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Jon Seals

Security is the No. 1 impediment to Cloud Service adoption. Forrester’s research has shown this over the last three years. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) are responding to this issue. AWS has built an impressive catalog of security controls as a part of the company’s IaaS/PaaS offerings.  If you are currently or considering using AWS as a CSP you should check out the following new research.

AWS Cloud Security - AWS Takes Important Steps For Securing Cloud Workloads

As chairman of the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, I’m proud to announce that we’ve issued our first annual report on The State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness.  Based on hundreds of responses from organizations worldwide, the 20-page 2014 Annual Report provides a close look at how companies are doing when in comes to disaster recovery best practices based on our ground-breaking benchmark survey launched in 2013.

You can download the report for free at http://drbenchmark.org/

First, the bad news: For some it may come as a shock that three out of four companies taking the survey are at risk, failing to properly prepare for recovering their IT systems in the event of an outage or disaster. Others may not be so surprised.   The report, however, does highlight some sobering statistics when it comes to the damage companies are suffering when they are unprepared.



CIO — Red Hat and Hortonworks, provider of one of the most popular Apache Hadoop distributions, expanded their existing strategic alliance on Monday as part of an effort to make it easier than ever to bring Hadoop into the enterprise in production environments.

Under the expanded alliance, the partners will integrate their product lines and enable joint go-to-market initiatives and seamless collaborative customer support. Additionally, the partners announced the availability of a beta of a Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) plug-in for Red Hat Storage that allows Hortonworks' Hadoop distribution to run natively on top of Red Hat's storage offering.



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 introduced the Liebert® HPC-S  Chiller in the United States and Canada, now making it available around the globe. The unique, freecooling chiller enables small to medium size data centers to achieve breakthrough efficiency by creating an end-to-end chilled water system with integrated controls that can help dramatically lower the facility’s power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating.

Optimized to supply chilled water to indoor data center thermal management equipment, the Liebert HPC-S Chiller features integrated freecooling technology that is more effective than air economizers and mitigates the operational limitations and concerns commonly associated with the technology. The unit’s freecooling mode allows it to cool water utilizing dramatically less energy by reducing compressor usage when the external ambient temperatures are below the chilled water return temperature.

The Liebert HPC-S Chiller has the additional advantage in data center applications of reliable operation below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius). The freecooling chiller employs an optimized design with over-sized components that enable it to operate at higher outdoor ambient temperatures (as high as 78 degrees Fahrenheit / 26 degrees Celsius), thereby maximizing time available for economizing operation.

“At a time when data centers are becoming more complex, companies are looking for more efficient real-time environmental control that helps improve operational efficiency and reduce operational expenditures,” said John Schneider, vice president and general manager, thermal management, Emerson Network Power. “Equipped with the leading technology—such as the Liebert iCOM™ control system, EC condenser fans, and Copeland Scroll™ compressors—the Liebert HPC-S Chiller delivers up to 40 percent annual energy savings in data center applications over traditional products.”

The integrated Liebert  iCOM control system adds intelligent control capabilities that allow the unit to adapt quickly to changing environmental conditions and instantaneously move to free cooling mode whenever conditions are appropriate. The system is easily networked to provide efficient control of the chiller or group of chillers without the need for a separate building automation system.

Additionally, the Liebert HPC-S is compatible with the Liebert CRV row-based chilled water-based cooling unit. Coupling the Liebert CRV Optimized Aisle Controlfeature with cold aisle containment and the Liebert HPC-S chiller enables an end-to-end chilled water solution that offers increased energy efficiency and more control for the end user. The configuration is capable of achieving a mechanical PUE of 1.20, delivering maximum availability by ensuring that each watt of power is used to cool the servers.

For more information on the Liebert HPC-S Chiller, or other Liebert technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.Liebert.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.

