Companies align to deliver key data center and interconnection services for growing southeast region
ATLANTA – Colo Atl, the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA, announces today that Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open-access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, has joined Colo Atl’s growing list of network operators and service providers. The company’s partnership with Colo Atl is part of its fiber build across the Southeast, extending 700 miles from Miami, FL to Atlanta, GA.
In addition to Colo Atl’s strategic location in Downtown Atlanta, complementing the new Southeast Route, Allied Fiber joins long-time partner Colo Atl for its SSAE 16 certified colocation facility and ability to provide N+1 redundancy and access to multiple tier-1 network operators. The Colo Atl facility is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a test bed and live production facility for network communications equipment; and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP). SNAP provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing and implementation.
“Colo Atl offers us a number of critical amenities, including convenient and affordable interconnection options via a first-class carrier-neutral colocation facility in downtown Atlanta,” comments Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “Additionally, the collaboration opportunities and innovative spirit of the GTC and SNAP align perfectly with our march to become the first national, open-access, integrated network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure in the United States. The arrangement is integral to the Jacksonville to Atlanta segment of our Southeast Route.”
Allied Fiber’s unique business model and network design was created to specifically facilitate open-access interconnection. The three primary components of the model are new, high-count dark fiber cables, handholes for lateral splicing and fully integrated, network-neutral colocation facilities, such as Colo Atl’s.
“We’re happy to have Allied Fiber join our increasing roster of network operators and service providers,” states Tim Kiser, Owner and Founder of Colo Atl. “The facility has greatly expanded in the last year. Our growth is directly attributable to folks like Allied Fiber and their desire to make a meaningful difference on how communications gets done.”
Established in November 2001, the Colo Atl colocation and Meet Me Area (MMA) facility is located across the 5th and 8th floors of 55 Marietta Street in Downtown Atlanta. Colo Atl is a reasonable, accommodating and cost-effective interconnection environment for more than 80 local, regional and global network operators.
EXETER, RI – Carousel Industries, a leader in unified communications, managed services, data solutions and visual communications, announced that it will offer a range of managed services and cloud-based products with Level 3 Communications,), a provider of local, national and global communications services. Through the new strategic alliance, Carousel provides IT managed services and capabilities to support Level 3’s portfolio of business solutions ranging from Unified Communications and hosted video to cloud and data services for its enterprise customers.
Anchored by extensive fiber networks on three continents connected by undersea facilities, Level 3’s global network reliably and securely provides enhanced, scalable network capabilities and a comprehensive portfolio of data, security, video, voice, unified communications and cloud-based solutions. Carousel, which maintains longstanding relationships with leading technology companies such as Microsoft, Avaya, Juniper Networks, Polycom and others, has developed a robust managed services offering through its SmartPoint program, helping companies achieve network efficiency while remaining focused on strategic business objectives. Together, the two companies will offer complete solutions to the issues facing enterprises today.
"As the market becomes increasingly reliant on secure, cloud-based solutions, enterprises are looking for trusted partners to deliver scalable, cloud-based solutions that are easily maintained," commented Jeff Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Carousel Industries. "Through our strategic alliance with Level 3 — a company that is able to provide enormous scale and expertise around cloud-based technologies — Carousel will serve an important role in creating end-to-end communication solutions for organizations across a range of vertical markets including government, healthcare, finance and others."
Carousel will deliver Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) to customers and connect them directly to Level 3’s network and range of managed services via its SmartPoint program. Its managed services extend from cloud-based offerings around Microsoft Lync to other unified communications offerings including voice, data and video. Additionally, through its Network Operations Center (NOC), Carousel is able to offer 24/7/365 network monitoring as well as providing a vast network of manufacturer certified engineers to provide expert installation and maintenance.
“The network is a critical link in enabling cloud computing and unified communications solutions,” said Lisa Miller, Senior Vice President of Wholesale Markets and Alternate Channels at Level 3. “This alliance leverages Carousel’s customer management expertise with Level 3’s network and portfolio of secure, flexible solutions to tackle the challenges enterprises face today.”
To learn more about Carousel's collaboration solutions, please visit www.carouselindustries.com/solutions/collaboration.
Carousel Industries consults, integrates, and manages technology solutions that solve business problems and contribute to your organizations’ growth. This includes unified communications, managed services, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions.
Today we have over 6,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times. Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI, with over 1,000 employees working from offices in 30 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit: http://www.carouselindustries.com.
Latest release of business continuity planning and management solution improves compliance, simplifies plan building, and empowers more insightful plan management
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Strategic BCP, Inc., the global leader in Business Continuity Planning and Management (BCP/BCM), has announced new capabilities for its cloud-based ResilienceONE® BCM software. These latest features include:
- Next Level Real-Time Incident Management. ResilienceONE was first to release Real-Time Incident Management as an integrated component. The Command Center view of all facilities, IT, and business processes puts one-click awareness at users' fingertips. Live chat and activity tickers provide unmatched insight into incident and recovery status.
- Integrated Mobile Applications on all platforms allow users to update status and send texts/e-mails/calls of next steps on the go.
