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Volume 28, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

No matter what your stance on the cloud and its role in supporting critical vs. non-critical workloads, it should be clear by now that any data infrastructure that remains in the enterprise will be dramatically different from the sprawling, silo-based facilities of today.

Retaining key workloads in-house will likely be a priority for some, but that does not mean the data center isn’t ripe for an upgrade that improves data-handling while lowering capital and operational costs. And the strategy of choice at the moment is convergence.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/floodgates-starting-to-open-for-converged-infrastructure-solutions.html

Enterprise apps are a hot item. I wrote a recent feature that cited research from appFigures, Kinvey and Frost & Sullivan that, in a variety of ways, pointed to the growth in interest on the parts of both developers and their clients.

QuinStreet Enterprise, which publishes IT Business Edge, has released survey research that reveals an important finding: The user interface (UI) and related ease-of-use features are very high (if not at the top) of the list of important elements in the success of an enterprise app. The survey, “2015 Enterprise Applications Outlook: To SaaS or not to Saas” (free download with registration) said that the key features for enterprise users are easy implementation, smooth integration with existing technology and good security.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-and-telecom/how-enterprise-apps-should-be-more-like-consumer-apps.html

(TNS) — What would you do with a few seconds or minutes of warning before an earthquake strikes?

When late-night comedian Conan O’Brien considered the question recently, the result was a laugh-out-loud segment with people stampeding into walls, snapping risqué selfies or cranking up the boom box for one last dance.

A more sober — and useful — range of options will be on the table next week, when a small group of businesses and agencies embark on the Northwest’s first public test of a prototype earthquake early warning system.

“Up until now, we’ve been running it and watching the results in-house only,” said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Pacific-Northwest-Earthquake-Warning-System-Public-Test.html

(TNS) — When Paul Allen picks a cause, he usually takes his time.

The Microsoft co-founder likes to convene brainstorming sessions, consult experts and recruit advisers before making major philanthropic gifts.

But when Ebola flared in West Africa last summer, Allen was among the first private donors to step up. As the toll from the disease soared, he quickly raised his commitment to $100 million — the largest from any individual and double the amount contributed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Now that the epidemic seems to be slowing, Allen is still moving fast.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Microsoft-Billionaire-Responds-Nimbly-Ebola-Epidemic.html

(TNS) — Commissioners and emergency officials in Pennsylvania are calling for reform for what they say is an outdated emergency telephone services law.

The law, enacted in 1990, doesn’t sufficiently address cellphones and other wireless devices and is adversely affecting funding for 911 systems, they say.

“This is the top priority for the (County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania) this year,” Somerset County Commissioner Pam Tokar-Ickes said.

Tokar-Ickes also is a directors board member of the statewide organization.

“Since 1990, there have been significant changes because of technology — a lot more people using wireless devices — and the legislation is a piecemeal collection.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/next-gen-911/Pennsylvanias-Outdated-Law-Impacts-Funding-911-Systems.html

NEW ORLEANS—At the first day of the International Disaster Conference and Expo (IDCE), one of the primary topics of areas of concern for attendees and speakers alike was the risk of pandemics and infectious diseases. In a plenary session titled “Contagious Epidemic Responses: Lessons Learned,” Dr. Clinton Lacy, director of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security at Rutgers, focused on the recent and ongoing Ebola outbreak.

While only four people in the United States were diagnosed with Ebola, three of whom survived what was previously considered a death sentence, government and health officials cannot afford to ignore the crisis, Lacy warned.

“This outbreak is not just a cautionary tale, it is a warning,” Lacy said. “Ebola is our public health wakeup call.”

A slow start by the Centers for Disease Control, inadequate protective gear in healthcare facilities, and inadequate planning for screening quarantine and waste management were some of the key failings in national preparedness for Ebola. And all were clearly preventable. A significant amount has been done to improve preparedness, Lacy said, but there is still a significant amount yet to do as well.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/lessons-from-ebola-boosting-national-preparedness-for-pandemics/

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

Big Data and the Mirror of Erised

“This mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth.”

So says Dumbledore in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, commenting on a mirror that shows us what our most desperate desires want us to see.

This is an apt analogy when describing the analytics available in big data solutions. When you suddenly have all the data you could want and can quickly analyze it anyway you like, unencumbered by extraneous effort that we have historically had to endure, what happens? Being human beings with a tendency to confirm what we so want to have happen or to relive what felt so good in the past, managers often drift into self-sealing and circular analysis that at first doesn’t seem so wrong. Big data has to poke through the subtle and instinctual responses of data denial.

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http://blog.cutter.com/2015/02/10/big-data-mirror/

Anthem recently said hackers were able to illegally access the health insurance company's IT system, along with personal information from up to 80 million current and former members. And as a result, Anthem landed at the top of this week's list of IT security newsmakers to watch, followed by TurboTax, Trend Micro (TYO) and Avast.

What can managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers learn from these newsmakers? Check out this week's list of the biggest IT security stories to find out:

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http://mspmentor.net/managed-security-services/021015/it-security-stories-watch-cyber-attackers-target-anthem-members

NEW ORLEANS — Edward Gabriel, principal deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told a gathering of emergency managers that every incident they respond to is in some way related to health and medical and he revealed a couple of secrets.

Gabriel delivered a keynote address at the International Disaster Conference and Expo in New Orleans on Feb. 10, and talked about some of the work his office is doing to develop resiliency to catastrophic events.

“There are things that we know that you should be aware,” Gabriel told the crowd. He was hinting at some of the dangers that could affect the U.S. regarding biological and nuclear attacks. Those threats are treated as possibilities in the offing by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) under his watch.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Developing-Regenerative-Tissue-Federal-Office-Ambitions.html

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

MASERGY BUILDS ON SDN EXPERTISE WITH CLOUD ROUTER

New Service Delivers Routing Capabilities via Masergy Cloud Network

 

DALLAS – Masergy Communications Inc., a global leader in managed networking and cloud services, today announced the general availability of its Cloud Router.  Masergy is turning the vision of Software Defined Networking (SDN) into reality with innovations that reduce costs and complexity for its enterprise customers.

Cloud Router is a full-featured managed router, complementing Masergy’s existing on-premise Managed Router solutions.  The Cloud Router can be rapidly deployed to meet customers’ changing business requirements and application performance needs.  Cloud Router reduces the capital expenses of proprietary routing hardware and the administrative costs associated with managing physical routers in corporate and branch offices. 

Cloud Router is offered in Standard and Advanced service levels with a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery option available for the Advanced service.  Both services support bandwidths of up to 100 Mbps. Customers can use both Cloud Router and on-premise Managed Router solutions to optimize cost and performance by location and application environment.

“It is Masergy’s heritage to innovate and create flexible solutions that reduce the complexity of running global networks,” said Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy.  “With the introduction of our Cloud Router, Masergy is uniquely positioned to help our customers cost-effectively use the latest technologies to support their specific business requirements. Expect to see additional SDN and NFV innovations in the near term.”

 

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