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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ClusterHQ, The Container Data People, today announced an integration between ClusterHQ's Flocker container data management software and Dell Storage Center array software for Dell Storage SC Series. With the addition of support for Dell Storage, Flocker is quickly becoming the industry standard for data management in containerized environments. With Flocker, Dell SC Series customers can easily use popular container management tools such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesosphere to achieve portable and persistent shared storage for cloud-native applications.

"ClusterHQ has established itself as the company to collaborate with if you want to connect enterprise-grade storage solutions with Docker," said Travis Vigil, executive director, Dell Storage. "We're always looking for new avenues of integration that offer improved flexibility and capabilities for our customers -- many of which are being driven by cloud-native applications -- which we can now offer with the Dell Storage Center driver for Flocker."

Dell is making it possible for developers and operations teams to leverage existing storage backends to create portable container-level storage for Docker. ClusterHQ's Flocker makes it simple and practical for entire applications, including their data, to be containerized and moved as a single unit between development, staging and production. Dell customers can use a combination of Docker and Flocker to more easily adopt container-based infrastructure for an entire application, even its critical databases, in production environments for more streamlined access to the entire Docker ecosystem.

"Containers are excellent building blocks for modern microservices-based applications, but up until recently, maintaining and storing data has been a big challenge," said Mark Davis, CEO, ClusterHQ. "It's great to have support for Flocker from Dell and several other big players in the storage industry, which is helping drive the possibility of containers becoming mainstream for enterprise production use cases."

A complete list of supported storage backends can be found at: https://docs.clusterhq.com/en/latest/introduction/index.html#supported-storage-backends

To learn more about building a storage plugin for Flocker, visit: https://docs.clusterhq.com/en/1.1.0/gettinginvolved/plugins.html

To download the Dell Flocker driver, visit: https://github.com/dellstorage/storagecenter-flocker-driver

Interact with ClusterHQ

  • Join us at booth 25 at DockerCon Europe Barcelona Nov. 16-17 to learn more about how Flocker works! We'll be having regular in-booth demos of the newest Flocker storage drivers.
  • Stay in Barcelona for one more day and attend the first Container Data Summit on Nov. 18th, hosted by ClusterHQ.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ClusterHQ
  • Find us on GitHub: ClusterHQ
  • Like us on Facebook: ClusterHQ

About ClusterHQ
ClusterHQ builds container data management software that enables broader adoption of container technology in production environments. DevOps teams worldwide rely on ClusterHQ's open source Flocker software to meet the data portability requirements of distributed, microservices-based applications. Available for download at www.clusterhq.com/flocker, Flocker enables containers and their associated data volumes to be easily moved between servers as a single unit, a prerequisite for production operation of stateful application components in containers. Flocker facilitates widespread production deployment of containers for databases, queues and key value stores by making it simple and practical for entire distributed applications to be consolidated into an all-container development and operations environment. No matter where, or what, a container is running, Flocker gives DevOps teams operational freedom to quickly react to market conditions by relocating application containers in response to changing conditions, so that their business can innovate faster and be more responsive. Flocker increases the value of an organization's container investment and opens the door for a greater variety of mainstream enterprise use cases. Organizations can now embrace the portability and massive per-server density benefits of containers for stateful application services, enabling the creation of a new generation of microservices-based applications, and in some cases the replacement of virtual machines with containers. ClusterHQ provides the tools and services necessary for deploying and managing fully containerized stateful applications, simplifying IT processes and delivering on the advantages inherent in containers. We are the Container Data People™.

Company's Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Recognized for Innovation and Ability to Tailor for Any Size Organization

OMAHA, Neb. – Cosentry, the leading provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, today announced that its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering has received a 2015 Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award. For the second consecutive year TMC's Cloud Computing Magazine distinguished the service from among competitors for its ability to minimize downtime, maintain system performance and help ensure mission-critical functionality.

The Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award recognizes technologies and vendors that have built cloud solutions, allowing businesses small or large, to remain active and productive under even the most challenging conditions. Cosentry's DRaaS continues to impress judges with an overall service that includes the following disaster recovery assessment steps:

  • Step 1: Assess all operations and applications to determine data protection needs.
  • Step 2: Classify all data workloads and applications into ascending levels of Disaster Recovery (DR) options.
  • Step 3: Evaluate options for each level and compare costs against the business value of the data or service.
  • Step 4: Design and implement an appropriate solution utilizing both Backup Recovery System (BRS) and Disaster Recovery System (DRS).

"Recognizing excellence in the advancement of cloud computing technologies, TMC is proud to announce Cosentry's DRaaS as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Backup and Disaster Recovery Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "Cosentry is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation to the market, while leveraging the latest technology trends."

Recently, Cosentry enhanced its DRaaS offering by forming a strategic partnership with Geminare -- the #1 ranked leader in DRaaS enablement. Named "Cosentry DRaaS integrated with Google Cloud Platform," the suite of services is delivered through a collaboration with Google Cloud Platform and enables Cloud Recovery and Cloud Archive services to be delivered to Cosentry's customers.

"Combined with the power of our nine interconnected data centers, our DRaaS offering assumes our customer's IT risk mitigation management and dramatically shortens their data recovery times," said Craig Hurley, Vice President of Product Management, Cosentry. "The net result is an affordable, compliant and secure data recovery service, tailored for any size organization." 

Cosentry has created easy-to-understand pricing based on price-per-protected-server, plus the cost of cloud resources. For more information, please contact us at (866) 500-7661.

About Cosentry
Cosentry is the leading Midwest IT Solutions Provider, offering solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business. Our customers can feel confident, knowing their IT Infrastructure is operating at the highest level of reliability, performance, and security. Cosentry has over a decade of experience providing data center services including Colocation, Cloud, Managed Hosting, and Managed Services. We operate as our client's local business partner, taking the time to truly understand their business while tailoring our solutions to meet each client's unique business and technical requirements. Whether virtualizing, consolidating, optimizing, or fully outsourcing data center and IT infrastructure, businesses can rely on Cosentry for help with resilient and versatile solutions. For more information, contact us at (866) 500-7661 or visit us at http://www.cosentry.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Preservica reports surge in demand for digital preservation software

 

Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, has seen a 50% growth in new customer signings in the last six months, as organizations increase their focus on protecting and future-proofing critical, long-term information assets.

 

The acceleration in new signings could see the company doubling its customer base year-on-year in the first half of 2016.

Preservica’s world-leading digital preservation software is now in use at a mix of both public sector and commercial organizations including:

  • Twelve US State Archives, including Texas, Massachusetts and Michigan
  • Four of the UK's largest corporations, including HSBC, Unilever and BT
  • Twelve national and pan-national archives, including the UK National Archives and Swiss Federal Archives
  • Sixteen major universities and colleges, including Yale
  • Seven world renowned libraries and museums including DC Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York

Preservica will also shortly announce deals with a major news agency and a global financial institution.

In addition, in April of this year Preservica was named as a 2015 “Cool Vendor” in Content Management in a report by leading technology analyst Gartner.

 

According to the report, the long-term preservation of digital assets is a challenge: “As formats change, software is retired and hardware becomes obsolete, the data that organizations might want to keep can be lost forever. Government documents are one example, but companies also have information that needs to be preserved in order to eliminate the risk that they will not be readable or usable when required. Manufacturing, infrastructure, pharmaceutical companies and financial services organizations all have data that falls into this category”.

 

The diversity of the Preservica user community is drawn from both large and mid-size organizations across multiple segments, including commercial and public sector organizations, that are deploying a mix of either on-premise or cloud-hosted (SaaS) versions of Preservica’s digital preservation software.

 

”Most of the records created today are born-digital,” says Jelain Chubb, State Archivist and Director, Archives and Information Services Division at Texas State Library and Archives Commission. ”Although much of this digital information has short term retention requirements, there is still a significant amount that we are required to retain and preserve permanently. Given that legal mandate, it was vital for us to expand and enhance our digital preservation efforts now to ensure these essential government records remain accessible into the future.”

