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Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00

Step by step guide to a tape migration

What does a typical tape migration process look like?

There is no standard tape migration project as every project is different. Several factors such as the amount of tapes, the formats used, the associated software and hardware solutions, the specific requirements of the business, etc. all play into the specific needs of the company.

However, it is safe to say that any project should include, at the very least, four major components: consultation, proof of concept, tape processing and project completion.



See below for webinar slides from Active Shooters to Office Closures: Effectively Communicating with Your Employees where James Green, Business Continuity Program Manager, PSCU, discussed how his organization communicates with employees during emergencies and daily operational activities.



The Republican National Convention (RNC) is taking place in my hometown, Cleveland, OH, in just a few short weeks. I can feel the energy and excitement everywhere I go. Of course, that energy has been amplified by the fact that the Cavs just brought home the first major sports title in 52 years, but, regardless, the city is buzzing.

Even though most people are excited to see this scale of an event take place in Cleveland – and, let’s be honest, finally have the opportunity to show everyone why the nickname ‘mistake by the lake’ no longer applies – the entire city and nearly all organizations that operate here will be disrupted.

How? Well, access for one thing:



Feature-Rich Release Includes New Web Interface, Enterprise Tools for Server Clustering, Failover, and Offloading

RAMSEY, NJ – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced a major new release of its popular, dynamic and award-winning automated document workflow solution, Dispatcher Phoenix, Version 6.0. Available in different vertical editions to address specific business needs, Dispatcher Phoenix streamlines and automates common document processing tasks, maximizing productivity and helping users increase their business efficiencies.

This new release introduces added support for enterprise-level deployments, enhanced security, and a brand new web user interface. Addressing the needs of enterprise-level organizations, including optimal performance, maximum uptime, and scalability, these exciting new features include:

  • Failover - A major requirement in mission-critical environments, Dispatcher Phoenix offers automated failover capabilities. If one server unexpectedly goes down, all workflow functions are automatically moved to the Dispatcher Phoenix Failover server, eliminating downtime. Heartbeat monitoring between Dispatcher Phoenix servers ensures continuous operation.
  • Load Balancing - Document processing tasks can be automatically spread across multiple servers, preventing bottlenecks and speeding processing time. Automated redundancy, synchronizing and replicating workflows between all Dispatcher Phoenix servers are supported, eliminating the need for any human intervention.
  • Offloading - Maximize productivity by automatically offloading processor-intensive tasks, such as OCR processing and traffic coming from MFPs, mobile devices and the web, to separate servers.
  • Dispatcher Phoenix Web - Dispatcher Phoenix's zero footprint web user interface provides centralized access to important enterprise tools as well as workflow sharing and control capabilities.
  • Workflow Sharing - Workflows can be shared with specific users or groups of users in Active Directory, providing administrators with the fine-tune control they need to manage workflow access.
  • Workflow Control - Administrators can run, pause and stop workflows without accessing the application.
  • Dashboard - A graphical snapshot of the system is provided for analytics, monitoring and reporting.
  • Application / Workflow Security - Users can now safeguard access to the application and workflows by setting up a password to be entered before the application is launched or a workflow is run.
  • MFP Bulk Import - To speed up set up time, bulk importing of multiple MFPs for registration is supported.

"Konica Minolta understands the needs of our enterprise customers," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Solutions and Product Planning. "This powerful new release provides enterprise-level companies with the solution they need to best manage and control their documents, ultimately providing an improved level of customer service to their clients in less time."

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.countonkonicaminolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced its Trust X Alliance community raised more than $27,750 CAD for the Alberta Fort McMurray Relief Effort.

Fire struck Fort McMurray on May 1 and grew quickly, ultimately forcing the evacuation of 90,000 residents -- the largest such evacuation in Alberta's history -- and bringing the area's considerable oil-mining efforts to a halt. Under the banner of Trust X Alliance Cares and with the help of Ingram Micro Canada's Senior Marketing Manager Nancy Stabile, members of the North American IT community took action. They quickly established a donation site with the Canadian Red Cross and worked with to secure a speaking spot at the Ingram Micro Trust X Alliance Invitational in Los Angeles two weeks later.

On day one of the Trust X Alliance Invitational two community leaders took the stage and announced the Trust X Alliance Cares donation site for Fort McMurray. Within hours, the partner community raised an initial $5,000 CAD. As the word spread, donations poured in from Ingram Micro and Trust X Alliance's chapters, members and vendor sponsors, as well as other friends of the premier partner community, bringing the fundraising effort to a total of $27,750 CAD.

"Last month's Trust X Alliance Invitational gave the community a chance to demonstrate the deep compassion and generosity of Ingram Micro and our vendor partners," said Neil Medwed, president and CEO of Dallas-based Preferred Technology Solutions, chair of the Trust X Alliance Cares initiative, and member of Trust X Alliance. "The quick and generous response of our community illustrated our relentless drive to give back and be extraordinary in everything we do."

