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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00

Inoapps Opens New City Of London HQ

Award winning Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has continued its expansion with the opening of a new Group Headquarters in the City of London. With its rapid global expansion across EMEA the Far East and the Americas the company, which was founded in Aberdeen, believes that the new office at the heart of London’s international financial district is a natural development. The City Point location is also close to Oracle’s London offices in EC2.

 

Inoapps’ commitment to opening new office locations can also be seen across the globe. The company opened its first US office just over a year ago and now has a headcount of fifty. There are also advanced plans to open an office in Dubai in the near future. Combined with Inoapps’ existing presence in the Far East, the company is now emerging as a truly global force.

 

The consistently strong company growth, behind the news, has been driven by Inoapps’ launch of a number of successful service packages aimed at organisations that want to move their systems to the Cloud. The InClusive® package enables companies to obtain Oracle Cloud Apps, implementation and support on a monthly fee basis with no upfront cost. Similarly, the In2Cloud® app enables Oracle E-Business Suite users to move quickly to the Cloud from as little as 10 weeks. The company has also recently launched a widely acclaimed EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) division, which enables organisations to make smarter business decisions through class-leading planning and analytics.

 

Commenting on the new City of London offices, Andy Bird CEO of Inoapps noted, “The opening of a City HQ is a major landmark in the company’s history and represents a significant investment in supporting new and existing customers both domestically and across the globe. These offices will also give us the space we need to drive our future growth plans and give our team a superb working environment. As you would expect with Inoapps, the building is equipped with the latest technology and this will complement our own modern best practice approach to business.”

 

The contact details for Inoapps’ City of London office are as follows:

City Point

9th Floor

1 Ropemaker Street,

London

EC2Y 9HT

 

About Inoapps (www.inoapps.com)

Inoapps is a global company with operations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

A leading Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle Applications, Technology & Hardware specialist, Inoapps delivers the complete Oracle application-to-disk enterprise IT environment through the provision of consulting, and implementation together with hosting and managed services. The company has clients across a broad range of industry sectors including energy, engineering, construction, travel, financial services and manufacturing as well as local and central government.

Inoapps is proud to be recognized by Oracle as Specialized Partner of the Year for Accelerate Solutions: EMEA 2010 & 2012, Oracle General Business Applications Partner of the Year 2009, 2010 & 2011 and UK Oracle User Group Database Partner of the Year 2011/12.

Inoapps recently received a £10 million investment of growth capital from BGF (Business Growth Fund), the independent company established to provide growth capital to UK businesses.

Award winning trading platform updates currency prices 10 times every second and manages 11 billion dollars of transactions daily

 

London – Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has announced that Saxo Bank, a specialist in global online trading and investment, is leveraging Interoute's high capacity low latency network to connect its award winning multi-asset trading platform to the bank's clients, brokers and the global financial markets.

 

Saxo Bank, an Interoute customer since 2009, is a leading provider of multi-asset trading solutions to banks, brokers and end investors. Its innovative platforms offer a unique trading experience and are designed to give clients an edge in today's increasingly complex trading environment where technology plays a key role. On average its platforms facilitate 11 billion dollars of transactions every day.

 

Interoute's advanced network provides the highest level of redundancy and resiliency to ensure the trading platform can respond at high speed to real-time data, such as foreign currency exchange rates, which can change up to 10 times per second. Interoute's network supports the trading platform with a 10GB network connection between Saxo Bank's head office and data centres in the UK and Denmark and an MPLS network connecting Saxo Bank with its regional offices worldwide.

 

With a global presence, including offices in 26 countries, Saxo Bank's team of technology experts are vital to the company's ambition to stay ahead in an intensely competitive global market. The security, performance and reliability of its IT systems are also critical to its success.

 

Ashley Latham, CIO of Saxo Bank, comments: "Financial markets can be very volatile, hundreds of thousands of prices are updated every second. It is critical for us that we get the right price at the right time from the market and we send these prices onto our clients. In the global trading market our innovative trading platform provides the opportunity and Interoute provides the high performance network to keep it constantly updated and available."

 

With the help of Interoute's infrastructure, Saxo Bank also launched the world's first multi-asset social trading platform in January 2014. Tradingfloor.com enables users to analyse the performance and trading history of real traders, see their real time trading activity, and integrates with the Saxo Bank trading platform allowing them to place trades at any time.

 

Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, adds: "Saxo Bank is an industry front runner for IT innovation in online trading, and relies on having fast, reliable and secure global connectivity to keep its services ahead of the competition. This is a good example of how Interoute can enhance the infrastructure of a digital business like Saxo Bank and ensure the high performance of its online services. As speed becomes ever more business critical, we're seeing a growing demand from international businesses for our global expertise in delivering network solutions."

