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Jon Seals

Amulet Hotkey today announced the release of a new ultra compact (half-height, half-length), quad video head PCoIP host card for small form factor PC’s. It provides all the benefits of the PCoIP protocol in a uniquely compact and cost effective package. It will appeal to a wide range of enterprise customers.

“The DXH4 is an exciting development that people told us couldn’t be done,” said Tony Hilliard, Group Sales Director at Amulet Hotkey. “Our clients asked for it and we delivered, it’s great that we can combine innovation and customer demand in such a responsive way”.

“This is a unique product, perfect for multi-monitor applications such as trading floors, control rooms and CAD/CAM” says Keith Grundon, technical director and CTO. “I know it will be a great success for us.”

For the first time, small form factor PCs can have a high-end, quad-monitor PCoIP host installed and then located remotely without compromising data security or graphics performance in any way. The DXH4 has no impact on the standard PC architecture and requires no additional drivers to be installed.

“Amulet Hotkey’s new quad-video PCoIP host card for small form factor and rack mounted computers will appeal to IT administrators seeking to deliver secure access to video across multiple monitors while conserving precious server space,” said Jayesh Shah, vice president of product management for Teradici. “Today’s news is a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering innovative PCoIP solutions that are well matched to the evolving IT requirements of its customers in diverse markets, including finance, CAD/CAM engineering, media and entertainment, and public sector.

The DXH4 is available now. For more details visit www.amulethotkey.com or contact our sales teams directly.

See the DXH4 at vmworld in Barcelona between 14th and 16th of October and learn about how it can be used to enhance VDI applications. Ask to see us at the Teradici stand.

About PCoIP

Zero Clients are simple, secure, stateless, cloud endpoints, perfect for accessing VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon DaaS, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Remote Workstation environments. They contain no CPU, operating system, or local storage—just a chip that decodes the PCoIP transmissions and outputs pixels on the screen. Since no data is transmitted, users connect securely to their virtual environments. In addition to being the most secure endpoints available, Zero Clients are easy to deploy, manage, and operate. They offer higher performance, lower power consumption, support unified communications, and create a richly rewarding virtual computing experience, for both end users and IT managers.

About Amulet Hotkey

Our expertise allows enterprises to simplify and secure the desktop environment without compromise, moving desktop workstations to the data centre or cloud environment. Using our own Zero Client, PCoIP Host and KVM switching technology, we dramatically reduce desktop power consumption and heat generation, minimising cabling and clutter. In the data centre our solutions maximise space and facilitate central management of desktops, operating systems, policies and security.

Amulet Hotkey actively partners with many leading manufacturers of data centre, cloud and virtualisation technologies, and is instrumental in helping them bring to market solutions for VDI, virtualisation, GPU offload and PCoIP integration and acceleration.

The growing trend of cloud based services and virtualised environments has provided opportunities to create a truly flexible computing model, the so-called elastic compute architecture. Amulet Hotkey is a recognised leader in providing key enabling technologies in this environment.

About Teradici

Teradici PCoIP technology is deployed throughout virtual and cloud environments, in zero clients, hardware accelerators, standalone workstations and mobile devices. Simple, green, and cost-effective, the Teradici PCoIP virtual workspace architecture delivers a secure, high-definition, highly responsive computing experience.

Teradici customers benefit from a broad PCoIP ecosystem of innovative products and services. Our customers include Fortune 500 enterprises and institutions around the world, local and federal government agencies, and cloud and service providers.

Teradici was founded in 2004, and is headquartered in British Columbia.

MatchWare’s highly-anticipated MindView 5 Business Mac boasts a powerful new feature set that helps project managers and other users maximize productivity, accuracy and quality, while reducing time, cost and risk.

 

TAMPA, Fla. – MatchWare Inc., a leading multinational software company that develops proprietary mind mapping, project management and meeting management software tools, announced today the launch of its highly-anticipated “MindView 5 Business Mac”: the new industry standard for Mac Mind Mapping and Gantt Chart software that is inspiring Project Managers worldwide to re-imagine how they can maximize productivity, accuracy and quality, while reducing time, cost and risk.

Built on MatchWare’s award-winning MindView Business Platform, MindView 5 Business Mac was engineered from the ground up to enable success by empowering Project Managers and other users to brainstorm Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) in Mind Maps, and seamlessly transfer the data between six interchangeable views: Gantt Chart, Timeline, Mind Map, Top Down, Left/Right and Outline.

In addition to several key project management-focused upgrades -- including individually managed resource calendars, effort-driven tasks, and improved branch data visualization -- MindView 5 Business Mac also features:

  • An Intuitive and Streamlined Mac-friendly Interface
  • Enhanced MS Office® and MS Project Integration
  • Built-in Task and Resource Allocation
  • Seamless Transferring to/from MindView 5 Business PC
  • …and much more

“After nearly two years of evaluating user feedback and analyzing our competition, we are proud to release MindView 5 Business Mac,” commented MatchWare’s Product Manager Thomas Henriksen. “By combining a fully-functional project management solution with the industry’s leading mind mapping software, MindView 5 Business Mac improves usability and the presentation of ideas, which helps make users more efficient every day. Quite simply, MindView 5 Business Mac is an invaluable asset for any Project Manager.”

