NORWALK, CT – Datto, Inc., an award-winning provider of hardware-based on- and off-site backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity (IBC) solutions, announced today that it has won the ASCII Chicago Success Summit’s ‘Best New Product’ Award for Datto ALTO, a new BDR utilizing Hybrid VirtualizationTM, designed specifically for small businesses.
Continuing the Company’s success from the ASCII Boston Success Summit, Datto received recognition as the technology company deemed to have the best new product for the IT industry. The event’s attendees, consisting of both IT vendors and solution providers focused on the small-to-medium (SMB) market, voted for Datto which received the award on the final day of the event.
Launched on April 16, 2013, Datto ALTO is an advanced backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solution that is easy to use, cost effective, and provides an insurance policy against costly downtime and significantly decreases the likelihood of any extended interruptions in business continuity, regardless of the disaster scenario.
"It is truly rewarding to see Datto ALTO recognized at both the Chicago and Boston ASCII events,” said Austin McChord, Founder & CEO of Datto. “The level of interest and support we have received from our industry peers reinforces our confidence in the new offering and we look forward to sharing future feedback and user success stories.”
The award emphasizes Datto’s realization that small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) generate more data than ever, and because the value of that data is increasing, so are the risks of data loss. With fewer resources to manage and protect data, Datto ALTO was developed to address largely underserved markets by allowing MSPs to make the BDR investment fiscally manageable for SMBs.
About Datto Inc.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity (IBC) solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR/IBC vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization and screenshot backup verification, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology™. The Datto product line addresses the specific needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and serves a wide range of vertical markets including: healthcare, financial, education, banking, legal, manufacturing, retail, and municipal.
Datto is a channel only provider. Solutions are resold through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value Added Resellers (VARs) and IT Service Providers to end-user businesses. To learn more about Datto, visit http://www.dattobackup.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Blog.
MOORE, Okla. – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), one of the largest charitable organizations in the nation, is on the ground in Oklahoma to help provide relief to the victims of Monday's tornadoes. To help individuals and families hit by the storms, the Society is accepting contributions to its Domestic Disaster Relief Fund: https://www.svdpusa.net/transact/transaction-donationsform13.php?transactionid=18
The Society is coordinating efforts with its Archdiocesan Council of Oklahoma, as well as SVdP's conference (chapter) and the Catholic Church in Moore.
SVdP's response to this disaster follows on the heels of its work with victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17. The organization's experience in disaster relief includes work with victims of Hurricane Sandy; tornadoes, floods and wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma; and assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Society's approach to disaster relief and recovery was recognized by the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which named the Society of St. Vincent de Paul its "2012 Member of the Year." The recognition was based on SVdP's demonstrated commitment to VOAD's four principles: cooperation, communications, coordination and collaboration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Department of Emergency Management nominated the Society for the award.
Coordinating the Society's efforts in Oklahoma is Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, national associate executive director for SVdP's south central region, which encompasses Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
"Initially, we will do an assessment of the situation in Oklahoma," she said, "and provide vouchers for basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. Then, we'll move on to case management to evaluate each person's additional needs, including helping victims to process the paperwork required by agencies such as the IRS, the Small Business Administration and FEMA. At the same time, however, we'll provide emotional support, which is as critical to people in a situation like this as material and monetary help."
One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 700,000 men and women throughout the world who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 149 countries on five continents. With the U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., membership in the United States totals more than 141,000 in 4,300 communities. Programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the sick, the incarcerated and the elderly, and medical care. Last year, SVdP made more than 1.5 million visits (homes, hospitals and prisons), served almost 10 million people, and provided more than $660 million in tangible and in-kind services.
FoodInsurance.com wants to help every person with tips and tools
SALT LAKE CITY – FoodInsurance.com encourages every individual to make preparing for an emergency a priority. Whether it's a glass-shattering wind, flood, fire or earthquake, you should be prepared:
- As we have seen recently, tornadoes can wreak havoc in just minutes. Each year, as many as 90 people are killed from tornadoes and millions of dollars' worth of damage occurs. It's best to have a safe place to shelter during the storm, such as a basement or other space below ground. You should always have supplies ready in these shelters.
