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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Bell Integrator, a global consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, today announced a partnership with EView Technology. EView is the industry leader in providing solutions that enable seamless integration of IBM Mainframe and iSeries (AS400) environments into the leading IT Enterprise solution platforms including Splunk, HP Software, and Microsoft. Through the partnership, Bell Integrator will expand their customer offerings to now include unique, powerful, and cost effective solutions for integrating a true end-to-end enterprise solution that includes the mission critical IBM mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) environments.

With the EView solutions, Bell Integrator will empower companies to obtain a true 360-degree visibility across the end-to-end IT environment. EView's seamless integration with today's leading IT Operations, Discovery, and BigData/Analytics platforms provides organizations with an efficient and cost effective way to harness the power of the Mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments, which are crucial parts of a comprehensive Enterprise IT strategy.

In particular, Bell Integrator has recently deployed EView/400i Discovery for HP UCMDB in one of the largest international financial organizations. This enables the client to view the iSeries (AS/400) configuration items and their inter-relationships with distributed resources. This tight integration of HP and EView solutions provides a comprehensive, accurate, and complete view of their iSeries (AS/400) infrastructure, and uses automation to reduce the risk of errors during discovery and UCMDB repository population. This integrated UCMDB has provided the customer a single point of access to multiple data sources. By using a Unified approach, the company is able to quickly access current information across teams and tools in a common service context. This has resulted in faster, better, business-aware decisions that improve business service quality and reduce costs.

"For large enterprises, mainframes and the IBM Mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) systems represent some of the richest and most important data available, as they host the most mission-critical applications," said Bill Allen, Director of Worldwide Partner Development. "By leveraging our EView Intelligent Agent technology to seamlessly integrate the vital IBM systems, we now have capabilities to provide our customers with business insights that previously were not possible. We are truly excited to have the opportunity in partnering with such a well-respected and talented company as Bell Integrator."

"EView products have a number of indisputable advantages that significantly simplify processing, systematization and use of enormous information flows, which is essential for financial organizations," said Alexey Karpunin, IT director of Bell Integrator. "We look forward to a long-term and fruitful cooperation with EView Technology to support our clients in their radical IT transformation."

About EView Technology

For over a decade, EView Technology has been a trusted "go-to" solutions provider when it comes to managing and integrating the IBM server environments into the leading IT Enterprise Management software platforms. With EView's trusted solutions, companies can gain a true 360-degree visibility across the end-to-end IT environment that includes the mission-critical IBM mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments. EView's seamless integration with today's leading IT Operations, Configuration Management (Discovery), and IT Operational Intelligence (BigData/Analytics) platforms provides organizations with an efficient and cost effective way to harness the power of the mainframe/zOS and iSeries (AS/400) environments. By bringing together enterprise operations under a common operations platform, EView solutions enable customers to lower costs, automate and simplify operations, and reduce risk. Hundreds of customers worldwide in over 35 countries rely on EView Technology as an integral part of their IT Operations, Configuration Management, and IT Operational Intelligence environments. The Company is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. For more information, visit http://www.eview-tech.com.

About Bell Integrator

Bell Integrator is a global consulting, technology services and IT outsourcing company delivering mission critical solutions that address most complex business and technology needs of large corporations in the finance, telecom, transportation and healthcare industries. Customers include carriers, such as VimpelCom (NYSE: VIP), MTS (NYSE: MBT), MegaFon (LSE: MFON) and Rostelecom (OTCQX: ROSYY), serving over 600m subscribers daily, top-tier global banks, including Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Societe Generale and others with average capitalization of over $10bn, large transportation and healthcare enterprises. For more information, visit www.bellintegrator.com.

New product designed for managing the world of IoT and M2M to be displayed for the first time at Broadband World Forum 2015

 

KRAKÓW, PolandAVSystem, a market leader in advanced CPE & device management for Telcos and ICT SPs, has today announced the launch of a new, comprehensive IoT platform – Coiote – for M2M device management, orchestration and monitoring.

