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NoVA Becomes the First Market to Initiate OIX Standardization Guidelines

 

  • Open-IX Association announces today the application process for OIX certification is now open in the Northern Virginia (NoVA) market.
     
  • “Industry executives and engineers alike are eager to standardize the way they operate in order to streamline the process and provide for efficiencies, resiliency and transparency across the global Internet,” comments Martin Hannigan, co-founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association.
     
  • "We are a great supporter of the Open-IX initiative, as the principles of openness and community involvement have been at the core of LINX for the last 20 years. We are delighted to be the first IXP to apply for Open-IX certification,” comments John Souter, CEO of LINX.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– The Open-IX Association (OIX), a neutral, non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet Exchanges in North America, announces the application process for OIX certification is now open in the Northern Virginia (NoVA) market.
 
The application process is the initial step to becoming an OIX-certified data center or Internet Exchange Point (IXP).  To initiate the process, applicants submit a deposit and processing fee along with their preferred designation as an Open IX data center or IXP.  After the application is accepted, data centers and IXPs are expected to review and comply with the OIX technical requirements by completing and submitting a detailed compliance report.  The application process is the first step required to become a technically certified OIX company and is different from basic membership in the association.  Membership is open to any company with an interest in Internet Exchange Points and data center interconnection and infrastructure interconnect engineering, or research, that wishes to participate in shaping the operations, engineering and future of interconnecting.

“The interest in OIX has been tremendous and companies are quickly seeking ways to adapt to the data center and IXP standards set forth by the association,” comments Martin Hannigan, co-founder and Treasurer of Open-IX Association.  “Industry executives and engineers alike are eager to standardize the way they operate in order to streamline the process and provide for efficiencies, resiliency and transparency across the global Internet.”

DuPont Fabros Technology has been supporting the Open-IX Association since its inception,” comments Vinay Nagpal, Director of Carrier Relations for DuPont Fabros Technology.  “We are strong proponents of open peering in North America as we believe it will benefit our customers and the Internet community at large.  We are delighted to be part of this process and look forward to an open platform to connectivity.”

"We are a great supporter of the Open-IX initiative, as the principles of openness and community involvement have been at the core of LINX for the last 20 years.  We are delighted to be the first IXP to apply for Open-IX certification,” comments John Souter, CEO of LINX.  "Our LINX NoVA exchange has been established not for commercial gain, but because our members and the community have indicated they want us to be there, in order to improve peering opportunities for networks in North America.  Improved peering ultimately brings benefits for North American businesses and citizens.  Open-IX embodies all the things that are for the good of the Internet and we would encourage network operators to co-locate in Open-IX certified data centers and to peer at Open-IX certified exchanges wherever possible."

OIX is a non-profit and neutral body of volunteers from the Internet community with the common goal of creating standards for Internet connectivity, resiliency, interconnect, security and cost.  OIX is seeking to help unify a highly fragmented industry and change the way networks connect with one another in North America by creating a new network of member-governed Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) housed in multiple neutral data center facilities that allow participants to interact and exchange content without the usual fiscal burden of commercial providers.

To apply for OIX certification in the initial, Northern Virginia, market, email info@open-ix.org.


About OIX
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community-derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnect in the United States.  OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community.  The association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets.  The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States, including Paul L. Andersen; Donald S. Clark; Dan Golding; Martin Hannigan; Keith Mitchell; David Temkin; and Barry Tishgart.  More information about OIX can be found by visiting www.open-ix.org.


About DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.
DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers.  The Company’s facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model.  The Company’s customers outsource their mission critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services.  The Company's ten data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.5 million gross square feet and 218 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers.  DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), is headquartered in Washington, DC.  For more information, please visit www.dft.com.

What issues and new technologies have disrupted the IT continuity landscape in 2013 and how are these likely to develop in 2014?

By Patrick Hubbard and Lawrence Garvin, SolarWinds.

We have spent the past year speaking with hundreds of techies at every major networking trade event in 2013 and from these discussions have drawn a number of predictions for the coming year, as well as insights into how the industry has evolved and developed over the past twelve months. Below, we share our thoughts on the past year and our predictions for 2014.

2013 has been the year of vendor-led hype on buzz technologies such as SDN and cloud, but in practice very few notable advances in technologies or vendor offerings in these areas have come into fruition.

Cross-product support, and a noticeable increase in budget, has accelerated the advance of virtualization. Products such as Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) have made it possible to integrate with VMware V-block, boosting the desktop virtualization trend and widened its reach into mid-market networks. Similarly, with the launch of Hyper V, 2013 was the year that Microsoft finally became a genuine player in the virtualization space.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1131.html

New research from Corero Network Security has found that many businesses are failing to take adequate measures to protect themselves against the threat of a DDoS attack. A survey of 100 companies revealed that in spite of the reports about the cost of downtime and the potential for DDoS attacks to mask greater threats, businesses are failing to put in place effective defenses/defences or plans to mitigate the impact of a DDoS attack against their organization. More than half of companies lack adequate DDoS defense technology, and 44 percent of respondents have no formal DDoS attack response plan.

