A survey conducted by Lockheed Martin and the Government Business Council finds reasons to be hopeful about federal IT and challenges that need to be addressed
During Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the challenge of balancing privacy with public safety, FBI Director James Comey faced skepticism about whether the agency had really fully explored how it might access an encrypted iPhone, currently the focus of a legal battle between the US government and Apple.
Though Comey insisted the FBI had sought assistance from other government agencies with cybersecurity expertise, not everyone was convinced.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Susan Landau, in prepared remarks, said that law enforcement agencies should modernize their investigatory capabilities rather than relying on the assistance of the courts.
There is an old saying that there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. I would like to add a third one–data security breaches. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) defines a data security breach as “an incident in which an individual name plus a Social Security, driver’s license number, medical record or financial records (credit/debit cards included) is potentially put at risk because of exposure.” The ITRC reports that 717 data breaches have occurred this year exposing over 176 million records.
On the surface, finding a pattern across all such breaches may appear daunting considering how varied the targeted companies are. However, the ITRC argues that the impacted organizations are similar in that all of the data security breaches contained “personally identifiable information (PII) in a format easily read by thieves, in other words, not encrypted.” Based on my experience, I’d expect that a significant portion of the data breaches compromised data in on-premises systems. Being forced to realize the vulnerability of on-premises systems, organizations are beginning to rethink their cloud strategy.
For example, Tara Seals declares in her recent Infosecurity Magazine article that “despite cloud security fears, the ongoing epidemic data breaches is likely to simply push more enterprises towards the cloud.” Is the move to the cloud simply a temporary, knee-jerk reaction to the growing trend in security breaches or are we witnessing a permanent shift towards the cloud? Some industry experts conclude that a permanent shift is happening. Tim Jennings from Ovum for example, believes that a driving force behind enterprises’ move to the cloud is that they lack the in-house security expertise to deal with today’s threats and highly motivated bad actors. Perhaps the headline from the Onion, which declares “China Unable To Recruit Hackers Fast Enough To Keep Up With Vulnerabilities In U.S. Security Systems” is not so funny after all.
KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics, a longtime leader in commercial and industrial grade lighting equipment, has announced the release of a new 18 watt magnetically mounted LED spotlight constructed for industrial use and approved for outdoor environments.
The HMLBLT-18W-LED-25 industrial LED handheld spotlight from Larson Electronics is designed to provide high output and offers a rugged, durable lighting solution for applications where corrosion resistance and waterproof lighting is required. The housing on this unit is constructed of precision machined aluminum for excellent strength and durability, is powder coated for corrosion resistance, and has an IP65 rating for ingress protection against direct exposure to water jets from all directions. It is equipped with an impact resistant polycarbonate lens for increased safety. This powerful LED spotlight produces 1,530 lumens of light, operates on 120 to 277 volts AC, and features a unique dual bracket design that allows the operator to guide the light through a full range of vertical and horizontal movement.
This 18 watt industrial LED light is offered in a focused 25° spot beam for distance or 60° flood beam for a diffused wide angle beam and provides a cool white light output with a color temperature of 5000K. An upper trunnion style bracket attaches the light head to a lower pivoting and tilting bracket. The upper trunnion bracket allows the light head to be vertically adjusted to the desired position by hand. The lower bracket features an inverted pistol grip handle attached with a seven inch steel strap that allows the unit to be rotated 360° and tilted up or down using the ergonomic handle. A 100 pound grip magnet at the base of the trunnion bracket allows the unit to be mounted to ferrous surfaces, such as steel doors, beams, and railings. This industrial grade work light includes twenty-five feet of power cable terminated in an optional industrial grade cord cap.
“This new LED light represents one of the smallest work lights that Larson manufactures,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “Featuring a small, compact design, this light packs a powerful punch and is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications where wet conditions are commonly encountered.”
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.
Internet Pioneer Data Foundry Joins Others in Filing an Amicus Brief in Support of Apple in Their Fight Against the FBI
AUSTIN, Texas – Data Foundry, a leading provider of data center colocation, managed and network services, announced today the have filed an Amicus brief in the Apple versus FBI case with several companies including their sister company Golden Frog. The Brief was submitted to a California court in support of Apple, and continues Data Foundry's efforts in protecting the ability of technology companies to develop and maintain secure products and services.
