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Jon Seals

According to a survey performed by Experian Data Breach Resolution and the Ponemon Institute, only 31 percent of companies are insured against data breaches.  Meanwhile, 76 percent of respondents rated the impact of a security breach to be greater than or equal to a natural disaster, business interruption or fire.

The average cost for data breach was estimated by respondents to be $163 million, although some projections neared $500 million in damages. For a 24 month period, the 56 percent of respondents having suffered a cyber-security attack reported the average cost of the breach to be $9.4 million.

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http://www.insurancefortechs.com/cyber-security-breach-damaging-natural-disaster.html

IT outsourcing as a percentage of the IT budget dropped this year, reversing a four-year trend and marking the first time since the start of the recession that IT organizations have begun shifting spending plans on a percentage basis toward developing internal operations and capabilities and away from outsourcing partners, according to a report by research and advisory services specialist Computer Economics.

Survey results suggested organizations are starting to "back-source" their IT services, bringing them back in-house after a period of growth in the use of service providers. The decline in IT outsourcing was reported as significant, down from an average 11.9 percent in 2012 to 10.6 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, IT operating budgets are rising 2.5 percent this year at the median, and IT capital budgets are up 4 percent.

"With the tentative improvement in the economic outlook, IT organizations are putting newfound resources into internal operations and capital investments at a pace that is greater than their spending with IT service providers," the report noted. "IT outsourcing budgets are not necessarily shrinking so much as IT budgets are rising. The denominator is rising faster than the numerator."

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/articles/it-budgets-rise-but-businesses-cut-back-on-it-outsourcing.html

New Evaluator Group Benchmark Report Confirms That AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Supports up to 240 Virtual Machines

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced the release of the official Evaluator Group IOmark-VM benchmark report, which confirms that Dot Hill's AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 Series real-time automated tiered storage solution delivers exceptional performance in VMware vSphere environments.

The report marks the debut of the IOmark-VM benchmark, the latest storage benchmark in the IOmark suite created by the IOmark organization. The IOmark-VM benchmark tests real-world workloads, measuring a standard set of applications running in a virtual environment. According to the report, audited by IOmark, the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 supported 240 virtual machines (VMs) at a cost of $509 per VM, running IOmark-VM workloads. The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 supported the standard set of applications according to the IOmark-VM benchmark with a mean response time of 8.92 milliseconds.

"IOmark-VM allows us to more accurately answer the question, 'how many VMs can my storage system support,' " said Russ Fellows, senior partner at Evaluator Group. "After testing other systems in our labs with IOmark-VM, we can say the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 yielded an outstanding price/performance result, due in part to Dot Hill's real-time automated tiering capabilities."

"Dot Hill is working with key partners such as VMware to develop the next-generation virtual data center," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "The real-time tiering of our AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is highly cost-effective, allowing organizations to get more from their storage investment. Our unique RealStor™ software allows the AssuredSAN Pro to be more responsive than comparable storage systems by automatically identifying 'hot' data and moving it in real-time to the high-performance SSD tier. While other autotiering systems use batch data migration schemes to sort data based on the previous day's patterns, the AssuredSAN Pro addresses dynamic workloads on a real-time basis."

Dot Hill, a VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP), will be conducting live demonstrations of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time tiering solution at VMworld in the Dot Hill booth #2405. Attendees can witness first-hand the superior performance of a 40 terabyte AssuredSAN Pro 5000 solution, running RealStor tiering software across 96 drives including eight 200GB SSD drives.

The full report is available on the IOmark website.

AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series: Seriously Smart, Real-Time Tiered Storage for the Midrange

The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series with RealStor software takes tiered storage to a new level — beyond competitors' batch migration and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering. With RealStor™, businesses gain the advantage of very high performance SSDs, using them to their maximum benefit, while storing less frequently accessed data on slower, but much less expensive, hard disk drives. Designed for the midrange market, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series is a high-performance, highly available, fully integrated storage solution that delivers consistently faster access to current data with built-in, real-time, autonomic tiered storage and virtualization.

