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Cost of downtime up, frequency down since 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released its “2013 State of the Data Center” infographic illustrating the increasing criticality of data centers and severe consequences of data center outages.

The infographic shows how businesses rely on data centers more than ever and are increasingly aware of the risks and costs of downtime. Those costs are going up — 33 percent since the release of Emerson’s “2011 State of the Data Center” infographic — and businesses are taking steps to avoid those costs. Complete outages are down 20 percent over the same period.

“The data reflects what we hear every day from our customers and partners, and that’s a growing reliance on the data center as an indispensable business asset,” said Scott Barbour, executive vice president, Emerson, and business leader of Emerson Network Power. “They are investing in their IT systems and infrastructures because the cost of downtime is becoming more and more prohibitive. The facts presented in the infographic confirm the relentless expansion of our society’s electronic dependence and the increasing importance of data centers.”

The infographic also shows increasing reliance on data centers in areas that were traditionally offline pursuits and consumers’ high expectations of speed and performance.

Some of the facts explored in the infographic:

What’s driving electronic dependence?

The transition to “e” is accelerating. For example, books and photos are increasingly electronic. 172 million e-readers are expected to be sold in 2013 — nearly six times the number of e-readers sold in 2011. More than 40 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day.

Is downtime really such a big deal?

The short answer: Yes. The average cost of a complete data center outage is $901,560, and businesses average one complete outage every year. That’s a big deal, and not surprising in light of the fact that global e-commerce spending topped $1.25 trillion this year. That’s larger than the gross domestic product of Mexico.

To view the full infographic, visit the Emerson Network Power newsroom. For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

Tegile Agility Pricing Program provides organizations ultimate security, performance and, flexibility at pricing competitive to Amazon S3


NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced its Agility Pricing Program, a capacity utilization-based model that empowers customers with the ability to leverage the performance of flash while eliminating the risk of under- or over-sizing their storage infrastructures. Available through new Tegile Capital arm, customers now have the option of leveraging Tegile’s award-winning Zebi hybrid storage arrays and paying only for the amount of data space utilized – as low as 20.6 cents per GB a month. With the ability to finance their data storage needs with low monthly payments and no upfront costs while being billed on a usage basis, organizations can take advantage of the cost-flexible economic model that the cloud provides without surrendering control of their mission-critical data. “Offering capacity pricing to cost-conscious customers who are interested in leveraging cloud economics but who are unwilling or unable to relinquish control of their data to third-party providers is an intelligent play on Tegile’s part,” said Eric Burgener, Research Director, Storage of IDC. “The low entry price point that this enables will certainly make Tegile's offerings that much more attractive to particularly smaller customers that are looking to newer storage architectures to address their performance issues.” Companies can build entire storage infrastructures, complete with hardware, virtualization software and services, and put the whole stack on a metered consumption model. Unlike other vendors that do not have the ability to provide inline deduplication and compression, Tegile’s 5:1 data reduction rates can be applied before information is saved to the arrays to effectively reduce storage costs by an additional 80 percent, taking the cost per GB down to approximately 5 cents per month. Like its existing purchase or standard lease options, the Tegile Agility Pricing Program is offered exclusively through the channel, allowing partners to take advantage of the leasing structure to provide their customers with the latest Zebi storage arrays while passing through utility pricing. “The introduction of Tegile Agility pricing provides our customers with a variety of options that best fit their particular needs – outright purchase, standard leasing or a utility model that provides all of the benefits of our Zebi storage arrays while realizing the cost structure and flexibility that public cloud providers offer,” said Rob Commins, VP Marketing of Tegile Systems. “By removing the hardware purchase from their balance sheet and turning to a utility model for the amount of data actually consumed, it is a great way for customers to drop their bill while retaining the control and flexibility that they need. This is an economic model that is a win-win for all parties involved.” About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
Maxta provides dramatically better economics over external storage arrays

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Maxta announced that VSS Monitoring, a Danaher company (Fortune 200 company) anda  world leader in network packet brokers (NPB), has implemented its highly resilient, scalable distributed VM Storage platform (MxSP™). MxSP improves the performance, automation and ease of use of VSS Monitoring’s virtualized infrastructure to satisfy current needs and expected future growth of its engineering IT infrastructure.

