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The RSA security conference is being held this week in San Francisco where security pros come together to discuss strategy. IBM made several security announcements this morning ahead of the conference, headlined by the purchase of Resilient Systems.

Instead of trying to prevent an attack, Resilient gives customers a plan to deal with a breach after it’s happened. While IBM offers pieces for protecting and defending the network, no security system is fool-proof and there will be times when hackers slip through the defenses (or the attack comes from within).

“What happens when an attack happens, which unfortunately has become an inevitably. You need resilience to get back up and running and minimize the damage. There has to be muscle memory of what you will do and how you will react,” Caleb Barlow vp of security at IBM told TechCrunch.



What do you think happens when the computer reservation system of an airline company crashes? Well, a major airlines experienced that exact situation last September – watch this three minute video and learn about the domino effect.

When a problem occurs with an airline computer system, it’s a ripple effect which can quickly become a real mess as passengers are stuck in airports. The airline will soon order that all aircrafts be grounded. Passengers will start complaining and calling into the reservation desk to book other flights. In addition, labor laws will prevent the crew from working or flying.



Renewable energy is tricky to use, and it’s even trickier to use in data centers, which have to be running around the clock, regardless of whether or not the sun is shining or the wind is blowing.

For data center operators that have turned to renewable energy, the three answers have been a) using a combination of renewable generation and energy storage to supplement a data center’s power supply, not replace it; b) investing in renewable energy generation for the same grid that feeds the data center – the grid that also has coal, nuclear, and other traditional energy sources; and c) simply buying Renewable Energy Credits equivalent to some or all energy a data center consumes.

Researchers behind an experimental project in Massachusetts hope to push the progress further by studying over time performance of a solar-powered micro data center launched this month. The test bed is called Mass Net Zero Data Center, or MassNZ. The project’s goal is to help researchers understand how to reduce data center energy consumption and increase data centers’ ability to use renewable energy.



(TNS) - The last damaging earthquake in Washington struck 15 years ago, on Feb. 28, 2001.

The next one is scheduled for June 7.

The ground isn’t expected to actually shake this spring. But nearly 6,000 emergency and military personnel will pretend it is during a four-day exercise to test response to a seismic event that will dwarf the 2001 Nisqually quake: A Cascadia megaquake and tsunami.

Called “Cascadia Rising,” the exercise will be the biggest ever conducted in the Pacific Northwest. Which is fitting, because a rupture on the offshore fault called the Cascadia Subduction Zone could be the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history.



IBM Corp. announced plans today to acquire Cambridge, Mass. based Resilient Systems, Inc., a privately held cybersecurity firm with 100 employees.

Resilient specializes in incident response, which helps IT security teams bolster their defenses against data breaches. The Resilient incident response platform is deployed in more than 100 of the Fortune 500 corporations – which is IBM’s sweet spot.

“We are thrilled with our plans to have the Resilient team join IBM Security” said Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager, IBM Security. “The Resilient team includes some of the best security talent in the industry, along with leading products that enable clients to automate and consistently manage all aspects of responding to a security incident.”



The storage industry has historically been left out of the conversation when discussing the innovative and ground-breaking feats coming out of the technology world. Now, that focus is shifting thanks to three emerging trends in the enterprise: the move away from integrated systems to software-on-commodity hardware architectures, the focus on utilization rates of physical resources, and the increasing need to support millions of individual workloads.

Companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have devoted massive resources to build and maintain customized data center infrastructures from the ground up. In doing so, these companies have realized tremendous levels of scalability, flexibility, and efficiency. Enterprises today are experiencing large and growing amounts of data storage requirements and are focused on achieving the same benefits, driving these trends.



Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

How Do You Save Government IT?

A majority of IT projects undertaken by government fail to deliver satisfactory results, cost more than anticipated or take longer to implement than planned. How often do we, as project managers and government employees, hear things like this: “It’s software development; it’ll take as long as it takes.” “I know it’s what I told you to build, but it’s not what I need.” “Tell me again why it’s going to cost an additional $50,000.”

