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Jon Seals

AUSTIN, Texas – Caringo®, the leading provider of object storage software, today announced an integration of its object storage software with the high performance archiving software solution from ASG Software Solutions, ASG-Digital Archive (ADA), to help protect organizations’ digital assets, streamline workflows and optimize storage. 

Caringo’s object storage software can be used to store massive amounts of content for any amount of time.  ADA is a comprehensive solution that provides an open, centrally managed and secure archive to address exponential growth in data volumes and long-term retention requirements across vertical applications. When used together, ASG’s ASG-Digital Archive and Caringo’s object storage software reduce the long-term cost of managing and archiving content while helping organizations adhere to their corporate and industry-specific policies. 

“Many companies in the media and entertainment industry have either very large files or numerous small files,” said Robert Overzee, product marketing manager, ASG Software Solutions. “Both can quickly and completely fill up primary storage. The solution is to move lesser-used assets to archive storage where it remains easily accessible. ASG-Digital Archive simplifies this process, making it possible for content producers to determine what to archive and when to archive it. The integration into Caringo’s object storage software now means they can store it in an immediately accessible way, for as long as the content has value.”

Ideally suited for content production, the combined solution provides flexible archive methods for various points in any media and entertainment organization’s workflow to help optimize storage costs and resources; centrally manage long-term archives; enhance the performance of primary storage and backup software; and scale with intelligent peer-scaling architecture.  

“We work tirelessly to ensure that our storage software is easy to scale and maintain with rock-solid reliability so that IT resources are free to focus on their primary business,” said Adrian J Herrera, senior director, marketing of Caringo. “By partnering with ASG, we are moving up one more step in the value chain, bringing a certified, complete solution for the media and entertainment industry, and content publishers in general, so they can focus on enabling content creation instead of managing storage infrasturcture.” 

Caringo and ASG will demonstrate the solution in a webinar on April 29 at 7 a.m. PDT/10 a.m. EDT.  Hosted by Adrian J Herrera , senior director marketing of Caringo, and Robert Overzee, product marketing manager from ASG. Interested parties can register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/814682831. 


About Caringo
Caringo develops object storage software that gives you control over any volume, flow or size of unstructured information; dramatically reducing complexity and costs while extracting maximum value and performance from hardware. Caringo's unique benefits are delivered through a symmetric architecture that enables massive scalability, elastic content protection, and automation of management in a comprehensive software suite. The result is the industry's most efficient object storage software ideal for cloud storage, big data, and active archives. To learn more: www.caringo.com. 

About ASG Software Solutions
ASG Software Solutions connects sophistication and experience with agility and technological efficiency, through its vendor-agnostic cloud, content and systems solutions. ASG helps companies solve today’s most pressing business issues, including everything from reducing operating costs and enhancing workforce productivity to ensuring regulatory compliance. With customers like American Express, Coca-Cola, GE, HSBC, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Toyota, Verizon, and Wells Fargo, ASG can proudly say that more than 70 percent of global Fortune 500 companies trust it to optimize their existing IT investments. Founded in 1986, ASG Software Solutions is a global company headquartered in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 1,200 employees. For more information, visit www.asg.com or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

EtherReach Global-IX Service Enables Russian Carrier to Reach Major Internet Exchanges

SUMMIT, N.J. – Hibernia Networks, a provider of global telecommunications services, announces today TransTeleCom (TTK), which operates a fiber-optic communications network in Russia, is utilizing Hibernia’s EtherReach Global-IX service to augment TransTeleCom’s network connectivity in western Europe.

By leveraging Hibernia’s Global-IX service, TTK can directly connect to European Internet exchanges, including PLIX (Warsaw), NIX.CZ (Prague), Espanix (Madrid), MIX (Milan) and France-IX (Paris) over Hibernia’s Carrier Ethernet network. This augments TTK’s existing robust infrastructure to other exchanges throughout Europe.