VSS Monitoring’s engineering group runs a diverse set of applications in a VMware vSphere environment, including testing and development of its solutions. The virtualized environment is planned to grow significantly over time and several virtual machines are expected to require very high storage performance. To extend the life of its engineering IT infrastructure beyond the initial 3-year expectancy, VSS Monitoring looked for a way to improve storage performance without spending an unreasonable amount of money. After evaluating several shared storage array options, the company chose MxSP, which provides all the features and functions it needs for 20% of the acquisition cost of the other options.

“The test and development VMs would require a high amount of IOPS and unfortunately with a shared architecture it would cause a performance hit to all of our virtual machines in the cluster,” said Mike Leland, VSS Monitoring Data Center Engineer. “The performance of our system with Maxta’s software platform is orders of magnitude faster. We’re looking at about twice as many IOPS depending on the workload. It’s a large improvement over what we had before as far as storage performance. The unlimited number of time/performance/capacity efficient snapshots and zero-copy clones simplifies the setup and management of testing and development environments.”

Leland was also impressed noted with Maxta’s ease of use and installation. Elimination of storage provisioning in addition to the VM-centric approach of MxSP as well as the full integration into VMware vSphere client simplified IT management. Maxta provided VSS Monitoring a better solution along with a very attractive CAPEX and OPEX.  Additional enterprise features, such as high availability, VM-level snapshots and cloning, made Maxta an especially compelling option.

“The Maxta Storage Platform meets the storage needs of even the most-demanding test-and-development environments by reducing complexity and cost while improving productivity and time to market,” said Yoram Novick, CEO and Founder of Maxta.  “By providing VSS Monitoring with the ability to meet its objectives while staying within budget, we were able to help them improve performance and simplify IT.”

The Maxta Storage Platform is a hypervisor-agnostic implementation of enterprise storage for the virtual data center. It  fully integrates with server virtualization at all levels from user interface to data management, while supporting all possible deployments of virtual data centers, including private, public and hybrid clouds. Through its software-only solution, Maxta turns standard servers into a converged compute and storage solution. This results in greater simplicity and economics over external storage arrays.

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About Maxta
Maxta is redefining enterprise storage by delivering a storage platform that is simple, agile and cost efficient for virtualized environments as well as supporting a wide spectrum of enterprise-class data services and capacity optimizations. 

Strategic Partnership Offers Comprehensive Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Solution  

  • Lam Cloud announces today it has partnered with Agility Recovery Solutions to deliver a comprehensive Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solution to customers in the New Jersey / New York Metro Market as well as across the U.S.
     
  • Lam Cloud’s commitment to uphold customers’ business continuity during unplanned crises and business disruptions is tightly aligned with Agility’s corporate mission of providing comprehensive, packaged and cost-effective recovery solutions and testing options to businesses across North America.
     
  • “The mutually beneficial relationship between Agility and Lam Cloud allows businesses to benefit from a comprehensive offering to meet varying BC/DR needs.  Our turnkey solution offers a range of services that fulfills customer requirements at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in-between, including Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Preparedness, Mobile Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity following an unexpected occurrence,” adds Taylor Busby, Vice President of Marketing at Agility Recovery Solutions.


CRANBURY, NJLam Cloud, a leading New Jersey-based provider of proven Business Continuity, Workplace Recovery, Data Center and Network solutions, announced today it has partnered with Agility Recovery Solutions to deliver a comprehensive Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solution to customers in the New Jersey / New York Metro Market as well as across the U.S.  
 
Lam Cloud’s commitment to uphold customers’ business continuity during unplanned crises and business disruptions is tightly aligned with Agility’s corporate mission of providing comprehensive, packaged and cost-effective recovery solutions and testing options to businesses across North America.  Lam Cloud is able to fortify and further differentiate its extensive Business Continuity portfolio with Agility’s mobile recovery services for power, space, technology and communications.
 
“In today’s day and age, it is standard for businesses to rely on their IT infrastructures to operate. Even more prevalent, however, are natural and man-made threats; this is why possessing a sound Business Continuity plan that features a proven Disaster Recovery solution is critical,” says Lawrence Lam, Founder and President, Lam Cloud.  “Agility’s proven DR offerings are the perfect complement to Lam Cloud’s Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery portfolio.  This valuable partnership enables Lam Cloud to bolster our Disaster Recovery offerings.”
 