 

Coiote is a solution that aims to fully realize the potential of already properly-functioning IoT models. With a wide range of adaptive tools for device management, monitoring, coordination and troubleshooting, Coiote presents a fully comprehensive approach to the issue of any IoT-related services.

 

Each of these functions are key to providing services which can be immediately delivered and easily maintained – characteristics that are increasingly important across all industries, not just technology and telecoms.

 

Key features of AVSystem’s Coiote include the native support of multiple M2M protocols such as the OMA LWM2M, MQTT, XMPP, TR-069 and OMA-DM. Together with an extended support of virtualisation, the support of these protocols enables integration with all of the industry’s standards, as well as simplified deployment and management of new M2M services. Easy coordination of collective device behaviour is also made possible thanks to dynamic grouping of devices with flexible migration rules.

 

Wojciech Czech, CTO at AVSystem said: “Coiote provides advanced monitoring capabilities which are necessary for very specific M2M use cases such as Smart Home, Smart Metering, Automotive, Healthcare, Digital Home, manufacturing, as well as more general functions like ATMs, and Smart Street Lights.

 

“Furthermore, an extensive business intelligence module provides the possibility of pro-active alerting and Big Data analysis, permitting instant detection of any problems in the IoT environment.”

 

If you would like to find out more, please contact our team at sales@avsystem.com or take a look at the product’s brochure. If you are attending Broadband World Forum 2015 between 20 and 22 October at ExCeL London, please visit us at stand C20.

 

About AVSystem

AVSystem is a market leader in advanced CPE & device management for Telcos and ICT SPs based on TR-069 family and other management protocols like http/s, SNMP, LWM2M, ssh, telnet, t/ftp, OMA-DM. High performance architecture supporting modems/routers (xDSL, Cable, WiMAX, 3G, LTE), STBs, xPON/FTTx/ETTx, VoIP terminals and Femtocells helps to improve operational processes & reduce costs through auto-configuration, mass operations, remote diagnostics & troubleshooting, advanced monitoring and QoE.

AVSystem’s portfolio includes Unified Device Management Platform (Next-Generation ACS), Coiote (IoT Platform for M2M Device Management, Orchestration and Monitoring), libCWMP (Embedded CWMP Library for Device Manufacturers), TEC (Specialized Middleware for OpenWRT-based Devices), QXperience (QoE Monitoring & Proactive Testing), SmasH (Smart Home & Android-based Secure Mobile Self-Management System), Smart Metering, Linkyfi (WiFi Access Management & Marketing Platform) and AVSystem AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting System). More on www.avsystem.com

ScreenCloud joins innovative business and consumer brands from across the globe to be part of .cloud’s Pioneer Programme

 

LONDON, U.K. – The team behind the new .cloud domain today announces the first wave of innovative businesses to sign up to its Pioneer Programme.

 

Over the coming weeks, more than 30 Pioneers will begin using .cloud domains, which will help reflect their business capabilities and position their brands in a unique way. Pioneers range from market leaders in the cloud computing industry, to innovative startups – spanning both consumer and business (B2B) sectors.

 

Through participation in the Pioneer Programme, organisations will be first to market with the. cloud domain, and have a head start of more than three months before .cloud is available for general registration early next year.

 

While the .cloud domain is an attractive proposition to businesses within the cloud services space, the concept of cloud also resonates with broader audiences than ever before, which is why .cloud domains will be available to anyone without restrictions. The Pioneer Programme was open to any business with a unique story to tell, regardless of industry or size. The team behind .cloud was particularly keen to make the Pioneer Programme accessible to early stage companies from all over the world. Inspired by how cloud computing has made so many new and useful applications possible, the team wanted to encourage and support innovation in startups and early stage companies.

 

Francesco Cetraro, head of Registry Operations at .cloud commented: “The objective of the .cloud Pioneer Programme is to showcase great stories of disruption and innovation in the cloud space and beyond. We are happy that so many interesting companies found the value in using a .cloud domain to tell their story and were eager to be Pioneers. Today, we are extremely thrilled to announce the first wave of. cloud Pioneers going live, with more following in the coming weeks. We look forward to supporting our new found Partners in their journey.”

