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eFolder Best-in-Class Software and Services Designed Exclusively for the IT Channel Greatly Expand Recurring Revenue Opportunities for Lifeboat Partners

SHREWSBURY, NJ  – Lifeboat Distribution, an international specialty distributor for security, virtualization, network infrastructure, and other technically sophisticated products, today announced a distribution agreement with eFolder, a leading supplier of cloud data protection, business continuity and business-grade cloud file sync solutions for MSPs, cloud service providers, system integrators, and VARs. Lifeboat will distribute eFolder's solution portfolio to their network of technology partners in the United States and Canada.

Demand for anytime, anywhere access to corporate data, along with multiple deployment options for private or public clouds is increasing across all businesses today. The eFolder software product suite harnesses software and the cloud to support organizations' mobile security, file sync, backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity needs.

eFolder solutions that Lifeboat will distribute include: eFolder Anchor, a business-grade file sync and share solution that ensures secure file access anywhere, from any device, with unique features and capabilities for deployment by VARs and MSPs; eFolder Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) for Veeam, an off-site cloud backup service for virtualized environments which ensures business continuity for mission critical VMs and virtualized infrastructure.

"Our mission is to empower business productivity, and we're excited to expand the awareness and reach of our eFolder solutions to the broader base of Lifeboat's partners within North America," said Ted Hulsy, VP of Marketing, at eFolder. "Partners look to Lifeboat for sophisticated software solutions, along with complementary cloud services such as eFolder BDR for Veeam and Anchor."

"We're thrilled that eFolder has selected Lifeboat as their first North America distributor. eFolder solutions complement many technologies we already offer to our partners and are easily deployable," said William R. Botti, Executive Vice President at Lifeboat Distribution. "Our agreement with eFolder will enable our partners to provide best-in-class business continuity, data protection and file sync services -- and to generate highly profitable, recurring revenue." 

Lifeboat will promote eFolder's business continuity and business-grade cloud file sync solutions in conjunction with their extensive line card of security, virtualization and business productivity products. Resellers and managed service providers interested in offering eFolder solutions should contact Lifeboat by phone at +1.800.847.7078 (US), or +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or by email at sales@lifeboatdistribution.com.

About Lifeboat Distribution
Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international value added distributor for virtualization/cloud computing, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering, and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps vendors recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks, and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and consultants worldwide, helping them power a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin+ services revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit www.lifeboatdistribution.com, or call +1.800.847.7078 (US), +1.732.389.0037 (International), +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or +31.36.8200.236 (Europe). Follow Lifeboat Distribution on Twitter (@LifeboatVAD) and Facebook (LifeboatDistribution).

About eFolder
eFolder is a leading supplier of cloud data protection, business continuity, and cloud file sync solutions for MSPs, solution providers, and VARs. Delivered as wholesale services to the channel, eFolder enables its partners to provide branded data protection and file sync services and to generate highly profitable, recurring revenue. eFolder services complement many of the managed service offerings already deployed by partners and integrate with common PSA systems, making adoption of eFolder services fast and easy. eFolder also empowers cost-effective partner and end-user private clouds, allowing partners to meet the needs of any client, regardless of size or readiness to engage in public cloud services. eFolder is a privately held company and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit: http://www.efolder.netand follow us on Twitter: @eFolder

Lifeboat is a registered trademark of Lifeboat Distribution in the US and other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

BARRE, Vt. – Northern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS), a leading next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced its state-of-the-art FlexPhase power conversion system has been selected by UniEnergy Technologies (UET) and Avista Corp. to provide advanced power conversion for the largest capacity flow battery deployed in North America.  The battery, located in Pullman, WA near Washington State University and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), went online in April 2015.  The project was funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, now in its second round, and Avista matching funds.  

 

The batteries are manufactured by Washington-based UET, and integrated with the NPS power converters. The core of the UET system is an advanced vanadium flow battery, engineered utilizing Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) technology developed starting in 2006 with funding from the DOE's Office of Electricity. The system has been used to date by Avista for load shifting, frequency regulation, and voltage regulation on the distribution circuit in Pullman. With the addition of the NPS converters, the UET product will also support Avista's end customer SEL, offering uninterruptible power supply, black start and four-cycle ride-through to SEL's manufacturing facility.  