NEW YORK, NY Telehouse, the global leader for data centers, international Internet exchanges, and managed IT services, announces today that it has added Hidalgo Communications as a Master Agent to its US-based Channel Partner Program. As a Telehouse Master Agent, Hidalgo Communications will have access to 46 global data centers as well as peering, colocation, cloud, and a wide array of managed IT services. In turn, Hidalgo Communications adds value to the Telehouse program by extending its reach into a larger community of agents and customers. As a leading technology and telecommunications consulting firm that architects, delivers and supports purpose-built IT solutions and services, Hidalgo Communications complements Telehouse’s ever-increasing portfolio of connectivity solutions.

Through Telehouse’s Channel Program, Hidalgo Communications will receive 24/7 support from the Telehouse Network Operating Center (NOC) and a strong partner account management team. Telehouse offers proven expertise in developing purpose built data centers and managing Tier 3 SSAE 16 data centers both domestically and globally. The Telehouse Channel Partner Program is quick and nimble, offering a fast turnaround on pricing, ordering, and installation for Hidalgo Communications. 

"We are thrilled to join Telehouse’s channel program," said Anthony Hidalgo, Chief Executive Officer. “As a Telehouse partner, we can better serve our customer base by providing reliable, scalable and cost-effective colocation and managed IT services. Telehouse solutions are a key addition to our portfolio.”

"Deep industry expertise and market knowledge make Hidalgo Communications an invaluable partner for Telehouse,” said Satoshi Adachi, Vice President of Sales. “We expect to foster a long-standing relationship with Hidalgo due to its ability to deliver our value-added service portfolio to its expansive customer base.”

“With Telehouse’s prominent New York Chelsea data center, located in the heart of NYC, and its presence in emerging markets, Telehouse is an attractive and viable partner in the marketplace right now,” concludes Hidalgo.

To learn more about Telehouse ’s Channel Partner Program visit http://telehouse.com/partners/channel-partners or email us at telehouse@channelpartners.com  

About Telehouse America

A stable and trusted pioneer of carrier-neutral data center services, Telehouse provides secure, power-protected environments, where clients house and operate their telecommunications and network resources. Among the many benefits of colocating with Telehouse is the ability to connect to state-of-the-art peering exchanges in New York (NYIIX) and Los Angeles (LAIIX). Through Manage-E, Telehouse provides a comprehensive suite of solutions – from help desk and hardware support to managed IT infrastructure, security and compliance services – all delivered by expert consulting and operations teams on a global scale and from one point-of-contact. Additionally, the global availability of 46 Telehouse-branded data centers in 23 cities throughout Asia, Africa, North America and EMEA, delivers continuous, cost-effective operation of network-dependent, IT infrastructure to businesses around the world. Please visit www.telehouse.com, or contact us to learn more about our Channel Partner program at " id="141e060443630e0d_mailto:sales@Telehouse.">channelpartners.com. Connect with Telehouse on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hidalgo Communications

Hidalgo Communications is a technology and telecommunications consulting firm that architects, delivers and supports purposebuilt IT solutions and services. The company specializes in reducing technology expenditures while enhancing overall solutions in a 100% clientfocused environment. All solutions leverage bestof breed technology vendors to provide a broad suite of valuebased solutions including the design, sourcing, project management and delivery of virtualization, cloud, data center, collaboration, security, mobility, IP, voice, and network infrastructure. For more information, contact http://www.hidalgocommunications.com.

Astute Networks' Cloud Service Provider and IaaS Partners and End User Customers to Benefit from ViSX All-Flash Storage Appliance Delivering Industry's Highest IOPs at Unprecedented Price Points


SAN DIEGO, Calif. –  Astute Networks,Inc., the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances, today announced its support of , an open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. By supporting the OpenStack Cinder standard as both an iSCSI target and a NFS server, Astute's appliance offers end users and cloud service providers alike a flexible and cost effective method for meeting their storage and application performance requirements when deploying infrastructure as a service (IaaS).


A recent report by , titled, predicts OpenStack-related revenue will grow from $600m in 2013 to $1bn by 2015. Astute Networks is well positioned to address this burgeoning opportunity with its adaptive ViSX storage appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhances user productivity and lowers IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments. 

