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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

Why Redundancy Is A Good Good Thing

Transportation companies plagued by system failures ultimately suffer from cascading losses due to outages; including revenue loss, brand integrity and customer dissatisfaction.

Partnering with a colocation provider, however, can help deliver a business continuity plan that ensures redundancy to make services much more reliable and resilient.

The importance of redundancy is driving IT leaders to back up their data in colocation facilities or make a complete data center move to leverage expert third-party resources. They understand that a well-interconnected data center can be the first step toward eliminating downtime and disaster recovery risks.



Bigleaf SD-WAN Now Guarantees End-to-End Internet Uptime Over Multiple Access Circuits

PORTLAND, Ore. – Bigleaf Networks, the intelligent SD-WAN service that optimizes Internet and Cloud performance by dynamically choosing the best connection and adapting QoS in real-time, today announced a new AccessAssurance SLA tier.

Expanding beyond the Bigleaf Standard SLA tier, which guarantees uptime of the Bigleaf equipment and core network, this new AccessAssurance SLA tier guarantees end-to-end Internet access uptime, including connectivity across underlying Internet circuits regardless of their individual guarantees or uptime. Eligibility criteria for the AccessAssurance SLA tier is primarily having 3 diverse Internet circuits connected to the Bigleaf system, see http://www.bigleaf.net/sla for details.

Bigleaf's patent-pending technology adds SD-WAN routing intelligence to the underlying Internet connections, preventing outages when Bigleaf service is used across multiple Internet providers. This unique end-to-end SLA provides enterprise-level service guarantees across low-cost broadband like cable, DSL, and wireless.

"Our customers depend on access to the Cloud to run their businesses. With our new AccessAssurance SLA we're guaranteeing that they can trust our service to keep them connected, regardless of the service or guarantees of their underlying bandwidth providers," said Joel Mulkey, CEO of Bigleaf.

Bigleaf's plug-and-play managed service includes:

  • Intelligent load-balancing across multiple Internet paths from any ISP
  • Bi-directional Dynamic Quality-of-Service (QoS) capability to prioritize VoIP and other critical traffic over commodity Internet
  • Same-IP failover to allow for uninterrupted sessions while moving applications between circuits
  • Real-time intelligence on circuit latency, packet loss, jitter and throughput

"Our AccessAssurance SLA means that our customers can rely on access to their crucial applications without stressing about the quality of their Internet circuits. This guarantee unlocks further use of the cloud for all business, and will be a key differentiator for the channel partners leveraging our service," said Jeff Burchett, VP of Sales and Marketing for Bigleaf.

See http://www.bigleaf.net/sla for more details on the Bigleaf AccessAssurance SLA.

About Bigleaf Networks
Bigleaf Networks is the intelligent networking service that optimizes Internet and cloud performance by dynamically choosing the best connection based on real-time usage and diagnostics. Inspired by the natural architecture of leaves, the Bigleaf SD-WAN platform leverages redundant connections for optimal traffic re-routing, failover and load-sharing. The company is dedicated to providing a better Internet experience and ensuring peace of mind with simple implementation, friendly support and powerful technology. Founded in 2012, Bigleaf Networks is investor-backed, offering nationwide service. To learn more, visit www.bigleaf.net or talk to Bigleaf at 1-888-244-3133.

New Flash and Software-Defined Storage Breakthroughs Eliminate Compromise and Technology Dead-Ends for SMBs

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Today, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) (NYSE: HPE) announced new shared storage solutions that help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) modernize their IT with hybrid flash and software-defined storage platforms that bring enterprise capabilities to sub-$10K price points.

For years, SMB customers have been forced to subjugate business requirements due to the cost and complexity of enterprise storage. While others have deployed flash for app acceleration, leveraged software-defined storage for cost savings, and are exploring hyper-convergence to accelerate time-to-value, smaller customers and others with entry budgets have been priced out of these game-changing technologies.