 

"We have been working with UET for some time now as they have selected and integrated the advanced Northern Power FlexPhase technology power converter into their offering for sophisticated grid-forming applications," commented Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, adding "The capabilities and value of our technology provide a unique solution for these demanding applications."

David Ridley, UET Director of Electrical Engineering said, "We are pleased to be working with Northern Power Systems on this critical project, as their technology allows us to extract the best value for the customer and enable functionalities like black-start, seamless critical load support and microgrid-ready features that most others aren't offering."

 

Avista Fellow Engineer Curt Kirkeby said, "It's exciting to work with Northern Power Systems as we explore the possibilities and promise of battery storage. A key business objective for the deployment of storage technology at Avista's Energy Storage Project is to leverage both operational and market value streams throughout the operational life of the asset. In order to achieve this objective, Avista required a power converter technology which could seamlessly switch between modes of operation without an interruption of service. The NPS FlexPhase technology power converter allows the transition between business values requiring ride-through and microgrid capability to business values requiring participation in ancillary markets." 

 

About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.

  • Northern Power Systems has almost 40 years' experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy. 
  • Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and NPS™ 100 turbines. With over 10 million run time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy. 
  • Patented next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) technology uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime. 
  • Northern Power Systems' FlexPhase™ power converter platform uses patented converter architecture and advanced controls technology for advanced grid support and generation applications. 
  • Northern Power Systems offers comprehensive inhouse development services, including systems level engineering, advanced drivetrains, power electronics, PM machine design, and remote monitoring systems to the energy industry. 
  • Some of the world's largest manufacturers license the company's next generation technology and IP for their utility and distributed wind products and markets.

To learn more about Northern Power Systems, please visit www.northernpower.com.

 

For more information on UET, please visit http://www.uetechnologies.com

 

Notice regarding forward-looking statements: 
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Northern Power Systems and its business, which may include, but is not limited to, product and financial performance, regulatory developments, supplier performance, anticipated opportunity and trends for growth in our customer base and our overall business, our market opportunity, expansion into new markets, and execution of the company's growth strategy. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "is expected", "expects", " scheduled ", "intends", "contemplates", "anticipates", "believes", "proposes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Northern Power Systems. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur by certain specified dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, including risks regarding the wind power industry; production, performance and acceptance of the company's products; our sales cycle; our ability to convert backlog into revenue; performance by the company's suppliers; our ability to maintain successful relationships with our partners and to enter into new partner relationships; our performance internationally; currency fluctuations; economic factors; competition; the equity markets generally; and the other risks detailed in Northern Power Systems' risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including but not limited to Northern Power Systems' Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 31, 2015, as well as other documents that may be filed by Northern Power Systems from time to time with the SEC. Although Northern Power Systems has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Northern Power Systems undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Merger Connects Global Partners, Redefines Investigative Services Marketplace

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigative services agencies ICS | Merrill and GlobalOptions today announced that they have merged and formed the CoventBridge Group. The move brings together over six decades of experience and innovation in investigative and compliance programs with a clear objective: deliver superior service and solutions to clients at both the domestic and global levels. 

 

The Company begins day one as the largest North American claims investigative services provider and stands alone as the only HIPAA and SOC2-T2 compliant agency in the world. This merger allows CoventBridge to become the industry's sole provider of integrated North American, U.K. and Continental European capabilities with over 1,000 employees across the globe. The newly formed Company, which includes U.S. and U.K. subsidiaries, has named former ICS | Merrill CEO, Dave Merrill, as Group CEO and non-executive Chairman, Roger Day, former ACE, AIG and Zurich Insurance executive.

 

"Our commitment to bringing the widest range of smart solutions to the customers we serve is manifest in this new union," says Merrill. "It is, however, only the beginning.  Our interests are best served when our client's interest are served first.  We have a passion for delivering excellence and exceeding client expectations, and our aim is to redefine the client experience and to elevate the level of the field."

