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New research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy shows how metropolitan regions can rebuild for greater resilience during the reconstruction process after major disasters, whether earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, or terrorist attacks.

After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery, by Laurie Johnson and Robert Olshansky, draws on the authors' experience chasing disasters around the world, playing an advisory role in recovery efforts, and learning how to plan for natural disasters so the recovery process leaves communities in better condition than they were before disaster struck.

The report identifies lessons from six countries that employed different management approaches while recovering from major disasters: the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China; the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand; the 1995 Kobe earthquake and 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan; the 2001 Gujurat earthquake in India; the 2004 Sumatra earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia; and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in lower Manhattan, 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and 2012 Hurricane Sandy in the United States. 

Each of these governments faced considerable uncertainty and had to balance the tensions between speed and deliberation, and between restoration and improvement.

The aftermath of major natural disasters can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. Post-disaster reconstruction can offer opportunities to fix long-standing problems: to improve construction and design standards, renew infrastructure, create new land- use arrangements, reinvent economies, and improve governance. If done well, reconstruction can help break the cycle of disaster-related impacts and losses, and improve the resilience of a city or region.

To date, there has been little systematic knowledge of how to make recovery work well. When a catastrophic disaster strikes, leaders of affected communities know that they lack relevant experience, and they seek lessons from others. Typically, they muddle through, innovate, and learn as they go. But later, many note that their recovery could have been faster, better, and easier if they knew then what they have since learned. Given the growing number of disaster recovery experiences, the authors say, the time has come for organizing and synthesizing common lessons.

In examining the case studies, the authors offer the following recovery recommendations that reflect a set of core principles: primacy of information, stakeholder involvement, and transparency.

  • Enhance existing government structures and systems to promote information flow and collaboration.
  • Emphasize data management, communication, transparency, and accountability.
  • Plan and act simultaneously involving continuous monitoring, evaluating, and correcting.
  • Budget for the costs of communication and planning. Increase capacity and empower the governmental levels closest to the disaster to implement actions.
  • Avoid permanent relocation of residents and communities except in rare instances when public safety and welfare are at risk, and only with full participation of residents.
  • Although speed is important, reconstruction should not be a race.

Recovery after great disaster is always complex, takes a long time, and never occurs fast enough for affected residents. However, the process can be improved by setting more realistic expectations at the outset, working to restore communities and economies quickly and equitably, empowering stakeholders to participate in the process, improving pre-existing problems, ensuring governance for recovery over the long term, and reducing the risk of future disasters. Thinking ahead about strategies for future disasters improves community resilience - the ability of the community to survive, adapt, and recover from extreme events.

After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery will be useful to urban planners, local government officials and staff, state and national governments concerned with urban policy, and disaster relief organizations.

Obtain After Great Disasters: How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery as a free PDF or a paid for book here.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Disaster assistance grants approved for homeowners and renters affected by June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides, has reached more than $46.4 million, less than a month after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for West Virginia.  

That total includes Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) grants of nearly $27.5 million in housing assistance, more than $5 million in other needs assistance and $924,000 in public assistance. In addition, more than $13 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have been provided to West Virginians.

Nearly 7,600 households and businesses have registered with the FEMA to date. Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs.

FEMA Public Assistance Grants provide funding to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private, non-profit organizations. These monies help communities quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the president.

The SBA, one of FEMA’s partners in disaster recovery, approved 200 low-interest disaster loans to businesses, homeowners and renters. SBA disaster loans may cover repairs, rebuilding, as well as the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. SBA has staff on hand at all FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist survivors, one-on-one.

In addition, the SBA operates three Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to enable storm-impacted businesses to meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover.

The BRCs are located at:

Greenbrier County

Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corp.

804 Industrial Park, Suite 5

Maxwelton, WV  24957

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kanawha County

Charleston Area Alliance

1116 Smith St.

Charleston, WV  25301

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nicholas County
Summersville Village Hall
Conference Room
400 N. Broad St.
Summersville, WV 26651

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses is now available to residents of 12 counties: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

FEMA-contracted housing inspectors have completed nearly 6,000 inspections of disaster-damaged properties to verify damage. Currently, there are 17 inspectors in the field.