Faced with tighter budgets, increasing expectations and closer public scrutiny, government IT organizations are under extreme pressure to deliver technology solutions that meet the needs of their users quickly and at low cost. Where the traditional project management approach has failed, agencies need to find alternatives to address these heightened expectations. Agile development has sparked the interest of public-sector change-makers as a way to save government IT from the debacle of skyrocketing costs and redundant systems.

Agile is an entirely new way of approaching project delivery, especially for public agencies. Many of the concepts employed in agile are not particularly new. They have been used in software development under names like prototyping, extreme programming or rapid application development. Frameworks like Scrum bring a structured methodology to these same concepts. It’s about breaking up large, complex projects into easily digested pieces and routinely getting feedback to make sure what is being delivered is in line with what’s needed.



DRJ Spring World 2016

Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World 2016 is taking place March 13-16, 2016 at Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, FL. We’re looking forward to another amazing show with numerous educational sessions and awesome people!

We have a lot planned during DRJ Spring World, and we hope you’ll join us:

Please take a look below for more details. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Monday, March 14, 2016  |  12:00-1:15 PM  |  Coronado E  |  Lunch Provided
Speakers: Brian Zawada and Dustin Mackie, Avalution Consulting

Reserve your seat in advance: bccatalyst.com/drj

Catalyst makes business continuity and IT disaster recovery planning easy and repeatable for every organization. Join us to learn how Catalyst:

  • Delivers the fastest implementation on the market
  • Covers the ENTIRE continuity lifecycle
  • Generates truly insightful (and automatic!) program metrics
  • Saves you time by automating all administrative tasks
  • Provides the lowest total cost of ownership


BOOTHS 707 & 709
Stop by our booths during exhibit hours to meet our team, learn about our business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions, and enter for a chance to win a hoverboard (don’t worry – we’ll ship it home for the winner)!

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Solutions Track 3

When: Sunday, March 13, 2016  |  4:00-5:00 PM
Speakers: Michael Bratton and Bill DiMartini, Avalution Consulting

Many organizations design IT Disaster Recovery solutions like they’re booking a one-way flight – able to get to their destination but without a plan on how they’ll get back home. Even if plans include procedures to return to the restored data center, many times they are rarely tested and validated. This session is for you if you are responsible for the development and maintenance of your organization’s IT Disaster Recovery Plan or auditing IT Disaster Recovery Programs.

General Session 3

When: Monday, March 14, 2016  |  10:30-11:45 AM
Moderator: Tracey Forbes Rice, Fusion Risk Management
Panelists: Brian Zawada, Avalution Consulting, Ann Pickren, MIR3, John Jackson, Fusion Risk Management

Where will continuity be in 10 years? What‘s new in the continuity tool box? This panel of subject matter experts consisting of DRJ’s executive council members will be discussing the BCI 20/20 visionary think tank project and what the future holds for the professionals of this industry. Discussion will include eliminating blind spots, and recognizing the risk posed by near and far-sighted thinking. The panel will be thinking outside the box with the goal of developing a 360 degree view of risk in today’s leading organizations. Join this lively discussion to form a vision of what the future holds for this profession.

Senior Advanced Track 2

When: Monday, March 14, 2016  |  2:45-3:45 PM
Speakers: Brian Zawada, Avalution Consulting, John Jackson, Fusion Risk Management

The Horizon Scan Survey seeks to consolidate the assessment of near-term business threats and uncertainties based on in-house analysis of business continuity (BC) practitioners worldwide. This session will present and discuss the results of the survey.

