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Officials at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have announced plans to establish a new research Center of Excellence to work with academia and industry on disaster resilience.

NIST Centers of Excellence are meant to provide multidisciplinary research centers where experts from academia, industry and NIST can work together on specific high-priority research topics. The agency established its first such center, dedicated to advanced materials research, in December 2013.

The disaster resilience Center of Excellence will focus on tools to support community disaster resilience; and will work on developing integrated, systems-based computational models to assess community infrastructure resilience and guide community-level resilience investment decisions. It will also develop a data management infrastructure that allows for public access to disaster data, as well as tools and best practices to improve the collection of disaster and resilience data.

http://www.nist.gov/coe/resilience/index.cfm

Only half of employees believe their workplaces are prepared for a severe emergency, according to the third annual workplace safety survey by Staples, Inc. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said recent natural disasters have not led to their employers reassessing company safety plans. The survey also reveals that in the past six months nearly half of businesses have closed due to severe weather, costing the economy nearly $50 billion in lost productivity.

Small business employees feel more at risk to emergencies and disasters than employees at larger companies. The survey found that workers at businesses with fewer than 50 people are less aware or less sure who is in charge of emergency planning than employees at larger companies. Employees from smaller companies report having less emergency equipment or plans in place, are less likely to do safety reviews or drills, and are less prepared for severe emergencies than their counterparts at bigger organizations.

About the survey
Staples conducted an online survey of more than 400 office workers and 400 decision makers at organizations of all sizes across the US. The survey, conducted in May 2014, asked a series of questions about general office safety.

www.staples.com

Social media is increasingly being looked to as a tool for emergency management. It has a number of attractive characteristics, including cloud-based resiliency and being well-known and understood by a large portion of the public and professionals alike. The problem that many organisations face is in knowing how to prepare their use of social media. Trying to test the social media component of an emergency management plan is a delicate matter. Simply prefacing social media messages with ‘This is a test’ is optimistic at best.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/emergency-management-getting-ahead-of-the-social-media-test-curve/

Strange are the ways of the technology market gods. While technology itself follows a fairly predictable bell curve of hype, the terms seem to come and go in spurts.

Several years ago, experts and vendors, such as those in this Forbes piece, would often talk about “data lakes” as a way of explaining Big Data’s capabilities. Big Data was going to change everything: No more silos, no more separation of structured and unstructured data, and no more need for data marts.

It was more of a metaphor for the capabilities than anything specific, as I recall.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/integration/why-data-lakes-are-still-a-murky-proposition.html

MEXICO CITY — The past two months have brought an unusual succession of earth tremors to the Mexican capital — and a business opportunity for Andres Meira.

Meira, a 39-year-old architect and social entrepreneur, started a company that produces a small earthquake alert that wails before a potentially destructive earthquake hits the capital.

For sale for about $54, Meira’s device costs a fraction of his competitors’.

That there is a market at all for such a receiver casts light on a quirk of Mexico’s pioneering seismic alert system, considered one of the most advanced in the world, and the unusual geologic conditions that cause Mexico City to shake even from distant quakes.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Entrepreneur-Mexico-Market-Earthquake-Sirens.html

BURLINGTON, Wash. – Legend Brands announces the first true technician-friendly and full-featured project documentation application for the water damage restoration industry.  

Dri‑Plan™ release 3.0 adds several features to its mobile job-documentation app that speed data entry and simplify the overall monitoring process. With these innovations, Dri‑Plan becomes the industry's most complete and streamlined field monitoring solution. Dri‑Plan is now available for the Apple iPad at the Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1bB49P2

Users can complete job scope forms, sketch rooms, take project photos, record readings and even record customer signatures all inside one simple, easy to use application. No Internet connection is required, and the system completely eliminates the time-consuming and error-prone process of re-entering data.

Dri‑Plan is built around a customizable moisture map that allows the user to plot moisture levels and locations and record the equipment used in each room. Built-in drawing tools and templates let users quickly sketch project diagrams and automatically calculate size and quantity of equipment for each room of the job.

Dri‑Plan users can now analyze drying trends and equipment usage at a glance using the new timeline table. A remote backup feature has also been added to provide additional data security.

The Dri‑Plan service costs a fraction of the fees charged for competitive job monitoring applications, and no other application offers Dri‑Plan’s full-range functionality. Creating an account incurs a one-time setup fee of $200 per office location, and just $21 per month for each user. Learn more about Dri-Plan here.

A free trial is available for iPad at the Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/1bB49P2. Users may try out the Dri‑Plan iPad app immediately for free by logging in with “Demo” as the username.

About Legend Brands
Legend Brands combines over 185 years of experience in providing equipment, accessories and chemicals for professional cleaning, facility maintenance, portable environmental control, and water and fire damage restoration and remediation. Legend Brands continually develops new solutions for the restoration and maintenance of healthier indoor environments.

London, UK – Johannesburg and Stellenbosch based backup and recovery solution specialist, Attix5, today announced the launch of DynamicRestore, a revolutionary, instantaneous, Cloud-based disaster recovery solution, at the Cloud World Forum conference and exhibition in London. DynamicRestore will provide end-users with immediate recoverability in the event of a loss of critical servers and data.