FEMA encourages all survivors who sustained disaster-related damage or losses to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. (TTY users should call 800-462-7585.) The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

In support of the State of West Virginia, FEMA has deployed 144 Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) personnel to canvass storm-damaged neighborhoods. To date, 15 teams of DSA workers have visited 12,325 homes in severely storm-damaged neighborhoods. They are equipped to register survivors with FEMA and answer their questions about disaster assistance.

The State and FEMA operate Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the affected areas. The centers report 5,017 visitors to date.  DRCs  are  open  Monday  through  Saturday,  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. An easy-to-use DRC Locator is available at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

Other help available to individuals:

  • For those who lost work as a result of the storms, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available. New claims for DUA must be filed within 30 days of the date of the announcement of availability of DUA, according to the following schedule:

  • July 27, 2016: Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas Counties.
  • July 29, 2016: Clay, Fayette, Monroe, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster Counties.
  • August 4, 2016: Jackson and Lincoln Counties.

For more information, visit Work Force West Virginia at workforcewv.org

  • Free disaster legal assistance is available to West Virginia storm survivors. This service offers counseling on insurance claims, landlord-tenant issues, home-repair contracts, the replacement of legal documents destroyed by the storm and other legal matters. Call the toll-free hotline 877-331-4279.
  • Survivors may be eligible for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (D-SNAP) benefits through the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. D-SNAP benefits can be used to buy food, but cannot be used for alcoholic beverages, tobacco or non-food items. Storm survivors can apply for these benefits from July 25 through 31. More information is available at www.dhhr.wv.gov

Disaster assistance grants from FEMA are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other federal and state programs. Disaster grants are just that – grants that do not have to be paid back to the government.

For more information about SBA loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.  TTY users may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs have a variety of tools to assist with general program questions and issues, to new initiatives, such as Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and upcoming learning opportunities


Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The current version of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum (February 27, 2015) is available in the FEMA Library. 

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest

The HMA Program Digest is an easy-to-read, easy-to-use, summary of the basic HMA program elements. The Digest includes program changes resulting from the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance, issued February 27, 2015.

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and Benefit Cost Analysis Tools

FEMA has developed a Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) specific webpage, which includes information on published guidance, Benefit Cost-Analysis tools, webinar slide decks and other resources. The CRMA include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage. 

Upcoming Webinars on Federal Procurement Requirements

FEMA is offering a procurement webinar for HMA programs. Registration is required, and must be done in advance.  Register by contacting Lilah Haxton at lilah.haxton@fema.dhs.gov.  Limited spaces are available (~50/webinar).

HMA Webinar:  Procurements under FEMA Awards Requirements for Recipients and Subrecipients When Procuring Services and Supplies with Funding under Stafford Act Grant Programs

 Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)

  • Wednesday, August 3rd                  2:30pm – 4:30pm 
  • Thursday, August 18th                    2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 30th                     2:30pm – 4:30pm

Environmental and Historic Preservation

Unified Federal Review aims to coordinate environmental and historic preservation reviews to expedite planning and decision-making for disaster recovery projects. This can improve the federal government’s assistance to states, local and tribal governments, communities, families and individual citizens as they recover from future presidentially-declared disasters.

Other information, to include laws, guidance and relevant documents pertaining to Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation can be found on FEMA.gov.

Other Resources

In July, FEMA held a workshop with the State and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Officers. At this workshop, several federal agencies provided information on their programs that could also help support mitigation activities. Links to the programs discussed at the workshop are provided below:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Infrastructure Report

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development summary of Major Programs

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure website

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Center for Disaster Philanthropy can help communities identity additional resources to complete projects.


FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs have a variety of tools to assist with general program questions and issues, to new initiatives, such as Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and upcoming learning opportunities.  


Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The current version of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum (February 27, 2015) is available in the FEMA Library. 

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest

The HMA Program Digest is an easy-to-read, easy-to-use, summary of the basic HMA program elements. The Digest includes program changes resulting from the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance, issued February 27, 2015.

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and Benefit Cost Analysis Tools

FEMA has developed a Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) specific webpage, which includes information on published guidance, Benefit Cost-Analysis tools, webinar slide decks and other resources. The CRMA include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage. 

Upcoming Webinars on Federal Procurement Requirements

FEMA is offering a procurement webinar for HMA programs. Registration is required, and must be done in advance.  Register by contacting Lilah Haxton at lilah.haxton@fema.dhs.gov.  Limited spaces are available (~50/webinar).

