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Channel Partners Can Now Sell Best-in-Class Backup, Disaster Protection Through ESET

ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection, announced today that StorageCraft®, a leading provider of data backup and disaster recovery solutions, has joined the ESET Technology Alliance. As a result of this relationship, ESET customers now have the option to add StorageCraft backup and disaster recovery to their layered security strategy through their existing ESET reseller.*

“Our partners and customers have been asking for backup and disaster recovery solutions,” said Gerald Choung, vice president of sales at ESET North America. “Adding StorageCraft to the ESET Technology Alliance makes perfect sense since they have an outstanding line of products and conduct their business exclusively through the reseller channel. With the Ponemon Institute* reporting that companies lose an average of $7,900 for every minute of downtime, StorageCraft’s ability to offer our customers 100 percent business continuity made them an easy choice.”

StorageCraft offers award-winning backup software and disaster recovery, data protection, and migration solutions for physical, virtual, and hybrid Windows and Linux IT environments. The company’s solutions enable users to maintain business continuity during times of disaster, computer outages, or other unforeseen events by reducing downtime, improving security and stability for systems and data, and lowering the total cost of ownership.

“As a seller of both ESET and StorageCraft exclusively, we are excited to see this partnership come together,” said Mitch Miller, owner and president of Dynamic Computer Solutions.  “Security and recovery go hand in hand, and increasingly, our customers are looking for a comprehensive approach to security, and a one stop shop for their security needs. Whether it is on the data side or the hardware side, these two vendors truly offer best-in-class solutions.” 

By offering StorageCraft through ESET, customers and channel partners will receive an enhanced ordering experience, and easy access to high caliber products that cover a multi-layered security solution. In addition, partners will receive competitive pricing on ESET products when purchasing ESET and StorageCraft together.  

“In today’s 24/7 business environment, enterprises can’t afford to shut down for a day due to natural disasters or data loss, which is why it’s imperative that enterprises big and small have both a backup and recovery solution in place as part of their comprehensive security strategy,” said Mike Kunz,  vice president of  worldwide sales at StorageCraft. “Choosing ESET as our preferred security partner not only streamlines our joint customers’ experiences, but offers them access to the best security and backup and recovery solutions on the market with one touchpoint.”

Launched in 2013, the ESET Technology Alliance is an integration partnership that aims to better protect businesses by offering a range of complementary IT security solutions. All members of the ESET Technology Alliance are carefully vetted against a set of established criteria to extend “best-in-class” business protection across IT environments. Benefiting from a full integration with the ESET ordering and licensing system, the Technology Alliance enables ESET resellers to offer business customers a broader set of products and services.

For more details about the offering, please click here. Additionally, more information about the ESET Technology Alliance can be found here.  

A BrightTalk webcast will be held on April 22, 2015, with ESET and StorageCraft leadership providing an overview of modern business disasters and solutions. Register here.

*Source: Ponemon Institute, “2013 Cost of Data Center Outages,” December 2013
*Limited distribution for select resellers through April 21, 2015. 

About ESET
Since 1987, ESET® has been developing record award-winning security software that now helps over 100 million users to Enjoy Safer Technology. Its broad security product portfolio covers all popular platforms and provides businesses and consumers around the world with the perfect balance of performance and proactive protection. The company has a global sales network covering 180 countries, and regional offices in Bratislava, San Diego, Singapore and Buenos Aires. For more information visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

About StorageCraft
The StorageCraft family of companies, founded in 2003, provides best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software products that reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data, and lower the total cost of ownership. For more information, visit www.storagecraft.com.

Catalyst, Avalution Consulting’s award winning business continuity software, now offers emergency notification surveys via Bullhorn and expanded customization capabilities throughout the tool. An extended free trial is available via bccatalyst.com/signup to further explore these features. Use referral code: Surveys.


CLEVELAND, OH – Avalution Consulting – the leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of two new features for the Catalyst business continuity software suite – Bullhorn emergency notification surveys and the ability to further customize Catalyst by adding new fields.

Bullhorn Emergency Notification – Surveys
Bullhorn emergency notification enables users to quickly and easily connect when it counts by sending emergency notifications to internal contacts via email, text message, or voice phone call – all from just one screen. The new survey feature empowers users to take polls and get answers to urgent questions, fast!

