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True collaborative approach between Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Carestream and BridgeHead delivers optimised PACS and VNA solution

 

 

ASHTEAD, UK Clinicians working at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust (QE Gateshead) can now continue to view medical radiology images such as CT, MR, ultrasound, and computed radiography, from any department, following the successful migration of over one million medical studies (approximately 15TB of data), to a new Picture Archive and Communication Solution (PACS) and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA). The new solution enables QE Gateshead to better storeprotect and share radiology information across the Trust.

 

The Trust deployed Carestream's Vue PACS following a successful data migration project and VNA deployment with healthcare data management specialist, BridgeHead Software. The move to the new PACS was essential due to the imminent ending of its existing PACS contract, signed under the NHS Connecting for Health Programme (CfH).

 

Deployment
The two-phased project firstly saw in excess of one million medical imaging studies transferred from the incumbent PACS provider into BridgeHead's HealthStore™ application-independent clinical archive (incorporating a VNA) and then made available to Carestream's Vue PACS. Specifically, phase one of the project addressed data quality and data compliance. The project required all imaging data to conform to the DICOM standard, i.e. the standard for handling, storing, printing and transmitting information in medical imaging. This culminated in all current studies held in the central data store (as provided by the National CfH Programme), as well as those kept in the legacy PACS, being successfully migrated to the BridgeHead VNA.

 

Phase two of the project integrated the BridgeHead VNA with Carestream's Vue PACS for the archiving of new data and the retrieval of historical data from the legacy PACS. Carestream and BridgeHead Software worked collaboratively to configure the solution to enable VuePACS to query the VNA, retrieving live data directly from it and storing it locally in its own cache. This design will enable users to quickly compare relevant priors for diagnostic reading.

 

Phase two also ensured data adhered to the Imaging Object Change Management (IOCM) standard, which enables Vue PACS to send an instruction to the VNA to remove, hide or delete a study in the event of patient safety or data quality issues. An initial nine months' worth of the most recent studies were uploaded into VuePACS. By doing so, when the switch in PACS providers took place, there was minimal disruption to image access for users and, therefore, QE Gateshead's ability to provide continuity of care was not impacted.

 

Jim Beagle, CEO of BridgeHead Software comments: "When managing patient information in an application-independent clinical archive - data retention, data quality and conformance to standards facilitates informed decision-making about patients. BridgeHead worked collaboratively with Carestream to ensure compliance to the DICOM standard and to correct any pre-existing data quality issues thereby meeting the strict data retention requirements and data quality standards outlined in our SLA with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust."

 

Clare Jones, Radiology IT Systems Manager, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust comments: "One of our core requirements was to ensure data retention from our former PACS provider. We achieved this by successfully migrating our legacy imaging studies into our VNA, making it available to Carestream's Vue PACS. The BridgeHead VNA will form the cornerstone of our wider electronic patient record programme; therefore, it was essential that data in both our new PACS and in the VNA conformed to the required standards ensuring data availability to multiple systems and multiple authorised users.

 

The data migration was completed with minimal impact to our PACS users. Consequently, there was little impact on our ability to deliver the high quality of patient care we are known for. BridgeHead Software and Carestream demonstrated a real collaborative and partner approach which, as a customer, provides me with the confidence that we selected the right organisations to work with."

 

Enterprise-wide archive and distribution
Charlie McCaffrey, Managing Director of Carestream comments, "Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust, through separate procurements made via the NHS Supply Chain, chose Carestream to deliver Vue RIS and Vue PACS and BridgeHead to deliver the VNA. Through close collaborative working between all three parties, the legacy RIS & PACS solution was replaced with minimum disruption to service and the Trust is now enjoying the benefits of a state-of-the-art fully integrated RIS, PACS & VNA solution with embedded Vue Reporting in PACS and long term storage provided by the VNA."

 

In the future, QE Gateshead intends to extend the scope of the BridgeHead VNA to become the hospital's single, enterprise-wide archive for all clinical imaging. This would result in broadening the archive to ingest data from other disciplines outside of radiology, such as (but not limited to) endoscopy, medical photography and scanned documents.