- Expansion of 3rd Party System Integration Capabilities. ResilienceONE has always integrated with a variety of systems and data sources. Now, this integration has been expanded through new GET/POST capabilities and new relational dependencies such as IT asset relationships and business-to-IT dependencies.
- Enhanced Plan Approval Workflow. ResilienceONE’s leading task workflow has been made even better. Based on an industry-leading methodology, ResilienceONE provides the ability to generate customized plans and route them through approvals and sign-offs without customization headaches.
- Enhanced Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Functionality. ResilienceONE has enhanced the areas of Operational Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Third-Party Vendor Assessment, Business Process Mapping/Re-engineering, and Controls Auditing at no extra cost.
"This latest set of ongoing advances helps ResilienceONE clients enhance strategic value and lower TCO within their organizations," says Frank Perlmutter, president and co-founder of Strategic BCP. "With unlimited users, full features, minimal setup, and automation of data entry; the software’s analysis and maintenance tasks lead the way in an industry encumbered by long implementations and high costs."
BC professionals can evaluate the latest capabilities of ResilienceONE by requesting a Live Demo, or visiting Strategic BCP at the DRI 2015 Conference in San Antonio, TX on March 1-4 and the DRJ Spring World Conference in Orlando, FL on March 22-25.
Complete information about ResilienceONE is available at www.strategicbcp.com.
Here’s the quick version. Hackers operating in the same cloud server hardware as you can steal your encryption keys and run off with your data/bank codes/customers/company (strike out items that do not apply – if any). Yes, behind that mouthful of a title is a scary prospect indeed. Until recently, this kind of cloud-side hacking possibility had been discussed but not observed. Now a team of computer scientists have managed to recover a private key used by one virtual machine by spying on it using another virtual machine. Therefore a hacker could conceivably do the same to your VM from another VM running on the same server. How worried should you be?
Last week, CipherCloud revealed the results of a survey regarding the use of shadow IT. The study found that of the 1,100 cloud applications used in an enterprise setting, 86 percent of those are being used without authorization of the IT department.
Fellow IT Business Edge blogger Arthur Cole believes that, despite the high use of shadow IT within the workspace, the practice’s decline is inevitable. He wrote:
Now that the cloud has taken a firm hold in the enterprise, shadow IT will diminish naturally as internal resources gain the flexibility and availability that knowledge workers require. In fact, you could argue that shadow IT is a net positive for the enterprise because it creates the impetus to shed aging, silo-based infrastructure in favor of a more flexible, dynamic environment. And ultimately, this will allow many organizations to abolish their IT cost centers entirely in order to focus resources on more profitable endeavors.
Telecommunications networks are huge users of energy. The cable industry, for instance, relies upon millions of servers, amplifiers and other network devices throughout vast networks. These all need to be powered. In homes, set-top boxes, gateways and other gadgets need juice, as well.
Cable and telcos, and the companies that support them, are taking steps to control this usage, at least in the home. In 2012, companies connected with the pay television industry entered a voluntary agreement to cut energy use in set-top boxes (STBs). Late last summer, D&R International, Ltd. on behalf of the group, published a report on the impact of the initiative on usage during 2013.
The report, according to Switchboard, the National Resources Defense staff blog, suggests very strongly that the agreement is having the desired effect. Energy use decreased 5 percent during the year and saved about $168 million. Usage of energy by STBs was 14 percent less than devices installed in 2012. The story points out that the next wave of voluntary requirements will increase savings to $1 billion annually when they are implemented in 2017.
(TNS) — New Mexico hasn’t had its first zombie infection yet, but if that happens, Nick Generous and others on a Los Alamos National Laboratory team will probably map it on their new Biosurveillance Gateway website.
All epidemics — whether ebola, measles or zombie apocalypses — begin with patient zero.
“In the earliest stages of outbreak, there’s this critical period of time that officials can enact certain interventions to minimize and prevent the spread,” said Generous, a molecular biologist who helped develop the Biosurveillance Gateway. “So, how do you decide what to do?”
Quarantine, vaccinate or, in the case of that nasty zombie, just shoot its head off?
(TNS) — As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahomans after a record-setting year, state officials are trying to coordinate their responses and soothe fears.
Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague said Friday his office will develop a website to help keep the public informed of various agency actions on earthquakes. He said it will be modeled after the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s drought page, drought.ok.gov.
The state had 585 earthquakes greater than a 3.0 magnitude in 2014, up from 109 in 2013. Some studies have linked wastewater injection wells from oil and gas development to increased seismic activity.
“We recognize we have a problem,” said Teague, who heads the Governor’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity. “There’s something going on. But the science is not completely settled.
