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More Than 400 First Responders to Demo Aegex Tablets at Guardian Centers of Georgia


ATLANTA, Ga. – Aegex Technologies' intrinsically safe tablets are to be used by more than 400 first responders in a disaster preparedness training session held at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga., Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2015.

Aegex tablets will enable disaster response teams, including the New York Fire Department's All Hazard Incident Management Team, Georgia Search and Rescue, and a specialized United States Marine Corps unit, among others, to communicate and manage data in real-time during the training. Unlike traditional mobile devices, Aegex tablets are intrinsically safe, or incapable of igniting flammable materials that may be present in hazardous environments.

Aegex will provide a full mobile-network-based disaster preparedness and response solution for the Guardian Centers training event. During the exercises, teams will use Aegex tablets for:

  • Enhancing situational awareness with GIS-based data collection and transmission
  • Improving incident response with first responder health monitoring
  • Organizing real-time triage for dynamic care
  • Managing hazardous material and safety plans

Aegex intrinsically safe tablets run Windows 10 and other customizable enterprise-grade applications. They are fully configurable for public safety teams and include embedded applications such as man-down emergency alert and personnel tracking.

"When disaster strikes, the individuals who are called out to save our neighbors need tools that can empower the collaborative use of real-time information. This could make the difference between an incident and a catastrophe," said Aegex CEO Thomas Ventulett. "With Aegex solutions, real-time connectivity for first responders means more accurate information, more efficient coordination, more assets recovered, and more lives saved."

Guardian Centers is an 830-acre disaster preparedness campus built to train first responders from different agencies to test their crisis response plans, teams and equipment during simulated emergency situations.

Purpose-built for hazardous location environments, such as disaster scenarios, Aegex tablets are universally certified for UL C1D1, UL C1D2, ATEX Zone 1, and IECEx Zone 1 HazLoc areas. The 10.1-inch Aegex 10 Intrinsically Safe tablets can be deployed in multiple zones of hazardous locations, where high concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or dusts are present. Aegex tablets are customizable for any team member in a hazardous location operation, from personnel in the most explosive zones to their managers who are off-site.

About Aegex Technologies, LLC
Aegex Technologies provides intrinsically safe mobile communications solutions for hazardous locations in the public safety, oil and gas, petrochemical and utilities markets. Aegex's unified mobile platform enables organizations to customize our Windows 10 intrinsically safe 10.1-inch tablets with enterprise-class software and industry-specific applications to meet the mobility needs of all personnel in multiple zones of hazardous locations.

About Guardian Centers
Guardian Centers owns and operates an advanced training center that delivers realistic training and exercises to enhance the operational readiness of response organizations. Located in Perry GA, approximately 90 miles south of Atlanta, the center occupies 830 acres and includes 350 acres of a realistic urban operating environment. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. AID, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and several international clients. For more information, visit http://guardiancenters.com/ or call 478-224-5700.

For more information about Aegex Technologies:

Collaboration with Open Source Vendor, SwiftStack, Helps Customers Leverage Low-Cost, Highly Scalable Object Storage with Avere's High Performance File-System Capabilities


PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced support for SwiftStack, a leader in a new breed of object storage for the enterprise. This collaboration allows organizations to benefit from the high-performance file system capabilities of Avere with the low-cost, highly scalable on-premises object storage provided by SwiftStack. As a result, organizations no longer have to face a trade-off between cost-saving object storage and NAS functionality.


"OpenStack Swift is the engine that powers many of the world's largest public cloud object storage offerings, and it is exciting for the OpenStack community to work with cloud storage technology leaders like Avere," said John Dickinson, Project Technical Lead for OpenStack Swift. "The results from this collaboration not only increase and accelerate access to public cloud, it also benefits organizations building private clouds using OpenStack."


SwiftStack object storage was designed to give enterprises a simple solution for deploying and operating a private storage cloud inside their firewall and is unique among private object storage in offering no lock-in of data, freedom of choice in standard hardware and control of clusters across data centers. Avere supports SwiftStack through its FlashCloud technology and implements the Amazon S3 API to integrate with SwiftStack. FlashCloud connects to public and private clouds, translating standard NAS protocols and protecting customer application investments. Marrying object storage with file systems based NAS provides customers with unlimited capacity scaling in the cloud and unlimited performance scaling with its FXT Series Edge filers.