 

BridgeHead's HealthStore™ is a modular solution, which incorporates a VNA as well as a central archive for all of a hospital's data. It is a subset of BridgeHead's wider Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution which, in turn, offers additional features of backup and disaster recovery. Collectively, BridgeHead's HDM offers a robust, scalable, enterprise-class data management and protection environment specially designed for healthcare organisations.

MaxxVault LLC adds new Private Cloud Web Server Option to MaxxDocs Document Management Software

 

BOHEMIA, NY – New York-based software developer, MaxxVault LLC, announced today the launch of their latest iteration of introductory-level document management software: MaxxDocs 6.0; and this time we added a web server option that allows clients to set up their own private clouds for access to documents internally or externally by their staff that have access to MaxxDocs. Now MaxxDocs users are able to search, view and upload documents via a browser interface.  MaxxDocs is the perfect product for any SMB. MaxxDocs has a very robust set of features and is highly scalable despite being the most affordable product on the market. Other document management products in the SMB market don’t have an easy upgrade path to a hosted Cloud or access to enterprise features like workflow or online forms, but MaxxDocs does! If a client outgrows their MaxxDocs solution, all of their documen ts and information can easily be imported into a MaxxCloud Hosted or MaxxVault Enterprise solution. 

 

MaxxDocs works with TWAIN and Kofax scanners as well as any networked copier capable of scanning to a network folder. MaxxDocs 6.0 has updated MFP connectors for Sharp OSA and Kyocera HyPAS enabled MFPs as well as another 25 new features. For a full list of features see http://maxxdocs.com/Assets/MaxxDocs6-Features.pdf.

 

“Over the last 12 months we have seen the MaxxDocs product expand greatly in North America, but we have also installed the solution in over 38 countries now, “ states Bruce Malyon, CEO of MaxxVault LLC. “We have always felt it to be a great product for the market segment we are targeting, but we knew eventually we would need to add a robust web server as part of the product offering. With MaxxDocs 6.0 I think we have the right feature set and price point to get any size business up and running with a document management solution. Our goal with MaxxDocs is to make it easy for any business to get started with document management without a big financial investment.”

 

Our MaxxDocs website has all the product information, videos and pricing for version 6.0. Visitors can download a fully-functional 45 day trial of the software at no cost. Simply fill out the small, eight-question software request form to verify your business information and a download link will be sent to you via email. The software is about 1GB in size and comes with an installation guide - and there is also a MaxxDocs install video on our website if that is your preference.

 

The system is completely scalable through the purchase of additional user seats or connectors for MFPs. To find everything you need to know about MaxxDocs 6.0 please visit http://www.maxxdocs.com.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Diablo Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has appealed the ruling by the United States District judge in California granting a preliminary injunction to halt Diablo's shipments of Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS™) based chipsets. Diablo's appeal explains that the ruling is based on an erroneous interpretation of the contract and a failure to recognize the technology differences among the products involved. Most importantly, however, the court did not find that Diablo MCS uses Netlist trade secrets.  

To support the judgment, the order effectively rewrites the language in the contract signed by the parties in 2008: the additional words included in the order changed the terms of the contract significantly and imposed a new obligation that was not agreed between the parties. In other words, there was no violation by Diablo of the original contract.

The court was misled about important technology distinctions: The court relied on Netlist's representation that their HyperCloud and Diablo MCS "are used to perform the same function" which is not the case because the HyperCloud is DRAM (memory) and Diablo MCS is a block storage device (disk).  The court also relied on Netlist's representation that the products are competitive because they both "attach to the same memory channel." Netlist equates the two devices simply because they use the same location and i/o channel; extending that logic would equate all devices that reside in PCI-e slots, which would be a similarly erroneous claim.

"It is important that the facts of the case are well understood; it should also be stressed that the court did not determine that Diablo uses Netlist trade secrets," stated Riccardo Badalone, CEO and Co-founder of Diablo Technologies. "We offer an innovative storage device that gives customers great performance advantages, but with this injunction, the court is putting our company and our customers at risk.  With this appeal, we expect to reverse this decision and get back to work." 