  • Conduct a survey via phone, text message, and/or email

  • Survey individual contacts, groups of contacts, or teams from recovery plans

  • Track survey responses, view summarized results, and take action

Bullhorn is built-in to Catalyst, so no third party contracts are required, and always includes unlimited messages and surveys during a declared incident, making costs predictable.

Customization – Add Your Own Fields
Catalyst enables users to customize the user experience, including customizing labels, modifying the help text provided in the on-screen guides, and reordering and hiding fields. With this release, users can now add fields throughout the tool.

  • Add a field to any section of the tool, at any time

  • Specify the field name, select the data entry type, and populate the help text – all on one screen

  • Save and automatically update all items in the selected category with the new field, regardless of when it was created

  • Utilize the Bulk Import/Export capability for all custom fields

Complete Business Continuity Planning Solution
Available in Basic, Pro, and Enterprise versions, Catalyst makes business continuity and IT disaster recovery planning easy and repeatable for every organization – regardless of size, industry, or geography. In addition to the new features above, Catalyst offers policy development, business impact analysis, risk assessment, recovery strategy definition, plan development, automatic program metrics, exercising, live incident management, emergency notification, and more.

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About Avalution Consulting
Avalution is the premier provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Avalution is an ISO 22301-certified firm and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

Avalution also offers Catalyst, a web-based business continuity software solution. Available in Basic, Pro, or Enterprise versions, Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. No long-term contracts are required, and a 30-day free trial is available via bccatalyst.com.

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | bccatalyst.com | @Avalution | LinkedIn


The strategic markets of Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh are home to over half of the 100 cities most exposed to natural hazards, highlighting the potential risks to foreign business, supply chains and economic output in Asia from extreme weather events and seismic disasters, according to new research from global risk analytics company, Verisk Maplecroft.

The 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas (NHRA) assesses the natural hazard exposure of over 1,300 cities, selected for their importance as significant economic and population centres in the coming decade. Of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh. The analysis considers the combined risk posed by tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, extra-tropical cyclones, wildfires, storm surges, volcanoes and landslides.

According to Verisk Maplecroft, natural hazards constitute one of the most severe disrupters of business and supply chain continuity, and also threaten economic output and growth in some of the world’s key cities, especially for those located in the emerging markets. Although adverse weather dropped from 4th to 7th place in the Business Continuity Institute's latest Horizon Scan report, it is still considered to be a concern by over half (52%) of the business continuity professionals who responded to a survey. Meanwhile, earthquake/tsunami is considered a concern by nearly a quarter (22%).

“As typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the tsunami in Japan showed us, natural hazard events can have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on supply chains, business and economies,” states Dr Richard Hewston, Principal Environmental Analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. “Understanding how, where and why those risks manifest is an imperative in managing potential shocks.”

Natural hazard risk is compounded in the Philippines by poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazards events. In addition to assessing exposure, the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas also evaluates a country’s ability to manage and mitigate the impacts of natural hazard events, through the Socio-economic Resilience Index. While Japan, which ranks 178th out 198 countries for resilience, is classified as ‘low risk,’ the Philippines (80th), is considered ‘high risk’, in part due to entrenched corruption and high levels of poverty.

“With foreign investment continuing to flow into countries highly exposed to natural hazards, those which are unable to demonstrate robust resilience may lose an element of their competitiveness,” adds Hewston. “Company decision-making over sourcing locations or market entry is increasingly influenced by issues such as strength of infrastructure and institutional robustness.”


Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Value Is Elusive, Even To Agilists

Agile practitioners are often proud — and justifiably so — that when people are seriously adhering to the principles and practices, they keep the focus on value. They usually do a better job on average, I would argue from both first-hand experience and a fair amount of research, than the adherents of Waterfall methods. That’s not the same as saying that there’s room for improvement.

Value is a slippery concept. What’s valuable to you isn’t necessarily valuable to me. That statement extends to user stories, in which the “so that…” clause differs, depending on the persona identified in the “As a…” section that precedes it. We’re supposed to write stories that have some value for that persona, no matter how minimal it might be, but we often don’t show significant value until we’ve finished all the stories organized into an epic, theme, sprint, or release. (The attraction of creating an expense report, for example, is significantly less until you can update it when needed, too.) We prioritize the backlog from highest to lowest value stories for a variety of reasons, such as ensuring that if we run out of time before a planned release, we cut the lowest-value stories, which are coming conveniently last in the list. However, we know that life isn’t as simple as a single queue of neatly sequenced work items. Which is more valuable, the ability of a salesperson on the road to enter sales activity easily, or the report that tells the sales manager about the current state of the pipeline?



