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Switch, the Las Vegas-based company that builds mega-scale data centers, is pushing officials in the State of Michigan to quickly pass a series of data center tax incentives, so it can proceed with plans to build a data center campus that will include a pyramid-shaped building that used to house offices of the large office furniture supplier Steelcase.

At full build-out, which may take up to 10 years, Switch’s plans call for two million square feet of building space across multiple data center buildings around the Steelcase pyramid. “It could be as many as six buildings,” company spokesman Adam Kramer said.

The pyramid’s basement would be turned into a data center, and additional buildings would be constructed around it.



Amazon Web Services, the e-commerce giant’s cloud services arm, has contracted with a wind farm developer for energy from a future 100 MW wind project in Paulding County, Ohio, to offset grid energy consumption of its cloud data centers, the company announced Thursday.

Utility-scale renewable power purchase agreements are becoming increasingly common among hyperscale data center operators like Amazon, its cloud services rivals Google and Microsoft, as well as Facebook, which does not provide cloud services but has multiple massive data centers in the US and Europe to support its user base. This year Equinix also started contracting for utility-scale renewables – something commercial data center service providers, whose customer base includes the aforementioned cloud giants, have traditionally been reluctant to do.

About one year ago, AWS made a commitment to power its operations entirely by renewable energy. The cloud provider said earlier this year that about one quarter of energy it consumed was renewable, and that its goal was to get to 40 percent renewable by the end of 2016.



Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

County Web Presence, Smart911 Updated

(TNS) - Officials with Limestone County announced this week upgrades to the county's website and the Smart911 system as part of a new branding initiative.

County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough said the website upgrade was necessary as a means to continue recruiting new industries, businesses, students and citizens. He added that the new look of the website would help give “the right impression” to those groups looking to locate to Limestone County.

“Limestone County is proud of our place in North Alabama, and we needed to upgrade our look and messaging to better tell our story,” Yarbrough said.

The county's new website is also more mobile-friendly as a growing number of Internet users continue to use their smartphones as much or more than traditional computers.



(TNS) - Florida received a failing grade on its long-term preparations for coastal flooding, in a study released Wednesday that assessed how well the 50 states were gearing up for the impact of climate change.

The study, called States at Risk, says Florida lacks a long-term plan for dealing with rising sea levels, despite being the nation's most vulnerable state as oceans inch higher. The report gave Florida a C- overall, with B+ grades on preparing for drought and wildfires – for which the report says the state faces average or below-average risk – a D on preparing for extreme heat and a D- grade on preparing for inland flooding.

"Florida has a lot of work to do," stated the report, prepared by the environmental group Climate Central, which publishes peer-reviewed articles on climate change, and ICF International, a 5,000-employee consulting firm with 70 offices worldwide. "Even though the state has plans in place to face today's threats, Florida has not taken sufficient steps to prepare for the serious threats posed by future climate change, particularly coastal flooding."



Shadow IT is nothing new as employees and lines of business bypass IT departments to get the cloud services they need to complete their jobs.   Rogue IT has resulted in a conversation around the unintended and potentially dangerous consequences of increased security risks, compliance concerns and hidden costs.

We all know that private and public clouds are here to stay, but in a recent study it was proven that the average enterprise organization is unaware of just how much shadow IT exists.

Cisco recently completed a study with large enterprise customers across the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.   This study was conducted from January 2014 through July of this year.  Actual usage data was collected from customer’s networks representing millions of users.



Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

Why SMBs Should Consider Hybrid Cloud Backup

If you’re looking to build a backup solution that is scalable, cost-efficient and allows multiple disaster recovery scenarios, then switching to a hybrid cloud backup strategy is for you.

Hybrid solutions work in conjunction with your existing backup applications and policies. Local on-premise data can remain local if required and still have the flexibility of expanding onto cloud storage should you require additional capacity. Utilizing this cost-effective storage means you can store a full copy of all your backups on the cloud in the event of a site disaster.

Almost any size of business can take advantage of a hybrid backup solution, from the smallest of start-ups to huge conglomerates. How it’s implemented may differ between them, but both ends of the scale can achieve an efficient, secure, highly available and scalable solution. Consider an appropriate-sized solution for your business; this could be as simple as storing one data set on a local NAS drive with a resilient copy stored in the cloud, or as complex as implementing a VM appliance installed within your data center acting as a gateway between your private network and the cloud.



Companies with operations around the world face the reality of having to deal with an often complicated web of interconnected third-party entities and organizations and will usually create third-party risk models to produce an objective risk score for each one. These models consider many factors, such as the third party’s location, the nature and closeness of the relationship with the third party, the level of control over the third party, how much business it generates and the extent of the third party’s interactions with government officials. However, not all third parties are the same, and after creating a risk-rating model, companies typically face three due diligence options:

For low-risk parties, companies can simply execute an internal review and check publicly available databases such as government watch lists, sanctions and embargo lists.

