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MONTREAL, QUEBEC – OVH, the world's third-largest hosting provider, announced plans to enhance and expand its high-speed global network with Cisco® optical technology to enable greater capacity for cloud and hosted services between its data centers. Cisco's DWDM technology provides OVH with some unique capacities between its datacenters for Cloud and hosted services.

With over one million customers and 7.4 Tbps of bandwidth across 17 countries and 32 global peering points, OVH offers an extensive portfolio of cloud, hosting, and web services, including the world's most extensive network of gaming servers. Through the deployment of its own global infrastructure, including fiber optic networks, OVH provides access to its services from anywhere in the world. OVH has experienced 30% cloud growth since 2011. It is executing on plans to expand in North America, with the construction of two new data centers in the U.S. underway.

Interconnecting OVH's data centers requires a highly resilient, scalable platform capable of both meeting the demands of today, and in the future across existing long-distance fiber infrastructure. Central to its expansion plans is the Cisco NCS 2000 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing platform (DWDM). The NCS 2000 maximizes capacity of fiber optic trunks at a rate of 200 Gbps, and long-haul distances. Started in 2015, the deployment of this technology on the OVH network has been performed successfully on 100+ sites. Expansion is currently ongoing on the Toronto-Beauharnois and Milan-Strasbourg links.

OVH is one of the first carriers in the world to deploy 200 Gbps 16 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) technology for each wavelength, maximizing the capacity of all inter-data center trunks. Using a 16 QAM scheme doubles the capacity of the DWDM links without sacrificing the distance reach, significantly reducing costs by eliminating half the optical components required.

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index™ Complete Forecast, global IP traffic will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years, and will have increased nearly 100-fold from 2005 to 2020. Overall, IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent from 2015 to 2020.

"OVH continues to be at the cutting edge of networking" said Octave Klaba, founder and CTO, OVH. "By leveraging our own data center technology for our servers and our IP and optical networks from Cisco, we're able to deliver a faster, more secure, and more scalable solution for our customers. OVH is ready to be the leader in Digital as a Service in a way that no other cloud hosting company can achieve."

"Cisco is committed to helping the world go digital," said Yves Padrines, vice president, Global Service Provider EMEAR, Cisco. "Our technology solutions to connect data centers will play a key role in delivering on the promise of a digitized connected world. Working with customers like OVH to deploy innovative DWDM and 16 QAM technology will help to ensure that there are no constraints to its growth initiatives."

About OVH

Specializing in cloud and internet infrastructure, OVH offers innovative products and services evolving around three universes: Web, Dedicated and Cloud. Since being founded in 1999, the company has become an established partner for hundreds of thousands of professionals worldwide. OVH owes its success not only to a development model built on innovation but also to keeping full control over the supply chain, from server manufacturing and in-house maintenance of their infrastructure, right down to customer assistance. OVH is able to ensure stable and reliable product and service offerings to all clients across all its brands while also providing the best price quality ratio.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – OpsGenie, an emerging player in the critical area of IT alerting and on-call management, has raised $10 million in Series A financing from Battery Ventures, a global investment firm. OpsGenie will use the funds to continue to tackle the biggest challenges faced by customers in providing "always-on" services, and specifically to continue investing in its product and building out its go-to-market capabilities. As part of the financing, Battery General Partner Neeraj Agrawal and Battery Vice President Paul Drews will join OpsGenie's board.

The company's products operate against the backdrop of sophisticated, modern datacenters in which a web of "always on" servers, applications and other technology -- some on-premise, and some housed in the cloud -- continuously throw off high-stakes alerts that must be managed by various IT teams. New software development trends like the move to "microservices" and agile development also means software is being developed faster today, which creates more opportunities for mishaps -- and a need to alert the right people to fix software problems. OpsGenie's technology integrates with other key monitoring and ticketing tools to serve as a central repository for this data, and then routes alerts to the appropriate teams and systems.

Teams can even access these alerts through new collaboration tools like Slack and HipChat, then send them to other members who can take action to quickly fix IT problems. OpsGenie's tools -- including a Web interface and a mobile app -- can also manage on-call schedules and escalations.

