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Jon Seals

In today’s world of virtualization and public and private clouds, there are more options than ever for infrastructure and operations teams. On the one hand, this degree of flexibility and choice gives IT professionals many more tools with which to build networks and address challenges. On the other hand, it can also lead to confusion with respect to when and where to use these options to best effect. While not definitive, the following tips – gleaned from real-world customer interactions – provide a starting point for understanding the pros and cons of five common traditional and virtual deployment models.


Traditional Bare Metal

Bare metal servers in enterprise owned and operated data centers have been around forever. While they no longer dominate the market, they remain a go-to-solution for business-critical applications that operate on a long-term time horizon, support a large volume of traffic and need a high degree of performance to ensure specified service level agreements (SLAs). Like any solution that is enterprise owned and operated, traditional bare-metal servers afford a greater degree of control and security, characteristics that lend well to environments where compliance is a key consideration.



(TNS) - The mosquito-borne Zika virus may infect up to 4 million people, the World Health Organization said, as the agency convened to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement on Thursday that the level of alarm was "extremely high".

"Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region," Chan said.



(TNS) - As tornado warning alerts pinged the cellphones of police and fire officials during a disaster information management class at a Deerfield Beach fire station, meteorologist Brad Huffines said he was shocked that drivers on Interstate 95 didn't stop and seek shelter Wednesday.

"As a meteorologist and someone who works in public notification, my biggest concern is we were under an active tornado warning and I was seeing traffic on I-95 continue as usual," said Huffines.

He works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was teaching public information officers from around Florida about releasing information during emergencies. "If [the motorists] had a newer smartphone, virtually all of them got the warning," he said.



Today is National Data Privacy Day. I swear, we have days for just about everything – January 28 is also National Kazoo Day and National Blueberry Pancake Day – but a day to focus on data privacy makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of dangers that could cause a lot of harm to your company’s data and your customers.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) explained why focusing on and understanding data privacy is so important:

… 74 percent of Americans feel that it is not easy to understand how their personal information is being used by reading the privacy statements or policies on websites and apps, which ultimately prevents them from taking steps to protect their personal information.



About 50% of businesses that suffer from a major IT disaster without a disaster recovery plan in place never reopen for business, according to a recent American Marketing Association report. In fact, the Ponemon Institute estimates the cost of downtime to be $7,900 per minute and rising.

Disaster recovery plans using multiple, interconnected data centers can ensure your company has the operational redundancy to provide uninterrupted uptime in the event of man-made or natural disaster. More and more companies are choosing to offload IT production activities and data back-up initiatives to CyrusOne data centers.

Leverage the National Internet Exchange (IX) interconnection platform to implement a multi-site site failover strategy across geographic regions. CyrusOne also provides work area recovery space for your team in alternate locations on the same platform.



Many organizations think that effective business continuity planning is synonymous with great plan documentation.

It’s not.

Yes, plan documentation is extremely important. BUT… many organizations fail to recognize that effective business continuity plans – and truly prepared and resilient organizations – are the result of a larger business continuity planning lifecycle that begins with requirements setting and ends with practice (and of course, the process recycles on a continuous basis).

Bottom line – plans are just one key ingredient in the development of an effective business continuity program.



Connectivity is totally changing the way in which fleets operate. Real-time visibility on the likes of assets and remote equipment, wireless engine software revisions, instantaneous customer-service feedback, dynamic routing and scheduling is having a fundamental impact on how organizations drive efficiencies and deliver compelling customer experiences. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what connectivity can bring.

At the centre of all this is the need to harness the data being created. Those embracing the power of data are gaining a competitive edge – they join the thousands of other fleets around the globe that are mining it for intel that will boost the bottom line of their business.

The challenge created by connectivity is no longer implementation of hardware and software that suits your fleet. Intuitive, platform-based approaches have made choosing, fitting and onboarding telematics and connected business intelligence systems easy.



KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a heavy duty 3-phase power distribution system.

The MGS-3X480.100A-150K-3X208.60A-12X120 power distribution system from Larson Electronics gives operators the ability to plug in three 100 amp 480 volt devices into the primary panel. On the secondary side of the system, operators can plug in twelve 20 amp 120 volt devices and three 60 amp 208 volt devices. This power distribution system provides a safe and reliable way for operators to tap into and utilize power sources independently of the work area. On the primary side, an 800 amp main lug 480 volt panel provides protection for three 480 volt rated, 100 amp, 3 pole 4 wire pin and sleeve style receptacles with weatherproof covers and the 150 KVA transformer. On the secondary side of this system, a 400 amp main breaker 120/208Y panel provides protection for twelve 125 volt, 20 amp, GFI protected outlets with weatherproof covers and three 250 volt rated, 60 amp, 3 pole 4 wire pin and sleeve receptacles.

