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Volume 28, Issue 2

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Jon Seals

Set to deliver NHS organisations a combined IT infrastructure with healthcare data management

ASHTEAD, UK – A new partnership has been formed between healthcare data management specialist, BridgeHead Software and healthcare infrastructure provider, CSA Waverley. The two companies have teamed up to offer NHS customers access to a combined IT infrastructure with enhanced, data management capabilities tailored specifically for the healthcare industry. This joint proposition aims to deliver real value for NHS organisations by offering hardware, software and services - enabling Trusts to fully manage their data lifecycle - from ‘cradle to grave'.

With CSA Waverley and BridgeHead's combined 50 years experience of infrastructure provision and healthcare data management, NHS Trusts can ensure that their complex IT environments remain fully optimised, secure, available, efficient and cost-effective. CSA Waverley will offer BridgeHead's industry leading Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution that enables healthcare providers to effectively storeprotect and share clinical and administrative information.

"CSA Waverley has been successfully supporting the IT infrastructure challenges of NHS customers for decades," says Tony Tomkys, Director of Sales, BridgeHead Software. "Working through a number of NHS frameworks, the team has delivered some fantastic projects with West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and the Health & Social Care Information Centre. In each project, CSA Waverley has selected the very best vendors to provide the perfect solution for the customer. Going forward, CSA Waverley will now have a new proven, healthcare data management solution to add to its portfolio for NHS Trusts."

Steve Nicholls, Sales Director, CSA Waverley  added, "BridgeHead Software is well known for its healthcare specific archiving, backup and disaster recovery capabilities. As a result, they came highly recommended to us by our shared partner HP. Through this partnership, we can employ a fantastic software product to complement our best practice, infrastructure designs and provide NHS customers with an end-to-end, data management and storage solution."

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Telstra’s multinational customers will benefit from superior connectivity to and from India thanks to a new agreement with Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™. The Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) will utilise Tata Communications’ 116 Points of Presence (PoPs), extending Telstra’s reach to tier-2 and tier-3 Indian cities such as Jaipur, Surat and Trichy.

Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, Head of Connectivity and Platforms Portfolio, said the new arrangement with Tata Communications was part of Telstra’s broader MPLS strategy, which includes NNI agreements in emerging markets that are of high value to customers and the expansion of its own on-net PoPs.

“The latest estimates from a PricewaterhouseCoopers report predict India is set to become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. When you combine this with its young and burgeoning working-age population, you’ve got a compelling consumption boom and a competitive edge that sets Asia's third-largest economy apart from many other countries.”

“With these economic and social indicators in mind, we’re seeing demand for data connectivity throughout India grow as an increasing number of Asian, European and American headquartered businesses look to India for long-term growth opportunities.”

“Telstra is focused on providing services to large multinational companies that are expanding across Asia and the rest of the world, which is why we are leveraging Tata Communications’ deep network footprint to extend our service coverage throughout India and provide customers the same security, redundancy and quality of service offered on the Telstra network,” she said.

Through the partnership, Telstra and Tata Communications have defined roles and responsibilities for the management of the NNI to ensure the seamless delivery and support for services in the region. By leveraging Tata Communications’ domestic infrastructure and global subsea fibre network, users will benefit from reduced latency and increased network availability, empowering them to rapidly access the business services they need.

James Walker, Vice President, Managed Networks Services, Tata Communications, said: “India is a key emerging market, and our position as a company founded in India, coupled with our tier-1 network which circles the globe, allows us to provide international customers with best-in-class performance and coverage across India and beyond. We are pleased to be working with Telstra to provide their customers the high level of connectivity support and access needed for growth and global investment into this key region.”

Today’s announcement strengthens Telstra’s position of operating one of the most scalable networks across the globe, facilitating access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories.

New WatchGuard Firebox M440 UTM/NGFW makes it easy to apply the right policies to the correct network segment

WatchGuard Dimension™ provides industry first, real-time view into the performance of security policies across segmented networks

WatchGuard® Technologies has launched the WatchGuard Firebox® M440 UTM/NGFW appliance designed to further simplify network security. The WatchGuard Firebox ® M440 features multiple independent ports, removing the need for complex configurations such as VLANs and simplifying the critical process of applying traffic-appropriate policies across multiple network segments – a process beyond the technical reach of many organisations. WatchGuard’s visibility solution, Dimension™, also provides the industry’s only real-time, single-pane-of-glass view to show the effect each policy is having on that segment’s traffic.