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems — helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ from those expressed or implied by the statements. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that Dot Hill may face, please consult the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect changes in circumstances. Dot Hill is not responsible for the accuracy of statement made by third parties, including the Evaluator Group.

New White Paper, Jointly Authored by VMware and Dot Hill, Outlines Best Practices and Performance Advantages of Integrating Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 With VMware vSphere

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced the release of a white paper, "Architecting vSphere for the Dot Hill AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000," co-authored by Dot Hill and VMware. The white paper highlights the features of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000, including the system's unique RealStor™ autonomic, real-time tiering capabilities, which make it a highly complementary solution to VMware vSphere environments.

Dot Hill is an active partner with VMware in bringing comprehensive virtualized solutions to customers. The co-authored white paper provides a targeted list of best practices and configuration tips specific to VMware configurations and provides step-by step guidance on configuring the AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 for VMware hosts on both iSCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces.

The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 can support up to 240 virtual machines (VMs), running IOmark-VM workloads according to data in the latest Evaluator Group IOmark-VM benchmark report. The new IOmark-VM benchmark, the latest storage benchmark in the IOmark suite created by the IOmark organization, tests real-world workloads and measures a standard set of applications running in a virtual environment.

"Dot Hill and VMware are collaborating to educate IT professionals on how to optimize overall performance in vSphere virtualized environments," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "Our AssuredSAN Pro 5000 blends a high-performance SSD tier and high-capacity rotating disk drive tiers with our patented RealStor autonomic, real-time tiering software to provide fast, reliable delivery of data in VMware vSphere environments. While other automated tiering systems use batch data migration schemes to sort data based on the previous day's patterns, the AssuredSAN Pro adjusts to dynamically variable workloads throughout the day in real-time, which is exactly what today's virtual data centers need."

As noted in the white paper, the advantage of the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 with RealStor technology is that frequently accessed storage blocks are migrated up to high performance storage tiers in near real time. Every five seconds data blocks in the pool are scored, sorted, prioritized and then migrated to the appropriate tier within the array. Frequently accessed data blocks are migrated to the SSD tier very quickly. Random workloads of virtualized environments will experience significant performance gains when I/O traffic is handled from the high-performance SSD tier of storage on the AssuredSAN Pro.

The paper also notes that Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 storage systems are ideal data repositories for any VMware deployment, and are especially suited for clustered deployments, where customers can benefit from the Assured SAN Pro's high availability features, such as redundant components. In addition, distributed, SAN-based storage is a key enabler for clustered servers, and in the case of VMware -- important features such as vMotion.

The paper concludes that the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is an ideal storage solution in VMware computing environments and has been demonstrated and certified to work seamlessly with VMware vSphere Servers and associated Virtual Machines. In addition to high performance and high availability, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 delivers the reliability, scalability, flexibility and VMware integration that unleash the full potential of virtualized computing for mission critical applications. For a full copy of the white paper, click here.

Dot Hill, a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, will be conducting live demonstrations of the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 real-time tiering solution at VMworld in the Dot Hill booth #2405. Attendees can witness first-hand the superior performance of a 40-terabyte AssuredSAN Pro 5000 solution, running RealStor tiering software across 96 drives, including eight SSD drives.

AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series: Seriously Smart, Real-Time Tiered Storage for the Midrange

The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series with RealStor software takes tiered storage to a new level — beyond competitors' batch migration and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering. With RealStor, businesses gain the advantage of very high performance SSDs, using them to their maximum benefit, while storing less frequently accessed data on slower, but much less expensive, hard disk drives. Designed for the midrange market, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series is a high-performance, highly available, fully integrated storage solution that delivers consistently faster access to current data with built-in, real-time, autonomic tiered storage and virtualization.


