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(MCT) — While Anniston, Ala., schools have not been the scene of the sort of firearm violence that has struck other schools around the country in recent years, district officials and others across the state are taking steps to permit a safer outcome if such a situation develops.

The tactic: To let all first responders know the layout of the school before an emergency arises. 

During the summer, detailed 3-D virtual maps were created revealing the nooks and crannies inside each of Anniston City Schools’ seven school buildings, at a cost to the district of between $2,000 and $3,000 per school, said Superintendent Darren Douthitt.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Virtual-Alabama-Grows-Schools-Map-Safety-Program.html

Most of us can’t imagine conducting day-to-day business without email.   Our dependence has only increased because of smart devices that keep us connected to our email 24/7.

How would your business operate if suddenly, unexpectedly, no one had access to their email?

More importantly, what would happen if – while that email outage was taking place – all incoming emails were irretrievably lost?  Would you miss business opportunities?  Could your lack of access make prospects, customers and vendors feel like you are ignoring them, don’t care about their needs (or worse)?  Do you fully understand all regulatory implications that may apply to missed communications?

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http://ebrp.net/email-continuity-is-it-important-enough-to-assure/

Corporations spend a lot of time and money to ensure their employee- and customer-facing technologies are compliant with all local and regional data privacy laws. However, this task is made challenging by the patchwork of data privacy legislation around the world, with countries ranging from holding no restrictions on the use of personal data to countries with highly restrictive frameworks. To help our clients address these challenges, Forrester developed a research and planning tool called the Data Privacy Heat Map (try the demo version here). Originally published in 2010, the tool leverages in-depth analyses of the privacy-related laws and cultures of 54 countries around the world, helping our clients better strategize their own global privacy and data protection approaches.
 

The most recent update to the tool, which published today, highlights two opposing trends affecting data privacy over the past 12 months:

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http://blogs.forrester.com/christopher_sherman/14-08-06-forresters_2014_data_privacy_heat_map_highlights_rampant_government_surveillance_and_increased

SYDNEY, Australia – Telstra will today launch new low latency connectivity to CME Group’s Aurora data center, providing local financial services organisations with fast and reliable connectivity into other major financial centres including the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia.

Matthew Lempriere, Telstra’s Global Head of Financial Services Market Segment, said that the new Point of Presence (PoP) at CME Group’s data center will help address customer demands from around the world, by providing enhanced market data and the lowest latency possible when accessing the US market.

“Financial institutions are increasingly facing diverse challenges relating to speed, resilience and integrity of data. At the same time they are looking for higher bandwidth and reliable low latency connectivity, to drive agility and flexibility in existing and emerging markets.

“This new PoP combined with Telstra's award-winning network, means we are well positioned to provide a consistent service experience and a one-stop-shop for our customers' low latency global connectivity needs.

“It will also enable our US customers to mitigate risks and scale quickly to meet changing business and bandwidth demands, whilst taking advantage of growth opportunities in the Asia Pacific region,” Matthew said.

Telstra’s new low latency connectivity is backed up by comprehensive Service Level Agreements, while Low Round Trip Delay makes it a safer option for businesses operating globally or in diverse geographies.

“The service is highly scalable and can easily handle rapidly changing bandwidth demands, which are characteristic of low latency financial trading and cloud-based services,” Matthew said.

“It also offers customers single point accountability and responsibility, as well as access to diagnostics capabilities, and builds on the momentum of previous PoP placements in both the Singapore Exchange and Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2013.”

Telstra is an approved carrier of the CME Group’s co-location facility and due to the open access model for telecommunication providers, this service is made available to all CME Group customers trading out of the Aurora data center.

Business Application Users Gain New Ways to Work With Requests, Collaborate With Peers and Manage Tasks

London – Hornbill today announced the latest updates to its Collaboration Platform and Service Manager collaborative ITSM application. Users can now view requests as easy-to-understand cards with My Boards, using simple drag-and-drop methods to aid management; use “@ mentions” to share information and conversations with peers faster and more easily; and create checklists to ensure ad-hoc tasks are completed correctly. Created through Hornbill’s Continuous Delivery development model, the features have been automatically delivered through the Hornbill Collaboration Platform and Hornbill Service Manager, giving users immediate access.

“At Hornbill, we are always looking to add even more to our products,” said Pete Summers, Chief Marketing Officer at Hornbill. “With the introduction of My Boards to Hornbill Service Manager, users can view and work with requests as cards on boards, which makes managing the service desk workload an even simpler process. We have also enhanced the Hornbill collaboration platform as a whole: giving users new ways to share information and join discussions, as well as more ways to customise their own task lists.”