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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 IBM, Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, ATI, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor.  

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

Largest IBM® Power Cloud partner expands Actifio-powered service offerings; cites stability, ease, and application recovery speed in doubling technology investment

 

 

LONDON – Today Blue Chip, an award winning provider of both cloud & on -premise infrastructure solutions and services, announced that strong customer demand for its next-generation business resiliency, business agility, and cloud mobility services has triggered a significant increase in their investments in Actifio's copy data virtualization platform. Blue Chip today uses Actifio's copy data virtualization platform to power multiple cloud service offerings, including:

 

  • Application Recovery Assurance - Business continuity in the cloud with testing automation
  • Innovative Application Vaulting - Bandwidth & storage efficient cloud data protection
  • Cloud On-Ramp Services - SLA-based data migration with zero production impact
  • Application Development In Cloud - Up-to-date virtual copies available in the cloud for accelerated dev/test

 

Blue Chip has grown organically over its nearly 30-year history to become the largest independent provider of IBM Support services. The company's Tier 3 and Tier 4 Design Data Centres in Freehold boast  a Power Usage Efficiency of just 1.1, enabling Blue Chip to deliver stable contracts insulated from rising power costs, what the company calls "Stability Through Green IT." Blue Chip has nearly 900 global clients and turnover of £36 million last year, with its managed service business growing at 40% annually. The company is dramatically increasing its customer base in back-up and ‘data management as a service' and is migrating all of its current datacentre customers onto Actifio.

 

"The cost of our incumbent's back-up bill was growing all the time, and you couldn't see an end to that growth" said Brian Meredith, Managing Director of Blue Chip. "With Actifio, all that changed. We could scale infinitely and only pay once, without any hidden surprises. This free-hold ownership has meant we have been able to upsell more and pass savings onto our customers - which is why we've chosen to nearly double our Actifio investment."

 

Actifio virtualises data as other technologies have virtualised compute and networking, decoupling the management of increasingly strategic enterprise data from enterprise infrastructure. The company's Virtual Data Pipeline™ (VDP) technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to.

 

Blue Chip has used Actifio's VDP technology to vastly improve the ease, speed, and operational complexity of its data recovery services, creating the dual leverage of rising customer revenue and declining capital intensity. "Actifio provides a stable framework for all our back up and restoration requirements," said Mr. Meredith. "We're working towards a tapeless datacentre in the next 18 months and Actifio is playing a central role in this move alongside virtual tape libraries. We're constantly upselling and obtaining new customers and Actifio allows us to be at the cutting edge as we rollout new agile business services."

 

About Blue Chip
Founded in 1987, Blue Chip quickly established itself as a specialist in providing the highest quality of service and support of IBM® mid range systems.  Now with multiple locations in the UK, Europe and with a software development division based in Sri Lanka, Blue Chip is the largest maintainer of IBM® mid range systems outside of IBM® itself. 

www.bluechip.co.uk

 

About Actifio
Actifio delivers copy data virtualization to hundreds of global enterprise customers and service provider partners in more than 30 countries around the world. Our Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to. Actifio is headquartered just outside Boston, Massachusetts, and can be reached via the web (actifio.com), Twitter (@actifio), or email at info@actifio.com.

Largest IBM® Power Cloud partner expands Actifio-powered service offerings; cites stability, ease, and application recovery speed in doubling technology investment

 

LONDON – Today Blue Chip, an award winning provider of both cloud & on -premise infrastructure solutions and services, announced that strong customer demand for its next-generation business resiliency, business agility, and cloud mobility services has triggered a significant increase in their investments in Actifio's copy data virtualization platform. Blue Chip today uses Actifio's copy data virtualization platform to power multiple cloud service offerings, including:

 

  • Application Recovery Assurance - Business continuity in the cloud with testing automation
  • Innovative Application Vaulting - Bandwidth & storage efficient cloud data protection
  • Cloud On-Ramp Services - SLA-based data migration with zero production impact
  • Application Development In Cloud - Up-to-date virtual copies available in the cloud for accelerated dev/test

