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Data center, IT professionals encouraged to participate in global initiative

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced the launch of “Data Center 2025.” The industry-wide initiative is designed to engage thought leaders from all corners of the data center industry in order to explore potential visions for the data center of the future.

The four-month, global initiative will include input from data center providers and managers, OEMs, industry analysts, media and others from the data center and IT communities. It will include surveys, interviews, social media engagement and reviews of existing forecasts, with some results shared virtually in real time at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/DataCenter2025 and through social media. Complete results will be included in a report to be released at AFCOM Data Center World, April 28-May 2 in Las Vegas.

“Our industry is and always has been driven by innovation,” said Steve Hassell, president of Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business. “As an industry, we must maintain a sharp focus on the horizon in order to not just meet our customers’ changing needs but to drive the data center industry in smart, responsible ways. Our intent with this initiative is to provide a lens through which many various perspectives on a longer-term future may be viewed and evaluated.”

To guide the conversation and provide a starting point for input, Emerson established potential scenarios for the future of computing. They reflect potential directions the industry could go based on evolution of existing technologies and emergence of disruptive technologies. Over the next four months, Emerson will ask the industry to predict how those scenarios might impact various aspects of the data center—and how, in turn, the data center might evolve to support those models.

“What kind of converged technologies will be available, and how will they change the data center model?” Hassell asked. “Where will these facilities be located? How will they be powered and managed? What skill sets will data center and IT personnel need to possess? These are just a few of the questions we want to offer for discussion, and we are genuinely excited to engage in those conversations.”

Data center and IT professionals are encouraged to participate. They can learn more about the potential 2025 scenarios, comment, and complete the survey at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/DataCenter2025, or email thoughts or questions to DataCenter2025@Emerson.com.

For more information on Data Center 2025 or on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

Business risk consultancy Riskskill has highlighted what it sees as the main areas of increasing business risk for UK companies in 2014:

1. Fraud Risks
In 2014 fraud risks are likely to be the major contender for exposing many businesses to significant risk as the closure of the government’s National Fraud Authority (NFA) could, some feel, be seen by fraudsters as a huge victory for the bad guys. The NFA was set up to consolidate and focus upon the handling and approach of combatting fraud and also to direct the strategic elements of the attack on the fraudster. The NFA objectives were previously diluted from eight to three, with the more 'strategic issues' removed. Now its remaining operational functions have been atomized into several government silos.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07081.html

ASIS International has announced the publication of a revised version of the ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer - An Organizational Model. This standard provides a model for organizations to use when developing a senior leadership function responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organization from security threats.

This standard replaces the 2008 ANSI/ASIS Chief Security Officer Organizational ANSI version.

“Early on, it was determined that the standard’s purpose was to state the risks that need to be managed within an organization — of any size — and based on those risks, determine the skills and competencies needed to manage those risks,” said Jerry Brennan, technical committee chair, and chief executive, Security Management Resources. “By identifying who owns what, who is accountable, and what is shared, organizations can then determine what is needed within its ‘senior security executive’ position and the competencies that are best suited for that role.”

The standard’s model for a senior leadership position is presented at a high level and designed as a guide for the development and implementation of a strategic security framework. The structure is characterized by appropriate awareness, prevention, preparedness, and necessary responses to changes in threat conditions. Specific considerations and responses are also addressed for deliberation by individual organizations based on identifiable risk assessment, requirements, intelligence, and assumptions.

“The perspective through which organizations evaluate and integrate operational risk within their strategic plan continues to be a dynamic process which not only impacts the role of the ‘senior security executive’ but also the position or positions that may assume that role,” said Charles Baley, ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission Liaison and chief security officer, Farmers Group, Inc. “This Standard focuses on the importance of the function and not a single title or position.”

Applicable to both private and public sector organizations, the standard provides a methodology to evaluate and respond to a spectrum of threats to tangible and intangible assets on both a domestic and global basis.

View the executive summary (PDF).

CIO — Recently I saw yet another slide presentation showcasing the decline of enterprise IT spending and the comparable increase in public cloud business. The conclusion? Enterprises just don't have money to spend and it's killing enterprise vendors.

This is fundamentally not true. What's really happening is that users are increasingly using public cloud services, and the expenses they incur are being reimbursed, so the money's theirs. I've also seen several studies showing that moving to the cloud is expensive — twice what it would cost to build services internally, according to an internal analysis I recently reviewed, and five times as much if one uses the Oracle alternative.

