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The Business Continuity Institute - Aug 23, 2016 16:34 BST

The Business Continuity Institute is delighted that IBM, the world's largest IT and consulting services company, is to be a gold sponsor of the BCI World Conference and Exhibition at the Novotel London West Hotel on the 8th and 9th November.

With over 50 years of business continuity and disaster recovery experience, and a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service, IBM bring to BCI World a great deal of expertise and knowledge.

IBM's knowledge of the sector is perhaps demonstrated through their cutting edge research conducted in collaboration with the Ponemon Institute. The latest of which - the Cost of Data Breach Study - found that companies which have predefined Business Continuity Management processes in place are able to find and contain data breaches more quickly, and that the longer it takes to detect and contain a data breach, the more costly it becomes to resolve.

Robin Gaddum, Fellow of the BCI and Associate Partner for Resilience at IBM, commented: "We are delighted to support the BCI World Conference for the 19th consecutive year. We first introduced Business Resilience in 2003 and have been helping customers build organizational resilience ever since. The BCI World Conference and Exhibition is an opportunity for us to showcase how we apply resilience in a way that not only protects organizations but also leverages the value of information-driven insights - what we refer to today as Resilience in the Cognitive Era."

At the BCI World Conference, IBM will be hosting a session on 'Improving operational resilience and performance', which will use real world examples to describe how organizations are creating actionable intelligence to enhance their resilience and simultaneously enable operational performance improvement.

To find out more about the BCI World Conference and Exhibition or to book your place, click here.

Netwrix demonstrates 114% revenue growth, fueled by strong customer demand for complete visibility into IT infrastructure to enable data security

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, the first to introduce avisibility and governance platform for on-premises, hybrid and cloud IT environments, today announced that Netwrix has been ranked #2996 in the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the U.S. fastest growing companies for its 114% growth over three years, and also received Inc. 5000 Five-Time Honoree recognition for being listed for the fifth consecutive year.

Each year since 1982, the Inc. 5000 list has ranked the fastest growing private companies in the United States according to revenue growth rate. The companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent and for-profit in order to qualify for the listing.

Netwrix, which is listed in the software category, was selected based upon its revenue growth every year from 2012 to 2015. During this period, Netwrix has strengthened its position in the enterprise market by providing complete visibility across business-critical IT systems, introducing investigation capabilities, passing HP ArcSight Common Event Format (CEF) certificationand meeting the requirements of theVMware Ready program. Netwrix is also proud to be among the 350 companies represented on the Inc. 5000 list for the fifth time in a row.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts," says Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief at Inc. "No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great — usually from scratch. That's one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows."

We are honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine for the fifth time in a row,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “In the light of ever-growing security threats, the Netwrix mission is to deliver visibility across all levels of the IT infrastructure to prevent malicious activity and keep organizations’ most critical assets under control. We have come a long way by providing support for hybrid cloud infrastructures and endless integration capabilities for our customers, further empowering them with deeper visibility into user activity, both on-premises and in the cloud.”

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was first to introduce visibility and governance platform for on-premises, hybrid and cloud IT environments. More than 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less expense and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 90 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

Analysis quantifies cost to support 1 kilowatt of compute and identifies major contributors to data center costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute, today released the results of the first Cost to Support Compute Capacity Benchmark Study, the latest report in the Data Center Performance Benchmark Series.

The study analyzed annual costs for 41 North American data centers. Costs were reported by participating organizations in four categories: amortized plant, amortized IT assets, operating and energy. In addition, participating organizations reported on IT load, number of racks, average rack density and data center square footage. Using this data, the Ponemon Institute calculated an average cost to support 1 kilowatt (kW) of compute capacity for each of five data center size ranges. Major findings from the study include:

·       Average annual cost/kW range from $5,467 for data centers over 50,000 square feet to $26,495 for data centers between 500 and 5,000 square feet.

·       Cost/kW decreases as data center size increases, with the largest decrease occurring from the 500 to 5,000 square foot range to the 5,001 to 10,000 square foot range (64 percent). Costs continued to decline as data center size increased:

o   In the 10,001 to 25,000 square foot range, cost/kW were 47 percent lower than in the 5,001 to 10,000 square foot range;

o   In the 25,001 to 50,000 square foot range, cost/kw were 23 percent lower than in the 10,001 to 25,000 square foot range;

o   In the over 50,000 square foot range, cost/kW were 21 percent lower than costs in the 25,001 to 50,000 square foot range.