Company’s Flash-driven array optimizes performance of Oracle environment without the need to ‘rip and replace’ existing NFS infrastructure NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that Leupold & Stevens, a NetApp shop for nearly a decade, has chosen its Intelligent Flash Storage System as a NetApp replacement for its Oracle, Exchange, SQL Server and VMware virtualized infrastructure. Beaverton, Oregon-based Leupold & Stevens Inc. builds the best products for the shooting sports, general and wildlife observation, and the military and law enforcement communities. The company has designed, machined and assembled precision optical instruments and accessories for more than 100 years. Leupold takes pride in providing high-quality, durable binoculars and scopes for customers, earning a reputation as America’s Optics Authority. The company needed a similarly high-quality and durable storage solution that could support its virtualized infrastructure and Oracle suite of applications. Leupold found that operations were beginning to slow significantly with its NetApp array. The company evaluated a new flash-based NetApp array conducting a database performance and load test to see if it could handle its infrastructure and the results were disappointing. Leupold saw lower-than-expected 6,500 IOPS that wound up pausing all business-critical operations. “If our storage array slows down, then our business slows down as a result,” said Josh De Jong, Systems Architect at Leupold. “We’re driven by the speed that our Oracle applications demand, and if our NetApp array couldn’t handle it, then sticking with NetApp didn’t make sense. It was worth the conversation to see what else was out there to get the performance that we needed.” De Jong began looking at other vendors to see what might meet the company’s performance requirements. While he was interested in an all-flash system, it was necessary to find something that could support NFS rather than ditching the company’s investment in its current infrastructure. He decided against a tiering solution, eliminating Compellent solutions. Pure Storage presented protocol problems; and Tintri “didn’t make sense to us” because of its mixed environment support rather than being able to handle an all-virtual one. Hearing about Tegile from a local VAR, De Jong began researching the company and its products and brought in Tegile to do proof-of-concept testing with one of its hybrid arrays. Re-running the stress test that found NetApp topping out at 6,500 IOPS and 1.5 gbps of throughput, the Tegile HA2400 hybrid array performed at 107,000 IOPS and 4 gbps of throughput with no issues. Impressed by its better performance, lower price and deduplication capabilities that enabled a 65 percent data reduction of its Oracle environment, De Jong chose to implement Tegile into its production environment. In addition to getting the throughput performance, the company needed to support its Oracle application suite. Leupold has been able to better leverage the Business Intelligence (BI) features of its Oracle environment because of Tegile’s inline deduplication and compression functionality. “Data dumps” on Leupold’s previous NetApp solution would take up to 17 hours, causing any useful information gained “unusable” until the next business day. With Tegile, BI operations have been reduced to four hours. And with deduplication and compression “always on,” De Jong “never has to worry about it.” Leupold will be adding an extra storage shelf on the Tegile array at its Beaverton headquarters, as well as installing a second unit at its Denver facility for disaster recovery purposes. The second array will be optimized with additional capacity but less flash to deliver the ideal balance of performance and cost. “We’re not a huge company despite having a pretty well-known product and being an industry leader,” said De Jong. “And we want to be treated like we’re important even if we’re not spending millions of dollars on storage every year. Everyone we’ve talked to at Tegile is quick to respond and is always available. Tegile has always impressed us and has never let us down.” "Whether you’re a self-described ‘small shop’ like Leupold & Stevens or a large-scale enterprise, Tegile has a storage system that is right for you," said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile. "For Leupold & Stevens, it was our ability to support their investment in Fibre and our data reduction technologies. For others, it might be that they don’t have to compromise between performance and resilience when it comes to business-critical applications. The best part about Tegile is that our portfolio of enterprise storage systems provides the greatest breadth of options and comprehensive data management capabilities to ensure that our customers’ specific needs are met both today and into the future." About Tegile Systems Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments. Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any 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 snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. 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NEW YORK – Send Word Now®, the worldwide leader in enterprise-class critical communications, including emergency notification, today announced the implementation of its award-winning Alerting Service by the New York Genome Center (NYGC). The client organization, a consortium of renowned academic, medical and industry leaders across the globe, will use Send Word Now to execute communications pertaining to its Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery (ER/DR) plan.
NYGC is an independent non-profit at the forefront of transforming biomedical research and clinical care with the mission of saving lives. The organization focuses on translating genomic research into clinical solutions for serious diseases.
"As collaborators, we place a very high premium on communication," said Kevin McGhee, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, New York Genome Center. "And even more so during situations that may hinder our work or pose a safety hazard."
With Send Word Now's Alerting Service, NYGC can instantly send urgent voice and text messages to its members – primarily world-class researchers and physicians – using any communications method (e.g., landline and mobile phones, email, SMS, etc.). Message recipients can reply using the popular Get Word Back feature, easily acknowledging receipt of the alert, confirming their availability to respond to a particular situation, and if necessary, accounting for their personal well-being.
NYGC will use Send Word Now for weather-related notifications, quickly making its members aware of lab closures or altered hours of operation, as well as IT alerting and response, ensuring high-performance computing and data storage. The Alerting Service will also be used if there are physical security concerns, helping safeguard collaborators and facilities, and during other potential business disruptions.
"Through its continuous innovation and discovery, NYGC has made a significant impact in the medical, academic and economic landscape of New York, and the lives of so many people worldwide," said Lorin Bristow, Senior Vice President, Marketing, for Send Word Now. "We are honored to support the organization's critical communications needs and resiliency measures, as well as its unprecedented collaboration of technology, science and medicine."
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