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Jon Seals

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:00

Emergency Leader: Dual Helping Careers

(TNS) - When an emergency strikes in the Flathead Valley, Mary Granger may or may not be physically present at the scene, but it is very likely that Granger somehow has a hand in keeping folks safe.

Granger retired as the Flathead County Emergency Medical Services manager in April. The six-year stint was a second career for Granger after working 33 years as a school teacher.

“I’ve been on this adventure since 1980 when I took a first-aid class and this is really the culmination of that adventure,” Granger said of her retirement.

Granger was one of the founding members of the Lakeside Quick Response Unit. At the time there was no first responder program in Lakeside, which sometimes meant waiting a long time for emergency personnel to arrive from Kalispell or Polson.

After the first-aid class, Granger was hooked.



Early next month, FEMA Region X, in cooperation with local, state and tribal entities in the Pacific Northwest, will lead on a three day emergency operations test scenario that includes a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) with a resulting tsunami -- the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face in the future.

Several days earlier, my own neighborhood organization that covers roughly 300 homes will perform its own first earthquake disaster drill.  We’re organized by zones, with homes pre-identified as care and shelter centers or first aid centers.  We’ve purchased and stored emergency supplies in each of our zones.  But we’ve never tested our search and rescue or communications capacities, or the protocols we plan to follow, including ham radio communications with the city’s emergency operations center.

Working on either exercise always brings up the same questions:  what should my family have on hand in the way of an emergency supply kit?  How will our family communicate if we are spread out around the city when such a disaster strikes?  How long will we be without help?



File analysis functionality introduced in Netwrix Auditor platform enables better information management and storage optimization

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, announced today that Netwrix Auditor 8.0 offers new extensive data governance functionality. A new file analysis feature allows customers to enable user behavior analytics across Windows-based, NetApp, and EMC storage to ensure visibility into both structured and unstructured data.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data at rest regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs. File analysis functionality allows organizations to make better information management decisions about critical data, improve internal controls and resource planning, and comply with various requirements.

New file analysis features available in Netwrix Auditor 8.0 empower customers to:

Improve data security

  • Control access to business-critical data. The new predefined reports provide detailed information about excessive access rights and overexposed data. They also indicate effective permissions and how they were granted, which allows IT teams to stay proactive and prevent insider threats and data exfiltration.

  • Prevent ransomware threats. More comprehensive visibility into systems and data allows quicker detection of suspicious activities or anomalous spikes of activities that may originate from ransomware. It also allows users to deconstruct the kill chain and mitigate possible damage.

  • Enable user behavior analytics. Netwrix Auditor enables anomaly detection such as suspiciously high number of reads, data tampering, and failed access attempts. The drill down and cross-system capability allows to conduct detailed investigation of security incidents across all IT systems.

Optimize file storage and reduce storage costs

  • Identify stale files. Netwrix Auditor shows duplicate, unused, and most used files, as well as empty folders. Knowing what files can be safely deleted, organizations are able to optimize storage use and related costs.

  • Engage data owners in data governance process. The software indicates data owners and data users, who access and manipulate certain data most often. This enables IT staff to engage users in data governance process to increase its efficiency.

File analysis enables storage managers, legal and security professionals, and business analysts to understand and manage unstructured data stores to reduce costs and risk, increase efficiency of business-critical data, and make better information management decisions for unstructured data,” stated Gartner Market Guide for File Analysis Software, 4 August, 2015.

Unstructured data stored on file shares is often the most critical and the least governed sensitive asset in an organization. Compliance requirements and internal policies require companies to ensure continuous control over unstructured data to enable better security and better governance of sensitive data. Visibility and user behavior analytics allows companies to enhance data governance, detect anomalies and ransomware, prevent data exfiltration, and address one of the most challenging tasks for CIOs: detection and prevention of insider misuse,” commented Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

To learn more about the newest release of Netwrix Auditor, please visit: https://start.netwrix.com/file_analysis.html

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

TORONTO, Canada – ioFABRIC Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), a leading technology solutions distributor, that allows VARs, systems integrators and xSPs to become their customers’ strategic provider of distributed storage and hyperconverged solutions with ioFABRIC Vicinity.

ioFABRIC Vicinity delivers agility and ongoing cost savings across a multivendor data center. Vicinity features advanced storage automation that unifies existing storage resources, centralizes storage management, simplifies the deployment of flash, and improves storage utilization – delivering application-specific Quality of Service levels. Channel partners will have the opportunity to sell Vicinity as a licensed software and support solution or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software.