"The new breed of software-defined object storage is more than just an API for access, it serves as an architecture that allows organizations to deliver the public cloud benefits of scale, cost and agility within their own data centers to meet the needs of their customers," said Joe Arnold, Founder and Chief Product Officer, SwiftStack, Inc. "Organizations are rapidly deploying private cloud storage in workflows that benefit from REST API and POSIX interfaces, where the addition of Avere technology in their architectures accelerates the value of their overall storage investments."


"This collaboration brings together the leader in open source large-scale object storage with the leader of hybrid cloud solutions at an optimal time in the storage market. SwiftStack provides a very scalable enterprise-grade storage solution to those organizations seeking to build their own private object store and Avere then brings the file system and performance capabilities required to make use of the vast amount of unstructured data stored in SwiftStack," said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. "As we grow our relationships with public and private cloud vendors, we strive to make the hybrid cloud a realistic business approach for customers and provide competitive advantage within their respective industries."


About Avere Systems
Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.

New solution expands on SDL Language Cloud platform and offers SMBs and mid-market businesses access to enterprise-grade translation technology and services


WAKEFIELD, Mass.SDL (LSE: SDL) today introduced the next evolution of its Language Cloud offering, SDL Language Cloud Managed Translation, a core solution within SDL’s Customer Experience Cloud. Using an intuitive web interface, organizations of all sizes can now access SDL’s industry leading translation technology and services through the cloud to manage translation projects from start to finish and leverage SDL’s market leading translation memory and terminology management technology. As language plays a critical role in every customer experience, SDL is making its world leading language solutions more widely accessible to the mid-market through this online self-serve platform.


Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s fastest-growing cyber security companies is among the first users of this new solution. Anastasiya Pozgoreva, Head of Translation and Localization at Kaspersky Lab said, “SDL’s Language Cloud Managed Translation solution is a convenient and user-friendly interface with a sleek design that has simplified our translation process and allowed us to be more effective with our work. We have drastically reduced the time spent on projects by streamlining submissions down to minutes, allowing us to focus on other priorities. The visibility the solution provides helps us manage our translations better than ever before and delivers an unmatched level of quality through the ability to closely monitor and track the progress of all work.”

SDL’s Language Cloud Managed Translation business users benefit from:

  • Enhanced speed for translation projects: SDL’s easy-to-use platform enables users to reduce time to market for translated content
  • Increased cost savings: The solution automatically stores and reuses all previously translated material so the user never pays to translate something twice
  • Unmatched visibility and control: The intuitive online dashboard continually tracks project progress, spend and savings
  • Confidence in translation quality and security: With SDL, users gain access to ISO certified translation services from industry experts and a secure cloud based platform

“Our history in language solutions has allowed us to hone in on one of the most crucial elements of the customer experience – language – bringing organizations the ability to truly operate and reach their consumers globally. Globalization is no longer only a requirement for multinational organizations. Companies of all sizes are looking to expand their international presence and one of the biggest barriers to doing so is communicating in local languages. With SDL Language Cloud Managed Translation, we are expanding our offering to the SMBs and mid-market and allowing them to harness the power of technology that so far has only been available to larger enterprises. Companies of all sizes can now take advantage of a global market place and expand their offering into new international markets with SDL Language Cloud,” said Mark Lancaster, CEO and Founder, SDL. “This latest release is clear evidence of our continued innovation, investment and leadership in the industry. SDL brings together the entire translation ecosystem from translation management (SDL TMS and SDL World Server) through translator collaboration (SDL GroupShare) and translation productivity (SDL Trados Studio). We were at the forefront of pioneering translation memory, machine translation and automated translation workflow and we are now taking this technology to the cloud for unprecedented ease of access and adoption.”


With SDL Language Cloud Managed Translation, users gain easy access to SDL’s unrivaled global translators and innovative translation technology, speeding time to market and streamlining the process of managing translation projects. Campaign delays can now be avoided as the solution accelerates launch timelines and increases output, while also providing the ability to closely monitor and check the status of projects throughout the process. Organizations can simplify translation throughout the business with this one solution, drastically reducing expenses and ensuring brand consistency across the globe.


To learn more about SDL’s Language Cloud Managed Translation, please visit http://www.sdl.com/languagecloud/managed-translation/ or read our blog here:http://blog.sdl.com/company/sdl-language-cloud-managed-translation-liberating-the-localisers.


About SDL

SDL (LSE: SDL) is the leader in global customer experience. With a completely integrated cloud solution for content management, analytics, language and documentation, SDL solves the complexity of managing your brand’s digital footprint as it grows across multiple languages, cultures, websites, devices and channels. Seventy-nine of the top 100 global companies trust SDL to help them create authentic, in-context customer experiences that drive demand and loyalty. SDL brings your brand to the world, and the world to your brand. Learn more at SDL.com. Follow SDL on Facebook and Twitter.