"OpsGenie integrates with many operations tools and services, and provides flexible, easy-to-use tools to help DevOps and other stakeholders identify that critical applications or services might be down, and figuring out the right people to notify at the right time to prevent costly problems," said Berkay Mollamustafaoglu, OpsGenie's CEO and co-founder. "Today's companies have invested billions of dollars in monitoring tools to detect potential IT problems, but they haven't paid enough attention to how to smartly react to, and address, the flood of alerts they're receiving. OpsGenie is about what happens next."

OpsGenie was founded in 2012 and already has over 1,400 customers around the globe, including Unbounce, SUBWAY® Restaurants, Looker, Bleacher Report, Politico and HubSpot.

"OpsGenie gave my team the work-life balance we were so desperately seeking," said Michael Irwin, manager of client services at Politico. "Before, if you were on-call, you were tied to your email. Now OpsGenie allows us to be on-call, but makes it less invasive for our team."

Added Mike Thorpe, infrastructure squad manager at Unbounce, a leading marketing-tech company: "OpsGenie has a robust alerting and on-call management platform, which allowed us to expand and design our decentralized product-support operation the way we wanted."

Neeraj Agrawal, of Battery, said IT-monitoring has turned into a critical, growing industry with many sub-sectors, including monitoring technologies for servers, applications, websites and databases. "We are excited to partner with Berkay and the OpsGenie team, whose service cuts across all these types of notifications and alerts to deliver critical information to teams quickly," Agrawal said. "The company has made significant progress to date despite only modest spending on marketing -- we think there is a real, pent-up demand for OpsGenie's product, and look forward to fueling the company's growth."

OpsGenie has offices in the Washington D.C. area, Boston and Ankara, Turkey.

About OpsGenie
OpsGenie is an alerting and on-call management solution for development and operations teams. We provide the tools needed to design actionable alerts, manage on-call schedules and escalations, and ensure the right people are notified of IT incidents at the right time, using multiple notification methods.

About Battery Ventures
Battery strives to invest in cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, Web infrastructure, consumer Internet, mobile and industrial technologies. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at stages ranging from seed to private equity and invests globally from offices in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Israel. Follow the firm on Twitter @BatteryVentures, visit our website at www.battery.com and find a full list of Battery's portfolio companies here.


Company Doubles Subscription Business, Grows Customer Base to More Than 4,000 and Launches Japanese and German Subsidiaries

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Druva, the leader in converged data protection, today reported continued company-wide growth, citing 100 percent growth of its subscription business and marking its sixth consecutive year of triple-digit growth. Druva's global customer count now exceeds 4,000 organizations. With the conclusion of its 2016 fiscal year ending on March 31, the company continues to gain momentum with the addition of new strategic partnerships, a global MSP program and the establishment of subsidiaries in both Germany and Japan. Druva also continues to expand its solution offerings with new cloud application support that includes Box, Google Apps for Work and Office 365, a strategic alliance with Microsoft Azure, and a new "pay-only-for-what-you-use" consumption pricing model for its cloud-based server backup, archival and DR solution.

"Druva is building the next great data protection company in the cloud," said Jaspreet Singh, CEO, Druva. "Among a new generation of software companies who have embraced the scale, security and cost efficiency of the public cloud, Druva is offering our customers better ways to protect and govern all their data -- both end-user and server. Not only can organizations protect and preserve their business critical information wherever it resides, but help discover it for legal, regulatory and compliance needs. This approach continues to win adherents and fuel our business."

More Customers Gain More Value
Druva's customer base continues to grow. In the last year, the company added hundreds of global brands, including AIG, Bloomberg, Chipotle, LiveNation, Monster Energy, Hulu, Merz, Marriott, National Institutes of Health (NIH), NBC Universal, ServiceNow, Shutterfly, Western Digital, Stanford University, University of Melbourne and Verifone. In addition, Druva customers are adding additional data protection capabilities and solutions from the company. In fact, Druva customers typically purchase 30 percent more than they did the year prior, every year -- a testament to the solutions' value and capabilities.