Next Generation Data Center Switches Deliver Cloud Services at Cloud Scale With Cloud Economics; Industry's First End-to-End Hyperconverged Solution Offers Agility, Flexibility and Simplicity; CliQr Solution Achieves True Application Lifecycle Management and Unified Orchestration

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Today Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced data center technology innovations in three key areas: networking, hyperconverged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud orchestration which will enable application-centric hybrid cloud deployments. Cisco continues to lead data center innovation with SDN-ready Nexus switches that deliver cloud scale 10/25/40/50/100Gpbs, with up to 10 times performance improvement at industry leading price points. The new switching platforms provide the scale, telemetry, security, and performance needed for distributed containers and microservices, as well as the lossless traffic needed for IP storage and hyperconverged infrastructure. The new switches give Cisco customers a two-year innovation advantage over competitive technology.

Cisco also unveiled Cisco HyperFlex™ Systems, built on Cisco's industry-leading UCS compute platform, which brings a new architectural approach to hyperconverged infrastructure. Cisco HyperFlex Systems simplify policy-based automation across network, compute and storage for the widest set of enterprise applications. Cisco HyperFlex surpasses first generation hyperconverged solutions, which were severely limited in terms of the performance, flexibility, and operational simplicity required by today's IT environment of microservices, containers, new applications and clouds. This expands Cisco's portfolio of complete software-defined infrastructure -- from compute with UCS, network with ACI and SDN solutions, to now HyperFlex for storage.

In addition, Cisco announced its intent to acquire CliQr Technologies Inc. The CliQr CloudCenter platform will provide customers with comprehensive yet simplified, application-centric orchestration for private, hybrid and public clouds. CliQr provides customers with a single, intuitive platform that helps customers manage the entire application lifecycle across hybrid IT environments, whether simple or complex. The CliQr platform ties business applications to heterogeneous data center infrastructure, running across bare-metal, containers and virtualized environments.

These announcements are the first of many hardware and software innovations Cisco plans to bring to market in 2016. The goal is to help customers achieve highly secure, simplified, scalable and cost-effective data centers that keep pace with the speed of business, and accelerate adoption of hybrid cloud environments.

Cisco HyperfFlex™ Systems
Based on Cisco's award winning UCS technology, Cisco HyperfFlex™ Systems represent the next generation in hyperconverged infrastructure with a leap in technology that delivers the industry's first complete end-to-end hyperconverged solution. The HyperFlex portfolio extends Cisco's UCS and converged infrastructure businesses, which together have over 50,000 customers worldwide. The HyperFlex series makes an ideal platform for customers deploying enterprise applications in their data centers, and for remote and branch offices where hyperconverged infrastructure is expected to become a multi-billion industry over the next three to four years.

HyperfFlex customer benefits include:

  • Plug-n-play setup within minutes, not days, with flexible, adaptive and independent scaling of compute, network as well as storage capacity
  • Powerful data management services such as rapid clones and non-intrusive snapshots with always-on inline deduplication and inline compression, yielding up to 80% reduction in the data footprint
  • Engineered from the ground up to deliver 30 percent reduction in TCO and up to 40 percent higher performance than competitive solutions, extending hyperconvergence to a wider spectrum of enterprise workloads

Cisco Next Generation Nexus Switches and Software: Speed and Telemetry
Cisco's ASIC innovations power its next generation switches, enabling customers for the first time to transition to 25/50/100Gbps at the cost and density of today's 10/40Gbps networks, with an increase of up to 10 times the bandwidth.

The new Nexus 9000 switches deliver:

  • Industry leading performance for 100Gbps, with 25 percent more non-blocking performance, at 50 percent the cost of comparable solutions, plus greater reliability and lower power
  • Real time network telemetry at 100Gbps wire rate, enabling network security with pervasive NetFlow and fabric wide troubleshooting
  • The ability to scale up to 10 times in IP addresses and end points at cloud scale, and support over a million containers per rack.
  • Unique cloud services with adaptive capacity and congestion control, allowing customers to support lossless traffic for IP storage, hyperconverged and converged infrastructure on a single unified fabric that enables application completion times 50 percent faster than traditional competitive platforms.
  • Future-proofing with cloud economics for the transition to hyperconverged infrastructure and applications based on microservices and containers

In addition, Cisco is announcing:

  • Software enhancements that enable ACI support for Cisco Nexus 7000 switches, protecting customer technology investments in the most common deployment scenarios.
  • New Cisco Nexus 3000 data center switches, which continue to bring architectural choice for customers who prefer merchant silicon-based solutions, are based on industry-leading chips and deliver 25/50/100Gbps. Cisco offers the industry's broadest data center switching portfolio and is the industry leader in merchant silicon platform sales, with over 10 million ports shipped on the Nexus 3000 family.

