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KEMP, Texas – Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 1600 watt skid mount five stage light mast. This tower features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head, and a cube frame with skid pockets with 4-corner pick eyes for easy transportation.

The LM-SMDE-30-8-5S-4X400LTL-LED-RD-E2E light mast from Larson Electronics is designed to quickly and safely deploy 1600 watts of intense LED lighting in locations where elevated illumination is needed. This mast is equipped with four 400 watt LED lamps that produce a wide spread of intense white light, allowing this unit to effectively cover large work areas. This light boom can be extended to 30’ for maximum coverage, collapsed to 8.83’ and is constructed of square steel tubing in different dimensions for each section. The mast is elevated using an included 2,500 lbs. manual hand crank winch with 3/16” galvanized braided steel cable. The light heads on this tower are wet area suitable high output LED fixtures that produce a combined total of approximately 208,000 lumens of light while drawing 1600 watts of power. The thirty-foot tower and assembly is powder coated with a glossy blue finish for corrosion resistance and aesthetics.

The mast is bolted onto a 1/8” thick carbon steel plate via six 1/3” anchor bolts. The mast and controls are secured within a cube-style frame constructed of 2” by 2” by 1/8” thick and measuring 48” wide by 48” long by 53” tall. Four 4’ slide out outriggers with 1,200 lbs. manual crank leveling jacks allow operators to anchor the unit down, providing stability during deployment. Eight skid pockets allow this unit to be picked up from all four sides, and four-corner eyelets allow for stable deployment via crane operation. This mast is operated from a centrally located control box with power switches within the cube frame, allowing operators to power the LED light fixtures on or off. Wiring is provided via 150’ 10/4 SOOW cable terminated in a 30 amp L14-30P twist lock plug. A manual roll up drum mounted within the steel cage frame provides storage for the power cable. A waterproof L14-30C twist lock connector allows up to three units be daisy chained together on 120V circuit or up to three units on a 240V circuit.      

“This new design of our already popular light masts provides operators with a more mobile solution of lighting,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectornics.com. “We have incorporated a cube frame with skid pockets so that these masts can stand alone versus mounting them to a stable foundation.”  

Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of LED light towers, portable power distributions, explosion proof lights for hazardous locations, portable work lights and industrial grade LED area lights. You can view Larson Electronics’ entire line of lighting by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more or call 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.




Disaster Solutions Houses Communities as Rebuild Begins


GREENWICH, Conn. – Nepal looks to rebuild after the recent earthquake devastation. The first responders aid efforts will come to a close, but millions of Nepalese remain homeless.

Disaster Solutions—a United States based 501(c)(3) non-profit—launched an initiative to provide 1,000 emergency shelters until more permanent housing is available. Through tax-deductible donations, Disaster Solutions brings a new era of emergency housing to displaced victims worldwide.

USAID and the Government of Nepal (GoN) reported on May 15 that the earthquake destroyed 488,530 houses and that number continues to grow.

A needs assessment by the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) reported the initial earthquake and aftershock rendered between 95 and 100 percent of houses of the village development committees uninhabitable. Much of the community infrastructure, including water systems and latrines are also destroyed.

Using fundraising dollars and the help of U.S. Veterans organizations, Disaster Solutions will deploy the emergency RescUshelter® for at least 4,000 displaced Nepalese.

Nance Martelli Hutter, Executive Director of Disaster Solutions, expressed relief urgency, "The shelter need in Nepal is dire, especially for women and children. Not only are these displaced victims fully exposed to the weather elements, but children could become targets for human trafficking. We can provide safe, lockable homes until a more permanent solutions is in place." 

RescUshelter® emergency housing is an easily deployed, temporary dwelling designed to comfortably shelter four people in a wide range of climates and conditions until more permanent housing is in place. RescUshelter® is efficiently transported, relatively lightweight and easily assembled. This makes it ideally suited to respond to the conditions immediately following natural disasters, emergencies, and other situations that create an urgent need for suitable shelter. 

For every $3,000 donated, a family of four can be housed for six months or more.

To donate funds for the Shelter Nepal relief effort, text SHELTERS to 71777 or visit www.disaster-solutions.org to donate online or for more information. 

LONDON, UK - GroundWork, Inc. (www.gwos.com), the leading Unified Monitoring solution for IT operations management and cloud monitoring, is expanding support for OpenStack Juno, Kilo and Mirantis via GroundWork CloudHub. Newly added support will give customers improved visibility into the entire OpenStack deployment, from the physical through to the virtual.

"OpenStack manageability continues to evolve rapidly," said David Dennis, VP of Marketing and Products for GroundWork. "We've seen a major expansion of the metrics available via the various APIs in the latest versions of OpenStack and have enhanced CloudHub to gather them. This provides much better performance and capacity management for OpenStack production deployments."