The transformer and load assembly is mounted on a 3/16” thick carbon steel mounting platform and the load center and distribution assembly is mounted to a standard 2” by 2” by 1/8” square carbon steel tubing frame, resulting in an extremely stable, durable, and well protected power distribution platform. This unit is equipped with forklift skid pockets, locking polyurethane casters, and a top located lifting eyelet that allows for easy lifting with cable or chain hooks. This transformer is grounded to the frame and a grounding lug is provided for earth grounding. This power distribution system is ideal for indoor and outdoor use for applications such as plant maintenance, construction sites, exhibits, and shipyards.

“All of our power distribution systems can be customized with stainless steel, hot dip galvanized steel, or aluminum based on customer specifications,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “These systems are ruggedly constructed to withstand demanding conditions and heavy duty industrial applications.”   

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view their wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information. Larson Electronics will be attending the 2016 OTC show in Houston, Texas from May 2nd to May 5th. Visit them at booth 6716 to inquire about their lighting solutions for many industrial applications.




Acquisition Significantly Broadens SOSi's Intelligence and Technology Business

RESTON, Va. – SOS International LLC (SOSi) announced the acquisition of New World Solutions, a defense and intelligence contracting firm that specializes in imagery science, cyber analytics and advanced technology research and development. Its primary customers include the Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Ground Intelligence Center, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and other agencies in the national intelligence community.

Harry Looney, New World Solutions' president and co-founder, will continue to lead the firm as a subsidiary of SOSi. The business will fall under SOSi's Intelligence Solutions Group led by Vice President Bob Billeaud. "New World Solutions gains tremendous benefit from joining forces with SOSi," said Looney. "Our organizations' common philosophies, shared values and complementary customer base ensure an even stronger future team."

The addition of New World Solutions significantly increases SOSi's presence within the intelligence community in the national capital region and broadens its clients and technical capabilities to support the national cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

"The New World Solutions acquisition is a critical step in the expansion of our business," said Julian Setian, president and CEO of SOSi. "It represents our most significant strategic move yet in our 25-year history. It is an excellent company with important, cutting-edge programs, and we are delighted to welcome them to the SOSi family."


SOS International LLC (SOSi) is a private, family-owned and operated government services integrator that works principally in the defense and intelligence sectors. We were founded in 1989 to provide specialized analytical services to the U.S. law enforcement community and over the past 25 years have evolved into an international solutions provider with experience in more than 30 countries worldwide. We provide intelligence, technology and project-management solutions to large, government and private-sector organizations and are known for our energy, agility, flexibility and proven experience around the world. Our commitment, expertise and experience deliver tangible results that reflect our passion for excellence. For more information, visit www.sosi.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, 29 January 2016 00:00

ExpertFile Achieves Record Growth in 2015

Software revenues up 300% driven by key enterprise customer wins

TORONTO – ExpertFile, a leading provider of cloud-based marketing software used by organizations to manage and promote their experts, announced today that it has completed another record-setting year of sales growth driven by enterprise account wins.  In 2015, ExpertFile achieved strong growth across key vertical markets including corporate, higher education, healthcare and industry associations.

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"2015 was an incredible year for ExpertFile.  We tripled the size of our SaaS software business adding a significant number of marquee customers to our global expert network," said Peter Evans, CEO & Co-Founder.

Success over 2015 included the following milestones:

300% Increase in Software Revenues:  A combination of new customer wins and an increasing average deal size contributed to a record year.  Approximately 70% of the company's sales are now in the US market. 

Marquee Customer Wins: Key wins included University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), University of California (Hastings College of the Law) and the Canadian Diabetes Association.  The most significant account growth was in higher education - 4 of the top 10 business schools in America ranked by the Princeton Review™ for their faculty are now ExpertFile customers.

Strong Growth in Channel Sales: The company signed partnerships with leading digital web design and content marketing agencies, which contributed to key customer wins.

Customer Engagement: Online inquiries for experts grew significantly across 8 different categories tracked by ExpertFile analytics. ExpertFile clients received inquiries for expert sources from top media outlets including Bloomberg, Fast Company, Globe & Mail, VICE, ABC News, CBS, CBC and Al Jazeera.

Investment: The company completed its first VC funding round with the Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) and appointed Randall Howard, of VERDEXUS Ventures, as its Board Chair.  Mr. Howard was Co-Founder and CEO of Waterloo-based MKS Software (Acquired by PTC in Boston).

Industry Recognition: The ExpertFile platform was featured in the bestselling book "The New Rules of Marketing & PR" by David Meerman Scott.  As an industry-standard reference guide for marketers, the book is printed in 28 languages and has sold a total of over 1 million copies.

"Building on last year's impressive enterprise customer growth, corporations and institutions are highlighting their top talent to enhance the ExpertFile global network," said Randall Howard, Managing Partner of VERDEXUS and Chairman of ExpertFile.  "As a result, the company is fast becoming the exclusive, curated network of noted authorities in their areas of practice."

For more information on the ExpertFile platform visit, www.expertfile.com

ExpertFile is a cloud-based SaaS platform and global expert network that allows organizations to better manage and promote their expert content to drive market visibility, website engagement & customer inquiries.

Our clients include market leaders such as ADP, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), University Health Network (UHN), University of California (Hastings College of the Law), Canadian Diabetes Association and Wake Forest University.