 

Jon Tilbury, CEO at Preservica, commented: “This is a very exciting time for us as Digital Preservation technology crosses from being niche to mainstream. It has long been recognized as essential by memory and cultural institutions and is now crossing into many government and commercial organisations that need to keep information for 10 years or more. Preservica is at the forefront of this fast emerging discipline and it’s great to see our customers prioritising the long-term preservation of their vital digital assets. I am also pleased that our proven digital preservation software is recognized as best of breed by many leading organizations.”

 

About Preservica

Preservica is a world leader in digital preservation technology, consulting and research. Our active preservation solutions are used by leading businesses, archives, libraries, museums and government organizations globally, to safeguard and share valuable digital content, collections and electronic records, for decades to come. These include the UK National Archives, the Met Office, Texas State Archives, Wellcome Library and HSBC, to name a few.

Preservica’s award-winning digital preservation and access software is a complete, standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) trusted repository that includes connectors to leading Enterprise Content and Records Management systems to ensure long-term usability, trustworthiness and preservation of vital digital records, emails and content.

Visit: www.preservica.com Twitter: @preservica

Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

iSolved Network Launches Marketplace

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The iSolved Network has announced the launch of its new iSolved Marketplace, which gives iSolved Network Certified Partners access to an online "mall" of third-party products and services that integrate or align with the iSolved human capital management solution. Adding additional products to the core workforce technology offering of iSolved extends the benefits and enhances the customer experience.

Infinisource iSolved Network logo.

The iSolved Network is a membership-based ecosystem of payroll service bureaus that use the iSolved platform to serve the small-to-midsized business community for payroll, HR, time tracking and benefits. Certified Partners within the Network can provide these robust payroll and HR technologies while maintaining their customer service advantage that their clients appreciate.

The iSolved Marketplace serves as an economic hub where Partners can find innovative, trusted business applications. Featuring more than 20 vendors at launch, the Marketplace allows Partners to easily browse, evaluate and buy these supplemental offerings to help better serve their customers. Current listings include financial tools, talent management platforms and pre-employment products and services. The iSolved Marketplace will also provide products such as Benefit Exchange solutions that will enable customers to shop for benefits and financial products that facilitate retirement solutions and short-term loans.

"Our iSolved Network Partners are continuously seeking additional products and services that help increase the satisfaction of their customers," said Todd LaFever, Infinisource President of Employer Services & Technology. "By launching the iSolved Marketplace, we've created a single environment where our Partners can research and buy from trusted vendors who are committed to the iSolved technology platform." 

"We are excited and honored to not only be a part of the iSolved Marketplace, but to be connected to such a great network of companies. It is important for us to work with employers who are also striving to be the best at what they do," said Richard White, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships of VICTIG. "Being connected to the right group of people is critical for any business to succeed."

About iSolved Network
The iSolved Network allows elite, high-growth payroll service providers using the cloud-based iSolved human capital management technology to deliver a complete set of workforce solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Launched in the summer of 2014, the iSolved Network has experienced rapid growth and now has over 1.2 million employees committed to the technology. The iSolved solution delivers a comprehensive approach to workforce management; offering payroll, onboarding, human resources, time and labor tracking and benefit enrollment from within the same solution. For more information on the iSolved Marketplace, visit http://www.isolvedmarketplace.com.

About VICTIG
VICTIG is not your average background screening and drug testing company. There are plenty of vendors out there that can provide you criminal information, verify education, and/or pull credit. What makes us different is our history of creating progressive screening solutions that solve problems, reduce turnaround time, and save you money. We keep employers compliant and save onboarding time when they use features such as our paperless e-signature technology. From our experience, most organizations pay too much and wait too long for background screening. Try us commitment free today!

Command center software firm demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through proven technology success and customer commitment

LANSING, Mich. – IDV Solutions, LLC today announced it has attained Gold Application Development, Data Analytics, Data Platform, and Intelligent Systems competencies, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments. 

“These Microsoft Gold competencies again showcase our expertise in and commitment to today’s technology market and demonstrates our knowledge of Microsoft and its products,” said Mark Morrison, IDV Solutions co-founder and CEO. “We are proud to continue our focus on accelerating our customers’ success by serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

IDV Solutions delivers command center software that helps organizations manage operational risk.  Its flagship product, Visual Command Center®, brings together information and capabilities from disparate external and internal sources, to provide a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. When a risk is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.