CoventBridge Chairman, Roger Day, adds: "We are committed to becoming the gold standard amongst investigative services providers. To that end, we have assembled a global team that is immensely qualified to assist clients in making the confident and informed decisions that today's ever-evolving and regulation-rich counter-fraud environment demands." 

 

CoventBridge is a full-service global investigative firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., and is backed by the London based Harwood Capital LLP, part of the Harwood Capital Management Group, with £973 million funds under management as of Dec. 31, 2015.  The Company has offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and London and over 700 investigators in the U.S. and abroad. Services offered include: Claim Investigations, Surveillance Services, Special Investigation Unit Services and Counter-Fraud Compliance Programs, In-House Investigations – Social Media, Canvasses, Record Retrieval, Complex International Investigations and Vendor Management Programs. 

 

About CoventBridge Group 

CoventBridge Group is a full service investigation company providing: Surveillance, SIU and Compliance, Claims Investigation, Counter-Fraud Programs, Desktop Investigations, Social Media, Record Retrieval, Canvasses and Vendor Management programs.  With offices in the UK and U.S. the company provides top tier data privacy and security practices, deploys robust case management technology customized to clients' needs and delivers worldwide coverage via its 1000 employees and affiliates worldwide.  

www.coventbridge.com

IDV Solutions, LLC, will feature its industry-leading command center software, Visual Command Center®, at upcoming security industry conferences this spring.

The team will be on the exhibit floors helping companies take command of risk in Booth #419 at DRJ Spring World March 13-16 in Orlando and Booth #3051 at ISC West April 6-8 in Las Vegas. On display will be the leading command center software platform, Visual Command Center, which is used across the globe to protect people and assetsensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.

“It’s always exciting to get out and meet with so many key stakeholders in the industries we serve,” said Scott Morrison, EVP of Marketing. “Our team is looking forward to sharing what’s new with security, business continuity and risk management professionals with the goal of building build risk-resilient organizations.”

Visual Command Center helps transform an organization’s command center into a strategic asset for managing operational risk.  It integrates information and capabilities from disparate internal systems and data with external sources about risk events, to provide a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. When a risk event is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.  In this way it serves as a single enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response.

Some of the world’s largest private and public organizations use Visual Command Center for corporate security, business continuity, crisis response, traveler and executive protection, supply chain risk management, and more.

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About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC empowers organizations to take command of risk by delivering command center software that is used to protect people and assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center® software is an enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit idvsolutions.com.

 

Tornadoes, wind, rainy wet weather, sewer, drain and plumbing problems combine to challenge homeowners as the weather warms

 

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – The start of spring means it's the season for wet and often wicked weather, which can be unpredictable and may include sudden, severe and damaging hail storms that homeowners must endure, according to the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest. 

 

Farmers data shows that 39 percent of all hail-related homeowner claims occurred from March to May over the three-year period from 2013 to 2015. The Midwest, in particular, faces a significant potential for hail-related damage, as hail claims account for approximately three-quarters of all home claims in Nebraska and Montana during spring and more than half of all claims in Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

"Spring is the season for the rebirth of flowers, birds and wildlife, as well as for the arrival of a new set of violent storms, including hail and tornadoes, that can greatly impact homeowners and their property," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. "Our data shows that homeowners can potentially face a spring full of costly problems such as hail, wind damage, and weather-related flooding and drainage issues inside their homes as the weather warms up and storms begin to roll in."

 

Hail storms, which are frequently touched off by thunderstorms and subsequently form tornadoes, can be serious threats for homeowners. The larger the hail stones, the greater the damage to roofs, siding, windows and exterior glass, such as skylights. Hail causes about $1 billion of damage annually to property.

 

Homeowners should be prepared to encounter flash hail storms and know what to do before, during and after a storm, Quinn said:

  • Don't neglect roof maintenance. Repairing small problems now can prevent larger problems later, including water penetration and interior damage. Also watch for weak spots in the granules that provide UV protection to shingles, since exposed shingles deteriorate faster. 
  • Gussy up gutters. Spring can be the perfect time to check and clean your roof gutters. You can minimize the potential for future water damage by keeping your gutters free of clogs and debris, and repairing sections of gutters or downspouts that have come loose during strong storms. 
  • Seek shelter. It may seem simple, but if you are inside when a hail storm hits, stay there; if you are outside, head indoors. 
  • Stay away from skylights. Hailstones can shatter glass in skylights, windows and doors. 
  • Keep window coverings drawn. Be sure drapes, curtains and shades are fully extended during a hail storm. This can prevent hail from scattering shards of broken window glass over a greater area. 

