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ExaGrid named ‘Disk-Based Product of the Year: Small/Midrange’and nominated in several other categories at annual awards ceremony

 

BOSTON, Mass. – ExaGrid Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been named ‘Disk-Based Product of the Year: Small/Midrange’ at the Annual Storage Awards 2014 ceremony on June 12, 2014 in London, confirming its leadership position for disk-based backup with deduplication.

Winners were determined by a public vote, further validating that the industry recognises the superior performance and scalability of ExaGrid’s solution. This award follows ExaGrid’s strong momentum over the past year, with the leader in disk-based backup solutions:  

o    Launching its most robust appliance that can scale to 210 terabytes in a single GRID

o    Being awarded two new patents

o    Earning top spots in analyst reports from three independent firms

“We would like to thank everyone who voted for ExaGrid this year. To be acknowledged by the industry as the ‘Disk-Based Product of the Year’ reflects our ongoing efforts to deliver a scalable and cost-effective backup solution”,said Andy Palmer, Vice President of International Sales – EMEA & APAC, ExaGrid Systems, Inc. “We are delighted to have been recognised by those who voted for ExaGrid in this category, as this shows how ExaGrid’s unique architecture enables faster backup and restore performance with a consistent backup window regardless of data growth. Anyone who is thinking about moving to disk backup with deduplication should consider ExaGrid as it is the best solution for any mid-market or small enterprise organisation needing a seamless, cost-effective, and scalable backup solution.”

Customer Praise for the ExaGrid System
ExaGrid, with more than 7,000 systems installed worldwidehas over 350 real-world customer success stories detailing customers’ first-hand experiences with the ExaGrid disk-based backup system. The success stories are available via the ExaGrid websiteand include case studies from leaders across different industries like Bird & Bird, Celestica-Valencia, Concur, Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust (UK National Health Service), CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development),  Dublin City University, Four Seasons Resort, Ipswich BC, International SOS, Moto, Kingston Technology, and the Salvation Army.

The award for the ‘Disk-Based Product of the Year: Small/Midrange’ category extended ExaGrid’s four-year winning streak in the Annual Storage Awards competition. ExaGrid was also a finalist in the following categories in 2014:

  • ·         Storage Magazine “One to Watch” Award – Product
  • ·         Storage Magazine “One to Watch” Award – Company
  • ·         Backup & DR Hardware Product of the Year
  • ·         Storage Innovators Award
  • ·         Storage Product of the Year
  • ·         Storage Company of the Year
  • ·         Editor’s Choice

 

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.:
With more than 7,000 deployments worldwide, ExaGrid Systems is relied on by thousands of customers to solve their backup problems, effectively and permanently. ExaGrid's disk based, scale-out GRID architecture constantly adjusts to incessant growing data backup demands, and is the only solution that combines compute with capacity to permanently shorten backup windows and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades. ExaGrid is also the only solution to offer a landing zone retaining the most recent backups in their full un-deduplicated format for fast restores, fast offsite tape copies and fast instant VM recoveries. Read hundreds of published ExaGrid customer success stories and learn more atwww.exagrid.com.


For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit www.exagrid.com. Visit “ExaGrid’s Eye on Deduplication” blog: http://blog.exagrid.com/.

ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

In the study measuring effects of enterprise risk management (ERM) maturity—as  defined by the RIMS Risk Maturity Model (RMM) assessment—no attribute had a more meaningful impact on bottom line corporate value than Performance Management. The correlation is not an accident. While many organizations say they have an effective handle on risk, their ability to execute the policies and procedures they’ve put into place are severely lacking.

The sixth RMM attribute of ERM Maturity, Performance Management, measures the ability for an organization to execute vision and strategy through the effective use of a balanced scorecard.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/rims-risk-maturity-model-performance-management/

There’s allot of talk of organization’s becoming resilient and how they need to be resilient if they are to compete successfully and respond accordingly to the ever increasing disasters of the world – both man-made and natural in causation. But that begs the question: Can organizations be resilient? In this practitioner’s opinion, yes, they can though it takes more than a single aspect to become resilient.

