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For a limited time, Atlantic.Net Cloud VPS plans now start at only $3.65 a month with no long term commitment!

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 About Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.Net is a market-leading Hosting Solutions Provider recognized for providing exceptional business hosting service, simplifying complex technologies, and building a brand that businesses trust since 1994. Atlantic.Net specializes in providing Cloud Servers, VPS Hosting, Colocation, Dedicated Servers and Virtualization Hosting Services. Atlantic.Net owns and operates a SSAE 16 (SOC 1) TYPE II (Formerly SAS 70) audited and certified data center infrastructure and is dedicated to implementing tailored hosting solutions that enable clients to enjoy the benefits of cost savings.

ViaWest Partner Connect Program Offers Attractive Incentives and Enhanced Resources

 

DENVER, Colo.  – In response to increased demand from channel partners to add colocation services to their portfolio, ViaWest, the leading colocation services provider in North America, announces major enhancements to its Channel Partner Program. The ViaWest Partner Connect Program offers agents, system integrators, Value Added Resellers (VARs) and brokers a flexible business model in which to leverage ViaWest’s IT infrastructure solutions. The program touts attractive compensation packages, flexibility and personalized engagement options to suit varied channel business needs.

 

The ViaWest Partner Connect Program allows ViaWest’s partners to leverage its world-class data centers, cloud portfolio and managed services offerings within their client base, providing enhanced capabilities and benefits to their end-user clients. With an easy engagement process, ViaWest’s program has options to address all stages of the sales and service cycle, including technical service and support along with contract management.

 

“As an industry leader, ViaWest is known for delivering personalized service and support, and we’re building on our base of partners who look at customers the same way,” comments Nancy Phillips, President and CEO of ViaWest. “Channel partners play a strategic role for ViaWest’s business and vision, and we are fully committed to their success.”


Some of the new tools and benefits available to partners include:

  • A quick and easy portal to register and track client opportunities
  • Platinum, Gold and Silver levels to reflect a partner’s status in the program
  • Unique compensation plans with flexible options to further increase payouts, including upfront payments, a pay-for-life option and accelerators based on performance
  • Flexibility with minimal rules of business engagement
  • Training and sales tools

 

“Our significantly enhanced ViaWest Partner Connect Program was designed to provide partners with competitive compensation, tools and resources they need to identify sales opportunities, close deals and gain long-lasting customer relationships,” states Christopher Rajiah, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ViaWest. “The program has several opportunities for channel partners to choose how they go to market and want to be compensated, creating a transparent and flexible program all around.”

“As a long-standing ViaWest channel partner, we have experienced ViaWest’s commitment to service excellence first hand,” adds Ian Kieninger, CEO of AVANT Communications, Inc. “With ViaWest’s full suite of colocation, cloud and managed services, we are able to address our clients’ requirements with true value-add solutions.”

As part of ViaWest’s launch activities, it will host a webinar, “Colocation: Your Gateway to the Cloud,” focused on how adding colocation into a partner’s product portfolio can open new market opportunities and allow customers to grow with one provider. To learn more about the ViaWest Partner Connect Program, register at
https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9paoog2dgx02&eom


For more information on the
ViaWest Partner Connect Program, please visit www.viawest.com

 
About ViaWest

ViaWest is the leading colocation services provider in North America, with a comprehensive suite of fully compliant environments, including premium wholesale and retail colocation, private and public clouds and managed services. Enabling businesses to leverage both their existing IT infrastructure and emerging cloud resources, ViaWest delivers the right balance of cost, scalability and security. With a team-based account management approach and 100% uptime guarantee, ViaWest offers tailored solutions designed for maximum reliability and flexibility.

 

For additional information on ViaWest and its Tier IV design-certified data centers, please visit www.viawest.com or call 1-877-448-9378. Follow ViaWest on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Zebi HA2300 storage array solves common VDI issues related to performance, scale, capacity to deliver affordable Flash solution at legacy storage cost


NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that its Zebi HA2300 Storage Array has been certified for the VMware Rapid Desktop Program for Horizon View 5.2 and has been listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide as a solution that is designed to provide organizations with a way to quickly deploy desktops based on View 5 and above.

Appliances included in the VMware Rapid Desktop Program are fully certified, converged and scalable solutions that have been validated for their ability to deliver predictable units of performance and user experience, helping organizations take the guesswork out of VDI and allow small, medium and large-scale IT organizations to get up and running quickly and cost-effectively.  This is the second array from Tegile to earn certification as part of the VMware Rapid Desktop Program and one of the first from any vendor to do so as part of the Horizon View 5.2 release.

The reference architecture utilized for certification included a Zebi HA2300 and Cisco B200 M3 Blade servers running VMware ESXi 5.1 to host the desktops and infrastructure VMs.  Tegile deployed 200 VMware View-based full clone Windows 7 desktops and ran a realistic load generator with VMware View Planner the simulated 200 users performing common computing tasks.  The majority of user application interactions had a response time of 0.65 seconds or less – passing is less than 1.5 seconds – and a massive 95 percent reduction of physical storage resulting from the high-performance inline data reduction capabilities delivered by the Zebi array. 

“This certification is an extension of our strong technology partnership with VMware and our joint effort to solve the performance and economic challenges that come with VDI deployments,” said Rob Commins, VP Marketing of Tegile Systems.  “By certifying our Zebi storage array with VMware Horizon View, we are able to deliver to organizations a VDI solution that they can quickly implement, easily manage and afford at a low cost per desktop.  And as good as our reference architecture performed, we believe that real-world results can be even more impressive with a single HA2300 supporting a few hundred desktops, helping organizations take advantage of under-utilized capacity and performance for an even lower cost per desktop.”