·       Economies of scale were observed in all four cost categories. Energy costs experienced the largest decrease, with a 180 percent difference between energy costs/kW for data centers in the smallest size range compared to the largest. Operating costs showed a 129 percent difference per kW in the largest data centers compared to those in the 500 to 5,000 square foot range.

·       Operating costs account for the largest percentage of data center costs across all size ranges, followed by energy costs. Energy and operating costs together account for 80 percent or more of annual data center costs.

·       Cost/kW decreases with rack density. Data centers with an average rack density of 8.5 kW had a cost/kW 68 percent lower than data centers with an average rack density of 4.5 kW.

“With the variety of outsourcing options available today, it’s more important than ever for data center operators to understand the costs associated with supporting compute capacity and the major components of those costs,” said Peter Panfil, vice president of global power for Emerson Network Power. “This report provides a template for data center operators to get a handle on their costs and make informed decisions about future outsourcing, while evaluating technologies and best practices that can lower their costs.”

This is the fourth volume in a series research reports from Ponemon and Emerson Network Power providing industry benchmarks and insight into the key challenges and decision points organizations face as they construct an IT infrastructure to support internal users, partners, suppliers and customers in the digital age. The full report, along with other reports in the Benchmark Series is available at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Benchmarks.

 

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at
www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.

A Fiber Network Alliance (FNA) Member, GPW’s Expanded Presence in Atlanta at Colo Atl Allows for Key Interconnection Opportunities 

 

ATLANTA – Colo Atl, the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA, announces today that Georgia Public Web (GPW), a Municipal owned corporation that is “Bridging Georgia’s Digital Divide,” has chosen to be a tenant at Colo Atl’s downtown Atlanta facility. With GPW’s Meet Me Room (MMR) presence in Colo Atl and 56 Marietta, the telecommunications service provider and Fiber Network Alliance (member) can easily connect to common carriers including other FNA members – with no monthly recurring cross connect fees inside the Colo Atl facility.

"The Colo Atl facility is an attractive location for us due to its roster of more than 90 network operators," comments David Muschamp, President and CEO of Georgia Public Web, Inc.

“We are most pleased to welcome Georgia Public Web, an advanced facilities-based telecommunications network provider with over 3,500 route miles of active fiber optic cable to our Colo Atl family,” states Tim Kiser, Owner and Founder of Colo Atl. “Colo Atl allows GPW to stay true to its mission of delivering high-end telecommunication services throughout the State of Georgia, by providing quick installation, expertise staff, exceptional customer support, and critical interconnection opportunities with no monthly recurring cross connect fees.”

Founded in November 2001, Colo Atl provides a reasonable, accommodating and cost-effective interconnection environment for more than 90 local, regional and global network operators. In 2016, the company is celebrating its 15-year anniversary of providing service excellence and growth. Learn more about our 15-year celebration promotions and other activities here.

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About Colo Atl

Colo Atl, a JT Communications company, is the leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior carrier-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a carrier-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SSAE 16 certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants and provides exceptional customer service.

Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.

Visit Colo Atl online at: www.coloatl.com and follow us on Twitter @ColoAtl and LinkedIn.


About Georgia Public Web

Georgia Public Web is a Municipal owned corporation formed in 1998 that is “Bridging Georgia’s Digital Divide” by delivering high-end telecommunication services to communities throughout the State of Georgia. Georgia Public Web is a facility-based technology solutions company operating an advanced facilities-based telecommunications network with over 3,500 route miles of active fiber optic cable.

GPW products include:

  • High-speed Internet access
  • Point-to-Point private lines offering broadband connectivity
  • Technical consulting services
  • Network operations center/collocation services
SwarmNFS eliminates storage and protocol silos to bring you complete data management at scale

AUSTIN, Texas — Caringo today announced Caringo® SwarmNFS, the first lightweight file protocol converter to bring the benefits of scale-out object storage — including built-in data protection, high-availability, and powerful metadata — to NFSv4. Unlike cumbersome file gateways and file connectors, SwarmNFS is a stateless Linux® process that integrates directly with Caringo Swarm — allowing mount points to be accessed across campus, across country or across the world. The patent-pending technology delivers a truly global namespace across NFSv4, S3, HDFS, and SCSP/HTTP, delivering data distribution and data management at scale without the high cost and complexity of legacy solutions. 