As part of its ongoing Continuous Delivery model, Hornbill has added three new features for Service Manager and the Hornbill collaboration platform. These are:

My Boards: This is a unique feature among service management tools. Rather than simply listing requests and tickets, Hornbill Service Manager gives users the option to view them as cards that are grouped into columns based on the different stages of an organisation’s service management processes. ITSM managers can create multiple boards, each representing different service management viewpoints, which can be shared with the appropriate users. Cards can be moved between columns using a simple drag-and-drop functionality, making managing the service desk workload a simpler, easier-to-understand process.

Mentions: When taking part in a discussion, Hornbill Collaboration Platform users can add specific individuals outside their defined group using a Twitter-style “@ mention” – making it easier to share comments or information.

Task Manager: Hornbill has added fully customisable checklists to the Activities functionality within its Collaboration Platform, which can be tailor-made for ad-hoc tasks to ensure that all work is done in an organised and audited manner.

“Our aim is to consistently add new features to our products, so that we are always at the forefront of collaborative service management,” said Pete Summers. “By using the Continuous Development model we can be certain that our customers are never left behind.”

Hornbill Collaboration Platform and Service Manager, with all updates included, are available immediately. For more information, visit http://hornbill.com/

About Hornbill

Hornbill is a technology innovator in business applications and collaboration technology. It develops and markets the Hornbill Platform and Business Applications that help organisations of any size provide applications and productivity tools to their workers. Hornbill’s unique ‘Human Touch’ approach to IT services has benefitted customers at thousands of commercial and government sites worldwide.

Hornbill was founded in 1995, and has a head office in London.

For more information please visit www.hornbill.com

London, UK SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services, has today announced the acquisition of Scotshield Fire and Security. The move, which will enable SPIE to develop its expertise in Intelligent Buildings, sees it entering a new market, one that demonstrates natural affiliations with its existing portfolio of services.

Established in Scotland, in 1998, Scotshield is a leading provider of fire detection, security alarms, access control and closed circuit television systems. Its service offering includes design, supply, installation, integration, service to maintenance with long-term maintenance and framework contracts. The company’s strong recurring client base and balanced portfolio, where 46 per cent of business constitutes new installations, saw it take sales of £23m in 2014 (fiscal year ending May 2014).

The main drivers of business for Scotshield have historically come from the Central Belt of Scotland. On average it manages 200 concurrent installation projects and covers 8000 sites with service and maintenance contracts. Its alignment with SPIE UK will enable it to widen its service offering through increased investment and market knowledge, expanding its reach and projects across the UK.

James Thoden van Velzen, CEO of SPIE UK, comments: “This acquisition is an excellent opportunity for both companies to develop their businesses and reach new customer bases across the UK. With limited client overlap, there are numerous opportunities for cross-selling our services. Scotshield is already well established in the northern part of the UK and has demonstrated consistent growth there. By bringing it into the SPIE portfolio, we are developing our Scottish business, taking on new technologies and a lead position in the local market. Similarly, Scotshield’s range of solutions has a strong synergy with our own and is therefore a strong fit for existing clients across the rest of the UK, many of whom will be interested in the new services we have to offer.”

Renaud Digoin Danzin, Strategy & Development Director of SPIE UK, comments: “Globally, there is a growing trend for converged security and business management systems (BMS). Scotshield’s expertise will allow SPIE UK to further develop its services in the “Smart City” strategic segment, with a particular focus on Security and Energy Management. With this 5th acquisition in 3 years, we continue to broaden and balance our portfolio of engineering-led services and our client base.”

Tony Kane, founder of Scotshield Fire and Security, adds: “We are immensely proud of the joining of two excellent businesses in their respective fields. We wish to thank the SPIE team for a warm welcome into the SPIE family and look forward to a prosperous future for all.”

OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies today announced a strategic partnership with Supermicro to bring the industry’s lowest latency, non-volatile memory solution to server systems.  As part of the initiative, Supermicro customers will have access to the latest X9-series platforms optimized for Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™), through the SanDisk™ ULLtraDIMM™ SSD. Supermicro’s extensive Green Computing portfolio (including Twin architecture, GPU compute, SuperStorage and Hyper-Speed hardware accelerated platforms) now features a broad selection of MCS-enabled solutions. In addition, Diablo and Supermicro will collaborate on next-generation server and storage architectures, targeting a wide range of mission-critical, enterprise workloads.
 
“We are very proud to offer key enabling technology for this outstanding product line and to jointly deliver game changing storage-compute solutions,” said Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. “By leveraging our combined expertise, we are catalyzing the emergence of a new class of enterprise server architectures. The resulting synergy provides an essential competitive edge for both companies and represents an important milestone in the expansion of the MCS ecosystem.”