Some of the world’s largest private and public organizations use Visual Command Center for corporate security, crisis response, event security, traveler and executive protection, supply chain risk management, field services risk management and more.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Attaining the Data Analytics competency demonstrates partner expertise in designing, developing and implementing analytics and data management solutions that allow customers to monitor, analyze and plan business performance based on actionable business insight. Earning the Application Development competency helps partners differentiate themselves as a trusted expert to their customers through development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies. Attaining the Data Platform competency demonstrates partner expertise in some of Microsoft’s most in-demand products to provide customers with data warehousing solutions that manage and help secure their critical data using cost-effective, flexible and high-performance applications. Attaining the Intelligent Systems competency demonstrates partner expertise in developing end-to-end intelligent systems solutions. With access to marketing and support, partners can develop solutions for customers that connect industry devices to back-end systems and drive business intelligence.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC empowers organizations take command of risk by delivering command center software that is used to protect assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center® software is an enterprise platform for risk awareness and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit http://idvsolutions.com.

(TNS) - EDITOR'S NOTE: Subway riders stranded underground. Workers trapped between floors in elevators. Streets packed with honking cars and pedestrians, some panicked, some exhilarated. And illuminating it all, only the light of the November moon.

The Great Northeastern Blackout came at the height of the evening rush hour on Nov. 9, 1965, and plunged tens of millions into darkness across the northeastern U.S. and southern Canada for hours, including New York, Boston and Toronto.

The nation had never seen a power failure of such scope before, and Cold War tensions instantly stoked fears of sabotage. In New York, the nation's communications capital, news organizations including The Associated Press were stymied in finding out what happened and in getting the word out to the public.

It was soon established that problems with the electrical grid caused the blackout, the first large-scale realization of infrastructure worries that would resurface in major blackouts in 1977 and again in 2003.

...

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/AP-WAS-THERE-50-Years-Ago-Power-Failed-Across-Northeast-United-States.html

The return on investment of business continuity

What is the value of business continuity? Sure if you have a crisis and the world starts collapsing around you then there could be some benefit – having a plan is place would help you work through the worst of the disruption and continue to operate in as normal a way as possible. But what if you don’t have a crisis, what if your business is ticking along just fine, is there any value to business continuity then? Is there a return on investment?

That is the theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week 2016, as selected by those working in the profession when asked for their ideas following BCAW2015.

Perhaps your insurance premiums have been reduced? Maybe you’ve been getting more business coming your way because you’re seen as a reliable customer? Or possibly through all your BC planning you have discovered some inefficiencies within your organisation that could be removed and therefore save you money?

There are many ways that investing in BC can prove to be a good investment, so if you have other suggestions then please do get in touch by emailing Andrew Scott at the Business Continuity Institute Central Office. If you would like to write a blog, host a webinar, publish a paper or support BCAW in any other way then also get in touch. The more resources we have, the more we are able to raise awareness of the importance of BC.

BCAW2016 takes place between the 16th and 20th May 2016.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

Supply Chain Resilience Report published

Nearly one in ten organizations are not aware of who their key suppliers are, leaving them open to severe disruption as they are unable to manage their supply chain effectively. That is according to a new report published by the Business Continuity Institute and supported by Zurich Insurance Group.

The Supply Chain Resilience Report highlighted that seven in ten organizations admit to not having visibility over their full supply chain, and as the survey also revealed that half of disruptions occur below the preliminary tier 1 supplier of goods, this makes it extremely difficult to establish where an organization lies within its suppliers’ priorities.

This could have major consequences when it comes to managing the supply chain and ensuring that disruptions are minimised, which is particularly important given that the report also found that 74 percent of organizations had suffered at least one disruption during the previous twelve months and that 14 percent had suffered cumulative losses of at least €1 million as a result.