 

Blue Chip has grown organically over its nearly 30-year history to become the largest independent provider of IBM Support services. The company's Tier 3 and Tier 4 Design Data Centres in Freehold boast  a Power Usage Efficiency of just 1.1, enabling Blue Chip to deliver stable contracts insulated from rising power costs, what the company calls "Stability Through Green IT." Blue Chip has nearly 900 global clients and turnover of £36 million last year, with its managed service business growing at 40% annually. The company is dramatically increasing its customer base in back-up and ‘data management as a service' and is migrating all of its current datacentre customers onto Actifio.

 

"The cost of our incumbent's back-up bill was growing all the time, and you couldn't see an end to that growth" said Brian Meredith, Managing Director of Blue Chip. "With Actifio, all that changed. We could scale infinitely and only pay once, without any hidden surprises. This free-hold ownership has meant we have been able to upsell more and pass savings onto our customers - which is why we've chosen to nearly double our Actifio investment."

 

Actifio virtualises data as other technologies have virtualised compute and networking, decoupling the management of increasingly strategic enterprise data from enterprise infrastructure. The company's Virtual Data Pipeline™ (VDP) technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to.

 

Blue Chip has used Actifio's VDP technology to vastly improve the ease, speed, and operational complexity of its data recovery services, creating the dual leverage of rising customer revenue and declining capital intensity. "Actifio provides a stable framework for all our back up and restoration requirements," said Mr. Meredith. "We're working towards a tapeless datacentre in the next 18 months and Actifio is playing a central role in this move alongside virtual tape libraries. We're constantly upselling and obtaining new customers and Actifio allows us to be at the cutting edge as we rollout new agile business services."

 

About Blue Chip
Founded in 1987, Blue Chip quickly established itself as a specialist in providing the highest quality of service and support of IBM® mid range systems.  Now with multiple locations in the UK, Europe and with a software development division based in Sri Lanka, Blue Chip is the largest maintainer of IBM® mid range systems outside of IBM® itself. 

www.bluechip.co.uk

 

About Actifio
Actifio delivers copy data virtualization to hundreds of global enterprise customers and service provider partners in more than 30 countries around the world. Our Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology decouples data from infrastructure, enabling dramatic improvements in business resiliency, agility, and access to the cloud. Actifio replaces siloed data management applications with a radically simple, application-centric, SLA-driven approach that lets customers capture data from production applications, manage it more economically, and use it when and where they need to. Actifio is headquartered just outside Boston, Massachusetts, and can be reached via the web (actifio.com), Twitter (@actifio), or email at info@actifio.com.

CHICAGO – CNA celebrated the tenth anniversary of the company's School of Risk Control Excellence (SORCE®) today by unveiling the program's expanded 2015 SORCE course catalog.

"Each year SORCE recognizes developing risk exposures within CNA's core industries to design courses that offer outstanding value for our agents, brokers and joint clients, knowing that when you better understand the risks your clients face, you can better offer the right coverage and service excellence," said William Boyd, senior vice president, Risk Control.

This year, in addition to new and emerging issue courses by industry, CNA has added four new risk management initiatives to the catalog to address primary exposures across all businesses. These programs include property and commercial auto courses focused on helping manage critical elements of shared facility and fleet risks. Additionally, new claim management and employment practices programs offer a complete series of courses aimed at preparing for and preventing workplace claims.

Since its inception, SORCE has educated nearly 155,000 agent and customer participants on industry-leading loss prevention, risk management and risk transfer.

"The SORCE program was designed to work in conjunction with our comprehensive portfolio of risk control services, so our agent and customer communities have the best resources available to stay on top of today's ever-changing risk environment," Boyd added.

To download the 2015 SORCE catalog, visit www.cna.com/sorcecatalog, or request a course by calling 800-262-0540. SORCE participants can choose from a variety of educational platforms, including on-demand, face-to-face, webinars, podcasts and e-learning.

