Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams have mobilized in preparation for Hurricane Arthur, which is expected to make landfall July 4 on the East Coast. The teams are prepared to provide food, beverages and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. Additional teams will be on the ground in the morning, if needed, to assist with relief efforts. People living in or visiting the forecasted areas are encouraged to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org for up-to-date information about storm preparedness and where to receive assistance.
The National Hurricane Center reported Thursday morning that Arthur has been elevated into a Category 1 hurricane. Salvation Army EDS teams are prepared to respond should the storm continue to grow in severity.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
BCM Programs are highly complex with many moving components that must be synchronized like a watch in order to ensure they will work seamlessly when needed.
With so many components to address along with limited resources and time, what essential components should be addressed?
This presentation will use the concept of essentialism - The disciplined art of pursing less to identify what is the minimum we need in place to have an effective BCM program that will recover the critical business activities of our organization.
So, bring an open mind and participate in a presentation designed to bring a state o mindfulness and focus on less is more in our BCM programs.
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As companies focus on business continuity planning for impending hurricane season, premier technology and IT services provider offers comprehensive business continuity solutions that include dedicated work seats in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
SHELTON, Conn. – Cervalis, a premier and trusted provider of technology and IT services, today announced the availability of 600 dedicated work seats at its newest, and Connecticut’s largest, data center. The work area recovery space is for use as a backup location in the event a weather-related or other disaster hits the region. Dedicated work seats are also available at Cervalis’ other high- availability data centers in Stamford, Conn., Totowa, New Jersey, and Wappingers Falls, New York.
With hurricane season here until November, businesses are busy reviewing their disaster recovery and business continuity plans and taking steps to prevent downtime. “Many companies don’t anticipate the negative impact power outages, natural disasters and other such incidents can have on their business and reputation,” said Michael Boccardi, president and CEO of Cervalis.
Work area recovery is an integral part of intelligent business continuity planning. It allows employees to conduct business as usual under adverse conditions in a comfortable and secure environment that is supported by a reliable data center. These dedicated seats enable companies to remain online, maintain critical operations, preserve employee morale, and keep customers satisfied during unplanned disruptive events.
“Many businesses in the New York Metro area have faced significant interruptions as a result of inclement weather and natural disasters in recent years,” Boccardi said. “Having work area recovery seats at a data center is, essentially, an insurance policy against downtime.
During Superstorm Sandy, Cervalis maintained 100 percent uptime and supported thousands of clients through its data centers. The premier technology and IT services provider even hosted a global trading firm, through which billions of dollars in transactions flow, during and after the storm. (Case Study Here)
As a company built by IT veterans for IT teams, Cervalis understands the importance of security, accessibility, scalability and reliability in helping businesses achieve their goals. For more than a decade, the company has provided work area recovery to businesses in the tri-state region. Currently, more than 200 companies trust Cervalis to boost their business resiliency.
All of Cervalis’ data centers are SSAE 16 Type 2 and PCI compliant, as well as U.S.-EU Safe Harbor certified. Security is a top priority at each facility, meeting HIPPA standards and comprising a comprehensive, multi-layered program designed to protect customer environments. Clients include Fortune 500s to SMBs in the legal, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, media and high tech industries.
Cervalis offers a comprehensive suite of IT infrastructure solutions including managed hosting and storage, business continuity and disaster recovery, colocation and cloud computing services in an enterprise class environment. The company’s skilled professionals, world-class facilities and outstanding customer support provide clients with a secure IT environment that ensures business resilience. Cervalis’ state-of-the-art and fault-tolerant operations and recovery centers total more than 500,000-square-feet of space. The company offers world-class customer support with the technology needed to scale complex environments reliably and cost effectively. Cervalis is compliant with SSAE 16 Type 2 and PCI, as well as U.S.-EU SafeHarbor certified. To learn more about the Cervalis advantage and the company’s data centers, visit www.cervalis.com or call 1-866-602-2020 to schedule a tour.