Flexiant integrates with Odin for Caravan Aero to create a Virtual Data-Center, which allows customers to deploy complex infrastructure, targeted at Russian SMBs and enterprise

 

MOSCOW, Russia - Caravan Aero, the subsidiary of Caravan Telecom, the longest established datacenter provider in Moscow, has selected Flexiant to provide Virtual Data-Center (VDC) capabilities on-demand. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator delivers the flexibility to meet Caravan Aero's requirements to deliver self-service VDC to its SMB customers as well as managed services for its large enterprise customers. Caravan Aero Cloud VDC will reduce operating costs for its customers by at least 25%.

 

Already an Odin Virtuozzo customer, Caravan Aero evaluated Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator extensively prior to selecting the cloud management technology. Stanislav Drugalev, General Manager at Caravan Aero said, "Prior to launching our cloud services, we undertook extensive testing to ensure Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator would allow us to provide the range of virtual infrastructure offers to our customers."

 

Caravan Aero was impressed with Flexiant Cloud Orchestrators breadth of functionality including the ability to manage two datacenter locations easily, multi-hypervisor support so Caravan Aero could go live on both Virtuozzo and KVM, and localization so the platform could be localized for the Russian language and currency.

 

Stanislav Drugalev said, "Flexiant gives us the ability to support a multi-pronged business approach delivering a ranged of self-service and managed services all through the same control panel."

 

George Knox, CEO, Flexiant said, "By selecting Flexiant with Odin, Caravan Aero has a complete solution to launch new cloud services, open new lines of revenue with existing customers and attract new ones. We give our service provider customers the technology needed to deliver the cloud in a way that extends beyond technology to support business growth."

 

"Virtuozzo leads the industry in container virtualization and is very well-suited for delivering infrastructure services on-demand," said Alex Danyluk, Vice President, Partner Ecosystem and Alliances, Odin. "We are pleased to see Caravan Aero evolve their service offerings using their existing investments in Odin technology and that Flexiant is helping to enable this."

 

About Flexiant
Flexiant provides solutions aimed solely at helping service providers capture the cloud market opportunity. Its portfolio of solutions includes Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Flexiant Concerto. Since 2009 Flexiant has armed service providers with the solutions necessary to launch revenue generating cloud services quickly and easily.

 

Flexiant has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management and received the Info-Tech Research Group Trendsetter Award for two consecutive years. Flexiant is a Gold Parallels Partner and a Dell certified technology partner. Customers include Brinkster, Acens part of Telefonica Group, FailProof Technology and ThinkGrid Ceano, part of Colt Telecom. Flexiant is also a key participant in the EU's Horizon 2020 program. For more information visit www.flexiant.com.

About Caravan Aero
Caravan Aero specializes in providing business cloud services, including virtual hosting, VPS, IaaS and virtual data center. Caravan Aero works based on own data center company Caravan, the level of reliability which meets TIER III+. Caravan Aero helps to develop the business around 2000 Russian companies from the SMB and Enterprise segment. Caravan Aero was honored with industry award Comnews Awards as the "best "cloud" launch 2014". For more information visit www.caravan.ru.

When data from the massive Ashley Madison hack first leaked online, one tiny bright spot was that researchers said the company appeared to use a strong algorithm to encrypt users passwords. But now one group says it already decoded more than 11 million passwords because programming errors in how that encryption was applied left the information less secure than originally thought.

And the passwords unearthed by the decoding hobbyists, known as CynoSure Prime, so far suggest that many who were seeking thrills on the infidelity-focused site had poor digital hygiene.

The top password uncovered so far: 123456, according to Ars Technica. The other passwords that made the top five aren't much better: 12345, password, DEFAULT, and 123456789.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/09/11/yet-another-thing-exposed-in-the-ashley-madison-hack-ridiculously-bad-passwords/

It seems that the enterprise is both intrigued and yet intimidated by the thought of incorporating high-performance computing (HPC) into the data center.

On the one hand, who doesn’t want a powerful, scalable and highly flexible data infrastructure at their disposal? On the other, the financial, technical and logistical challenges to making it work properly are undoubtedly daunting.

Or are they? Most people view HPC in terms of the home-grown, scale-out infrastructure that populates the data centers of Google, Facebook and other Web giants. But as the technology matures, it is being integrated into increasingly modular footprints that can be incorporated into the standard enterprise footprint relatively easily.

