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NEW YORK – Datagram, a prominent Internet and hosting provider in the New York metropolitan area, has begun the commissioning of their brand new state-of-the-art Tier III data center at 375 Pearl St. Datagram is the hosting provider for several of the world’s most popular web sites.

Datagram selected this location, also known as Intergate.Manhattan, because it is the only purpose built data center in New York City. Datagram specializes in dedicated and managed hosting, colocation, Internet access and disaster recovery.

John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Center Properties, said, “After their 10-month search, and to our delight, Datagram chose to expand and grow their network backbone and operations center to Intergate.Manhattan. We are providing Datagram with the newest and best IT environment available in Manhattan, with an award-winning operations support team.”

Datagram’s power will be delivered from four separate utility services with completely diverse points of entry into the building. The Tier III data center has a minimum of N+1 redundancy built throughout the power supply chain, starting from the transfer switches, down to the uninterruptible power systems, power distribution units, generators and fuel farm systems. Additionally, state-of-the-art cooling systems and the hot aisle containment design will allow Datagram to support up to 20kW per cabinet.

From a network perspective, multiple DWDM dark fibers with diverse points of entry into the building will connect the new data center into Datagram’s existing Metro Area network backbone.

Datagram has begun its build into 375 Pearl St and expects to be fully operational by end of the year. This expansion marks the company’s fourth data center location in Manhattan, with additional facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and California.

About Sabey Data Center Properties

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey boasts one of the most sterling tenant rosters in the industry. www.sabeydatacenters.com.

SAN FRANCISCO IObit, the world’s famous expert in system maintenance and security software, is happy to announce the official release of its yearly masterpiece product Advanced SystemCare 7 during its 8th Anniversary. With these state-of-art cutting edge technologies, Advanced SystemCare 7 stands out in enhancing the speed of slow PCs and providing more effective tools to keep them at their best performance and security level.

Inheriting the success of Advanced SystemCare 6, this Version 7 greatly enhances registry fix and vulnerability fix with a much higher scanning speed and much deeper scanning comparing to industry peer products. In IObit’s tests, the scanning speed has been enhanced up to 100% faster, and 50% more registries and problems have been detected and solved. Besides this, Advanced SystemCare 7 makes one of its most popular features AutoClean free of charge to enable users scan and clean PCs smartly and automatically.

In daily life, many people feel annoyed from unauthorized modification of homepage by some unknown third-party applications. Most time, it may be a sign of a spyware infection. Homepage Protection in Toolbox of Advanced SystemCare 7 is designed to protect users' homepage and default search engine of browsers such as IE, Chrome and Firefox from malicious modifications. What’s more, Advanced SystemCare 7 provides brand new Real-time Protector to protect PC against spyware and other malware in real time with its light yet powerful monitor in the background. Program Deactivator, the recently added system resource saver, is smart to deactivate unnecessary programs to ensure PC run faster and better based on the stability of the system.

"We have been always thinking about what our product should be. The answer is that it should address what users worry about and really need. By integrating the result of investigation conducted by us and feedbacks from our loyal users, eventually, Advanced SystemCare 7 is here after our -months development and improvements. It will continue enhancing PC's performance and speeding up the slow PC. And it will bring user experience to next level." Said Antonio Zhang, Marketing Director of IObit.

Now Advanced SystemCare 7 is available on CNET Download.com and IObit.com. It provides full support for recently released Windows 8.1, IE 11, as well as 32 languages.

About Advanced SystemCare 7

Advanced SystemCare 7 is designed to provide ultimate solution to enhance the speed of slow PCs and keep them running at best performance by deep registry fix, junk files clean, privacy sweep, vulnerability fix, disk defragment, Internet boost, malware removal, real-time protection and many other effective system and security tools. The new tools in Toolbox, such as Driver Booster, IObit Uninstaller, ManageMyMobile, and Program Deactivator, further improve and fulfill the capability of Advanced SystemCare 7. In October, 2013, Advanced SystemCare surpassed 100 million downloads on CNET download.com. For more information, please visit:http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.php?ref=pr

About IObit

Founded in 2004, IObit keeps providing consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac and Android OS to dramatically enhance their system performance and protect them. IObit is a well-recognized industry leader with more than 100 industry awards and 200 million downloads worldwide to date.

www.iobit.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass – October 29, 2013 – Permabit Technology Corporation, the recognized leader in data efficiency technology, today announced that iSCSI innovator StoneFly Inc. has begun customer shipments of its StoneFusion® Network Storage Platform (NSP) that incorporates Permabit’s Albireo data deduplication software to deliver cost and management savings in enterprise environments.