HMA Webinar:  Procurements under FEMA Awards Requirements for Recipients and Subrecipients When Procuring Services and Supplies with Funding under Stafford Act Grant Programs

 Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)

  • Wednesday, August 3rd                  2:30pm – 4:30pm 
  • Thursday, August 18th                    2:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 30th                     2:30pm – 4:30pm

Environmental and Historic Preservation

Unified Federal Review aims to coordinate environmental and historic preservation reviews to expedite planning and decision-making for disaster recovery projects. This can improve the federal government’s assistance to states, local and tribal governments, communities, families and individual citizens as they recover from future presidentially-declared disasters.

Other information, to include laws, guidance and relevant documents pertaining to Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation can be found on FEMA.gov.

Other Resources

In July, FEMA held a workshop with the State and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Officers. At this workshop, several federal agencies provided information on their programs that could also help support mitigation activities. Links to the programs discussed at the workshop are provided below:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Infrastructure Report

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development summary of Major Programs

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure website

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Center for Disaster Philanthropy can help communities identity additional resources to complete projects.


Company Also Rolls Out Updates to its Integrated Cloud-based Software Solution

HOUSTON, Texas – Gorilla Safety, provider of an innovative, proprietary and patented software solution that fully automates all aspects of fleet and safety management, announced today further enhancement of its innovative mobile app.

In an effort to combat inherent limitations of location tracking capabilities in Smartphones, which only track users’ locations, Gorilla Safety’s R&D team has developed Gorilla Trax, a technology capable of tracking trucks and trailers, thereby solving this industry-wide problem.

Gorilla Safety’s GPS technology works by attaching a proprietary Gorilla Trax device to the vehicle or asset that communicates with its mobile app when a driver is in proximity. This ensures the specific location of the vehicle or asset, and whether or not the driver is actually working when and where indicated. While it’s important to know where the employee is located, it’s more important to track the vehicle or asset. 

The new technology developed by Gorilla Safety will not only help improve location accuracy of any fleet but also greatly improves accident response times for first responders. When Gorilla Safety’s technology is deployed, it more accurately identifies the type of equipment involved, the cargo being hauled and potential severity. Its technology affords fleet owners a better understanding of where their trucks are located and allows for more accurate ETAs, client billing, better customer service and overall operational efficiency improvements.

Concurrent with the GPS enhancements, Gorilla Safety is also rolling out major updates across its mobile app technology platform and web-based offering. These include International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reporting; vehicle tracking inspections processes; the automation of company policies and procedures; enabling remote delivery of safety documentation; and, issuance of alerts relating to procedural violations.

“Technology in the transportation business has been slow to develop and companies lag in adoption, however, Gorilla’s Safety R&D capabilities are helping move the industry forward. With Gorilla Safety’s advanced technology, fleets can now take advantage of cutting edge technologies specifically designed for the safe operation on the roadways. Gorilla Trax significantly improves the GPS tracking of vehicles while still relying on the simplicity and dependability of a user’s Smartphone or tablet,” stated Gorilla Safety co-founder Tommy Johnson.

Mark Walton, co-founder, said: “Gorilla Safety is the most flexible fleet tracking system available on the market today. By leveraging the bring-your-own-device platform, and coupling this with Gorilla Trax, any fleet has the ability to utilize already-owned Smartphones or tablets of drivers and owner operators alike to maximize the power and capabilities of their fleets. Gorilla Trax is offered alongside both the full Gorilla Safety suite as as well as the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)-compliant versions of our patented solution. We remain on the forefront of bringing the latest technologies to fleets to continually ensure safety on our roads.”

Walton discussed the types of fleets that benefit from Gorilla Safety’s cutting-edge technology:  “The kind of fleets we see as the most likely to benefit from our technology are those fleets that require ELD compliance short-haul trucking companies as well as construction companies and other fleet operators that employ drivers that frequently switch vehicles. Small to medium-sized vehicles are also prime candidates for our technology as it will make managing these types of fleets significantly easier to operate and much more profitable.”

Gorilla Safety’s advanced technology platform is easily accessed from iPhones, Androids, iPads and tablets as well as from a computer via a web-based dashboard. From the palm of one’s hand and with just a few clicks, Gorilla Safety users can seamlessly perform a range of functions pertinent to the successful and safe management of large fleets, using advanced features that allow for the:

  • Recording hours of service electronically through eLogs, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)
  • Managing of accidents through real-time reporting, real-time investigation and recount of accident/data collection at the scene, with ability to upload photos and record [voice] testimony of incident
  • Performing of closed-loop inspections through automated Electronic Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (eDVIR), which integrates mechanic app in real-time (Gorilla Safety is the first company to bring this patented tool to market)
  • Tracking of fuel use and vehicle maintenance
  • Use of GPS to track fleet assets
  • Incorporation of an ELD self-certified compliant device that meets guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ELD Mandate Scheduling
  • Development and storage of critical (paperless) documentation such as receipts, bills of lading, customized policies and procedures manuals, HR-required documents, training tools, etc., enabling app to be used as a proficient HR management tool for training/managing employees; and citing and storing violations (first company to feature this capability)
  • Sharing of information among permissible, granted users so everyone is on same platform, has access to same data at the same time and receives customized alerts and notifications to remain complaint and productive

About Gorilla Safety

           Launched at the onset of 2016 and founded in 2013 by two seasoned insurance industry professionals, Houston-based Gorilla Safety provides the transportation industry with a patented, affordable cloud-based software solution that automates every aspect of fleet and safety management.  Gorilla Safety brings to the marketplace the first and only easy-to-use mobile app that fully integrates all the capabilities necessary for safely and efficiently managing large short-haul and long-haul vehicle fleets.  The Gorilla Safety app boasts many features that allow users to better manage their business, improve productivity, increase profitability and lower insurance claims and premiums - all done quickly and simply from the palm of their hands. 

           For more information, visit www.gorillasafety.com, go to the Gorilla Safety Facebook page or follow the Company on Twitter @Gorilla_Safety and LinkedIn

ALBANY, N.Y. — Albany Law School today announced that it will offer the first online Master of Science in Legal Studies (MSLS) in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy.

The program, to launch January 2017, affords working professionals, as well as traditional students, a flexible schedule to advance career goals in cybersecurity and data privacy. Each student will have a customized curricula that draws upon the law school’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway.

“We developed this program for students across the state, nation and globe to take advantage of our rich history and deep connections in the heart of New York State’s Tech Valley,” said Albany Law School President & Dean Alicia Ouellette. “Associate Dean Antony Haynes is leading the initiative, and we’re excited to be building a list of courses taught by leading experts around the U.S., for students from coast to coast.”

Students can earn the 30-credit master’s degree in one year of full-time study or over a longer period on a personalized part-time schedule.  

Courses will cover the areas of data protection, privacy, and information security law; cybercrime, cyberwarfare, and cybersecurity law; and electronic discovery, digital forensics, and digital evidence. Cross-registration will be available with the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. Students will also have the opportunityto participate in a field placement experience.

Albany Law School is affiliated with the University at Albany, a partnership that grants students access to programs, courses and resources — including those in the high-growth area of cybersecurity — at UAlbany. The Law School is also partnered with the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a multinational organization formed in 2015 by the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office, the City of London Police, and the Center for Internet Security to identify, confront, and mitigate top cyber risks.

“Among those who develop, implement and manage information security programs, there is a huge need for specialists with a firm hold on the legal implications of cybersecurity and data privacy,” said Antony Haynes, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Information Systems at Albany Law School. “Graduates of this MSLS specialization will be prepared to meet cutting-edge legal issues presented by emerging technology.”

A graduate of the Air Force Academy and Georgetown Law School, Dean Haynes previously served as an assistant professor in computer science at the Air Force Academy, where he created an Information Assurance concentration and new courses in secure networks, cybersecurity and cryptography. He also practiced law at premier Washington, D.C., law firms, and has consulted for start-ups around marketing, technology and legal strategy.

The Law School’s cyber law program, currently comprised of the online master’s degree specialization in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and a previously announced J.D. concentration in Law and Cybersecurity, was developed in response to extensive research that showed a need for the area of study, both regionally and nationally.

For more on online learning at Albany Law School, visit www.albanylaw.edu/Online.

For more on the Law School’s MSLS program, visit www.albanylaw.edu/MasterOfScience.

Albany Law School is a small, private school located in the heart of New York state’s capital that has educated leaders since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. It has an affiliation agreement with University at Albany that includes shared programs, and access for students and faculty to learn from one another. It was named #1 in the country for preparing students for government law and #6 nationally for prosecution and public defense by “preLaw” magazine (winter 2016). Students have access to New York’s highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With approximately 10,400 alumni practicing across the country and several continents, Albany Law’s graduates serve as a vital community and resource for the school and its students. Visit www.albanylaw.edu.