- Hurricanes incorporate high winds and rain. Violent seas, coastal flooding and wind damage typically result from these storms. The effects can be felt hundreds of miles inland.
- Flooding can occur as a result of any number of events: heavy rain or seasonal run-off, storm surges along the coasts, a weakened dam or levee all can cause serious damage to homes and communities. Floods are one of the most frequent disasters and can happen anywhere.
- Fire risk and prevention is the most common of all. Install smoke detectors and have a fire extinguisher on hand. If you live in an area at risk of wild fires, keep brush away from structures and have an emergency kit ready at all times.
"Unexpected events happen everyday," states Sarah Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, FoodInsurance.com. "This is why emergency awareness and preparation are essential. Stock up on the supplies that you need to keep an unexpected event from becoming a disaster. Being proactive about being prepared can make a big difference in your family's well-being in the face of uncertainty. Having food and water stored is one of many things that you can do to prepare."
Here are some steps in taking a comprehensive approach to being prepared:
- Check food and water supplies. Most experts say that a minimum two-week supply of food for your family is crucial. In addition, families should plan on having one gallon of water per person, per day. Include water purification tools like water filters, iodine or bleach.
- Safety, shelter and survival. Have a kit ready to go that includes clothing, like gloves, hats, socks, as well as warm blankets. Your kit should also include rope, tarps, a knife, fire-starters, batteries, and a heat source.
- Stay organized. Be sure to have an emergency contact list and extra cash on hand. You should know how to turn off the gas, water and the electricity to your home.
- First Aid kits are important to have on hand, as well as extra medication or necessities such as sanitation and hygiene essentials, like soap and other toiletries.
- Make a plan. Communication methods and a family evacuation plan are important. Having a crank-radio or walkie-talkies can be helpful when traditional methods of communication are down.
FoodInsurance.com is a company that provides short and long-term emergency food supplies that are designed to meet the needs of families in any eventuality. The company uses the freeze-dried process to create gourmet entrees that are convenient to store, easy to prepare and guaranteed to last up to 25 years. FoodInsurance.com also offers lightweight, weather-resistant backpacks containing a 2-week supply of food for one adult and other emergency essentials. To learn more about Food Insurance, go to www.FoodInsurance.com.
New Market Will Serve Increased Demand for Wholesale and Retail Colocation, Managed Services and Cloud Computing Solutions
DENVER, Colo. – ViaWest, the leading colocation services provider in North America, announces plans for its newest Tier IV design certified data center to be built in the Minneapolis, Minnesota region. In response to strong business demand for a colocation provider offering a broader range of services including fully compliant environments, hybrid hosting, private and community clouds, and managed services, ViaWest evaluated several key markets and completed the acquisition of 28 acres of land, existing buildings and infrastructure in a Minneapolis suburb. From this location ViaWest will offer its comprehensive suite of premium wholesale and retail colocation, managed and cloud services.
Businesses in the Minnesota region have followed the national trend of IT infrastructure outsourcing to achieve competitive advantage. Cloud adoption has gained momentum, although concerns regarding compliance and security particularly within the region’s healthcare, financial and government sectors have increased. As a result, these businesses are looking for hybrid environments to leverage both existing IT infrastructure and emerging cloud resources to find the right balance of cost, scalability and security. ViaWest is the premier colocation services provider offering a broad range of services enabling the flexibility Minnesota businesses need for changing industry and market conditions.
“Demand within our hybrid niche has continued to increase and we have identified the Minneapolis region as a market in which our local approach to meeting customer needs with tailored solutions will be well-served,” explains Nancy Phillips, President and CEO for ViaWest. “Following the ViaWest blueprint, we plan to plant our flag in Minnesota, become a part of the community by hiring local technology talent and elevate business growth throughout the region.”
