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Sabey’s high-rise data center at 375 Pearl Street will provide unobstructed 360-degree line-of-sight broadband wireless data transmission via Nexxcom throughout Manhattan and beyond

 

NEW YORK – Sabey Data Centers and NexxCom Wireless, the telecom industry’s leading carrier-class wireless network provider, announced today that they have formed a strategic partnership to offer NexxCom’s wireless technology solutions for broadband microwave connectivity and ultra-low latency point-to-point data transmission in the New York region.

Sabey will provide Nexxcom with an unobstructed, 360-degree microwave transmission platform from the rooftop of its 550-foot-tall Intergate.Manhattan data center at 375 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan. Sabey will also provide mission critical infrastructure for Nexxcom, including uninterruptable power and fiber connectivity to Intergate.Manhattan’s Meet Me Room on the sixth floor.

Broadband microwave radio links will be offered to Sabey’s and NexxCom’s joint customers at Intergate.Manhattan for “wire in the sky,” 5 Gb/s data pathways to other major data centers throughout New York City including 325 Hudson Street and 200 Park Avenue (Met Life Building) in Manhattan, 165 Halsey Street in Brooklyn and the NY4 Datacenter in Secaucus, NJ.

John Sabey, president of Sabey Data Centers, said, “In addition to Intergate.Manhattan’s stormproof resiliency, our facility has a commanding rooftop view from lower Manhattan with line of sight to Brooklyn, Queens, most of Manhattan and New Jersey. This, in turn, gives our customers the capability to have a low latency wireless backup to their primary fiber optic connectivity. In fact, NexxCom’s wireless solutions could be a customer’s primary choice for data transmission, using fiber as a backup.”

Sabey Data Centers plans to market NexxCom’s low latency service to financial and government services, enterprise users and telecommunications carriers who would like to add a low latency wireless option to their fiber offerings.

S. Jay Lawrence, CEO of NexxCom Wireless said, “This application and alliance with Sabey is a planned addition to our current successes building and operating ultra-low latency broadband wireless networks. NexxCom is providing a true carrier’s carrier application as a technology enabled service, where capacity and availability are features along with low latency. Sabey’s Intergate.Manhattan will be one of the first sites to receive our 4th generation radio system that will in time, accommodate up to 20Gb/s per antenna.”

 

About NexxCom Wireless

NexxCom Wireless is the leading provider of carrier-class ultra-low latency wireless networks, worldwide. Our proprietary and proven wireless radio technology offers ultra-low latency broadband networking with best-in-class availability. NexxCom customers include many of the most demanding, data-centric, companies in the world, including top tier telecommunication providers, government entities, energy companies, banks, investment banking firms, electronic trading firms, stock exchanges, carrier hotels, colocation centers and data centers. NexxCom’s “wire-in-the-sky” approach ensures plug-and-play interoperability with incumbent networks and all standards-compliant off-the-shelf network appliances used by customers to integrate, extend and manage their network services.

 

About Sabey Data Centers

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 operations team. 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. www.sabey.com.

Is your company prepared for a cyber attack? This is a question that every director should be asking, and management should be providing regular updates to the Board on its level of preparedness. Cyber attacks are running rampant, and no company is exempt from an attack. If your company thinks so, then brace yourselves for a rude awakening.

Cyber attacks can cause serious damage to a company’s reputation, which says nothing of the financial impact that accompanies such an event. According to the National Association of Corporate Directors, if companies and governments are unable to effectively combat cyber threats, between $9 and $21 trillion of global economic value creation could be at risk.

Due to the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, cybersecurity is an issue that every Board should be actively grappling with in order to mitigate the pitfalls associated with a breach. For companies and Boards, it is not the time or place for complacency when it comes to cybersecurity. Just because a company is small doesn’t mean that it is insulated against an attack.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/every-board-member-know-cybersecurity/

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

At Big Banks, a Lesson Not Learned

Are the colossal regulatory fines extracted from big banks today likely to deter their officials from violating the same rules tomorrow? Or are these billion-dollar settlements viewed simply as a cost of doing business, and not a very large one at that?

Judging from a regulatory action brought last week against 10 mostly large financial firms, the answers are “no” and “yes.”

The case, brought on Thursday by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, is striking. It takes us back to the financial scandal of the early 2000s involving corrupt Wall Street research.