International Growth, Product Enhancements, Strategic Partnerships
Druva continued to expand its international presence with the launch of subsidiaries in Japan and Germany. In both regions, the company continues to expand and grow its partner base with the addition of NetOne, AP-Communications, CLCP, Serverworks and SO-NET Business Associates in Japan and Backup Solutions GmbH, Beck et. al Services GmbH and Florestan GmbH in Germany.

In the last year, Druva continued to grow and expand its cloud-based data protection solutions for end-user and server data. New solution capabilities include:

Druva also significantly expanded its partner ecosystem with the following:

  • Global Managed Service Providers (MSP) Program - Druva now offers its dedicated PartnerSync program for MSPs with access to co-branded Druva technology, specialized administrative consoles and more.
  • New Strategic Resellers - Druva established new resell relationships with SHI and SoftwareOne in North America.

Awards and Accolades
Druva garnered multiple industry accolades for product innovation, growth and customer service. These awards include:

Learn more about Druva data protection solutions at http://www.druva.com/products.

About Druva
Druva is the leader in converged data protection, bringing data-center class availability and governance to the mobile and distributed enterprise. With a single dashboard for backup, availability and governance, Druva's award-winning solutions minimize network impact and are transparent to users. As the industry's fastest growing data protection provider, Druva is trusted by over 4,000 global organizations on over 4 million devices. Learn more at http://www.druva.com/ and join the conversation at twitter.com/druvainc.

[*] Gartner, Inc., "Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Endpoint Backup," by Pushan Rinnen and Robert Rhame, November 12, 2015.

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Study Positions Company as a Market Leader, Among Highest Scoring Vendors in "Overall Experience Leaders" and "Credibility Leader" Categories

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), announced today it has achieved a perfect recommended score in the annual "Wisdom of Crowds Enterprise Planning Market Study" by Dresner Advisory Services, Inc. Specifically, Host Analytics was positioned among the highest scoring vendors in the categories of "Customer Experience," and "Vendor Credibility." To access the full report from Host Analytics, please visit here.

The flagship Wisdom of Crowds Enterprise Planning Market Study examines user perceptions, intentions, and realities associated with enterprise planning. Results are based on Dresner Advisory Services' research community of over 3,500 organizations, vendors' customer communities, and a survey instrument that collects data, along with social media and crowd-sourcing techniques to recruit survey participants.

"In this second annual study, we've been able to benchmark year-over-year comparisons to uncover market shifts, identify trends, and provide authentic insight into strategic enterprise planning and the adoption of enterprise performance management across the organization and around the world," said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. "This latest report provides decision makers with the much needed insight for applying EPM to strategic business goals. We congratulate Host on their strong placement this year."

In the report, Host Analytics was cited as follows: "A leader in both the customer experience and vendor credibility models, Host Analytics saw key improvements across every category of measurement including sales, value, product, technical support, consulting, integrity, and recommend. It is best in class for sales responsiveness and follow-up after the sale. It has a perfect recommended score."

The vendor rankings of enterprise planning software vendors were based on 33 different criteria spanning sales/acquisition experience, value for price paid, quality and usefulness of product, quality of technical support, quality and value of consulting services, whether the vendor is recommended, and integrity.

The "Customer Experience" category recognizes Host Analytics among the highest scoring vendors based on demonstrated excellence across product/technology and sales/service. The company was also ranked amongst the highest scoring in the "Vendor Credibility" category, which considers the relationship between the customer and their vendor.

"Being recognized by Dresner Advisory Services, one of the foremost authorities on enterprise performance management, is certainly a gratifying experience," said Ben Plummer, CMO at Host Analytics. "Having our leadership position further validated by our customers takes this recognition to a whole new level. We're proud of our accomplishments and realize the importance of continuously raising the bar for technology innovation and client satisfaction."

Click to Tweet: Host Analytics Recognized as an Industry Leader in Dresner Analyst Report http://ow.ly/1uas301JMOT #epm #cloud via @host_analytics

About Wisdom of Crowds® Research
The Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Planning Market Studies are based on data collected on usage and deployment trends, products, and vendors. Enterprise planning and BI software users in all roles and throughout all industries contributed to provide a complete view of realities, plans, and perceptions of the market.