“Network security solutions are only good if they’re not too difficult for IT pros to use,” said Dave R. Taylor, vice president of corporate strategy and product management for WatchGuard. “The Firebox M440 makes it drop-dead easy to create segments, map the traffic, create custom policies based on what traffic is in each segment, and instantly see how it affects traffic. Applying the appropriate security policies to the correct traffic flows is what truly defines the success of your segmentation strategy and the Firebox M440 takes the configuration complexity out of the process.”

John Stengel, President of J Stengel Consulting, a network security, management and training firm, stresses that effective segmentation has never been more critical, stating, “The common misconception that strategies such as role-based authentication or basic VLAN switching and routing constitutes effective network segmentation, delivers a false sense of security. With the increased expectation for anytime employee access and advances around embedded Internet devices (IoT) and recent breaches like Target tied to a lack of proper segmentation, it has never been a better time for organisations to re-evaluate how they segment the network and ensure they have the right policies applied.”

The WatchGuard Firebox M440 delivers 25 1Gb Ethernet ports, eight that deliver Power over Ethernet (PoE), plus two 10 Gb SFP+ (fiber) ports. For more information click here: http://www.watchguard.com/wgrd-products/utm/firebox-m440/overview.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-of-breed security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-powerful protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard products are backed by WatchGuard LiveSecurity® Service, an innovative support program. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

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Global Capacity’s One Marketplace Platform Simplifies Connectivity

  • Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity
  • One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies
  • By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers

CHICAGO, Ill. – Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, and  Granite Telecommunications, LLC, the leading national provider of voice, data, and networking services to businesses, today announce Granite’s selection of Global Capacity to be a partner providing Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and Private Line connectivity.  Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity.

“Customers choose Granite for our unparalleled customer support and costs savings while offering the best products and the best service nationwide,” remarked Sam Kline, Senior Vice President of Granite.  “One Marketplace allows us to further extend our services footprint and further reduce costs.”

Leveraging Global Capacity’s One Marketplace, Granite is able to procure off-net services to expand its data and IP products designed to suit the communications needs of its business and governmental customers.  One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies.  By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers. 

“Granite is a leading national provider of telecommunications services to businesses and government agencies, and we look forward to partnering with them to deliver solutions that will connect them to customer locations better, faster and easier than ever,” adds Jack Lodge, President for Global Capacity. 

One Marketplace offers customers a competitive advantage by building leading interconnections with networks across a broad range of geographies.  These strategic interconnections are established at high-demand switching locations where available capacity can be aggregated and connectivity to high-demand services can be provisioned both simply and cost-effectively.

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace eliminates the complexity and inefficiency of buying network connectivity by combining an interconnected, aggregated network with a Cloud application that automates the procurement of network services.  One Marketplace streamlines service delivery and ensures the best client experience by providing customers with a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single contract SLA, bill and point of contact.

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.

On Saturday, September 26, 2014 Mount Ontake – 200km west of Tokyo – suddenly erupted, spewing ash and rock over a wide area and killing nearly 50 people (at last count). What’s strange is that this volcanic eruption occurred with no warning – at least that’s what the specialists are saying at this stage. I’m not so sure that’s true.

It’s always been said that Japan has one of the best early warning / monitoring systems in the world due to its location on the Pacific Rim of Fire. If the best monitoring system in the world didn’t catch this, then is the best system even worth it? I mean, these systems are developed to help save lives and provide early warnings to evacuate people and ensure life safety. Yet, that didn’t happen so are the monitoring systems we have in place any good? Are they providing any help at all?

What do we need to do to get to a point that can predict – with sufficient notification – that something is (or could be) imminent? A few seconds won’t cut it and isn’t enough to allow for any communications or sufficient response – unless you’re a race car driver. Should we educate people instead to understand the risks of where they are – like climbing the side of a volcano, which makes up for the vast majority of those that died on Mount Ontake – or do we put trust in systems that can’t predict or measure potential dangers?



Monday, 06 October 2014 15:22

Ebola and People’s Overreaction?

So I’m listening to the radio in the car on the way home from work and not surprisingly there’s comments about the current Ebola crisis in West Africa – it is a major headline after all and serious matter. In fact, as I was listening this particular broadcast was talking about the fact that Ebola had made its way to Dallas, Texas from Liberia via a male visitor.