Springtime To-Do List for Homeowners

Although hail storms can present their own unique dangers, homeowners should be prepared for other common household challenges this spring. Farmers data shows that nearly one-third (31 percent) of an entire year's claims resulting from wind damage occur between March and May, which is an increase of 59 percent from the chillier winter months. The storms may also bring the potential for water issues, as more than one-quarter (29 percent) of claims related to wet, rainy weather getting inside of homes and causing damage occur during the spring.

According to Quinn, the early days of spring make for the perfect time to rundown the spring cleaning and preparation checklist before the adverse weather begins to arrive:

  • Create a complete home inventory list by recording all possessions room-by-room with accompanying receipts and a photo and/or a video catalog. Keep your list in a safety deposit box and back up videos or photos to cloud storage. In the event a storm destroys a few items or all in its path, you will be able to document items for insurance purposes. You can use your smartphone or tablet to take the photos or video. 
  • Know your susceptibility to areas damaged by wildfires. "Burn scars" create a hazard for mudslides because the vegetation that would have normally absorbed excess water is now gone.  
  • Don't use caustic chemical drain cleaners during your spring cleaning, as they can erode your pipes and drains over time. Never pour liquid oil/grease down the drain where it may solidify and cause clogs and damage. You can make your own natural cleaner by sprinkling one-quarter cup baking soda into the drain followed by a generous amount of warm water. Pour in one cup of white vinegar to complete your homemade drain cleaner. 
  • Have a "GO" kit packed and ready to go in case your home becomes inhabitable as the result of a spring storm. Include necessary items such as three days' worth of water and non-perishable food for each family member plus a manual can opener, a first-aid kit, daily required prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlights with extra batteries and a portable cell phone charger that is charged and ready to go.

"In spring everyone wants to go outdoors and welcome the nice weather inside," Quinn said. "But when wet weather, violent storms and strong winds present themselves, it's smart to know what to do to keep your homestead dry and safe."

The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep homeowners and their homes safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.

 

About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest

The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.

 

About Farmers Insurance

"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

MIMIX 8.1 update delivers faster replication, virtual switch and other new features for easy management, scalability and assured protection from all forms of downtime

IRVINE, Calif. – Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery, and migration software and services, announced today the release of MIMIX 8.1 for IBM i. The product update delivers faster replication to protect the growing volumes of data and transactions reported by businesses of all sizes; greater confidence that applications can switch to a backup server at a moment’s notice; and easier solution management to minimize demands on IT resources.

MIMIX 8.1 makes Vision Solutions’ suite of MIMIX products – which includes MIMIX Availability, the industry leader in IBM i high availability, as well as MIMIX DR, MIMIX Move and MIMIX for PowerHA – even more robust. MIMIX products scale to meet the demands of small to enterprise-class businesses that cannot afford the impact of data loss or downtime for their mission-critical IBM i applications. Its flexible, sophisticated replication technology makes it a match for on-premises or cloud environments with any type of IBM Power Systems hardware, storage or IBM i OS version.

MIMIX 8.1 delivers benefits to the full MIMIX brand family. New features include:

  • Virtual switch, an automated procedure that supports HA/DR plan testing by enabling business applications to be tested on the backup server without impacting production operations

  • Continuous autofix technology that detects and intelligently repairs issues found during replication and audits to reduce day-to-day management requirements while enhancing performance

  • Enhanced replication performance for high throughput environments or highly constrained environments

  • Greater control of audit status to allow administrators to refine the audit exceptions they receive, noticeably reducing solution management needs

  • Simplified replication configuration and smart problem resolution to support the creation of optimal replication configurations from MIMIX’s data protection reports and guide administrators through the analysis of exceptions

    “The virtual switch feature in MIMIX 8.1 is particularly useful because it allows our customers to test their HA environments without affecting production operations, which gives them the confidence to perform full switch tests,” said Neil Clark, Senior Consultant at Clear Technologies. “I’ve been working with MIMIX for 20 years. There’s simply no better solution in the market.”