About Dresner Advisory Services
Dresner Advisory Services was formed by Howard Dresner, an independent analyst, author, lecturer, and business adviser. Dresner Advisory Services, LLC focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership for Business Intelligence (BI), performance management and related areas.

About Host Analytics
Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), offering a suite of financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting, and analytics. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals trust Host Analytics to power their strategic financial processes. Host Analytics is a fast-growing, private company backed by leading venture capitalists and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with customers in over 90 countries.

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mLab-Parse Partnership and New Guide Speed Database Migrations Onto mLab's Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – mLab, the fully managed cloud database service featuring automated provisioning, scaling, and management of MongoDB databases, today announced the release of a comprehensive guide to migrating Parse data onto an mLab-hosted MongoDB database. This guide aims to help existing Parse customers by highlighting migration best practices and addressing commonly asked questions that mLab has seen since migrating over 8600 applications onto its platform.

As part of the approaching shutdown, the Parse team has made it possible to deploy Parse Server, an open source version of the Parse backend, to any infrastructure that can run Node.js. Developers can continue using Parse by self-hosting the Parse Server software and MongoDB, the database technology that powered Parse.

mLab's step-by-step Parse migration guide includes in-depth instructions for how to move Parse data onto a MongoDB database hosted by mLab, how to create a new Parse Server, how to deploy a Parse Server onto Heroku, and how to connect client applications to the Parse Server.

mLab has been working closely with Parse for several months and has already migrated thousands of Parse customers, such as MassRoots, Music Aficionado, and Milestone Sports. In fact, mLab has been the chosen platform for 78% of Parse data migrations. mLab's Database-as-a-Service takes care of all the operational aspects of running a production MongoDB cluster so Parse developers can focus on building their apps.

"We have a strong relationship with the Parse team and have been collaborating on how to best navigate Parse users to our Database-as-a-Service platform for MongoDB," said Will Shulman, CEO, mLab. "We've welcomed thousands of new mLab users since the Parse shutdown announcement and are expecting many more as the deadline nears. With Parse wanting to have customers migrated off its service as soon as possible, we created a comprehensive migration guide that walks new mLab users through the migration process."

"We had a pressing data migration schedule that required us to move quickly. mLab's support was both professional and reassuring. The migration process went smoothly with no surprises." -- Ron Bresler, Software Architect at Milestone Sports

"mLab's cloud MongoDB platform coupled with its expert support team is a great choice for Parse developers. Their Database-as-a-Service platform is the perfect complement to Parse Server, and allows us to migrate customers off the Parse service knowing that they will be in good hands. " -- James Yu, Co-Founder at Parse


About mLab

mLab is a fully managed cloud database service featuring automated provisioning and scaling of MongoDB databases, backup and recovery, 24/7 monitoring and alerting, web-based management tools, and expert support. mLab's Database-as-a-Service platform powers hundreds of thousands of databases across AWS, Azure, and Google and allows developers to focus their attention on product development instead of operations.

Headquartered in the Mission/Potrero area of San Francisco, mLab is backed by premier venture and angel investors including Foundry Group, Baseline Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Freestyle Capital, and David Cohen of TechStars.

Avaya With Inocybe Demonstrate an Open, SDN Architecture Capable of Managing and Securing up to 168,000 Devices

BILLERICA, Mass. – Avaya today announced it has blown through what's considered the 'normal' limits of scalability for an open, standards-based SDN architecture. Along with Inocybe Technologies, a pure-play OpenDaylight company, Avaya has successfully demonstrated that its SDN Fx™ network architecture can support up to 168,000 devices.

The live test, completed in the company's Billerica labs, offers positive implications for the future of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments for businesses and organizations: According to Gartner, businesses will have more than 7 billion IoT devices connected by 2020; however, current limits on scalability, security and manageability present challenges for many industries, such as healthcare, financial services, and industrial controls. More devices increase management complexity and pose possible threat entry points for unauthorized access that can wreak havoc with critical network functions and data.