About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems — helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

Statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ from those expressed or implied by the statements. For a discussion of risks and uncertainties that Dot Hill may face, please consult the Forms 10-K and 10-Q most recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Dot Hill. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and Dot Hill undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect changes in circumstances. Dot Hill is not responsible for the accuracy of statement made by third parties, including VMware and The Evaluator Group.

Xamarin Enables Accelerated App Development as well as a High Quality, Native Experience Across All Major Mobile Platforms
 
  • BridgePoint Technologies announces today it is now a Premier Consulting Partner of Xamarin, the company that empowers more than 380,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps across all major platforms.  BridgePoint leverages Xamarin’s software as the underlying development platform for all of its cross-platform applications available on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
  • “BridgePoint Technologies has embraced the Xamarin platform as its technology of choice for the development of mobile applications because it allows us to deliver high-performance, high-quality cross-platform applications to our customers in a fraction of the time of traditional mobile app deployments,” says John Gavilan, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BridgePoint Technologies.
  • “With Xamarin, BridgePoint Technologies has successfully decreased its time to market, repurposed existing talent and reduced the complexity associated with cross-platform development - all while meeting customer demand for efficient and cost-effective mobile access,” adds Stephanie Schatz, VP of Sales and Customer Success at Xamarin.


OAK BROOK, Ill.BridgePoint Technologies, a full service information technology consulting firm, today announces it is now a Premier Consulting Partner of Xamarin, the company that empowers more than 380,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps across all major platforms.  BridgePoint leverages Xamarin’s software as the underlying development platform for all of its cross-platform applications available on iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Unlike traditional platforms that require the use of programming languages Objective-C for Apple and Java for Android deployments, Xamarin allows BridgePoint developers to produce reusable, fully native code across all three major platforms leveraging a single, modern language, C#, and .NET framework.  This enables BridgePoint to take full advantage of its .NET framework expertise as well as repurpose its high-value C# experts, who now leverage Xamarin to make their seamless transitions into mobile application development.

“BridgePoint Technologies has embraced the Xamarin platform as its technology of choice for the development of mobile applications because it allows us to deliver high-performance, high-quality cross-platform applications to our customers in a fraction of the time of traditional mobile app deployments,” says John Gavilan, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, BridgePoint Technologies.  “Xamarin empowers our mobile team to accelerate its development process while maintaining exceptional app performance, enabling BridgePoint to then translate these substantial time and cost savings as well as exceptional service quality onto our valued mobile customers.”
 
“We are pleased that BridgePoint Technologies has signed on as a Premier Consulting Partner, leveraging Xamarin to develop innovative and successful mobile applications for its customers,” adds Stephanie Schatz, VP of Sales and Customer Success at Xamarin.  “With Xamarin, BridgePoint Technologies has successfully decreased its time to market, repurposed existing talent and reduced the complexity associated with cross-platform development - all while meeting customer demand for efficient and cost-effective mobile access.”
 
In an age where mobile technology is ubiquitous, more and more enterprises are adopting cross-platform mobile applications for a number of reasons ranging from managing the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), to streamlining internal operations and processes, to leveraging the technology as their primary sales channels.  BridgePoint is at the forefront of the mobile movement, providing customers with high-performing, cost-effective and cross-functional mobile apps since 2004; the company’s most recent and notable mobile applications include Digital Workorder (DWO) and Clevermind.
 
To learn more about BridgePoint’s Mobile Application Development services, visit http://mybridgepoint.com/Mobile_Applications.
 

About BridgePoint Technologies
BridgePoint Technologies delivers innovative, scalable business solutions to help its clients reduce costs, increase revenue and gain competitive advantage through technology.  The company works closely with clients to understand their unique business needs and develop a roadmap on how best to achieve those goals, helping customers achieve maximum ROI utilizing traditional and emerging technologies. BridgePoint has three strategic business units – IT Staffing, IT Business Solutions and Managed Services – that offer a full suite of IT solutions to its clients, including custom and mobile application development, SharePoint and Virtual Office.  For more information about BridgePoint Technologies, please visit www.mybridgepoint.com.  Additional information about BridgePoint can be found on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.
 