Realizing the opportunity to bring its customer-centric approach to this new market, ViaWest will deliver highly customized solutions and a personal touch via its new facility in Minneapolis. “The customer-service DNA is so ingrained into the ViaWest corporate culture,” says Cynthia Nustad, Senior Vice President and CIO for HMS. HMS is a current ViaWest customer within the healthcare industry, utilizing ViaWest’s services from two of its existing data center locations. “We have exacting requirements for uptime and reliability and ViaWest meets them all,” continued Nustad.
ViaWest continues to set the standard for data center design and innovation. ViaWest’s Las Vegas data center is the first colocation facility in North America to receive Tier IV design certification from the Uptime Institute. This designation is the highest possible and demonstrates industry-leading quality and uptime. ViaWest intends to apply for Uptime Institute Tier IV design certification for its Minneapolis facility upon completion of design documents.
ViaWest expects to commence construction of its 150,000 square-foot facility in time to permit availability in the first quarter of 2014.
For more information about ViaWest, visit www.viawest.com.
ViaWest is the leading colocation provider in North America. We enable businesses to leverage both their existing IT infrastructure and emerging cloud resources to deliver the right balance of cost, scalability and security. Our data center services include a comprehensive suite of fully compliant environments, premium wholesale and retail colocation, private and public clouds and managed services. For additional information on ViaWest, please visit www.viawest.com or call 1-877-448-9378. Follow ViaWest on LinkedIn, Twitter or visit their YouTube channel.
Survivors are Encouraged to Register with FEMA
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino traveled to Moore, Oklahoma to meet with Governor Mary Fallin, U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, Mayor Glenn Lewis, Red Cross President Gail McGovern and other state and local officials to tour disaster affected areas and ensure that first responders are receiving the assistance they need in on-going response and recovery efforts to the severe weather that impacted the region.
At the direction of President Obama, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate traveled to Oklahoma on Tuesday and remained there today to ensure all federal resources are supporting our state, local and tribal partners in life-saving and safety operations including search and rescue.
In coordination with the state, FEMA has more than 400 personnel on the ground in Oklahoma in support of response and recovery efforts, including a liaison officer, three national Urban Search and Rescue teams, a national Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and a regional IMAT to coordinate with state and local officials in support of recovery operations. Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) assets also are in Oklahoma to provide self-sustaining telecommunications, logistics and operations support elements. Additional teams are en route.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties are encouraged to apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants who use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
Federal activities underway today to support Oklahoma response efforts include the following:
• As of 3:00 p.m. today more than 1,500 disaster survivors have registered for FEMA assistance. FEMA continues to encourage disaster survivors to register for FEMA assistance.
• FEMA implemented a pilot program for debris removal that offers communities financial incentives for the timely removal of debris and a time limited financial incentive for having a pre-incident debris management plan.
• Three national FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams (Texas Task Force 1, Nebraska Task Force 1 and Tennessee Task Force 1) remain on the ground and performed search and rescue operations in Oklahoma.
• FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) assets are positioned in Oklahoma to provide self-sustaining telecommunications, logistics, and operations support elements.
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) subject matter experts were on site at the National Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Regional Response Coordination Center in Denton, Texas.
• More than 160 Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, under the governor’s direction, conducted search operations, provided security and check point operations, and provided logistics support for the Moore tornado recovery efforts in non-federal status.
• The U.S. Small Business Administration deployed customer service staff to the affected areas and announced low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Oklahoma residents and business owners in the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie.
• Three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in the affected areas to help disaster survivors register for assistance and access information to help them with their recovery.
• There are members of the Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) supporting the Moore and Shawnee DRCs. Three teams were canvassing neighborhoods in Moore, north and south, to support registration intake and supporting disaster survivors. The teams were supporting survivors who lived close to the former Briarwood elementary school that was destroyed.
• The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed 18 additional AmeriCorps members to help in the response activities.