“Downtime can result in substantial business loss, not just in terms of revenue and productivity, but also reputation,” adds Taylor Busby, Vice President of Marketing at Agility Recovery Solutions.  “The mutually beneficial relationship between Agility and Lam Cloud allows businesses to benefit from a comprehensive offering to meet varying BC/DR needs.  Our turnkey solution offers a range of services that fulfills customer requirements at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in-between, including Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Preparedness, Mobile Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity following an unexpected occurrence.”
 
Lam Cloud offers a robust suite of integrated Business Continuity solutions and Workplace / Disaster Recovery resources including secure Data Backup and Archiving, Server and Desktop Virtualization, VoIP, Custom Client Solutions, and Carrier-neutral Connectivity as well as 4,000 Workplace Recovery seats to ensure customers’ critical data systems and business environments are up and running quickly following any unplanned business interruption.  Lam Cloud also offers customers an extensive Professional Services portfolio featuring Business Impact and Gap Analyses, Resiliency Assessment, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery and Stress Testing, and Business Continuity-as-a-Service (BCaaS).
 
To learn more about Lam Cloud, visit www.lamcloud.com

 

About Lam Cloud
Lam Cloud is your Gateway to Tomorrow’s Technologies, constantly striving to make data centers, cutting-edge technologies and networks more accessible to greater numbers of people.  From its headquarters in Cranbury, NJ, the company unites two disparate groups – those who need tomorrow’s technologies and those who provide them.  Lam Cloud operates Disaster and Workplace Recovery assets along with data centers.  We also facilitate, customize, maintain, and operate scalable solutions including Business Continuity and Availability, Professional Services, Virtualization, Colocation, Managed Cloud, and Network and Internet Services.  Our hallmark is lowering our customers' total cost of ownership.  Stay connected with Lam Cloud on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. More information can also be found by visiting www.lamcloud.com.

About Agility Recovery Solutions
Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of GE, has over 24 years of disaster recovery and business continuity experience.  Since 1989, Agility has provided comprehensive, packaged recovery solutions, consulting services and testing options to businesses across North America.  Agility revolutionized the disaster recovery and business continuity industries by developing a simple, cost-effective and easy-to-use recovery solution called ReadySuite.  Visit www.agilityrecovery.com for more information.

Compass-EOS routers to become part of one of the world’s first SDN-based Internet Exchanges

ATLANTA – The Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to demonstrate their networking hardware and software, located in Colo Atl’s Atlanta facility, is pleased to announce that Compass-EOS, the world’s first silicon-to-photonics router company, is its newest member.  The Compass-EOS r10004 Router will be deployed in the Colo Atl facility, which is home to both the GTC and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), a software-defined networking (SDN)-based Internet exchange capable of delivering secure and simplified peering solutions.

As a member of the GTC, Compass-EOS will demonstrate its leadership in advanced networking and routing technologies to local, national and global network operators within the growing GTC community. Membership in the GTC also aligns Compass-EOS within the research and education community, as many of the founding members of the GTC have roots in this market space. SNAP was established through the support of its founding members, which include the Georgia Institute of Technology, GENI, US Ignite, Southern Light Rail, and PeachNet. Through the GTC, SNAP enables network equipment vendors to interoperate and test SDN traffic across multiple vendors’ equipment. 

“The Compass-EOS r10004 is a technological game-changer; there is no question about that,” said Tim Kiser , Owner and Founder of GTC parent company, Colo Atl. “Compass-EOS’ icPhotonics optical interconnect fundamentally changes the way routers are built and how peering services are delivered. The company represents the technological advances that make GTC members among the most innovative in the industry. We are thrilled to welcome Compass-EOS to the Georgia Technology Center.”

Compass-EOS’ high-capacity r10004 router simplifies the deployment, operation, and scaling of service provider networks. Each r10004 can serve as a modular router building block for the deployment of scale-out routing, enabling software-defined networking (SDN) and other approaches such as network function virtualization (NFV).

“The GTC is a forward-thinking technology research, development and deployment facility, and its community boasts some of the most creative and inventive minds in the industry,” said Manouch Khezri, General Manager North America for Compass-EOS. “Our ground-breaking technology and leadership is an ideal fit for the GTC’s objectives. We look forward to working with the GTC.”