For moderate-risk parties, companies can perform open-source investigations (OSI), collecting and analyzing all publicly available online information for a third party and its principals after searching in English and native languages.

The due diligence scope required for the riskiest parties exceeds what is typically covered in an OSI alone, especially in developing nations where online information may be limited or where bad actors can easily manipulate local media. In these situations, companies should resort to Enhanced Due Diligence investigations (EDD).



This article provides an overview of Professional Practice 4 (PP4) – Design, which is the professional practice that “identifies and selects appropriate strategies and tactics to determine how continuity and recovery from disruption will be achieved”. Strategy design activities are essential to translate outputs gathered during the analysis phase into actionable strategies that the organization can implement and refine over time to improve the ability to respond and recover from a disruption.


PP4 outlines three primary areas that should be considered in the strategy design process, including the design of continuity and recovery strategies and tactics, threat mitigation measures, and an incident response structure. Let’s take a closer look at each.



KEMP, Texas – Longtime leading supplier of explosion proof and industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics announced the release of a 30 KVA power distribution system that converts three phase or single phase 480 volts AC to single phase 120 and 240 volts AC.

The MGS-DC-30KVA-480-220-110 power distribution system from Larson Electronics provides a safe and effective way for operators in industrial settings to tap into and utilize power sources independently of the work area. This unit is designed to operate with 480 volts AC three phase or single phase which then steps down to 120 volts AC single phase and 240 volt single phase. This transformer makes 120 volts available via ten GFCI protected receptacles and 240 volts available via two outlets. This portable power distribution system also provides a 480 volt feed through for a welding substation. Twenty foot fo SOOW cable connects to a fused ON/OFF disconnect switch that controls the power to the 30 KVA, 480 volt transformer. Unlike many portable power distribution boxes made of plastic and utilizing thin gauge, low grade metals in their construction, this unit is designed and ruggedly constructed to withstand demanding conditions and heavy duty industrial applications. The transformer is mounted to a 3/16” carbon steel mounting platform and the distribution assembly is mounted onto a rugged 2” by 2” by 1/8” square steel tubing frame with rectangular carbon steel skid pockets and a top mounted eyelet to allow for ease of transport. This unit incorporates NEMA 3R panels and is ideal for use in applications such as plant maintenance, hazardous location operations, as a welding station, shows and exhibits and marine applications.  

“Larson Electronics is a manufacturer and can build power distribution systems to customer specifications,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “This unit is built to provide operators the ability to use 480 volts and operate equipment that runs on 120 volts by stepping the power down.”

Larson Electronics specializes in portable industrial lighting equipment, high mast light towers, explosion proof light fixtures, power distribution systems, LED lighting and more. To view their wide range of products, visit them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com or call 1-800-369-6671 for more information. Larson Electronics will be attending the 2016 OTC show in Houston, Texas from May 2nd to May 5th. Visit them at booth 6716 to inquire about their lighting solutions for many industrial applications.




DENVER, Colo. – A new report released this week reveals Colorado is taking important action to face significant and increasing risks posed by changing levels of extreme weather, including extreme heat, drought, wildfires, inland flooding and coastal flooding. Colorado received an overall B for States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, prepared by the States at Risk Project, a collaboration of ICF International and Climate Central.

States at Risk measures risk and examines preparedness actions for threats each state faces – Colorado scored an overall B, receiving a B for extreme heat and a B+ for drought.

"Colorado farmers and ranchers are acutely aware of the effects of extreme heat and drought," said Bill Midcap, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (970.768.0182). "The agriculture industry in Colorado generates more than $5 billion dollars annually for the state, and we have a responsibility to protect the industry and the families that work hard every day to keep that engine running."

Extreme weather threats particularly affect the elderly, the impoverished and other vulnerable populations. Colorado has nearly 700,000 people 60 years and older or under 6 years old living below the poverty line – making them especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

"Our firefighters see firsthand the danger and devastation of wildfires in Colorado," said Kent Maxwell, training coordinator at Firecamp, Inc., a facility that trains firefighters (719.539.9329). "We know we cannot eliminate this risk completely but better preparing our communities and state will help keep firefighters safe too."

States at Risk provides a grade to each of the 50 states based on the unique profile of threats the state faces. Grades are based on both the magnitude of the current and future threat and the action states have taken to prepare for them.  

For a full list of state grades, visit www.statesatrisk.org.

About States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card 
States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card is the first-ever quantitative assessment of how prepared the 50 states are to face risks posed by changing levels of extreme heat, drought, wildfires, inland flooding and coastal flooding linked to climate change. The Report Card is designed to help provide a path forward for states to assess risks and build and implement action plans to increase their preparedness levels. Learn more at www.statesatrisk.org.