The power behind SwarmNFS lies in the innovative patent-pending protocol conversion approach that streams data in parallel between native NFSv4 applications and Caringo Swarm scale-out storage. This eliminates the need for spooling and staging, significantly reducing the disk, CPU and RAM needed for native file support. Additionally, this approach eliminates the bottlenecks present in existing connector and gateway solutions. The result is a stateless process that can be rapidly deployed and requires a fraction of the hardware resources of a gateway.   

“What Caringo has done with SwarmNFS is bring the ease of data distribution, retention, and accessibility of object storage within reach of any organization,” said Scott Sinclair of ESG. “By seamlessly integrating one of the most pervasive file standards with their metadata approach and search, they have created an incredibly powerful tool chest for application developers to work with large amounts of data.”

SwarmNFS enables new use cases for object storage. Organizations can use existing native NFS file-based applications without the need to customize them first. This allows users to reap the benefits of a limitless pool of scale-out storage with built-in data protection in areas including content distribution, video surveillance, research, big data, digital curation and document management.

Among the benefits of SwarmNFS are: • Improves productivity with data portability between NFSv4, S3, SCSP, HTTP and HDFS protocols • Uses 80% less resources (compared to gateway and connector solutions) with no single points of failure • Brings the power of metadata to files, eliminating the need for a metadata database • Lowers Total Cost of Ownership of data distribution at scale with the benefits of Swarm object storage “Gateway products are really trying to mimic traditional file systems. That is a dead-end technology: expensive to build and maintain and it doesn’t scale well,” said Jonathan Ring, Caringo CEO and Co-Founder. “SwarmNFS provides native NFS throughput and a true universal address space so you can eliminate all caching and spooling. This is the most cost- and resource-efficient way to enable economical data distribution, management and universal access at scale for organizations.” SwarmNFS is available from Caringo or through Caringo partners. For additional information or to schedule a demo, interested parties can visit www.caringo.com/ or email info@caringo.com. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and/or other countries. Caringo is a registered trademark of Caringo, Inc.
Follow Caringo LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/caringo-inc- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaringoStorage About Caringo Founded in 2005, Caringo is committed to helping customers unlock the value of their data and solve issues associated with data protection, management, organization and search at massive scale. Caringo’s flagship product, Swarm, eliminates the need to migrate data into disparate solutions for long-term preservation, delivery and analysis—radically reducing total cost of ownership. Today, Caringo scale-out software is the foundation for simple, bulletproof, limitless storage solutions for the Department of Defense, the Brazilian Federal Court System, City of Austin, Telefónica, British Telecom, Ask.com, Johns Hopkins University and hundreds more worldwide. Visit http://www.caringo.com to learn more.
CAMPBELL, Calif. - Nexsan®, a global leader in unified storage solutions, today announced it will showcase its UNITY™ platform, the industry's first unified storage solution with secure enterprise file sync and share, at the upcoming VMworld 2016 (August 28 - September 1, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada). 
 
Visitors to Nexsan Booth #620 will have the opportunity to see first-hand how UNITY delivers superior business productivity and data mobility in a single platform, at a single price.  The Nexsan VMworld UNITY exhibit will demonstrate how to:
 
-        Get back on premises with private cloud - users get instant access to data without compromising compliance or privacy policies with UNITY's patented peer-to-peer technology.
-        Seamlessly connect your workforce - put corporate data where employees need to work, and easily control and grant permissions via UNITY's patented Active Directory. 
-        Get large files in a flash - No VPN.  No FTP.  No downtime.  Get the performance and value of DRAM and flash all in one economic filter. 
-        Scale as you grow - all the storage you need and access where you need it - start with as little as 13TBs and scale up to 5 PBs per system.
-        Synchronize files across multiple sites - ensure built-in disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity.
-        Reduce costs, eliminate fees - the no-fee alternative to public cloud storage.
 