 

About Georgia Technology Center (GTC)
The Georgia Technology Center (GTC) is a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems. The GTC was created and engineered to promote interoperability testing, live customer trials and demonstrations for equipment vendors within a secure, densely populated and active Meet Me Room. Membership in the GTC is open to all Layer 1, 2 and 3 equipment vendors. Members can utilize the GTC’s conference facility to host presentations for current and prospective clients as well as take advantage of introductions to the network operators through the GTC community. The GTC is located within the Colo Atl Meet Me Room facility at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, Georgia. Network equipment vendors interested in becoming a GTC Member should email: info@georgiatechnologycenter.com or visit us online at: www.georgiatechnologycenter.com and follow us on Twitter @GTC_Atl.

About Colo Atl
Located in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, Georgia, Colo Atl, a JT Communications Company, provides colocation, data center & interconnection services, at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a neutral-colocation facility that allows tenants and carriers to securely and conveniently cross-connect within a SSAE16 certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants and provides exceptional customer service. Visit Colo Atl online at: www.coloatl.com and follow us on Twitter @ColoAtl.

About Compass-EOS
Compass EOS is a next-generation routing company. Its photonic backplane technology, icPhotonics, powers ultra-bandwidth dense routers that bring networking into the age of modularity and virtualization. The Compass-EOS icPhotonics technology is the world’s first commercial silicon for inter-chip optical interconnect. Its family of carrier-grade routers is a new breed of scale-out routers, enabling SDN-based, simplified architectures in service provider networks. Since 2006 Compass has attracted top-tier investors ranging from leading venture capital funds to service providers and networking suppliers.

Affordable, easily deployed solution allows customers to decrease time to market and realize service revenues faster

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today launched the Intelligent Foundation™, asingle-source manageability and infrastructure solution for high-density server manufacturers and organizations that develop custom hyperscale solutions. The Intelligent Foundation is a first-in-its-class manageability and infrastructure framework that provides a scalable and adaptable solution for hyperscale deployments. 

The technology revolution that began with mega data center operators is rapidly catching on across the broader IT ecosystem. Many conventional data centers are moving to become more “cloud-like” in response to scaling single-threaded workloads, such as web services applications, and fluctuating customer demands for resources. Amidst this change, conventional data centers also need to adopt new paradigms to handle the dense compute, networking and storage pools, and associated infrastructure, in this new environment. To do so they must break away from the traditional access-and-control based management of the past and adopt a modern framework, like the Intelligent Foundation, that tightly couples rack resource management with rack infrastructure behind a firewalled, single IP access point. 

"Today's emerging hyperscale IT systems are designed to address massive increases in scale of applications as well as rapid expansions and re-provisioning of assets; but for many organizations use of these solutions poses major facilities and operational management challenges," said Richard Villars, vice president of datacenter and cloud research at International Data Corporation (IDC). "Solutions like Emerson’s Intelligent Foundation will make it easier for organizations to manage and optimize hyperscale and legacy systems within a common monitoring framework, boosting their pace of innovation and competitive position."

The difference the Intelligent Foundation brings to the market is a management infrastructure that is portable, scalable and adaptable for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original device manufacturers (ODMs) and data centers’ self-build solutions alike. With minimal effort, the Intelligent Foundation can add market-leading manageability and monitoring to optimize hyperscale environment operation. 

For example, power consumption and space utilization are significant concerns with hyperscale solutions. Underutilized power loads waste space, particularly at very large scales. Conversely, the Intelligent Foundation enables customers to gain significant increases in energy efficiency and space utilization. The improved efficiency is achieved by establishing rack and chassis power policies based on the loading of the Intelligent Foundation-enabled PDU and monitored by the Intelligent Foundation Manager and service processor Controller firmware.

“The Intelligent Foundation is the most comprehensive development and deployment framework for enabling and managing the software-defined data centers associated with cloud computing,” said Patrick Quirk, leader for the hardware product line of Emerson Network Power’s Avocent business. “It answers our customers’ needs for the ability to develop and deploy custom hyperscale solutions all the way up to integrating every rack-scale device to fully support our emerging hyperscale computing world. The depth of this solution demonstrates the level of support we can provide our customers now, and we will continually anticipate their future challenges and develop innovative technologies to solve them.”

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s firmware and hyperscale solutions, please visit http://Go.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Microserver-Firmware or http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Avocent.

 

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware, and services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for data centers healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion.  For more information, visit
www.Emerson.com.

