I’m a fan of the comics.
Dilbert for May 23, 2013 triggered the thought that a risk management practitioner needs to try to match personnel to processes as an organization (a) tries to maintain a minimum level of service and (b) restore the operation to “business as usual.”
Politics and egos can make this a difficult task, but when it can be accomplished, the results are worthwhile.
There are those people, including practitioners, who are excellent workers under normal conditions. These same people may fall apart under event and post-event demands. On the other side of the coin, there are those who “get by” when everything is proceeding normally but shine when the pressure is greatest.
Even for an epidemiologist who works in public health preparedness and response, being asked to explain to the public what we do at CDC can be difficult.
That said, sometimes opportunities to talk about public health drop into your lap. A few months ago I was catching up with my friend Austin, an engineer for a large corporation. It turned out that while on long-term assignments he and his team had recently taken to playing the board game, “Pandemic.” One might think that an infectious disease would make for a strange game premise, but to my surprise it’s been gaining a loyal fan base. Of note, the game has recently profiled by Wil Wheaton on his “Geeks and Sundry” tabletop videocast seen by more than 350,000 viewers and positively reviewed on many board game sites.
Even if some of your business solutions are ‘cloud based’ such as Salesforce.com or Hubspot, you still likely have other servers in your office(s) that are used for other business critical functions like email, accounting, manufacturing, collaboration, file storage and the like.
Because of this, virtually all (sane) businesses have some type of backup solution. Whether it be tapes, hard drives, or even with a cloud service like Carbonite or Mozy. However, what many people don’t realize is that backup solutions are designed to allow you to retrieve you data in the event of a data loss, not to actually minimize your down time in anyway.
There are two types of backup models. Files based, and image based.
Housing associations are braced for reform. Legislation, from housing benefit direct to tenants to the bedroom tax, is being driven through but scant consideration has been given to data security. Changing how and where data is held, accessed and transmitted can have profound implications and could see some housing associations breach regulations.
Securing personal data on the wide range of tenants which housing associations provide for is vitally important to protect their identities and to protect them from harm. Current data management is often out of date and incoming legislation threatens to disrupt processes further.
Housing associations can avoid falling foul of legislation and take the necessary steps to ensure future compliance by following a five-point action plan:
“Tone at the top” is an often-used term to describe how an organization’s leadership creates an environment that fosters ethical and responsible business behavior. While tone at the top is important and a vital foundation, is it enough?
The reality is that when leaders communicate the organization’s vision, mission, core values and commitment to appropriate ethical behavior, what really drives the culture and resonates with the organization’s employees is what they see and hear every day from the managers to whom they report. If the behavior of middle managers contradicts the messaging and values conveyed from the top, it won’t take long for lower-level employees to notice. Because the top-down emphasis on ethical and responsible business behavior in an organization is only as strong as its weakest link, it is vital that the organization’s tone at the top be translated into an effective tone in the middle before it can reach the rest of the organization.
STROUD, UK – Cristie Software has today made the first release of CloneManager; a software product that migrates running Windows or Linux servers to another location which may be a physical, virtual or cloud environment.
CloneManager uses a ‘drag and drop’ interface to provide a simple but powerful mechanism for real time migration to similar or dissimilar hardware. The software is scalable from single machine migrations to large move groups which can be scheduled to migrate an entire data centre over a few days. The software integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere™ and vCloud™ targets allowing virtual machines and vApps to be created on the fly. The software also optimises the partition layout, cpu and memory allocation and network mappings of the new VM based on the characteristics of the source machine
CloneManager also features CloneSync, a feature that allows a cloned machine to be periodically synced with its source machine. The software is licensed on a token basis at a price of US$150 per completed migration and US$3 per sync.
Ian Cameron, CEO of Cristie Software said: “We have been working closely with a US based global service provider to develop CloneManager and it has undergone rigorous testing and performance evaluation in both laboratory and real life environments. We are confident that CloneManager provides world leading speed, reliability and ease of use that will be of benefit to both service providers and end users wishing to migrate or clone machines or to refresh server hardware.”
For full details please visit the product page
About Cristie Software Limited
Cristie Software Limited was established in the UK in 2007 and has grown rapidly to become a leading software provider specialising in data protection, machine recovery, migration and high availability.
The software provides fast, reliable and highly automated backup, recovery and migration solutions for Windows, Linux and other Unix machines. Cristie Software solutions are sold worldwide by IBM, EMC and through a global network of leading resellers.
