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Jon Seals

I recently saw a report on consultant compensation for business continuity practitioners.

According to a post on LinkedIn’s BC-COOP group, Cheyene Marling, founder of BC Management, reports that

BC Management’s 11th Annual BCM Study assesses not only compensations for those who are permanently employed, but also for those who work as independent contractors.

The attached data graph highlights the average low and high billing rates for independent contractors. The data was collected in BC Management's 11th Annual BCM Study between July - December 2012. All currencies were converted to United States Dollar (USD) for comparison purposes. The study received over 2,200 participants with 100 noting “independent contractor”.



The 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR), released May 30, outlined areas of “national strength” in the United States’ progress toward delivering the 31 core capabilities outlined in the National Preparedness Goal, part of Presidential Policy Directive 8.

Planning, operational coordination, intelligence and information sharing and operational communications were highlighted as strengths, while infrastructure systems and public-private partnerships were areas tabbed as needing national improvement.



Recognizing the world needs less space for retail and more to store data, Sears (SHLD) plans to turn some of Sears and Kmart locations into data centers and disaster recovery spaces.

A new Sears subsidiary will be tasked with converting some of the more than 2,500 Sears and Kmart properties to data storage facilities equipped with servers, chillers and backup generators. It also plans to top many of its buildings with telecommunications towers.



No matter how safe, secure, and well-equipped  your office and laboratory is, unexpected events can still cause costly setbacks. Major storms, utility work, or problems at your facility can cause your  operations to come to a halt..  And as you can imagine these kinds of events can cause damaging impact to meeting milestones and deadlines. Disasters come in many forms, but some of the most common and consequential ways that they affect startup biotech companies is in the area of information technology. From short brown outs in your buildings power, a small fire that causes damage or sets off sprinkler systems, water main breaks can leak water into your office and labs or extended power events and complete building disasters can cause real problems. Even problems with your IT equipment can cause these issues even if you have proper support on them. I have seen instances when the hardware vendor cannot get you a replacement part on time causing hours or even days of downtime. When power is lost or internet connections fail, the IT systems that your experiments and business communications rely on can become completely ineffective. Every biotech startup business needs to have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens. Being prepared for any possible contingency is the most reliable way to ensure that you are meeting all of the goals that you have established in your business plan. Developing a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) along with a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) plan with your expert IT service provider can help you keep your company running at near or full capacity, no matter what is going on around you.



fema administrator fugate at podium Miami, Fla., May 31, 2013 -- FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate speaks at NOAA's annual Atlantic Hurricane press event discussing the upcoming hurricane season.

Kicking off the Atlantic hurricane season
We are coming to the end of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which means the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season (June 1) is almost here. All week long we’ve been sharing hurricane safety tips on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.  There are lots of ways you can get prepared for hurricane season at Ready.gov/hurricanes – especially important if you live in a coastal area – but I will share two things you can do in the next five minutes to make sure your phone is ready for the start of hurricane season:



Business continuity and disaster recovery need to become “Facebook easy”.

So says Steve Kokol, VP of international sales at SunGard Availability Services. “You never had to go to a class or a three-day course to learn how to use Facebook,” says Kokol, adding that businesses need to incorporate this usability into their continuity and disaster recovery strategies.

In an interview with ITWeb, Kokol noted that making the recovery planning process simple is becoming more and more important as business continuity and disaster recovery are extended, encompassing more individuals in an organisation. “What this is highlighting is that business is acknowledging that, at the end of the day, it is the people who sit at the coalface who need to be in charge of business continuity and disaster recovery. In short, the people who are responsible for building these plans need to be in the field themselves.”



Saturday, June 1, marks the beginning of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters from Colorado State University predict 18 named storms for the 2013 season, with nine of those forecasted to become hurricanes and four expected to be major hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center warns there could be even more storms to hit the Sunshine State — up to 20, in fact, compared to the average of 12. If these and other predictions are right, Florida will see its share of storms this season.



It’s National Hurricane Preparedness week and our friends at FEMA wanted us to do something fun to make sure Stella and I are prepared for the start of hurricane season, June 1. We’ve heard a lot about how it’s important to have an emergency kit – it is a collection of basic items your family may need in the event of an emergency.

So to help us get our kit together, we did a scavenger hunt for things already around the house that are also great things to use during an emergency.

 Bowie, Md., May 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stanley participate in a scavenger hunt to find supplies for their emergency supplies kit.

First we had to find our battery powered weather radio that sends out alert when severe weather is in our area.  We also found a basic first aid that we can add to our kit.

 Alexandria, Va., May 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stella participate in a scavenger hunt to find supplies for their scavenger hunt.

Next we needed to find something to help us see in the dark in case the power goes out… our clue says it would be under the sofa… it’s a flashlight!

 Bowie, Md., May 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella and Flat Stanley participate in a scavenger hunt to find supplies for their emergency supplies kit.