GroundWork Cloud Hub with added OpenStack support has the ability to monitor several components within the OpenStack framework enabling users to:

  • Monitor OpenStack Juno, featuring expanded compute monitoring metrics for Nova and Ceilometer
  • Have the improved ability to monitor hypervisor, network and storage
  • Monitor Docker on OpenStack
  • Have expanded OpenStack distribution support with the addition of Mirantis OpenStack
  • Monitor OpenStack Kilo as soon as it is released

To request a demo of OpenStack monitoring for your environment:


About GroundWork, Inc.
GroundWork, Inc. (www.gwos.com) delivers performance and availability monitoring of hybrid cloud, container, application, server, network and storage data.

DataBank opens the highest-spec multi-tenant data center in the region


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading custom data center, managed services and cloud provider based in Dallas, TX has announced the Grand Opening of the company’s sixth data center recently completed in Eagan, MN. To commemorate the event DataBank will be hosting an open house on May 21st. The event will give businesses in the Twin Cities an opportunity to view the latest technologies employed to deliver the highest spec multi-tenant data center in the region.

With the infrastructure completed in late April, the site then underwent a rigorous commissioning process which included an Uptime Institute audit to achieve Tier-III build certification. This ensures the entire infrastructure will operate in the most efficient and reliable manner with the highest levels of redundancy. Customer deployments are underway, as well as private tours for prospective clients looking to benefit from a zero-downtime environment for their critical IT infrastructure.

“DataBank is thrilled to open up the doors to the Twin Cities premier colocation facility,” said Jerry Blair, Co-Founder & SVP of Sales for DataBank. “We’ve found the region has a well-established and discerning IT presence which cultivated a demand for high-end enterprise data center space over the last few years.” Blair continued, “With this facility we can address the unique needs of a variety of enterprise users. From MSPs and cloud providers, to financial institutions and healthcare organizations - we can deliver the highest levels of redundancy and service.”

The East Twin Cities facility will accommodate over 50,000 square feet of raised floor across four ‘data-hall’ deployments. The facility is designed to be a 'Carrier-Hotel' and will employ two large scale MMRs (Meet-Me-Rooms) to support the built-to-suit cabinet, cage and private suite environments with unmatched connectivity.

To find out additional details or to schedule your own private tour, please visit the company website at http://www.databank.com. To register for the open house event please go to http://www.databank.com/MSP-GO-OH.

About DataBank
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center solutions aimed at providing customers with 100% uptime availability of data, applications and deployed infrastructure. We offer a full suite of hosting solutions including colocation, managed services and cloud solutions that are anchored in world-class secure data center facilities with best of breed infrastructure and highly robust network architecture. Our customized customer deployments are designed to effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. DataBank is headquartered in the historic former Federal Reserve Bank Building, in downtown Dallas, TX and has additional data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City. For more information on DataBank locations and services, please visit http://www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.

The task of staying on top of all of the alerts and alarms that security monitoring tools send out constantly is becoming an unsustainable burden to some IT departments. In balancing setting up and manning these alerts – sometimes millions of them -- while at the same time providing other mission-critical services to grow the business, something has to give. The problem has even been blamed in the massive 2014 Target breach, in which relevant alarms were not noticed in a timely manner.

Security monitoring tools are all but useless without human IT resources to follow up on them, and quickly. It’s become a specialized service area for some enterprises, who want to outsource the monitoring to experts who do nothing but, and know the ins and outs of setting thresholds and balancing monitoring of multiple systems.

Managed service provider Logicalis US has compiled five questions for CIOs considering bringing on a monitoring service provider to support IT’s security responsibilities.



The SMB Group released information on its State of SMB Adoption of Mobile Apps and Management Solutions recently. It was a relief to see that SMBs were finally recognizing the importance of mobile solutions to their businesses, with 55 percent of the small and 65 percent of the midsize businesses strongly agreeing that these are critical. However, Kapsersky Lab’s own report on BYOD shows that a surprising number of SMB owners “don’t see a danger” with their employees using personal devices at work.

The Kaspersky report provides data that shows that BYOD could be the real security issue for SMBs, according to CBR Online. In the report, 92 percent of those surveyed said they “keep sensitive corporate information on smartphones and tablets, which they use for both work and personal activities.” That is a dangerously high number of businesses that put a lot of trust in their mobile security efforts, despite the fact that they also think that “basic security tools provided within free solutions” are enough to protect that data. Most also say they don’t see a reason to budget more money toward better security.



Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

BMC’s Remedy for IT Obsolescence

Of the companies I follow, one stands out with the singular mission of assuring that IT doesn’t again become obsolete in the face of ever more powerful direct to line management offerings like Amazon Web Services. Most firms tend to treat Amazon’s offering as a competitor or potential customer and miss that it is actually a very different beast. It isn’t really going after IT as customers for the most part, it is rendering IT obsolete by going after IT’s customers directly. If we were talking about this in terms of sales channels, this would be like talking about what Amazon did to retail; it made the retail store obsolete in order to sell directly to their user customers. In effect, Amazon changed the game. BMC is the only enterprise vendor that has figured out that the proper defense isn’t to fight Amazon or to sell to Amazon -- it is to protect IT.

The MyIT effort validates this strategy and the new Remedy 9 platform is the latest in the company’s quiver of arrows designed to help IT defend against obsolescence.

