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Salt Lake City, Utah – Voonami, a provider of a broad portfolio of offerings for outsourced data centers services (www.voonami.com), and Tegile Systems (www.tegile.com), a leading provider of hybrid storage arrays for virtualized server and desktop environments, today announced a partnership on a new managed replication service that provides Tegile customers with an unmatched value proposition to securely protect their data at Voonami’s world-class data centers with onsite-level application performance of replicated data. 
The Voonami managed replication service leverages the remote replication functionality built into every Tegile Zebi hybrid array. Tegile users do not need to purchase any replication or backup software, but simply order the service from Voonami and immediately gain the benefits of distributed data protection to a 
secure Voonami data center without any additional hardware or software expenditure. 
“The combination of Tegile’s disruptive technology and the world class data center resources of Voonami now make it possible to eliminate the cost and complexity barriers to outsourcing data protection projects to the cloud,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile Systems. “Everything is built in so our customers simply replicate their data over the cloud to a shared resource at Voonami. We’re excited to add another extremely compelling resource to the Zebi package.”
Voonami president Ben Bush said that the out-of-the-box replication functionality highlights the unsurpassed customer value of Zebi arrays, enabling out of the box replication for a variety of use cases.  “Our distributed replication service can be a pure offsite backup play or a disaster recovery play.  People now have the ability to spin up virtual machines on replicated storage with the same performance as their primary storage.”  
The new remote replication service expands the relationship between Voonami and Tegile. Voonami previously installed Zebi 2100 arrays in its two data centers to accelerate the performance of its cloud computing and Storage as a Service product offerings. 
The Voonami-Tegile replication service is the first of its kind for a hybrid SSD array vendor with a Managed Service Provider and signals the strength that Tegile has established with service provider customers, who are adopting Tegile’s Zebi hybrid arrays for the transformational economics that make SSD performance affordable for outsourcing services
Zebi hybrid arrays are 5-12 times less expensive than all-flash arrays on a cost-per-gigabyte basis, but the breakthrough architecture delivers SSD-level  performance for every application even if the data resides on hard disk storage. Additionally, with integrated in-line data deduplication and compression, Tegile arrays cost about $1 per gigabyte, competitive with traditional enterprise disk arrays but with vastly lower operational costs for power and cooling.  Tegile’s package of high IOPS performance and aggressive cost control is unmatched by pure SSD or conventional hard disk arrays.
About Voonami Voonami, delivers Data Center solutions, Cloud Computing Infrastructure services, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, VOIP solutions and traditional Co-location services to the business community. For more information please contact us at info@voonami.com, 801-995-4000 or visit http://www.voonami.com.
About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid-state disk-based arrays. Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

Executive briefs detail strategies for making data centers true business assets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released three executive briefs to help CIOs sort through some of the most pressing issues and decisions they and their organizations will face. The three briefs address:

  • IT operational and electrical efficiency
  • Planning for the future
  • Do you need a new data center?

Identifying the Biggest IT Resource Drains” looks at six common data center inefficiencies, including heterogeneous environments, needlessly high SLAs and excessive capacity buffers. By finding and correcting these resource drains, IT leaders can free up time and money for proactive planning.

In “Planning for the Future of IT: Becoming More Agile, Available and Valuable to the Business,” the CIO is presented with four strategies designed to help support more robust and complex networks of users, customers, partners and suppliers and, in the process, increase IT’s value to the business. One of those strategies involves tying availability to criticality, and the brief explains possible approaches—including, but not limited to, cloud computing—that do just that.

The third brief, “Do You Need a New Data Center? Options for businesses that are outgrowing their critical infrastructure” helps CIOs break down that difficult—and often expensive—question and be confident in the eventual answer. A new data center can cost in the range of $12-17 million per megawatt—an investment no organization should take lightly. The brief will help CIOs understand what they can and can’t do in existing facilities and decide if and when it is time build new.

All three briefs are available at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/CIOtopics. For more information on products and solutions from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.


About Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.