Many would have you believe that you can buy resiliency off a shelf; a service or product purchased from a firm touting that they can make your organization resilient, as though the procurement of a ‘product’ will make an organization resilient. Well, unless they are a pseudo-psychologist or have a background in leadership psychology, they can’t; at least not completely. Sure, it’s fine to say that Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Technology Recovery Plans (TRP) et al will make an organization resilient but that’s just not the complete picture. It’s only part of the overall picture.

It’s just not a simple concept – though it would be great it if was. What will make an organization resilient? Is there some sort of magic ingredient that will suddenly ensure that an organization will bounce back from any adverse situation? Well, yes and no. It’s not one single ingredient, it’s multiple ingredients that when combined just so, will help any organization get through difficult situations.

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/bcm-dr-can-organizations-be-resilient/

Hindsight is often 20/20, but sometimes foresight can be illuminating, too.

Gartner caused a mini-stir this week when it issued its latest prediction for data center spending in the coming years. Despite the rebounding economy and the drive to build out cloud infrastructure, the group is actually dialing back the rate of growth by a rather hefty margin. Rather than the 3.2 percent growth that the company anticipated earlier in the year, the forecast is now set at 2.1 percent, which translates to about $3.75 trillion.

Of course, this is still a significant wad of cash, representing the sum total of all data-related spending across the globe, ranging from devices and data center systems to software solutions, telecom and the wealth of new services that are hitting the market at a steady clip. For IT’s part, Gartner is expecting a still respectable 3.7 percent climb into 2015, representing about $3.9 billion in revenues.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/on-the-cusp-of-a-new-data-environment.html

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to monitor Hurricane Arthur’s impact and northward track. The agency encourages those in Arthur’s path to listen to their local officials, monitor storm conditions and take steps to be prepared.

"Residents are urged to continue to listen to the instructions of your local officials," said Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator.  "As the storm continues to move along the east coast, there are a number of areas that can be affected by strong winds, storm surge, inland flooding and tornadoes. If you evacuated and are considering returning home, make sure local officials have deemed the area safe to return.” 

Through regional offices in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, FEMA remains in close contact with emergency management partners in North Carolina and potentially affected states and has a liaison in the emergency operations center in Massachusetts. FEMA is also working in coordination with the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.

In advance of the storm, FEMA had liaisons in the emergency operation centers in North Carolina and South Carolina and an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) in North Carolina to coordinate with state, tribal and local officials should support be requested or needed. Additional teams from around the country are ready to deploy to impacted states and tribes as necessary.

According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for portions of the east coast as Hurricane Arthur moves northward. The latest storm tracks, local forecasts and warnings are available at hurricanes.gov and weather.gov.

As the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Arthur serves as a reminder for residents in areas prone to tropical storms and hurricanes to refresh their emergency kits and review family emergency plans. Those who do not have an emergency kit or family plan can learn about steps to take now to prepare for severe weather at ready.gov.

The FEMA smartphone app provides safety tips and displays open shelter information at www.fema.gov/smartphone-app. Information on Red Cross shelters is available by downloading the Red Cross Hurricane app or by visiting redcross.org.

Safety and Preparedness Tips

  • Residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for their pets. Individuals should visit ready.gov or listo.gov to learn these and other preparedness tips for tropical storms.
  • Know your evacuation zone and be sure to follow the direction of state, tribal and local officials if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
  • Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
  • If you encounter flood waters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.
  • Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • If your home has flood water inside or around it, don’t walk or wade in it. The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • Hurricanes have the potential for tornado formation. If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Stay off the roads in impacted areas. Emergency workers may be assisting people in flooded areas or cleaning up debris. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
  • If your power is out, safely use a generator or candles.
    • Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.
    • Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions. 
    • If using candles, please use caution. If possible, use flashlights instead.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.
  • When the power comes back on, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances, to help eliminate problems that could occur if there's a sharp increase in demand. If you think electric power has been restored to your area but your home is still without power, call your local power company.
  • Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.

For a Tropical Storm:

  • A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 39 MPH or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
  • A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less.

For coastal flooding:

  • A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
  • A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible.
  • A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.

More safety tips on hurricanes and tropical storms can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes.

Not every company has a Big Data problem. In fact, many companies are operating in “relatively sparse data environments,” says David Meer, a partner with Strategy&’s consumer and retail practice.