For additional information on CNA's comprehensive library of risk control resources including: guides, checklists, webinars, online classes and more, visit www.cna.com/riskcontrol.

Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 13th largest property and casualty company.  CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages.  CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration.  For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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OnApp for vCloud Director Premiers at VMware Partner Exchange, Feb 3-5 2015, Moscone West, San Francisco - Booth 228

 

LONDON OnApp has announced the availability of OnApp for VMware vCloud Director®, an intuitive web and mobile portal designed to transform service delivery for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers.

 

OnApp for vCloud Director will be on show at Booth 228 at the VMware Partner Exchange event from 3-5 February 2015, Moscone West, San Francisco. Service providers can sign up now for the new portal and get more information at onapp.com/vmware.

 

OnApp for vCloud Director enables service providers to manage VMware-based clouds, provision and bill for services, and provide the latest vCloud Director features to their customers through fully customizable and rebrandable web, iOS and Android portals.

 

OnApp for vCloud Director supports all new functionality released in vCloud Director 5.6, including VM monitoring and storage profiles. It brings OnApp's extensive control of billing plans to vCloud Director environments, as well as intuitive, self-service VM management for end user/tenant operations.

 

"VMware vCloud Director 5.6 is gaining momentum with VMware vCloud® Air™ Network service providers," said Geoff Waters, vice president of service provider channel, Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "We are excited to have OnApp as a partner. OnApp's Portal for vCloud Director offers vCloud Air Network partners strong capability to accelerate deployment of their VMware based hybrid cloud environments by enabling consumption of a rich set of vCloud Director® features via the user interface."

 

"We have more than 3,000 service providers using OnApp software, making OnApp a widely used public cloud orchestration and provisioning portal in the business," said Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp. "OnApp is designed for service providers, from the price model to bundled deployment and 24x7 support, and we're now bringing this approach to vCloud Director - so anyone running a VMware-based cloud service can have a beautiful portal, the latest vCloud Director® functionality and super-easy cloud management - and get it all as a simple and affordable add-on to the VMware points licensing they use today."

 

IndonesianCloud, a long-term user of VMware vCloud Director and member of the VMware vCloud Air Network, turned to OnApp to help enhance and simplify the end user portal and experience for their public cloud services. Neil Cresswell, CEO of IndonesianCloud said:

 

"Whilst we have a state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure platform, the end user portal lacks many of the features we wanted to provide for our clients. We needed to revolutionize their customer experience and deliver a robust, intuitive and simple portal that would provide complete self-service for customer operations. The OnApp portal for vCloud Director® enables us to deliver that exceptional customer experience, and has a commercial model that fits us perfectly as a service provider. We are really looking forward to the GA release and further expanding the depth and breadth of self-service operations we can bring to our customers."

 

With the release of vCloud Director 5.6 last year, VMware announced that new vCloud Director functionality will be available only through APIs and third party user interfaces, under its ISV Partner Ecosystem program. OnApp for vCloud Director has been in development for more than six months, and is the second OnApp product to support VMware, following the 2012 introduction of VMware vCenter™ support to the OnApp cloud platform. The release of the new version of OnApp for vCloud Director follows an extensive beta testing program involving more than 100 service providers. 

 

Narendar Shankar recently joined OnApp as President of OnApp USA to accelerate adoption of the new portal for vCloud Director among VMware-based service providers. Prior to OnApp, Shankar held product management roles at VMware, Nexenta, Dell, NetApp, Cisco and Texas Instruments.

 

"OnApp is transforming the way VMware service providers provision and manage cloud services, just as it did for clouds based on open source virtualization platforms," said Narendar Shankar, President of OnApp USA. "Using OnApp with vCloud Director brings super-intuitive provisioning and management to the vCloud Director environment, support for the very latest features, much more granular billing control and a streamlined user experience overall."

 

OnApp for vCloud Director will be on show at Booth 228 at the VMware Partner Exchange event from 3-5 February 2015, Moscone West, San Francisco. A live demo and presentation will take place in the OnApp breakout session on Wednesday February 4th at 11:30am.

