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Jon Seals

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.



Remember the business aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? In each case, companies far and wide scrambled to put business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans in place if they didn’t already have them – whether or not they had felt so much as a raindrop from the super-storms.

But human memory is short-lived. As incredible as it may seem, some people have already forgotten the devastation and destruction caused by disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. The problem, of course, is that the risk of disasters hasn’t gone down, even if our alertness to them has. All you need to do is take a look at data such as Sperling’s natural disaster map to see that the next disaster could be just around the corner … with the risks notably higher depending on where you are.

So now – in between crises – is a great time to figure out how to mitigate the risk associated with natural disasters. And one of the foremost ways to do so is to consider the location of your secondary or backup data center.



Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has appointed SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global network and satellite communications service provider, as a Distribution Partner (DP) for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One, its new voice and broadband data service for leisure yachts and near-shore fishing boats.


As part of the agreement signed today, SpeedCast has also been appointed as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband maritime service, delivered over the new Global Xpress (GX) constellation.


“SpeedCast is a valuable addition to our partner channel and strengthens Inmarsat’s capabilities across Asia Pacific during a period of unprecedented investment and service development in our maritime business,” said Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime. “Given their many years of experience in satellite communications and commitment to serving the maritime industry, including strong links into the leisure market, SpeedCast is perfectly positioned to support end-users seeking the most effective communications solutions to drive operational efficiencies and enhance crew welfare.”


“As an industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “We are very pleased to solidify our partnership with Inmarsat via this appointment; it is an extension of our existing relationship and a testament to SpeedCast’s strong market position in maritime satellite services, providing communications and IT solutions to meet the unique requirements of our customers. Inmarsat’s portfolio of satcom solutions, including the much anticipated Global Xpress service, will be a valuable addition to our comprehensive suite of maritime solutions.”


SpeedCast’s maritime unit has continued its growth momentum in the marketplace across all segments of the maritime industry, including merchant shipping, offshore services, and the leisure market. SpeedCast successfully acquired SatComms Australia, an existing Inmarsat Service Provider, earlier this year, and has for many years provided VSAT services to Globe Wireless, which was acquired by Inmarsat in January.

14000 tonnes of carbon reduced over 10 years and multiple MOD data centres consolidated to a single site


SPRING PARK, Wiltshire Ark Data Centres, which designs, constructs and operates the UK's most efficient data centres, today announced that it is implementing a new state-of-the-art data centre solution for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) at Corsham in Wiltshire. This major consolidation and centralisation project may generate significant savings to the public purse in energy costs over the next 10 years. The new data centre will support the delivery of MOD IT services.


The MOD is closing the existing host site in Bath as part of the Department’s on-going programme of cost saving and efficiency. This prime real estate has already been sold and has generated savings for the MOD which can now be focussed on delivering support to the Armed Forces.


The relocation of the data centre will allow the Bath site to be released to developers. Ark’s ability to deliver the solution, rapidly taking into account all the MOD requirements has helped to de-risk the full release of the site by the MOD to developers and to realise its savings.


Within two months, Ark was able to demonstrate a clear business case for the move including significant energy savings and tailored to the MOD’s security requirements. This means that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the new data centre in Corsham will be significantly lower when compared to the old site.


“We surveyed the existing MOD data centre and designed an Ark environment that is far smaller, more flexible and accommodates all of the department’s needs, future-proofed with room to grow,” said Steve Webb, CIO at Ark Data Centres. “This includes a link to the MOD’s Information Systems and Services (ISS) headquarters building at Corsham - which happens to be next door to our site - so that ISS can conveniently work with the new data centre. This is a great example of how the MOD can benefit from secure sharing in a very high efficiency environment. The location of Ark’s Spring Park so close to the MOD’s existing location at Corsham was really important.”


Due to the sensitive nature of MOD’s operations, Ark is delivering data centre services that meet HM Government’s data classification parameters and is in line with the Cabinet Office strategy of increasing sharing across the public sector.


Given its experience with other MOD clients and the existing communications links already on site, Ark’s winning G-Cloud formula includes a fixed PUE (power efficiency rating) that will save 14,000 tonnes of carbon over 10 years.