The worldwide leader in servers1 and storage2, HPE is bringing enterprise storage data services to the entry space with modern storage that eliminates technology dead ends. The new HPE StoreVirtual 3200 provides a next-generation, entry storage array starting at $6K with an easy on-ramp to software-defined storage while the HPE MSA 2042 delivers hybrid flash for application acceleration starting at under $10K.3 Both systems feature a rich set of data services from data migration, to flash tiering to embedded resiliency across systems and sites.

"No matter your size, when it comes to today's digital transformation, 'good enough' storage is no longer good enough," said Bill Philbin, vice president and general manager, Storage, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "By lowering the cost of flash and enabling a composable data fabric across storage systems and hyper-converged appliances, HPE is helping customers get off the disposable technology treadmill and onto storage they can grow with, not out of."

Modern shared storage with software-defined DNA starting at $6K
The new HPE StoreVirtual 3200 Storage is a next generation, flexible shared storage system built on HPE's leading software-defined storage platform with over 200,000 StoreVirtual deployments worldwide.4 The HPE StoreVirtual 3200 provides small and midsized storage customers with a new dual-controller array based on 64-bit ARM technology, a new RAID stack and advanced storage data services like snapshots, thin provisioning and replication at an unprecedented price point. The StoreVirtual 3200 also provides customers with a futureproof and risk-free path for growth through a composable data fabric that spans HPE StoreVirtual Systems and VSA software running seamlessly on HPE ProLiant servers, HPE hyperconverged appliances, and HPE Synergy. By using the same software-defined storage operating system everywhere, HPE's vision is to provide customers the freedom to grow in any direction, at any time, across any form factor or consumption model.

Architected on a foundation with proven 5-nines availability, the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 is a new breed of StoreVirtual array that gives customers the flexibility to consolidate workloads, add flash when they are ready and scale to meet future demands. Advanced features are available which allow the system to address real-time workload changes by dynamically reacting to I/O fluctuations. This approach utilizes a small amount of flash storage to deliver application acceleration with no user intervention--making it ideal for server virtualization and productivity apps5

Deployable in minutes and manageable with zero learning curve, the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 introduces SMB customers to a consumer-driven user experience based on the same intuitive design framework now shared across HPE's enterprise storage and data center offerings. This simplicity extends to a new remote, cloud-based analytics capability featuring a built-in best practices engine and capacity planning tools to simplify management and reduce risk.

The HPE StoreVirtual 3200 provides resiliency across systems and sites as well as built-in support for more than 2,000 snapshots for rapid, granular recovery designed to keep small to midsized businesses running. For additional protection, with software such as HPE VM Explorer, data can be backed up and stored on HPE StoreOnce Disk Backup.

To ease the technology transition, tools such as HPE StoreVirtual Migration Manager software are available to simplify and de-risk workload migrations. Existing StoreVirtual customers will find the StoreVirtual 3200 can provide the same performance and capacity at 58 percent lower cost than existing 2-node StoreVirtual 4000 configurations.6

Industry's leading entry SAN array7 gets flash makeover for under $10K
The new HPE MSA 2042 takes HPE's flagship entry array -- with nearly half a million units sold to-date8 -- and turbo-charges it with 800 GB of built-in solid state disk (SSD) capacity plus an all-inclusive software suite that delivers enterprise capabilities, at a starting price under $10K.9 With flash acceleration, automated tiering and data protection features now standard and price-reduced, the MSA 2042 delivers up to 60 percent increase in database transactions per second and 80 percent faster application response times10 at a 54 percent cost savings,11 making it ideal for customers looking to accelerate apps such as databases and consolidate on a proven platform.

With simple management designed for IT generalists and HPE ProLiant server users, the MSA 2042 offers the same ease of use as the rest of the MSA family. It provides the flexibility to use built-in SSD capacity as either a read cache accelerator or as a performance tier for read and write acceleration with no additional licensing costs. The system features a "set-and-forget" tiering engine that optimizes flash capacity by reacting on-the-fly without manual intervention.

Out-of-the-box support for up to 512 array snapshots and remote replication to any MSA system provides affordable application availability with instant recovery to help businesses protect their data and their businesses12. A replication wizard simplifies the task of setting up and establishing replication pairs from a unified, easy-to-use GUI. 

