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Enables Restoration of AIX Environments in Minutes


WATFORD – Capital Continuity, a provider of replication, recovery and migration software for managed service providers (MSPs), announced that its Business Interruption Protection software (BIPs) is now integrated into Recovery Point’s cloud backup and recovery solution set.

“The addition of Capital Continuity’s technology expands our RaaS portfolio and allows us to deploy industrial strength, high-availability Cloud recovery solutions to the AIX marketplace, as well as Intel and iSeries,” explained Marc Langer, president of Recovery Point. “For the first time, we have the ability to restore complex AIX environments in a matter of minutes.”

Recovery Point is enhancing its cloud backup and recovery solution set to meet increasing client needs for hybrid solutions that address both disaster recovery after major outages and instant recovery for “always on” critical applications.

Recovery Point is an established leader in providing integrated business continuity and disaster recovery solutions,” said Lee Exall, managing director of Capital Continuity. “We are proud that Recovery Point has selected our BIPs technology as part of its commitment to provide guaranteed protection and recovery across North America.”

Recovery Point offers an array of scalable Cloud-based backup and recovery solutions for environments ranging from the IBM mainframe though nearly all midrange platforms to physical and virtual Wintel environments. These Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solutions eliminate tape-based restores as the primary method of application recovery and result in improved RPOs and RTOs. Recovery Point’s solutions can be applied to any size requirement, from gigabytes to petabytes, with support for both customer-owned and Recovery Point-provided solutions.

Recovery Point combines industry-leading technologies with a powerful network and secure hosting infrastructure to make RaaS programs affordable for a wide range of clients. Hybrid solutions, which leverage client-dedicated storage with Recovery Point’s inventory of advanced technology, keep costs and recovery times down.

“Capital Continuity delivers a cost effective, elegant solution for UNIX that allows Recovery Point to expand its RaaS capabilities to previously underserved environments in an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective way,” said Langer. “When we’ve previewed the software to customers, they’ve been amazed by the speed in which we can recover and restore their critical systems.”


About Capital Continuity

Capital Continuity provides Business Interruption Protection software (BIPs) specifically developed for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). BIPs is a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and cloud migration software solution that delivers enterprise level replication, recovery and migration services for clients with uniform or diverse environments. For more information, visit www.capitalcontinuity.co.uk


About Recovery Point Systems

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 www.recoverypoint.com.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Permabit Joins NetApp Alliance Partner Program

Customers Gain Plug-and-Play Inline Data Efficiency through Permabit Collaboration with NetApp 
CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Permabit Technology Corporation, the innovative leader in data efficiency technology, today announced membership in the NetApp Alliance Partner Program. As a member of NetApp’s partner program, Permabit will collaborate with NetApp to deliver SANblox™ with NetApp E-Series storage systems. Customers will have the ability to leap forward in cost, capacity and performance by adding inline data efficiency capabilities to new or existing Fibre Channel SANs. The SANblox appliance, which leverages Permabit’s award-winning Albireo VDO and HIOPS™ Compression software, provides “plug and save” data reduction across a wide range of applications, including mixed virtual server, VDI, database (OLTP and data warehouse) and Big Data environments. Customers that leverage SANblox will have the resources to increase the capacity of their data storage systems by 6X, reduce cost up to 85 percent and increase performance up to 400 percent. “We are pleased to collaborate with NetApp to bring SANblox to their customers,” said Tom Cook, Permabit CEO. “More performance, higher effective capacity, and lower effective cost are a winning combination for E-Series storage buyers.” NetApp Alliance Partner Program The NetApp Alliance Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers’ benefit with access to best-of-breed partner solutions that have been tested to work with NetApp storage solutions. Additional information about the NetApp Alliance Partner Program is available at http://www.netapp.com/alliances. About Permabit Permabit pioneers development of data efficiency technologies. Our innovative data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning products enable the world’s leading storage OEMs to cut effective cost, accelerate performance, reduce time to market and gain competitive advantage. Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, our data reduction technologies are transforming storage economics, today. Permabit is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with operations in California, Texas, Florida, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit www.permabit.com. About NetApp Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. Customers value our teamwork, expertise and passion for helping them succeed now and into the future. www.netapp.com.