Quote: "This case is about more than the government's isolated request on a single device," said Shane Menking, President and Chief Financial Officer of Data Foundry. "If the government prevails, this case creates a dangerous precedent that will undermine the privacy and security of the technology we rely upon every day."
In their amicus brief Data Foundry asserts three main points:
First, that the use of the All Writs Act is too expansive, and contradicts limitations Congress previously put into place to govern how law enforcement can compel companies to assist in their investigations.
Second, the All Writs Act cannot create new authority in contradiction to the existing Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), nor can it make an exception to CALEA and compel companies to break encryption.
Third, the way the case was conducted, and the urgency with which it was conducted, disregarded due process. Additionally, Data Foundry argues the ruling would have huge and devastating implications on small businesses across the country who could not afford the additional costs to build new technologies at the request of the government.
Data Foundry and Golden Frog joined with several other businesses and groups in submitting this filing. These companies include: AVG Technologies, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the Internet Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition ("i2Coalition"), and TechNet. Many other companies and rights groups around the country also submitted separate briefs in support of Apple.
You can access full text of our filing here: Apple Amicus Brief Filing
About Data Foundry
Data Foundry provides comprehensive data center colocation and managed services for more than 1,000 enterprise customers across a variety of industries including energy, technology, healthcare and financial services. Founded in 1994, Data Foundry is one of the first 50 Internet Service Providers in the United States. Today, Data Foundry owns and operates purpose built data centers in Austin and Houston and operates a global network and colocation presences for deployments worldwide. For more information, visit www.datafoundry.com or call 1.888.839.2794.
Keio University's New Network Design and Deployment Completed in Just Three Months
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Keio University, Japan's oldest modern institute of higher education, has implemented Avaya SDN Fx technology for the university's Tsuruoka Town Campus. The next-generation technology infrastructure is delivering superior network quality performance with zero downtime to students, staff and faculty.
Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. The Avaya fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.
Integration Gives Violin Customers Control Over Business Recovery at the VMware Vsphere Management Level
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Violin Memory, Inc. (NYSE: VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning all flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, today announced that its Concerto™ OS 7 enterprise management operating system has been certified for VMware's vCenter Server Site Recovery Manager (SRM). Added to the existing Violin vSphere Web Client Plugin, the Violin Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) solution seamlessly integrates Violin's Concerto OS 7 advanced storage management capabilities with VMware vSphere. Violin's SRA is certified VMware Compatible for VMware SRM versions 5.5, 5.8, 6.0, and 6.1.
The Violin SRA for the VMware vCenter Server Site Recovery Manager leverages array-based replication support, enabling enterprise-wide data protection and business continuity. This close integration with VMware technology simplifies the configuration and management of disaster recovery plans, lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) for recovery infrastructure.
The Violin SRA enables enterprises to automate their disaster recovery by utilizing centralized recovery plans. This includes automated site recovery failback as well as migration processes. Recovery solutions can also be tested in a non-disruptive fashion for confidence in the event of a failure or disaster situation. With traditional solutions, restoring business operations from a remote site can be a lengthy and complex manual process. Violin's Flash Storage Platform (FSP) Concerto OS 7 SRA solution, which integrates with VMware's vCenter Server SRM, accelerates and greatly simplifies every aspect of business recovery.
Violin's FSP has integrated, advanced business continuance capabilities in its Concerto OS 7 operating system which eliminates issues of complexity and the associated risks with reliability.
Solution highlights for Violin's Concerto OS 7 certification with VMware SRM:
- Reduce recovery time to minutes using automated failover and failback workflows utilizing WAN-optimized replication.
- Allows detailed recovery policies and plans to be specified on a per data store level across a vSphere cluster.
- Enables non-disruptive testing to ensure predictable recovery behavior.
- Perform zero-downtime disaster avoidance and data center migrations.
- Achieve zero-downtime application mobility by enabling live migration of virtual machines at scale across sites.
- Stretch cluster support -- leverage Violin Memory solutions that combine synchronous mirroring with array-based clustering in metropolitan distances.
Violin's FSP, powered by Concerto™ OS 7, delivers enterprise data services, consistent high performance, data reduction, and management simplicity to create a new class of flash-based solutions for primary storage applications. Concerto OS 7 enables organizations to overcome primary storage challenges and run all of their applications with increased consolidation ratios, higher availability and lower TCO as compared to legacy disk-, hybrid- or SSD-based solutions.