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new feature to its free app that will enable users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation. This new feature allows users to receive alerts on severe weather happening anywhere they select in the country, even if the phone is not located in the area, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.

“Emergency responders and disaster survivors are increasingly turning to mobile devices to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters,” said Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator. “This new feature empowers individuals to assist and support family and friends before, during, and after a severe weather event.”

“Every minute counts when severe weather threatens and mobile apps are an essential way to immediately receive the life-saving warnings provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA administrator.  “These alerts are another tool in our toolbox as we work to build a ‘Weather Ready Nation’ – a nation that’s ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.”

According to a recent survey by Pew Research, 40 percent of Americans have used their smartphone to look up government services or information. Additionally, a majority of smartphone owners use their devices to keep up to date with breaking news, and to be informed about what is happening in their community.

The new weather alert feature adds to the app’s existing features to help Americans through emergencies. In addition to this upgrade, the app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The FEMA app also offers a “Disaster Reporter” feature, where users can upload and share photos of disaster damage.

Some other key features of the app include:

  • Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Disaster Reporter: Users can upload and share photos of damage and recovery efforts
  • Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers
  • Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance
  • Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.  Users who already have the app downloaded on their device should download the latest update for the weather alerts feature to take effect. The new weather alerts feature in the FEMA app does not replace Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) function available on many new smartphones. WEAs have a special tone and vibration and are sent for emergencies such as extreme weather, AMBER alerts, or Presidential Alerts.

To learn more about the FEMA app, visit: The FEMA App: Helping Your Family Weather the Storm.

Graphic with a brief summary of a few features in the FEMA app.A brief summary of a few features in the FEMA app.


FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.


The global data load is about to surge as Big Data and the Internet of Things threaten to turn every device on the planet into an information source. While it is easy to see the promise that such an environment can offer, is the enterprise turning a blind eye to some of the consequences?

The obvious one is the sheer load that we are contemplating and whether it is possible to build the infrastructure to support it. By some estimates, the global load is due to rise from today’s output of about 4 zettabytes per year to more than 44 zettabytes by 2020. That’s not the total amount of data under management, mind you, but the amount the world will generate in a single year. Compare this to the average annual growth of the data center market, currently estimated at about 11 percent per year, and it is clear trouble is brewing down the line.

The most immediate implication of the surging data load is where to store it all. As Seagate Technology’s Mark Whitby noted to Tech Radar recently, even the most optimistic estimates of storage capacity generation over the next few years would leave us about six ZB short by 2020, which is twice the data output of 2013. New technologies are showing promise in high-density storage – resistive random access memory (RRAM) and heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), to name a few – but it is questionable whether they will be ready for production environments in time for the data deluge.



Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Key to Surviving a Tsunami? Fast Walking

(TNS) — A new analysis shows more than 100,000 people are at risk from a tsunami on the Northwest coast — but the outlook isn’t uniformly grim.

In many communities, residents should be able to make it to high ground in time simply by walking at a brisk pace.

Tsunami surges are expected to slam into some parts of the coast within 15 to 30 minutes of an earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the offshore fault where two tectonic plates collide.

Published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the analysis takes the most comprehensive look yet at the threat along the 700-mile-long coast of Washington, Oregon and Northern California — and finds surprising variability.



Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

100 Year Event Losses vs. Insurer Estimates

A major hurricane or earthquake hitting a densely populated metropolitan area like Miami or Los Angeles will leave insurers facing losses that far exceed their estimated 100 year probable maximum loss (PML) due to highly concentrated property values, a new report suggests.

In its analysis, Karen Clark & Company (KCC) notes that the PMLs that the insurance industry has been using to manage risk and rating agencies and regulators have been using to monitor solvency can give a false sense of security.

For example, it says the 100 year hurricane making a direct hit on downtown Miami will cause over $250 billion insured losses today, twice the estimated 100 year PML.



Organizations Can Realize Full Business Potential of Big Data


NEW YORK – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced a strategic alliance with MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®. With the partnership, customers can use Information Builders’ software with the MapR advanced Hadoop Distribution platform to obtain new insights from large data sets and achieve competitive advantage in the process.


Information Builders and MapR are collaborating in the area of business analytics and enterprise-grade Hadoop for customer environments. The MapR Data Platform within the Hadoop Distribution and Information Builders’ solutions allow quick, reliable, efficient read/write access back and forth to ensure the integrity of data when used for analytics.