DynamicRestore is being launched as part of the new Attix5 Dynamic product, which incorporates the features and benefits of the company's current Attix5 Pro solution combined with the new DynamicRestore technology.

The innovative patent-pending business continuity and recovery technology, gives service providers the ability to offer a managed, multi-tenant, Cloud-based recovery solution to their end-users. DynamicRestore enables businesses to get their operations back up and running within minutes rather than days, reducing recovery time and saving businesses from economic failure. Flexible, time efficient and cost effective, no additional hardware or storage is required and backed-up data can be accessed from any location.

Speaking at the event, Michael Law, CEO, Attix5, said: "Cloud Computing is an important growth market across the African continent and we're delighted to be launching DynamicRestore today, which is going to be an extremely viable option for African-based enterprises. It offers the stability and resilience which is critical to business operations around the world but especially in a market like Africa - which often suffers from service disruptions such as power outages. DynamicRestore increases the efficiency and delivery of business continuity and disaster recovery in an emergency which significantly reduces the time and cost implications for businesses."

Attix5 is based in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch and through its extensive partner network it also has a presence across Africa and South Africa in countries which include: Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Botswana, amongst others.

To find out more about DynamicRestore, watch this video interview: youtu.be/V1SLA2UACWY. For more information about Attix5, please visit the website: www.attix5.com.

The Cloud World Forum is currently taking place (17-18 June 2014), at the Olympia National, London, UK. Boasting an impressive agenda with more than 300 speakersparticipating from 74 countries, the event is EMEA's largest and most comprehensive Cloud event.

London, UK Attix5, expert developer of world-class data protection software, today announced the launch of DynamicRestore, a revolutionary, instantaneous, Cloud-based disaster recovery solution, at the Cloud World Forum conference and exhibition in London. DynamicRestore will provide end-users with immediate recoverability in the event of a loss of critical servers and data.

DynamicRestore is being launched as part of the new Attix5 Dynamic product, which incorporates the features and benefits of the company's current Attix5 Pro solution combined with the new DynamicRestore technology.

The innovative patent-pending business continuity and recovery technology, gives service providers the ability to offer a managed, multi-tenant, Cloud-based recovery solution to their end-users. DynamicRestore enables businesses to get their operations back up and running within minutes rather than days, reducing recovery time and saving businesses from economic failure. Flexible, time efficient and cost effective, no additional hardware or storage is required and backed-up data can be accessed from any location.

Speaking at the event, Luv Duggal, General Manager of Sales, UK, Attix5, said: "DynamicRestore is guaranteed to increase the efficiency and delivery of business continuity and disaster recovery. Lost servers or data can have dramatic cost-implications for businesses when they are not recovered to an operational level in minimal time. Even with this in mind, there is still a large segment of the market that is unable to buy expensive recovery solutions because of the high level of investment involved. What we have created, is a means of helping small and medium enterprises around the world employ world-class security, at the SME price point - without sacrificing quality for the end-user, or profitability for the service provider."

To find out more about DynamicRestore, watch this video interview: youtu.be/V1SLA2UACWY. For more information about Attix5, please visit the website: www.attix5.com.

The Cloud World Forum is currently taking place (17-18 June 2014), at the Olympia National, London, UK. Boasting an impressive agenda with more than 300 speakersparticipating from 74 countries, the event is EMEA's largest and most comprehensive Cloud event.

Computerworld UK — Software licenses for mobile users are a "grey area" legally, opening enterprises up to mounting costs unless a compromise with vendors is made, Forrester has warned.

Although software vendors have forecast that their spoils from maintenance support will grow, the reality is that companies are seeing diminishing maintenance budgets against increasing demands for technology to improve customer service. Therefore CIOs "must better align spending", analyst Duncan Jones said at the Forrester Forum for Technology Management Leaders in London this week.

Increasing mobile users are blurring the definition of what constitutes a separate user license, as software vendors like Oracle and SAP attempt to capture revenue from businesses' new mobile projects.

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http://www.cio.com/article/754210/Forrester_CIOs_at_Risk_of_Multimillion_Dollar_Liabilities_Over_Mobile_Software_Licenses

In this day and age of data center efficiency, just about every IT manager is familiar with the concept of hot aisles and cold aisles.  By directing proper air flow in and around racks of humming equipment, the enterprise is able to reduce operating expenses even as it increases utilization, and therefore heat generation, of key equipment.

What may not be widely known, however, is that there are numerous options when it comes to hot/cold designs, and what works for one facility may not be optimal, or even desirable, for another.

For example, some argue that the cold aisle containment portion of the equation may in fact be more crucial than hot aisle containment. According to Mark Hirst, head of T4 data center solutions at rack and cabinet designer Cannon Technologies, the difference comes down to the most effective use of cooling resources. Do you want cold air to go specifically toward data equipment, or do you want it to dissipate hot air in the room at large? Neither approach is wrong per se, although cold aisle containment does provide for faster cooling response in the event of sudden data spikes.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/hot-and-cold-a-data-center-juggling-act.html