Other findings of the report include:

  • Unplanned IT and telecommunications outage (64 percent), cyber attack and data breach (54 percent) and adverse weather (50 percent) are the top three causes of supply chain disruption. New entries to the top ten are: product quality incident (8th), business ethics incident (9th) and lack of credit (10th).
  • The top five impacts of disruption are loss of productivity (58 percent), customer complaints (40 percent), increased cost of working (39 percent), loss of revenue (38 percent) and impaired service outcomes (36 percent).
  • One third (33 percent) of respondents report high top management commitment to supply chain resilience, increasing from 29 percent last year.
  • 68 percent of respondents report having business continuity arrangements in place to deal with supply chain disruptions.

Obtain the report after registration here.

 
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

The BCI presents its annual Global Awards

The Business Continuity Institute’s Global Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner in London on the 10th November 2015. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of business continuity and resilience professionals. 

This year’s winners were:

Continuity and Resilience Consultant 
Chris Needham-Bennett MBCI

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) 2015 
Abdulrahman Alonaizan MBCI

Continuity and Resilience Professional (Public Sector) 2015
David Porter AMBCI

Continuity and Resilience Team 
ETS Enterprise Resiliency Department, Educational Testing Service

Continuity and Resilience Provider ( Service/product) 2015
Linus Information Security Solutions – Linus Revive

Continuity and Resilience Innovation
Send Word Now

Most Effective Recovery
AllLife

Continuity and Resilience Newcomer 
Jacqueline Howard AMBCI

Industry Personality
Louise Theunissen FBCI.

More details.

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If Lake and Calaveras County residents receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency saying they are not eligible for disaster assistance, it is important that they read the letter carefully and then contact FEMA if they have questions or need assistance making an appeal.

The appeal must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the FEMA letter, not the date received. FEMA will help survivors make an appeal.

Survivors can call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. For 711 or video relay service, call 800-621-3362. They can also visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To locate the nearest center, call FEMA or go online to FEMA.gov/DRC.

A direct telephone hotline is operational to process any requests from survivors who may need additional assistance: 916-381-0330; for TTY, call 711.

The FEMA letter will explain the reason an applicant was determined to be ineligible and what additional information he or she needs to provide or how FEMA’s decision can be appealed.

Some of the reasons for an initial turn down can be easily remedied with more information such as:

  • Calling or writing to FEMA when a final insurance settlement is agreed upon.
  • Providing proof of ownership or residence, especially documents showing the damaged property was the primary residence at the time of the disaster.
  • Returning a completed U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan application.
  • Signing essential documents.

Survivors can ask for a review of the amount or type of help provided or any other decision about federal disaster assistance if they appeal the agency’s decision within 60 days of the date on the FEMA letter. Many issues can be resolved if applicants follow up with updated information or documentation.

When appealing a decision, applicants should explain in writing why they disagree with a decision along with any new or additional documents supporting the appeal.

Appeal letters should include:

  • Federal disaster declaration number ‘DR-4240-CA’ on all pages of documents.
  • Applicant information, including:
    • Nine-digit FEMA application number on all pages of documents
    • Name
    • Date and place of birth
    • Address of the damaged dwelling
  • Copies of verifiable documentation supporting the appeal. All receipts, bills and estimates must include contact information for the service provider. Applicants should keep all originals for their records.
  • Copy of a driver license or state-issued identification card showing the residence address is the same as the damaged property.
  • If a driver’s license or state-issued identification card is not available, an alternative is to have the appeal letter notarized with the following statement included: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
  • The applicant’s signature.

Mail the appeal letter to:

FEMA
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD  20782-7055

Applicants may fax the appeal letter to: 800-827-8112, Attention: FEMA

It is important to have appeal letters postmarked within 60 days of the date on the decision letter. 

Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. For 711 or video relay service, call 800-621-3362. For more information go to FEMA.gov/Help-After-Disaster. Even easier is visiting one of the three FEMA disaster recovery centers (DRC).

All three Disaster Recovery Centers will be open on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, with normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To locate the nearest DRC, go to FEMA.gov/DRC.

Survivors can apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Registration continues through Monday, Nov. 23.

For more information on California’s wildfire recovery, visit: caloes.ca.gov or fema.gov/disaster/4240 and follow us on Twitter @femaregion9 and at Facebook.com/FEMA.

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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who are referred to SBA for a disaster loan must apply to be eligible for additional FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.