Automation with Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager
The new Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager automates the complete fabric lifecycle management with a simple point-and-click web interface, and offers automated configuration snapshots and rollbacks. Nexus Fabric Manager builds and self-manages a VXLAN-based fabric, dynamically configuring switches based on simplified user-based actions. An IT manager can fully deploy a VXLAN-based fabric in just three steps, complete with zero touch provisioning, and can upgrade all fabric switches to a new software release in only four mouse clicks.

Supporting Quotes for New Nexus Switches
"Our business demands high bandwidth and over 180 petabytes of storage for our customers," said Arslan Munir, Director of Cloud Engineering, Shutterfly. "The new Cisco Nexus 9200 switch promises to solve our current demands with speeds of up to 100Gbps. With this as our foundation, we can successfully sustain the ever-changing and increasing needs of our users while continuing to innovate. This allows us to offer new and better services without compromising the customer experience, which is crucial to our business. Plus, through automation, we can achieve faster, zero-touch provisioning, saving us three to four person-hours each time a switch or router is provisioned."

"I'm looking forward to the new Nexus 9000 platforms because the 9200, 9300-EX and 9500 platforms will enable us as a university to deal with all the traffic generated by the students in a very efficient way," said David Schrok, Network engineer, Avans University of Applied Sciences.

"The new Nexus 9200 and 9300-EX platforms will enable us to stay ahead of the competition with 10/25/40/50G for the access and 40/50/100G in the core," said Peter Elbertse, Managing Director, PPRO's Hosting Provider, Netherlands.

"The Cisco Nexus 9200 is a next-generation Top of Rack switch that pushes the boundaries and exceeds performance of existing solutions," said Trey Layton, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. "These switches meet the needs for the dense, hyperconverged compute and IO intensive applications that VCE VxRack Systems address. For example, it's not uncommon for customers with hundreds or thousands of VxRack nodes to drive millions of IOPS, as well as hundreds of gigabits per second of system bandwidth. The Cisco Nexus 9200 solves this problem."

Cloud Services at Cloud Scale with Cloud Economics
Cisco's hardware and software innovations will help IT organizations to accelerate the adoption of the hybrid cloud environments that will fulfill their business needs today and into the future.

  • Cloud Scale: 1/10/25/40/50/100Gbps speeds, up to 10 times the number of IP addresses and end points, plus support for one million containers per rack
  • Cloud Services: hyperconverged infrastructure, real-time telemetry, intelligent buffers for lossless traffic, 50 percent higher application completion times, plus visibility of every packet, every flow, every speed
  • Cloud Economics: Investment protection and future-proofing with 25Gbps at the price of 10Gbps and 100Gbps at the price of 40Gbps

Expanded ACI Ecosystem
Cisco is expanding its ACI ecosystem with several technology pioneers: Infoblox, which automates network configuration and change; N3N, which extends ACI visibility beyond the network to the entire data center; Tufin, which provides visibility, control and security change orchestration across heterogeneous environments; vArmour, which provides application-aware micro-segmentation with advanced security analytics; and Veritas, which collects, protects, analyzes and optimizes customers' global data.

In addition, Cisco also welcomes several technology innovators to the ACI ecosystem which are taking advantage of ACI automation through its open REST APIs to deliver hyper-agile application deployment, security, governance and cloud operations. Together, the new members include:

Opportunities for Channel Partners
The new solutions provide Cisco channel partners with an expanded end-to-end data center portfolio to better serve their customers. "Cisco's new data center and cloud solutions will enable our partners to help their customers as they evolve to application-centric data center infrastructure and also address the requirements for DevOps and application developers," said Ken Trombetta, Vice President, Global Partner Organization, Cisco. "We believe this will expand the opportunity for new revenue streams and professional services for Cisco partners."