"We knew the impact to Alberta and Fort McMurray would be sizable and wanted to do something, anything, to help," added Ashley Schell, director of IT Procurement Services at Saskatchewan-based WBM Office Systems, a Trust X Alliance member. "It came together so fast and so seamlessly. We had a purpose. We had a plan and we were determined to make a difference for Albertans."

"The Trust X Alliance community is amazing in every way," said Holly Niedzielski, director, Event Marketing and Communities, Ingram Micro. "For more than a decade, this member-led community has made it a priority to give back to cities, groups of people and organizations in need across North America. Trust X Alliance Cares offers so much heart and hope and we're honored to share in their excellence."

Latest reports note recovery efforts are underway for the Fort McMurray fire. Estimates show the cost to rebuild the Fort McMurray community could reach billions of dollars. To donate to this effort through the Trust X Alliance Cares' Canadian Red Cross microsite, click here. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information about Trust X Alliance, the IT industry's premier partner community, visit www.trustxalliance.com.

About Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro helps businesses Realize the Promise of Technology™. It delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world. Deep expertise in technology solutions, mobility, cloud, and supply chain solutions enables its business partners to operate efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Unrivaled agility, deep market insights and the trust and dependability that come from decades of proven relationships, set Ingram Micro apart and ahead. More at www.ingrammicro.com.

Exabeam User and Entity Behavior Analytics Supports a Leading Ecosystem Designed to Increase Customer Security

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Exabeam, a market leader in user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), today announced its partnership with FireEye, as a member of the FireEye® Cyber Security Coalition (CSC) -- an ecosystem designed to simplify customers' complex security environments via the intelligence-led FireEye Global Threat Management Platform. Joint customers will benefit from enhanced threat detection and faster, more efficient investigation and response.

As threats become more complex, long-running, and difficult to detect, collaboration across specialized technology providers will help organizations innovate and deliver cutting-edge solutions in the fight against cybercrime.

Exabeam applies machine learning to create a baseline of normal behavior for each employee or contractor on a corporate network. It then compares each user's activity against that normal baseline to determine if particular actions are risky, even if that user switches devices, accounts, or IP addresses. The product then presents a timeline showing all activities, from logon to logoff, as well as the associated risk. Security analysts can see very quickly and easily which users might be compromised, as well as which systems they accessed. The Exabeam platform makes full use of the output of FireEye's leading security technologies, to build comprehensive pictures of user activity.

"Attacks today span networks, endpoints, email, and other systems," said Nir Polak, Exabeam CEO. "The combination of Exabeam UEBA and FireEye's leading security solutions enables customers to have a complete picture of risky activity across their IT environments."

About Exabeam

Exabeam's user and entity behavior analytics solution leverages existing log data to quickly detect advanced attacks, prioritize incidents and guide effective response. The company's Stateful User Tracking™ automates the work of security analysts by resolving individual security events and behavioral anomalies into a complete attack chain. This dramatically reduces response times and uncovers attack impacts that would otherwise go unseen. Built by seasoned security experts and enterprise IT veterans from Imperva, ArcSight and Sumo Logic, Exabeam is headquartered in San Mateo, California and is privately funded by Aspect Ventures, Icon Ventures, Investor Shlomo Kramer and Norwest Venture Partners. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and follow us on LinkedIn.

Weather enthusiasts can join the growing community of global members who share accurate, hyper-local weather information and images from places all over the world

SAN FRANCISCO — Weather technology company BloomSky announced the release of its Next Generation Wireless Weather Station featuring the SKY2 and the STORM. The new combo succeeds the original BloomSky device, known as the SKY, which made a big splash in 2014 and changed the way people access the weather. Developed to solve the problem of inaccurate weather forecasts, the SKY was warmly embraced by outdoor enthusiasts, travelers and weather enthusiasts by creating a next generation, crowd-sourcing community that shares accurate, hyper-local weather information and images from places all over the world.

The next-gen SKY2 — a 5-in-1 weather camera station that accurately measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and precipitation — was enhanced with Bluetooth LTE for easier setup, but retained most of the core competencies of the original SKY:

  • Measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, UV exposure, and precipitation using reliable sensors.
  • Captures pictures of the sky every 5 minutes, creating a time-lapse video at the end of the day
  • Connects seamlessly through a Wi-Fi router and smartphone, as well as with other smart home hardware and applications.
  • With an aerodynamic design, it adapts to the harshest weather conditions, including gusts, downpours, dust and UV radiation.
  • Provides constant data collection with the solar panel option.

BloomSky will also roll out the STORM, a high-precision, 4-in-1 wireless weather device that measures current UV, rainfall, and wind speed and direction. Its 433-MHz radio frequency ensures consistent and reliable transmission with better range. The STORM was designed to work with either the SKY2 or SKY and is app-enabled (iOS or Android).