Hybrid arrays deliver consistently more IOPS to handle storage load of company’s ERP system
NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that chemical manufacturer and distributor Hawkins Inc. has replaced its existing Dell Compellent system with Tegile hybrid arrays to solve storage performance issues it was suffering in its enterprise resource planning environment. Thousands of water treatment facilities, manufacturers, food and dairy producers, research labs and many other organizations depend on Hawkins for the chemical products they need. The company’s Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise resource planning system provides a diverse set of business processes used for customer service, purchasing, warehousing and is used to hold the recipes for its line of chemicals. With many of its 350 employees using the system at the same time to do their jobs, Hawkins needed storage that could handle the volume placed upon it. After experiencing almost-immediate issues after its Compellent system was put in place, Hawkins needed a solution that could help it overcome the performance limitations that would slow production noticeably. A demonstration of Tegile arrays showed how effective the hybrid system could be. “I said, ‘Hey, if you guys think this stuff is so great, let’s do a proof of concept and get one in here and start playing around with it and using it and see what it can do,’” said Jeff Buelt, Director of Information Technology at Hawkins. “Two weeks into the proof of concept, I called back and said, ‘You’re not taking it back. Let me know what my cost is and what I need to do to purchase this.’” Buelt began putting applications and servers on the Tegile arrays. While the maximum IOPS on the Compellent system would peak around 6,000, the Tegile system was delivering 35,000 IOPS consistently. Tegile also provided him with the ability to understand what was happening within the storage system from a performance perspective – what the actual load was, where bottlenecks were occurring, how many IOPS it was achieving – something that Compellent didn’t have to tools to allow. Tegile’s hybrid storage arrays balance high performance, high capacity, features and price making them the ideal solution for a wide range of industries and applications. Tegile arrays are faster than hard disk drive-based arrays and less expensive than solid state disk-based arrays. Data reduction technology gives them a usable capacity that’s greater than their raw capacity. “We are pleased to have been able to provide Hawkins with the IOPS they required to overcome storage performance issues they were facing within their ERP system from the Dell Compellent system,” said Rob Commins, VP Marketing of Tegile Systems. “We continue to see a large number of companies making the switch from Compellent to Tegile for any number of reasons – whether it is performance, lack of functionality, price or maintenance concerns. In all of these cases, we have been able to provide significant savings from a storage utilization, performance to dollar ration and maintenance perspective.” About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is a leading provider of intelligent flash storage arrays. Our mission is to accelerate the transformation of enterprise IT by changing the performance and economics of enterprise storage. Our flash storage arrays, with patented IntelliFlash™ architecture, deliver high I/O and low latency for business applications such as databases, server virtualization and virtual desktops. Our customers achieve business acceleration and unmatched storage capacity reduction. Tegile is backed by premier venture capital firms August Capital and Meritech and strategic investors HGST and SanDisk. Follow us on Twitter @tegile or visit us at www.tegile.com
Ideal for Virtualized Environments, Dot Hill Storage Easily Accommodates Random Computing Workloads for Video Data Conversion from 2,000 Cameras Site-Wide
LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise class storage systems, today announced that Kern County, California’s Bakersfield School District is leveraging Dot Hill AssuredSAN® Pro 5000 storage arrays to support its district-wide video surveillance system, providing faster video access with near real-time video conversion, resulting in reduced storage costs and more efficient archiving.
Founded in the 19th Century, the school district today is leveraging 21st Century technology to ensure its students have a safe learning environment. The district’s IP-based video surveillance system collects feeds from 2,000 cameras dispersed across the district, which comprises 158 square miles with more than 28,000 junior high school, middle school, and elementary school students on 43 campuses, plus 2 administration sites.