WASHINGTON – In the wake of severe storms and tornadoes in Oklahoma, voluntary agencies continue to be a vital member of the disaster response and recovery team, working alongside state, tribal and local emergency responders to assist in caring for the immediate needs of survivors. The public can play an important role with the emergency management team, volunteering their time, money, and energy to help disaster survivors and their families. There are ways individuals can support the ongoing response and recovery efforts, whether they live in the affected area or across the country.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is advising people who want to help survivors to do so through affiliation with the voluntary organizations that are active in the ongoing disaster operations. More information on volunteering and donations can be found at www.fema.gov/howtohelp.
“Voluntary agencies are playing a critical role in the response and recovery efforts in Oklahoma,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “To best meet the needs of survivors, voluntary agencies need the public’s support.”
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) serves as the primary point of contact for voluntary organization coordination in FEMA's National Response Coordination Center, supporting Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, and Human Services needs. National VOAD continues to work with a network of more than 50 national agencies and 55 state and territorial VOADs providing countless volunteers and services to support response and recovery efforts. Financial contributions offer voluntary agencies of your choice the most flexibility in obtaining resources.
“The coordinated support from the American public, Oklahoma survivors, faith-based and community-based relief organizations, the business community and local, state, tribal and federal governments will be necessary to restore the communities in Moore County,” said Daniel Stoecker, Executive Director of National VOAD. “The most effective way to help tornado survivors will be to donate to, or volunteer with, a reputable, recognized organization active in disaster response and recovery activities.”
National VOAD members including voluntary, non-profit and faith-based organizations are working closely with affected states and communities to assist with providing mobile feeding, assist with debris removal and, as needed, to support with temporary home repairs and other needs for disaster survivors.
Examples of ongoing work include:
• continues to work with its membership to coordinate mass feeding teams, debris clean up and volunteer reception centers.
• American Red Cross disaster teams in Oklahoma have five open shelters. Thirty-one emergency response vehicles are on the ground or en route to distribute food and water and five emergency aid stations were open where people can find a safe refuge, food and snacks, emotional support, health care services and information about what other help is available. The Red Cross and FEMA continue to jointly lead the planning and coordination of mass care services, as part of Emergency Support Function 6 (ESF#6), which assists states in their planning and coordinating of mass care services, specifically sheltering, feeding, distribution of emergency supplies, and family reunification services.
• , working with the American Red Cross, is providing teams of volunteers to assist local authorities with road openings, debris removal, and logistics coordination.
• Salvation Army teams continue to provide food, hydration, and pastoral care to those affected by these tornados. Twelve Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) have provided more than 4,600 meals to survivors.
• Southern Baptist Convention, working with the American Red Cross, is providing two kitchens to provide meals to disaster survivors. The kitchens are able to make tens of thousands of meals a day if needed.
• Samaritans Purse has mobilized teams with equipment to support debris cleanup, roof tarping, and chainsaw work.
• Mennonite Disaster Service has mobilized Early Response Teams with equipment to support debris clean up and chainsaw work.
• Catholic Charities USA has been working with the local Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to provide support to the diocese efforts. Catholic Charities USA staff are deployed to support the assessment and determination of the immediate service delivery program.
• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a team of National Disaster Response members in Oklahoma City and is providing emotional and spiritual care for survivors and first responders.
• Adventist Community Services (ACS) are collecting, sorting, and distributing supplies under the management of ACS Disaster Response teams.
• ICNA Relief's Disaster Response Services has deployed teams to assist with disaster clean up. Teams include chainsaw crews to assist to remove downed trees from damaged homes, remove damaged household contents and tree debris, and support roof tarping.
• Brethren Disaster Services deployed two of the Critical Response Child Care Teams to provide support to affected families and children. They will be partnering with the American Red Cross to provide trained and certified volunteers to set up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers. The volunteers are specially trained to respond to traumatized children, providing a calm, safe, and reassuring presence.
• United Way in coordination with the state of Oklahoma has established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to assist with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of survivors. Donations can be made by calling (405) 236-8441 or donating online at www.unitedwayokc.org.
Be wary of scams and fraud - Unfortunately, disasters often bring out criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors, or the generosity of those looking to help, by offering fraudulent services. If you suspect anyone – an inspector, disaster survivor, or someone posing as one of these – of fraudulent activities, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or your local law enforcement agency.
FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or services.
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
Allows Users of Competitive Linux-based NAS Units to Trade Up to Infortrend Enterprise-Grade ZFS-based NAS at Steep Discounts
SAN FRANCISCO – Infortrend Corporation, a leading provider of networked storage solutions for disaster recovery and data backup today announced its new Competitive Trade-In program. Infortrend will offer up to a 30% discount for business users of Linux-based NAS products to switch to Infortrend's ZFS-based EonNAS products through a participating channel partner through December 31, 2013.
Currently, only owners of business-class Seagate, Western Digital, QNAP, Synology, Netgear and Buffalo Technology Linux-based NAS models are eligible to participate in this program to take advantage of the savings.
The experience of Tony Khotsikian, IT Director at Broad Talent Corp. echoes that of many who have made the switch:
"After switching and upgrading from a QNAP TS-879U-RP to Infortrend EonNAS 1510X, we couldn't be happier," said Khotsikian. "What used to take up 10TB of storage space, with the deduplication feature that the EonNAS offers, it is reduced down to a little more than 3TB, saving 7TB for additional data storage. I would recommend Infortrend EonNAS to anyone."
"Our new Competitive Trade-In Program will allow customers of Linux-based NAS to economically switch to our ZFS-based NAS products that offer enterprise-class data backup, disaster recovery and data integrity solutions," said William Chen, Director of SMB Product Strategy at Infortrend. "This new program will facilitate adoption of Infortrend EonNAS storage products in the marketplace by offering steep discounts and making the decision to switch to the Infortrend ZFS-based NAS solution an easier one."
Infortrend's all-in-one data backup, disaster recovery and data integrity solutions offer enterprise-class features that Linux-based NAS cannot offer such as:
- Data Deduplication that reduces data storage and saves cost.
- Compression that speeds up data read/write and creates more space for data storage.
- Unlimited Snapshot that allows as short as 10-minute interval for disaster recovery.
- Data Self-Healing that allows automatic repairs of bad data blocks.
- WORM function that prevents data from being edited or deleted until a retention period has been reached.
This promotion begins today and runs through December 31st, 2013. Interested partners and/or customers can learn more about the program at http://www.eonnas.com/us/special-offers/competitive-trade-in-program.
Founded in 1993, Infortrend Corporation is a leading provider of high performance networked storage solutions focusing on quality, reliability, choice and value. Fueled by a depth of technological expertise and system level knowledge, Infortrend storage solutions have been widely deployed on a variety of demanding applications by multiple users across commercial and industrial markets. Its core brands include the ESVA, EonStor DS, EonStor and EonNAS product families. Infortrend is a publicly traded company in Taiwan.
For more information, visit us at www.infortrend.com.
New program brings additional quality and consistency for survey, installation and maintenance services for all customers
CALGARY, Alberta – SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces that ITEC Intelligent Service Plc. has been selected to become SMART’s Service Only Provider (SOP) in North, Central and Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa as well as the Asia Pacific region. The program is effective immediately and provides SMART’s customers with reliable service options through contracted installation and on-site maintenance support. SMART’s customers will benefit from ITEC’s survey, installation and maintenance services through SMART’s channel partners around the world.
With ITEC’s network of Authorized Service Partners in more than 90 countries across the globe, SMART resellers will have access to high-quality service support allowing them to combine product sales with services for expanded opportunities and profitability. SMART customers have the assurance that all services performed by ITEC will be of a consistent global standard. ITEC staff members have achieved numerous SMART Technical Certifications including SMART Factory Trained Installer, SMART Factory Trained DViT® (Digital Vision Touch) Technology Technician, and SMART Certified Technical Trainer for all DViT levels.
“The objective of the SMART SOP program is to provide SMART’s global channel community with the ability to receive installation and maintenance services to a uniform standard, enhancing service quality and service coverage anywhere in the world,” says Ross Teaque, CEO, ITEC. “With ITEC’s global reach, service-only focus and established delivery methodology, SMART’s customers can be confident of excellence each time, every time, globally.”
“This program will support our resellers to augment their current sales, installation and service model,” says Patrick Lelorieux, President, Enterprise, SMART Technologies. “We are pleased to work with ITEC in realizing consistent, high-quality service and coverage for SMART customers around the world.”
For more information about ITEC’s SOP program for SMART, please visit itec-is.com/smart.
About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays.