I don't usually consider obsolescence as a risk.
We usually know when things start to reach the end of their useful life. After all, when we make a Major Purchase (and "major" depends on the budget) we look for a Use By date or MTTF information. Warranties and extended warranties also give us a clue to a product's useful life.
Today, as I tried to enter the gated community in which I reside I - like Froggy the Gremlin - tried to plunk my magic twanger, a/k/a gate clicker, and it once again failed to raise the barrier.
The gate mechanism recently was replaced and the residents were told we would need to buy, at more than $50 each, new clickers. Turns out that the new mechanism could be programmed to receive signals from the old clickers. (Some of the residents suspect shenanigans on the part of the board, but that's another matter.)
During the week (26 November to be exact), The Times (UK) distributed a special supplement published by Raconteur, entitled “The Agile Business”. This is something I probably would have missed as I don’t live in the UK and even when I am visiting I don’t generally read The Times.
Fortunately I know people who contributed one of the articles and were gleefully engaged in blatant self-promotion on social media – pointing at you Charley Newnham!
Most enterprises are still getting used to the idea of employee-owned data access devices and all the architecture-, infrastructure- and policy-related challenges that go with them.
But like virtualization, the cloud and everything else affecting the data center, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon is only just beginning, and the ultimate ramifications are open to wide interpretation at this point.
Already, the movement is passing by such workaday devices as tablets and smartphones to entirely new classes of hardware that may or may not even require the user’s active participation in order to engage enterprise resources. A case in point is the new lines of wearable devices, spearheaded by Google Glass but potentially encompassing all manner of gadgets like wristbands, lapel pins and even hats and shoes (if someone tries to get me to wear smart-underwear, that may be the day I decide to check out of the human race and go live on a mountain somewhere).
As the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close, it may be easy to dismiss the significance of this year’s season.
While it’s true that this year had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, the 2013 hurricane season was only the third below-normal season in the last 19 years, since 1995, when the current high-activity era for Atlantic hurricanes began, according to forecasters.
A NOAA press release quotes Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service:
Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Storage Arrays in a VMware Environment with Veeam Backup and Replication Score Top Marks for High Reliability and Performance at a Winning Price
LONGMONT, Colo. -- Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a leading provider of SAN storage solutions, today announced that Northwest Missouri State University has selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN™ Pro 5000 real-time, autonomic tiered storage to support campus backup systems and to support virtualization and Exchange servers across the university network.
Founded in 1905 and located in Maryville, Missouri, Northwest Missouri State University has an enrollment of approximately 6,500 students representing 45 states and 30 countries. To address its escalating computing needs, the university sought to expand existing storage infrastructure for improved scalability and efficiency, and to support the school's virtualization initiatives. Working through reseller Choice Solutions, the university's IT team evaluated options and selected Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage for its excellent performance, functionality and price point, as well as its suitability for virtualized environments.
"In addition to outstanding performance, a very intuitive user interface and an extremely small footprint, it was the price point and level of reduced fees offered by the Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 that really sealed the deal for us," said Timothy Carlyle, director of network computing, Northwest Missouri State University. "We won't have maintenance fees for three years, and now have ample storage to last through that same time frame and beyond."
The university's two Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series arrays, each boasting 32TB of capacity, are located in two different buildings on campus and are 80 percent virtualized on servers. The arrays run in a VMware environment with Veeam backup and replication, creating seven days of snapshots. Once a week, systems back up to tapes, which are transferred to an offsite location. Three weeks' worth of data is stored for all Northwest Missouri State campus servers.
AssuredSAN 5000 Pro Series: Seriously Smart, Real-Time Tiered Storage — Ideal for Higher Education
The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series takes tiered storage to a new level — beyond competitors' batch migration schemes and into a new era of autonomic, real-time data tiering.The AssuredSAN Pro 5000 automatically manages 'hot' and 'cold' data in real-time to deliver storage performance when it's needed most. Powered by Dot Hill RealStor™ technology, the AssuredSAN Pro 5000 responds minute-by-minute to changes in data requirements, moving the most heavily accessed data up to the SSD tier, while detecting less active data and moving it to a lower tier. This data migration happens in real-time, without policy setting and human intervention.
