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New features enable managed services, cloud, and hosting providers to introduce VM Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS), Replication-as-a-Service (RaaS), and Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to their clients, while enterprises can easily manage VMware ESXi backup, replication, and recovery for multiple sites from a single pane of glass.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – NAKIVO Inc., #1 virtualization data protection software provider, announced today that it has released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.9.

NEW FEATURES

Multi-Tenancy
Other VM data protection solutions are not tailored to the needs of cloud, service, and hosting providers, as supporting multiple clients requires installing and configuring a new and separate copy of a backup and replication product for each client. This lack of central point for data protection management adds management and maintenance overhead as well as additional compute resources and VM licenses.

NAKIVO introduces the industry-first multi-tenancy feature for VM backup and replication, enabling the creation of multiple isolated tenants within a single product deployment and managed under a single pane of glass. This enables managed services, cloud, and hosting providers to introduce VM BaaS, RaaS, and DRaaS to their clients more easily and cost-effectively.

Self-Service
In the Multi-Tenant mode, tenants can access the self-service portal to offload the ESXi VM backup, replication, and recovery tasks from the service provider. The self-service can be individually enabled or disabled for each tenant, and data protection privileges can be set for each tenant by a master admin.

Dynamic License Allocation
License allocation within NAKIVO Backup & Replication Enterprise Edition supports transferring licenses dynamically from one tenant to another as needed for cloud service providers or from one business unit to another as need for enterprises. In addition, qualified Cloud Providers can license NAKIVO Backup & Replication on the per-VM monthly rental basis.

EDITIONS, PRICING, AND LICENSING

NAKIVO introduces the Enterprise edition with the v3.9 release. All new features will be available in the Enterprise edition of NAKIVO Backup & Replication priced at $599 per socket. Qualified Cloud Service Providers have an option to license the product on a per-VM monthly rental basis.

QUOTES

“We are proud to introduce the industry-first multi-tenancy and self-service to the VM backup market," said Bruce Talley, CEO and Co-Founder of NAKIVO. "The new features will enable our Cloud Provider partners to protect their clients’ VMs more easily and cost-effectively."

“NAKIVO provides a technologically advanced solution to back up, replicate, and recover client's data at a price-point that our clients can afford,” said Michael Marchuk, Senior Technical Director at American Data Centers. “The technology is outstanding and the process to implement the solution couldn't be easier or more straightforward. We know because we've tried and tested the leading VM backup solutions!”

RESOURCES

Overview: http://www.nakivo.com/product.htm
Datasheet: http://www.nakivo.com/Resources/NBR-DS.pdf
Success Stories: http://www.nakivo.com/customer_successes.htm
Trial Download: http://www.nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm

ABOUT NAKIVO

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, NAKIVO is a privately-held software company that has been profitable since founding in 2012. With more than 1500 customers worldwide, NAKIVO develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware vShpere ESXi virtualized environments. NAKIVO provides one of the most affordable, highly reliable and easiest to use VM backup and replication solution for enabling SMBs to protect, encrypt, compress and deduplicate VM data onsite, offsite and in the cloud. NAKIVO also enables hosting, managed, and cloud services providers to create and offer VM Backup-as-a service, Replication-as-a service and DR-as-a service, to their customers. NAKIVO was the first virtualization backup specialist to offer VM backup to public clouds such as Amazon to SMB customers and multi-tenancy to service providers and enterprise customers. For more information, please visit http://www.nakivo.com.

Rentsys Recovery Services, a US-based provider of comprehensive and integrated disaster recovery solutions has announced that it has acquired IT-Lifeline, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery and compliance testing solutions for the financial services industry.

The acquisition came about through a prior strategic partnership between the two companies in which IT-Lifeline offered Rentsys’ business continuity services. IT-Lifeline’s BlackCloud, a compliance-focused vaulting, testing and recovery solution, will be incorporated into Rentsys’ disaster recovery offerings. Rentsys will also retain IT-Lifeline’s support team, which brings a wealth of knowledge regarding regulatory requirements as well as cloud technology.