StoneFusion Network Storage Platform, StoneFly's patented storage networking operating system architecture, brings in block-level storage intelligence to the IP network core. With the addition of Albireo, Permabit’s data efficiency solution, StoneFly is able to seamlessly add data deduplication without negatively impacting its differentiating capabilities or reducing performance that their customers have come to expect. Users benefit from increased storage utilization through resource consolidation, storage provisioning, centralized access control, volume management, and advanced storage services including Active/Active clustering, mirroring, replication, encryption, snapshots, and thin provisioning. In addition, StoneFly is offering a Virtual Storage Appliance, including Permabit Albireo data deduplication, that can be integrated quickly and easily into any storage architecture and will be sold separately from their StoneFusion solutions.

“We value Permabit’s partnership in providing storage optimization features that offer data efficiency and cost-saving benefits throughout the IT infrastructure for our StoneFusion Network Storage Platform customers,” said Mo Tahmasebi, President and CEO of StoneFly. “Permabit Albireo is the best available solution for comprehensive storage efficiency.”

Incorporating Permabit Albireo SDK with StoneFusion NSP provides customers with one of the highest performing, scalable and efficient storage solutions in the market. Reducing storage capacity generates substantial and recurring impact on the cost and manageability of data growth in areas including storage licensing, storage management, power, cooling, and data center floor space. 

“StoneFly gains a tremendous competitive advantage with Albireo and their customers are the winners,” said Tom Cook, Permabit CEO. “The StoneFusion Network Storage Platform and its next-generation storage architecture with Albireo data efficiency will exceed the demanding storage needs of StoneFly customers for years to come.”
 
To learn more about Permabit Albireo technology visit Permabit’s website at www.permabit.com or call 617-252-9600.

About Permabit
Permabit is a recognized leader in data efficiency technologies, enabling OEMs to leverage their R&D investment, increase margin, accelerate time to market and achieve competitive advantage. Permabit Albireo software massively improves performance and efficiency of data creation, transmission and storage. Solutions built with Albireo are being delivered by leading hardware, software and service providers. Permabit was founded in 2000 by a technical and business team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit: www.permabit.com.

About StoneFly Inc.
StoneFly Inc., headquartered in San Diego, was founded in April 2000 to deliver upon the vision of simple and affordable storage optimization and disaster recovery protection through IP SAN solutions. StoneFly is a business division of Dynamic Network Factory, Inc. (DNF), a leading maker of high-performance Unified Scale out iSCSI and NAS systems. For more information on StoneFly, please visit www.stonefly.com and www.iscsi.com

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:02

The Risky Business of Not Taking Risks

In my work, I frequently engage in a broad-based leadership development program to prepare top talent for advancement. That was the case when I recently worked with a large construction company to groom Mike, one of the presidents, and Joe, the lead risk officer, for advancement.

During the 360-degree peer interviews I asked Mike how Joe could improve in general and how he could specifically help Mike with his growth objectives. Without hesitation, Mike answered, “I need for Joe to take me right to the edge of the cliff without letting me fall over. Right now he’s serving as the business-prevention arm of the business.”

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better definition of what those in risk and compliance can do to support the organization. Take them as far as ethics and good sense will allow without letting them hurt themselves or the company, but don’t serve as the business prevention unit.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/the-risky-business-of-not-taking-risks

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:01

Crossing boundaries

John Robinson
INONI

Our BCM World Conference presentation is an illustration of how BCM can pleasantly surprise business leaders with the value it brings. Our case study will be about Reed and MacKay, a £200M turnover top-end executive travel firm located in Farringdon close to the heart of London’s legal, media and financial district. This is a multi-faceted, time-pressured and highly successful business and illustrates perfectly the importance of accurate and decisive BIA. The following explains why I believe they found it so valuable, noting that Reed and Mackay subsequently gained accreditation to ISO 22301 at the first attempt.