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http://www.cio.com/article/746971/Why_Major_Misconceptions_Surround_the_Enterprise_Public_Cloud_

After reading this blog post, if you would like more detail, fellow Forrester analyst Christian Kane and I have collaborated on two short reports describing the acquisition of AirWatch through the lens of mobile workforce enablement and a second report through the lens of mobile security. Enjoy the reports, and as always... we love to read your comments!

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http://blogs.forrester.com/tyler_shields/14-01-23-and_the_next_punch_is_thrown_by_vmware

Discussions about IT and business alignment are almost taboo these days. I suppose people have heard too much about it in the past decade.

Yet, that’s exactly the kind of discussion data experts seem to be calling for when it comes to how IT manages data.

“Over the past year it is becoming increasingly clear that we have to stop thinking as data managers and start thinking as data designers,” writes Forrester analyst and data management expert Michele Goetz in a recent Information Management article. “What matters is what data drives for the business first and then design a data system around that. We need to educate ourselves on what the business does with the data.”

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/can-your-data-systems-keep-pace-with-the-emerging-business-demands.html

The widening gap between economic losses and insured losses from natural catastrophes is our topic du jour.

Guy Carpenter’s GCCapitalIdeas.com just published this chart showing that approximately 70 percent of global economic losses from natural catastrophes were uninsured between 1980 and 2013:

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3525

Almost from the very beginning of the modern virtualization movement, technology futurists wondered what it would be like to have a completely virtualized data center. What would be the benefits, and the major challenges, to building entire compute/storage/networking infrastructure complete in logic?

Those questions are about to be answered now that the IT industry is taking seriously the idea of the software-defined data center (SDDC). In fact, the concept is now openly discussed as the next major segment within the increasingly diversified enterprise infrastructure market.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/counting-down-to-the-software-defined-data-center.html

Organizations are turning to Big Data because they believe more information will improve decision-making, whether it’s whom to target for a sale or whether a product should be recalled.

But what if the real value of the data isn’t in providing us with more information, but in replacing us as decision makers?

Andrew McAfee, co-director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy in the MIT Sloan School of Management, goes way meta in two recent Harvard Business Review blog posts that question not just how to use data — but who should be using it.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/should-we-use-the-data-or-should-the-data-use-us.html

Bell Canada has selected ERMS Corporation (www.ermscorp.com) to again support their
400+ team in Sochi, Russia during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, as they did for the
2012 Summer Olympic Games.


“Providing a broad range of live and on-demand content to smartphones, tablets, TV and
computer screens for Canadian customers means the Bell team in Sochi will be very
mobile and highly active throughout the Olympic venue, “ says Sylvain Rollin, President
of ERMS Corporation. “With heightened security concerns, the ERMS Advantage
notification system will provide Bell, and its team, with the reassurance and reliability
they need to communicate anywhere, at any time, on any device,” he added.


EMRS Advantage will provide Bell with easy-to-use mission critical tools for real-time
team communication. Advantage allows the large Bell Olympic coverage team to report
their status on a regular basis which in turn enables Bell’s security team to quickly
determine who may need assistance and focus their attention on employees who have
not reported their status. In the event of an emergency, the emergency notification
system can be used to rapidly notify Bell’s team to help ensure their safety, to poll
recipients, or to automatically have recipients transferred to a conference call or
support personnel. All while helping to speed recovery with real-time reporting and
crisis management collaboration tools.


Bell used ERMS Advantage successfully during the 2012 Olympics for daily critical and
non-emergency communication.

About ERMS Corporation:
ERMS Corporation (www.ermscorp.com), a Canadian company, is the developer and
provider of Advantage — the industry’s most comprehensive and adaptable emergency
and incident mass notification system.


ERMS Advantage is comprised of 7 tightly-integrated modules (Messenger, Roll Call,
Crisis Manager, Mapper, HotLine, myAdvantage, and Library). Through flexible pricing
structures, the industry’s most inclusive API, and Advantage’s advanced functionality,
ERMS provides organizations with the ability to use the emergency notification system
in a way that suits them best.


Advantage is sold as a complete end-to-end solution that empowers business continuity,
crisis communication, and disaster recovery professionals to, quickly and reliably,
prepare, execute, and report on the notification portion of their continuity and recovery
plans.


ERMS Corporation is winner of the 2013 Motorola Award for Public Safety Technology,
presented by CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership.


What Is Emergency Mass Notification?
Emergency and Incident Mass Notification Services (EMNS) automate the distribution
and management of important alerts and critical messages to multiple recipients on
multiple device types. Secure message distribution can be activated via browser (on a PC
or mobile device) or via phone. Use cases include emergency/crisis events, business
operations notifications, business-context-based alerting, IT service alerting,
reverse/enhanced public emergency calls, and employee/public safety.