About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit

Associate Members Coordinate and Collaborate to Develop a GBET Industry Standard Universal Adaptor to Interface with Various Carrier Databases
  • Connectivity Solutions (CSL), a network optimization solution provider, has been selected as one of an elite group of Global Business Exchange for Telecom (GBET) Associate Members.
  • Connectivity Solutions, Ltd is a UK company that has been created to leverage a unique combination of technology and industry knowledge to support companies providing or operating large estates of off-net services to identify areas for cost reduction, process efficiency, service simplification and procurement improvement.
Manchester, United Kingdom Connectivity Solutions (CSL), a network optimization solution provider, has been selected as one of an elite group of Global Business Exchange for Telecom (GBET) Associate Members to coordinate and collaborate in developing a GBET industry standard universal adaptor to interface with various carrier databases together with a B2B electronic exchange service allowing the electronic exchange of common data transactions.
Nigel Meacham, CSL's Managing Director, said, "Connectivity Solutions is pleased to have been selected as one of the members involved in the eContract program.  It is excellent for the industry that GBET has taken the initiative with a B2B electronic exchange service, and we welcome working with the GBET board as well as all current and future members to develop the program.  CSL believes that the industry is in need of inter-carrier platforms to improve telecom industry efficiency."
For information about CSL and its full suite of optimization solutions, email nmeacham@connectivity-solutions.net or visit www.connectivity-solutions.net.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Reed Group® MDGuidelines are featured in DataCare's latest whitepaper "Calculating Hard-Dollar Returns on Return-to-Work Case Management".  In today's competitive business climate, a managed care company must provide empirical data that supports its ability to control costs, increase efficiency, and increase the quality of care. The key metrics that the company can focus on are Return-to-Work (RTW) savings and related hard and soft savings. The latest whitepaper shows how to calculate net savings and RTW ROI.

Download the whitepaper Calculating Hard-Dollar Returns on Return-to-Work Case Management (pdf)


Reed Group's evidence-based recommendations provide a predicted disability duration (PDD) benchmark for each injured worker based on the injury, demographics, and co-morbidities. "Having quality evidence-based recommendations that inform the case manager of predicated disability durations is essential. We are committed to bringing our clients the most advanced tools that help them provide injured workers with timely and effective treatment," said Jon Seymour, MD, Reed Group President.

According to Dr. Paulo Franca, President and Chief Technology Officer of DataCare Corporation, "DataCare's integration with Reed Group is part of a growing trend to put easy-to-use predictive modeling tools in the hands of nurses and physicians. This will enable them to employ return-to-work guidelines that are more closely tailored for each patient based on factors such as age, job class, and the presence of additional (co-morbid) health conditions."

About DataCare Corporation (http://www.datacare.com)

Headquartered in San Jose, California, DataCare software supports evidence-based treatment decisions with defensible supporting documentation for workers' compensation claims. DataCare supports the highly specialized workflows for workers' compensation claims management, case management, utilization review, and bill review systems. DataCare's web-based solutions enable reviewers to be twice as productive as those using legacy paper-based workflows, and offer managers much better visibility into status, quality, and workload issues.

About Reed Group (http://www.reedgroup.com)
Reed Group® is the world's most trusted source of return-to-work information, helping companies improve employee absence outcomes. Reed Group's data, tools, customized solutions, and case management services help reduce absence incidence and duration, and get employees back to normal, healthy lives and full productivity. Reed Group is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. More information at www.reedgroup.com and www.mdguidelines.com.

CoreSite customers benefit from a direct gateway between Europe and Boston and diverse Ethernet connectivity options across the CoreSite platform

Denver, Colo.  – CoreSite, a premier provider of network-dense, cloud-enabled data center solutions and the CoreSite Mesh, today announced that Hibernia Networks is expanding its relationship with CoreSite to include deployments in both Boston and New York. Hibernia Networks is a provider of global capacity solutions, providing submarine and terrestrial networks throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The expansion will include a subsea cable connection into CoreSite’s Boston facility, as well as an Ethernet deployment in CoreSite’s New York facility. These new options for connectivity complement the existing services currently offered in CoreSite data center campuses located in Washington, DC; Denver; and Los Angeles.

The gateway in Boston will provide CoreSite customers with an ultra-low latency, direct route between Boston and Europe, ensuring the highest reliability and peak performance. This deployment will serve as a new data node for IP peering in the Boston market.