Sabey Data Centers’ 1 Million SF Tower at 375 Pearl St. Is a Strong Fit for Carriers

  • Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that Level 3 Communications has signed an agreement to establish a presence at its premier NY data center Intergate.Manhattan.

  • Sabey’s new Manhattan data centerwith its strategic market location, storm proof facilities, upgraded infrastructure, and state-of-the-art physical security,will provide Level 3 with more ways to support customer demand.

  • With its unique assets, Intergate.Manhattan is on a path to becoming the foremost carrier hotel on the East Coast, and will soon house additional service providers from both the U.S. and Europe.

New York – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties announced today that Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT), a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers, has signed a licensing agreement to establish two network points of entry at Intergate.Manhattan, Sabey’s new lower Manhattan data center.

Level 3, with customers in 55 countries, is presently an Internet carrier at Sabey’s data centers in Seattle, Wenatchee and Quincy, Wash. Level 3 and Sabey are building on their existing relationship with Level 3’s two point presence at Intergate.Manhattan.

In addition, Level 3’s fiber is a key component of Sabey Data Center Properties’ proprietary IGX network that interconnects all Sabey data centers. IGX allows Sabey’s East Coast customers to take advantage of low-cost hydroelectric power that is available at the company’s Washington state data centers. This capability is especially attractive to customers who are looking for third-party data center space in Manhattan with economical pricing for power.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Center Properties, said, “Level 3’s decision to establish a presence at Intergate.Manhattan sends a clear message that our digital data center at 375 Pearl Street is a great location for carriers. Our brand new mission critical infrastructure, open floor plates and ease of installation is unlike any other data center in Manhattan; plus, we offer the highest levels of security and storm proofing. All of these assets combine as opportunities for network carriers to grow their customer operations and to take advantage of lower cost peering opportunities.”

“As one of the largest media hubs in the world, Manhattan is an important location for Level 3 IP and data center connectivity,” said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Product Management of Level 3. “Connectivity to Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan data center expands our global data center assets to provide customers with additional options to store and access critical business information.”

Sabey, one of the largest privately-owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States, commenced 24/7 operations at Intergate.Manhattan earlier in 2013.

Daniel Meltzer, Sabey Vice President of Sales and Leasing, said, ““With the addition of Level 3 as a carrier at Intergate.Manhattan, we are excited about the opportunities both companies have to leverage the key vertical markets in New York City including healthcare, financial services, social media and many more. Offering high value telecommunications services like those services provided by Level 3 is critical to our tenants in New York City.” 

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 boasts one of the most sterling tenant rosters in the industry. .

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is the leasing agent for Intergate.Manhattan. It is one of the world's leading commercial real estate advisory firms, providing a fully integrated platform of services to prominent multinational corporations and institutional investors across the globe, as well as to occupants, owners and developers of real estate on a local, regional and national level. NGKF, together with its affiliates and London-based partner Knight Frank, employs more than 11,000 professionals, operating from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on five continents. NGKF’s Data Center Consulting Group has emerged as a market leader for 21st century data center strategies, management, evaluations and performance. It assists regional, domestic and multinational organizations with an array of services inclusive of all data center related activities. Its global team includes subject matter experts in every region of the world.  The group’s unique structure ensures consistent service across geographies and service-lines with expertise and experience including that of a staff of engineers and data center designers.

On 50th Anniversary of Measles Vaccine, Spike in Imported Measles Cases

 

Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic and global health security.

On an average day, 430 children – 18 every hour – die of measles worldwide. In 2011, there were an estimated 158,000 measles deaths.

In an article published on December 5 by JAMA Pediatrics, CDC’s Mark J. Papania, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues report that United States measles elimination, announced in 2000, has been sustained through 2011. Elimination is defined as absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months. Dr. Papania and colleagues warn, however, that international importation continues, and that American doctors should suspect measles in children with high fever and rash, “especially when associated with international travel or international visitors,” and should report suspected cases to the local health department. Before the U.S. vaccination program started in 1963, measles was a year-round threat in this country. Nearly every child became infected; each year 450 to 500 people died each year, 48,000 were hospitalized, 7,000 had seizures, and about 1,000 suffered permanent brain damage or deafness.