Syntel advises that emerging technologieslike robo-advisors are disrupting the wealth management industry andcreating the need tomodernize aging legacy systems

 

TROY, Mich.Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global provider of digital modernization, information technology and knowledge process services, advises thatthe wealth management industry needs to adopt automation in order to provide services that align with the emerging digital influence on the financial services sector.

In April 2017, the U.S.Department of Laboris expected to enact its ruling to designate investment advisors as fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). While it remains to be seen what final form this rule will take, it may affect the growing trend ofrobo-advisors, becausefinancial advice based on processesrather than human intervention is theoretically identical for all clients and free of conflicts.

Robo-advisors and other emerging technologies are shaping the future of wealth management interactions, with automated, AI-based systems that give non-biasedadvicewhich minimizesthe risk of questionable sales practices or conflicts of interest.

However, like most players in the financial services sector, wealth management firms are struggling to implement these sort of modern servicesdue to a heavy reliance on legacy systems.Without the right means to balance both modern and legacy technology, wealth management firms could missout on the benefits of integratingdigitaltechnology, which has become the key to attracting millennial consumers.

A recent study by PwC found that 47 percent of High Net Worth Individuals under age 45 who do not currently use robo-advisors would consider using them in the future.

According to Nitin Rakesh, CEO and President of Syntel, The rise of new technologies has altered the financial services industry and the speed with which digital natives expect to receive services. Trends such as robo-advisors in the wealth management industry are moving interactions to the digital channel, delivering customized advice anytime, anywhere, without bias.

Major financial services firms have long viewed Fintech as a challenge to their market share,” said Rakesh.“However,there is a more collaborative paradigm emerging, with large financial institutions looking to partner with FinTech companies to integrate newdigital solutions with their traditional offline services.”

However, to reap the benefits of such new advances in tech, wealth management firms need to implement solutions that will enable them to operate their businesswith greater efficiency, while bringing innovative new products and services to market faster.

Rakesh asserts that the best course of action for firms struggling with outdated legacy systems is to seek out technology partners that can help them modernize by implementingintelligent automation for their back-office processes.  The ultimate goal of such an effort is to becomemore agile and free up funds to invest in innovative front-office services.

Mr. Rakesh’s company, global IT and business solutions provider Syntel, offers a suite of digital modernization solutions that reduce the run the business cost and provide the efficiency and agility to increase speed to market and pave the way to provide innovative change the business solutions.

A convergence of the strong distribution channels and funds thatwealth management firms have,with the latest front-end digital services offered by FinTech firms can provide a glide path to growth and stability for the sector,” said Rakesh.

About Syntel

Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is the global leader in digital modernization services, with a core suite of automation-driven IT and knowledge process services. Syntel helps global enterprises thrive in the Two-Speed World™ by building agile, efficient technology infrastructures that blend legacy business models with disruptive digital innovations. Syntel’s recursive automation platform, SyntBots®, enables clients to manage, migrate, and modernize their business and technology ecosystems. Syntel believes in a "Customer for Life" philosophy to build collaborative partnerships and creates long-term business value for its clients by investing in IP, solutions and industry-focused delivery teams with deep domain knowledge.

To learn more, visit us at www.syntelinc.com.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Permabit Technology Corporation the open source data reduction experts, and LINBIT, the market leader in open source High Availability (HA) Clustering and Geo-Clustering software, announced a partnership today at HostingCon 2016.

Together, Permabit’s VDO data reduction for Linux® and LINBIT’s DRBD® software, allow enterprises to replicate data in a distributed storage cluster with high speed data deduplication and compression, maximizing bandwidth efficiency. In LINBIT’s tested dataset, pairing DRBD with VDO reduced the replication network and storage utilization by ~85% while increasing load by ~0.8. The full results are located here: http://blogs.linbit.com/p/1242/albireo-virtual-data-optimizer-vdo-on-drbd/

Since 2001, LINBIT has been developing and supporting the Linux replication software, DRBD. In 2005, LINBIT created a Geo-Clustering software called DRBD Proxy, primarily used for Disaster Recovery (DR) purposes. LINBIT’s HA and DR software works on any commodity hardware, and is now being used as a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) platform, perfect for cloud and virtualization environments. Since the DRBD software replicates data at the block level, users can replicate any filesystem, VM, or application that runs on Linux.

