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Jon Seals

New 4U/48 and 2U/24 Models Provide Enterprise and Data Center Customers with Extreme Space Saving Options for Serving Big Data Requirements at the Same Price Point as 8G FC Storage*

SAN FRANCISCO — Infortrend today announced the addition of 4 new models to its groundbreaking 16G Fibre Channel (FC) storage solutions. Available in 4U/48 and 2U/24 form factors and for a limited time* at the same price as Infortrend's 8G FC storage offerings these models provide users with the choice of higher capacity and density storages to take full advantage of the cutting-edge performance, advanced hardware design, backward compatibility, and virtualization offered by the 16G FC EonStor DS G7i model lineup.

In introducing the world's first 16G FC models, Infortrend took the lead in providing innovative solutions for performance-demanding applications & services. By adding higher capacity and density storage options, Infortrend offers users a wider array of options to optimize and help future proof their storage infrastructure for better data management and space utilization.

Combining the scalability potential & breakthrough performance of these new higher capacity and density 16G FC models with the power of the advanced hardware, data services and established features of the G7i Platform, these new 16G FC models have the potential to be the cornerstone of your demanding applications such as video/media editing, high-performance computing, virtualization and data backup.

Thomas Kao, Senior Director of Product Planning at Infortrend, stated, "Infortrend is proud to offer the world's first 16G FC storage with a wide range of form factors to fit every need at industry-leading price points," adding, "The addition of higher capacity 4U/48 models to our 16G FC EonStor DS G7i lineup is a boon to those who require size as well as speed, while the high density 2U/24 models can save floor space & power consumption, and with the proven efficiencies of the G7i Platform they can be assured that these new models will deliver the performance they demand."

There are four (4) 16G FC EonStor DS G7i models available with the following features:

High Capacity Models:

ESDS S48F-R2652: Hybrid host (16G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Dual-redundant Controller, 4U/48-bay form factor

ESDS S48F-G2652: Hybrid host (16G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Single Controller, 4U/48-bay form factor

High Density Models :

ESDS B24F-R2652: Hybrid host (16G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Dual-redundant Controller, 2U/24-bay form factor

ESDS B24F-G2652: Hybrid host (16G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Single Controller, 2U/24-bay form factor

In addition, there are also several new high capacity and density non-16G FC Models released today:

ESDS S48F-R2852: Hybrid host (8G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Dual-redundant Controller, 4U/48-bay form factor

ESDS S48F-G2852: Hybrid host (8G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Single Controller, 4U/48-bay form factor

ESDS B24F-R2852: Hybrid host (8G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Dual-redundant Controller, 2U/24-bay form factor

ESDS B24F-G2852: Hybrid host (8G FC and 1GbE iSCSI), Single Controller, 2U/24-bay form factor

For more information about Infortrend 16G FC-host solutions, please click here.

For more information about Infortrend EonStor DS G7i Series, please click here.

*Offer valid Worldwide until end of August 2013 at participating Infortrend channel partners.

About Infortrend

Founded in 1993, Infortrend Corporation is a leading provider of high performance networked storage solutions focusing on quality, reliability, choice and value. Fueled by a depth of technological expertise and system level knowledge, Infortrend storage solutions have been widely deployed on a variety of demanding applications by multiple users across commercial and industrial markets. Its core brands include the ESVA, EonStor DS, EonStor and EonNAS product families. For more information, please visit www.infortrend.com.

Infortrend, ESVA, EonStor, SANWatch, and EonPath are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infortrend Technology, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

By Jacque Rupert

One of the most common question questions asked by business continuity managers is “How can my organization increase coordination between different groups performing preparedness activities, specifically ‘the business’ and IT?”

In my consulting activities I have seen many organizations’ business and IT teams struggle to come to an agreement on common requirements, such as application recovery time objectives (RTOs) and data loss tolerances (RPOs). The business tends to complain that IT does not listen to their recovery requirements, while IT tends to complain that the business is far too aggressive and unrealistic on recovery requirements.

This article seeks to address these issues, providing five tips to bridge the business – IT gap.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1078.html

A combination of replication and erasure coding is the future for data protection in cloud storage and big data systems says Paul Carpentier.

In the course of IT history, many schemes have been devised and deployed to protect data against storage system failure, especially disk drive hardware. These protection mechanisms have nearly always been variants on two themes: duplication of files or objects (backup, archiving, synchronization, remote replication come to mind); or parity-based schemes at disk level (RAID) or at object level (erasure coding, often also referred to as Reed-Solomon coding). Regardless of implementation details, the latter always consists of the computation and storage of parity information over a number of data entities (whether disks, blocks or objects). Many different parity schemes exist, offering a wide range of protection trade-offs between capacity overhead and protection level - hence their interest.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1079.html

The potential for collaboration took a huge step forwards with the rise of BYOD; but the reality of secure collaboration took a huge step backwards. A new State of the Enterprise Information Landscape report shows a ticking time bomb in the enterprise.

Staff get paid to do their job, and they do that as efficiently as they can. Security is something often seen as a hindrance to efficiency; so it is frequently ignored. A new survey by Huddle shows the extent to which security is often bypassed for simplicity in the name of personal efficiency.

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http://www.infosecurity-us.com/view/32703/ticking-time-bomb-caused-by-alwayson-work-ethic/

Computerworld - If the question about tornadoes comes up at his Oklahoma City data center, as it sometimes does, Todd Currie, vice president of operations and general manager at Perimeter Technology, has answers. He even has a cutout sample of his roof to show how it is built.