 

One of the companies signed up to. cloud to date is ScreenCloud - a London-founded SaaS company, creating powerful, easy-to-use products to help businesses and retailers take control of their digital signage. ScreenCloud has built the new. cloud into its entire company branding, recognising the relevance of the domain over a standard .com alternative.

 

Haje Jan Kamps, CEO of ScreenCloud, said: “We are incredibly excited to be among the first people launching on the brand new. cloud TLD - our company is all about putting powerful digital signage solutions in the cloud; having that as part of our URL is too good an opportunity to pass up. ”

 

“To us, everything we do is part of a narrative. Obviously, a good and memorable domain is part of that story – we believe that .cloud heralds a new and bright future for the next generation of SaaS businesses, and we are pleased to be ahead of the curve.”

Over the next few weeks, more new .cloud sites will join the first Pioneers, including:

  • Canonical Ltd.: The UK company behind the world's most popular Linux distribution Ubuntu. Canonical has successfully built an Open Source software platform that runs everywhere from the smartphone, tablet and PC, to the server and cloud, free to use, share and develop around the world. For them, .cloud represents the best way to give a dedicated, easy-to-remember and accessible home to all their cloud-related products.
  • SpamExperts: A key player in SaaS email security services that offers a (hosted) cloud based solution for email filtering and archiving. For them .cloud created a new avenue to establish a cloud online identity and foster trust while strengthening the SpamExperts brand’s link to the cloud environment.

 

About the .cloud launch

The launch of .cloud is running in different phases. The official launch of .cloud starts on November 16th, 2015 with a Priority Registration Phase reserved for holders of registered Trademarks. This is being referred to as the “Sunrise” phase.

Once Sunrise is over, the “Landrush phase” will begin. This opens on January 25th and runs until Feburary 5th, 2016. During this period, brands, businesses and individuals can place their orders for registrations of any available domain.

Domains that receive more than one valid request during this phase will be allocated through an auction among all the applicants that requested it.

On February the 16th, 2016, .cloud will move out of the launch phase and registration will be open for General Availability. From this point on, if the .cloud domain you want is available, you can register it via a Registrar and start using it right away.

.cloud is an extension open to everybody, and there are no special eligibility requirements to register one.

For all details on registration, please visit our website, https://get.cloud

 

About .cloud

.cloud aims to be the domain name of choice for innovators in the cloud space and beyond. It will be available to anyone around the world without restrictions and launches on November 16th, 2015.

The .cloud Registry will be operated by Aruba PEC S.p.A, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Italian hosting giant, Aruba.it. Aruba, founded in 1994, is among the Top 10 hosting companies in the world, and manages over two million domain names, seven million email accounts and over four million customers.

For more information about .cloud please visit: https://get.cloud

For more information about the .cloud Pioneers, please visit: https://worldof.cloud (updated as they launch)

For more information about ScreenCloud please visit: https://screen.cloud/

With the release of DeltaXML Merge Version 4.1, the next iteration of DeltaXML’s market leading XML change management solution delivers a number of key changes, providing users with richer functionality and improved usability as a means to further enhance the reviewing and authoring processes.

 

The DeltaXML platform reduces processing time needed for authoring, collaborating and reviewing cycles around publishing XML content. Whereas the DeltaXML Core product is well known for its ability to compare two XML data or document files and represent the changes in a single delta file, DeltaXML Merge takes this a big step forward by removing the restriction of just two files and enabling changes from multiple files to be accurately and clearly represented. DeltaXML Merge has the ability not only to identify change in a variety of XML versions from the original, but also to allow manual or automatic acceptance or rejection of change.

First released in February 2015, DeltaXML Merge was designed to replace the previous DeltaXML Sync by providing users with the ability to operate at word granularity, order-less merge and keying support, differences in output representation and output formats and a completely new API.

 

Building on its original successes, DeltaXML Merge Version 4.1 improves functionality and usability in multiple ways:

  • Simplified representation of change within XML content, allowing users to better identify and understand the representation of change within XML content and enabling them to further reduce reviewing process time.
  • Support for DeltaXML’s integration into version control systems such as Mercurial and Git, providing users with the ability to record changes made to documentation and remove the risk of losing data by merging incorrect content.
  • Support for automated merging with version priority settings, allowing user specification of content importance on a version by version basis.