Uniquely designed from the ground up, Ark’s data centres feature concurrently maintained mechanical and electrical plants alongside sensitive control of cooling and power. Ark’s operational procedures have been developed and tested to take account of any exceptional circumstances and, designed and accredited to ISO 22301 standards. Ark’s business continuity management system is designed to reduce the likelihood of, and fast recovery from, any disruptive incident leveraging the low latency diverse dark fibre connectivity between sites. Sitting in its own secure compound, each MOD data centre location is shielded by physical protection in line with the MOD’s departmental regulations. These are complemented by Ark’s advanced technology and a risk management system, designed to the ISO 27001 information security management standard. Ark also delivers security per building rather than per site.


Ark will have prepared the facility within just two months of formal contract award, and saved the MOD from having to build a new facility that could have cost millions of pounds and taken at least a year to complete.

Having this MOD data centre on site with Ark adds valuable credibility to the Company’s central government credentials.


About Ark Data Centres

Ark Data Centres designs, constructs and operates the UK's most efficient data centres. It has pioneered the use of free air-cooling, a unique monitoring system, real time dynamic cooling and load matching technology that gives its clients the lowest TCO along with the greatest operational flexibility. Dedicated to innovation, Ark’s modular, state-of-the-art sites in Hampshire and Wiltshire will be the largest in Europe and were the first to contractually guarantee power usage efficiency (PUE) for clients.

An independent company that prides itself on being easy to do business with, Ark Data Centres boasts the lowest total cost of ownership in the world and has saved both millions of pounds and millions of tonnes of carbon for organisations in the defence, telecommunications, government and financial services sectors. Capable of operating at the highest levels of security, Ark’s incremental approach to building out its data centre campuses means it is constantly innovating, building to the latest operational requirements of its clients and minimising the operational legacy. Through an optimised logistics support chain it has and will continue to deliver operational data centres in just 12 weeks.

www.arkdatacentres.co.uk, Tel: 0845 389 3355, Twitter.com/arkdatacentres

52 percent success rate reported for attempted bare metal restores


SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – Cloud backup & disaster recovery provider Zetta.net announced the results of a recent survey on bare metal recovery (BMR) usage in modern IT.

"Anecdotally, bare metal recovery has a reputation for being unreliable," commented Gary Sevounts, CMO, Zetta.net. "But it was difficult to find any numbers related to success. We conducted this survey to learn more about how our customers use this technology, and how successful it's been for them."


The company heard from more than 200 IT professionals on their experiences with BMR, including usage rates, success rates and the most frequent causes of failure.

The company released several statistics from their findings:

  • 34% of respondents had used BMR at some point in their career - slightly more than one third.
  • 23% of respondents were currently using BMR. Zetta.net noted that several respondents cited increased virtualization as eliminating their need for BMR.
  • 48% of BMR users reported that they had experienced problems trying to perform a restore.
  • 52% of BMR users reported experiencing no problems attempting restores.

Among users who reported problems, the primary cause varied:

  • 24% reported driver failure
  • 35% reported corrupt backup
  • 36% reported dissimilar hardware
  • 3% reported other difficulties. According to Zetta.net, the comments referenced tape drive problems and related issues.

The results with commentary are published on Zetta.net's blog, along with an infographic giving their take on the numbers.  Zetta.net is also promoting their "VHD recovery" option as an alternative to traditional BMR, claiming it offers a smoother, less error-prone restore.

About Zetta.net

Zetta.net is an award-winning provider of enterprise-grade cloud backup, disaster recovery and archiving technology for small/medium enterprises, distributed organizations, and managed service providers (MSPs). The SaaS-based solution enables companies to simplify backups and instantly recover data through a single management point. With local and cloud backup, archiving and disaster recovery functionality integrated into one solution, Zetta.net delivers the value of multiple products at a fraction of the cost.

For more information, visit www.zetta.net or www.facebook.com/zettastorage. Follow Zetta.net on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zettanet.