IT professionals that wish to schedule a personalized product demo during VMworld, can do so here: https://www.nexsan.com/vmworld-landing-page.

For further information on VMworld 2016, please visit: https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/index.html  
 
Tweet this:  .@VMworld news: @Nexsan to Showcase UNITY Unified Storage w/ Secure Enterprise File Sync & Share #VMworld Booth 620 https://www.nexsan.com/nexsan-news/
 
About Nexsan
Nexsan™ is a global leader in unified storage solutions that are focused on seamlessly and securely enabling a connected workforce. Its broad solution portfolio empowers enterprises to securely manage, protect and utilize valuable business data - while allowing users to sync, share and access files from any device, anywhere, anytime. Headquartered in Campbell, California, Nexsan is a wholly owned company held by Imation Corp.(NYSE:IMN). For further information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.
 
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Nexsan, the Nexsan logo, Connected Data, the Connected Data logo, Transporter, E-Series, NST, AutoMAID, Assureon and UNITY are trademarks or registered trademarks of Imation Corp. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Alpha Media USA is supporting the American Red Cross in its relief efforts for victims of the Louisiana Floods. Alpha Media stations across the United States are asking listeners to donate to the Red Cross to provide relief to those affected by the recent flooding.

 

The Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More rain is possible and flood waters are moving downriver, which could cause damage in new areas. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation, and will be ready to mount an additional response if necessary.

 

Alpha Media Portland Operations Manager and former Baton Rouge resident Bruce Collins commented on the announcement, “We are honored and privileged as a media company to participate in helping the thousands of people in the Baton Rouge area who suffered from this catastrophic flooding event. A very sincere, special thank you to all of our listeners who are helping those who have lost so much.”

 

Donations are urgently needed. To help those affected by the Louisiana Floods visit www.redcross.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.

 

The official Alpha Media donation page can be found at http://www.redcross.org/cm/alphamedia-pub.

Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon owns or operates 251 radio stations within 51 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more. In addition to the radio stations, Alpha Media owns the intimate performance venues, Skype Live Studio in Portland, Oregon and Alamo Lounge in San Antonio, Texas.

Minimizes the Cost of Migration By Dropping Labor-Intensive Pre-Migration Configurations
 
Washington, D.C. Metalogix, the premier provider of unified software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced that Content Matrix™ version 8.1, the most powerful tool for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 migration and management, is the first solution to support Microsoft's Online Provider Migration Containers for minimizing migration configurations.
 
The announcement showcases Metalogix's continued leadership by keeping pace with Microsoft's focus on removing the barriers for migrating to SharePoint Online. Together with Metalogix's unique Distributed Migration process, Content Matrix v8.1 is the only solution that alleviates manual processes, ensures optimal performance and delivers configuration integrity during content migration into SharePoint and Office 365, on-premises and into the cloud.
 
"Content Matrix v8.1's enhancements reflect our unrivaled experience with helping organizations successfully migrate to SharePoint and Office 365," said Trevor Hellebuyck, Chief Technology Officer, Metalogix. "For instance, simplification and optimization are always key goals in any IT environment, and Online Provider Migration Containers enable users to simplify design and reduce the barriers to Office 365 migrations." 
 
Now, during the migration, users will by default have their content encrypted by Metalogix Content Matrix and deposited into a container provisioned by Microsoft at no extra charge without any extra configuration.  This will convert the migration API to the default behavior for all users during the Office 365 migration -- helping to combat any concerns around performance or configuration.
 
Last year, Microsoft released its Azure Migration API, which enabled content migration to SharePoint Online with up to 20 times over the original performance speed. Content Matrix v7 was one of the first to support the API, which helped reduce the time of migrations. Yet, configuring systems to support that API required additional cost and labor.
 
Recently, Microsoft released SharePoint Online Provided Migration Containers, which provides a storage mechanism for every Office 365 tenant and reduces migration API configuration to almost zero. Combined with the Azure Migration API, organizations moving to SharePoint Online or Office 365 with Content Matrix v8.1 will experience less pre-migration preparation and increased migration speed to the cloud.
 
Distribution Migration
Content Matrix v8.1's Distributed Migration feature alleviates manual efforts necessary to maximize migration performance through the use multiple simultaneous migrations.
 
This new feature allows a user to establish a base machine (Controller) that remotely links with a set of other machines (Agents) in the back-end.  Together, with Content Matrix, this facilitates the planning of multiple migrations, queuing them up and distributing them as necessary. This gives IT teams the ability to utilize as many machines as can be committed to the migration effort regardless of the volume of accounts or data. Distributed Migration continues to use Content Matrix's industry leading methodology of connecting directly to the SharePoint database.
 
"We designed Distributed Migration based on our experience with large-scale, large volume organizations that needed to successfully migrate massive content databases in record timeframes," continued Hellebuyck. "Through the parallel processing of migration jobs, we enable much greater utilization and better workload throughput. Ultimately we reduce the inherent risks of a migration and assist in finishing your project on-time and on-budget."
 
To learn more and/or request a free trial, please visit: http://www.metalogix.com/Products/Content-Matrix.aspx.
 
Tweet this: .@Microsoft #SharePoint & #O365 #container support and distribution #migration available for 1st time ever http://www.metalogix.com/About/News.aspx/2016 
 
About Metalogix
Metalogix is the premier provider of unified management software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms. Over 20,000 clients trust Metalogix to optimize the availability, performance, and security of their content across the collaboration lifecycle. For more information visit us at www.metalogix.comor call us at +1 202.609.9100.
 
Metalogix is a registered trademark of Metalogix, Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of the respective trademark owners.
The Business Continuity Institute - Aug 22, 2016 16:46 BST

Recently SunGard Availability Solutions released their availability trends report. One of the more significant stats shows a marked decline in the number of invocations - during 2015 there were just seven across in the UK (that's at Sungard sites, of course). In fact, over a 10 year period the number of invocations has gone down by 90%. But like most statistics, it raises more questions than answers, such as:

Question 1: is business continuity overhyped? Bear in mind this is taken from an overall population of several hundred if not thousands of customers in the UK, so seven is a tiny proportion. So do we have to ask ourselves is all this fuss about business continuity 'over the top'?

Question 2: is it because we are getting better at business continuity? Another explanation of the downward trend in invocations could be is that we are getting better at business continuity - that's why we are having less failures. Remember Year 2000? When it went off with hardly an incident there was a general outcry that it was all a damp squib and that the risk had been completely exaggerated. But maybe all the testing and systems upgrades that had gone on before mitigated the risks. So, in this context, we are invoking less because we are doing better at business continuity. (Unfortunately surveys on the state of organizations' business continuity plans don't reflect this - there is still significant inertia in this area).

So, as regards the statistics in the Sungard report, is there a signal in the noise or is the signal just noise?

IMHO, here's what I think is happening:

We are becoming more resilient without knowing it. Cloud, virtualization and remote working technologies, investments in national infrastructure and a trend towards 'stuff as a service' are creating a level of resilience that was not there before. In other words, industry development and strategic choices in the way we run IT and communications on a business as usual basis are making individual organisations more resilient as a result.

So where does this leave business continuity people - should they be looking for new pastures? Will the BCM function become irrelevant? I think the answer is 'no' although adaptation is inevitable because the landscape is changing. I believe we will shift our focus from following the traditional process based approach of creating BIAs, Dependencies, Departmental 'plans' to an approach of developing and assuring overarching strategies for maintaining operational resilience and protecting the 'customer experience'.

The real message coming out of SunGard's report is that things are changing and we need to respond to that.

Steve Dance is the managing partner of RiskCentric, which specialises in the automation and rapid deployment of compliance and standards management systems.

While secondary data center markets don’t often garner headlines, they certainly must be profitable.

Since 2000, Charlotte-based Peak 10 has evolved with its customers to provide infrastructure, cloud, and managed services. The company has national partner alliances and continues to expand service and support offices. However, Peak 10 remains focused on serving small and medium-sized enterprise with 27 data centers located in 10 secondary markets.

In 2014, the company was sold to GI Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in companies that lead in “fragmented or overlooked markets” and can grow via acquisition. In other words, strong consolidators in secondary markets.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/08/22/peak-10-finds-winning-formula-in-tier-2-data-center-markets/

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