The survey asked respondents about the effectiveness of their plans to prevent, detect and mitigate the damage of a cyber attack including examining their incident response plans from the standpoint of infrastructure, roles and responsibilities, technology, maintenance, and testing. The findings revealed a lack of planning on multiple levels: whilst nearly half of businesses lacked a formal DDoS response plan, the problem was compounded by out of date network visibility as more than 54 percent of respondents have outdated or non-existent network maps. Furthermore, approximately one in three businesses lacked any clear idea of their normal network traffic volume, making it more difficult to discern between routine traffic peaks or high traffic volumes that could signal a DDoS attack.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07055.html

While the web has opened wide the doors of opportunity for entrepreneurs around the world, others have shown evidence of creativity as well. Ingenious use of technologies has led to hacktivism, identity theft, distributed denial of service (DDoS) and swatting, to name but a few. Perpetrators use both the latest cyber-techniques and also old-fashioned approaches such as social engineering (a new term for the classic tactics of confidence tricksters). Business continuity and personal security both need to be safeguarded against threats like these. But what is driving the proliferation of such Internet incidents?

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/business-continuity-and-creative-cyber-criminals/

Risk certainly marked the year of 2013, with knock-on effects on business continuity thinking. However, in a year picking up the pieces after different disasters, the real message was a reminder that while we collectively now know a great deal about risk, we don’t always prepare or take action appropriately. The devastation caused by rainfall in the Uttarakhand state of India was one example. Environmentalists blamed what they considered to be haphazard preceding development projects of roads, resorts and hydroelectric stations for the subsequent high level of damage and deaths. Meanwhile in the US and for much of 2013, New York was applying lessons learned the hard way following Hurricane Sandy back in 2012 to produce an improved city resilience plan.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/risk-business-continuity-and-it-dr-the-year-of-2013-in-review/

December 17, 2013

BYOD Has Not Won

Bring your own device (BYOD) has a lot going for it. The simplicity of the approach of letting Jane and Joe use their own devices at work and compensating them in some manner is so simple and so rooted in common sense that the case against it is lost in the shuffle.

Or was lost in the shuffle. The reality is that significant downsides and obstacles to BYOD do exist. That reality may finally be dawning on corporate managers. Strategy Analytics released interesting worldwide research that revealed that everything is growing: the number of BYOD devices, the number of company-owned devices issued to employees, and the total number of devices shipped.

The percentage that deserves the most attention is the portion of corporate-liable devices:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-and-telecom/byod-has-not-won.html

A new study finds that in Seattle more than 10,000 buildings — many of them homes — are at high risk from earthquake-triggered landslides.

 

By Sandi Doughton

Seattle Times science reporter

With its coastal bluffs, roller-coaster hills and soggy weather, Seattle is primed for landslides even when the ground isn’t shaking. Jolt the city with a major earthquake, and a new study from the University of Washington suggests many more slopes could collapse than previously estimated.

A powerful earthquake on the fault that slices under the city’s heart could trigger more than 30,000 landslides if it strikes when the ground is saturated, the analysis finds. More than 10,000 buildings, many of them upscale homes with water views, sit in areas at high risk of landslide damage in such a worst-case scenario.

“Our results indicate that landsliding triggered by a large Seattle fault earthquake will be extensive and potentially devastating,” says the report published this month in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

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http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022463967_quakeslidexml.html

NORWALK, CT – In the midst of recent industry changes, Datto, Inc., a global provider of hybrid cloud-based backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity solutions, is addressing Partners’ needs with a Customizable Playbook to use in marketing to their clients. The materials are available through Datto’s Partner Portal and help convey the value of a hybrid cloud-based solution and the ease of transitioning from one platform to another. Utilizing the service, MSPs and VARs can shift their clients to hybrid cloud-based backup, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions that deliver uptime insurance and superior Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

“It’s been a challenging time for the industry and the customer base,” says Datto Founder and CEO Austin McChord. “To see a supposedly ever present cloud solution vanish causes uncertainty, but be assured, the Datto cloud has never been stronger. We are proud to have built our own cloud based on top of industry security and compliance standards, and currently have more than 50 Petabytes of data in our cloud.”

The layoffs at some prominent cloud providers are the most recent news adding uncertainty to the industry. Back in September, cloud storage provider Nirvanix shut down abruptly, Symantec announced the closing of its Backup Exec.Cloud last month, and there are renewed rumors regarding Zenith Infotech.

