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Global Capacity’s One Marketplace Platform Simplifies Connectivity
 

  • Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity
  • One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies
     
  • By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers

CHICAGO, Ill. – Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, and  Granite Telecommunications, LLC, the leading national provider of voice, data, and networking services to businesses, today announce Granite’s selection of Global Capacity to be a partner providing Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and Private Line connectivity.  Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity.

“Customers choose Granite for our unparalleled customer support and costs savings while offering the best products and the best service nationwide,” remarked Sam Kline, Senior Vice President of Granite.  “One Marketplace allows us to further extend our services footprint and further reduce costs.”

Leveraging Global Capacity’s One Marketplace, Granite is able to procure off-net services to expand its data and IP products designed to suit the communications needs of its business and governmental customers.  One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies.  By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers. 

“Granite is a leading national provider of telecommunications services to businesses and government agencies, and we look forward to partnering with them to deliver solutions that will connect them to customer locations better, faster and easier than ever,” adds Jack Lodge, President for Global Capacity. 

One Marketplace offers customers a competitive advantage by building leading interconnections with networks across a broad range of geographies.  These strategic interconnections are established at high-demand switching locations where available capacity can be aggregated and connectivity to high-demand services can be provisioned both simply and cost-effectively.

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace eliminates the complexity and inefficiency of buying network connectivity by combining an interconnected, aggregated network with a Cloud application that automates the procurement of network services.  One Marketplace streamlines service delivery and ensures the best client experience by providing customers with a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single contract SLA, bill and point of contact.

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.

On Saturday, September 26, 2014 Mount Ontake – 200km west of Tokyo – suddenly erupted, spewing ash and rock over a wide area and killing nearly 50 people (at last count). What’s strange is that this volcanic eruption occurred with no warning – at least that’s what the specialists are saying at this stage. I’m not so sure that’s true.

It’s always been said that Japan has one of the best early warning / monitoring systems in the world due to its location on the Pacific Rim of Fire. If the best monitoring system in the world didn’t catch this, then is the best system even worth it? I mean, these systems are developed to help save lives and provide early warnings to evacuate people and ensure life safety. Yet, that didn’t happen so are the monitoring systems we have in place any good? Are they providing any help at all?

What do we need to do to get to a point that can predict – with sufficient notification – that something is (or could be) imminent? A few seconds won’t cut it and isn’t enough to allow for any communications or sufficient response – unless you’re a race car driver. Should we educate people instead to understand the risks of where they are – like climbing the side of a volcano, which makes up for the vast majority of those that died on Mount Ontake – or do we put trust in systems that can’t predict or measure potential dangers?

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/ontake-volcanic-eruption-japan-early-warning-systems-good-enough/

Monday, 06 October 2014 15:22

Ebola and People’s Overreaction?

So I’m listening to the radio in the car on the way home from work and not surprisingly there’s comments about the current Ebola crisis in West Africa – it is a major headline after all and serious matter. In fact, as I was listening this particular broadcast was talking about the fact that Ebola had made its way to Dallas, Texas from Liberia via a male visitor.

Now, what got me surprised was that commentators and experts were saying that people should be panicked or scared of Ebola (in the Western world anyway) and I agree with them. But then they went on to kind of criticize people for being scared; taking their kids out of school, buying masks and disinfectants. They were saying that people were over reacting and there was no need to do this sort of thing. Yet, when flu season in making the rounds – in schools, office buildings, subway systems and shopping malls – people are blamed for not taking the proper precautions to ensure they don’t catch the flu, getting sick and getting other sick (and taking a flu shot of course). So what’s the difference?

There isn’t a pill people can take to proactively prevent themselves from catching Ebola, even though you can’t catch it from just walking past someone on the street. This is what people will do to protect themselves, to take themselves out of possible harm’s way, I don’t think that’s over-reacting. Yes, buying hazmat suits might be bit overboard but taking one’s loved one’s out of school and not interacting in areas where illnesses can spread – malls, subways etc. – is natural for people. So which is it? Do we protect ourselves proactively or not? Do we ensure our safety and that of our loved ones, or do we continue as if nothing is happening?

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/ebola-and-peoples-overreaction/

A Washington-area hospital announced Friday that it had admitted a patient with symptoms and a travel history associated with Ebola. The case has not been confirmed, but the number of similar incidents around the country and a confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas have spurred concerns about whether U.S. hospitals are as prepared to deal with the virus as federal officials insist they are.

Since July, hospitals around the country have reported more than 100 cases involving Ebola-like symptoms to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials there said. Only one patient so far — Thomas Duncan in Dallas — has been diagnosed with Ebola.

But in addition to lapses at the Dallas hospital where Duncan is being treated, officials say they are fielding inquiries from hospitals and health workers that make it clear that serious questions remain about how to properly and safely care for potential Ebola patients.

A CDC official said the agency realized that many hospitals remain confused and unsure about how they are supposed to react when a suspected patient shows up. The agency sent additional guidance to health-care facilities around the country this week, just as it has numerous times in recent months, on everything from training personnel to spot the symptoms of Ebola to using protective gear.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/dallas-ebola-case-spurs-concern-about-hospital-readiness/2014/10/03/4afa10b2-4b30-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to kick-start adoption of next-generation emergency communications technology in the state. But while the law requires state leaders to develop a comprehensive rollout plan, questions remain on how to adequately fund the upgrades.

Senate Bill 1211 orders the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to establish a transparent process for calculating how much next-gen 911 technology will cost to implement on an annual basis, including how it sets the statewide 911 customer fee on phone bills. But according to one expert, questions have surfaced across the U.S. about whether states are using their 911 funds appropriately.