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http://thebceye.blogspot.com/2013/10/crossing-boundaries.html

The ‘new normal’ propounded by management gurus a few years back was that ‘change is the only constant’. Companies, said the gurus, must constantly change, innovate and reinvent themselves in order to remain competitive and successful. They applied their mantra to everything from marketing to manufacturing to supply chain – with varying results. Victories included moves to lean and green manufacturing that saved money and the planet at the same time. Less fortunate changes have included Microsoft Windows 8 and (some time ago) Coca-Cola’s new Coke. Sometimes continuity itself is the best business continuity there is, but how can you tell?

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it-when-change-is-not-the-only-constant/

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:59

Hurricane Sandy, A Year of Recovery

FEMA Helping Survivors and Communities Rebuild

WASHINGTON – On the evening of October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey, with impacts felt across 24 states. The storm battered the East Coast, particularly the densely-populated New York and New Jersey coasts, with heavy rain, strong winds, and record storm surges.  In Sandy’s immediate aftermath, more than 23,000 people sought refuge in temporary shelters, and more than 8.5 million customers lost power. The storm flooded numerous roads and tunnels, blocked transportation corridors, and deposited extensive debris along the coastline.

At the direction of President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are worked closely with disaster survivors to ensure they received all the assistance for which they are eligible under the law. Over the course of the year, more than $1.4 billion in Individual Assistance has been provided to more than 182,000 survivors, and an additional $2.4 billion in low-interest disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  More than $7.9 billion in National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payments have been made to policy holders.

Over the last twelve-months, more than 11,900 grants totaling over $3.2 billion have been approved for emergency work, to remove debris and rebuild or replace public infrastructure in the hardest hit areas.  This includes more than $1.3 billion for first responder costs for personnel overtime, materials and equipment used to save lives and protect property; more than $400 million obligated toward repairs to storm damaged homes so that disaster survivors could safely remain in their homes; and more than $19 million toward the costs to repair storm flooded and damaged schools.  FEMA has been working in concert and integrating with all levels of government, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, communities and individuals to provide a whole community approach to recovery and leverage the capabilities of the entire nation. 

While supporting disaster survivors and communities on their road to recovery, FEMA has been aggressive in its implementation of new authorities granted in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA). In many ways, the passage of SRIA represents the most significant legislative change to the FEMA’s substantive authorities since the enactment of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  The changes have nationwide impact and provide greater flexibility to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, allow FEMA to operate more effectively and efficiently, and provide tribal nations options for seeking emergency and disaster declarations for their tribes.  To date, 13 of the 17 provisions outlined in this legislation have been completed, implemented via a pilot program, or are otherwise immediately available.

FEMA is encouraging everyone to take steps to become better prepared for an emergency, whether or not the event occurs while they are at home, at work, at school, or in the community. For more information on preparing for severe weather events and other disasters, visit www.Ready.gov or www.listo.gov on the Internet. Information regarding emergency preparedness and what to do before and after a disaster can also be found at m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app from your smartphone’s app store.

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.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.The social media links are provided for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/10/28/hurricane-sandy-year-recovery

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:58

Has Anything Changed a Year After Sandy?

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast of the United States a year ago this week. It’s a time to take a quick look backward to some pretty dire days and then look ahead to assess whether readiness has improved in the areas impacted by the storm.

At a luncheon presentation at last week’s Cable-Tec Expo ’13 in Atlanta—a technical conference sponsored by The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)—Time Warner Cable Chief Security Officer Brian Allen took a look back at how the operator handled the storm.

The big lesson, according to Leslie Ellis’ report on the presentation at Multichannel News, is to create plans and put them in place ahead of time. Her story touches on the two big issues: fuel and power. The story concludes with Allen’s point that post mortems—figuring out what worked and what didn’t—are important.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-and-telecom/has-anything-changed-a-year-after-sandy.html

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:56

Electronic Privacy? There's No Such Thing

Computerworld — Most people suffer from the delusion of privacy. They think it can be guaranteed somehow for their various electronic gadgets. But that is a delusion, and sadly even many in the information security field don't know it. Still, it's surprising how strong the desire to believe otherwise is, and how tech companies will sometimes try to feed that illusion.

Take the news that the encryption in Apple's iMessage can potentially be cracked. I was surprised, but not because the encryption could be cracked. That's a given, no matter the encryption algorithm. I was surprised because I didn't know that iMessage used point-to-point encryption. I just assumed that Apple could always read my messages. Call me uninformed for having missed that news, but what I think is that I was actually better informed than those people who saw Apple's promise that it couldn't decrypt iMessage traffic and let the delusion of privacy lull them into thinking that was really true. Believe me, we'd all be better off if we just acted on the theory that there is likely to be a back door every time.