Remember that mess? Firms whose analysts were supposed to be impartial instead used their bullish stock recommendations to attract investment-banking business. The losers in the situation were investors who didn’t know that the analysts were biased and who heeded their calls to buy the shares. In 2003, 10 firms and two analysts struck a settlement with regulators over these practices, paying $1.4 billion. That was real money back then, and it was hoped that such a hefty fine, along with new research rules, might keep Wall Street analysts conflict-free.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/business/at-big-banks-a-lesson-not-learned.html

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

The Path to Zero Ebola Cases

MONROVIA, Liberia — In my career as a medical doctor and global health policy maker, I have been in the middle of monumental struggles, including fights to make treatment accessible in the developing world for those living with H.I.V./AIDS as well as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. But the Ebola epidemic is the worst I’ve ever seen.

More than 11 months into the crisis, thousands of people are dead and more than 17,000 have been infected. The virus kills quickly, spreads fear even faster, alters human relationships, devastates economies and threatens to cruelly extinguish hope in three fragile countries that were on the rebound after years of misery. No other modern epidemic has been so destructive so fast.

Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

How One CIO Rescued a Failed ERP Deployment

Imagine you’re a CIO, and you just hired on with a $600 million publicly traded technology company. You walk into work the first day on the job, and you find yourself in the throes of an ERP deployment that—well, let’s just say, it isn’t going so well. The previous CIO, who had been with the company for 10 years, left two months ago, so the hand-off wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. You know if you don’t act fast, the deployment is going to spin irreversibly out of control, which would put your CEO in the lousy position of having to explain to shareholders why a technology company failed so miserably with a technology implementation, and threw a boatload of money away in the process. Just try to imagine the pressure you’d be under.

Dave Brady doesn’t have to imagine it. He lived it.

Brady is the CIO at Datalink, a cloud services provider in Eden Prairie, Minn. When he joined the company in March 2013, that bleak scenario was precisely the one he faced. I recently had the opportunity to speak with him about it, and one of the things that struck me was the even-keeled manner in which he recounted the story. There was no embellishment, no woe-is-me vibe, no self-aggrandizement. If anything, he downplayed the whole mess. This is how he brought it up: 

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/from-under-the-rug/how-one-cio-rescued-a-failed-erp-deployment.html

  • New  Services for SMART Room Systems for MS Lync enhance the ease of manageability throughout the lifecycle of SRS and build on Partner Value add services offerings
  • Managed services feature network readiness, assessment, proactive monitoring and usage reporting

 
CALGARY, Alberta – SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQSMT) (TSX: SMA) now offers Services for its SMART Room Systems for Microsoft Lync. The new services offering includes network readiness check, usage reporting and proactive monitoring, for the SMART Room System (SRS).
 
Highlights from the new offering for SMART Room Systems for Microsoft Lync include:
 

  • The Network Readiness Check ensures a customer’s Lync IT environment is optimized for SRS deployment. Included in the consultation service are remote diagnosis of the IT environment, analysis of potential failure points, and a remediation plan for any possible concerns.
  • Usage Reporting to generate visibility into when and how SRS are used, quantifying ROI and driving adoption and deployment decisions.
  • Proactive Monitoring of SRS 24 x 7 to provide visibility into the health and operability of systems and allow for early incident detection, minimizing downtime.

 
“As companies standardize on platforms like Lync as the foundation for unified communication and collaboration, the interoperability, simplicity and completeness of the UC&C solution becomes increasingly important,” said Bill Haskins, Sr. Analyst at Wainhouse Research. “We’re definitely seeing growing interest in extending UC&C into the conference room via solutions like the Lync Room System, and it’s great to see SMART being proactive in delivering a comprehensive end-to-end service that enables this experience.”
 
“Interest in SMART Rooms Systems for Lync continues to increase, and customers are asking for more advanced support and managed services from SMART and its partners,” said Sara Murray, director of Enterprise Services at SMART Technologies. “We are pleased to meet this demand with a flexible offering that enables our partners to deliver a comprehensive room system offering for Lync, and also provide customers peace of mind that their systems are being adopted, fully supported and proactively managed.” 