TTK operates a fiber-optic network with over 1.6 Tbps in capacity and extending more than 76,000 kilometers throughout Russia, reaching 90% of Russia’s population. Its comprehensive suite of network services includes IP Access, international private lines, virtual Ethernet channels and also IP VPN services, all of which are tailored for carriers, enterprises and service providers.

Hibernia Networks has a robust network footprint,” comments Mr. Vitaly Kotov, Vice President and Head of the Backbone Unit for TTK. “By using Hibernia’s extensive presence at all of the European exchange points, TTK raises the quality and performance of its Internet services. TTK is already connected to major Internet exchanges in Europe, including LINX (London), DE-CIX (Frankfurt), AMS-IX (Amsterdam) and we plan to expand our presence throughout Europe leveraging Hibernia infrastructure. This is very important for TTK, as we aim to provide the highest-quality services for our global clients. With Hibernia’s solid price/performance ratios, we can expand into additional markets effectively.”

“Because of our state-of-the art network, Hibernia’s services are extremely flexible and scalable, offering clients a multitude of options and combinations,” states Eric Gutshall, Senior Vice President Global Sales for Hibernia Networks “With our EtherReach Global-IX service, we can easily scale from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps, allowing carriers immediate access to major global Internet exchanges – all across highly optimized routes. These qualities are key for content providers and carriers worldwide. We look forward to working with TTK, as they share our commitment to service excellence for their clients.”

With a next-generation, congestion-free and scalable Carrier Ethernet network, Hibernia’s EtherReach Global-IX product allows customers to connect with Internet exchanges from remote locations without any compromise on the performance. For more information on Hibernia’s global telecommunications services and to view its network map of over 200 Points of Presence, visit www.hibernianetworks.com.

 

About Hibernia Networks:

Hibernia Networks owns and operates a global network connecting North America, Europe and Asia. Hibernia offers over 200 network Points of Presence (PoPs) on over 27,000 kilometers of fiber.   

Hibernia Networks serves wholesale, financial and media customers with unparalleled support, flexibility and service. Hibernia’s wholesale services provide secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet, DTM and optical-level services, including GigE, 10G and LanPhy wavelengths and traditional SONET/SDH services. Hibernia’s financial services unite hundreds of global banks and financial exchanges with low-latency connectivity. Hibernia’s media services are dedicated to flawless delivery of video signals over fiber, supporting media companies across the globe with over 200 media connection points. Hibernia Networks is owned by Columbia Ventures Corporation and funds managed by Constellation Growth Capital.

About Company TTK:

Company TTK is among the top five Russian telecommunications operators. Its main shareholder is Russian Railways.

TTK operates and maintains one of the largest fiber-optic communication lines in Russia, with a length of more than 76,000 km and a channel capacity of over 1.6 Tbps. The 17 regional centers located in the largest Russian cities offer private and corporate customers throughout the country a wide spectrum of telecommunications services, including communication and data transfer, as well as broadband Internet access based on cutting-edge technology. TTK has over 1.5 million subscribers. TTK is an active player on the global market. The transcontinental TTK backbone, EurasiaHighway, has connections to the communication networks of almost all the neighboring countries, including China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, Finland, the Baltic states and the CIS, and it is the optimal route between Europe and Asia.

Companies Must Test Backup and Recovery Solutions to Ensure Their Data and Business Operations Are Not Compromised If and When an Outage Occurs

NEW YORK, NY – BUMI (Backup My Info!), the premium provider of managed online backup and recovery solutions for small to mid-sized businesses, urges businesses to prepare and test their backup and recovery processes in celebration of World Backup Day today. Performing a recovery check is an often overlooked yet critical component of any ongoing backup process that BUMI wants to call attention to. This important step allows organizations to make adjustments to their backup strategy in order to be absolutely certain that the information and applications needed to run their business will be accessible after a technical failure or physical disaster.

An independent study that BUMI conducted in December 2013 surveyed IT consultants regarding their data backup and recovery tools, initiatives and concerns, revealed that 39 percent of respondents did not believe their clients are properly prepared for a large-scale disaster or outage. Thirteen percent of clients never check for backup errors and eight percent did so annually.