“This acquisition expands our product offering and enhances our ability to meet the evolving business continuity and compliance needs of our customers,” said Walt Thomasson, managing director of Rentsys Recovery Services. “IT-Lifeline’s BlackCloud along with the recent addition of RCM enhances our ability to deliver business continuity solutions that ensure our clients will have access to their critical business functions if a disaster or outage does occur.”

www.rentsysrecovery.com

CIO — C-suite executives today are striving to drive data-centric transformations of their businesses, but most are struggling to connect the dots. That's according to a new report by KPMG Capital, a global investment fund created by KPMG International in November to invest in innovation in data and analytics (D&A).

"Long before the term 'big' was first applied to data, organizations were struggling to make sense of all the information they had," says Mark Toon, CEO of KPMG Capital and global leader, D&A. "Over the past five years that focus on data has started to shift. Today, the issue is no longer about owning the most data but rather about how to gain the most insight from it. In short, how to turn data into insights, and insights into real business advantage."

"Data is everywhere, telling us everything," he adds. "But do companies really know where to look? The reality is that turning mountains of data into valuable, practical and actionable business analytics is not nearly as straightforward as people believe."

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http://www.cio.com/article/746555/C_Level_Execs_Value_Data_Have_No_Idea_What_to_Do_With_It

IDG News Service (New York Bureau) — Dispelling any lingering doubt that IBM sees cloud computing as the way of the future, the company announced that it will invest US$1.2 billion this year in expanding its global cloud infrastructure.

"Having lots of data centers in lots of different countries around the world will be important in the long term," said IBM SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby. "We want the world to understand that cloud is transformational for IBM."

The company plans to open 15 new data centers this year, more than doubling the cloud capacity it acquired when it purchased SoftLayer last year for $2 billion. It plans to combine the new data centers, the existing SoftLayer data centers, and the data centers it already ran before the SoftLayer purchase into a single operation that would provide public and private cloud services to its customers, as well as provide services for internal operations.

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http://www.cio.com/article/746531/IBM_Pumps_1.2_Billion_Into_Global_Cloud_Data_Centers

Many of our readers should find the topics and outcomes of the 2013 Risk Frontier Survey interesting reading.  Although largely centering of matters of the European risk and insurance management community, this survey has valuable information that applies to all organizations in all parts of the world.

New risks require new thinking – and, this is why “The Risk Frontiers Survey” is so worthwhile as it delivers an in-depth picture of the current state of the risk management profession, gleaned from its leading practitioners.  It also outlines the big risk issues and ideas on how risk managers and those in the insurance market need to respond to these risks and challenges.

The survey is split into two halves. The first focuses on the big risks and the role of the risk and insurance manager. The second half focuses more on risk transfer than management.

 

Stick to core competence and competitive advantage, and outsource the rest: such has been the mantra of businesses for decades now. The logic is simple. By using external partners specialised in the non-core activities, for example, accounting, logistics and pay, an enterprise can benefit from that partner’s economies of scale and superior expertise. Profits go up and business continuity is reinforced. Yet outsourcing still gives rise to disappointment and animosity. It turns out that while a watertight contractual agreement is a pre-requisite for dependable outsourcing, it isn’t sufficient.  Organisations need more.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/outsourcing-good-contracts-are-only-the-starting-point/

BIA results can help determine many aspects of the BCM/DR program to come; they validate what is required – and what’s not. And what’s required and what’s not is determined through the development of the various strategies and approaches that are created as a result of the BIA findings. However, that doesn’t stop individuals of all levels from believing they know what they require for their restoration and recovery strategy regardless of what the BIA findings state.

This is because many individuals have a difficult time comprehending that they may not be the most important area within the organization and thus, aren’t required to be available immediately. And if a department – or particular aspects of a department – aren’t required immediately after a disaster, many will disregard that fact and begin to state what they must have; what they want vs. what they actually need.

The difference between want and need is something that all BCM/DR practitioners must clearly understand and communicate to department leads; especially those responsible for acquiring, developing and implementing the various strategies required to address BIA findings.