Using the Avaya SDN Fx architecture and its Open Network Adapter (ONA), the test demonstrated that scalability, security and manageability can successfully coexist within an open, standards-based environment that also offers the flexibility and interoperability needed for the future of IoT. This demonstration is based on deployments of Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare solution in preparation for expansions to 10,000's of devices.

Neela Jacques, Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project said,

"To our knowledge, this is the largest scaling ODL architecture being implemented in the market today. Avaya and Inocybe's approach demonstrates OpenDaylight's capabilities and maturity as a scalable networking and IoT platform."

Click to Tweet: .@Avaya demonstrates an open, SDN architecture capable of managing and securing up to 168,000 devices #AvayaNation http://bit.ly/28YHbup

Inocybe's commercial turn-key OpenDaylight platform runs the SDN control of Avaya's SDN Fx IoT architecture and offers the following management capabilities:

  • Advanced network segmentation to reduce catastrophic breaches.
  • Automate more secure on-boarding of new devices.
  • Manage inventory of thousands of devices.
  • Assign flow priority by device and traffic type.

The Avaya IoT architecture is designed in three levels to enable maximum scalability, security and manageability:

  • First, an individual ODL instance is enabled to support up to 660 multi-protocol (Openflow and NetConf) virtual switches -- in this case, the Avaya ONA. Each edge switch port connects to a virtual switch (the ONA) that connects to an IoT device to be managed.
  • Second, multiple paired instances of Avaya's ODL controller act as a cluster behind a load balancer, provided by KEMP Technologies, which allows the cluster to be viewed as a single entity by IoT devices.[255 limit x 660 = 168,300]
  • Third, a distributed main-memory database and messaging bus allows the SDN solution to provide real-time data replication and consistency across different applications and services for a single control path failover; thus, creating a highly available environment where IoT devices can reconnect to ODL in a near transparent fashion.

Read the blog: Avaya Software-Defined Networking 1.0: Doing It Differently


"Clients often come to us because their current technologies do not support the innovation and flexibility they need. What the Avaya project has demonstrated is that OpenDaylight is the right platform to build a robust IoT security and management platform."
-Mathieu Lemay, CEO, Inocybe Technologies

"It's one thing to connect thousands of devices to a network; it's another to make sure there's the security and manageability required by businesses. This is beyond connections, but eliminating the compromise between large scale deployments, security, and management. Based on our test, businesses can be confident that ODL is a solid, practical foundation for SDN deployments intended to support the future of IoT."
--Liam Kiely, vice president, Avaya Networking

About Avaya

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.

About Inocybe Technologies

Inocybe Technologies Inc. is the number one pure-play OpenDaylight company, delivering all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenDaylight. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenDaylight, Inocybe has helped build and deploy 12% of Global OpenDaylight deployments. Inocybe Technologies is privately held and has been a pioneer in user empowered networking research since 2005. For additional information follow us @inocybetech or visit: http://www.inocybe.com.

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Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) the UK’s leading legal systems innovator has integrated its bundling technology with NetDocuments, the Security as a Service system for Cloud based document and email management. The Zylpha integration will enable NetDocuments users to produce secure high-quality court and other bundles in a fraction of the time taken previously.


To ensure optimum usability, the all new ‘ground up’ integration provides bundling users with the same familiar look and feel as NetDocuments itself. There is also the ability to search multiple NetDocuments libraries simultaneously and to review historic searches made. The inclusion of advanced bundling support for emails and attachments also enables users to transform the quality of bundles generated.


Commenting on the news, Zylpha’s Development lead Rob Stevens noted, “NetDocuments is a leading provider of Cloud based document and email management systems in the legal sector. As a result, we have received a great deal of demand for an integration with our bundling solution, which is widely used by both legal practices and in-house corporate legal service departments. By combining these two best of breed systems into an unbeatable solution, we are meeting this demand and expect interest levels to be extremely high.”


The addition of the NetDocuments integration adds to a growing range of software connectors developed by Zylpha. Other integrations available include: Solcase / Visualfiles from LexisNexis, SharePoint, iManage, SOS Connect, TR Envision, Axxia FED, Iken, Civica and many more.