In short, BMC’s goal is to make IT a better choice for employees than any cloud service, partially by embracing them, but mostly by driving IT to focus on making IT’s own customers more satisfied.



Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

Managing the Hybrid Application Stack

The best part about moving data operations to the cloud is that you no longer have to worry about provisioning and managing infrastructure. The drawback, of course, is that you have to shift to a service/application-centric approach to management and then somehow integrate that with all of your legacy management systems.

Fortunately, hybrid data management is gaining a fair bit of traction in the development community as vendors seek to get the jump on what is likely to be the dominant enterprise data architecture going forward. According to BlueStripe’s Vic Nyman, the hybrid data center is likely to contain a broad mix of virtualized infrastructure, operating systems and container platforms, as well as a variety of database formats, third-party web services and distributed applications. To manage such diversity, the enterprise will need to deploy key functions such as dynamic application mapping and updating, seamless multi-platform visibility, real-time response time measurement and reporting – and this is before we can even think about expanding to microservices and application component aggregation.



(TNS) — When a bridge falls, when a water main fails or when a train crashes, news crews and commentators report on the sorry state of our nation’s infrastructure. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle say we need to do something to fix our roads and rails, our ports and pipes. This flurry of activity lasts for a few days, but then little to nothing happens.

Why isn’t there more action?

Despite infrastructure’s fundamental role in the health and safety of the American people and the economy, the United States has underinvested for decades. Today, infrastructure spending as a share of gross domestic product is about 2.5 percent, much lower than the 3.9 percent in peer countries such as Canada, Australia and South Korea. The figure for Europe as a whole is closer to 5 percent and between 9 and 12 percent for China.

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the United States should spend at least an additional $150 billion a year on infrastructure through 2020 to meet its needs. This investment is expected to add about 1.5 percent to annual GDP and create at least 1.8 million jobs.



Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

ChannelXperts Launched

Wiora Ventures Spins Off Its Channel Development Division


LANDAU – Early in 2015, wiora Ventures GmbH has transitioned its successful channel development team into a new company: channelXperts GmbH. The former business unit lead Karl-Martin Haaf took on new responsibilities as managing partner of channelXperts GmbH, while Oliver Feiler became channel development lead.


ChannelXperts specializes in developing and running successful partner programs for high-tech companies. The channelXperts portfolio includes three core areas: channel strategy and consulting, channel development and the cloud-based partner management software Channelplace.


"I am very excited about the foundation of channelXperts," says managing director Karl-Martin Haaf. "Our main asset is our existing team with decades of experience in the IT industry and an extensive international network. I am convinced that we can support many companies in their partner management by enabling them to expand successfully into new markets."


Haaf and his team not only help their customers to develop and implement new channel strategies and sophisticated partner programs; they also put them into operation when necessary. For TONBELLER AG and Arellia for example, they took over the entire sales channel development: finding distribution partners around the world, taking care of the day-to-day partner management, successfully onboarding and establishing new sales partners.


As strategic and operational expertise frequently leads to the establishment of proven and repeatable processes, channelXperts also provides the cloud-based solution Channelplace, which enables easy and efficient collaboration with the entire channel network of an enterprise through a single, central platform. Channelplace completes the portfolio of the new company and is already successfully used by leading software companies such as Beta Systems Software AG, LANDESK and inContact for worldwide channel management as well as by Citizen Systems Europe, a provider of professional printers, to manage its channel in EMEA.


ChannelXperts was established as independent business unit of wiora Ventures GmbH in 2013. "With the foundation of the channelXperts GmbH, we completed the carefully planned conversion of our company," says Volker Wiora, founder and managing director of wiora Ventures GmbH. "With wiora and channelXperts we have two independent companies now, which will allow us to grow the respective business segments in a very focussed way." With the channel development business now expertly operated by channelXperts GmbH, wiora Ventures GmbH will turn all its attention to the development of cloud solutions platforms and investments in cloud businesses.


About channelXperts:
ChannelXperts specializes in developing and running successful partner programs for high-tech companies who want to expand into new regional or vertical markets through indirect sales channels. With decades of experience in channel management, channelXperts not only help their customers to develop and implement new channel strategies and sophisticated partner programs; they also put them into operation when necessary. They take over the entire sales channel development: finding distribution partners around the world, taking care of the day-to-day partner management, successfully onboarding and establishing new sales partners.


ChannelXperts also provides the cloud-based solution, Channelplace, which enables easy and efficient collaboration with the entire channel network of an enterprise through a single, central platform ChannelXperts customers include leading high-tech companies such as Arellia, Beta Systems Software AG, Citizen Systems Europe GmbH, inContact, LANDESK or TONBELLER AG.

More information: www.channelxperts.com


About wiora Ventures GmbH:
Wiora Ventures strategically invests in companies with innovative business strategies leveraging a cloud delivered backend platform and is positioned as Investor for Cloud Ventures and Accelerator for Cloud Solutions. As investor wiora Ventures contribute financial means, as business partner they offer strategic advice and operational support and as technology provider the company offers its cloud solutions platform Collios that covers at least 80% of all function that every cloud delivered solution requires. 

More information: www.wiora.com