MatchWare’s MindView 5 Business Mac, the new industry standard for Mac Mind Mapping and Gantt Chart Software that no Project Manager should be without, is available now for a one-time fee of $349 (single user). A demo version is also available. Learn more at: www.matchware.com/en/products/mindview/mindview_mac.htm.

 

About MatchWare

Founded in 1992, MatchWare is a Danish software house with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Denmark. The company develops and provides proprietary mind mapping, project management and meeting management software tools which are used by businesses, educational institutions and governments worldwide to enhance brainstorming, communication, decision making, collaboration and meeting effectiveness and performance. Learn more at www.matchware.com.

 

* MatchWare, MatchWare Mediator, MatchWare ScreenCorder, MatchWare MindView, and MatchWare MeetingBooster are trademarks or registered trademarks of MatchWare A/S. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective companies.

Managed Services Company and Data Protection Leader Ease Zenith Customers' Fears of Data Loss as October 15 Deadline Looms

         

MILFORD, Mass. – To address customer concerns about ensuring reliable backup and recovery of their critical business information following Zenith Infotech's decision to cease operations on October 15, RetroFit has partnered with Unitrends to offer companies a Rapid Replacement Program. The program ensures that Zenith backup customers facing imminent data loss once the company closes its doors will continue to have their mission critical information protected without interruption.

The Zenith Rapid Replacement Program provides speedy upgrades for customers with Zenith backup appliances to a fully-managed, three-tiered, geo-redundant Backup and Data Recovery Solution supported by Unitrends' industry-leading solution, for one monthly operating cost (OPEX). RetroFit's years of experience converting Zenith systems allows them to efficiently manage the replacement program and address the critical needs of those customers still at risk.

"RetroFit and Unitrends have collaborated with customers and partners to seamlessly migrate them from Zenith to our fully-managed, three-tiered, geo-redundant Backup and Data Recovery Solution. This program offers a compelling solution to companies who have been put at risk because of this impending event," said Kevin Cotter, president of RetroFit.

Mike Lawlor, CEO of Netwide Technology Solutions, an IT consulting firm, said, "The migration process from Zenith to the RetroFit solution was completed seamlessly and without compromising any of my customers' mission critical data."

"IT professionals have enough things to worry about today – reliable backup and recovery should not be among them," said Mike Coney, president and CEO at Unitrends. "At Unitrends, our goal is to make data protection simple, efficient and affordable for both our partners and our customers. The Rapid Replacement Program is designed with this in mind. Zenith customers can easily and cost-effectively migrate to industry-leading data protection technology backed by unmatched customer support. IT admins are then free to focus on other pressing business initiatives."

About RetroFit Technologies, Inc.

RetroFit Technologies, Inc. is a leading managed services company providing On-Premise, Cloud, Hybrid and Disaster Recovery Solutions.  RetroFit offers a fully managed, three-tiered, geo-redundant Backup and Data Recovery Solution to our Customers and Partners.  RetroFit's corporate headquarters are in Boston, MA with regional offices throughout the United States. Visit www.retrofit.com.

About Unitrends

Unitrends delivers award-winning business recovery solutions for any IT environment. The company's portfolio of virtual, physical, and cloud solutions provides adaptive protection for organizations globally. To address the complexities facing today's modern data center, Unitrends delivers end-to-end protection and instant recovery of all virtual and physical assets as well as automated disaster recovery testing built for virtualization. With the industry's lowest total cost of ownership, Unitrends' offerings are backed by a customer support team that consistently achieves a 98 percent satisfaction rating. Unitrends' solutions are also sold through a community of thousands of leading technology partners, service providers, and resellers worldwide. Visit www.unitrends.com.

More than 440,000 in Missouri to Participate in Nationwide Drill            

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With just one week to go, communities throughout Missouri are preparing for the fourth annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for October 16 at 10:16 a.m. 

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are occurring in more than 45 states and territories — nationwide more than 19 million people are expected to participate in the activity.  During the drill, participants simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking:

  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head/neck with your arms, and
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

The ShakeOut is free and open to the public.  Participants include individuals, schools, businesses, local and state government agencies and many other groups. See the list of all the participants in Missouri at, www.shakeout.org/centralus/participants.php?start=Missouri. The goal of the program is to engage individuals to take steps to become better prepared for earthquakes and other disasters. 

“Participating in this drill is a quick, simple thing we should all do—at work, at home, alone or with family or co-workers—to prepare for earthquakes,” said Regional Administrator Beth Freeman, FEMA Region VII. “When we practice ‘drop, cover and hold on’ it makes it more likely we will react appropriately during an earthquake and that can and does save lives.”