Seagate selects Iron Mountain’s data center for colocation; Iron Mountain to resell Seagate EVault Cloud Backup and Cloud Disaster Recovery

Organizations are increasingly relying on cloud-based backup and disaster recovery tools to protect their critical data and business operations. Iron Mountain (NYSE:IRM) and Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX) today announced a multi-year alliance agreement that brings together distinct capabilities in security, services, and scale from two industry leading information storage and management companies. Seagate will co-locate parts of its data center operations to Iron Mountain’s National Underground Data Center. Additionally, Iron Mountain will resell Seagate EVault Cloud Server Backup and Cloud Disaster Recovery solutions.

“This partnership offers customers a unique combination of technology and trust,” said Jason Buffington, senior data protection analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. “Combining Seagate’s expertise as an early innovator in hybrid data protection, built on on-premises appliances and cloud repositories; with Iron Mountain’s solid reputation as a trusted protector of data and assets, should be a welcome pairing for customers and partners looking for hybrid protection. As the business continuity/disaster recovery market continues to evolve, this combination will be one to watch and partner with moving forward.”

“This is an incredible partnership between two global data management leaders,” said Mike Palmer, senior vice president and general manager of Cloud Systems and Solutions at Seagate. “The unique combination of our cloud systems and solutions being housed in Iron Mountain’s highly secure and compliant data center provides organizations with unparalleled security, reliability, and confidence.”

Iron Mountain will offer Seagate EVault Cloud Backup and Cloud Disaster Recovery services with the benefit of their data being protected in Iron Mountain’s National Underground Data Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Through this partnership Iron Mountain customers will be able to:

  • Protect their servers with continuous backup into one of the most secured data centers and pay only for what is used;
  • Store backup data 220-feet underground for disaster recovery and retention in Iron Mountain’s ultra-resilient and secure data center; and
  • Receive recovery services with Seagate’s industry leading recovery team within agreed upon service-level agreements (1 hour, 24 hours, and 48 hours)

“We take data backup and storage very seriously, much like Seagate, so it was a natural fit for our companies to join forces,” said Eileen Sweeney, senior vice president and general manager, Data Management, Iron Mountain. “Customers come to Iron Mountain because of our reputation as the one to turn to when you need to know that your data is safe, no matter what happens. We’re very happy to provide this level of reliability to Iron Mountain and Seagate customers, and pleased to offer our customers Seagate’s best in class cloud backup and disaster recovery solution.”

Customers can learn more about Iron Mountain and Seagate’s offering at Gartner’s Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, December 4th, 2014. Janson Hoambrecker, director of product management, Seagate Technology and Dr. Jeremy Zhang, director of product management, Iron Mountain will discuss how Seagate Technology and Iron Mountain have come together to help customers solve their backup and disaster recovery problems. The session runs from 11:30am – 12:00pm in the "Titian 2304” room at The Venetian Las Vegas.

For more information, visit www.ironmountain.com/evault


About Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions forrecords managementdata managementdocument management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.


About Seagate

Seagate is a world leader in storage solutions. Learn more at www.seagate.com. Follow Seagate on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and subscribe to our blog.

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Alliance welcomes interested companies to help alleviate the spectrum crunch, enable the Internet of Things and close the digital divide


AirTies, Aruba Networks, ATDI, Broadcom, and Saankhya Labs are the latest members to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, with Broadcom and Aruba Networks being elected to its Board of Directors. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes new members as it continues to advocate for laws and regulations that lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization, thereby helping governments around the globe address key policy challenges around making Internet access more ubiquitous and more affordable and improving the lives of their citizens.


Broadcom is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communication. Founded in 2004, AirTies designs and develops software and hardware to wirelessly stream high definition video to multiple rooms and screens. For over a decade Aruba Networks has provided access management, network infrastructure and mobility application solutions that enable the creation of next-generation mobility networks. As the first France-based company to join the Alliance, ATDI designs, develops, and publishes software focused on radio planning, spectrum management, monitoring, digital cartography, network design and optimization. Saankhya Labs, based in India, joins the Alliance and is an innovative fabless semiconductor company providing Software Defined Radio (SDR) based ICs and modules for video, audio, and data communication.