Don't get me wrong. The fact that iMessage uses encryption is refreshing. Such encryption will do a lot to protect most of us in most of what we do (but more on that later). What is not refreshing is that Apple at best implied and at worst misrepresented that its encryption was uncrackable. Any computer professional in this day and age who thinks that any form of electronic communications is completely secure really doesn't know his profession.

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http://www.cio.com/article/742123/Electronic_Privacy_There_s_No_Such_Thing

LINCROFT, N.J. – The devastating aftermath of Superstorm Sandy left survivors and businesses in New Jersey with large-scale recovery needs. Throughout the year, the state’s private sector has made significant contributions to the recovery process and continues to play a key role.

FEMA Private Sector Specialists discuss disaster mitigation with business ownersMore than 600 businesses, utility companies, banks, insurance companies, colleges and universities, and professional organizations stood with local, state and federal agencies, voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations to strengthen the recovery efforts.

They disseminated information about disaster assistance to 7.2 million New Jersey residents through bill inserts, newsletters, signage and other means.

“One fast-food chain, which asked to remain anonymous, distributed 7,000 sandwiches with disaster-assistance information at 32 distribution points in three counties,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “That’s just one example of how essential the private sector is to a strong recovery effort.”

Immediately after Sandy struck, specialists with FEMA’s Private Sector Division in External Affairs deployed to New Jersey to work with chambers of commerce, industry associations, individual companies, colleges and universities and other organizations.

Kathy Cook, Public Information Officer, explains her role in assisting Sandy survivors to roundtable of federal and insurance industry partners

Response was immediate. Utility companies inserted messages in billing statements, reaching 3.3 million customers. The South Jersey Transportation Authority featured registration information on its Vehicle Messaging Systems at toll plazas, and the ticker messaging system on its website, reaching an estimated 2.9 million people a month.

Chambers, associations and businesses shared FEMA’s electronic newsletter (the E-News Update) for the private sector stakeholders with their memberships and contacts. The access to recovery information proved invaluable to their members and had far-reaching effects.

“To have the opportunity to interact directly with representatives, ask questions and get answers has helped not only members, but their clients as well,” said New Jersey Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Jarrod Grasso. “The recovery process in the aftermath of Sandy has not been easy, but getting the correct facts to our members has relieved a great deal of the uncertainty related to flood maps, insurance and elevation that so many New Jersey residents felt."

Home Depot Hurricane Workshop

Two FEMA program areas, Private Sector and the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordination group, facilitated an Insurance Industry Roundtable. The resulting public-private partnership engaged the insurance industry in a series of four meetings to explore how to enhance and expedite the disaster assistance process. A roundtable work group identified issues impeding the process and then developed recommendations that were submitted to President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

The private sector reached out in more basic ways as well. Sometimes it was as simple as offering a space to work. Operation Photo Rescue, a nonprofit organization of volunteer photojournalists from around the country, wanted to help Sandy survivors restore treasured photos. The organization began helping disaster survivors during Hurricane Katrina recovery. Volunteers need to set up a temporary shop close enough for survivors to access the free services.

“Finding a place for us to host our copy run was turning into a major problem as we could not secure a building close enough to where Sandy hit,” said Operation Photo Rescue President Margie Hayes. “We were coming up empty handed until Chris Spyridon, regional pro sales manager for Home Depot, offered us space at a Home Depot in Seaside Heights.”

The business of recovery is long-term, and an important part of that is preparedness, which not only helps individuals survive a disaster but can help businesses endure as well. FEMA’s Private Sector specialists have covered the state to help executives and officials understand the need for a continuity plan so work continues once the emergency is over. Montclair State University recorded FEMA’s preparedness webinar to share with all of New Jersey’s colleges and universities.

Amy Ferdinand, the university’s director of Environmental Health and Safety, said, “With the recent trend of ever-increasing disasters – whether natural or manmade – being the ‘new normal,’ there is a definite need among business leaders and stakeholders to become better informed on the topic of continuity and business planning.”

Next in the One Year Later series: the role of Environmental and Historic Preservation in disaster recovery.

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.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/10/28/new-jersey-private-sector-gets-down-business-sandy-recovery