Middletown, RI: March 4, 2014 - Robert A. Burton, a recognized expert in crisis preparedness and crisis management, today announced the launch of PreparedEx, LLC, a crisis, emergency and security management company.
PreparedEx features simulated crisis exercises that test, assess and improve organizations' abilities to manage crises. Formerly known as Blue Water Partners Global, PreparedEx has re-branded to reflect its wider array of services developed in response to client feedback.
"Preparedness can only truly be measured through realistic exercises," Burton, principal of PreparedEx, said. "Our goal in PreparedEx is to create simulations that are so convincing that they really test an organization's crisis plan and crisis response team. Then, our crisis experts can help assess the organization's plan and its response team's performance, and we recommend ways to improve both."
Both natural and human-made crises can strike any type of organization, and being fully prepared is a fundamental obligation regardless of whether the organization is a corporation or a not-for-profit, a government organization or an educational institution. Every organization's reputation, its ability to function, and its very existence can be at grave risk from a poorly managed crisis.
The PreparedEx team members, who developed their skills and gained first-hand crisis leadership experience from successful careers in the military, public safety and crisis communication fields, design and deliver a full array of simulation exercises through PreparedEx's proprietary software platform. Exercises include , , and . PreparedEx also provides a number of related additional professional services and solutions.
Robert Burton, Principal at PreparedEx, has worked for the US State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and has been a crisis management consultant in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he negotiated with the UN and Pashtun tribal warlords. He served with the United Kingdom Special Forces where he operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions. He was also part of a disciplined and prestigious unit, The Grenadier Guards, where he served Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Palaces in London. A highly trained and experienced infantryman serving in Desert Storm and commanding covert operational teams, Rob has a Queen's Commendation for Bravery. Rob has keynoted disaster recovery conferences and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex security requirements and terrorism.
For more information on PreparedEx, LLC, please visit www.PreparedEx.com
STORServer’s Enterprise Backup Appliance 2202 receives No. 1 ranking with additional STORServer appliances taking seven of top 10 positions
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – STORServer®, a leading provider of proven data backup solutions, today announces that the STORServer Enterprise Backup Appliance (EBA) 2202 has received the only “Best in Class” designation in analyst firm DCIG’s 2014-15 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide.
Out of 72 integrated backup appliances evaluated, STORServer’s EBA 2202, powered by CommVault (EBA 2202-CV) achieved the highest ranking in the Buyer’s Guide for demonstrating impressive scalability, exceeding 1.4 petabytes of disk storage with additional tape storage if needed, and placing near the top in all four categories in the Guide: hardware, management, software and support.
“Together, CommVault and STORServer combine to deliver an even better backup appliance experience than what either of these providers could previously do on their own,” said Jerome Wendt, president and lead analyst for DCIG. “In STORServer, CommVault gets a company that offers backup appliances built for the enterprise as its software will now run on hardened IBM hardware that is tested and ready for deployment in these environments. In STORServer’s case, it gets enterprise, best-in-class software that is built for the specific data management and protection requirements of today’s enterprises.”
The EBA 2202-CV scored particularly well in the Management and Software categories with its Hardware score exceeded only by the EBA 3202, powered by IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (EBA 3202-TSM).
“Not only are we providing best-in-breed hardware, but we’re also now hosting the best software engines in the data backup space—CommVault and TSM,” said Bill Smoldt, president and CEO of STORServer.
“We’ve made vast enhancements in our TSM appliance since the previous survey with refreshed hardware and the superb new features in TSM 7. By adding CommVault Simpana to our powerful IBM hardware platform, we cover the entire appliance marketplace. We’re thrilled that DCIG recognizes the industry impact of the STORServer Backup Appliance, powered by CommVault Simpana and IBM TSM.”
In addition to the EBA 2202-CV receiving the “Best in Class” designation, the following STORServer models were all ranked in the Buyer’s Guide top 10: EBA 1202-CV, EBA 3202-TSM, EBA 801-CV, EBA 2202-TSM, EBA 1202-TSM and EBA 802-TSM.
STORServer offers a data recovery guarantee ensuring that customers will not only get their data back in the event of a loss, but the data will be useable once it is recovered. In addition, the company provides every customer the opportunity to try out a backup appliance risk-free with its 30-day money back guarantee.
For more information on STORServer’s line of data backup solutions, visithttp://www.storserver.com. To download the full DCIG 2014 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, visithttp://backupapplianceguide.com.