IT Professionals Challenged to Find Misconfigurations and Best Practices Violations That Put Service Availability and Disaster Recoverability (DR) at Risk



Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which mark the start of the frenetic holiday shopping season in the U.S., are about to be joined by what is surely to become another December tradition.  Debuting today, Continuity Software's Infrastructure Mania contest offers IT professionals the opportunity to review a datacenter infrastructure diagram to find the (at least) 21 misconfigurations and best practices violations that would put service availability and disaster recoverability (DR) at risk.  The IT professional that correctly identifies the most* risks and/or violations will be awarded an Apple iPad Air 2.


Entry Deadline:               

December 21, 2014


Enter Here:                         



About Continuity Software      

Continuity Software is the world's leading provider of service availability risk management solutions.  Trusted by many of the largest and most successful companies around the world, Continuity Software's award-winning software mitigates downtime and data-loss risks across the entire enterprise IT landscape, including the datacenter's disaster recovery, high availability (HA), and private cloud environments. With Continuity Software solutions, organizations can be confident that service availability, data protection, and business continuity goals will be met or exceeded 365 days a year.  For further information, please visit: www.continuitysoftware.com, email: info@continuitysoftware.com, or call: +1-888-782-8170 (United States) or +972 (3) 6470888 (Israel). 


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DIRAK now offers a new platform for compression latch technology that provides multiple options for compression latching of single point or multi-point latching applications.

To view the products included in this new technology platform click the link for each product shown below:




  • smooth and simple operation

  • concealed latch design

  • single point compression

  • Unique POM roller on the cam for smooth actuation and closure; prevents scratching or abrasion to the frame or paint finish.

  • IP65 rated

  • Can be actuated with a key cylinder profile

  • Up to 20mm of compression to hold door securely closed in high vibration applications.


  • Smooth and simple operation

  • Concealed latch design

  • Multi-point latching

  • IP65 rated

  • Can be actuated with a key cylinder profile

6-502Smooth and simple operation

  • Flush mount design

  • Single point compression

  • Unique POM roller on the cam for smooth actuation and closure; prevents scratching or abrasion to the frame or paint finish.

  • IP65 rated

  • Up to 20mm of compression to hold door securely closed in high vibration applications.

  • Can be actuated with a key cylinder profile

  • Features a designed locking cover with a magnetic cylinder flap closure to prevent water, dust or debris from entering the enclosure.


  • Smooth and simple operation

  • Flush mount design

  • Multi-point latching

  • IP65 rated

  • Can be actuated with a key cylinder profile

  • Features a designed locking cover with a magnetic cylinder flap closure to prevent water, dust or debris from entering the enclosure.


  • Smooth and simple operation

  • Single or multi-point latching (see6-510)

  • Unique POM roller on the cam for smooth actuation and closure; prevents scratching or abrasion to the frame or paint finish

  • IP65 rated

  • Up to 20mm of compression to hold door securely closed in high vibration applications

  • Multiple inserts are available for secure tool actuation



Potential market applications are broad. This product is an ideal solution for large enclosures requiring multiple compression points along with any indoor or outdoor sheet metal enclosure door or panel application that requires high compression, concealed latching, low protrusion, reduction of noise and/or rattling due to vibration and protection against potential vandalism. It can be used in single or multi-point applications.

Market applications include, but are not limited to:

• Enclosures in Public Areas

• Telecommunications Enclosures

• Computer Enclosures

• Industrial Machinery

• Off-Highway Vehicles and Farm Equipment

• Alternative Energy / Power Enclosures

• Medical Equipment

• Food or Food Packaging Equipment (non-food zone applications)

• Transportation & Emergency Vehicles

DIRAK is a global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative, high quality system solutions for latching, hinging and profile technology. DIRAK products are sold and distributed globally through a network of authorized sales representatives.

For additional information, contact DIRAK, Inc., 22560 Glenn Drive, Sterling, Virginia, USA. Tel: 703-378-7637, Fax: 703-378-7638, E-mail: options@dirak.com, Website: www.dirak.us. The company’s global headquarters is in Ennepetal, Germany.