“We look forward to offering CoreSite customers diverse, high-performance connectivity solutions,” said Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO Hibernia Networks. “Connecting to CoreSite’s Boston and New York campuses will extend our subsea offering and our EtherReach service, providing CoreSite’s Mesh community an additional on-ramp to the cloud and AWS Direct Connect services.”

CoreSite's Boston campus, which borders Cambridge and Boston's Central Business District, brings together a community of more than 70 content distribution networks (CDNs), tier 1 carriers, cloud computing providers and systems integrators.

“Today’s announcement provides new opportunities across our U.S. data center campuses, and an additional European gateway to our growing community of customers within the CoreSite Mesh,” said Jarrett Appleby, COO, CoreSite. “We’re excited to enable Hibernia’s expansion of its presence in our cloud community, and pleased to have Hibernia join our ecosystem of customers in Boston and New York.” 

About Hibernia Networks:

Hibernia Networks owns and operates a global network connecting North America, Europe and Asia.  Hibernia offers 172 network Points of Presence (PoPs) on over 27,000 kilometers of fiber.   

Hibernia Networks serves wholesale, financial and media customers with unparalleled support, flexibility and service. Hibernia’s wholesale services provide secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet, DTM and optical-level services, including GigE, 10G and LanPhy wavelengths and traditional SONET/SDH services. Hibernia’s financial services unite hundreds of global banks and financial exchanges with low latency connectivity.  Hibernia’s media services are dedicated to flawless delivery of video signals over fiber, supporting media companies across the globe with over 150 media connection points.  Hibernia Networks is owned by Columbia Ventures Corporation and funds managed by Constellation Growth Capital.

 For more information on Hibernia’s cutting-edge network and services, please visit www.hibernianetworks.com

Companies are playing it safe when developing new products and services, research shows.

A new study by Accenture revealed that nearly half of executives feel their businesses have become more risk averse when considering new ideas. Instead of inventing new products and services, 64 percent of companies focus more on product-line extensions.



In the summer of 1968, a new strain of influenza appeared in Hong Kong. This strain, known as H3N2, spread around the globe and eventually killed an estimated 1 million people.

A new study from MIT reveals that there are many strains of H3N2 circulating in birds and pigs that are genetically similar to the 1968 strain and have the potential to generate a pandemic if they leap to humans. The researchers, led by Ram Sasisekharan, the Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, also found that current flu vaccines might not offer protection against these strains.

“There are indeed examples of H3N2 that we need to be concerned about,” says Sasisekharan, who is also a member of MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. “From a pandemic-preparedness point of view, we should potentially start including some of these H3 strains as part of influenza vaccines.”



Security and technology heads at top Australian organisations say the impact of a mandatory data breach reporting scheme on businesses will largely depend on what the Federal Government determines are 'reasonable' security controls.

Plans for a data breach notification scheme were shared with a small number of stakeholders as the Exposure Draft Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013, obtained by SC.

The scheme was recommended by the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2008 and would force organisations to notify the Federal Privacy Commissioner, affected consumers and on occasion the media when data breaches occur.



May 14, 2013

Not what it seems

I was walking my dog, Barney recently when someone stopped to say hello. To him, not me – he’s always the first one that people talk to, I can’t think why. “I love Springer Spaniels,” she said, when she eventually acknowledged my presence, “in fact I have two myself.” 

"Actually he's a Field Spaniel" I replied, to which she asked "are you sure? He looks like a Springer."
I pointed out that whilst his markings are quite Springer-like, Field Spaniels are generally a bit shorter, a bit stockier and a bit squarer-faced than Springers (and a tad more expensive, but I kept that one to myself as I thought she might take it the wrong way).

Business continuity is a big deal. Having your infrastructure up and running in the case of an outage, a disaster, or some other unforeseen event can make the difference between generating more revenue (based in large part on your consistency as a business) and losing untold dollars and credibility.

One of the hallmarks of the new, distributed and mobile workforce is BYOD, a movement that is increasingly enabled by innovative cloud technologies. BYOD has great virtues for an organization, especially in the instances where business continuity planning comes into play. If your workforce can still access their communication and collaboration tools, any disruption to business as usual can be mitigated.