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http://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/bcmdr-understanding-want-and-need/

Have a quick look around you and see what is powered by electricity in your buildings, pretty much everything. We need to start asking questions, questions like:

  1. Can we maintain Power for all our critical services through generator provision? Remembering that accessibility to large quantities of fuel becomes difficult without electricity.
  2. Are we up to date with our alternative power supply testing regimes?
  3. If our plans include the hire of generators, will they be available to you? Have you an agreement in place? Remember that everyone might want one.

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http://thebceye.blogspot.com/2014/01/are-we-ready-for-significant-power.html

New Offering Simplifies Enormous Data Logs into Consolidated Security Reports

HOUSTON, Texas  – Expanding its reputation as the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, Alert Logic (www.alertlogic.com) today announced the availability of its Log Manager for the Windows Azure public cloud environment from Microsoft Corp. The integrated offering runs natively in Windows Azure, on customer premises and in hosted datacenters, providing consolidated data logs within a single pane-of-glass view. Matching the innovation of Windows Azure in hybrid infrastructures with equally flexible deployment options for security, Alert Logic’s Log Manager provides a significant advancement in hybrid cloud security risk mitigation.

Today’s announcement helps alleviate security concerns organizations may have when migrating data to public cloud environments. The fully integrated offering collects and normalizes data from the customer’s applicable cloud environment or on-premises IT infrastructure, while supporting a full range of log files—including Windows, syslog, and flat files. Log results are displayed within an intuitive web interface that also offers pre-built reports, ad-hoc log searches, and powerful analytical tools to help identify potential security breaches. In addition, Alert Logic also makes security experts available to review log files and deliver detailed security reports that satisfy customer’s regulatory requirements.

“IT organizations that are migrating to Windows Azure or planning to run a hybrid IT environment will now be able to use the same security log consolidation and reporting solution across the enterprise,” said Dave Colesante, Alert Logic chief technology officer and senior vice president of product development. “We are pleased to expand our proven SaaS solution to Windows Azure with Log Manager, helping ease transitions to the hybrid cloud environment.”

Alert Logic offers two plans for Log Manager for Windows Azure:

●     Security Edition – A web-based log management solution with data retained in the cloud for 90 days.

●     Security & Compliance Edition – Includes a daily log review service to satisfy PCI-DSS log review compliance. Data is retained in the cloud for one year.

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About Alert Logic
Alert Logic, a leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, provides solutions to secure the application and infrastructure stack. By integrating advanced security tools with 24×7 Security Operations Center expertise, customers can defend against security threats and address compliance mandates. By leveraging an “as-a-Service” delivery model, Alert Logic solutions include day-to-day management of security infrastructure, security experts translating complex data into actionable insight, and flexible deployment options to address customer security needs in any computing environment. Built from the ground up to address the unique challenges of public and private cloud environments, Alert Logic partners with over half of the largest cloud and hosting service providers to provide Security-as-a-Service solutions for business application deployments for over 2,500 enterprises. Alert Logic is based in Houston, Texas, and was founded in 2002. For more information, please visit www.alertlogic.com.

As compliance programs mature, they become less top down driven and more inculcated into the DNA of a company. The more doing business ethically and in compliance becomes part of the way your company does business, the better off you will be down the road. One of the methods that you can use is to set up a compliance network within your organization. I recently read an article in the Fall issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review, entitled “Designing Effective Knowledge Networks”, by Katrina Pugh and Laurence Prusak, in which they discussed knowledge network design as a mechanism to facilitate desired behaviors and outcomes. I found their ideas very useful in the compliance context.

Generally speaking, knowledge networks are a “collection of individuals and teams who come together across organizational, spatial and disciplinary boundaries to invent and share a body of knowledge. The focus of such networks is usually on developing, distributing and applying knowledge.” This is what a compliance regime should strive for within a company’s organizational structure. The authors believe that with the design of an effective knowledge network, a company can not only affect dynamics but also drive behaviors. In designing such a knowledge network, the authors postulate that there are “8 dimensions of a knowledge network” which encompass strategic, structural and tactical issues which must be considered. They are as follows:

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http://tfoxlaw.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/compliance-networks-as-knowledge-networks/