Phillip Barratt, Global Development Manager at DeltaXML explains that “removing the restrictions of comparing and merging two or more XML files represents an ideal use case for DeltaXML Merge users, as it improves the efficiencies of large groups of collaborators allowing them to more easily and quickly produce, review and finalise XML files.”

 

DeltaXML aims to provide its users with powerful XML change management, providing innovative ways to support its growing client base with managing their reviewing and authoring processes and DeltaXML Merge 4.1 is believed to be the next step in successfully achieving this.

 

For more information regarding DeltaXML, DeltaXML Merge 4.1 or any other products please visit:

DeltaXML – http://www.deltaxml.com/

DeltaXML Merge - http://www.deltaxml.com/products/merge/

DeltaXML Products – http://www.deltaxml.com/products/

Hardly a day goes by without IT professionals hearing about some new horror story on how digital espionage is wreaking havoc throughout the world. Whether it is the hacker threat that grounded Polish Airlines or the cyber security issues boiling between the US and China. IT security is becoming a top concern across company boardrooms and parliaments alike. So, where does all this lead managed service providers (MSPs) and their cloud-based file sharing services? Undoubtedly, all the fear mongering is going to present a challenge in securing more prospect signups. Yet, provided you play your cards right, this just might be the biggest opportunity yet!

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http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/100915/corporate-boardrooms-are-concerned-it-security

When it comes to securing businesses against data loss, key considerations may include reducing human error and preventing hacking intrusions into servers and databases. But one growing problem for firms both large and small may be the risk posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

This type of cybercrime involves criminals flooding a server with data requests in order to render it inaccessible to genuine users. It’s typically thought of as a way for hackers to knock a website offline or disrupt a company’s operations, but new research has found the collateral damage of these incidents could be far more wide-ranging.

As well as leading to long periods of downtime and high recovery costs, a study by Kaspersky revealed that more than a quarter of DDoS attacks (26 per cent) now also result in the loss of sensitive data.

The problem is particularly prevalent for less-sizeable firms, as 31 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) reported data loss in the aftermath of DDoS attacks, compared with 22 per cent of larger enterprises.

Evgeny Vigovsky, head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, commented: “Businesses have to re-evaluate their perception of a DDoS attack. The report clearly shows that the damage scope from such attacks goes far beyond the temporary downtime of a corporate website.”

However, a large number of companies are still overlooking the potential risks of these incidents, with a common sentiment being that a mitigation strategy will be too costly and difficult to implement.

SMBs in particular have limited resources to devote to the problem, and as DDoS is an umbrella term that covers several different attack technologies, methods to avert them can be hard to understand. As a result, only around half of SMBs think investing in prevention solutions is worth the effort.

However, with SMBs typically paying upwards of $50,000 (£32,600) in recovery bills, and almost one in ten attacks causing up to a week of downtime in addition to potential data loss issues, the consequences of not preparing can be severe.

Complex data recovery requires expertise. Speak to the data recovery industry pioneers at Kroll Ontrack for free advice to investigate options to recover from any data loss type, system or cause.

From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/data-loss-a-growing-side-effect-of-ddos-attacks,-study-says612.aspx

Continuity Central is pleased to announce that the winner of the Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition has been judged to be Ian Ross, FBCI.

Ian’s paper was entitled ‘A systematic approach to managing a crisis: the value that technology can bring to the crisis management environment’ and can be read here.

The other shortlisted papers can be read here.

Judging was carried out by a panel of FBCIs who considered three main criteria:

1)    Did the paper offer anything new to the business continuity body of knowledge?
2)    Did the paper offer practical and useful assistance to business continuity professionals?
3)    Would you consider the paper as ‘advanced level’ business continuity information?

Continuity Central has now launched its next Business Continuity Paper of the Year competition. The aim is to discover the best new business continuity articles and papers and a £500 or $800 prize will be presented to the winner.