“Governments around the world recognize that expanding Internet access is key to their economic growth as it will help them deliver healthcare, education, emergency communications, and other government services to their citizens, as well as enable a new generation of small- and medium-sized businesses and increase output for key sectors such as agriculture. Having just toured Asia and Africa, it is clear that leading regulators and policymakers now recognize that these goals can only be achieved with increased reliance on dynamic spectrum sharing regimes” said Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance. “There is no better endorsement of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s policy platform than the addition of significant companies like AirTies, Aruba Networks, ATDI, Broadcom, and Saankhya Labs. Adding the first French and Indian companies to the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance demonstrates that this is a truly global movement, which is gaining momentum. We welcome these new members and invite other companies and organizations to join the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.”


“These new members are joining at the end of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s first full year as an incorporated entity, signifying both a growing need for efficient spectrum allocation and a resounding endorsement of our spectrum policy positions. The world is changing rapidly and so must spectrum policy, especially as we increasingly move further into the digital age.”


The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes interested companies to join, so please visit the membership page which provides a membership level breakdown and further detail on how to become a member. For further information about the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, or follow @dynamicspectrum on Twitter. Alternatively joins the Alliance on Facebook or LinkedIn. For all media enquiries, please contact Dana Hare at dana.hare@proactive-pr.com or +44 7795 615466, or Russell Cafferty at russell.cafferty@proactive-pr.com.



About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. Visit http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, follow @DynamicSpectrum, https://www.facebook.com/DynamicSpectrumAlliance, and http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Dynamic-Spectrum-Access-DSA-5122947.


About AirTies

AirTies was founded in 2004 by a senior management and technical team from Silicon Valley, with the strategic intent to become the market leader for the wirelessly connected home. AirTies designs and develops its own software and hardware, wirelessly streaming high definition video to multiple rooms and screens. The comprehensive product portfolio includes broadband Internet devices and Internet based television set top boxes. Its award winning technology enables seamless wireless integration at the touch of a button, as well as 100 percent internet wireless coverage in homes. AirTies has an install base of over 10 million devices worldwide. More information is available at www.airties.com.


About ATDI

ATDI is an international company created in 1991 in Paris (France). ATDI designs, develops and publishes software focused on radio planning, spectrum management, monitoring, digital cartography, network design and optimization. The Company has developed a range of software and services that covers business areas ranging from the production of cartographic information in two or three dimensions to the complete management of radio communication networks and infrastructures. ATDI has also developed consultancy services to satisfy all technical needs and constraints. Today, with more than 2000 references all over the world, the company is one of the world market leaders for turnkey solutions in planning radio networks and management of frequencies. For more information, go to www.atdi.com/.


About Aruba Networks, Inc.

Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely upon, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™ automate infrastructure-wide performance optimization and trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention. The results are dramatically improved productivity and lower operational costs. Listed on the NASDAQ and Russell 2000® Index, Aruba is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.


About Broadcom

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.


About Saankhya Labs

Saankhya Labs is a privately held fabless semiconductor company, venture funded by Intel Capital and a Tier-1 Automotive Corporation. Saankhya Labs offers programmable baseband communications ICs and modules for broad range of high data rate communications that include TV Whitespace modems and backhaul connectivity, TV & Radio receiver modules for Tablet, HDTV, STB, Home Gateways and low bit-rate Satellite receivers.

Based on Saankhya’s award winning SDR architecture, Saankhya’s Multi-standard DTV modulator (SL900x) and demodulator (SL100x) chipsets are low power, cost efficient and small foot-print, ideally suited to build globalized designs for TV reception and transmission. In addition to supporting standard TV and Radio functions (ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T, QAM-B, DVB-C, ISDB-C, DTMB, FM, DAB, DAB+) the chipsets can support emerging data communication standards like TV White Space (TVWS), Machine to Machine communication (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT). Saankhya Labs also offers unique custom modulation and demodulation techniques to provide an additional layer of PHY security, addressing a critical requirement of secure, closed-loop communication systems. For more information, please visit www.saankhyalabs.com.