“Many businesses invest resources in their backup operations but don’t test the viability of their data recovery processes as frequently, making them vulnerable when an outage occurs,” said Jennifer Walzer, BUMI’s CEO. “Performing regular disaster recovery drills along with checking backup sets will ensure that businesses are safeguarding all of their data and putting them in the best position to overcome adversity if or when something goes wrong.”

According to BUMI, World Backup Day offers a global call to action to check data backup and restoration processes, and recommends the following advice:

  •     Develop a Strategy: Know the most critical data sets of your organization, including applications with their current versions. Key stakeholders in the company will provide insight into which data sets will be critical in recovery and how quickly they need to be recovered. A formal document of this strategy should be created and kept up to date in a protected off-site location in the event that a disaster physically impacts your organization.
  •     Determine Your Time Window: After a disaster strikes, there will be some downtime before your business needs all of its applications and information accessible. Determine your RTO (Recovery Time Objective), and outline what the most important applications are and how quickly they need to be up and running. Build this information into your backup and recovery processes and budget.
  •     Run Tests: It is much easier to work out problems in a backup recovery system before a disaster. Running drills on a monthly or quarterly basis will help your organization better prepare for these events, as well as help you become more familiarized with the recovery process, leading to a smoother transition should it ever be needed.
  •     Define Roles: When disasters strike, it is very important for employees to know what their role is during this time period. Multiple things will need to get addressed quickly so it is very important for the IT team to have a game plan in place.

“World Backup Day offers an important reminder to not only think about your business-critical data needs, but also an overall disaster recovery plan that includes internal and external communications with employees and customers,” added Walzer. “Our corporate office was impacted by Hurricane Sandy but our planning enabled us to quickly switch over to alternative resources and operate flawlessly during the three months we worked remotely while the building was repaired.”

To help organization prepare for disasters, BUMI has developed a free checklist that can be accessed here: http://go.bumi.com/DR_Checklist.

About BUMI

Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company's Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit http://www.bumi.com or call (866) 444- BUMI (2864).

Let’s proceed by elimination. Servers? Those are the things that fall over when your data centre is hit by lightning and for which you do your disaster recovery planning anyway. Desktop PCs? They’re practically nailed to your desk, so they won’t be going with you as you run for the exit. Laptops? Maybe, although battery power and hard drive fragility may be issues. Smartphone? Compact, highly portable, runs tons of apps but has such a tiny screen. So finally, is the tablet computer the best compromise for IT on the run while you’re trying to get everything else back to normal?

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/can-tablet-computers-cure-disaster-recovery-headaches/

CIO — The concept of a "data lake," sometimes called an "enterprise data hub," is a seductive one.

The data lake is the landing zone for all the data in your organization — structured, unstructured and semi-structured. — a central repository where all data is ingested and stored at its original fidelity All your enterprise workloads, from batch processing and interactive SQL to enterprise search and advanced analytics, then draw upon that data substrate.

Generally, the idea is to use HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) to store all your data in a single, large table. But building out such a next-generation data infrastructure requires more than simply deploying Hadoop; there's a whole ecosystem of related technologies that need to integrate with Hadoop to make it happen. And while Hadoop itself is open source, many of the other technologies that can help you build that infrastructure are open core or fully proprietary.

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http://www.cio.com/article/750897/Pivotal_Looks_to_Simplify_Building_Business_Data_Lakes_

It seems the more the enterprise becomes steeped in cloud computing, the more we hear of the end of local infrastructure in favor of utility-style “mega-data centers.” This would constitute a very dramatic change to a long-standing industry that, despite its ups and downs, has functioned primarily as an owned-and-operated resource for many decades.

So naturally, this begs the question: Is this real? And if so, how should the enterprise prepare for the migration?