Tegile's Zebi HA2300 Storage Arrays leverage the performance of SSD and low cost per TB of high capacity disk drives to deliver five times the performance and up to 75 percent less capacity required than legacy arrays. Tegile has architected the performance benefits of SSDs throughout the data path, giving every application a performance boost. One-click virtual machine optimized storage creation can deploy hundreds of virtual machines and desktops in minutes, not hours. Built-in backup and data replication via unlimited snapshots, cloning and instantaneous restores keeps virtual machines and desktops protected.

Additional information about utilizing Tegile flash-driven arrays in VDI environments is available on the company’s website at http://www.tegile.com/resources/storage-for-vdi-environments

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of flash driven enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays.

Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
























































Daniel Dec
Cognizant Technology Solutions

The answer to that question is 'yes' - security and business continuity are a good fit and my reasons for this are based on observations and experiences over my career, along with some research evidence to support my position. My reasons can be summarised under five broad headings and these are:

Availability, core in security and BC
The definition of Information Security focuses on three main principles - confidentiality, integrity and availability. It is the availability part of this triad that illustrates the close relationship that BC has with security. Computerized information is only of value if it is available when needed. The concepts and objectives of BC support the availability of Information Security. In addition, there is more relevance as the need for high availability has increased which we will talk more about in a future section.

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http://thebceye.blogspot.com/2013/10/is-security-and-business-continuity.html

Controlling costs and improving clinical outcomes for injured workers are among the top priorities for workers' compensation payors. As the cost of medical care continues to rise and as the proportion of medical expense in the overall claim increases, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) is often looked upon to interject; lending insight and assistance to control pharmacy utilization and cost.

 

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Today's workers' compensation claims environment requires a PBM to provide pharmacologic expertise, a robust network and service excellence while melding together the characteristics of analyst, clinician, processor, service representative, problem solver, educator, mentor, advocate, investigator, researcher and partner into one solution.

For even the most experienced this can be quite a challenge. Progressive Medical, however, is one PBM rising to the occasion.

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http://www.riskandinsurance.com/story.jsp?storyId=533355133&topic=Main

BY JANET ASCHKENASY

Visit the offices of progressive, safety-minded construction companies these days and you'll see each and every employee -- management level and otherwise -- stretching, bending and reaching before starting the workday.

    In an industry where strains and sprains are by far the most frequent and costly injuries -- followed by falls, which are less common but more severe in terms of the damage -- more and more construction professionals have adopted a "stretch and flex" regimen to minimize on-the-job hazards.

    To protect their bottom lines, they need to. In some regions of the country, New York City in particular, some insurance carriers have found the workers' compensation market for construction so troubling they have withdrawn from it altogether. Contractors have taken on more retentions and are much more vigilant about safety as a result.

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    http://www.riskandinsurance.com/story.jsp?storyId=533355074&topic=Main

    IT is at the heart of most business today. Whether it’s in marketing systems and CRM, design software applications, production line automation or finance and accounting, if the information technology being used breaks down, so do business operations. Conversely, when service from the IT department is defined in terms of the business objectives of the organisation, business continuity can be positively reinforced. ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) and ITSM (IT Service Management) both take business goals as the starting point for defining and implementing levels of IT service. How then do ITIL and ITSM compare and what are their roles in helping to improve business continuity?

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    http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/itil-itsm-and-the-way-they-can-help-business-continuity/

    Early in the summer, I noticed quite a few social media intern positions on some of the online job boards. Although I could see how it would make sense to some companies to get their feet wet in social media without spending much money, it gave me shivers to think that a solid business with good community standing might turn over its public media strategy to a kid whose only social media expertise was tweeting and Facebooking with friends.

    And apparently I’m not alone in my fears. I’ve read several articles that warn SMBs to not hire interns to take on social media—or at least not to hire them to be the sole voice of your company’s social media campaign.

    Although the younger crowd is quite familiar with the ins and outs of most social media platforms, it’s mostly what they aren’t yet familiar with that counts the most—your company’s relationship with its customers. I’m not saying that young men and women of college age have no understanding of business or marketing. What I am saying is that it often takes months or even years for a new employee to learn the real inner workings of a business and its marketing needs. Interns sign on for only a few months. By the time he or she begins to get into the groove, it’s time to move on.

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    http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/smb-tech/smbs-should-think-twice-before-hiring-a-social-media-intern.html

    Only 8 to 10 percent of organizations have actually spent any money or time building Big Data applications or systems, according to a recent article in Datanami. But does that mean we’re all being conned about the growth of Big Data?

    Probably not. Even though that 8 to 10 percent figure was consistent when Datanami looked at surveys by Gartner, The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) and data integration vendor Talend, that particular statistic offers only a small view of the Big Data picture.

    As the article goes on to explain, there are other reasons to believe Big Data is still a major issue for organizations. In fact, the same Gartner study also found 64 percent of respondents either are investing or have plans to invest in Big Data technology this year. Other surveys show similar results.

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    http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/is-big-data-really-a-problem.html

    October, as you may know, is Cyber Security Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, which means that Cyber Security Awareness Month is affected by the government shutdown.

    Luckily, the event has taken off since its inception and other organizations are instituting cyber security awareness programs. That’s the great news. The not-so-great news is the shortage of “cyber warriors” to stand on the front lines of cyber security.

    I’ve written about this security professional shortage before, of course. Even as more universities are stepping up cyber security education programs, there is still a lack of good, trained security professionals in the private sector – and even fewer in the public sector. As SourcingFocus.com put it:

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    http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-security/shutdown-could-hurt-the-search-for-cyber-security-experts-for-government.html