Additional Resources
Read blog by Cisco SVP Soni Jiandani: Delivering Cloud Services at Cloud Scale with Cloud Economics
Read blog by Cisco VP Satinder Sethi: Introducing Cisco HyperFlex Systems
Learn more about: Cisco's latest data center innovations
Attend March 10 webcast: Introducing Cisco Hyperconverged Infrastructure, HyperFlex Systems
Watch video: Memorial Care and new Cisco HyperFlex Systems: "Epic Flexibility"
Watch video: Meander Health Care Centre and new Cisco HyperFlex Systems: "Tomorrow's Healthcare IT"
Learn more about: Cisco's newest ACI ecosystem members
Watch IDC video: Getting Datacenter Networks Ready for Next-Generation Workloads
Read Miercom test report: Cisco Systems Speeding Applications in Data Center Networks
Learn more about: Cisco end-to-end 40Gbps
Learn more about: Cisco Data Center Services

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Partnership Expands Carousel’s Portfolio in Direct Response to Customer Demands

EXETER, R.I.Carousel Industries, a leader in communication and network technologies, professional and managed services, and cloud solutions, announced that it has partnered with Cisco. The new agreement, which is effective immediately, enables Carousel to deliver Cisco solutions to its expanding customer base, while broadening its managed services capabilities.
“A foundational element of Carousel’s continued success is our ability to transform and meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” commented James Marsh, Chief Revenue Officer of Carousel. “By partnering with Cisco, we increase our relevance to our customers as a business partner and trusted extension of their IT teams.”
“Our new cooperation with Cisco is in direct response to customer demand and the increased market opportunity we have seen, which is particularly apparent in managed services,” he continued. “Since our inception, Carousel’s strategy has been to partner with best-of-breed technology manufacturers and solve the unique needs of our customers. This partnership is the natural next step in our ongoing effort to expertly map technology solutions to our clients’ business challenges.”
The new partnership with Cisco strengthens Carousel’s leadership position as a national Managed Services Provider (MSP), enabling Carousel to provide seamless support for customers utilizing Cisco technologies for critical business functions. Under the terms of the new agreement, Carousel is authorized to resell the entire Cisco portfolio of networking, security, data center, and collaboration solutions.
“Carousel has deep expertise in designing, implementing, and supporting communication and networking solutions for more than 6,000 customers across the U.S.,” commented Jeff Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of Carousel. “As technology and user demands continue to evolve, Cisco arms us with a wide array of cutting edge solutions to help create new opportunities and add incremental value to our national customer base.”
As part of a broader nationwide launch strategy, Carousel will focus initially on delivering Cisco solutions in the northeastern portion of the U.S.  As the market expands, Carousel will continue to invest in highly skilled resources, attain specialized certifications, and provide additional services to drive customer success.  To learn more about Carousel and Cisco offerings, visit http://www.carouselindustries.com/partners/cisco 
About Carousel Industries
Carousel Industries is a recognized leader in helping organizations evolve the way they communicate and orchestrate the flow of information throughout their networks.  Carousel enables clients to connect and collaborate the way modern IT users demand and advance from their current network infrastructure to meet tomorrow’s standards. With deep expertise across a vast portfolio of communication, network, and security technologies, Carousel is able to design, implement, and support solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each customer. By offering professional and managed services with flexible deployments in the cloud, Carousel ensures clients achieve agility and utilize technologies in the way most effective for their business.

Since 1992 Carousel has grown an average of 30% per year and has over 6,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by multiple publications and industry consortiums as a top technology integrator, managed service provider, and cloud solution provider – including seven listings in the Inc. 500/5000. Headquartered in Exeter, RI, Carousel has over 1,000 employees working in 30 locations across the U.S.