STORServer, Inc. is a leading provider of data backup solutions. The company offers a complete suite of appliances, software and services that solve today’s backup, archive and disaster recovery issues once and for all, while reducing install and management time to just minutes a day. STORServer sells exclusively through a nationwide network of industry-leading backup partners. For press inquiries, contact Megan Custodio at (317) 202-2280 x13 email@example.com. For more information, visitwww.storserver.com.
Founded in 2006, DCIG focuses on archive, backup, retrieval and storage systems. The firm analyzes software, hardware and services companies within the storage and electronically stored information (ESI) industries. It provides unbiased and informed evaluations on sponsoring and non-sponsoring companies to consumers, public relations firms, business analysts and other companies, as well as writing technology white papers, business solution briefs and market analysis reports.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Amerimar Enterprises and Abrams Capital announce the acquisition of 401 North Broad Street, a 1.3 million square foot fiber-rich building located in Philadelphia, PA. Amerimar Enterprises and Abrams Capital are partnering with telecom industry veteran Hunter Newby to own and operate the Property. Debt financing was provided by Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD). Ropes & Gray LLP, with a team led by partner Walter R. McCabe III, represented Amerimar and Abrams Capital on the acquisition.
“Over the past 30 years, 401 North Broad was strategically repositioned to become the preeminent telecom carrier hotel in the Philadelphia region under the stewardship of The Stillman Group. Amerimar looks forward to continuing with the repositioning of the property through our $70 million capital improvement program," states Jerry Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Amerimar. "401 North Broad, with over 80 networks, is a logical addition to our portfolio of carrier hotels; and we are very excited to partner with Hunter Newby on yet another telecom property.”
”We are delighted to enter the carrier hotel business with Amerimar and Hunter Newby and look forward to working with the City of Philadelphia to revitalize this historic property,” adds Travis Rhodes of Abrams Capital.
The 11-story, 1,300,000-square-foot property was originally developed in 1931. The property has since been redeveloped into the most fiber-dense, network-neutral facility between New York and Virginia. The building serves as a major hub for data and Internet traffic and provides data center infrastructure for carriers, service providers, and enterprise customers to interconnect with one another reliably and cost effectively. The building’s location is of particular interest to telecom businesses, as it is a gateway to long haul fiber in the region, and offers direct access to fiber routes to Europe. The building also provides highly reliable data center operations with its robust floor loads, power and HVAC infrastructure.
"401 North Broad Street is an extraordinary carrier hotel,” continues Newby. “Not only is it a major junction point for the north-south domestic fiber routes on the east coast, but it is also home to several transatlantic submarine cable systems, making it a renowned international gateway."
"We're very proud of what we've accomplished at 401 North Broad over the years, turning a somewhat bedraggled and relatively empty, but historically significant, building into this extraordinary asset. I am truly delighted to have passed it on to Jerry Marshall and his partners and team, who collectively will, I'm sure, take this property to the next level. They are very worthy and honorable successors, and we know they will meet with the great success they deserve," states Mr. Abbott Stillman, Chairman of The Stillman Group.
About Amerimar Enterprises, Inc.:
Amerimar Enterprises, Inc. is a real estate development, investment and management firm with offices in Philadelphia and New York. Amerimar is a recognized leader in the renovation and repositioning of office, hotel, retail, multi-family, mixed-use, and telecom properties throughout the US and UK. Since 1993, Amerimar has acquired over 50 properties totaling approximately 10.7 million square feet of office/telecom, 870,000 square feet of retail, 3,200 hotel rooms and 2,600 residential units. 23 of those projects were either new development or substantial renovations. For more information on Amerimar, please visit www.amerimar.com.
About Abrams Capital Management, L.P.:
Abrams Capital is a Boston-based investment firm founded in 1999. The firm’s investment strategy is opportunist and follows a fundamental, value-oriented approach in making long-term investments across a wide spectrum of investment types, investment strategies, market cycles and industries.
About Hunter Newby:
Hunter Newby is a communications network business and real estate investor and developer with a highly-successful track record of creating value. He is recognized globally as a thought leader in the industry. Mr. Newby has held a senior role in over $600 Million of transactions, served on several Advisory Boards, is a published author, public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards including Global Telecoms Business’ “Top 40 Under 40” in 2010. For more information, please visit www.hunternewby.com.