Capturing, converting and securely storing the video content presents rigorous storage requirements – combining the need for high-bandwidth, performance-intensive transactions on top of archival requirements. Most cameras record 10-15 frames per second at 640x480 or greater resolution. Video is captured in various native formats from individual cameras and utilizing the high performance capabilities of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000, all video is converted to H.264 format resulting in a 35% reduction in required storage space, significantly reducing the cost of archived video that is stored up to 30 days.
Using the hybrid SSD and HDD Storage Area Network (SAN) storage system, a Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 delivers the requisite performance profile needed. A “seriously smart” storage offering with built-in intelligence that responds to data access needs without human intervention or policy settings, the Pro 5000 Series is a high-performance, highly available and reliable integrated storage offering that delivers consistently faster access to current data with built-in, real-time autonomic tiered storage and virtualization, supporting rapid access to the current surveillance video most in demand – even as that demand changes dynamically minute by minute.
“We needed a modern storage array with outstanding performance to replace the aging system we had that was ill-equipped to keep up with demands,” said Jonathan Foth, network systems engineer for the Bakersfield School District. “The system needed to handle fast transaction workloads consistently and also provide cost-effective archival storage for video files. On this, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 has really delivered.”
Outside of performance, the District has experienced additional benefits including: reduced rack space, reduced power requirements, ease of use and lower rates of storage capacity expansion.
“The Graphical User Interface gives us the ability to see and monitor the performance at each tier,” said Foth. “The product experience out of the box was incredible. The system almost set itself up. The capacity expansion we recently added was surprising simple as well; just connect the chassis, run the wizard and the storage is added to the pool and ready for use.”
“You could definitely say there’s a tremendous amount of data conversion taking place within the Bakersfield School District – both from teachers to the minds of students, and from video cameras to servers,” said Joe Swanson, vice president of marketing and business development, Dot Hill. “The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 uniquely manages the high demand storage requirements of large video surveillance applications such as this one with the ability to dynamically convert video into lower resolution formats for more efficient cost effective archive storage without compromising the immediate need for high resolution video ‘on demand’ when security events occur. The typical storage array is not designed to handle these dynamic requirements. However, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is ideal for these types of video surveillance virtualized environments, providing 99.999% availability, and easily accommodating the multiple random video streams produced by the District’s video data conversion.”
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today’s most challenging storage problems – helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill’s solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry’s most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.
SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com), maker of SAN and #SANLess clustering software products, today announced the results of its premier SQL Server High Availability survey of large corporations in the United States (76%) and Europe (9%). The survey elicited responses from 191 IT professionals across a wide range of vertical industries to understand current trends and challenges related to providing high availability (HA) and disaster protection (DR) for SQL Server.
Specific areas covered by the survey, included identifying the most important challenges to providing HA and DR; understanding the costs of HA and DR for SQL Server; and determining the plans and priorities for 2014/2015.
The following are key findings based on the survey results:
- Improving SQL Server performance is a top priority for 43 percent of respondents.
- Rising costs are a significant challenge for SQL HA and DR. The most important challenges (rated significant or somewhat problematic) to providing HA and DR for SQL were: the rising cost of SQL licensing (71 percent), the cost of SAN storage
(68 percent), SAN configuration limitations (69 percent).
- Licensing costs have risen sharply since the introduction of SQL 2012. For nearly one third (30 percent) of respondents, licensing cost increases were either significant (20-30 percent increase annually) or dramatic (>30 percent annually).
- SQL Enterprise Edition for HA and DR. The reason most companies (68 percent) purchased SQL Server Enterprise Edition instead of more cost-effective SQL Server Standard Edition was for HA and DR features.
- Shared storage (SANs) slowed SQL performance for more than half of respondents (51 percent).
- Need for flexibility. Most respondents (73 percent) want flexibility to use any type of storage as part of a cluster configuration without the limitations of a SAN.
- SQL in the cloud. Nearly half (47 percent) of respondent would run SQL in the cloud provided that they have failover cluster protection.