Applications such as virtualized databases, SharePoint and VDI have demanding I/O performance characteristics that legacy storage architectures were never designed to support. The Astute ViSX performance storage appliance was purpose-built to address these I/O-intensive applications. ViSX eliminates all critical I/O bottlenecks that affect application and virtual desktop (VDI) performance and delivers unprecedented random IOPS performance and IOPS per dollar.


ViSX delivers competitive advantages for cloud service providers to offer their customers a new high-performance datastore tier of Networked Flash to performance-constrained environments to enhance user productivity and lower IT costs. ViSX provides the most cost-effective way to deploy solid state flash storage with an easy to install appliance.  ViSX quickly deploys in minutes with no application changes and no disruptive rip and replace, or forklift upgrades for installed servers and storage.


"We see that OpenStack is developing significant momentum with the many organizations that understand the tremendous value of this project, and we know that our ViSX appliance will help these organizations capitalize on this value with high performance flash based storage for their private and public cloud initiatives," said Keith Klarer, founder and vice president of engineering,  Astute Networks. "OpenStack deployments for VDI and for relational database consolidation are two applications in which users can see an immediate and meaningful ROI by deploying our flash storage systems. There is also significant interest in our flash storage when implementing object database systems in environments that need high object access performance, or low access latency."


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About Astute Networks

Astute Networks is the leading provider of Networked Flash™ appliances that accelerate application performance by 10x or more, enhance user productivity and lower IT costs for physical, virtual and cloud environments.  The company's ViSX family ofis based on a 100% solid state flash technology that cost-effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company's network of authorized. For more information, please visitwww.astutenetworks.com.

Richard Chambers, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. 

Internal auditors are right to be concerned about third-party risks. The days of a company’s suppliers or partners being well-known and trusted businesses on the same street or town are a distant memory.

In the interconnected, global economy of the 21st century, you are apt to be purchasing raw materials, components, or services from business entities halfway around the world. In turn, these unfamiliar partners may be acquiring subcomponents from other businesses whose very existence may be unknown to us. Third parties can create extraordinary risks for an enterprise, as we have seen played out repeatedly on the global stage.

Hiring practices, working conditions, conflict minerals, carbon footprint, political conflict, data security, financial stability, intellectual property — the list goes on. No brand is immune; no partner too pure. Third-party relationships can reside in any part of an organization, with one contract often having little bearing on another.



COMPUTERWORLD — The think-tankers on the Executive Leadership Council at AIIM systematically use a four-box matrix to reduce uncertainty, allocate investments and calibrate new product/service initiatives. This simple tool -- with "important and difficult" in the upper right and "unimportant and easy" in the lower left -- produces surprisingly powerful insights.

During year-end discussions with 40 executives in 20 vertical markets, I discovered that they all now place big data in that upper-right quadrant. Similarly, readers of Booz & Co.'s Strategy+Business blog designated big data the 2013 Strategy of the Year, and the co-directors of Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, in a masterful white paper, placed big-data-enabled "meaning making" at the pinnacle of strategic endeavor.

That was enough to prompt me to roll up my sleeves and systematically examine, vertical market by vertical market, how organizations are organizing their path to big data mastery.



This week, we reached the inevitable point in the controversy over the credit and debit card breaches where grim-faced retail executives from Target and Neiman Marcus, industry experts and consumer advocates turned up in Washington. They raised their hands and delivered well-rehearsed statements to our elected representatives.

It’s a familiar bit of theater, but their messages about the security of our personal data when we pay using plastic were startling.

“The innovations that are driving the industry forward and presenting consumers with exciting new methods of making purchases is also rapidly expanding beyond the bounds of our existing regulatory and consumer protection regimes,” went the written testimony of James A. Reuter, speaking on behalf of the American Bankers Association. “And, as has historically been the case, the criminals are often one step ahead as the marketplace searches for consensus.”



TECHWORLD — Extreme Networks has unveiled an ASIC-based big data analytics system that marries network data with application data to make it easier to manage large networks and cloud deployments.

The Purview offering provides visibility into application use across the network, helping organisations in four ways, said Extreme.

The product can improve the experience of connected users, enhance organisations' understanding of user engagement, it optimises application performance, and protects against malicious or unapproved system use.