"Violin's FSP provides organizations an enterprise-class all-flash storage solution ideal for the performance needs of virtualized environments," said Vikas Ratna, vice president of product management at Violin. "While Violin's Concerto OS 7 eliminates many of the headaches associated with storage infrastructure management, we are excited about what the Violin SRA for VMware's vCenter Server SRM certification will mean for our enterprise customers. Among its many benefits, this integration will provide simplicity, accessibility and ease-of-use by bringing business recovery management into a familiar VMware environment. This ensures resilient, protected VMware applications which can enable increased efficiencies, cost-savings and ROI," Ratna concluded.
The Violin SRA for VMware's vCenter Server SRM is now available at no additional cost to customers and can be downloaded at no charge from the Violin Memory Support Portal.
About Violin Memory
Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Violin Memory Forward-looking Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the potential technology, business and financial benefits to customers and others resulting from the use of Violin Memory's products, the potential technology, business and financial benefits to customers and others resulting from the VMware certifications, and Violin Memory's business plans and strategy. There are a significant number of risks and uncertainties that could affect Violin Memory's business performance and financial results, including those set forth under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in Violin Memory's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is available on the Violin Memory's investor relations website at investor.violin-memory.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. All forward-looking statements in this public announcement are based on information available to Violin Memory as of the date hereof, and Violin Memory does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), the industry's leading provider of software products that help IT ensure the performance, efficiency, and high availability protection of business critical applications, today announced it will cohost a live webinar with HOSTING, the leading provider of managed cloud services across the 'Unified Cloud,' on high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) strategies that cut SQL licensing costs and eliminate the need for a SAN-based cluster.
Titled, "3 Cost-Saving Strategies for SQL Deployments That You Didn't Know About," this webinar will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 3:00 PM EST. Featured speakers will include Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP David Bermingham and HOSTING's Director of Professional Services Michael McCracken.
To register, please visit here.
Join this webinar to hear Bermingham and McCracken examine the TCO of high availability and disaster recovery protection for SQL Server deployments with surprising results. Attendees will learn how to:
- Save thousands of dollars by reducing SQL Server licensing costs and eliminating SAN hardware costs while delivering complete HA and DR protection
- Create a failover cluster using SQL Server standard edition instead of enterprise edition
- Build a Windows cluster in a cloud without the need for shared storage
About the Speakers
David Bermingham is recognized within the technology community as a high availability expert and has been honored by his peers by being elected to be a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP. David's work as director, Technical Evangelist at SIOS Technology Corp., has him focused on helping enterprise customers provide high availability and disaster recovery protection for their business critical applications as well as providing hands on support, training and professional services for cluster implementations. David hold numerous technical certifications and draws from more than twenty years of experience IT, including work in the finance, healthcare and education fields, to help organizations design solutions to meet their high availability and disaster recovery needs. David has recently begun speaking on deploying highly available SQL Servers in the Azure Cloud and deploying Azure Hybrid Cloud for disaster recovery.
Mike McCracken is senior director of Professional Services at HOSTING. In addition to managing the HOSTING team of cloud solution consultants, Mike spends much of his time advising clients to leverage different cloud technologies to gain business advantages.
HOSTING delivers secure and compliant managed services on the industry's leading cloud platforms to empower enterprises to increase revenue, reduce costs and manage risk. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, HOSTING owns and operates six data centers under an ITIL-based control environment validated for compliance against HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOC (formerly SAS 70) frameworks. For more information, please visit HOSTING.com.
About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way™ to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.
SIOS, SIOS Technology, SIOS iQ, SIOS DataKeeper, SIOS Protection Suite, Clusters Your Way, SIOS PERC Dashboard, and associated logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of SIOS Technology Corp. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Frosty Cold Tech’s non-toxic products range from industry applications to personal cold packs and more
KANSAS CITY – A versatile new invention using an unprecedented coolant technology is being launched with extensive applications in multiple industries internationally.
Frosty Cold Technologies is developing the first of its kind Zero Power Cooling (ZPC) coolant solution that can provide perpetual chilling without any source of power whatsoever.