Authors of any status, whether business continuity professionals, academics, students, or journalists, are invited to submit articles and papers written since 1st January 2015.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

  • They must have been written during 2015;
  • Copyright must be owned by the person submitting the entry and in submitting the article or paper the author gives permission for its publication;
  • Entries can be between 800 and 5,000 words long;
  • The subject matter of an entry can relate to any of the following topics: business continuity, disaster recovery, resiliency, crisis management, enterprise risk management, or technology continuity, resilience and availability.
  • Multiple entries from individual authors will be accepted.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • The closing date for entries is 31st January 2016.

To submit an entry or request further information email editor@continuitycentral.com  Entries should be emailed as an attachment in any Word processing format or as an unlocked PDF. PowerPoint will not be accepted.

IT disaster recovery, cloud computing and information security news

Ipswitch has announced the findings of its 2015 Wearable Technology Survey which polled IT professionals from businesses and organizations within the United Kingdom. The survey reveals concerns about wearable technology in the workplace.

Almost half (49 percent) of IT professionals are running networks that have smart watches connecting to them via Wi-Fi. 43 percent have fitness bands connecting, almost a fifth (17 percent) have health monitoring devices and 12 percent have recording and photography gear.

Only seven percent of all respondents say that their company provides wearable technology to its own workers. This is despite a quarter (25 percent) of IT professionals saying in a similar survey in October 2014 that they expected to introduce wearable technology within the next year.

The top concerns for IT professionals relating to high adoption of wearable technology in the workplace were:

1. Security breaches (71 percent)
2. More work to support more devices (48 percent)
3. Decreased network bandwidth (32 percent).

However, when asked if they had IT policies in place to manage the impact of wearable technology, over two-thirds (69 percent) did not and only one-fifth (21 percent) did have such a policy.

Read the full survey report here.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Recovery from the Butte Fire in Calaveras County and Valley Fire in Lake County is underway. More than $6.1 million in state and federal assistance grants to individuals and households has been approved.

Destruction of most dwellings in the fire paths, plus the small town and rural nature of the areas creates a difficult challenge for finding temporary housing for survivors while they rebuild.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), the Butte Fire burned 70,868 acres and destroyed 475 homes. The Valley Fire burned 76,067 acres, destroyed 1,280 single-family homes and 27 multi-family residences. The worst of the Butte Fire was confined to Calaveras County and the worst of the Valley Fire was in Lake County.

Shelters sprang up in churches, casinos, a Moose Lodge and campgrounds, with the American Red Cross operating some, while others were managed by their hosts.

Even as the fires continued to burn, President Obama, at the request of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., issued a major disaster declaration for the two most impacted counties, Calaveras and Lake. 

Individuals and households were immediately able to begin registering for assistance from FEMA. To date, nearly $4.4 million for rental assistance, housing repair or replacement has been awarded to over 800 households and individuals as of close of business Wednesday, Oct. 7.  Direct deposit into survivors’ bank accounts hastens assistance distribution when possible.

Those who are uninsured and have unmet needs have received nearly $1.8 million so far from FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance program (ONA) for replacement of basic personal property, including clothing, basic furnishings, medical equipment and even automobiles. California, through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, bears 25 percent of those costs. ONA is limited to those without insurance and other resources to pay for their needs.

Personal contact with residents of the disaster areas to encourage and help them register with FEMA is conducted by the Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) program. It is staffed by a combination of seasoned part-time “reservist” employees and members of FEMA Corps who range from 18 to 24 years of age.

Overall, the DSA staff have visited 1,068 homes and interacted with 4,043 survivors to assist them in registering with FEMA and providing them other essential information.

As of close of business Oct. 7, more than 3,000 individuals and households in the affected areas have contacted FEMA for recovery assistance or information. FEMA has telephone service at its three disaster recovery centers to enable survivors to register for FEMA assistance and/or set up appointments with inspectors. Telephone service has been interrupted in many areas.

FEMA housing inspectors have visited 1,944 dwellings to verify and record damage, which is 86 percent of those eligible for an inspection.

In addition to FEMA grants for individuals and families, other forms of disaster assistance are provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other partner agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. (FEMA will make referrals as needed.) All businesses that contact FEMA are referred to the SBA.