Indeed, as Enterprise Tech’s Alison Diana found out from top executives at Cray, Psychosoftpc and other HPC specialists, enterprise deployments are seen as the next big market opportunity, which is why many of the leading platforms are being retooled with advanced power and cooling systems for deployment into critical data infrastructure. The HPC industry, in fact, is working to overcome the persistent myths that advanced computing requires specialized support, or even entirely new data centers, before it can play an active role in emerging data processes like analytics and high-speed transactions.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/the-hyperscale-enterprise-not-as-daunting-as-it-seems.html

Cloud technology is currently at the forefront of IT and continues to grow as more companies begin to adopt this technology. However, there are still concerns and misconceptions when it comes to cloud adoption. A recent survey conducted by West IP Communications of more than 300 IT managers identified some glaring concerns with cloud-based file sharing and other forms of cloud services. The majority of concerns were cost or security related, as IT managers were worried that cloud adoption would endanger the company or taper the company’s bottom line.

The survey showed that although the majority of IT managers believed they would be able to make their money back in savings, 46 percent didn’t see their company earning the same ROI. The perception of potential ROI seemed to shift depending on the size of company with 66 percent large businesses, those with IT budgets of $5 million or greater, believing they would make all their money back. There was also a difference of opinion among companies in how long it would take to them to see their full return on investment.

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http://mspmentor.net/infocenter-cloud-based-file-sharing/091115/are-security-cost-concerns-slowing-cloud-adoption

Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Emergency Management is Not a Part-Time Job

Despite the continued professionalization of emergency management and the expanded roles and responsibilities of emergency managers, many local governments still view emergency management as a part-time job with a part-time or even volunteer emergency manager.

In the grand scheme of things, contemporary emergency management is still a relatively new discipline, having only recently evolved from the civil defense era within the last 40 years or so. Many of those working within emergency management began their careers in civil defense agencies, and some of those agencies carry the civil defense moniker even today.

The tragic events of 9/11 and recent high-profile natural disasters have served to raise the profile of emergency management, and federal grant dollars and doctrine have further helped to define and shape the discipline. Today, emergency management professional certifications and academic degrees are becoming commonplace, and emergency managers are taking on new and expanded roles as the threat profile continues to evolve.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Emergency-Management-Is-Not-a-Part-Time-Job.html

Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

FEMA To Evaluate Readiness Of Maryland

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a Biennial Emergency Preparedness Exercise at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The exercise will occur during the week of September 14th, 2015 to assess the ability of the State of Maryland to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

“These drills are held every other year to evaluate government’s ability to protect public health and safety,” said MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region III. “We will assess state and local emergency response capabilities within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone as well as the adjacent support jurisdictions within the State of Maryland.”

Within 90 days, FEMA will send its evaluation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for use in licensing decisions. The final report will be available to the public approximately 120 days after the exercise.

FEMA will present preliminary findings of the exercise in a public meeting at 11:00 a.m. on September 18, 2015, at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Scheduled speakers include representatives from FEMA, NRC and the State of Maryland.

At the public meeting, FEMA may request that questions or comments be submitted in writing for review and response. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting by emailing FEMAR3NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov or by mail to:

MaryAnn Tierney

Regional Administrator

FEMA Region III

615 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

FEMA created the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program to (1) ensure the health and safety of citizens living around commercial nuclear power plants would be adequately protected in the event of a nuclear power plant accident, and (2) inform and educate the public about radiological emergency preparedness.

REP Program responsibilities cover only “offsite” activities, that is, state and local government emergency planning and preparedness activities that take place beyond the nuclear power plant boundaries. Onsite activities continue to be the responsibility of the NRC.

Additional information on FEMA’s REP Program is available online at FEMA.gov/Radiological-Emergency-Preparedness-Program.

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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

Now that IT security is core to almost any managed service MSPs should take note of the fact that Symantec (SYMC) is in the process of building out a set of cloud security services that ultimately will make it possible for just about any MSP to add managed security services to its portfolio.

At the core of that effort are investments Symantec is making in advanced analytics, machine learning, telematics and security broker technologies that the company will use to stand up a cloud security service, said Amit Jasuja, senior vice president of Products for Enterprise Security at Symantec.

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http://mspmentor.net/managed-security-services/091115/symantec-outlines-future-managed-security-services

Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Where Next for Government Cybersecurity?

Everyone in America remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. As we think back over the years, there have been physical attacks thwarted and numerous close calls.

Over the past few years, the number of serious online incidents impacting national security has skyrocketed. We live in a far different online world today than most people imagined back when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed back in 2003.

And while the DHS leadership team has changed, the cyberthreat landscape has also grown dramatically, along with a new determination to strengthen our digital defenses. Meanwhile, The OPM data breach and several Whitehouse data breaches have propelled cybersecurity to the top of national security priority list.

Recently, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed Dr. Andy Ozment to the role of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD). As the DHS website points out, Dr. Ozment “oversees a budget of almost $930 million and leads a Federal employee workforce charged with enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Next-For-Government-Cybersecurity.html