Supermicro’s SuperServer® and SuperStorage architectures deliver significantly advanced levels of integration between system memory and NAND flash. The company’s Green Computing solutions provide flexibility to scale out MCS-based devices to customized levels of capacity, performance and acceleration. Applications such as virtualization, big data analytics, database and low-latency trading can now seamlessly benefit from the disruptive performance advantages provided by the MCS architecture. As part of the integration, MCS-enabled systems will be available to Supermicro customers worldwide with support for major operating systems, including Linux, Windows and VMware ESXi 5.1 and 5.5. 

”Supermicro Green Computing solutions are the leading technology enablement platform in the industry,” said Wally Liaw, Sr. Vice President of Sales at Supermicro. “Our collaboration with Diablo Technologies to optimize and integrate MCS across our SuperServer and SuperStorage product lines will deliver the fastest server solutions that not only offer unprecedented levels of IOPS but also maximize energy efficiency for the most cost effective, performance-per-watt computing solutions on the market.”   
As part of this exciting new partnership, Diablo and Supermicro will align technology roadmaps to exploit the full value of flash as a memory tier and address the ever-growing demand for high-performance I/O across the enterprise. Diablo Technologies is showcasing its next-generation platforms in booth No. 110 at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., August 5-7, 2014.
 
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About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. 

The Diablo executive leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. 

Website: http://www.diablo-technologies.com/

About Super Micro Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI)
Supermicro®, the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide. Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the market. For more information on Supermicro solutions, visit www.supermicro.com.
OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies today announced Carbon2, the second-generation of their award-winning Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™) platform. The company’s latest memory-based architecture is purpose-built for seamless integration with the new, industry-standard DDR4 interface. Diablo’s DDR4-compatible design complements its existing support for DDR3, and expands the reach of MCS to include next-generation server architectures. The Carbon2 platform provides additional performance enhancements to further accelerate new software innovations, such as Diablo’s NanoCommit™ technology.

“Memory Channel Storage DDR4 solutions represent the next evolution of Server Acceleration technology,” said Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. “In addition to supporting a faster memory interface, the Carbon2 platform delivers unprecedented levels of hardware acceleration for new software innovations like NanoCommit. Converged Memory, where the best of Flash and DRAM are combined, will rely on this type of technology to give applications the ability to transparently persist updates to main memory.”

NanoCommit technology supports hundreds of millions of transactions per second, with nanosecond latency. The resulting combination of throughput and response time is completely unprecedented for flash-based memory devices. Available on the Carbon2 platform, NanoCommit enables dramatic performance and scalability advantages for business-critical, enterprise applications. 

The Carbon2 Reference Design Kit (RDK) will be available exclusively to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and solid-state drive (SSD) vendors in the first half of 2015 via the Diablo Carbon2 partner program. Carbon2 is provided as a complete reference design, including a DDR4-compatible MCS chipset, firmware and device drivers for Microsoft Windows Server, VMware ESXi and popular distributions of Linux. Pricing and availability for the Carbon2 RDK can be obtained directly from Diablo Technologies.

“We’ve designed our MCS architecture to allow for new levels of flexibility and modularity. As a result, we’ve been able to quickly and seamlessly incorporate support for the DDR4 protocol,” said Maher Amer, CTO at Diablo Technologies. “We are excited to expand the Memory Channel Storage portfolio and bring the next wave of game-changing technology to market.”

Diablo is showcasing prototypes of Carbon2 and demonstrations of NanoCommit technology in booth No. 110 at Flash Memory Summit, August 5-7 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Calif.

https://twitter.com/diablo_tech
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diablo-Technologies/369582183128064

About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies to set the standard for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo’s Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. The Diablo executive leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. 
Website: http://www.diablo-technologies.com/

Companies large and small appear to have been targeted in what is being described as the largest known data breach to date.

As first reported by The New York Times, a Russian crime ring amassed billions of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

The NYT said it had a security expert not affiliated with Hold Security analyze the database of stolen credentials and confirm its authenticity.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3737

One of the challenges with Big Data is how to find value hidden in all that volume. Experts generally recommend approaching it as an explorer rather than simply querying the data to find specific answers.

As an astrophysicist, Dr. Kirk Borne knows a thing or two about probing the unknown. Borne, professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University, began tinkering with large data sets because of science, but soon became an advocate for Big Data. Now, in addition to his work as a professor and astrophysicist, Borne is a transdisciplinary data scientist.

According to Borne’s May post for the MapR.blog, he has identified four major types of Big Data discoveries (data-to-discovery, he terms it):

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/astrophysicist-explains-how-to-achieve-big-data-to-discovery-moments.html