Perimeter's data center was constructed to withstand an EF3 tornado, or winds up to 165 miles per hour on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

To protect against an EF3, Perimeter surrounded the raised floor portion of the data center with 8.5-in. concrete, reinforced walls. The data center is in the middle of the building, and around it are offices protected by another 8.5-in. exterior wall.

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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239659/Tornadoes_and_data_centers_are_OK_in_Oklahoma

May 31, 2013

Before the Flood

Batteries, flashlights, bottled water. Now more jumbo-mortgage borrowers will be required to add another item to their storm-preparedness checklist: flood insurance.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration is currently re-evaluating flood maps, requiring more jumbo-mortgage holders with homes in high-hazard areas to buy flood insurance. Also, changes to federal law enacted in July are expected to jack up premiums.

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http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-243267/

The devastation caused by the multiple global crises over the last three decades has exposed the fragility of modern-day risk management practices. The Wall Street crash of 1987, the Asian financial crisis of 1997 and the banking sector collapse of 2007 left several global companies in a state of disarray.

Similarly, the safety-system failures at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, structural compromise of the New Orleans leevees and the Mumbai terror attacks led to unprecedented economic losses for many organizations. In retrospect, while each of the above events - referred to as Black Swans by some observers - was possible, none was adequately anticipated. These events highlight the shortcomings of our knowledge, perspectives and risk models.

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/features/corporate-dossier/black-swan-plans-is-your-company-anti-fragile/articleshow/20350774.cms

No practitioner is an island

Enterprise risk management should be what the name clearly states:

  • Enterprise: Covers the enterprise
  • Risk: Considers all risks/threats to the enterprise
  • Management: Deals with risk avoidance/mitigation and dealing with risks if they occur, both during the crisis stage and the following recovery stages.

Most organizations have some insurance coverage, if only Property and Casualty (P&C). Many have Directors and Officers insurance and some have Business Interruption insurance.

These coverages are only the tip of the proverbial ice berg.

The problem is, insurance also is a risk.

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http://johnglennmbci.blogspot.com/2013/05/erm-bc-coop-getting-outside-expertise.html

Operator: Welcome.  I'd like to thank you all for holding.  An inform you that your lines are in listen-only for the conference until the question-and-answer session.  After that you will press star-1 on your touch tone phone.  I would like to turn to tom skinner. 

Tom Skinner: Thank you, Ed.  Thank you all for joining us today for this update on influenza a H3N2 variant virus.  We're having this telebriefing today, because as many of you know, we've had a rise in the number of cases that are -- that have been reported to CDC.  These are -- this increase is the result, and a change somewhat in what constitutes a positive case of H3N2 for surveillance purposes.  And Dr. Joseph Bresee from the CDC is here to help put this into perspective and context for you.  He'll also go over some things we talked about last week in regards to preventive steps people can take to protect themselves, especially those who will be and are attending agricultural fairs.  I've got Dr. Bresee to speak for three to five minutes.  And then we'll open it up for your questions and answers.  So Dr. Bresee. 

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http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/t0809_H3N2v.html

Avalution Consulting is the first organization in the United States to achieve organizational certification to ISO 22301 Societal Security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements

 

Cleveland, OH – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the achievement of organizational certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity standard. Avalution is the first organization in the United Stated to receive this certification. Avalution was assessed and registered by BSI Group America Inc. (BSI), a leading global Certification Body.

ISO 22301 Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements was released in May 2012 and is the first international standard focused exclusively on business continuity.

The entire Avalution team is thrilled to be recognized as the first organization in the United States to achieve ISO 22301 certification,” explains Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution. “This certification serves as a commitment to our clients that we take business continuity planning seriously, and demonstrates that we understand what it takes to prepare for ISO 22301 conformance.”

Avalution’s team has been a strong supporter of the standard from the beginning and played an active role in the standard’s development. Brian Zawada, Avalution’s Director of Consulting, serves as Chairman and Head of US Delegation to ISO TC 223 – the group charged with authoring ISO 22301. In February 2013 Avalution released a white paper, Implementing ISO 22301: The Business Continuity Management System Standard, which breaks the standard down section by section, explaining what each clause means, the value it provides, and recommended approaches for implementation.

By earning ISO 22301 certification, Avalution is further demonstrating its commitment to making its company more resilient and leading by example,” said Todd VanderVen, President of BSI Group America Inc. “By formalizing their Business Continuity Management System and using ISO 22301 as a check-and-balance process, Avalution has taken steps to reassure its customers that they are prepared for the unexpected and remain at the cutting edge of their industry.”

Avalution supports organizations large and small in their efforts to prepare for disruptive incidents, and if a business case exists, ISO 22301 certification. Organizations looking to align to the standard or pursue ISO 22301 certification are encouraged to contact Avalution to discuss their specific needs or download the white paper.

 

About Avalution Consulting

Avalution – the 2012 BCI North America Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Company of the Year – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is an ISO 22301 certified firm and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

Avalution also offers two unique, web-based business continuity software solutions. Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. No long-term contracts are required, and a 30-day free trial is available via the website. The Planning Portal, built on Microsoft SharePoint, delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist organizations in managing and executing their business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Demonstrations are available upon request.

 

About BSI Group America Inc.

BSI is not just another certification body. By packaging assessment, training, and our management system software tool –EntropyTM Software, BSI provides a solutions toolkit that combines it all in a comprehensive service offering and allows us to provide your organization with an integrated approach to meet your needs and embed excellence across your business. We present a one-stop value proposition from the decision to improve systems through to registration and continual improvement. From start to finish, the BSI Solutions Package helps turn complexity into simplicity. To learn more about BSI, please visit bsiamerica.com.