Key features of the STORM include:

  • Rain collector: Tipping cup accuracy of 0.2 mm per tip, no limit range.
  • Anemometer: Measures wind speeds with accuracy of 1 m/s or ±5%. Startup speed: 0.5 m/s.
  • Wind direction: Measures wind direction in eight compass points.
  • Bird spikes: To deter bird landing and nesting.
  • Smart control ready: IFTTT, Nest, SmartThings, and more.
  • Units of measure: U.S. standard
  • UV light sensor was moved from the SKY to the STORM for more accuracy.
  • Solar Panel: Compact solar grid for continuous operation without recharge interruption.

The BloomSky Plus bundle will include the SKY2, STORM, solar panel and mount with a projected price of $249. The SKY2 Bundle will include the SKY2, solar panel and mount with a projected price of $199. BloomSky will also release the STORM as a separate add-on for original SKY owners for $99. For more information, visit www.bloomsky.com.

Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

BCI: Brexit - the opportunity?

The Business Continuity Institute - Jul 01, 2016 10:24 BST

Are business continuity managers internal optimists, and do we really believe that we will be effected by an incident? Do we peddle our profession secretly believing, or hoping, that it will never happen to us and that our plans will never be implemented? This has happened to me. I, until the very last moment, believed that ‘remain’ would prevail and I didn’t need to worry about the vote.

There was recently a section on the 1 o’clock news when a number of pollsters and punters gave their predictions for the vote, and almost all said they believed that remain would win. Even a farmer who had four pigs, two named after remain politicians and two named after the leave campaign, including one called ‘Boar-is’, and raced them every day to predict who would win, said the remain campaign would win as remain pigs won more races. I was so sure Brexit would never happen that I hadn’t even bothered to write a business continuity bulletin on the subject. The people in the BC Training office recycled a Scottish Independence bulletin to cover the subject.

Perhaps I was not the only business continuity person who was of this mind-set. I was at the East Midlands BCI forum on the day of the vote, and there was very little talk of the referendum, perhaps we were all fed up of the agro associated with it, and absolutely no talk of any contingency plans for Brexit.

So what should we be doing, as business continuity people, to deal with this new situation? If, like me, you haven’t prepared for this, then let me share a few thoughts:

A good incident tool is to plan for different scenarios taking into account all the different variables. Will it be the two year exit under Article 50 which will be fast and unpredictable, or will it be a slower negation, which gives us time to prepare? What is our exposure to European trade and how might if effect our staff if they are EU, non UK, citizens? There is also the extra dimension of a further Scottish referendum. As the news people would say, we are in uncharted territory, so I think you have to look at all variables and all possible options.

We should then look at what is our worst case, best case and most likely case, and develop appropriate risk mitigation measures. These should be agreed by top management and the organisation should monitor events as they occur and adjust the mitigation measures as the situation changes.

In all crises or incidents there is always an opportunity and the smart business continuity manager will recognise this. As David Cameron warned, we have now jumped out of the plane and we cannot clamber back into the cockpit, so we must embrace the change and look for the opportunity that this new world brings. Maybe it is also for me to review my business continuity plan, because as we tell everyone else, the incident we don’t want to happen could occur tomorrow!

Charlie Maclean-Bristol is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute, Director at PlanB Consulting and Director of Training at Business Continuity Training.

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

Abdicating Responsibility

Sorry I’ve been quiet on the blog post front but I’ve had a hectic few weeks involved in all kind of interesting conversations and events (even manning the booth at a couple of them), what’s been noticeable at these events is the amount of similar discussions I’ve had with businesses of all sizes, from small to large and all that’s in between and there’s been some interesting areas of commonality.

Over the next few weeks I’d like to share some of those with you. Up first has been something really interesting that has gone right to the top of my list and actually it came to light again this week when in a meeting with one of my favourite CIO’s. For this post let’s call him Bill (can’t share his or his companies name on this occasion), but Bill is a very astute CIO, very well connected, spends time doing all the things that you would expect, what is always interesting is when I bring something to the table he hasn’t thought about before.

Today was one of those rare treats, as I was sharing with him my last few weeks and some of the fascinating chats I’ve had, so what caught Bills interest?



While the long-term impact of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union remains to be seen, the immediate impact is uncertainty, which is rarely a good thing for any market, including the data center market.

Some of the biggest data center providers in Europe saw that immediate impact of uncertainty in their stock performance right after the referendum’s outcome was announced last Thursday. Equinix, Digital Realty Trust, and Interxion stock value dropped immediately, and while US-based Equinix and Digital have since recovered – Digital’s stock was actually trading higher than ever in the afterhours on Wednesday – the Netherlands-based Interxion had yet to regain its pre-referendum level.

As far as Brexit’s possible long-term impacts, among the chief concerns are potential expenses associated with compliance with whatever new regulations the UK establishes if and when its process of severing from the EU is completed, data center customers adjusting their infrastructure location strategies, the status of data center industry workers in the UK who are EU citizens but who do not have British passports, and whether or not British tech and financial-services industries, both of which have historically been a big source of revenue for data center providers and equipment vendors, will continue to see the same level of investment they have seen in the past.