To learn more about SMART’s premium services offering, click here

 
Pricing & Availability
The following services are available globally today: 

  • SMART Network Readiness Check for the SMART Room System for Microsoft Lync for US $3,799 per assessment and per site.
  • SMART Usage Reporting for SMART Room Systems for Microsoft Lync for US$1,079 USD per year
  • SMART Proactive Monitoring, including usage reporting, for SMART Room Systems for Microsoft Lync for US$1,199 per year


 
About SMART Technologies
 
SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT, TSX: SMA) is a world leader in collaboration solutions that are redefining the way the world works and learns. We are an innovator in interactive touch technologies and software that inspire collaboration in both education and enterprises around the globe. To learn more, visit smarttech.com.

There’s an interesting moment in a report on the current state of cyber security leadership from International Business Machines Corp (IBM).

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the report identifies growing concerns over cyber security with almost 60 percent of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) saying the sophistication of attackers is outstripping the sophistication of their organization’s defenses.

But as security leaders and their organizations attempt to fight what many feel is a losing battle against hackers and other cyber criminals, there is growing awareness that greater collaboration is necessary.

As IBM puts it: “Protection through isolation is less and less realistic in today’s world.”

Consider this: some 62 percent of security leaders strongly agreed that the risk level to their organization was increasing due to the number of interactions and connections with customers, suppliers and partners.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3873

This last week has been quite the week for pedestrian and vehicle collisions and accidents. We even had a few people die this week due to such incidents. Yes, I feel for the friends and families of those that have been impacted yet, what struck me most about each situation, was the communication messages being conveyed.

IT’s easy to blame one side of the situation and in many cases that might be reality. But just like in BCM and DR, we must convey a message that everyone can understand. The communications have to be straight to it and yet be articulate enough for people of any walk of life to understand the message – and have it retained. They can’t just be to one side of the situation. Here’s what I mean.

Immediately after the first accident the police and responding Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel were placing the blame for the traffic incidents on the shoulders of those driving; there was no responsibility placed on the side of the pedestrian. I found this odd because it was clean in some of the situations that the pedestrian wasn’t following the rules set out for them and the reminder about the rules wasn’t coming from the police of EMS; it was only directed at the vehicle operators.

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/bcm-dr-communications-telling-only-half-the-story/

Casual spectators of business behavior can't help being jaded; every day they see news stories about corporate fraud, security breaches, delayed safety recalls, and other sorts of general malfeasance. But what they don't see is the renewed time and investment companies around the world are putting  toward implementing and reporting on responsible behavior (this less sensational side of the story gets far less coverage).

This week, Nick Hayes and I published an exciting new report, Meet Customers' Demands For Corporate Responsibility, which looks at the corporate responsibility reporting habits of the world's largest companies. While it's easy to think that the business community is as dirty as ever, we actually found a substantial increase over the past 6 years in what these companies included in their CSR and sustainability reports.

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http://blogs.forrester.com/chris_mcclean/14-12-12-are_corporations_getting_more_responsible_risk_management_and_customer_obsession_are_pushing_them_to

It’s that time of year again…most people are slowing down for the Christmas break. The raft of out-of-office replies from the second week in December seem to increase by the hour as people begin to use up the last dregs of annual leave and head out in to the busy shops. Others are using this time of year as an opportunity to reflect on the previous 12 months. As its BlueyedBC’s 1st Birthday I thought it was only right to get all reflective on you guys!

The Birth of BlueyedBC

Okay, so in the autumn of 2013, professionally, I was not in a very good place at all. I was unqualified, on to my 3rd BC job in less than 12 months and deeply lacking in confidence. My peer group networks were virtually non-existent because I hadn’t built it up yet and if I’m being honest I was quite angry and frustrated with the way things were going.

So I decided in my wisdom to pick up a pen and paper and write some of my thoughts down. It started by blaming virtually everyone else except myself for the recent challenges in my career. Once I started writing I found that I couldn’t stop…venting my frustrations became like an addiction to me. I had several difficult years of trying to make it as a professional post university with all this pent up feeling inside of me and I was rapidly running out of ink! It wasn’t long before my scribbles became small chapters in their own right and this is when I submitted my first (rather unfair) scathing review of my experience in the industry to Continuity Central who kindly released it to the BC world.

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http://blueyedbc.blogspot.com/2014/12/blueyedbc-year-of-sharing-business.html