About Zylphawww.zylpha.com

Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.

Netherlands, Germany the UK and Nordics also favoured locations


LONDON – A survey of enterprises conducted by BroadGroup at the recent Datacloud Europe congress which took place in Monaco revealed new evidence of their intention for future deployment of IT assets.


The survey covered Finance, Professional Services, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing and Technology and sought to understand how the IT infrastructure leaders interviewed were driving innovation on a global scale across these verticals. As well as understand how these organisations were leveraging IT to meet their enterprise demands and priorities as they face transformational challenges and opportunities. More than 36% of companies interviewed were planning or were early adopters of cloud.


Collectively the survey involved international companies represented and headquartered in the USA, Europe and Africa with a combined revenue of more than €274bn. The companies employ in excess of half a million people and operate more than 400 data centers.


Asked about the intention to deploy IT assets geographically, respondents identified Ireland as the lead location among all European countries. This was followed by the Netherlands, Germany and the UK respectively. Bearing out evidence suggested in earlier research by BroadGroup, a requirement for data center facilities in Africa is now definitely emerging.


Nordic markets also figured strongly in the geographic rankings of European locations.


Among the current technology and business priorities respondents rated cloud and security as of foremost concern. Companies were particularly focused on the improvement of the reliability and performance of cloud providing a flexible infrastructure.


“The survey revealed a sustained appetite for international expansion of IT asset deployment across a number of verticals,” commented Philip Low, managing director of BroadGroup.


“However the results also suggested that cloud and security are still regarded by many as part of the same concern, and that more than a third of enterprises interviewed are still in the early stages of cloud adoption.”

BroadGroup will next host Datacloud Nordic in Stockholm on October 20 where international enterprises will be invited to assess markets in the region for colocation and new build investment together with data center tours across the region.


About BroadGroup

BroadGroup is an Information Media Technology and Professional Services company. Established in 2002, BroadGroup achieved rapid recognition and growth through delivering quality research and insight in a number of niche and emerging areas of the telecommunications and technology sector. Since founding, the Datacentre and Cloud practice has been the main focus of the company. BroadGroup has now become the leading international research and consulting group in this area, through three business lines: consulting, market reports and events. http://www.broad-group.com/

Celebrities from music, television, movies, and sports come together to help raise funds and awareness for the Red Cross recovery effort

The "Rebuild West Virginia” telethon for flood relief will air nationally on television and radio stations across the USA and stream online this Friday, July 1st from 7pm-9pm Eastern time. Proceeds will go directly to Red Cross relief efforts across all affected areas of West Virginia. The telethon will air statewide in West Virginia, including all areas directly affected by the flooding, with the assistance of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. The Friday telethon will be followed by a live concert event Sunday in Charleston headlined by West Virginia resident and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who is donating all the profits in the month of July from his new song “Come Home To West Virginia” to flood relief efforts.

Telethon viewers will be encouraged to make donations directly to flood relief efforts at www.rebuildwestvirginia.com; to text the word “WVFLOODS” to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation; or to call (877) 273-0511 during the telethon to assist with the effort.

Music and messages will be shared by: Billy Ray Cyrus, country superstar and star of the new CMT series “Still The King;” actor and Princeton WV native Kevin Sizemore (Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462, NCIS, Resurrection, Under The Dome, Rizzoli & Isles); Leonard Coleman and Blunt, the former lead singers of legendary groups the Temptations, Platters, and Drifters; Beckley WV resident Cody Wickline from Season Eight of "The Voice;" Mike Estes, formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd; “Rocket Boys” New York Times #1 best selling author and Coalwood WV native Homer Hickam; Princeton resident Dreama “Mrs. Gilligan” Denver; Charleston WV’s The Carpenter Ants; actor Chad Lindberg (The Fast and the Furious, October Sky); Lewisburg WV resident and former NBA star Bimbo Coles; major league pitching sensation and Charleston WV native John Kruk; Kenova native and Contemporary Christian superstar Michael W. Smith; John Fogerty pianist/solo artist Bob Malone, who has composed an original song for flood relief called “The River Gives;” Charleston native and actor Bobby Ray Shafer from “The Office;” singer and actress Renee Olstead (Still Standing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager); Mountain Stage host Larry Groce; actress Markie Post (Night Court, The Fall Guy); actor David DeLuise (The Wizards of Waverly Place), AND MANY MORE.