To protect investments and eliminate technology dead-ends, the MSA 2042 allows businesses to start small and scale with any combination of supported flash and traditional disk drives. As with the other members of the MSA family, the 2042 offers data-in-place upgrades that eliminate data migration headaches and allow customers to carry forward their drive investments.

Pricing and Availability

HPE StoreVirtual 3200 storage systems are available worldwide, orderable immediately with US street pricing starting at $6,055.

HPE MSA 2042 storage systems are available worldwide, orderable immediately with US street pricing starting at $9,877.

HPE StoreVirtual Migration Manager available worldwide in Q3 2016.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

Forward-Looking Statement
The information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing Hewlett Packard Enterprise's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise's businesses; risks associated with executing Hewlett Packard Enterprise's strategy; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its suppliers, customers and partners; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; and other risks that are described in Hewlett Packard Enterprise's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hewlett Packard Enterprise assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

1 IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for 1CQ16, June 2016. Hewlett Packard Enterprise continues to lead in the worldwide server market by revenue. HPE is the undisputed #1 in worldwide revenue for multiple consecutive quarters. http://www8.hp.com/us/en/solutions/business-perspective-article.html?compURI=1103378#.V4fdhqKuPG8 
2 Based on the Q1 2016 IDC WW Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker for Total Storage Revenue growth (External, Internal and ODM storage systems) in 1Q16. Note HPE is ahead of EMC in revenue, but statistically tied for #1 position. https://www.hpe.com/us/en/newsroom/news-archive/press-release/2016/06/Hewlett-Packard-Enterprise-Extends-All-Flash-Datacenter-Capabilities-with-Leading-Density-and-Data-Services.html
3 Estimated US street price for 1.2TB configuration with hardware and software. 
4 Based on HPE internal analysis, June 2016.
5 Based on software capabilities available with the Advanced Data Services suite.
6 Estimated US street price comparison between a 2-node StoreVirtual 4330 vs equivalent StoreVirtual 3200 with 14.4 TB raw capacity.
7 Based on the Q1 2016 IDC WW Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker for External Entry (PB 1-4) SAN Storage revenue in 1Q16.
8 Based on internal reporting of total MSA units shipped. 
9 Based on US street pricing for the MSA 2042 with 800 GB of built-in flash and all-inclusive software license suite. See pricing section for additional details.
10 Based on third-party testing of MSA 2042 with built-in SSDs and read cache vs. MSA 2040 with HDDs. 
11 Based on flash capacity and software now included with the MSA 2042 array, as compared to purchasing flash capacity and software separately prior to August 15, 2016.
12 One HPE Remote Snap license is provided with the MSA 2042. One license per array is required for replication between arrays. Remote Snap is not supported on SAS host-attach models.


CARLSBAD, Calif. – Safebuilt Insurance Services, Inc. dba SIS Wholesale Insurance Services, a national commercial lines insurance program administrator, announces the launch of its new online rating and policy management platform, SIS Online 2.0.  The 2.0 system incorporates a highly-sophisticated comparative rating engine which offers SIS' appointed brokers access to quote, bind, and issue policies within minutes from its seven current exclusive programs, while also allowing brokers to manage all in-force business, endorsements, and renewals.


Dave Pike, chief executive officer of SIS, stated, "We are very pleased to have rebuilt our current online rating and policy management system with a significantly enhanced overall user interface and experience.  This is the first step of many innovations that we have outlined for the expansion of our platform over the upcoming years.  Our goal is to continuously improve our technologies and products to assist brokers with enhancing their overall operational efficiencies and capabilities of better serving their insureds."

SIS is accepting producer appointments and new business submissions through its proprietary SIS Online 2.0 portal at sis.onlinemga.com/2.0.  For additional information about SIS, please visit www.sisinsure.com or call (866) 716-7242.

About Safebuilt Insurance Services, Inc. dba SIS Wholesale Insurance Services

Safebuilt Insurance Services, Inc. dba SIS Wholesales Insurance Services is a national, full-service, property and casualty insurance program administrator and general agency offering a wide array of commercial lines solutions.  SIS has expertise in developing innovative products delivered through its user-friendly technologies.  Please visit www.sisinsure.com for additional information.