About Xamarin
Xamarin is the new standard for enterprise mobile development.  No other platform enables businesses to reach all major devices—iOS, Android, Mac and Windows—with 100 percent fully native apps from a single code base.  With Xamarin, businesses standardize mobile app development in C#, share on average 75 percent of source code across platforms, and leverage their existing skills, teams, tools and code to rapidly deliver great apps with broad reach.  Xamarin is used by over 380,000 developers from more than 100 Fortune 500 companies and 20,000 paying customers including Clear Channel, Schindler, McKesson, Halliburton, Cognizant, GitHub, Rdio and WebMD, to accelerate the creation of mission-critical consumer and enterprise apps.  For more information, please visit: www.xamarin.com, read our blog, and follow us on Twitter @xamarinhq.

Latest release of CloudArray also extends support for Cleversafe, OpenStack; strengthens security; speeds cache recovery

San Francisco – TwinStrata, an innovator in cloud-integrated storage solutions, today unveiled the latest release of its CloudArray® software, which gives customers the ability to access production snapshots of their data remotely. Coupled with new accelerated cache reload capabilities, the new release drastically simplifies disaster recovery and testing. TwinStrata CloudArray 4.7 also provides improved encryption key protection, fully integrated support for Cleversafe’s dsNet® dispersed storage technology and support for Keystone authentication for OpenStack platforms. 

Simplified DR Testing for All Environments
In May, TwinStrata introduced CloudArray Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), which provides on-demand disaster recovery for VMware environments. CloudArray 4.7 further extends that capability, enabling organizations to more easily test their disaster recovery plans by providing access to in-cloud, production snapshots of their data from a secondary CloudArray. As a result, customers can conduct fire drills without shutting down their primary site, streamlining the process and reducing the impact of such tests on day-to-day operations. 

The new capability works with TwinStrata’s CloudArray DRaaS, as well as all supported cloud compute environments. Organizations can also use the new capability to access production snapshots at a remote physical location. Snapshots can also be used for non-DR purposes for organizations that wish to conduct online analytics on the data.

Accelerated Cache Reload for Improved Performance 
As organizations become more sophisticated in their use of cloud-integrated storage, many come across situations that result in an empty onsite cache, reducing performance. The new release of CloudArray includes the ability to accelerate the population of the cache with data from the cloud, thereby minimizing inherent cloud latency and improving overall performance.

In the event of a disaster test, for example, this feature can enhance performance for the failed over volumes, reducing the time required to test or get back up and running following a disaster. 

Improved Platform Support and Security
CloudArray 4.7 also contains added features to improve overall security and compliance with such regulations as HIPAA. CloudArray has always included robust encryption technologies to ensure the security of cloud-based data. As part of that security, encryption keys are stored outside of the cloud storage. With this release, encryption keys held in the TwinStrata portal in the event of a disaster are password-encrypted as well, thereby further restricting access to the data and preventing either intentional or accidental unauthorized access to the encryption keys.

In keeping with TwinStrata’s focus on providing customers choice and flexibility, CloudArray 4.7 also supports Cleversafe’s dsNet® object storage platform, as well as authentication using OpenStack’s Keystone technology.

“Traditional disaster recovery plans suffer from three distinct challenges: high costs, long recovery times and complex testing,” said Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata. “CloudArray cloud-integrated storage addresses each of these directly, making DR affordable, manageable and simple.”

Pricing and Availability
TwinStrata CloudArray 4.7 will be available in September. Available as a monthly subscription, TwinStrata CloudArray includes the CloudArray software license, 24x7x365 support and TwinStrata’s CloudArray Disaster Recovery as a Service (CloudArray DRaaS). 