UK businesses are at risk of sleepwalking into a reputational time bomb due a lack of awareness on how to protect their data assets, according to research released by BSI. As cyber hackers become more complex and sophisticated in their methods, UK organizations are being urged to strengthen their security systems to protect both themselves and consumers.

The BSI survey of IT decision makers found that cyber security is a growing concern with over half (56 percent) of UK businesses being more concerned than 12 months ago. 7 in 10 (70 percent) attribute this to hackers becoming more skilled and better at targeting businesses.

However, whilst the vast majority (98 percent) of organizations have taken measures to minimize risks to their information security, only 12 percent are extremely confident about the security measures their organization has in place to defend against these attacks.

Worryingly, IT directors appear to have accepted the risks to their information security, with 9 in 10 (91 percent) admitting their organization has been a victim of a cyber-attack. Around half have experienced an attempted hack, and/or suffered from malware (49 percent in both instances). Around four in ten (42 percent) have experienced the installation of unauthorized software by trusted insiders, and nearly a third (30 percent) have suffered a loss of confidential information.



Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

Business Continuity Management and ERM Tools

In theory, BCM and ERM should get along just fine. ERM or enterprise risk management is concerned with identifying both positive and negative risk for an organisation – or opportunities as well as threats, if you prefer. Business continuity management is about keeping a business in operation in the face of adversity. It’s also about enhancing the value and profitability of operations, thanks to a better corporate image towards customers, banks, insurers and the like. Effective BCM depends on good risk analysis of the kind that ERM is designed to do. With selection of ERM software tools to automate risk management, how can organisations find out if there’s one that’s right for them?



Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

Working Our Way Toward the Federated Cloud

Some interesting research came out last month regarding the enterprise’s attitude toward the cloud and what it will take to push more of the data load, and mission-critical functions in particular, off of local infrastructure. It turns out that while security and availability are still prime concerns, flexibility and federation across multiple cloud architectures are equally important.

In IDG’s most recent Enterprise Cloud Computing Study, more than a third of IT respondents say they are comfortable with the current state of cloud technology, with about two thirds saying the cloud increases agility and employee collaboration. The key data, however, comes in the attitude toward advanced networking technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), with more than 60 percent saying they plan to increase their investment in these areas specifically to enhance their ability to access and manage disparate cloud environments.



Where does your business stand on security readiness?

If you are like the majority of small businesses, you are pretty nervous about your cybersecurity efforts and ability to thwart and/or react to a threat.

In October, e-Management asked attendees at the CyberMaryland Conference about their cybersecurity policies. What the CyberRX survey found was that 63 percent of small businesses aren’t very confident about their continuous security monitoring capabilities and nearly a quarter don’t provide any type of security training for their employees. Of those that do provide some sort of training, it is mostly periodic—and we’ve learned that cybersecurity education and training needs to be a constant evolving effort because the threat landscape is always changing.



(TNS) — Tornado Alley is undergoing a transformation.

The number of days that damaging tornadoes occur has fallen sharply over the past 40 years, a study published recently in the journal Science shows. But the number of days on which large outbreaks occur has climbed dramatically.

“It’s really pretty shocking,” said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

In the early 1970s, there was an average of 150 days each year with at least one F1 tornado. That number has dropped to about 100 days each year now.

There were just six days in all of the 1970s with at least 30 F1 tornadoes. But that number has jumped to three a year now.



(TNS) — The nation's top housing official recently toured the core of a house in Brownsville that holds the promise of returning people quickly to their homes after a major disaster. What he didn't know was that it had been partially put up in an afternoon by a group of unskilled teenagers.

The house inspected Monday by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is part of a $2 million pilot project that envisions the construction of less-expensive, structurally sound housing within days of a disaster instead of years. Although hundreds of low-income homes have been rebuilt since Hurricanes Dolly and Ike laid waste to the Texas Gulf Coast in 2008, many families are still waiting for housing already funded with federal disaster money.

The RAPIDO project, to build 20 prefabricated homes in the Rio Grande Valley, is the first of two projects that its originators hope will revolutionize not only the way housing is built after disasters, but as a way to provide low-income housing everywhere in Texas. A similar $4 million project to build 20 homes in Harris and Galveston counties is in its early stages and expected to produce its first house by March.