“As a company 100 percent dedicated to selling through the channel, SYNNEX is an ideal collaborator to help us extend the reach of Vicinity throughout the reseller community,” said Nigel Miller, Vice President of Business Development for ioFABRIC. “Together, ioFABRIC and SYNNEX are well positioned for ensuring partners get the tools, resources and benefits needed to solve pressing IT issues of effectively using flash, dealing with data growth and managing disparate storage across the enterprise for their customer base.”

ioFABRIC’s reseller program is tailored to the needs of channel partners and based on training, technical, or marketing support requirements. Partners may offer ioFABRIC Vicinity at either the Business level, which will provide a variety of training, marketing, collateral, tools and software; or at the Premier level, a strategic relationship with ioFABRIC in terms of market and product visibility. Members at either level enjoy various financial, sales, marketing and technical benefits to further the success of each unique value-add solution created, including marketing re-investment funds, a dedicated support person, online partner portal, and training and marketing materials.

Solution providers interested in offering ioFABRIC’s Vicinity flash-optimized, software-defined storage solutions through SYNNEX can inquire:
•	In the US:  call 800-756-1888 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. •	In Canada: call 1-800-268-1220 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. About ioFABRIC
ioFABRIC Inc. is a software-defined storage company that increases business agility while reducing storage costs. Its vision is to transform storage into something a business can simply depend on, eliminating admin demands, and freeing IT time to focus on true business innovation. Its flagship product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, drastically reduces storage OPEX and CAPEX with intelligent automation and growth through commodity hardware and the cloud. Vicinity Solutions are available to extend existing storage systems, solve migration problems, and deploy as distributed storage, hyperconverged, or Docker. Vicinity is sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel, supported by its industry leading LEaD program. Partners sell Vicinity as licensed software with support or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software. Founded in 2013 by an executive team that has worked together for more than 20 years, the company is funded by private investors and Real Ventures. ioFABRIC is an industry leader in customer service and product development: agile and responsive. For more information visit www.ioFABRIC.com/Learn.

SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo, and all other SYNNEX company, product and services names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SYNNEX Corporation. SYNNEX and the SYNNEX Logo Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.

80% Rely on Disaster Recovery Technologies That Cannot Deliver on Today's Exacting RTO Requirements

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Infrascale, the leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), today unveiled its findings in the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report, developed by ActualTech Media. The report revealed some alarming results, most notably that 80% of small- to mid-sized companies surveyed still rely on tape or disk-based technology as part of their disaster recovery strategy, which is part of the reason they're unable to quickly restore critical applications when servers crash.

Given the promise of cloud-based disaster recovery to deliver near-instant failover, Infrascale sponsored this research to better understand the needs of IT decision makers when it comes to DRaaS and the barriers to adoption.

This is the second straight year for the report, which includes responses from 274 technology professions from organizations with between 100 and 5,000 employees. The report highlighted an unsettling number of businesses are not investing in modern disaster recovery solutions and testing them on a regular basis for a variety of reasons including cost and complexity.

According to Infrascale Founder and CEO Ken Shaw Jr., "Given the importance of operational uptime and the growing threat of ransomware, companies know having a sound disaster recovery system in place is essential. The perception that reliable disaster recovery solutions are expensive and difficult to implement leaves organizations unnecessarily vulnerable."

Key findings from the survey include:

  • More than a third of those surveyed (37%) couldn't quantify the costs of downtime to their organization.
  • Over half of those surveyed (54%) do not have failover capabilities that give them the ability to restore key business applications within one hour of failure.
  • Approximately half of those surveyed (52%) said the main hurdles for their organizations not adopting failover systems were the perceived high costs and lack of IT resources. The top four considerations for evaluating on-demand failover solutions are cost, reliability, security and system compatibility.
  • One-fifth of the respondents either haven't tested their disaster recovery plans or conducted a test in the past year.

"Disaster recovery may not be a favorite topic for IT professionals, but having failover plans and systems in place can be the difference between surviving the roller coaster of modern business and closing up shop when disaster strikes," said Scott Lowe, co-founder of ActualTech Media. "These findings indicate that SMBs are still largely being underserved when it comes to emerging DR and DRaaS solutions."

Shaw said, "What's concerning is that organizations are leaving themselves vulnerable and at risk of losing sales, productivity, reputation and revenue based primarily on the fallacy that today's disaster recovery options are costly and difficult to implement. What's even scarier is that these same companies aren't fully aware of the implications of this potential downtime."

Shaw added that there's a real disconnect between where the DRaaS industry is today and companies' understandings of what disaster recovery should entail for businesses of all sizes, "No organization is immune to downtime, whether caused by human error or natural disaster, but these events no longer have to be crises when organizations have a DRaaS solution in place."

Data were weighted to be representative of the business populations of interest. More details and a full copy of the 2016 DRaaS Attitudes & Adoption Report can be found here.

About Infrascale

Infrascale provides the most powerful disaster recovery solution in the world. Founded in 2006, the company aims to give every company the ability to recover from a disaster -- quickly, easily and affordably. Combining intelligent software with the power of the cloud is how Infrascale cracks the disaster recovery cost barrier without complex, expensive hardware enabling any company to restore operations in minutes with a push of a button. Infrascale equips businesses with the confidence to handle the unexpected by providing less downtime, greater security, and always-on availability.

Visit www.infrascale.com or follow us on Twitter at @Infrascale for more information.

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