 

Pricing and availability
Service providers can sign up for the new portal now at onapp.com/vmware. The new portal is priced to enable all members of the vCloud Air Network to take advantage, with licensing based on VMware's existing points system, and including free installation and 24x7 global support.  OnApp for vCloud Director can be installed for new and existing vCloud Director deployments. A fully-featured free version of OnApp for vCloud Director, for vClouds with up to 16GB of vRAM, will also be made available for pilot clouds as well as small production cloud deployments.

 

About OnApp
OnApp software enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones virtual servers to fully-automated cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more. The OnApp platform also gives service providers on-demand access to the OnApp Federation, a global network of cloud providers in 170+ locations, across 43 countries, connected to a real-time wholesale marketplace where they can buy and sell compute and CDN capacity.

OnApp launched in July 2010. Today more than 3,000 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp software. OnApp has 140 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific and is headquartered in London, UK. For more information visit onapp.com.

VMware, vCloud Air, vCenter and vCloud Director are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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When was the last time you conducted a business continuity exercise? Were your colleagues enthusiastic participants? It’s not always easy to get buy-in, either from top management who don’t want to fund it, or from your non-BC colleagues who don’t have time to take part.

This is why 'testing times' was chosen as the theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week as we want to support you in explaining to your colleagues just how important testing and exercising is to the whole business continuity process. To put it simply, a plan that has not been exercised is not a plan! We also want to support you in organizing your exercises, or more to the point we want BC professionals to support each other.

To begin with, the Business Continuity Institute has produced a series of posters that are free to download and can be placed in a prominent location in your workplace to highlight the importance of exercising your plans. Each poster asks the question:

When do you want to find out your business continuity plan doesn’t work?
A) During an exercise?
B) When an incident occurs?

These posters can be found on the BCAW website.

   

We also plan to post a series of case studies, white papers and other material that would support your case for an exercise or help you in planning one, but for this we need your help. We need the help of those people who do this work on a daily basis. Have you recently run an exercise, then why not submit a case study? It doesn’t have to be lengthy, just say a little bit about what you did. Have you recently conducted some research? Then perhaps you’d like to submit a white paper, it could provide some great publicity for you and your organization.

As with previous years, we are putting together an extensive webinar programme where business continuity experts will discuss the relevant issues relating to the theme and offer the viewer the opportunity to ask questions.

If you would like to become involved with BCAW, either by submitting material or hosting a webinar, or if you would just like further information, please do get in touch by emailing Andrew Scott.

Post-apocalyptic movies such as “The Road Warrior,” “I Am Legend” and “The Matrix” have long been a Hollywood staple. You will need something more than a backup service to keep your business going in the event of nuclear war or an alien invasion, but for customers of MSPs, disasters are not an all-or-nothing proposition. Instead, they encompass a whole range of large and small incidents that can result in data and service losses. A properly designed disaster recovery system will protect against:

  • Ransomware
  • Accidental deletion
  • Hardware failure
  • Software corruption
  • Power surges, brownouts or outages
  • Lost smartphones, laptops and tablets
  • Fires and fire protection system damage
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • And whatever floods, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, lightning strikes, hurricanes or blizzards our dear, sweet Mother Nature decides to give us

Here are five critical factors MSPs should keep in mind when setting up their own and their customers’ systems for easy data recovery after a disaster.

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/post-disaster-data-recovery-5-critical-factors-msps

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

Data Storage Benchmarking Guide

Data storage benchmarking can be quite esoteric in that vast complexity awaits anyone attempting to get to the heart of a particular benchmark.

Case in point: The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has developed the Emerald benchmark to measure power consumption. This invaluable benchmark has a vast amount of supporting literature. That so much could be written about one benchmark test tells you just how technical a subject this is. And in SNIA’s defense, it is creating a Quick Reference Guide for Emerald (coming soon).

But rather than getting into the nitty-gritty nuances of the tests, the purpose of this article is to provide a high-level overview of a few basic storage benchmarks, what value they might have and where you can find out more.

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http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-management/data-storage-benchmarking-guide.html