Firm underpins business with critical, modern technology in preparation for business growth


LONDON, U.K. – Thirsk Winton LLP, a modern, North-East London law firm offering business and private client services; is deploying an iManage Work based email and document management solution from Ascertus Limited, a provider of tailored information and document lifecycle management solutions to law firms. The Ascertus solution will deliver productivity gains and help drive business efficiency at the firm, allowing staff to focus on law related tasks, customer service and achievement of business growth plans. The system will minimise paper in the organisation.


The iManage Work solution implemented by Ascertus will provide a matter-centric approach to email and document management to Thirsk Winton. All outbound and inbound emails on transactions, associated documents and records along with voice and text messages on individual cases will be automatically saved to respective matter-related workspaces in a central repository in the firm. The iManage Work solution will integrate with Thirsk Winton’s financial management software and Microsoft Office, truly making the document management system the primary storehouse and knowledge centre for all client and matter-related activity. The solution will be configured to the specific needs of Thirsk Winton; and will offer Google-like advanced text search capability to enhance usability.


“An email and document management system is business-critical due to the volume of information and records that are generated in today’s electronic and mobile business environments,” explained Jason Winton, Partner at Thirsk Winton LLP. “The iManage Work solution from Ascertus will streamline this function across the firm and make document management ‘routine’ and fool-proof. This solution is a no-brainer for us – it is the best on the market and will seamlessly scale to meet the requirements of the business in the future. We have big aspirations and are building the business on the most modern technology platforms to optimise efficiency and client service.”


Thirsk Winton selected iManage Work for its superior functionality and proven suitability for law firms. The firm was impressed by Ascertus’ understanding of the law firm environment, the company’s extensive experience in delivering iManage Work-based solutions to professional services organisations and the team’s technical expertise in working with third party systems. Ascertus’ responsiveness and partnership-led approach further assured Thirsk Winton of its choice of implementation partner.


“Thirsk Winton is a forward looking firm that is astutely laying the technological foundation from the get-go,” commented Jon Wainwright, Sales and Marketing Director of Ascertus Limited. “iManage Work is equally fitting for smaller and larger law firms. After all, the documentation and compliance requirements of law firms are similar, regardless of size. Bringing in flexible, future-proof technology makes commercial sense.”


About Ascertus Limited

Ascertus provides information and document lifecycle management consultancy, software solutions and IT support services to law firms and corporate legal departments. Based in Central London, the company offers a full range of professional services – from consultancy, business analysis and project management; to software implementation, training, documentation and technical support – delivering bespoke email, contract and document management solutions in on-premises and privately hosted environments. The company has successfully delivered and managed some of the largest iManage Work installations at customer sites in the UK. For more information, visit: www.ascertus.com.

Although 2015 is far from over, it is already proving to be a blockbuster year for headline-grabbing data breaches at corporations and at U.S. government agencies. These “mega breaches” range from the theft of over 20 million personnel files from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which seriously compromised national security, to the hack and subsequent data dump of Ashley Madison, the dating website that facilitates infidelity, which exposed the identities of 32 million of its customers. Similarly, the data breach at the health insurer Anthem led to the breach of 80 million medical records, including social security numbers and birthdays, making millions of its customers vulnerable to identity theft.

As these cyber attacks highlight, the importance of cybersecurity in the modern business environment is paramount. The cost of “mega breaches” for companies can be catastrophic. For example, Target reported that its 2013 breach cost the company $264 million in direct expenses.

Even smaller, more run-of-the-mill breaches can cost businesses millions. According to a study by data security research organization Ponemon Institute, the total average cost of a data breach for companies is $3.8 million. These direct costs include hiring experts to fix the breach, investigating the cause and offering credit monitoring for victims. This number does not include business losses caused by customers being wary of patronizing a business, which the report says can eclipse the direct costs.



Scrapped, defective or outdated hard drives can be a special source of danger for companies. Because in many high-end systems stored data are not only distributed over many hard drives, but often also – due to the implemented data recovery functions – in several versions. Thus, in many cases data on scrapped hard drives of an EMC, NetApp or CommVault system containing sensitive business secrets can be reconstructed. It is therefore important, not only due to the current or coming (GDPR) data protection regulations, but also to protect intellectual property belonging to the company, to make sure that all data has been securely destroyed before the hard drives or SSDs of the high-end server or storage system employed are scrapped.