“In today’s enterprise SQL Server environments traditional shared storage adds significant cost, often causes slow SQL performance, and limits configuration flexibility, making them impossible or impractical in cloud, hybrid cloud and high performance storage environments,” explained Jerry Melnick, COO of SIOS Technology Corp. “Companies should consider SANLess cluster solutions that not only eliminate the cost of SAN hardware and administration, but also provide HA and DR protection in the cloud, high performance SSD and mixed environments.”
For more details, interested parties can download the full survey report here: http://discover.us.sios.com/asset-reg-whitepaper-sql-server-high-availability-survey-2014.html
About SIOS Technology Corp.
SIOS Technology Corp. makes SAN and #SANLess software solutions that make clusters easy to use and easy to own.An essential part of any cluster solution, SIOS SAN and #SANLess software provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way™ to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. The unique SIOS #SANLess clustering solution allows you to configure clusters with local storage, eliminating both the cost and the single-point-of-failure risk of traditional shared (SAN) storage.
Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (www.us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.
DENVER, Colo.— Peak® (formerly PeakColo), an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud provider for channel partners, announces that FusionStorm, a global IT solution provider, is boosting its cloud computing service by integrating Peak’s secure cloud infrastructure and NetApp storage platform. FusionStorm is leveraging Peak’s cloud nodes located in Chicago, Ill., and Santa Clara, Calif.
With clients in more than 30 countries, FusionStorm has a long history of solving business issues for clients by providing expertise in core data center technologies, networking, communication and collaboration. FusionStorm offers logistical capabilities and customs knowledge to enable the delivery of multivendor technology solutions around the world. Its global engineering team provides a full suite of professional services, coordinating the efforts of local engineering resources for onsite implementation and 24x7 support.
As a global IT solution provider and Avnet Technology Solutions’ partner, FusionStorm was introduced to Peak through Avnet, one of the largest global distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology. Avnet's cloud service powered by Peak was announced in 2013 and is based on NetApp® Private Storage for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“FusionStorm specializes in helping our clients connect their employees, partners and customers by building solid foundations for their IT infrastructure,” states Mike Souza, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for FusionStorm. “We know that the cloud has become a key component in delivering resources, increased capabilities and flexibility to our clients, and Peak’s cloud is unmatched in terms of technology and their hands-on expert support at all levels. Peak’s cloud also allows us to easily integrate a NetApp storage component, which is key for our customers.”
“Partnerships with value-added resellers such as FusionStorm are a testament to the success of Peak’s 100% channel-centric model,” states Luke Norris , CEO and Founder of Peak. “Peak works very closely with our channel partners to understand their business goals in order to design a solid cloud and storage infrastructure to extend to their clients. It’s exciting to see our partners enhance their core offerings and leverage cloud technology to solve business issues.”
Peak’s dedicated private cloud is based on a flexible, pay-as-you-go model, allowing partners on-demand scalability and high performance backed by a 100% performance SLA. As a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider, Peak’s storage environment is one of the most robust nationally in terms of size, scale and volume.
Peak® is an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider to channel partners. White-labeling Peak’s cloud services as their own, resellers and agents rapidly enter the cloud marketplace under their own brand without capital expenditure, enjoying a faster route to profitability. Peak operates Type II SSAE 16 and SOC 1 & 2 compliant cloud nodes in eight geographies across the United States and in Europe (Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and the United Kingdom). Its VMware vCloud® Powered cloud environment contains tens of thousands of virtual machines and multiple petabytes of storage for public, private, hybrid and disaster recovery solutions. Peak offers both Cisco UCS and Open Compute platforms, and is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider. For more information, visit www.poweredbypeak.com call (855) 532-4734; or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
FusionStorm is a provider of IT consulting, technology solutions and 24x7 cloud/managed services for enterprises of all sizes around the globe. The company assists organizations by providing complete solutions for system infrastructure, storage, networking, IP communications, security, database and disaster recovery, both onsite and in the cloud.
