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Jon Seals

Enhances Fully-Compliant Solutions for Production and Disaster Recovery Environments 

BOCA RATON, Fla. Host.net, a multinational provider of cloud, managed infrastructure and network services, announces today its partnership with Dasher Technologies, a premier IT solution provider. As part of the agreement, the companies will combinetechnology expertise and network services to address a myriad of IT challenges for customers across a variety of vertical markets including education, healthcare, enterprise and government.

Today’s complex compliance regulations make it difficult and costly for companies of all sizes to adhere. As an infrastructure expert, Host.net built its enterprise-class data centers for high security and reliability. Engineered specificallyto house mission-critical infrastructure,Host.net data centers are SOC2, PCI/DSS, Visa, and HIPAA compliant.

Dasher Technologies works closely with customers to architect and deliver complete IT solutions and services. The company will leverage Host.net’s full suite of services including colocation, cloud computing, hybrid services and high performance networking to deliver reliable solutions toaddress clients’ stringent production requirements, as well as disaster recovery needs.

Host.net recognizes Dasher Technologies’ IT expertise and reputation for delivering superior technology solutions to their clients,” comments Lenny Chesal, Chief Evangelist for Host.net. “Our partnership is a great fit, combining Dasher’sequipment expertise with Host.net’s infrastructure services and together building cost-effective andfully compliant solutions.”

Our partnership with Host.net is exciting, as we are bringing something new to the industry,” states Chris Saso, EVP of Technology for Dasher Technologies. “This is a great collaboration,since both companies have a very hands-on, customized approach to designing and delivering compliant solutions. Working in lock-step with the Host.net team,we can now further our capabilities and market opportunities.”

Host.net data centers are located in Boca Raton, FL and Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Atlanta, GA, and are marked by 99.999% uptime with no single point of failure. For more information, please visit www.host.net. Follow Host.net on Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Host.net

Host.net is a multinational cloud company offering managed infrastructure services.  Specializing in colocation and network transport and transit solutions for enterprise organizations the company custom designs total solutions tailored to the needs of its clients.  Accomplishing uninterrupted service availability, increasing technology capabilities and improving operational efficiencies is Host.net's hallmark. The company operates multiple enterprise-class data centers connected to an extensive fiber-optic backbone delivering Internet and layer 2 communications across a wide array of last-mile options. Host.net services clients in most major metropolitan regions of North America as well as portions of Latin America. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary, Host.net is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.  Additional information about Host.net is available at http://www.host.net. You can also follow Host.net on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

What is Risk Management?

The risk management process can be broken down into several key parts, determining what you are looking to achieve, identifying and assessing risks, planning and implementing responses, communicating, reviewing and learning from the risks.

The Risk Doctor, David Hillson, outlines what risk is and why it matters and brings together the thoughts and opinions of experts in risk to demonstrate how to effectively handle multi-dimensional risk and the emerging trends within the field. Drawing on cutting-edge thinking The Risk Management Handbook covers all the main areas of risk management in business, including cyber risk and political risk.

This book is a practical guide for risk professionals that includes chapters from leading subject experts, outlining best practice and emerging developments including:

  • Dr Dale Cooper, Director of Broadleaf Capital International
  • Liz Taylor, Former Chair of AIRMIC and Chief Executive of ALARM
  • Daniel Wagner, CEO of Country Risk Solutions

About the author: Dr David Hillson (CMgr FCMI FRSA FIRM HonFAPM PMI-Fellow) is The Risk Doctor. He is an international risk management consultant, and leads The Risk Doctor Partnership (www.risk-doctor.com). He is recognized globally as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management, and he has made several innovative contributions to the field. He consults, writes and speaks widely on the topic and has received many awards for his work. David Hillson is an active Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) where he was named the inaugural 'Risk Personality of the Year' in 2010-11, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to contribute to its Risk Commission. David is also one of only two people to receive honorary fellowships from both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM), both awarded to recognize his work in developing risk management.