The release of MIMIX 8.1 is further evidence of Vision Solutions’ ongoing commitment to enhance its product portfolio and provide customers, channel partners and cloud service providers with a competitive edge.

“We are continuing to evolve MIMIX for IBM i to meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace and drive innovation through products that are easy to use,” said Alan Arnold, Vision Solutions executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Our MIMIX 8.1 update delivers significantly reduced solution management requirements, enhanced replication performance and the much-needed ability to test an HA/DR plan without business impact.”

MIMIX is a must-have for businesses looking for a complete, easy-to-use solution to migrate, protect and recover IBM i data and applications. With a host of new and improved features, MIMIX 8.1 delivers an even higher level of protection from a proven market-leader.

To learn more about MIMIX 8.1 or to request a product demo, visit http://visionsolutions.com/Contact-Us.

About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com/)
Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center. It is the only company to deliver migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing across multiple operating systems, on any hardware and in any physical, virtual or cloud environment. Its solutions perform near-zero downtime migration of data, applications and servers. It utilizes real-time replication to prevent data loss, and its software enables different database platforms to seamlessly share and consolidate data in real-time. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through our portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® product brands. 

Global Report Shows Nearly Half of Businesses Experienced Migration Failure, 70% Do Not Calculate Average Cost of Downtime Delaying Critical Business Decisions

IRVINE, Calif.  Vision Solutions Inc., a leading provider of disaster recovery, high availability and migration software and services, revealed major findings in its 2016 State of Resilience Report. The study provides a global look at today’s migration, HA/DR, cloud, and data sharing trends. This year, the report also includes professional services insights, including a list of the challenges IT leaders face when aligning their strategies with the goals of their organization. Primary challenges reported are protecting and recovering growing volumes of data, how best to leverage the cloud, and how to minimize the rate of failed migrations, which continues to trend upward.

The comprehensive study features candid responses from more than 2,000 CTOs, CIOs and other IT leaders. To recognize the importance of globalization, the 2016 report includes regional comparisons between North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Highlights of the 2016 State of Resilience Report include:

  • Despite advancing technology, almost half of global IT leaders experienced a migration failure; moreover, the percentage of organizations that had a migration failure increased by more than 20 percent between 2014 and 2015

  • 70 percent of IT professionals worldwide reported they did not calculate the average estimated hourly cost of migration downtime

  • Globally, 85 percent of professionals said they either had no recovery plan or were less than 100 percent confident their recovery plan was complete

  • Even though some companies have implemented better HA/DR plans, respondents reported more data loss than the previous year, illustrating the pace at which databases are growing is eclipsing the implementation of more effective HA/DR solutions

  • Use of hardware-based storage solutions and software-based storage solutions were evenly split among global respondents (35 percent each)

  • 25 percent of IT professionals said their future plans for data protection will include third-party services such as managed services, cloud, and DRaaS

  • When migrations fail, over half (58 percent) of Latin American IT professionals incur greater than expected downtime, compared to 42 percent in North America and just over a third (38 percent) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

  • 70 percent of IT professionals are concerned there may be inconsistent information stored in different databases within their organization, delaying critical decisions and spending valuable time which should be spent elsewhere

    “Even one imbalance in the IT system – which includes data, applications, hardware, networks, external vendor software and partners – can be the tipping point between an organization’s success and failure,” said Alan Arnold, Vision Solutions executive vice president and chief technology officer. “In a world where data insights lead business growth, it’s essential that IT leaders take a close look and identify the best tools and solutions to ensure resilience.”

    Overall, Vision Solutions’ 2016 State of Resilience Report sheds light on the “must haves” for IT leaders to maintain a competitive edge in a world where technology is quickly advancing. True resilience calls for IT leaders to realistically and creatively address the challenges of migration, HA/DR, cloud, and outsourcing in an “always on” environment. If an IT leader cannot be nimble and react quickly, they risk both the health of their data strategy and the health of the business.