“For years, enterprises who were tired of paying proprietary SAN vendors have been switching to DRBD on commodity hardware for resilient storage. More recently, private and hybrid cloud buyers have been demanding open solutions to data storage,” said Greg Eckert, Business Development Manager for LINBIT. “By partnering with Permabit, our clients can use LINBIT’s Software-Defined Storage approach to beat both the performance and cost of proprietary hardware vendors.” 

The leader in data reduction technology, Permabit Technology Corporation recently announced the latest release of its Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) software, VDO 6 - the only modular data reduction solution available for the Linux block storage stack.  VDO delivers the company’s patented deduplication, HIOPS Compression™ and thin provisioning in a commercial software package for Linux for enterprise hybrid cloud data centers and cloud service providers. 

“Permabit and LINBIT have worked together to ensure that VDO, the only complete data reduction solution for the Linux storage stack, works flawlessly with LINBIT’s DRBD to minimize bandwidth requirements for HA and DR,” said Louis Imershein, VP Product for Permabit. “The block level approach used by both solutions makes the combination of VDO and DRBD an ideal solution for handling DR in hybrid cloud deployments.”
To learn more about Permabit VDO Data Reduction software visit: http://permabit.com/products-overview/albireo-virtual-data-optimizer-vdo/
 
To learn more about the DRBD software visit: http://www.linbit.com/en/p/products/drbd9

About LINBIT
LINBIT creates the world’s fastest Software-Defined Storage. The company works with industry leaders from the storage and network sectors, designing next-generation, mission-critical infrastructures. Major cloud solutions providers, data center operators, OEM and ISV integrators and commercial enterprises employ LINBIT’s open source software DRBD to ensure High Availability and Geo-Clustering replication. LINBIT is privately-held and headquartered in Vienna, Austria and Portland, OR. Visit us at www.LINBIT.com/en/.

About Permabit:
Permabit pioneers the development of data reduction software that provides data deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning. Our innovative products enable customers to get to market quickly with solutions that cut effective cost, accelerate performance, and gain a competitive advantage. Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, Permabit software is transforming the economics of storage today.
Permabit is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with operations in California, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit www.permabit.com.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, published its Sustainability Report demonstrating a resolute commitment to sustainability best practices, transparency and leadership in the optical networking industry. The report provides an overview of Infinera's sustainability programs in the workplace completed in 2015.

Infinera's Sustainability Report details four key areas of focus: business ethics, product responsibility, environmental responsibility and social responsibility.

  • Business ethics: Infinera ensures that there are well defined ethical principles consistently implemented through Infinera's policies and processes within the company as well as throughout the entire value chain.
  • Product responsibility: Infinera is committed to sustainability through the use of its low-power products in customer networks. In addition, Infinera minimizes the environmental impact of its products by limiting the use of hazardous substances and through responsible sourcing.
  • Environmental responsibility: Infinera minimizes the environmental impact of business operations through an ongoing focus on energy efficiencies, waste reduction and resource conservation.
  • Social responsibility: Infinera provides safe working environments and facilities well positioned for sustainable growth to attract new employees. As part of this social responsibility, Infinera is committed to employee development and to philanthropic efforts that benefit local communities and causes.

Infinera's Sustainability Report aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (the GRI Guidelines) and the United Nation's Global Compact Principles, underscoring the detail and rigor of Infinera's sustainability program.

"Infinera is committed to sustainability best practices in business ethics, the development and manufacturing of our products, the use of our products by customers and the continuous development of our employees for a stronger global community," said Lena Båvegård, Infinera Senior Director, Corporate Quality & Sustainability.

For a copy of Infinera's Global Sustainable Report, visit www.infinera.com/company/social-responsibility/.

About Infinera

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) provides Intelligent Transport Networks, enabling carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Infinera's end-to-end packet-optical portfolio is designed for long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro applications. Infinera's unique large scale photonic integrated circuits enable innovative optical networking solutions for the most demanding networks. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at blog.infinera.com.

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Earns Analyst Recognition, Introduces New Product Release, Forms Strategic Partnership With Qlik, and Sweeps Awards Season

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), today announced a strong second quarter of 2016, delivering the second largest sales quarter in company history, setting a new record in customer acquisition, and delivering record low churn from existing customers. The company also earned recognition from industry analysts and was recognized with 10 industry awards.