• Red Cross disaster teams in Oklahoma have five open shelters. Nearly 30 emergency response vehicles were 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 Southern Baptist Convention, working with the American Red Cross, are providing two kitchens and are beginning to prepare meals today. The kitchens are able to make tens of thousands of meals a day if needed
• The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced steps it is taking to support Oklahoma recovery. USDA is inventorying unoccupied multi-family housing rental units and the USDA Rural Development notified lenders who guarantee USDA housing loans that they may offer a moratorium on mortgage payments to borrowers in the disaster area.
• FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C., a multi-agency coordination center that provides overall coordination of the federal response to natural disasters and emergencies, and FEMA’s Region VI Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) located in Denton, Texas remains activated to coordinate any requests for federal assistance, if requested.
• Additional resources beyond these immediate assets will also be available to support response and recovery efforts, including for affected individuals and small businesses.
The American Red Cross Safe and Well secure website provides a way for people to find information on survivors affected by the storms.
The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) Disaster Distress helpline remains activated. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to survivors who are experiencing emotional distress.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) member organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others continue to be heavily involved in the disaster response by providing assistance to disaster survivors. For individuals and businesses who are interested in knowing how they can help, cash donations to their voluntary agency of choice is the preferred means of assistance. For information on the voluntary organizations that support disaster response and recovery efforts, visit www.nvoad.org. Also, information can be found on the state’s official web portal at http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/.
For information on yesterday’s federal activities, visit fema.gov.
There are tools and resources available online to help prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of disaster. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more. The Spanish language site – listo.gov. Those with a Blackberry, Android or Apple device can download the FEMA app to access safety tips, shelter locations, and more.
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.
Wealth management firms process, consume, and produce massive amounts of digital data on a daily basis. Many types of wealth management firms are looking at Big Data solutions, including banks, full service and self-directed brokers, and RIAs. Celent believes banks and full service brokers are more likely to use Big Data solutions in the near term as they work to establish better consolidated or 360° views of their customers.
Celent defines Big Data on three dimensions (volume, velocity, and variety), and the process includes capturing and gathering data, analytics, and visualization. This has caught the attention of financial service firms because Big Data can help firms capture and combine diverse sets of internal and external data to improve their analytics. New Big Data analytics help firms process analyst queries and experiments faster, which improves analyst productivity and provides a competitive advantage. Improved visualization tools help in the exploration and presentation of data and analytics.
"Community resilience" is one of those things that we all agree is important but can't agree on just what it means, a situation not uncommon in emergency management. In very broad terms it is the ability of a community to survive and recovery from a significant event. But how do we measure resilience?
Jorn Birkmann's book Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: Towards Disaster Resilient Societies offers a number of perspectives on the difficulty in such measurements and the complexity involved. It also demonstrates that much of the data needed by current assessment models are either hard to obtain or non-existent, requiring the use of proxy data. This makes many of these research tools of limited utility to the emergency manager.
The storm that destroyed large swaths of Oklahoma was unfathomably destructive. It’s vast size was frightening, its energy enormous, its tragedy permanently unforgettable. Even with all the tornadoes to ravage the U.S. landscape in recent years, this one is uniquely disturbing. The images of flattened neighborhoods full of shattered-toothpick homes and mangled cars look make believe.
With at least 24 dead and more than 200 injured, the human toll has been massive.
In this video, Moore, Oklahoma, Mayor Glenn Lewis discusses the devastation.
The pricing of a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) offering can make or break the solution's profitability for managed services providers (MSP). To avoid beginner mistakes with BDR pricing, we did a little research and discovered five pricing tips that can help MSPs keep their head above water. Take a look at what we uncovered in this MSPmentor exclusive.
BlackPoint IT Services Managed Services Vice President Chris Butler told MSPmentor that his pricing practices have worked well for his company. His pricing strategy has been "developed over the past three years by listening to client feedback and what would be their ideal backup as a service solution."