"The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is ideal for educational institutions such as Northwest Missouri State, which are looking for exceptional performance and support for virtualized environments at a price point that is cost effective," said Jim Jonez, senior director of marketing, Dot Hill. "Our AssuredSAN Pro 5000 blends a high-performance SSD tier and high-capacity rotating disk drive tiers with our patented RealStor autonomic, real-time tiering software to provide fast, reliable delivery of data in VMware vSphere environments."
Dot Hill serves major universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State and the University of Sussex and numerous others throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, through Dot Hill's network of specialized storage channel resellers. The Dot Hill channel offers exceptional knowledge of storage and virtualized environments as well as a deep understanding of the education and research sectors.
Installation services and support were provided by Choice Solutions, a fast-growing, nationwide systems integrator offering a broad range of IT solutions, including virtualization, storage, application and desktop delivery, network infrastructure and security. Choice Solutions' experienced team of engineers and sales and support staff helped Northwest Missouri State with technology selection and deployment, by conducting a thorough analysis of the university's IT goals and strategies.
"Dot Hill's high performance, reliable storage products with five 9's of availability are a vital part of our portfolio of solutions for business, education and government customers," said Jim Steinlage, president and CEO, Choice Solutions. "The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 is a best-in-breed solution that is helping Northwest Missouri State maximize efficiency and capitalize on its virtualization initiatives."
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems — helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, theUnited Kingdom, and the United States.
For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.
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Improves RPO/RTO delivered by deduplication for local backup and offers remote backup with optimized speed and network utilization
BridgeHead Software, a leader in healthcare data management, today announced BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery along with integrated support for HP StoreOnce Backup. Ideally suited for hospitals that need to move some or all of their backup copies to a remote Disaster Recovery (DR) location, BridgeHead’s new deduplication capabilities help lower storage costs and administrative burdens while simultaneously freeing up floor space in the primary datacenter.
BridgeHead with embedded HP Catalyst software supports inline data reduction at the backup source, before the backup copy is written to disk. The disk target can be local to the hospital application, or it can be available over a wide-area network (WAN) connection at a remote site. Many hospitals will find it beneficial to combine the use of local and remote storage, to gain the benefits of local recovery of more recent data together with disaster recovery protection at a remote site. Key features include:
- Reduce the storage space required for BridgeHead backup copies of data at typically 20:1 ratios, and reduce floor space consumed in the hospital by storage
- Improve the RPO/RTO with online de-duplicated disk stores
- Optimize network use to enable remote disaster recovery protection replacing tape rotation
- Free disk space and extend the life of expensive storage systems
- Deploy with flexible options for use with any brand of storage
- Enable backup to cloud, whether at a remote hospital site or third-party cloud provider with the integrated use of HP StoreOnce Backup
- Encrypt deduplicated data at rest as part of the solution
- De-duplicate any BridgeHead backup for maximum advantages
“Our work with hospitals always involves seeking efficiencies that we can bring to the table for our clients,” said Jack Margossian, President of Comport Healthcare Solutions. “We anticipate that BridgeHead’s integration with HP’s StoreOnce Catalyst will be very helpful in reducing bandwidth requirements for cloud or remote site backups, lowering costs, and enhancing disaster recovery capabilities.”
“BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery is ideal for hospitals that want to implement effective disaster recovery strategies without breaking the bank,” said Tony Cotterill, chairman and CPO, BridgeHead Software. “It also positions hospitals to take advantage of new cloud storage options, whether they be within the firewall or beyond.”
“Healthcare providers need to ensure that patient data is securely stored and always available, even in the event of a disaster,” said Patrick Osborne, director of product management and marketing, storage, HP. “HP StoreOnce Backup enables BridgeHead to deliver improved backup system performance and data recovery times, enabling 24/7 availability of data and high quality patient care.”
Working with HP BridgeHead supports its virtual deduplication appliance in deployments with HP StoreOnce Backup equipment, or in use with existing storage depending on what is required by a hospital. For information, see the BridgeHead product page [link] and datasheet [link] for the solution.
Come see BridgeHead and HP at RSNA 2013: BridgeHead will be exhibiting in booth 4573, in South Hall A.
Read the product sheet: BridgeHead Deduplication for Backup and Recovery
About BridgeHead Software
With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, and 12 years in healthcare, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,000 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to store, protect and share clinical and administrative information.
BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management (HDM) solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.
- Open Data Centers announces today the company’s membership in www.FISPA.org, an association of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs).
- FISPA helps small and mid-sized CLECs and ISPs compete against and work with incumbent carriers and competing application providers to ensure a better business model and increase their probability for success.
- “ODC’s FISPA membership opens the door for partnership opportunities, offering greater exposure for our proven colocation services and connectivity solutions,” says Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Open Data Centers, LLC (‘ODC’), a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, announces today the company’s membership in www.FISPA.org, an association of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). ODC joins FISPA’s extensive community of 190 members and focused industry of 480 Service Providers and 685 emerging CLECs including 1st Point Communications, AT&T, and Telx.
FISPA helps small and mid-sized CLECs and ISPs compete against and work with incumbent carriers and competing application providers to ensure a better business model and increase their probability for success. The association provides a valuable resource to the Internet provider community, offering opportunities for education and networking, discussion and meeting forums (www.FISPALIVE.com), aggregate buying programs, and vendor participation programs to increase access solutions.
“FISPA provides a neutral forum for the facilitation of discussions, collaboration and sharing of industry insights amongst some of the industry’s leading ISPs, CLECs, and MSPs,” says Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers. “ODC’s FISPA membership opens the door for partnership opportunities, offering greater exposure for our proven colocation services and connectivity solutions.”
Open Data Centers provides carrier-neutral colocation and alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers. Featuring diverse power feeds and N+1 redundancy, the company’s flagship Piscataway, NJ data center fulfills the low latency needs of financial institutions and high-availability requirements of Cloud services and applications while serving as an ideal location for carrier Points of Presence (PoPs). The facility also offers customers access to multiple network and fiber providers including: Zayo, Sunesys, Lightower, Level3, Verizon, Verizon Business, Wolfe.NET, MetroOptical, Cablevision, Core Technology Services, Endstream Communications, and many others.
To learn more about Open Data Centers and its Piscataway, NJ facility, visit www.opendatacenters.net.
For more information about FISPA, visit www.FISPA.org.
About Open Data Centers, LLC
Open Data Centers is a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, offering alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers. For more information about Open Data Centers, LLC, please visit www.opendatacenters.net.
FISPA was founded in May 1996 to represent the interests of Internet Solution Providers (ISP), emerging Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs), and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). The organization calls its members Solution providers because its members are companies who provide a whole range of services, including Internet Access, Web Hosting, Web Design and an ever-increasing number of other services -- all which use the Internet to facilitate a Solution. Follow FISPA at www.FISPA.org or email email@example.com.
U.S. Army Plans to spend $7B on Renewable Energy by 2020
STUART, Fla. – Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ESPH), an innovative U.S. technology licensing and manufacturing company that develops environmental solutions for global markets, today announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office has approved U.S. Patent No. 8,593,102 for Ecosphere’s revolutionary Ecos PowerCube® - a portable, self-contained micro-utility that uses solar power to provide electricity in the most remote, off-grid locations.
Designed to meet the growing demand for off-grid energy, with a unique array of stacked solar panels, the patented Ecos PowerCube® maximizes the total amount of solar power generation possible in 10’, 20’ and 40’ standard ISO shipping container footprints. With power generation capabilities up to 15 KW, the Ecos PowerCube® can be transported by land, air, or sea and is ideally suited to support off-grid military, disaster relief, humanitarian and mobile communication efforts.
Electricity generated by the Ecos PowerCube® can be used to power various onboard systems, including satellite communications, Internet connectivity, and mobile water treatment systems. The Ecos Power Cube® system can also be used to supply military or disaster relief teams with life-sustaining, mobile infrastructure modules, such as hospitals, command centers, sleeping quarters, and temporary schools.
In a recent Bloomberg article dated October 1, 2013, Army commanders have found they can save lives through energy conservation. It's especially true in Afghanistan, where protecting fuel convoys is one of the most dangerous jobs, with one casualty for every 24 missions in some years. Richard Kidd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army in charge of energy security, said in a recent interview, "A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up. The sun's rays will still be there. With renewable energy, there is no supply chain vulnerability, there are no commodity costs and there's a lower chance of disruption."