SBA low-interest disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners. Renters, as well as homeowners, are eligible for low-interest loans up to $40,000 to replace personal property. Businesses and  private nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million at low interest rates to cover structural, inventory and economic losses.

Other federally-funded recovery programs including disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and disaster legal services are being launched.

Because rental housing is scarce in both counties, FEMA is making Manufactured  Housing Units (MHU) available to eligible registered survivors in the designated counties. For survivors with disabilities, some MHUs come equipped with modifications which could include a ramp.

Where conditions permit, an MHU may be placed on the survivor’s property. MHUs also can be placed in existing mobile home parks. If no other option within a reasonable commuting distance is available, an MHU group park established and maintained by FEMA may be constructed.

Occupancy of a MHU is limited to the time required to rebuild the original home or until permanent housing is found or to a maximum of 18 months. MHUs are manufactured to Department of Housing and Urban Development standards. Installation complies with local requirements including permits and inspections. The units include basic furnishings and equipment to make them livable upon move-in. Washers and dryers are not included, but connections are provided.

Federal partners have been tasked with special recovery missions suited to their expertise. Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are assessing whether there are commercial sites available where MHUs could be installed for survivors’ use. Experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are recovering and properly disposing of household hazardous waste remaining after the fires.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development branch has several assistance programs that may benefit some survivors of the Valley and Butte fires.

  • Homeowners age 62 and older may be eligible for disaster assistance grants up to $7,500 and loans up to $20,000.
  • Rural Housing Direct Loan Program provides loans to low-income individuals for home purchase or repairs.
  • Existing USDA borrowers who lost jobs or had hours reduced as a result of the fires might qualify for payment reductions, payment moratorium or other arrangements.
  • Contact the USDA at 707-526-6797, extension 102 or 107 for information on any of these programs.

All emergency shelters have been closed.

There have been approximately 1,750 combined visits made to three disaster recovery centers in San Andreas, Clearlake and Middletown. Two additional disaster recovery centers will open Friday, Oct. 9, in Calaveras County in the communities of Mountain Ranch and Rail Road Flat. The mobile DRCs are operated by Cal OES and FEMA in partnership with the county and local agencies. Locations for all DRCs, including the two new locations are: 

Calaveras County:    The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in San Andreas

           891 Mountain Ranch Rd., San Andreas, CA 95249

The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in Mountain Ranch

7867 Whiskey Slide Rd., Mountain Ranch, CA 95246

The Calaveras County Disaster Recovery Center in Rail Road Flat

250 Railroad Flat Rd., Rail Road Flat, CA 95248

Lake County:              The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake

                                     14860 Olympic Dr., Clearlake, CA 95422

                                   

            The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Middletown

             21256 Washington St., Middletown, CA 95461

Hours of operation for all DRC locations are:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

All DRCs are equipped with assistive technologies to help survivors with disabilities register for assistance. FEMA equipped each center with accessibility kits to ensure all people have full access to FEMA information and assistance programs.

The kits include devices to help people with a range of disabilities such as assistive listening devises, materials in large print and Braille. American Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request. If you need assistance, just ask.

Survivors can apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other sources and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For updated information on California’s wildfire recovery, survivors may visit: caloes.ca.gov or beta.fema.gov/disaster/4240  and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 and at Facebook.com/FEMA.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362).

If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. FEMA has made it a priority to reach survivors who need help – including people with disabilities and/or access and functional needs, senior citizens and people with limited English proficiency.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who are referred to SBA for a disaster loan must apply to be eligible for additional FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00

Dell and EMC Merger: The Likely Back Story

Today the Wall Street Journal and other outlets broke the speculation that Dell and EMC were looking to merge. I don’t think people get how incredibly powerful this would be or how difficult. However, this would clearly solve huge problems that both companies are facing, and unique synergies and relationships make this whole effort, if true, incredibly interesting.

We’ll first talk about the unique problems both firms are trying to address and then how the merger would help mitigate them.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/unfiltered-opinion/dell-and-emc-merger-the-likely-back-story.html