One of the issues that mobile device vendors, service providers and users are well aware of is battery life. While it still is a hot issue, the dynamics have changed a bit during the last couple of years.
In the past, twin trends were seen as a tremendous problem. On one hand, applications and services were becoming more power-hungry and, on the other, devices were getting smaller. The small size of the device limits the size, and therefore the power, of the battery. This was seen as a looming threat to the very survival of the sector.
The pressure has eased a bit, however: The popularity of video on mobiles has led to a consistent growth in screen size, which means batteries can grow a bit.
Despite the tremendous gains it has made over the past decade, storage is still lagging behind its compute and networking counterparts in terms of speed and performance.
This isn’t an indictment of storage itself, mind you, as technologies like Flash and other forms of solid-state infrastructure have done wonders for both speed and throughput in advanced enterprise settings. Rather, it is in the support infrastructure surrounding physical storage where most of the bottlenecks remain.
Latency in the storage farm, in fact, is increasingly seen as an impediment to many higher order data center functions, such as virtualization and cloud computing. According to a recent survey from PernixData, a vendor of server-side Flash solutions, about half of respondents say storage performance is a higher priority than additional capacity, while only 21 percent cited capacity as a priority. As well, the survey has upwards of 70 percent of respondents considering storage acceleration software to help boost performance. A key driver in this shortage of performance continues to be the proliferation of virtual machines, which tends to flood storage infrastructure with more requests than it can handle.
Rapidly developing computer technologies and the unrelenting evolution of cyber risks present one of the biggest challenges to the (re)insurance sector today. Liabilities from cyberattacks and threats to the data security of cloud computing and social media have become key emerging risks for carriers. The unprecedented rise in cyberattacks, in addition to the threat cyberrisk poses to global supply chains, has seen the cyberinsurance market grow significantly in recent years.
Client demand for cyber coverage has been growing, on average, 30% annually in the United States over the past several years, according to Marsh. While demand varies by industry, the one constant has been that more clients are investigating and analyzing existing traditional insurance coverage and whether they need standalone cyberrisk insurance coverage.
(MCT) — As scary as the Ebola incidents in Texas and the outbreak in Africa are, it's worth noting that nine years ago this month the country was confronting another outbreak that looked rather ominous, too: a deadly strain of influenza that had originated in birds in Asia.
The so-called bird flu elicited a widespread government response, including a white paper from then-President George W. Bush's White House laying out the strategies should the flu reach pandemic levels in the United States. There were worries at the time that the flu, which was passed from birds to humans, could mutate, turning into a flu pandemic similar to the one at the end of World War I that killed between 20 and 40 million people globally in 1918-1919.
Millions of birds were purposely killed to stop the disease, and the bird flu scare abated over that winter of 2005-2006.
Which disaster recovery measurements do you really need? The answer is the ones that are effective in helping you to plan and execute good DR. So your choice will naturally depend on your IT operations. The two ‘classics’ of the recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) are so fundamental that they apply to practically all situations. But suppose your organisation is running a service-oriented IT architecture with business applications like ERP using resources supplied by other servers. If some of the servers cannot be recovered satisfactorily, there may be a secondary impact elsewhere. How can you measure this situation and define a minimum acceptable level of recovery?
DALLAS — As a 26-year-old Dallas nurse lay infected in the same hospital where she treated a dying Ebola patient last week, government officials on Monday said the first transmission of the disease in the United States had revealed systemic failures in preparation that must “substantially” change in coming days.
“We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control, because even a single infection is unacceptable,” Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a news conference.
Frieden did not detail precisely how the extensive, government-issued safety protocols in place at many facilities might need to change or in what ways hospitals need to ramp up training for front-line doctors or nurses.
By Matthew Neigh, Global Technology Evangelist, Cherwell Software
Today’s IT environments are complex, and the commoditization of IT is one of the driving elements. This is manifest in a variety of ways in the enterprise. However, few are as vexing as “bring your own device” (BYOD).
BYOD is not only the future—actually, it’s already here. Organizations should expect the trend and learning curve to increase, and the required time to adapt to decrease at a sharp rate. That means IT organizations are responsible for laying the groundwork for today’s need: the creation and implementation of policy. Listed below are key factors you’ll want to consider as you move toward the creation and implementation phase.
(MCT) — If the Loma Prieta earthquake happened today, Buck Helm might have survived his Nimitz Freeway commute to watch his two youngest children grow up. Donna Marsden could have finished fixing up her Victorian home. Delores Stewart could have cheered on her beloved Oakland A's.
Twenty-five years later, the freeways and bridges that collapsed have been rebuilt to stand up to a quake even more powerful than the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta.
More than $22 billion in infrastructure upgrades have built a metropolitan area that is far safer and far more resilient than before. It's a testament to the power of long-term planning, borne of the ashes of the tragedy — 25 years ago Friday.
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Partnership will increase exposure of best-in-class e-learning solutions for business continuity.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Arbor Continuity (http://arborcontinuity.com), a business continuity solutions provider, has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ripcord Solutions (http://ripcordsolutions.com), provider of customized e-learning courses that vastly simplify training a company’s workforce to maintain and implement its business continuity program. Such training is critical during crises to protect the well-being of employees and safeguard business operations. This partnership will help make Ripcord Solutions’ innovative, cost-effective training courses available to more companies who are strengthening their business continuity programs.
“Training is a high-profile and must-have element of any strong business continuity program. Being able to offer Ripcord’s e-learning courses will equip our clients with the best possible training tools,” said Arbor Continuity founder and CEO, Richard Cooper. “Ripcord’s ability to rapidly deliver top-quality content to a company’s Learning Management Systems (LMS) differentiates this offering from “do it yourself” packages. Working with their e-learning team will provide us with another powerful tool to help further mature and elevate our clients’ business continuity programs.”
“The Arbor Continuity team are experts at the top of our industry when it comes to helping clients put all of the pieces of a business continuity program together,” said Ripcord Solutions’ VP of training production Paul Lambert. “Their ability to integrate our tailored e-learning offerings with other initiatives such as crisis communications and business continuity software will help mature and elevate BC programs across the board for companies large and small.”
About Arbor Continuity
Arbor Continuity provides comprehensive business continuity planning (BCP) and management consulting to companies of all sizes and industries to help them keep their employees safe and maintain business operations when crises strike. The firm specializes in three areas: designing and implementing effective programs, recommending and configuring BCP software tools, and recruitment of BCP professionals. The principals of the firm have decades of dedicated BCP experience working with some of the largest global firms. The company has headquarters in San Diego, CA and can be found online at http://arborcontinuity.com.