For more information, please visit http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-30/exploding-fuel-tankers-driving-u-s-army-to-solar-power.html
The Army is embracing renewables to make the business of war safer for our soldiers, with President Barack Obama calling on the U.S. government to cut greenhouse-gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. In May 2013, the Army announced plans to spend $7 billion buying electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and biomass projects over the next three decades.
Dennis McGuire, Chairman and CEO of Ecosphere Technologies, stated, “We are pleased to finally announce the U.S Patent Office’s decision to grant our Ecos Power Cube® patent and the commercial launch of the Ecos PowerCube® product line. We believe the Ecos Power Cube® addresses significant infrastructure deficiencies in remote field camp installations or when responding to large-scale disasters. Consistent with Ecosphere’s business model, we are seeking to license the Ecos PowerCube® to a wide range of entities, including branches of the U.S. and global armed forces, as well as corporations that provide equipment for the military and a wide variety of disaster relief agencies worldwide.
Dean Becker, Director and Intellectual Property Strategist for Ecosphere, stated, “The Army's target is to install 1 gigawatt of renewable capacity in the U.S. by 2025 and to reduce non-tactical fuel consumption 30 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels. The Ecos Power Cube® is the world’s most powerful mobile solar powered generator that can ship in standard 10 to 40 foot ISO container dimensions. It can be shipped by truck, rail, air, and sea - just like a standard shipping container.”
Becker continued, “When you ship and deploy an Ecos Power Cube®, there is no assembly required. Press a button and the solar panels deploy, producing power from the sun. It is a revolutionary solar design that the U.S. Patent Office recognized as being unique and patentable. Unlike conventional solar arrays systems that are placed on the ground or on top of containers, Ecosphere’s patented solar arrays can be retracted to protect the panels in the kind of inclement weather that is prevalent in war zones or disaster relief type scenarios.”
For more information on the Ecos PowerCube®, please visit http://www.ecospheretech.com/environmental-engineering-technologies/powercube
About Ecosphere Technologies
Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:ESPH) is an innovative U.S. technology licensing and manufacturing company that develops environmental solutions for global markets. We help industry increase production, reduce costs, and protect the environment through a portfolio of more than 35 patented and patent pending technologies: Technologies like Ozonix® and our Ecos PowerCube®, which are and can be licensed across a wide range of industries and applications throughout the world.
For more information, please visit http://www.ecospheretech.com
IASO Online Backup now includes Virtual Disaster Recovery and direct integration with ConnectWise
DURHAM, N.C. – IASO®, part of the GFI Software™ family, today announced the latest version of its award-winning IASO Online Backup solution. Known for its security, speed and reliability, IASO Online Backup now includes virtual disaster recovery technology, enhanced data protection for virtual environments and native integration with ConnectWise® professional services automation (PSA) tools.
Using the Disk-to-Disk-to-Cloud (D2D2C) model, IASO Online Backup provides affordable, easy-to-use and efficient backup and recovery of critical digital assets across all main computing platforms. IASO’s proven technology backs up millions of files, servers and workstations worldwide, and ensures mission-critical data is protected and available at all times.
The latest version of IASO Online Backup includes expanded platform coverage, with added support for Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows® 8.1, Apple® Mac® OS X® 10.9 Mavericks and VMware® vSphere™ 5.5. Additionally, with the solution’s new Virtual Disaster Recovery technology, customers are now able to recover failed Windows® systems as a VMware ESXi™ 4.1 or VMware vSphere 5.x compatible virtual machine. The ability to perform a full system restore via a Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) automates disaster recovery and provides increased data accessibility, as customers no longer have to wait until a failed physical machine is repaired or a new one is purchased.
“IASO Online Backup’s Virtual Disaster Recovery technology is a tremendous competitive differentiator,” said Thomas Campbell, product manager, Redstor Limited, an IASO partner. “It expedites data recovery in the event of a system failure, and it’s extremely flexible. Users can restore to a flat file, so they don’t need a full VMware estate to benefit from this functionality. Additionally, we now have the opportunity to offer standby virtual machines to our customers. In the event of a disaster, the machines simply need to be turned on and customers will have immediate access to their servers. This combination of innovation and flexibility truly keeps data protected and available when companies need it most.”
The latest version of IASO Online Backup also includes direct billing integration with ConnectWise PSA tools, in addition to virtualization and automation solutions from Autotask® and Parallels®. Combined with remote monitoring and management functionality, this native integration enables services providers to monitor storage utilization and automate customer billing through their PSA software, significantly reducing the time and steps involved in managing account billing.
“Many companies are turning to the cloud for their backup and recovery needs because it offers reduced costs, ease of use and extreme scalability,” said Andy Langsam, EVP of sales and operations at GFI Software. “IASO Online Backup builds upon these core benefits with unrivaled technology. With IASO, customers don’t have to sacrifice performance and functionality for affordability and simplicity. They truly receive the best of both worlds.”
Pricing and Availability
The latest version of IASO Online Backup is available now. The solution’s storage-based licensing works on a SPLA model, which is based on used gigabytes (GB) posted from the IASO storage server at the end of every month. With IASO, customers receive unlimited server clients, workstation clients, storage licenses and application plugins, as well as free software updates.
IASO is one of the leading brands in online backup software and cloud storage for managed services providers (MSPs), large enterprises, telecommunication and hosting providers. IASO Online Backup is ultra-fast, reliable and one of the most advanced and secure technologies available.
GFI Software™ develops quality IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses with generally up to 1,000 users. GFI® offers two main technology solutions: GFI MAX™, which enables managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver superior services to their customers; and GFI Cloud™, which empowers companies with their own internal IT teams to manage and maintain their networks via the cloud. Serving an expanding customer base of more than 200,000 companies, GFI’s product line also includes collaboration, network security, anti-spam, patch management, faxing, mail archiving and web monitoring. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world. The company has received numerous awards and industry accolades, and is a longtime Microsoft® Gold ISV Partner.
- INdigital is now a licensee of Cassidian Communications’ ‘858 Patent for IP 9-1-1 selective call routing
- Cassidian and INdigital reach bi-directional reseller agreements
TEMECULA, Calif., – Cassidian Communications, Inc., an EADS North America company, and Indiana-based INdigital telecom have entered into a license agreement regarding U.S. Patent No. 6,744,858 (the ‘858 Patent). Additionally, the two companies have entered into bi-directional reseller agreements.
The ‘858 Patent (System and Method for Supporting Multiple Call Centers) describes a methodology for performing IP 9-1-1 selective routing over a wide area network. As a result of the settlement and license agreement, INdigital is now permitted to utilize the call routing system and methods embodied in Cassidian Communications ‘858 Patent.
In accordance with the terms of the reseller agreements, Cassidian Communications’ VESTA®/Sentinel® 4 Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing platform becomes INdigital’s preferred call processing solution, and Cassidian Communications has full access to INdigital’s Next Generation 9-1-1 routing solution to complement its portfolio.
Questions pertaining to Cassidian Communications’ patent, its application or the company’s licensing activities should be directed to Jeff Wittek, Chief Strategic Officer for Cassidian Communications, available by phone at 951.719.2100 or via email at jeff.wittek@CassidianCommunications.com.
About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies, including NG9-1-1 call taking systems, emergency notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio networks and LTE. For over four decades, Cassidian Communications has upheld its promise to keep people connected when it matters most, consistently designing solutions with an open mind and creating smarter, more effective ways to ensure communities are safe. For Cassidian Communications, Critical Matters. The company is headquartered in Temecula, Calif., with facilities located in Richardson, Texas, Franklin, Tenn. and Gatineau, Quebec.
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.
About INdigital Telecom (www.indigital.net)
INdigital was formed in 1995 by a group of Independent telephone companies that participated in the FCC’s PCS spectrum auctions. In 2004, INdigital Telecom was selected by the Indiana Wireless 9-1-1 Advisory Board to build a new 9-1-1 network for Indiana using emerging technologies now known as NG9-1-1. The company built a private, high availability IP network, the first large scale public safety network of its kind in the United States. The project, known today as the IN911 network, has evolved to meet industry standards, and provides Indiana’s 911 local authorities and other emergency system service providers with an innovative platform for new and emerging types of emergency services. Questions about INdigital can be directed to Eric Hartman at by voice or text message at 877.469.2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.