We’ve got a good start so far, but there’s more we can add to our kit. Our next clue says to head to the kitchen pantry for something to quench our thirst. We found bottled water....

 Bowie, Md., May 30, 2013 -- Flat Stella participates in a scavenger hunt to find supplies for her emergency supplies kit.

Our final clue says to look under the sink for something to help our radio and flashlight work.

 Bowie, Md., May 30, 2013 -- Flat Stanley participates in a scavenger hunt to find supplies for his emergency supplies kit.

We found batteries!

The scavenger hunt was a fun and easy way to help us get prepared! We used simple items around the house to get our kit started. And you can do the same. Getting prepared doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Take items from around your house and start your emergency kit today!

Visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes to learn how you can prepare for the upcoming hurricane season!

Pre-configured reference architecture speeds deployment of best-of-breed storage solution
Newark, Calif. – Tegile Systems today announced that its joint reference architecture with Cisco Systems and VMware has been added to the VMware View Rapid Desktop Program and is now certified as a proven configuration that enables the fast and easy deployment of VDI desktops.
The goal of the Rapid Desktop Program is to accelerate the adoption of VMware View solutions by enabling an ecosystem of pre-assembled, easily orderable appliances.  Tegile has successfully combined its Zebi HA2100 storage array with Cisco Unified Computing System B200 M3 servers, Cisco Nexus Switching 5000 series platform and VMware View 5.1 with VMware vSphere 5 to offer customers a simple, unified and scalable desktop virtualization solution that provides faster deployments, greater flexibility of choice, efficiency and lower risk.
The benefits of the pre-configured architecture featuring Cisco UCS, VMware and Zebi storage arrays include high performance, storage capacity reduction, reduced server and storage footprint, high availability and a single platform for multiple workloads.  The certified solution is now included in the VMware Solutions Exchange, an interactive platform that includes VMware-compatible solutions from VMware TAP partners like Tegile.
“The combination of Cisco, VMware and Tegile to improve the storage functionality within virtual desktop infrastructures is something that greatly benefits our joint customers who are looking to leverage the benefits of VDI without the need for cumbersome ad hoc storage infrastructures,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile Systems.  “By successfully testing and certifying a superior solution such as ours, we are providing companies with the peace of mind that such a system will work as intended and is readily available for immediate deployment.  Being part of the VMware View Rapid Desktop Program further validates this position and helps makes our reference architecture one that should be considered by those looking to maximize capacity and optimize their storage and network infrastructure without compromising performance.”
Tegile Zebi arrays leverage the performance of SSD and low cost per TB of high capacity disk drives to deliver up to seven times the performance and up to 75 percent less capacity required than legacy arrays. Zebi hybrid arrays combine Tegile’s patent-pending MASS technology with high performance DRAM, solid state flash, Intel Xeon processors and high speed Ethernet or Fibre Channel, resulting in higher capacity and significantly higher performance. Maximizing capacity, on-the-fly de-duplication and data compression enable more hosted virtual desktops for a lower investment in storage and network infrastructure.
Additional information about Tegile’s joint VDI reference architecture with Cisco and VMware is available at http://www.tegile.com.
About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of award-winning enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid state disk-based arrays. 
Tegile’s patented MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile. 

Cristie Software has today made the first release of CloneManager; a software product that migrates running Windows or Linux servers to another location which may be a physical, virtual or cloud environment.

CloneManager uses a ‘drag and drop’ interface to provide a simple but powerful mechanism for real time migration to similar or dissimilar hardware. The software is scalable from single machine migrations to large move groups which can be scheduled to migrate an entire data centre over a few days. The software integrates seamlessly with VMware vSphere™ and vCloud™ targets allowing virtual machines and vApps to be created on the fly. The software also optimises the partition layout, cpu and memory allocation and network mappings of the new VM based on the characteristics of the source machine

CloneManager also features CloneSync, a feature that allows a cloned machine to be periodically synced with its source machine. The software is licensed on a token basis at a price of US$150 per completed migration and US$3 per sync.

Ian Cameron, CEO of Cristie Software said: “We have been working closely with a US based global service provider to develop CloneManager and it has undergone rigorous testing and performance evaluation in both laboratory and real life environments. We are confident that CloneManager provides world leading speed, reliability and ease of use that will be of benefit to both service providers and end users wishing to migrate or clone machines or to refresh server hardware.”

For full details please visit the product page

About Cristie Software Limited

Cristie Software Limited was established in the UK in 2007 and has grown rapidly to become a leading software provider specialising in data protection, machine recovery, migration and high availability.

The software provides fast, reliable and highly automated backup, recovery and migration solutions for Windows, Linux and other Unix machines. Cristie Software solutions are sold worldwide by IBM, EMC, CSC and through a global network of leading resellers.