Earlier this week, I highlighted a recent post from Wikibon CTO David Floyer touting the need for software-defined infrastructure in the development of these mega centers. Floyer’s contention is that “megaDs” are not merely an option for the enterprise, but the inevitable future, in that they will take over virtually all processing, storage and other data functions across the entire data ecosystem. The key driver, of course, is cost, which can be distributed across multiple users to provide a much lower TCO than traditional on-premise infrastructure. At the same time, high-speed networking, 100 Gbps or more, has dramatically reduced latency of distributed operations and is now available at a fraction of the cost of only a few years ago.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/rise-of-the-mega-data-center.html

By Michael Bratton

Even though plans represent just one component of a larger business continuity management system, they are what guide the organization through all phases of response and recovery following the onset of a disruptive incident – from the initial response and assessment to the eventual return to normal operations. Effective planning is meant to ensure that response and recovery efforts align to the expectations of all interested parties and provide a repeatable approach to minimize downtime.

This article explores different types of plans and examines their purpose within a wider business continuity strategy.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1165.html

Sungard Availability Services has announced that it is now a standalone company, following its split-off from SunGard Data Systems Inc. The new company, with annual revenues of approximately $1.4 billion and operations in 11 countries, will remain headquartered in Wayne, PA.

As a result of the split-off, Sungard AS now has its own board of directors and a new brand.
"Now that we are an independent firm, we have the flexibility to evolve our culture, our industry relationships and our investments to maximize our business and best serve customers," said CEO Andrew A. Stern.

"Today's announcement is the next step towards creating a highly-focused IT services business that's dedicated to providing world-class managed / availability services to our customer base," Stern noted. "All of us here at Sungard AS are very excited about the prospects to accelerate our growth, and we look forward to continue partnering with our customers to deliver the business outcomes they need."

Sungard AS today revealed its new brand identity, which includes a new logo. The company, which pioneered the concept of shared IT disaster recovery infrastructure more than 30 years ago, will continue to leverage its ‘always on, always available’ brand positioning. Its new logo represents strength and dynamism. A forward-leaning angle in the logo conveys progression and growth, while a triangle in the logo represents stability and the support that the company will continue to provide its customers.

Sungard AS leverages its scale and global reach to address its approximately 7,000 customers' cloud, managed hosting and recovery-services needs. "Our company will continue to focus investments in our newer service offerings, which include Enterprise Managed Services, Enterprise Cloud Services, Recovery as a Service and Assurance, our next-generation business continuity management software offering," Stern said.

www.sungardas.com

CIO — The perennial data center quest to beat the heat has sparked a wave of innovation in enterprise computing.

Densely packed computing facilities produce a lot of heat. Getting rid of it is a must for boosting the reliability of computing and communications gear. The trick is keeping things cool without running up utility bills and expanding the carbon footprint.

To that end, IT managers have an expanding list of options and measures to consider. Data centers may combine straightforward approaches (such as organizing centers into cold and hot aisles) with more elaborate components (such as cooling towers). Even water-cooled computers, once a staple of the mainframe world, appear to be making a comeback. Immersion cooling, in which servers are bathed in a nonconductive cooling fluid, has made an appearance in a few data centers.

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http://www.cio.com/article/750811/IT_Leaders_Pursue_Data_Center_Innovation_to_Beat_the_Heat

Since the March 22 landslide, the Red Cross has mobilized five response vehicles and more than 300 trained workers – more than half of them from Washington State.

Through Monday (March 31), the Red Cross has served 15,000 meals and snacks in partnership with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, handed out hundreds of comfort and relief items, and provided nearly 2,400 mental health or health-related contacts. In addition, our shelters have provided more than 130 overnight stays.

Response details:

  • Red Cross mental health and spiritual care volunteers are caring for families who have lost loved ones or are waiting for word on the missing.
  • Red Cross workers are meeting one-on-one with people affected to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may also provide direct financial support to people who need extra help, including assistance with funeral expenses and mental health counseling.
  • Red Cross Family Care Centers that are open in Darrington and Arlington are places where affected family members can receive emotional and spiritual support, mental health assistance, and care for children after they receive notification of loss of a loved one.
  • Red Cross workers are also providing emotional support and help with creating individual recovery plans at Joint Resource Centers in Darrington and Arlington.