Now, what got me surprised was that commentators and experts were saying that people should be panicked or scared of Ebola (in the Western world anyway) and I agree with them. But then they went on to kind of criticize people for being scared; taking their kids out of school, buying masks and disinfectants. They were saying that people were over reacting and there was no need to do this sort of thing. Yet, when flu season in making the rounds – in schools, office buildings, subway systems and shopping malls – people are blamed for not taking the proper precautions to ensure they don’t catch the flu, getting sick and getting other sick (and taking a flu shot of course). So what’s the difference?

There isn’t a pill people can take to proactively prevent themselves from catching Ebola, even though you can’t catch it from just walking past someone on the street. This is what people will do to protect themselves, to take themselves out of possible harm’s way, I don’t think that’s over-reacting. Yes, buying hazmat suits might be bit overboard but taking one’s loved one’s out of school and not interacting in areas where illnesses can spread – malls, subways etc. – is natural for people. So which is it? Do we protect ourselves proactively or not? Do we ensure our safety and that of our loved ones, or do we continue as if nothing is happening?



A Washington-area hospital announced Friday that it had admitted a patient with symptoms and a travel history associated with Ebola. The case has not been confirmed, but the number of similar incidents around the country and a confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas have spurred concerns about whether U.S. hospitals are as prepared to deal with the virus as federal officials insist they are.

Since July, hospitals around the country have reported more than 100 cases involving Ebola-like symptoms to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials there said. Only one patient so far — Thomas Duncan in Dallas — has been diagnosed with Ebola.

But in addition to lapses at the Dallas hospital where Duncan is being treated, officials say they are fielding inquiries from hospitals and health workers that make it clear that serious questions remain about how to properly and safely care for potential Ebola patients.

A CDC official said the agency realized that many hospitals remain confused and unsure about how they are supposed to react when a suspected patient shows up. The agency sent additional guidance to health-care facilities around the country this week, just as it has numerous times in recent months, on everything from training personnel to spot the symptoms of Ebola to using protective gear.



California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to kick-start adoption of next-generation emergency communications technology in the state. But while the law requires state leaders to develop a comprehensive rollout plan, questions remain on how to adequately fund the upgrades.

Senate Bill 1211 orders the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to establish a transparent process for calculating how much next-gen 911 technology will cost to implement on an annual basis, including how it sets the statewide 911 customer fee on phone bills. But according to one expert, questions have surfaced across the U.S. about whether states are using their 911 funds appropriately.

Kim Robert Scovill, executive director of the NG9-1-1 Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the deployment of next-generation 911 services, explained that some states move 911 money over to their general fund for other purposes. And while that doesn’t indicate a state is ignoring public-safety, he said increased fiscal transparency was a good move to ensure the money is being used properly.



No matter how complicated and unwieldy you think your data environment is, chances are you have nothing on the federal government.

The U.S. government is the single largest employer in the world, with more than 2 million civilian employees plus another 3.2 million military personnel around the world. That means it has had to build and maintain digital infrastructure of gargantuan size in order to keep all those people connected. Estimated at close to 9,000 data centers, the government IT footprint is clearly in need of a slimdown, not just to cut costs but to keep government processes in working order as mobile and cloud infrastructure take hold in the private sector.

To that end, government agencies have been working on a consolidation project for the past few years that, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has shaved more than $1 billion off the U.S. government’s IT budget so far. The project has already led to the shuttering or planned closing of more than 1,100 data centers, while at the same time encouraging leading departments like the DoD to embrace the cloud and other advanced architectures to ensure that remaining resources can be distributed quickly and evenly to both critical and non-critical functions.



One of the challenges of developing a community that’s resilient to disaster is getting citizens to sign up for alert notifications. For example, a year after Itawamba County, Miss., deployed an emergency notification system, 25 percent of households had signed up to receive it. That’s considered good. Really good.

In fact, getting residents to sign up for any number of emergency services is difficult for a multitude of reasons. Some people are averse because of the privacy and security implications and are afraid to share personal information. And some of it is that people just tune out when it comes to the gruesome nature of preparing for a disaster.

But there are strategies to maximize the buy-in from residents. Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of the nonprofit agency Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), shared her favorite ways for getting buy-in from the public: