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Improves RPO/RTO delivered by deduplication for local backup and offers remote backup with optimized speed and network utilization

BridgeHead Software, a leader in healthcare data management, today announced BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery along with integrated support for HP StoreOnce Backup. Ideally suited for hospitals that need to move some or all of their backup copies to a remote Disaster Recovery (DR) location, BridgeHead’s new deduplication capabilities help lower storage costs and administrative burdens while simultaneously freeing up floor space in the primary datacenter. 

BridgeHead with embedded HP Catalyst software supports inline data reduction at the backup source, before the backup copy is written to disk. The disk target can be local to the hospital application, or it can be available over a wide-area network (WAN) connection at a remote site.  Many hospitals will find it beneficial to combine the use of local and remote storage, to gain the benefits of local recovery of more recent data together with disaster recovery protection at a remote site. Key features include:

  • Reduce the storage space required for BridgeHead backup copies of data at typically  20:1 ratios, and reduce floor space consumed in the hospital by storage
  • Improve the RPO/RTO with online de-duplicated disk stores
  • Optimize network use to enable remote disaster recovery protection replacing tape rotation
  • Free disk space and extend the life of expensive storage systems
  • Deploy with flexible options for use with any brand of storage
  • Enable backup to cloud, whether at a remote hospital site or third-party cloud provider with the integrated use of HP StoreOnce Backup
  • Encrypt deduplicated data at rest as part of the solution
  • De-duplicate any BridgeHead backup for maximum advantages

“Our work with hospitals always involves seeking efficiencies that we can bring to the table for our clients,” said Jack Margossian, President of Comport Healthcare Solutions. “We anticipate that BridgeHead’s integration with HP’s StoreOnce Catalyst will be very helpful in reducing bandwidth requirements for cloud or remote site backups, lowering costs, and enhancing disaster recovery capabilities.”

“BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery is ideal for hospitals that want to implement effective disaster recovery strategies without breaking the bank,” said Tony Cotterill, chairman and CPO, BridgeHead Software. “It also positions hospitals to take advantage of new cloud storage options, whether they be within the firewall or beyond.”  

“Healthcare providers need to ensure that patient data is securely stored and always available, even in the event of a disaster,” said Patrick Osborne, director of product management and marketing, storage, HP. “HP StoreOnce Backup enables BridgeHead to deliver improved backup system performance and data recovery times, enabling 24/7 availability of data and high quality patient care.”

Working with HP BridgeHead supports its virtual deduplication appliance in deployments with HP StoreOnce Backup equipment, or in use with existing storage depending on what is required by a hospital. For information, see the BridgeHead product page [link] and datasheet [link] for the solution.

Interactive Resources

Come see BridgeHead and HP at RSNA 2013: BridgeHead will be exhibiting in booth 4573, in South Hall A.

Read the product sheet: BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery

About BridgeHead Software

With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, and 12 years in healthcare, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,000 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to storeprotect and share clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.

FISPA Provides Neutral Forum for Networking, Education & Collaboration Amongst the Industry’s ISPs, CLECs, and MSPs


  • Open Data Centers announces today the company’s membership in www.FISPA.org, an association of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). 
  • FISPA helps small and mid-sized CLECs and ISPs compete against and work with incumbent carriers and competing application providers to ensure a better business model and increase their probability for success.
  • “ODC’s FISPA membership opens the door for partnership opportunities, offering greater exposure for our proven colocation services and connectivity solutions,” says Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers.

PISCATAWAY, NJOpen Data Centers, LLC (‘ODC’), a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, announces today the company’s membership in  www.FISPA.org, an association of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs).  ODC joins FISPA’s extensive community of 190 members and focused industry of 480 Service Providers and 685 emerging CLECs including 1st Point Communications, AT&T, and Telx.
FISPA helps small and mid-sized CLECs and ISPs compete against and work with incumbent carriers and competing application providers to ensure a better business model and increase their probability for success.  The association provides a valuable resource to the Internet provider community, offering opportunities for education and networking, discussion and meeting forums (www.FISPALIVE.com), aggregate buying programs, and vendor participation programs to increase access solutions.
“FISPA provides a neutral forum for the facilitation of discussions, collaboration and sharing of industry insights amongst some of the industry’s leading ISPs, CLECs, and MSPs,” says Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers.  “ODC’s FISPA membership opens the door for partnership opportunities, offering greater exposure for our proven colocation services and connectivity solutions.”
Open Data Centers provides carrier-neutral colocation and alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers.  Featuring diverse power feeds and N+1 redundancy, the company’s flagship Piscataway, NJ data center fulfills the low latency needs of financial institutions and high-availability requirements of Cloud services and applications while serving as an ideal location for carrier Points of Presence (PoPs).  The facility also offers customers access to multiple network and fiber providers including: Zayo, Sunesys, Lightower, Level3, Verizon, Verizon Business, Wolfe.NET, MetroOptical, Cablevision, Core Technology Services, Endstream Communications, and many others.
To learn more about Open Data Centers and its Piscataway, NJ facility, visit www.opendatacenters.net.
For more information about FISPA, visit www.FISPA.org.

About Open Data Centers, LLC
Open Data Centers is a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, offering alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers. For more information about Open Data Centers, LLC, please visit www.opendatacenters.net.

FISPA was founded in May 1996 to represent the interests of Internet Solution Providers (ISP), emerging Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The organization calls its members Solution providers because its members are companies who provide a whole range of services, including Internet Access, Web Hosting, Web Design and an ever-increasing number of other services -- all which use the Internet to facilitate a Solution.  Follow FISPA at www.FISPA.org or email executive.director@fispa.org.

U.S. Army Plans to spend $7B on Renewable Energy by 2020

STUART, Fla. – Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ESPH), an innovative U.S. technology licensing and manufacturing company that develops environmental solutions for global markets, today announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office has approved U.S. Patent No. 8,593,102 for Ecosphere’s revolutionary Ecos PowerCube® - a portable, self-contained micro-utility that uses solar power to provide electricity in the most remote, off-grid locations. 

Designed to meet the growing demand for off-grid energy, with a unique array of stacked solar panels, the patented Ecos PowerCube® maximizes the total amount of solar power generation possible in 10’, 20’ and 40’ standard ISO shipping container footprints. With power generation capabilities up to 15 KW, the Ecos PowerCube® can be transported by land, air, or sea and is ideally suited to support off-grid military, disaster relief, humanitarian and mobile communication efforts.

Electricity generated by the Ecos PowerCube® can be used to power various onboard systems, including satellite communications, Internet connectivity, and mobile water treatment systems. The Ecos Power Cube® system can also be used to supply military or disaster relief teams with life-sustaining, mobile infrastructure modules, such as hospitals, command centers, sleeping quarters, and temporary schools.

In a recent Bloomberg article dated October 1, 2013, Army commanders have found they can save lives through energy conservation. It's especially true in Afghanistan, where protecting fuel convoys is one of the most dangerous jobs, with one casualty for every 24 missions in some years. Richard Kidd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army in charge of energy security, said in a recent interview, "A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up. The sun's rays will still be there. With renewable energy, there is no supply chain vulnerability, there are no commodity costs and there's a lower chance of disruption."

For more information, please visit http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-30/exploding-fuel-tankers-driving-u-s-army-to-solar-power.html

The Army is embracing renewables to make the business of war safer for our soldiers, with President Barack Obama calling on the U.S. government to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. In May 2013, the Army announced plans to spend $7 billion buying electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects over the next three decades.

Dennis McGuire, Chairman and CEO of Ecosphere Technologies, stated, “We are pleased to finally announce the U.S Patent Office’s decision to grant our Ecos Power Cube® patent and the commercial launch of the Ecos PowerCube® product line. We believe the Ecos Power Cube® addresses significant infrastructure deficiencies in remote field camp installations or when responding to large-scale disasters. Consistent with Ecosphere’s business model, we are seeking to license the Ecos PowerCube® to a wide range of entities, including branches of the U.S. and global armed forces, as well as corporations that provide equipment for the military and a wide variety of disaster relief agencies worldwide.

Dean Becker, Director and Intellectual Property Strategist for Ecosphere, stated, “The Army's target is to install 1 gigawatt of renewable capacity in the U.S. by 2025 and to reduce non-tactical fuel consumption 30 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels. The Ecos Power Cube® is the world’s most powerful mobile solar powered generator that can ship in standard 10 to 40 foot ISO container dimensions. It can be shipped by truck, rail, air, and sea - just like a standard shipping container.”

Becker continued, “When you ship and deploy an Ecos Power Cube®, there is no assembly required. Press a button and the solar panels deploy, producing power from the sun. It is a revolutionary solar design that the U.S. Patent Office recognized as being unique and patentable. Unlike conventional solar arrays systems that are placed on the ground or on top of containers, Ecosphere’s patented solar arrays can be retracted to protect the panels in the kind of inclement weather that is prevalent in war zones or disaster relief type scenarios.”   

For more information on the Ecos PowerCube®, please visit http://www.ecospheretech.com/environmental-engineering-technologies/powercube

About Ecosphere Technologies

Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ESPH) is an innovative U.S. technology licensing and manufacturing company that develops environmental solutions for global markets. We help industry increase production, reduce costs, and protect the environment through a portfolio of more than 35 patented and patent pending technologies: Technologies like Ozonix® and our Ecos PowerCube®, which are and can be licensed across a wide range of industries and applications throughout the world.

For more information, please visit http://www.ecospheretech.com

IASO Online Backup now includes Virtual Disaster Recovery and direct integration with ConnectWise

DURHAM, N.C. – IASO®, part of the GFI Software™ family, today announced the latest version of its award-winning IASO Online Backup solution. Known for its security, speed and reliability, IASO Online Backup now includes virtual disaster recovery technology, enhanced data protection for virtual environments and native integration with ConnectWise® professional services automation (PSA) tools.

Using the Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) model, IASO Online Backup provides affordable, easy-to-use and efficient backup and recovery of critical digital assets across all main computing platforms. IASO’s proven technology backs up millions of files, servers and workstations worldwide, and ensures mission-critical data is protected and available at all times.

The latest version of IASO Online Backup includes expanded platform coverage, with added support for Microsoft®  Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows® 8.1, Apple®  Mac® OS X® 10.9 Mavericks and VMware® vSphere™ 5.5. Additionally, with the solution’s new Virtual Disaster Recovery technology, customers are now able to recover failed Windows® systems as a VMware ESXi™ 4.1 or VMware vSphere 5.x compatible virtual machine. The ability to perform a full system restore via a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) automates disaster recovery and provides increased data accessibility, as customers no longer have to wait until a failed physical machine is repaired or a new one is purchased.

“IASO Online Backup’s Virtual Disaster Recovery technology is a tremendous competitive differentiator,” said Thomas Campbell, product manager, Redstor Limited, an IASO partner. “It expedites data recovery in the event of a system failure, and it’s extremely flexible. Users can restore to a flat file, so they don’t need a full VMware estate to benefit from this functionality. Additionally, we now have the opportunity to offer standby virtual machines to our customers. In the event of a disaster, the machines simply need to be turned on and customers will have immediate access to their servers. This combination of innovation and flexibility truly keeps data protected and available when companies need it most.”

The latest version of IASO Online Backup also includes direct billing integration with ConnectWise PSA tools, in addition to virtualization and automation solutions from Autotask® and Parallels®. Combined with remote monitoring and management functionality, this native integration enables services providers to monitor storage utilization and automate customer billing through their PSA software, significantly reducing the time and steps involved in managing account billing.

“Many companies are turning to the cloud for their backup and recovery needs because it offers reduced costs, ease of use and extreme scalability,” said Andy Langsam, EVP of sales and operations at GFI Software. “IASO Online Backup builds upon these core benefits with unrivaled technology. With IASO, customers don’t have to sacrifice performance and functionality for affordability and simplicity. They truly receive the best of both worlds.”

Pricing and Availability

The latest version of IASO Online Backup is available now. The solution’s storage-based licensing works on a SPLA model, which is based on used gigabytes (GB) posted from the IASO storage server at the end of every month. With IASO, customers receive unlimited server clients, workstation clients, storage licenses and application plugins, as well as free software updates.

To learn more about IASO Online Backup, please visit http://www.iaso.com/. To start a free, 30-day trial, go to http://www.iaso.com/trial/.


About IASO

IASO is one of the leading brands in online backup software and cloud storage for managed services providers (MSPs), large enterprises, telecommunication and hosting providers. IASO Online Backup is ultra-fast, reliable and one of the most advanced and secure technologies available.


About GFI

GFI Software™ develops quality IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses with generally up to 1,000 users. GFI® offers two main technology solutions: GFI MAX™, which enables managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver superior services to their customers; and GFI Cloud™, which empowers companies with their own internal IT teams to manage and maintain their networks via the cloud. Serving an expanding customer base of more than 200,000 companies, GFI’s product line also includes collaboration, network security, anti-spam, patch management, faxing, mail archiving and web monitoring. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world. The company has received numerous awards and industry accolades, and is a longtime Microsoft® Gold ISV Partner.

  • INdigital is now a licensee of Cassidian Communications’ ‘858 Patent for IP 9-1-1 selective call routing
  • Cassidian and INdigital reach bi-directional reseller agreements

TEMECULA, Calif., – Cassidian Communications, Inc., an EADS North America company, and Indiana-based INdigital telecom have entered into a license agreement regarding U.S. Patent No. 6,744,858 (the ‘858 Patent). Additionally, the two companies have entered into bi-directional reseller agreements.

The ‘858 Patent (System and Method for Supporting Multiple Call Centers) describes a methodology for performing IP 9-1-1 selective routing over a wide area network. As a result of the settlement and license agreement, INdigital is now permitted to utilize the call routing system and methods embodied in Cassidian Communications ‘858 Patent.

In accordance with the terms of the reseller agreements, Cassidian Communications’ VESTA®/Sentinel® 4 Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing platform becomes INdigital’s preferred call processing solution, and Cassidian Communications has full access to INdigital’s Next Generation 9-1-1 routing solution to complement its portfolio.  

Questions pertaining to Cassidian Communications’ patent, its application or the company’s licensing activities should be directed to Jeff Wittek, Chief Strategic Officer for Cassidian Communications, available by phone at 951.719.2100 or via email at jeff.wittek@CassidianCommunications.com.

About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)

Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies, including NG9-1-1 call taking systems, emergency notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio networks and LTE. For over four decades, Cassidian Communications has upheld its promise to keep people connected when it matters most, consistently designing solutions with an open mind and creating smarter, more effective ways to ensure communities are safe. For Cassidian Communications, Critical Matters. The company is headquartered in Temecula, Calif., with facilities located in Richardson, Texas, Franklin, Tenn. and Gatineau, Quebec.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About INdigital Telecom (www.indigital.net)

INdigital was formed in 1995 by a group of Independent telephone companies that participated in the FCC’s PCS spectrum auctions. In 2004, INdigital Telecom was selected by the Indiana Wireless 9-1-1 Advisory Board to build a new 9-1-1 network for Indiana using emerging technologies now known as NG9-1-1. The company built a private, high availability IP network, the first large scale public safety network of its kind in the United States. The project, known today as the IN911 network, has evolved to meet industry standards, and provides Indiana’s 911 local authorities and other emergency system service providers with an innovative platform for new and emerging types of emergency services. Questions about INdigital can be directed to Eric Hartman at by voice or text message at 877.469.2010 or info@indigital.net.

MINNEAPOLIS – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery and ediscovery products and services, today announced its 11th annual list of the  top 10 data disasters from 2013.For the last 11 years, Kroll Ontrack has been collecting and publishing a list of the toughest physical and logical failures from its offices around the globe. 

“Kroll Ontrack is called when the worst of the worst happens, and long-standing expertise combined with cutting-edge techniques is required,” said Todd Johnson, vice president of data recovery operations, Kroll Ontrack. “Through our proprietary tools and 18 state-of-the-art data recovery labs and ISO-5/Class 100 cleanroom environments, we are often successful recovering deleted, corrupt, missing, or inaccessible data from personal devices all the way up to complex servers.”

2013Top Ten List of Data Disasters Compiled by Kroll Ontrack

10.  Long journey, broken drive (Hong Kong): When a world cyclist and photographer arrived in Hong Kong in May 2013, they discovered that the hard drive with two years of photos and video of his 40,000 km cycle fundraiser around the world was broken. The Hong Kong team quickly got to work on this case, but it proved to be a very challenging recovery as the drive had major media damage in multiple locations on multiple surfaces. Trying every imaginable recovery technique possible, the Ontrack Data Recovery engineers were able to recover most of the images.

9.      Movie mayhem (Poland):  While producing a movie for a film festival, a team of filmmakers encountered an on-set disaster. They were backing up their laptop to an external drive during production one day, when one of the crew members accidentally kicked the table over. Both the laptop and external drive crashed to the floor making the data inaccessible. Eighteen months of production and investments gone with only two months until the festival. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover over 80 percent of the data, enabling the filmmakers to make the festival’s deadline. Kroll Ontrack is listed in the credits as their technology partner.

8.      Data gone wild (United Kingdom): A university student called looking for emergency service on her laptop.  She had lost her year-end term paper, and needed it back to pass her class. When the Ontrack Data Recovery engineers asked what happened to the laptop, she explained that the year-end party from the night before was the culprit. Her laptop was found drowning in spilled drinks.

7.      Gamer’s rage (France):  One day, the mother of three children tried to start the family computer without success. Error message. She asked the children if something strange happened because they were the last to use it. No answer. She suspected something and asked again. The oldest sibling said her brother was so angry he lost a video game that he slammed his fists on the keyboard!

6.      Foiled robbery (Italy): A thief took a laptop among other items from a home, but must have gotten scared off during the robbery. While fleeing, the thief abandoned the laptop in the garden. It was found by the owner after being out in the rain all night. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover the data from the SSD inside.

5.      Use caution while under the influence (United States): After a night of partying, a man woke up in the middle of the night and used what he thought to be a restroom. In the morning, he discovered that it was not a restroom, and his laptop was a poor substitute for a toilet. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover 100% of the data.

4.      Sabotage (United Kingdom): Kroll Ontrack received a package of hard drive pieces. When Ontrack Data Recovery engineers called the company to find out what had happened, the company explained that the drive had been hit repeatedly with a hammer. The company insisted Kroll Ontrack try to recover the drive data. One file was recovered. What the company learned from that one file was that an employee had tried to wipe a file and destroy evidence. The one file recovered was enough to prosecute the employee.

3.      Natural disasters (United States): Unfortunately, some of the biggest data disasters stem from natural disasters. When one customer learned about looming Hurricane Sandy, they sprang into action and made a backup of all of their servers. However, they couldn't have predicted that the river half a mile from their office would have flooded to the extent it did, leaving all of their servers and backup tapes submerged in 28 inches of water. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover 100 percent of the office space design company’s data, which had been in business since 1957. The company said that without data recovery, they would have had to rebuild their business from scratch.

2.      Spiders! (Italy): Kroll Ontrack was called to work on a five-year-old server where the hard drive had crashed. When the data recovery engineer opened up the drive, he found the nest and spiders inside. They also had a vacation home in the drive of the server right next to the parking area of the heads. One hundred percent of the data was recovered.

1.      A cell phone is not bullet-proof (United States): Enough said. Full recovery, 10GB of data total. 

To view and vote for your all-time favorite data disaster, visit our data disaster hall of fame infographic. For more information about the 2013 Top 10 Data Disasters visit: www.krollontrack.com/data-disasters.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyze, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com or follow @KrollOntrack on Twitter.

Solution unifies VMware and AWS management, enables easy VM portability and provides secure, high-performance storage for an enterprise class hybrid IT environments; HotLink signs up new VARs to sell and deploy joint solution Las Vegas – November 13, 2013 – HotLink Corporation today announced a secure, high performance hybrid IT solution spanning VMware environments and Amazon Web Services using NetApp® Private Storage for Amazon Web Services and HotLink’s award-winning transformation technology and VMware vCenter plug-in solutions. The solution integrates the market-leading VMware vCenter management with enterprise-proven NetApp Private Storage for Amazon Web Services (AWS); low-cost, pay-as-you-go computing of Amazon EC2; and high-speed, low-latency AWS Direct Connect. The result is a fully integrated, high-performance hybrid IT infrastructure for VMware environments with a total cost of ownership that is second to none. NetApp Private Storage for AWS enables enterprises to build an agile infrastructure that accommodates a mix of VMware and AWS resources to best meet business needs and economic interests while providing control and data mobility. When combined with qualified AWS direct Connect service providers, customers have sub-5 millisecond response times between NetApp storage and AWS for the lowest latency hybrid IT environment available. HotLink’s patented transformation technology provides the management and workload interoperability between VMware and AWS that completes the solution stack providing easy and cost-effective, hybrid on- and off- premises use cases, including comprehensive data protection and cloud bursting for VMware customers. “In order to gain the full benefits of flexibility, scalability and cost savings of public cloud, IT administrators need methods and technologies to combine public cloud and private data center resources in a holistic fashion,” said Lee Gates, director Cloud Solutions at NetApp. “By leveraging HotLink, NetApp, AWS and Direct Connect, we offer customers unified hybrid management, workload portability, complete data control, low-latency data transfer, and the attractive economics and scalable compute power of AWS.” Key use cases for enterprises and service providers include disaster recovery and business continuity, cloud bursting for peak load, and development and test — all benefiting from the high-performance, low-cost hybrid IT solution. Capabilities include: The security, flexibility and scale of NetApp Private Storage for AWS extended to VMware environments; The ability to dynamically adjust private infrastructure and public cloud resources and easily manage the hybrid pool using customers’ on-premise VMware vCenter infrastructure; Operational recovery in Amazon EC2 within minutes of an on-premises VMware failure; Complete data control and low-latency data transfer using NetApp Private Storage for AWS; Fully integrated and automated bi-directional workload conversions between on-premises VMware and off-premises AWS; and When combined with qualified AWS Direct Connect service providers, the lowest latency hybrid environment available. Brian Lillie, chief information officer at Equinix, an interconnection data center and global colocation service and AWS Direct Connect provider, said, “We find many enterprises are looking for methods to leverage public cloud more fully for a number of use cases, including disaster recovery and business continuity. Our customers gain greater efficiencies and costs savings when we can combine the speed of Direct Connect with the high-performance of NetApp Private Storage for AWS, and the complete integration and interoperability to on-premises VMware management environments using HotLink.” Lillie recently joined HotLink’s CIO advisory board, which includes CIOs from industry-leading companies such as Facebook, ETRADE, Clorox, AstraZeneca, Citrix, BMC and more. HotLink also announced today its membership in the NetApp Alliance Partner Program. HotLink will continue to work with NetApp to ensure tight integration between HotLink solutions and NetApp Private Storage for AWS to dramatically simplify IT management and reduce the cost of hybrid computing infrastructures. “AWS provides practically unlimited compute resources at a trivial cost that’s affordable for any size IT shop. However, integrating existing data center operations with public cloud resources and managing data and workloads across both platforms historically posed huge IT challenges,” said Lynn LeBlanc, CEO and founder of HotLink. “By combining HotLink’s transformation technology and NetApp Private Storage for AWS, companies can unify hybrid management, easily move workloads, retain control of their data and leverage AWS’s scalable compute power and unique pay-as-you-go economics — all critical components of an effective hybrid IT strategy.” Availability The solution is immediately available through a network of VARs in North America, including Blue River Information Technology, Clearpath Solutions Group, Day1 Solutions and Integrated Archive Systems. HotLink will demonstrate its hybrid management solutions and NetApp Private Storage for AWS integration at re:Invent booth #1014 and at NetApp booth #301 in Las Vegas from November 12 to 15, 2013. Supporting resources: Download solution brief: http://hotlink.com/resources/HotLink_NetApp_PrivateStorage.pdf Request demo or price quote: http://www.hotlink.com/contact/ Review product information: http://hotlink.com/technology/netapp.html Register for a webinar: http://www.hotlink.com/news/event.php Visit NetApp Solution Connection: http://solutionconnection.netapp.com/hotlink NetApp Alliance Partner Program NetApp Alliance Partner Program provides qualified infrastructure and application providers with access to NetApp solutions, software development kits, technical support, training, certification, product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information on the NetApp Alliance Partner Program is available athttp://www.netapp.com/alliances. About HotLink Corporation HotLink is on a mission to dramatically simplify IT management complexity with the first-ever transformation technology for heterogeneous and hybrid computing infrastructure. HotLink’s customers include organizations spanning technology, financial services, e-commerce, manufacturing, cloud service providers, education, telecommunications and more. HotLink’s advisory board includes visionary leaders from Facebook, E*TRADE, Equinix, AstraZenca, Electronic Arts, Clorox, Citrix and BMC. The company’s patented transformation technology has received many industry accolades including: Winner of 2013 Best of VMworld awards in Public and Hybrid Cloud Computing, and Storage and Backup; 2012 VMworld Best of Show and Top Virtualization Management; Virtualization Review’s 2013 Best Cloud Application; Gartner Cool Vendor 2013 and Network World Companies to Watch 2013. HotLink is a privately held, venture capital-backed company based in Santa Clara, Calif. 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The Only Vendor to Offer TS1140 Enterprise Tape Drive Technology in Mid-Range Tape Libraries DENVER, Colo. — Spectra Logic today announced the expanded availability of drives based on the design of the IBM TS1140 Tape Drive within its T-Series tape library family. In addition to its enterprise class T-Finity, Spectra will now offer TS1140-based drives with its T950 enterprise tape library and its T-Series T380 mid-range tape library. Spectra’s BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Appliance also supports the TS1140 tape drive technology. The high capacity TS1140 tape drive technology provides organizations of all sizes the ability to leverage higher speed tape drive throughput, utilize a higher capacity tape media cartridge, and reuse their media when migrating to future drive generations, while managing burgeoning data growth and data center space constraints. “As the only vendor to offer TS1140 technology with a mid-range tape library, Spectra is enabling a broader set of companies to benefit from the exceptional storage density, energy efficiency, and high performance of Enterprise tape drive technology,” said Molly Rector, executive vice president product management and worldwide marketing, Spectra Logic. “Today’s announcement also expands our deep storage offering as the BlackPearl Deep Storage Appliance, which enables tape-based object storage, supports the TS1140 and the high value, cost-effective IBM LTO tape drives equally well. Our customers of all sizes like the choice of the open standard LTO technology and the high capacity TS1140 technology for their long-term data storage.” Spectra Logic is currently the only tape library vendor offering the TS1140 technology in a mid-range library and is the only tape library vendor aside from IBM offering them with their highest capacity tape libraries. The TS1140 provides 4.0 TB native capacity (12.0 TB 3:1 compression) per cartridge and native sustained data transfer rates of 250 MB/s native (650 MB/s compressed). The TS1140 can support connectivity to high speed 8 Gb fibre channel environments. “Spectra Logic’s TS1140 technology high-capacity tape drives in a mid-range tape library address a growing demand from small and mid-sized organizations that use high performance computing,” said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president, high performance computing. "This part of the market is expanding, especially the oil and gas, life sciences, financial services, and data analytics segments. Flexible tape storage is an important requirement for these organizations." Click to Tweet: Expanded availability of TS1140 technology @SpectraLogic and first offering in a mid-range tape library http://bit.ly/1f0qcRN Availability TS1140 Tape Drive technology will be generally available with the Spectra T950 enterprise tape library in December 2013, and with the T-Series T380 mid-range tape library in the first quarter of calendar year 2014. More information about the TS1140 Tape Drive is available here.
Johannesburg – The earth tremor that occurred in Johannesburg earlier on Monday measured a four on the magnitude scale, said the Geo-science Counsel. The tremor was “quite a big guy”, the seismology unit manager, Michelle Grobelaar told News24. He added that the city should expect a similar tremor to occur again, but was unable to say when it could be expected. The tremor’s epicenter was near the University of Johannesburg and struck just before 10am. The quake did not last more than six seconds. “We have not received any reports of damage or injury and are consulting with other regions in Johannesburg Divisional,” said chief for disaster risk management, Tshepo Mothlale. Some people took to popular social networking site, Twitter to describe their experiences. “There was a tremor in JHB about 20mins ago. Building shook for about a minute. I’m still shaking,” said one user. ... http://za.news.yahoo.com/joburg-experiences-magnitude-4-earthquake-another-expected-104017946.html
Search-and-recovery operations are underway today after severe storms and tornadoes wreaked havoc on the Midwest, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more with powerful winds that flattened homes and decimated much of the town of Washington, Ill. A sixth death was confirmed late Sunday night after 81 reports of tornadoes ripped through at least five states in the Midwest earlier in the day. One of the tornadoes in New Minden, Ill., was estimated to have winds up to 200 mph. Jonathon Monken, the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, said a third person was confirmed dead Sunday night in Massac County. An elderly couple was killed in Nashville, Ill., and another person was killed in Washington. ... http://gma.yahoo.com/least-6-dead-illinois-tornadoes-storms-damage-homes-061534702--abc-news-topstories.html