About Kogan Page: Kogan Page is the leading independent global publisher of specialist professional books and content with over 700 titles in print. Its authors come from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, international commercial organisations or professional associations in Leadership, Management, Marketing, Branding, Human Resources, Coaching, Logistics, Entrepreneurship and Careers. Follow @KPMgmtLeaders for information about new books and business insights from author experts.

The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), the largest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Virginia, continues its technological advancement to meet public expectation and population growth. DPSC has received national recognition as a ‘best in class’ agency for its 9-1-1 public safety communications services, training, protocols and technology.

Recently, Fairfax County awarded its Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) contract to General Dynamics Information Technology, headquartered in Fairfax County, to develop, deploy and provide maintenance and support for the solution. One of the vital components in the new system is the VESTA® 9-1-1 call handling equipment, provided by Airbus DS Communications.

“Fairfax County has long played an important leadership role in the Public Safety industry as they adopt new strategies and technologies that improve their ability to respond to their community. They continue to set a new standard for PSAPs across the country,” said Bob Freinberg, CEO of Airbus DS Communications. “Airbus DS Communications is proud to be a part of their NG9-1-1 solution with General Dynamics.”

Fairfax County first used VESTA® equipment in 1992. Since that time, the county’s population has grown by nearly 40 percent to more than 1.1 million residents.

“The VESTA 9-1-1 solution not only enhances our call center’s previous capabilities, but now provide us the opportunity to be NG 9-1-1 ready,” said Steve McMurrer, 9-1-1 System Administrator for Fairfax County. “By taking this next step, we can ensure our community continues to have the most advanced and dependable 9-1-1 services for years to come.”

The VESTA 9-1-1 architecture supports the primary and alternate 9-1-1 centers and the three secondary answering points in the County and enables enhanced emergency 9-1-1 information collection, and improved capabilities for cooperative processing and resource sharing. Now, Fairfax County will be better prepared to implement the growing functionalities of NG9-1-1 that keep communities and first responders safer with new forms of communication, from SMS text messages and, later, multimedia messages.

This move to NG9-1-1 means residents of Fairfax County will continue to be served by one of the most advanced 9-1-1 centers in the nation.

For more information, visit Airbus-DSComm.com.

For more information about General Dynamics Information Technology, please visit www.gdit.com.

Airbus Defense and Space

Airbus Defense and Space,a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion Euros.

Airbus DS Communications, Inc., an Airbus Defense and Space Holdings, Inc. company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies. The VESTA® product suite provides Next Generation 9-1-1 call processing systems, land mobile radio solutions and emergency notification applications, creating smarter ways to keep all our communities safe.

Last month I talked about cybercrime as big business and how crime rings take advantage of point of sale (PoS) technology to collect and sell the data they gather. I’d like to build on that conversation, using a new study from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) that takes an in-depth look at the underlying economy driving cybercrime.

I had the opportunity to talk to HPE researchers involved with this report, and they told me that cybercriminals operate their business in much the same way that any other small business person does. They seek out people who are skilled in different areas – not just computer programmers, but also, say, those with good financial chops or a talent for marketing. They recruit and vet potential employees. The biggest differences between their business operation and yours are that theirs is involved in illegal activities and it is all done anonymously. That’s right – these folks operate under their online alias so you probably will never know anyone’s true identity. It’s a business model that is based primarily on trust and reputation within the Dark Web.

Why should you care about these cybercriminal business ventures? They are your competitors, according to Kerry Matre, senior manager, Security Portfolio Marketing with HPE. Maybe they aren’t going head-to-head with you in a specific industry, but they are looking at how you use technology and the type of data you collect in the course of everyday business, and they are coming up with ways on how to target attacks against that data.



Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

‘It Happened to Us’

This spring will mark the fifth anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The tornado killed 161 people and caused nearly $3 billion in damage. Keith Stammer was the Joplin/Jasper County director of Emergency Management and is today. He talked recently about the recovery and lessons learned in Joplin.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 tornado. How has the recovery gone?

