco UCS team is excited to present the new Maxwell generation NVIDIA Tesla M6 GPU for the Cisco UCS B200M4 Blade and the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU for Cisco 2U Rack Rack Servers. Cisco and NVIDIA have joined forces to deliver this new graphics solution.  Combining security, reliability and manageability from Cisco UCS and adding NVIDIA’s GRID technology, we’re able to deliver performance and speed needed to run high-end applications on virtual desktops. What’s better is that you have two form factor options to fit your organization’s’ data center footprint.

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/from-desktop-to-data-center-changing-the-game-with-graphics

OXFORD, Miss. – Home and business owners looking for information on how to rebuild safer and stronger following the destructive December storms will find help this weekend at Lowe’s in Batesville.

Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at Lowe’s on Highway 6 East in Batesville this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The specialists will answer questions and offer advice on ways to repair or rebuild homes so they are more storm resistant. Free printed materials with additional information will also be available.

The FEMA specialists can also offer advice on dealing with contractors, in particular on how to avoid being scammed. The specialists will provide handouts on selecting and working with contractors.

Anyone interested is welcome whether or not they are receiving financial disaster assistance from FEMA.

For the latest information on Mississippi disaster recovery operations, visit msema.org and fema.gov/disaster/4248.

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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.

 
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Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

Data Center Power Outage Brings Down GitHub

GitHub, the most popular online repository for open source code and hosting services, went down for two hours Thursday due to a power outage in its primary data center.

“A brief power disruption at our primary data center caused a cascading failure that impacted several services critical to GitHub.com’s operation,” Sam Lambert, GitHub’s director of systems, wrote in a status update on the company’s blog Friday morning. “While we worked to recover service, GitHub.com was unavailable for two hours and six minutes.”

Utility power outages do not bring down data centers in most cases, since these facilities are designed with UPS units, backup generators, and transfer systems that fail over to the generators automatically. When they do happen, power-related data center outages are caused by failure of those backup systems.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/01/29/data-center-power-outage-brings-down-github/

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

A New and Divergent SAN Market

New data has just come out on the Storage Area Network (SAN) market, and while the news is good, it nonetheless points to a sector in turmoil as the enterprise tries to figure out how to shift its storage footprint for the cloud and mobile era.

Technavio Research put the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for SAN solutions at a healthy 22 percent for the remainder of the decade, the result of strong demand for improved storage utilization, greater flexibility and the need to ramp up performance for highly dynamic workloads. It is important to note that the SAN of today is very different from just a few years ago, when disk-based solutions dominated the market. These days, flash-based systems are gaining in popularity both in the enterprise and in the cloud, as are completely new iterations such as server-side SANs and fully virtualized platforms.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/a-new-and-divergent-san-market.html

(TNS) - Georgia will almost certainly see cases of the Zika virus, health officials said Thursday. And experts warned the state may have a higher risk of the illness spreading due to its mild weather and busy airport.

Georgia currently has no documented case of the mosquito-transmitted virus, which presents little danger to most people but has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. Concern over the virus has been escalating as the cases, spreading rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean, have made their way to the U.S.

The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently testing specimens from several Georgia residents with travel history to the affected areas.

Currently, there are some 31 confirmed cases in 11 states around the country.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Zika-virus-likely-to-hit-Georgia-health-officials-say.html

(TNS) - On Wednesday, a year after the fire that turned their lives upside down, Fernando Bueno and Araceli Espinoza of Thalia’s Jewelry returned from an overnight trip to Los Angeles. Instead of gold bracelets and glittery earrings, their normal stock in trade, the jewelers’ truck was filled with stuffed bears they hope to sell on Valentine’s Day.

On Jan. 28, 2015, an inferno at 22nd and Mission streets destroyed the three-story building that housed Thalia’s Jewelry. One person was killed, more than 50 residents were left homeless and 33 businesses were shuttered. The fire also scattered a bustling commercial hub, leaving business owners like Bueno and Espinoza scrambling for ways to keep their businesses afloat.

Almost half of the enterprises have reopened in new locations; others have found themselves priced out of the neighborhood. City representatives say, too, that the fire has changed the way it plans to respond to disasters in the future.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/A-year-after-huge-Mission-fire-small-businesses-fight-to-recover.html

(TNS) - The man in the eye of controversy in Allentown contends he made the right decision to force roughly 40 homeless people into a driving snowstorm, but he's anxious to devise a plan that can prevent him from doing it again.

Jack Felch Jr., executive director of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, said he plans to meet with city officials and homeless advocates to map out a plan to make sure the homeless aren't forced into dangerous weather such as the 30 mph winds and single-digit wind chills of last weekend.

But he's adamant that the answer is not letting people hunker down at the warming station on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where the homeless are allowed to take shelter from the cold from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Advocates-and-Allentown-officials-devising-plan-to-keep-homeless-sheltered-in-next-storm.html