The patented Frosty Cold Tech innovation is a powdered coolant agent that initially transforms into a sub-freezing product when any kind of water is added to it – even sea or ocean water.
The Frosty Cold Tech coolant is reusable inside its packaging as it automatically regenerates via evaporation and can be refreshed hundreds of times over.
When the water evaporates off, the coolant dries out and retains 100% of its cooling ability for future use.
Frosty Cold helps provide a uniquely efficient and effective cold chain solution for many industries from ba sic refrigeration to industrial to medical to recreational and a few that the world has never seen or imagined. The product can be adapted to any custom shape/volume, flexible or rigid packaging, and can even be formulated to achieve any freezing point or temperature desired. It is 100% recyclable and contains no toxic chemicals.
Frosty Cold has already developed the world’s first just-add-water instant cold packs. When water is added to the Frosty Cold pack, which is pre-loaded with their patented coolant blend, it becomes colder than ice in just 20 seconds and can maintain refrigerator temperatures for several hours.
See the extensive applications here: http://www.frostycoldtech.com/
Some applications include:
Food preservation: In underdeveloped countries there is an unnecessary catastrophic loss of food due to insufficient cold chain delivery solutions. In Africa alone last year high heat ruined food that could have fed an astonishing 300 million pe ople. This can be greatly mitigated with Frosty Cold’s products. The company is actively engaged with NGO’s and other humanitarian entities that envision several cooling applications using their coolant.
Humanitarian Efforts: For serving underdeveloped regions and disaster areas Frosty Cold has been collaborating with Heart to Heart International who currently provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid products internationally.
General Interest Consumer: Frosty Cold Tech products have applications that fit in with mainstream activities like outdoor recreation, sports as well as leisure market segments.
Frosty Cold is working with some top companies in many industries to secure licensing deals for their versatile innovation.
One of the largest and most well known humanitarian organizations in the world will be incorporating the Frosty Cold Tech coolant into a uniquely-designed, highly-insulated cooler developed for the delivery of cold milk for dair y farmers in Africa. And many more product uses and applications are to follow.
For more information go to: www.frostycoldtech.com
Brooklyn Fiber’s expansion at 375 Pearl Street will enable the ISP to offer its service to wider areas in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan
NEW YORK – Sabey Data Centers, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned multi-tenant data center owners and developers, announced today that Brooklyn Fiber, New York’s independent broadband ISP, will significantly expand its network resources by establishing a point of presence at Intergate.Manhattan, 375 Pearl Street.
John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers, said, “We are delighted to welcome Brooklyn Fiber to 375 Pearl Street. Their POP will enable them to access all of the carrier networks and Internet Exchanges at Intergate.Manhattan. This is a capability that was not available to Brooklyn Fiber during their start-up phase in Brooklyn. We’re proud to help grow this young company.”
Eric Veksler, CEO, Brooklyn Fiber, said, “Our goal is to provide equal access to quality, high-speed broadband for all. To that end, there are very few buildings that can disperse the Internet to all of New York City. We chose 375 Pearl Street for that purpose. We were also impressed with Intergate.Manhattan’s government-grade infrastructure, its mission critical systems and resiliency.”
Brooklyn Fiber offers both wireline and point-to-point wireless broadband connectivity to its residential and business customers. For example the ISP, with their highly disruptive business model, was the first to offer symmetrical gigabit service to small and medium sized businesses at affordable rates with no contract, no install fees and no termination fees.
Brooklyn Fiber’s gigabit broadband service is 20 times faster than existing download speeds in New York City, which average around 52 mbps. At present in New York City, gigabit service is rarely available, and broadband speeds higher than 300 megabits per second are highly uncommon. Brooklyn Fiber, in partnership with Sabey Data Centers and Integrate.Manhattan, is looking to change all that.
About Sabey Data Center Properties
With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabeydatacenters.com.
About Brooklyn Fiber
Launched in 2011 as much out of frustration as necessity, Brooklyn Fiber is an independent internet service provider operating out of Red Hook, Brooklyn. From day one our stated goal has been to provide business and residential consumers a choice when it comes to their broadband service provider. We do not have install fees, termination fees or ask our customers to sign a contract. We do not believe in bill creep or choking service around peak times on our network. We are and will remain net neutral. To find out more about Brooklyn fiber please visit www.bkfiber.com.