Highlights of the second quarter:

  • New Customers: The company signed numerous new customers including: American Psychiatric Association (APA); American Thoracic Society (ATS); Arch Capital; Baldwin Technology Company Inc.; Conservis; Corvias Group; Fresh Direct Holdings, LLC; Helix; Instem; Jackson & Coker; Nanosys; Persado; Pindrop Security, Inc.; and VelocityEHS.
  • Analyst Recognition: The company was positioned in two of Gartner's "Visionaries" Quadrants for Strategic CPM and Financial CPM Solutions. Was also featured in Dresner Advisory Services' Annual Wisdom of Crowds Report, achieved a "Perfect Vendor Score" and is among the highest scoring vendors in the "Overall Experience Leaders" and "Credibility Leader" categories.
  • New Product Release: The Spring16 release of Host Analytics introduced major new functionality, the beta release of a new analytics module, major performance enhancements, and new integration and certifications with partners, including NetSuite.
  • Strategic Partnership: Strategic integration and marketing partnership with Qlik, providing customers with data discovery, data visualization, and dashboards that provide insight into key business trends.
  • Expanded Silicon Valley Headquarters: On May 31st, the company moved into its new corporate headquarters, nearly doubling its office space to accommodate rapid growth.
  • Awards: Host Analytics won 10 awards in the second quarter. These include two IT World awards for "Cloud CEO of the Year" and "New Products/Services of the Year" for Host Analytics Modeling; a Stevie People's Choice Award; additional Stevie Awards for technical innovation, products, customer service, and executive leadership.
  • Host Analytics World: The annual Host Analytics World conference had a record attendance of more than 800 customers and prospects, as well as Forrester and Ventana industry analyst research firms, customers from Earthlink, Capital Petroleum Group, and Steinway Musical instruments, and a keynote from NFL Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl champion Steve Young.

"Our relentless focus on customer success continues to pay big dividends," said Dave Kellogg, CEO of Host Analytics. "With several competitors facing times of uncertainty, it's clear that customers increasingly prefer the strength and stability of the Host Analytics platform."

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About Host Analytics
Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), offering a suite of financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory and Jazz Pharmaceuticals trust Host Analytics to power their strategic financial processes. Host Analytics is a fast-growing, private company backed by leading venture capitalists and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with customers in over 90 countries.

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced that leading analyst firm IDC has named VMware as the market share leader in both the worldwide cloud systems management(1) and the datacenter automation(2) software markets based on 2015 revenues. This is the third consecutive year that VMware has topped both categories.

"These reports are a validation of our commitment to innovation and indicative that our unified cloud management platform drove successful results for our customers in 2015," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "Our vision and our customer's trust and loyalty in our products have allowed us to outperform and maintain a leadership position in both cloud systems management and datacenter automation. We are honored to be recognized by IDC for our efforts and continue to work in partnership with our customers to meet their cloud automation and management needs of today and tomorrow."

Cloud Systems Management Leader

According to IDC's report, "Cloud Systems Management Software Market Shares, 2015: Year of Continued Expansion," VMware's market share stood at 22.6 percent, more than nine percentage points above the second place vendor.

The report notes that, "The worldwide cloud systems management software market continues to expand rapidly as increasing numbers of enterprise and service provider customers embrace cloud-based architectures for a wide range of production and DevOps workloads. Customers are gaining confidence with their ability to optimize multi-cloud environments that match workloads to a mix of on-premises and/or public cloud infrastructure, development platforms, and software-as-a-service options."

Driving Datacenter Automation

IDC's "Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software Market Shares, 2015: Year of Suite Success," links VMware's market growth with its focus on datacenter and cloud management automation. VMware occupied the largest percentage of market share in 2015 at 29.1 percent, 19 percentage points greater than the next vendor. According to the report, VMware's automation products grew aggressively in 2015, outpacing the market.

The report states that, "Demand for datacenter automation software and SaaS solutions continues to expand as more and more organizations recognize that modern application architectures and multi-cloud infrastructure strategies require IT operations teams to be able to rapidly provision, update, and scale distributed applications, as well as physical, virtual, container, and cloud resources to support digital transformation initiatives."

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Additional Resources

About VMware
VMware is a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

VMware and vRealize are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

  1. IDC, "Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Market Shares, 2015: Year of Continued Expansion," doc #US41374317, June 2016
  2. IDC, "Worldwide Datacenter Automation Software Market Shares, 2015: Year of Suite Success," doc #US40425216, June 2016

 

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