Kim Robert Scovill, executive director of the NG9-1-1 Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes the deployment of next-generation 911 services, explained that some states move 911 money over to their general fund for other purposes. And while that doesn’t indicate a state is ignoring public-safety, he said increased fiscal transparency was a good move to ensure the money is being used properly.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Will-Transparency-Facilitate-Text-to-911-California.html

No matter how complicated and unwieldy you think your data environment is, chances are you have nothing on the federal government.

The U.S. government is the single largest employer in the world, with more than 2 million civilian employees plus another 3.2 million military personnel around the world. That means it has had to build and maintain digital infrastructure of gargantuan size in order to keep all those people connected. Estimated at close to 9,000 data centers, the government IT footprint is clearly in need of a slimdown, not just to cut costs but to keep government processes in working order as mobile and cloud infrastructure take hold in the private sector.

To that end, government agencies have been working on a consolidation project for the past few years that, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has shaved more than $1 billion off the U.S. government’s IT budget so far. The project has already led to the shuttering or planned closing of more than 1,100 data centers, while at the same time encouraging leading departments like the DoD to embrace the cloud and other advanced architectures to ensure that remaining resources can be distributed quickly and evenly to both critical and non-critical functions.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/government-it-consolidation-a-project-long-overdue.html

One of the challenges of developing a community that’s resilient to disaster is getting citizens to sign up for alert notifications. For example, a year after Itawamba County, Miss., deployed an emergency notification system, 25 percent of households had signed up to receive it. That’s considered good. Really good.

In fact, getting residents to sign up for any number of emergency services is difficult for a multitude of reasons. Some people are averse because of the privacy and security implications and are afraid to share personal information. And some of it is that people just tune out when it comes to the gruesome nature of preparing for a disaster.

But there are strategies to maximize the buy-in from residents. Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of the nonprofit agency Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), shared her favorite ways for getting buy-in from the public:

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/5-Strategies-Public-Sign-Up-Emergency-Alerts.html

(MCT) — USAA on Thursday became the first insurance company to seek federal permission to test ways drones could expedite claim processing in disaster areas.

The insurance and financial services company is seeking an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration's Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that would allow it to test unmanned aircraft systems on its San Antonio campus as well as on private, rural property nearby.

The FAA has largely limited commercial drone-use research to six test sites named in December, including a collection of Texas ranges managed by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Kathleen Swain, a USAA underwriter and FAA-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, said USAA has already worked with A&M at the testing zone in College Station and was now ready to go further.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/USAA-Test-Drones-Disaster-Claim-Processing.html

A second annual survey from Experian and the Ponemon Institute appears to show that more companies are prepared for a data breach, and that cyber insurance policies are becoming a more important part of those preparedness plans.

The study, which surveyed 567 executives in the United States, found that 73 percent of companies now have data breach response plans in place, up from 61 percent in 2013. Similarly, 72 percent of companies now have a data breach response team, up from 67 percent last year.

In the last year the purchase of cyber insurance by those companies has more than doubled, with 26 percent now saying they have a data breach or cyber policy, up from just 10 percent in 2013.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3806

One Marketplace Expands On-Net Connectivity to Over 5,000 Tier 2 and 3 Communities across US
 

  • The partnership will provide Global Capacity’s One Marketplace members access to INDATEL’s 500+ Rural Local Exchange Carriers and 80,000 fiber optic route miles of middle-mile network serving over 5,000 communities nationally
  • “The extended reach and streamlined delivery capabilities of One Marketplace coupled with the simplicity of a single point of contact in Global Capacity provide tremendous benefit,” says Max Huffman, Chief Operating Officer for INDATEL
     
  • “Our partnership with INDATEL will open up new business and revenue opportunities for both Rural Local Exchange Carriers and One Marketplace customers across the US,” adds Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer for Global Capacity

CHICAGO, Ill. Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, and INDATEL, a group of wholesale carriers dedicated to providing best-in-class, cost-effective transport connectivity, today announce a new partnership that allows INDATEL to buy Ethernet services through One Marketplace interconnects in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas.  The partnership between Global Capacity and INDATEL will provide Global Capacity’s One Marketplace members access to INDATEL’s 500+ Rural Local Exchange Carriers and 80,000 fiber optic route miles of middle-mile network serving over 5,000 communities nationally.

“Our goal is to provide our members and affiliates with efficient, cost-effective network connectivity, enabling them to meet growing customer demands,” says Max Huffman, Chief Operating Officer for INDATEL.  “The extended reach and streamlined delivery capabilities of One Marketplace coupled with the simplicity of a single point of contact in Global Capacity provide tremendous benefit.”

As much a value to INDATEL buying and expanding their network reach, One Marketplace also offers an opportunity to sell on-net services for INDATEL and leverage their Ethernet network assets and capacity.  With interconnections to One Marketplace, INDATEL will gain the following competitive advantages:

  • Access to the most efficient and cost-effective network connectivity
  • Ability to promote network locations and capability to a wider market;
  • Market intelligence around true demand sets; and
  • Participation in larger off-net and outsourced opportunities as a competitive piece of larger total solution.

“Our partnership with INDATEL will open up new business and revenue opportunities for both Rural Local Exchange Carriers and One Marketplace customers across the US,” adds Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer for Global Capacity.  “An interconnection to One Marketplace delivers connectivity to over 3 million commercial addresses in the US, all leveraging one MSA and one SLA.”

One Marketplace enables customers to take advantage of near-ubiquitous network access by combining an interconnected, physical network aggregation platform with a Cloud application that automates the design, pricing, delivery and maintenance of network solutions.

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.