“The Campus and National Alerting Initiative” webcast outlines common challenges to alerting campuses, and details solutions to streamlining alerts and saving resources, including use of wireless emergency alerts (WEA)
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Galain Solutions, Inc. has published a webcast on the pros and cons of various alerting channels for colleges and universities. The webcast is based on a recent presentation by Galain’s president Rick Wimberly to a regional meeting of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
Wimberly says, “Campus alerting is serious business. People’s lives, safety, well-being and a school’s reputation depend upon successful alerting. There are many alerting challenges, technology options, and vendor claims that create confusion.” Among the challenges, emphasizes Wimberly, is knowing which alerting channels to use and how to manage them effectively.
In addition to reviewing channels commonly used on campuses, the webcast discusses use of the federal Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on campuses, including the cell broadcast system, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). “IPAWS and WEA shouldn’t replace other channels,” said Wimberly, “but they may be a strong supplement to other alerting channels used by colleges and universities.”
The webcast is available at no charge, and can be found at www.CampusAlertingWebcast.com. It also addresses improving access for people with disabilities and language barriers, streamlining alert activations, and saving resources on campus alerting initiatives.
Galain Solutions is an independent consultancy focused on emergency alerts and warnings, and mass notification. Galain does not sell technology, but instead helps clients select, integrate, and implement alert, warning, and notification initiatives. Galain helps public safety agencies, and corporate/higher ed campuses protect citizens, students and businesses to continue operations in a disaster.
New protection against email-based attacks extends the usability of Votiro’s free service
TEL AVIV, Israel – Votiro, the provider of Secure Data Sanitization solutions for protecting organizations against zero-day and other ongoing cyber-threats, announced today that it has extended the usability of its free, cloud-based, sanitization service to include protection against spear phishing and other email-based attacks.
The existing version of Votiro’s sanitization service analyzes uploaded files for the presence of malicious code and facilitates the quick neutralization of zero-day and unknown exploits. Votiro’s service sanitizes a file by scanning it with leading anti-virus programs and then by running an active, patent-pending process on the file, which eliminates the potential presence of any exploit code.
The new version of Votiro’s sanitization service includes protection against spear phishing and other email-based attacks. This new version allows users to forward questionable emails to the service and runs the same scanning and active process on email attachments. By providing this immediate protection, this upgrade improves the usability of the service.
“Statistics consistently show that nearly all cyber-attacks begin with a spear phishing email that appears to be innocent, although its contents are tainted with a hidden exploit or similar advanced cyber-threats,” commented Itay Glick, Founder and CEO of Votiro. “Our mission is to position our customers with a security posture that automatically identifies and eliminates the growing range of unknown and ongoing cybersecurity threats. By extending our free service, we are allowing enterprises and organizations to sample the strengths and benefits of our new spear phishing protection capabilities that are being incorporated into our overall solution.”
This sanitization service is part of Votiro’s overall Secure Data Sanitization solutions. Votiro’s Secure Data Sanitization solution automatically performs the sanitization process as the free, cloud-based service on all incoming email contents. This comprehensive process does not affect the usability of a file and can be seamlessly integrated into an organization’s IT infrastructure. More importantly, the Secure Data Sanitization solution eliminates cyber-threats before they have the opportunity to penetrate an organization’s network and attack critical IT infrastructure and extract sensitive data.
Votiro delivers organizations with essential zero-day protection against unknown and ongoing cyber-threats. The company’s Secure Data Sanitization solution provides a robust process and patent-pending technology for cleansing all incoming files from potential cyber-threats. Founded in 2009, Votiro is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and recently opened a sales office in the United States. Customers include banks and other financial institutions, government agencies, energy and utilities companies, telecommunications service providers and large enterprises, who are relying on Votiro solutions to protect their critical IT infrastructure and sensitive data.
For more information, please visit www.votiro.com.