Enterprises adopting the MapR Distribution including Hadoop realise certain advantages when legacy and new data from disparate platforms are brought under management. Information Builders and MapR offer customers and partners a comprehensive solution; providing fast, flexible, and powerful metadata integration and advanced policy rules to ensure consistency with data for impactful analytics. Among the organisations using the combined solution to ensure real-time analytics from a variety of data sources are a leading credit card provider and airplane manufacturer.


“Information Builders brings modern data analytics with scale and dependability to large organisations worldwide,” said Steve Wooledge, vice president of Product Marketing, MapR Technologies. “With customers already achieving benefits from our combined solution, this partnership extends our global go-to-market strategy, enabling organisations to take immediate action on data ‘as it happens.’”


“MapR offers a reliable, robust, Hadoop Distribution with a data platform that makes it very easy for Information Builders’ integration, data quality, and analytics software to create data lakes, off-load or load data warehouses, and enable business impact quickly to respective customers,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO, Information Builders.


MapR will join the Information Builders booth at Hadoop Summit taking place in Brussels April 15-16. MapR will also speak at Information Builders’ Summit User Conference on Sunday, May 31 in Kissimmee, Florida.


About MapR Technologies

MapR delivers on the promise of Hadoop with a proven, enterprise-grade platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical and real-time production uses. MapR brings unprecedented dependability, ease-of-use and world-record speed to Hadoop, NoSQL, database and streaming applications in one unified distribution for Hadoop. MapR is used by more than 700 customers across financial services, government, healthcare, Internet, manufacturing, media, retail, and telecommunications as well as by leading Global 2000 and Web 2.0 companies. Amazon, Cisco, Google, Teradata, and HP are part of the broad MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Google Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures. MapR is based in San Jose, CA. Connect with MapR on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

BLUFFTON, SC – FlashStorage.com, the latest entry into Actual Tech Media’s exclusive expert site network, launched today as an industry resource for IT professionals to educate themselves on the products and technologies that are shaping the burgeoning flash storage market.

Actual Tech Media owns and operates a growing list of technology websites, enabling it to easily disseminate original content to IT pros and decision makers.  FlashStorage.com allows storage administrators – from the novice to seasoned pros – to learn about and evaluate all things flash storage through a combination of contributed content, whitepapers, and blog posts from industry experts and specialists, as well as news from around the web.
“There’s an incredible amount of information about flash technology throughout the web, but the new FlashStorage.com site looks like an interesting new contributor,” said Tom Coughlin, president of Coughlin Associates and writer on digital storage and applications. “Having a dedicated website like FlashStorage.com to read, collect and curate this information in a way that allows visitors to learn about the benefits of this technology is very welcome.  I look forward to reading and perhaps contributing content to this useful resource.”
Developed in partnership with Tegile Systems, FlashStorage.com is edited by Actual Tech Media co-founder Scott D. Lowe, an enterprise IT veteran with nearly 20 years of experience in senior and CIO roles across multiple large organizations.  His unique CIO-centric perspective on both technical topics as well as executive IT decision making has made him a sought-after contributor to other respected technology sites and expert speaker at industry events.

“I’m excited about the launch of FlashStorage.com and the positive impact it will have for IT administrators and senior decision makers looking for information on how to best implement Flash storage into their existing network infrastructures,” said Lowe.  “With education, training, technical advice and news on all things Flash storage, this site promises to provide intelligent insight and expert commentary to assure that readers are well versed about the nuances of the technology and how they can ensure they are properly leveraging it to their organization’s maximum advantage.”

"We are proud to partner with Actual Tech Media on the launch of FlashStorage.com,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile Systems.  “The site was developed to be a place where flash vendors and industry experts can provide premium content to IT leaders who are evaluating and selecting flash storage to accelerate their enterprise applications and drive data center efficiencies."

About Actual Tech Media
IT industry leaders Scott Lowe & David Davis are proud to present Actual Tech Media: Delivering custom whitepapers, webinars, videos, product reviews and more. We help you focus where it counts - on lead generation and the bottom line. We know it can be difficult to gain mindshare in crowded enterprise markets. Our clients use our custom assets, reach and distribution to stand out from the crowd and get the recognition and attention they deserve. We'd love to brainstorm some ideas with you. Let's connect for a call and see how we can help your organization now. http://www.actualtechmedia.com