    Download the complete 2016 State of Resilience Report to read more about how today’s IT leaders are addressing their IT systems in balance with the business.

    About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com)
    Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center. It is the only company to deliver migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing across multiple operating systems, on any storage platform and in any physical, virtual or cloud environment. Its solutions perform near-zero downtime migration of data, applications and servers. It utilizes real-time replication to prevent data loss. And its software enables different database platforms to seamlessly share and consolidate data in real-time. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through our portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® product brands. 

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Yesterday a severe storm system with strong winds, rain and hail moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, causing damage to communities throughout the area. 

 

In response, Farmers Insurance® claims representatives, agents, other personnel and resources have been helping customers in communities impacted by the adverse weather. Catastrophe claims staff are closely monitoring incoming claims volume and triaging claims, in addition to providing front-line assistance to customers in the affected areas. 

Farmers advises customers in the impacted areas, who have sustained damage from the storms, to call their agent or the 24-hour claims center for assistance.

  • Farmers Claims Contact Center number: 1-800-435-7764. 
  • Foremost and 21st Century customers can also use the 1-800-435-7764 number for immediate assistance. 
  • Bristol West customers can call 1-800-274-7865 for immediate assistance. 
  • Spanish-language claims assistance is available to Farmers customers by calling: 877-RECLAMO (877-732-5266). 

Immediately following a storm, Farmers Insurance recommends the following actions when safe: 

  • Walk around the home inside and out to identify potential damage 
  • Take photographs of any damage noted to the property 
  • Make emergency repairs or temporary emergency repairs as needed to prevent further damage, if you are unable to do so yourself, you may want to consider hiring a professional 
  • Do not forget to check your landscaping 
  • Talk to your Farmers agent if you have questions regarding damage and the claims process

For tips on how to prepare for future spring storms review the Seasonal Smarts Digest (SSD) at www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts/. The digest is released at the beginning of each season and the 2016 Spring Edition will be available on Thursday, March 10. 

 

About Farmers
"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are trade names for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list.

For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Rising water and flooding, window breakage and drowsy driving all present drivers with significant challenges as the weather warms 

 

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – The start of spring means it's the beginning of tornado season, which often produces sudden and severe hail storms that drivers may find themselves trying to navigate through, according to the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest.

 

Farmers data between 2013 and 2015 shows that more than half (58 percent) of all hail related auto claims occur between March and May, with May itself historically producing more than one-quarter (29 percent) of an entire year's claims. During the springtime months Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Montana all see hail account for approximately three-quarters of claims in each state, while hail accounts for more than half of the claims in Texas during the spring.

 

"Despite the moderating temperatures of spring, drivers cannot let their guard down as this season typically brings a collection of weather-related hazards that motorists must be prepared to face," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. "Hail, which is frequently sparked by or precedes tornadoes, can be as large as softballs and can cause critical damage to vehicles, windows and sometimes injure occupants. Add to that the threat of rising water and flooded road conditions from spring storms, as well as potholes that occur on roads due to winter water seepage, and spring driving can become downright difficult."

 

Hail storms can be serious for drivers as they produce layered ice balls formed when water droplets are carried upward into very cold layers of the atmosphere. Once hail stones become too heavy to remain aloft, they rain down and can wreak havoc for drivers. 

Drivers should be prepared to encounter hail storms while on the road by heeding the following tips, Quinn said:

  • Watch the sky for a green tinge, which can indicate that severe weather, such as a hail storm, is imminent. 
  • Avoid stopping under an overpass, which can put you in greater danger if that hail storm precedes a forming tornado. Stopping under an overpass can result in even more damage to your car and occupants if high winds – and the debris picked up by those winds – move through the underpass. 
  • Brace for shattering glass and, if at all possible, stay away from front and rear windshields and sun roofs which are most prone to breakage. Cover yourself and occupants with a blanket or jacket. 
  • Stay in your car until the storm has passed, if you have safely navigated off the road and parked in a safe location. If you're traveling with small children, place them under your body and shield their eyes to protect from them from injury. 
  • Cover your car even if you don't have a carport or garage. You can purchase a hail blanket or other car covers if you're forced to keep your car outside, and you may be able to move your car into a covered parking lot for the duration of the storm if there's time.