Recovery is going pretty well; everything is cleaned up. We got that done in short order. The problem here is coming back with housing. Joplin has more rentals than it has homeownership, so we have a lot of low- and moderate-income people who need places to stay. If you’ve ever done that, particularly with state and federal tax credits, it takes a while.
We were warned that this would take some time, but I was hoping it wouldn’t take as long as they thought. That being said, we’ve gained back what little of the population we lost. We actually have a few more residents than we had prior to the tornado, and unemployment is running under 5 percent. The other big thing that helped Joplin was that we basically live off sales tax and not off property tax, and the sales tax did not go down in terms of revenue. In fact, it went up because everyone wanted to rebuild. So that helped us from a financial standpoint in terms of not losing anything.



Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

6 Barriers To IoT Data Flow

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining momentum across industries as organizations strive to compete using data. Gartner estimates by 2020, 25 billion connected "things" will be in use. Whether it's weather monitors out in the field or wearables, companies are getting insights that were previously not possible and achieving new levels of automation. The question is whether the devices are enterprise ready.

"Enterprises adopting IoT devices have to support enterprise standards with authentication, encryption, and protocols," said Andy Beier, director of engineering at BI software vendor Domo, in an interview. "The greatest barrier to IoT data flow is that these devices are not created with an enterprise standard, making it more difficult for companies to benefit."

Even when IoT devices are built for enterprise use, there's no guarantee they'll work together. In smart commercial buildings, for example, different manufacturers are working to get their devices to communicate via APIs or an orchestration platform, but the process isn't necessarily plug-and-play or any-to-any simple yet.



Global companies have been embracing socially responsible spending projects to build stronger relationships with local communities. The idea makes a lot of sense and real projects can result in real benefits.

As with any significant source of money, there are risks. Major global companies have been caught in some embarrassing situations, some of which can have real legal and reputational consequences.

Think of the irony of these situations – in an attempt to promote the goodwill of the company in emerging markets, companies spend large amounts of money, only to find out later that foreign leaders have lined their pockets with the funds to the detriment of the locally intended beneficiaries.



The value proposition of the public cloud is pretty clear. Indeed, there are few companies today that aren’t taking advantage of it in some way. The benefits of a private cloud can be a bit more challenging to define.

Jim Rapoza, editorial director and senior analyst at the Aberdeen Group, has seen the innovative ways in which many companies have effectively implemented a private cloud. Here, he shares some of its use cases, and recommends what companies should focus on when building one.

According to Rapoza, one of the main reasons to implement a private cloud is to gain better management over your virtualized infrastructure and be able to better provide services to end users and the business.



Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

Here Come the Memory Wars

The enterprise has seen many a storage war over the decades, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say many battles of a single storage war. The latest of these pitted the rival cloud providers in a contest to see who could deliver more capacity at the lowest cost.

But even as this phase is winding down, a new one is emerging for the heart and soul of Big Data and IoT data preservation. And the field of battle is no longer on the drive level but in memory subsystems, which are proving to be a lot more versatile than their traditional roles as high-speed cache and random access devices would suggest.

The big breakthrough came earlier this week when IBM announced major improvements to its phase-change memory (PCM) technology that boosts performance way past Flash technologies on a number of key parameters while maintaining relative price parity. According to a paper presented to the IEEE International Memory Workshop in Paris, the company says it can now reliably store three bits per cell in a standard 64k-cell array that has been pre-cycled more than a million times and maintained at temperatures as high as 167°F. This provides a write endurance that is a thousand times better than Flash while at the same time maintaining random access and write-in-place capabilities that Flash does not have. The company plans to implement the technology as a cluster-level and data center solution, pairing it with low-latency networking for data-intensive applications. (Disclosure: I provide web content services for IBM.)



As mobility has enabled us to work anywhere, the spaces we occupy are now material to the productivity and outcomes we achieve. Quite simply, these spaces and their attributes have an effect on how we work.

Collaborative, activity-based work has become the new default workstyle. It not only embraces the concepts of increased consumerization and mobility, but also the human need to work closely with others.

There is a growing delta, however, between the experiences that we achieve when we collaborate remotely using tools, like GoToMeeting or Skype for Business, and the experiences we have when collaborating physically, in meeting or conference rooms.