Television and radio stations across West Virginia carrying the Rebuild West Virginia Telethon will give the broadcast 100% total coverage within the Mountain State. West Virginia Public Television will carry the telethon live from 7pm-9pm ET, followed by a repeat of the broadcast from 9pm-11pm ET. In addition, TV stations reaching into over a dozen states have also already agreed to carry the broadcast, which is free and available by open source at the satellite and streaming coordinates listed below:

Stream: www.wvva.com/Global/category.asp?c=210828

Satellite: 18:45 – 21:05 EDT / SES-3 23A
- Ku BAND / HD 6MHz
- Symbol Rate: 4.600
- 8PSK / DVB-S2
- FEC:3⁄4
- MPEG-4 (H.264) MP&ML 4.1
- DATA RATE: 10.016 MB/S 

West Virginia was devastated by historic flooding June 23rd and 24th, causing the deaths of 23 residents, forcing thousands of residents to flee from their homes and businesses, and resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. The National Guard and FEMA are on site, along with tens of thousands of volunteers. Clean up efforts are expected to take many months.

Thousands are expected to attend the Sunday evening July 3rd “Rebuilding West Virginia” live concert event headlined by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and his Big Band, which will include a special guest appearance by Glenn Leonard, the former lead vocalist from the Temptations, dueling with Landau on a “Murphy Meets Motown” tribute. The evening will be capped by a huge fireworks display accompanied by a patriotic music mix on Mix 100.9 radio and more special surprises. The free concert event will be held at The Levee in downtown Charleston starting at 8pm. Monetary and cleaning supply donations for the Red Cross being accepted on site. Murphy has promised to stay and sign every copy of his new “Come Home To West Virginia” CD sold to benefit flood recovery efforts.

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  • Part 4: BCM Program Validation

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Measure Alignment to ISO 22301 and Identify Gaps:  ISO 22301 Maturity Model   

ICOR has developed the  ISO 22301 Maturity Model that organizations can use to self-assess the capability and maturity of their Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) using the International Standard ISO 22301 as a reference.  The ISO 22301 Maturity Model excel tool was created using the Virtual Business Continuity Maturity Model as a reference.   Cost:  $995.00  Purchase 


Determination of an ICOR verified Self-Declaration of Conformity

In collaboration with DHS, FEMA, ANAB, BSI, NQA, Orion and others, ICOR has created a process to formally recognize an organization's Self-Declaration of Conformity to ISO 22301.  This process is intended to support and promote eventual third-party certification by providing organizations a tool to improve their Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs and to conform to ISO 22301 requirements.

The ICOR Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) to ISO 22301 is available to organizations of all sizes globally.  It is a process where an organization declares formally that its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) meets the requirements of ISO 22301:  Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements.

Determination of meeting the requirements is based on a combination of the following scores and criteria:

  1. Completion and submission of ISO 22301 Maturity Model with a minimum overall score of 2.5 with no single competency area scoring less than 2.0.  3.0 is a perfect score.
  2. Successful completion of Biographical Data and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  3. Successful completion of BCMS Information and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  4. Submission of Required Documents or "Proofs" and review by ISO 22301 Auditor

Upon successful completion of the online application (including completion of the ISO 22301 Maturity Model) your application will be evaluated by an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with credentials earned from ICOR, BSI, or PECB.  Estimated time for evaluation is less than 30 days.  

If your application is verified, your organization's self-declaration of conformity will be listed on the ICOR SDoC webpage.  In addition, your organization will receive a certificate verifying your self-declaration and may use the ISO 22301 SDoC "mark" as evidence of the ICOR verification.  Verification is valid for 3 years.


Link here for more information  

Email all questions to ISO22301@theicor.org.   


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