HERNDON, Va. – BSI, the business standards company, has acquired Reston, Virginia-based Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services LLC to expand its environmental health and safety (EHS) Services and Solutions footprint to the US East Coast. The 25 employee Atrium team will become an operating subsidiary of BSI’s Professional Services business and will function under the name, “Atrium Environmental, Health and Safety Services – a BSI Professional Services company”.
Atrium provides a full range of on-site and project-based occupational safety, industrial hygiene and environmental compliance services to clients in the pharmaceutical, facilities management, government and shipbuilding sectors in the National Capital region (Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC).  This acquisition will provide a first East Coast location to complement BSI’s January 2015 acquisitions of EORM on the West Coast, and Hill Country Environmental in Texas, now called BSI EHS Services and Solutions. The Atrium acquisition also reinforces BSI as the authority in Operational Resilience in the EHS sector having been the originator of the internationally recognized standards for Environmental Management (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001). 
"Our rapid expansion in the US EHS Services and Solutions market is greatly enhanced by the addition of Atrium’s highly-regarded expert team of EHS professionals on the East coast," states Glenn Fishler, CEO of EHS Services & Solutions at BSI. "As a specialist in the provision of EHS Consulting and Services in the form of on-site services, industrial hygiene, safety and environmental regulatory advice, and EHS training, the Atrium team strengthens BSI’s ability to help clients embed excellence and foster improved EHS performance."   
Dan Chute, President at Atrium states: “I am so excited for our clients and employees.  Becoming part of BSI’s EHS Services and Solutions team will give our clients and employees access to over 200 additional world class EHS consultants from BSI’s EHS Services and Solutions team, plus the services of over 3,500 BSI employees worldwide. This will result in an enhanced business experience for our customers and employees. The collaborative and customer excellence culture at BSI is a great strategic fit for Atrium and we’re looking forward to delivering our ambition of being BSI’S first EHS acquisition on the East Coast”.
BSI Americas President, Todd VanderVen observes: "Atrium is an exciting addition to BSI's rapidly expanding EHS Services and Solutions division.  Their extensive EHS knowledge and experience of delivering the highest quality service complements our existing advisory and assurance businesses.  This delivers on our strategic objective of becoming the leading provider of EHS advisory services in the US and in the long-term, internationally.  
“Operational Resilience is a crucial element of overall Organizational Resilience, allowing business leaders to adapt and grow within an increasingly environmentally and safety conscious world.  Atrium’s world-class EHS consultancy complements BSI’s wider offer and will help further unlock excellence for our clients worldwide.”
Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI concludes on BSI’s acquisition strategy: “Over the past decade BSI has grown our client base organically, increased our global footprint and expanded our portfolio offering to match today’s business needs.  Operational Resilience is one of our core strategic domains - along with Supply Chain Resilience and Information Resilience - and this acquisition reinforces our commitment to our overall approach of encouraging Organizational Resilience across our clients. To ensure we remain a resilient organization – one that is agile, adaptive, robust and competitive - we have even greater ambitions for growth, which will include further quality acquisitions like Atrium.”
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About BSI
BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement and organizational resilience across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors with a particular focus on Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and IT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose products and services inspire excellence across the globe. 

To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com
About BSI EHS Services and Solutions
BSI EHS Services and Solutions provides a comprehensive range of strategic, management and technical consulting solutions – assessment, compliance, risk management, reporting, training, communication and more – partnering with clients to achieve their environmental, health, safety, and sustainability short-term needs and long-term goals. With over 25 years’ experience, our consultants can design and implement a vast range of programs. We make a positive impact on the world every day. We do this by enabling companies to be socially and globally responsible, protecting employees, preserving the environment, and building sustainable business solutions.  To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/ehs

About Atrium EHS
Atrium was established in 2005, to offer exceptional quality and value of services for occupational safety, industrial safety and environmental compliance. Our leadership team and technical staff has built a solid record of exceptional performance. Over this time, Atrium has worked with customers to demonstrate steady growth, greater capabilities, and exceptional quality.  To learn more, please visit: www.atriumehs.com