People infected abroad continue to spark outbreaks among pockets of unvaccinated people, including infants and young children. It is still a serious illness: 1 in 5 children with measles is hospitalized. Usually there are about 60 cases per year, but 2013 saw a spike in American communities – some 175 cases and counting – virtually all linked to people who brought the infection home after foreign travel.

“A measles outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “The steady arrival of measles in the United States is a constant reminder that deadly diseases are testing our health security every day. Someday, it won’t be only measles at the international arrival gate; so, detecting diseases before they arrive is a wise investment in U.S. health security.

Eliminating measles worldwide has benefits beyond the lives saved each year. Actions taken to stop measles can also help us stop other diseases in their tracks. CDC and its partners are building a global health security infrastructure that can be scaled up to deal with multiple emerging health threats.

Currently, only 1 in 5 countries can rapidly detect, respond to, or prevent global health threats caused by emerging infections. Improvements overseas, such as strengthening surveillance and lab systems, training disease detectives, and building facilities to investigate disease outbreaks make the world -- and the United States -- more secure.

“There may be a misconception that infectious diseases are over in the industrialized world. But in fact, infectious diseases continue to be, and will always be, with us. Global health and protecting our country go hand in hand,” Dr. Frieden said.

Today’s health security threats come from at least five sources:

  • The emergence and spread of new microbes
  • The globalization of travel and food supply
  • The rise of drug-resistant pathogens
  • The acceleration of biological science capabilities and the risk that these capabilities may cause the inadvertent or intentional release of pathogens
  • Continued concerns about terrorist acquisition, development, and use of biological agents.

“With patterns of global travel and trade, disease can spread nearly anywhere within 24 hours,” Dr. Frieden said. “That’s why the ability to detect, fight, and prevent these diseases must be developed and strengthened overseas, and not just here in the United States.”

The threat from measles would be far greater were it not for the vaccine and the man who played a major role in creating it, Samuel L. Katz, M.D., emeritus professor of medicine at Duke University. Today, CDC is honoring Dr. Katz 50 years after his historic achievement. During the ceremony, global leaders in public health are highlighting the domestic importance of global health security, how far we have come in reducing the burden of measles, and the prospects for eliminating the disease worldwide.

Measles, like smallpox, can be eliminated. However, measles is so contagious that the vast majority of a population must be vaccinated to prevent sustained outbreaks. Major strides already have been made. Since 2001, a global partnership that includes the CDC has vaccinated 1.1 billion children. Over the last decade, these vaccinations averted 10 million deaths – one fifth of all deaths prevented by modern medicine.

“The challenge is not whether we shall see a world without measles, but when,” Dr. Katz said.

“No vaccine is the work of a single person, but no single person had more to do with the creation of the measles vaccine than Dr. Katz,” said Alan Hinman, M.D., M.P.H., Director for Programs, Center for Vaccine Equity, Task Force for Global Health. “Although the measles virus had been isolated by others, it was Dr. Katz’s painstaking work passing the virus from one culture to another that finally resulted in a safe form of the virus that could be used as a vaccine.”


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

“A doctor walks into a room…” It sounds like the start of joke, but it’s part of a reality that speaks volumes about compliance. Here’s how this true story begins.

A pharmaceutical sales representative (sales rep) is conducting a typical lunchtime informational session at a doctor’s office. The sales rep’s manager is with the sales rep that day. It just so happens there is another doctor within the same office who – according to the company’s policy – is not permitted to participate in the session since said doctor, based on his specialty, should not (in theory) be prescribing the drug the sales rep is detailing. Note: I say “in theory,” since according to state law, doctors can prescribe any drug they want regardless of their specialty and whether or not the drug is indicated for the condition. But I digress.

The sales rep is engaged in a conversation with the “appropriate” physician when the “not allowed” physician walks into the room, signs the attendance sheet that is required in these sessions, and obtains a drink of water from the office cooler. He then promptly exits the room without talking to the sales rep or partaking of the lunch the sales rep provided. The sales rep’s manager asks the sales rep who the physician is and at this point the sales rep and the manager determine this is a “not allowed” physician.

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Needless to say, Indian service providers pioneered and developed the outsourced software development space; currently, they generate a combined $3.2 billion of revenue annually. Although Indian software service providers claim high standards, it is apparent that there are still weaknesses in their delivery. I just published a report that highlights the main culprits for this: a lack of executive commitment, poor application coding, and the industrialization of software development:

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