These events sent customers seeking immediate alternatives and vendors jumped on the opportunity of gaining new customer acquisitions. But unlike fellow BDR vendors, Datto’s primary concern is in supporting its Partners and how they effectively inform their clients of changes and options that best fit their needs. Datto provides innovative technology and unparalleled customer service to ensure that Partners and their end users know what to expect when making the transition into cloud backup.

“What’s most important to us is in helping our Partners effectively communicate and service their clients during this transitional time,” stated McChord. “Special offers or discounts are great, but what companies really need is effective guidance and trust in their vendor. And that’s what we do and pride ourselves on.”

Eric Torres, an Elite Datto Partner with River Run Computers in Milwaukee, WI puts it best, “It’s about having a vendor that you trust.” Eric recently participated in a Webinar with Datto entitled, “Creating Value to Close the Deal: Backup vs. Business Continuity” where he shares valuable insights to the Channel community. To view the Webinar, click here.

 

About Datto Inc.

Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity (IBC) solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR/IBC vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization and screenshot backup verification, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology™. The Datto product line addresses the specific needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and serves a wide range of vertical markets including: healthcare, financial, education, banking, legal, manufacturing, retail, and municipal.

Datto is a channel only provider. Solutions are resold through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value Added Resellers (VARs) and IT Service Providers to end-user businesses. To learn more about Datto, visit http://www.dattobackup.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Blog. For media inquiries, contact Camille L. Currie via email ccurrie(at)dattobackup(dot)com or phone (203.529.4949 x579).

How can you be sure the information you store on the cloud is safe? The short answer is you can't. However, you can take some protective measures. Here five data privacy protection tips to help you tackle the issue of cloud privacy.

 

CIO — The number of personal cloud users increases every year and is not about to slow down. Back in 2012 Gartner predicted the complete shift from offline PC work to mostly on-cloud by 2014. And it's happening.

Today, we rarely choose to send a bunch of photos by email, we no longer use USB flash drives to carry docs. The cloud has become a place where everyone meets and exchanges information. Moreover, it has become a place where data is being kept permanently.

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http://www.cio.com/article/744688/5_Tips_to_Keep_Your_Data_Secure_on_the_Cloud

After years of false starts, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products are here. They work, and if implemented correctly they can deliver substantial cost savings to enterprise IT shops. What are the risks and rewards involved in embarking on a VDI implementation for your organization?

By Ed Tittel and Kim Lindros

CIO — Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is designed to deliver virtual desktops to client computers over a network from a centralized source. With traditional VDI, you create a master image (reference computer, or core) to use for all clients, then personalize images as needed.

The process of distributing patches and updates is simplified because you only have to update images, not every physical desktop. Plus, you can push desktops across a variety of platforms and devices, from desktop PCs to thin clients and mobile devices.

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http://www.cio.com/article/744687/Virtual_Desktop_Infrastructure_Offers_Risks_and_Rewards

About this time every year, journalists covering the InfoSec beat start seeing prediction lists being pitched. Sadly, we will see the same pitch, from the same vendor, several times, often because we're on multiple blast lists. Thus, our inbox is clogged with pitches and follow-up emails asking if we've seen the pitches, plus the follow-ups to the follow-ups.

Not everyone is a fan of prediction lists. (Other than the vendors who make them.) For example, Martin McKeay, who works at Akamai as a Security Evangelist, holds an opinion shared by many security professionals when it comes to the vendor-driven prediction lists:

- See more at: http://blogs.csoonline.com/pandemic-preparedness/2869/magical-list-security-predictions-2014#sthash.zMOGpHaa.dpuf

About this time every year, journalists covering the InfoSec beat start seeing prediction lists being pitched. Sadly, we will see the same pitch, from the same vendor, several times, often because we're on multiple blast lists. Thus, our inbox is clogged with pitches and follow-up emails asking if we've seen the pitches, plus the follow-ups to the follow-ups.

Not everyone is a fan of prediction lists. (Other than the vendors who make them.) For example, Martin McKeay, who works at Akamai as a Security Evangelist, holds an opinion shared by many security professionals when it comes to the vendor-driven prediction lists:

"Really, the amazingly stupid part of these annual lists is that they’re not predictive in the least. With rare exceptions, the authors are looking at what they’ve seen happening in the last three months of the year and try to draw some sort of causal line to what will happen next year. The exceptions are either simply repeating the same drivel they reported the year before or writing wildly outrageous fantasies just to see if anyone is actually reading..."

Dave Lewis, fellow CSO blogger and Security Advocate for Akamai, pointed out that many of the prediction lists from years gone by could just as easily apply to the here and now. In fact, in his blog post on the topic, he proved it. His list comes form the year 2000.

- See more at: http://blogs.csoonline.com/pandemic-preparedness/2869/magical-list-security-predictions-2014#sthash.zMOGpHaa.dpuf