• CloudArray Cloud Storage Subscription bundles all of the above with the cost of cloud storage and all transfer fees for a single, integrated monthly cost of $0.19 per gigabyte. This option is ideal for organizations that wish for an all-in-one solution. 
• TwinStrata’s Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) CloudArray Subscription starts at $500 per month and includes everything but the cloud storage. Organizations who wish to have their own relationship with a cloud storage vendor should select this option.

Resources 
• Try TwinStrata CloudArray for free, visit www.twinstrata.com/free-trial 
• Download the CloudArray DRaaS solution brief at: www.twinstrata.com/draas 
• Watch our on-demand webinar on disaster recovery at: www.twinstrata.com/DRwebinar 
• Download “Understanding Disaster Recovery Options” white paper at: www.twinstrata.com/dr  
• Follow TwinStrata at http://twitter.com/TwinStrata and http://facebook.com/TwinStrata

About TwinStrata, Inc.
TwinStrata delivers cloud-integrated storage solutions that seamlessly combine the flexibility of cloud-based technologies with the robustness of traditional storage. As a result, customers benefit from significant reductions in IT costs, time and administrative requirements. Customers of all sizes use TwinStrata to capitalize on the cloud’s scalability and economy advantages without sacrificing the security, performance and peace of mind of local storage. More information is available at twinstrata.com.

Monday, 26 August 2013 15:39

There are no winners in the blame game

Every time a major security breach makes the headlines, a common reaction happens. Even before the details of the breach are known, the infosec world gets into a frenzy of speculation as to how the attack happened, who conducted it, and whether the attackers were skilled or not. Invariably the conversation focuses onto the company that is the victim of the attack, and it often tends to highlight how stupid, negligent or weak its security defenses were. In effect, we blame the victim for being attacked.

While the organization may have been negligent, or their security not up to scratch, we should not forget they are still the victim. How good, or not, the victim’s security is a separate issue for a separate conversation. Foisting blame on the victim on top of having to deal with the incident does not bring much value to the conversation. The blame for the attack should lie squarely on the shoulders of those who conducted it.

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http://www.net-security.org/article.php?id=1877

A lot of people don’t see the necessity of listening online. The truth is this is perhaps more important than actually being active online. The cold hard fact is that people are having conversations (good and bad) about your brand whether you like it or not and for anyone with an interest in selling (which let’s face it we all are) its crucial to pay attention to what our customers, potential customers, competitors and influencers are saying about our brands.

ORM — Online Reputation Management — is a really good way to go about listening. There are a number of tools out there that you can use, but the real value comes out of understanding what ORM actually means for your business.

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http://za.news.yahoo.com/5-very-important-reasons-company-needs-online-reputation-044008966.html

WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets increases the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur.

The three-hour trading outage on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday also can be expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading. Investors' shaky confidence in the markets also took another hit.

The exchange opened as normal Friday.

Questions about potential dangers of the super-fast electronic trading systems that now dominate the U.S. stock markets ripple again through Wall Street and Washington. Stock trading now relies heavily on computer systems that exploit split-penny price differences. Stocks can be traded in fractions of a second, often by automated programs. That makes the markets more vulnerable to technical failures.

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http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2013/aug/26/nasdaq-breakdown-puts-pressure-on-crisis-work/

There has been a lot of speculation about the impact of PRISM on data security and cloud computing; just this week alone two influential articles have been written quoting wildly different predictions on how much the revelations will cost cloud vendors, but there’s no denying that the ripples in the industry are starting to rock the boat.

The Information Technology and Innovation Forum (ITIF) recently announced that due to the fears over data privacy and security that PRISM has highlighted, the cloud computing industry stood to take a hit in the order of $36 billion by 2016. But Forrester Research has come out to say this estimate is too low and the impact could be far deeper to the tune of $180 billion.

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http://gigaom.com/2013/08/24/the-death-of-the-cloud-has-been-greatly-exaggerated/