About Starwood Property Trust
Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is focused on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities ("CMBS"), and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The Company through its 2013 acquisition of LNR now also operates as a special servicer in the United States and as a primary and special servicer in Europe and has expanded its product offering to include fixed rate conduit loans. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. also invests in residential mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS"), residential real estate owned and non-performing residential loans, and may invest in non-performing commercial loans, commercial properties subject to net leases and performing residential mortgage loans. The Company is externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, and has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
DENVER, Colo. – Peak® (formerly PeakColo), an enterprise-class IaaS Cloud provider for channel partners, announces today that it has achieved the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification (CMSP) for IaaS providers, allowing Peak and its partners to sell cloud based solutions based on Cisco hardware, services and support. This certification recognizes Peak as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services that help accelerate time to market and time to revenue.
“Peak is the first channel-only cloud service provider to pass the Advanced CMSP certification in the Infrastructure as a Service category, opening up an additional platform that our resellers and distributors may offer to their clients,” comments Luke Norris, CEO and Founder of Peak. “Now that Peak is Cisco-powered, Cisco VARs may easily re-sell, white label or become an agent and incorporate Peak’s secure cloud, into their current managed services portfolio.”
Comstor, the Cisco-dedicated business unit of Westcon, selected Peak for its Cisco-powered enterprise-class cloud offering. “Earning the Cisco-Powered designation for IaaS providers makes Peak’s cloud ideal for our product portfolio,” says Matt Karst, Comstor Senior Director of Cloud Solutions. “We have enjoyed Peak’s 100% channel centric model – as it ensures our partners’ sales teams don’t compete for the same clients.”
The Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as Peak envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services. As a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certified Partner, Peak offers a platform built on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provides basic management capabilities that support Cisco technologies.
Peak® is an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider to channel partners. White-labeling Peak’s cloud services as their own, resellers and agents rapidly enter the cloud marketplace under their own brand without capital expenditure, enjoying a faster route to profitability. Peak operates Type II SSAE 16 and SOC 1 & 2 compliant cloud nodes in eight geographies across the United States and in Europe (Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, New Jersey, New York, Atlanta, and the United Kingdom). Its VMware vCloud® Powered cloud environment contains tens of thousands of virtual machines and multiple petabytes of storage for public, private, hybrid and disaster recovery solutions. Peak offers both Cisco UCS and Open Compute platforms, and is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider.
What should you do when an event or series of events is so overwhelming that it staggers your ability to evaluate, plan and respond to it or them? I thought about that question when I read an article in the New York Times (NYT) about the role of the Mayor of Rio De Janeiro in the upcoming World Cup this summer and the 2016 Olympics, entitled “Rio’s Mayor, Shepherd of the City’s Rebirth, Feels the Strains, Too” by Simon Romero. In the article, the Mayor, Eduardo Paes, discussed the strains he is under in tearing and then rebuilding his city in anticipation of the globe’s two greatest sporting events. He was quoted as saying “Don’t ever in your life do a World Cup and Olympic Games at the same time. This will make your life almost impossible.”
What if something happens in your company, corruption-wise, and your life as the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance officer is turned upside down, much like Paes?. My colleague Stephen Martin advocates having a 1-3-5 year plan in place to fall back upon. Martin believes that such a document would be an important item to produce to a prosecutor, who might be reviewing your compliance program in the event of a voluntary self-disclosure, a Dodd-Frank or other whistle-blower event, which has led your company to receive a subpoena or letter of inquiry or an industry sweep. He believes that such a strategic plan could well lead to the development of credibility for your company and your compliance program in the event of one of the aforementioned eventualities.
Are you really ready to move on Big Data?
Author and speaker Phil Simon doesn’t think so. He’s not talking about you specifically (or at least, not necessarily), of course, but he does doubt the rash of recent surveys and reports claiming that most organizations are deploying Big Data right now.
He has his reasons for disagreeing, but I’ll let you read that. What I think has more value in this piece is his assessment about which organizations are NOT ready to leverage Big Data. It makes a nice checklist.
Computerworld — If you work with data much, you don't need a statistical model to predict that the odds of consistently getting data in the format you need for analysis are pretty low. Those who do a great deal of data cleaning and reformatting often turn to scripting languages like Python or specialty tools such as OpenRefine or R.
But it turns out that there's a lot of data munging you can do in a plain old Excel spreadsheet -- if you know how to craft the proper formulas.
In a presentation at the recent 2014 Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR) conference, MaryJo Webster, senior data reporter with Digital First Media -- a newspaper group in New York -- shared some of her favorite Excel tricks. The goal of these tips, Webster said: Learn at least one new thing that will make you say, "Why didn't I know this before?"