Spring Ahead Tips for Driving

Although severe weather storms can spring up out of nowhere with little or no warning, there are steps drivers can take now to prepare for the unexpected when driving this spring, said Quinn:

  • Know your surroundings. More than half (51 percent) of all rising water and flooding claims happen between March and May, so it's important to know if you are driving or parking near drainage channels and other areas that could quickly flood if a sudden downpour occurs. Never drive through large puddles, which can mask deep potholes in a road, can cause you to lose control of your steering and braking ability, or flood your engine. 
  • Be prepared for a tornado's funnel cloud. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of the full year's tornado claims occur during the spring. If you spot a funnel cloud, don't try to outrun it. You'd have to drive 70+ miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornado. Instead, exit your car and seek shelter in a sturdy building or underground shelter. Otherwise, find a ditch or area lower than the roadway to get into; lie down and cover your head with your hands until the storm passes. 
  • Watch for signs of fatigued driving. Farmers data showed an increase of 37 percent in sleep-related accidents in 2015 over 2014. Pay attention to your body's signs of fatigue – and the need for an off-road nap or a switch in drivers – to prevent drowsy driving or, worse, falling asleep at the wheel.

"Having to think ahead and properly prepare for the chance of an unexpected but quick-moving spring storm occurring while you are driving may not be at the top of your to-do list," Quinn said. "But devising a plan now, and knowing what to do and, equally as important, what not to do if you encounter a hail storm, tornado or flood waters while behind the wheel can keep you and your passengers safe as you travel this spring."

The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep drivers and their cars safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts

 

About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest

The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.

 

About Farmers Insurance

"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

Survey of 570 U.S. Data Center Professionals Benchmarks Knowledge of Data Center Practices and Trends in Five Key Areas

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute, today released the results of the Data Center IQ Survey, the latest report in the Data Center Benchmark Series. Survey results, and a condensed, online version of the quiz are available atwww.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Benchmarks.

 

The study was designed to determine the domain knowledge of data center personnel in the U.S., while also collecting data on application of best practices and current operating conditions within participants’ data centers. The survey report includes the results for 25 knowledge questions that comprise the quiz, as well as 12 operating practice questions. Results are presented by individual question as well aggregated by industry, data center size and participants’ age range and functional role. All knowledge questions are multiple choice and run the gamut from simple, such as what does PUE stand for, to more complex, such as identifying the seven capabilities a DCIM tool must provide.

 

“Our goal as an organization is to provide the industry with the tools, technology and knowledge to optimize data center performance, and this report supports that goal in a fun and interactive way,” said Dan Draper, marketing director, data center programs for Emerson Network Power in North America. “With the survey and the quiz we want to shed light on trends and best practices and help participants identify gaps in their knowledge. Working with the Ponemon Institute, we were able to benchmark industry knowledge of terms, practices and trends related to data center availability, productivity, risk management, speed-of-deployment, and cost management.”

 

The quiz questions are based on basic information and reported research from a variety of industry sources, including the Uptime Institute, The Green Grid, Emerson Network Power’s Data Center User’s Group and IEEE. On average, participants achieved 9.4 correct responses out of the 25 total knowledge questions. Only seven participants out of the 570 who took the quiz achieved a perfect score. Other results include:

  • Data center and facility managers scored the highest on the quiz, averaging 11 correct responses. IT management/operations professionals scored lowest with an average of 7 correct responses.
  • Participants with data centers larger than 10,000 square feet scored better than those with smaller data centers.
  • Participants in the 30-49 year age range scored better than those younger and older.
  • In terms of vertical industries, participants from the colocation sector scored the best, with an average score of 12, followed by cloud/hosting and financial services at 11.

The full report, along with the condensed version of the quiz and prior reports in the Benchmark Series is available at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Benchmarks.  

 

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more 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 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.