This isn’t your usual rant about how companies need to fix small data problems before embracing Big Data. No, Meer’s Strategy+Business article is much more original. He’s proposing that companies revisit existing data, and then seek out ways to add to or fill out that data for strategic advantage.

Why would they do this? It turns out the market doesn’t care if you don’t have large datasets and can’t afford to buy them.  You still need to compete against data-driven companies.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/five-business-savvy-ways-to-add-strategic-little-data.html

Cyber security and data protection have been ranked a surprising third in a list of boardroom priorities, according to a survey released by KPMG.

The annual Business Instincts Survey, a poll of 498 C-level executives from businesses across the UK, found that under-investment has left many businesses acknowledging the need to increase spending on secure technology. Yet despite acceptance that cyber security, specifically, is critical to long-term business operations, one in three executives questioned (36 percent) said that investing in people skills had become their number one concern, with 19 percent also more focused on plant or machinery purchases.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07274.html

Most organizational decisions to try to slow or ban Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace seem to circle around the security issues. Which, of course, are valid and concerning to IT groups who must balance conflicting security and productivity or convenience needs for users. CIO.com, for instance, describes a large electrical contractor, Rosendin Electric, that has a no-BYOD policy. Employees keep asking about it, but CIO Sam Lamonica worries about security breaches and says, “We have a user base that might not, in a lot of cases, make the right choices.” The article also cites a CompTIA survey of 400 IT and business execs in which just over half said they are not “doing” BYOD, period.

But CIOs and IT managers are also now dealing with less quantifiable problems that may grow along with BYOD and the mobile worker’s lifestyle. These problems range from angst and worry over job loss, to fear of being expected to work unlimited hours, to uncertainty about which responsibilities could increase with BYOD’s freedom.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/governance-and-risk/byod-can-threaten-more-than-network-security.html

Some experts think too many organizations are approaching master data management (MDM) as a “must-do” without really understanding or achieving its potential. In fact, Forrester MDM and data expert Michele Goetz says MDM isn’t something every company should pursue.

If you’re interested in drilling down on the potential of MDM, check out this recent Infosys BPO blog post. Granted, as a technology consultancy, it’s good business for the company to promote MDM (did you see that their CEO is now India’s highest paid executive?) and it may have elements of their model in it. But mostly, it seems pretty straightforward, with solid information.

The blog post provides some telling statistics, although it doesn’t source the surveys or provide specifics, so it’s impossible to judge their legitimacy. For instance, the piece cites a 2013 survey that found only 21 percent of organizations rated their data quality as high or better, with most rating it “fair.” I will say that information falls in line with past research that I’ve read.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/five-ways-mdm-benefits-business-users.html

NEW YORK – New Yorkers know about severe weather. After Hurricane Sandy, 2013 brought 15 significant weather events to New York, including winter snow and ice storms, a tornado, extreme heat, brush fires, heavy rains and flooding. Two of those events resulted in major disaster declarations for the state.

Next week, March 2-8, is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, a nationwide campaign to remind everyone that severe weather can affect anyone. The effort is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Across the U.S. last year, there were seven severe weather events that crossed the $1 billion mark in economic and property damage. These disasters, including floods, tornadoes and wildfires, caused the deaths of 109 people.

NOAA and FEMA urge all New Yorkers to understand the risks where you live and how severe weather could affect you and your family. Check weather forecasts, get a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for local weather alerts from emergency management officials. Check NOAA’s National Weather Service website for more information: www.weather.gov.

Next, make sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather. Develop a family communication and disaster preparedness plan, keep important papers, medications and other essential items in a safe place and visit www.Ready.gov/severe-weather to learn more.

Being prepared for severe weather need not be complicated or costly. Keeping a few simple items handy in a disaster kit, for example, could end up being a lifesaver. Go to www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit to find out more about what to include in a basic kit and how to develop one for those with unique needs. The same information is available in Spanish at www.listo.gov.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, set an example by sharing your story with family and friends on any social media site. Be a "force of nature" and inspire others in your community to take action too. Pledge to prepare by signing up for America’s PrepareAthon on April 30 at www.fema.gov/americas-prepareathon.