After having dealt in the previous article with the basics and the necessities of LUN erasure, the processes to be performed, and the data erasure process to be employed on a LUN that is to be erased for new users, we will now deal with another erasure process which typically requires the secure erasure of LUNs:

The erasure of LUNs, because the hardware used (an HDD) is defective or fails to function optimally and has to be replaced, e.g. when a hard drive has exceeded the established threshold of bad blocks.

What exactly does the data erasure process look like?



Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00

Breaches Up but Compromised Records Down

The number of data breaches in the first half of 2015 has jumped 10 percent over the same time period last year, according to a new report from Gemalto. Yet, the number of records that have been compromised is down by 41 percent.

It seems like these are conflicting numbers, doesn’t it? Dark Reading provided a possible reason for this:

This decline in compromised records can most likely be attributed to that fact that fewer large scale mega breaches have occurred in the retail industry compared to the same period last year.



(MCT) - It’s not exactly all downhill from here, but today marks the statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

But one look through history is a clear indication that there are no guarantees Eastern North Carolina won’t be slapped with a storm. After all, two of the 20th century’s worst hurricanes — Floyd in 1999 and Hazel in 1954 — both made landfall after the peak point of the season.

Still, 2015 has been a mild hurricane season in the Atlantic, backing up long-range forecasts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Climate Prediction Center, among others.

Tropical Storm Grace became the season’s seventh named storm last week. Up to 10 have been predicted, which would rank 2015 below the average of 12 storms per year.



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and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
10 September 2015

ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory


Synopsis: There is an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, gradually weakening through spring 2016.

During August, sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies were near or greater than +2.0oC across the eastern half of the tropical Pacific (Fig. 1). SST anomalies increased in the Niño-3.4 and Niño 3-regions, were approximately unchanged in the Niño-4 region, and decreased in the Niño-1+2 region (Fig. 2). Large positive subsurface temperature anomalies persisted in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific during the month (Fig. 3), with the largest departures exceeding 6oC (Fig. 4). The atmosphere remained coupled to the anomalous oceanic warmth, with significant low-level westerly wind anomalies and upper-level easterly wind anomalies persisting from the western to east-central tropical Pacific. Also, the traditional and equatorial Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) were again negative, consistent with enhanced convection over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific and suppressed convection over Indonesia (Fig. 5). Collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic anomalies reflect a strong El Niño.

All models surveyed predict El Niño to continue into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2016, and all multi-model averages predict a peak in late fall/early winter (3-month values of the Niño-3.4 index of +1.5oC or greater; Fig. 6). The forecaster consensus unanimously favors a strong El Niño, with peak 3-month SST departures in the Niño 3.4 region near or exceeding +2.0oC. Overall, there is an approximately 95% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, gradually weakening through spring 2016 (click CPC/IRI consensus forecast for the chance of each outcome for each 3-month period).

Across the contiguous United States, temperature and precipitation impacts associated with El Niño are expected to remain minimal during the early Northern Hemisphere fall and increase into the late fall and winter (the 3-month seasonal outlook will be updated on Thursday September 17th). El Niño will likely contribute to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season, and to above-normal hurricane seasons in both the central and eastern Pacific hurricane basins (click Hurricane season outlook for more).

This discussion is a consolidated effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA's National Weather Service, and their funded institutions. Oceanic and atmospheric conditions are updated weekly on the Climate Prediction Center web site (El Niño/La Niña Current Conditions and Expert Discussions). Forecasts are also updated monthly in the Forecast Forum of CPC's Climate Diagnostics Bulletin. Additional perspectives and analysis are also available in an ENSO blog. The next ENSO Diagnostics Discussion is scheduled for 8 October 2015. To receive an e-mail notification when the monthly ENSO Diagnostic Discussions are released, please send an e-mail message to: ncep.list.enso-update@noaa.gov.

(MCT) - Among all the apocalyptic disasters that Californians routinely prepare for -- earthquake, drought, wildfire, carmageddon -- the most welcome is rain, even though giant El Niño events like the one currently massing in the Pacific can bring their own set of calamities: flooding, mudslides, carmageddon with hydroplaning.

After four years of drought, creeks and rivers flowing through the Bay Area are more trickle than torrent. But weather scientists are recording water temperatures in the Pacific nearing the highest they've ever seen, suggesting El Niño will open an atmospheric fire hose in the jet stream this winter. That's caused a rising tide of anxiety that has left even the highest-and-driest Californians on edge.

Across the Bay Area, roofers and tree-trimmers are so busy preparing for the onslaught that many have stopped accepting new jobs. And public works crews are shoring up creek beds, clearing storm drains and stocking up on sandbags in preparation.