States participating in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Interested citizens, schools, communities, businesses, etc. are encouraged to visit http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/register to register to participate and receive instructions on how to hold their earthquake drill. On social media, information about the drill is being provided on Twitter through www.twitter.com/CentUS_ShakeOut. In addition, www.twitter.com/femaregion7 and others are tweeting earthquake safety tips and drill information using the hashtag #ShakeOut.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is being coordinated by Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its other Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey and dozens of other partners.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills began in California in 2008 and have expanded each year since then.

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Visit FEMA Region VII online at www.fema.gov/region7. Follow FEMA online at www.twitter.com/femaregion7, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.  The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Charlie Maclean-Bristol, FBCI, discusses whether the time has come for business continuity managers to make contingency plans for an Ebola pandemic.

Spain is now dealing with the first case of direct infection of Ebola in Western Europe; the first Ebola death has occurred in the United States; and the World Health Organization has warned that ‘Ebola is now entrenched in the capital cities of all three worst-affected countries and is accelerating in almost all settings’. So has the time come for business continuity managers to make contingency plans for a possible future Ebola pandemic? I think the answer to this question is, yes, we should be.

I am not suggesting that you immediately go out to the supermarket and buy lots of tinned food and water, barricade the house, be prepared to operate on battery power and bottled gas and then lie low.

What I am suggesting is that we should be quietly thinking about how a possible Ebola pandemic might affect our organization; thinking through what an Ebola plan might look like; and monitoring the situation to ensure that you are ready to react if the situation escalates further.

So what at this stage should business continuity managers be doing?

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1235.html

Enterprises are moving more and more applications to the cloud. The use of cloud computing is growing, and by 2016 this growth will increase to become the bulk of new IT spend, according to Gartner, Inc (1). 2016 will be a defining year for cloud as private cloud begins to give way to hybrid cloud, and nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.

“While the benefits of the cloud may be clear for applications that can tolerate brief periods of downtime, for mission-critical applications, such as SQL Server, Oracle and SAP, companies need a strategy for high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) protection,” said Jerry Melnick, COO of SIOS Technology Corp. “While traditional SAN-based clusters are not possible in these environments, SANless clusters can provide an easy, cost-efficient alternative.”

Jerry says that separating the truths and myths of HA and DR in cloud deployments can dramatically reduce data center costs and risks. He debunks what he says are five myths:

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature1236.html

As part of a broad effort to reinvent itself, BMC Software this week added advanced analytics capabilities to its suite of IT operations management software, while at the same time revamping its Remedy service desk software.

In addition, BMC has created a series of Smartflow Solutions that combine various BMC Software products into frameworks that make it possible to more easily manage IT at scale, while providing access to Automation Passport, a compilation of reference guides and best practices for automating IT operations.

Paul Appleby, worldwide executive vice president of sales and marketing for BMC Software, says BMC is moving to modernize its complete suite of distributed IT management offerings to make it easier to manage IT at scale in the age of cloud computing. Organizations that are increasingly relying on IT as a competitive weapon need to be able to operate IT on an industrial scale in order to successfully compete, says Appleby.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-unmasked/bmc-software-revamps-it-management-portfolio.html

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States and we enter the traditional US Flu season, companies are beginning to revisit and/or develop Pandemic Plans to address this scare.  But, Pandemic Planning is a little bit different than your standard business continuity plan development process.  I have often chastised organizations for saying they have business continuity or disaster recovery “plans” when all they really have are plans to create plans, but, in the case of pandemic planning, I think, that is actually the right approach to take.

The reason why it is so important to have well developed and relatively detailed business continuity plans, strategies and solutions in place today is that most disasters occur without warning and do not provide the luxury of time to figure out what to do after the incident occurs.  Pandemics represent an evolving threat that comes in various shapes and sizes and does afford us a luxury (if that word really applies here) to construct a response plan based on the particular pandemic that poses the threat.

The “Pandemic Influenza Risk Management / WHO Interim Guidance” published by the World Health Organization in 2013 (click here to read this document) states:

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http://safeharborconsulting.biz/blog2/2014/10/09/your-plandemic-the-plan-to-plan-plan/

As hacking attempts become more complex, governments continue to improve their cybersecurity presence through sophisticated firewalls and expanded procedures. But while high-profile data breaches have focused more state and municipal attention on cyberintrusions, a decidedly old-school problem continues to plague efforts to beef up security — communication.

With a variety of security options available, public-sector agencies often are deploying tools and using strategies that utilize different terminology and principles. These differences can lead to frustration when trying to compare cybersecurity programs and address the latest digital threats across agencies or jurisdictions. Without a standardized language, it’s difficult to gauge how strong another organization’s cybersecurity is.

To illustrate the concept, consider an advertisement for a new hotel. The hotel boasts that it has superior service, amenities and security. The only way to know that for sure, however, is for those claims to be verified. In the lodging industry, organizations like AAA visit hotels and rate them — five-star, four-star, etc. Customers then read those ratings and make a decision on where to stay based on the commonly understood vernacular.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Creating-Common-Language-Cybersecurity.html

Introducing myCOOP™ 7 Major Release

 

HERNDON, Va. – The developer of myCOOP™, one of the most advanced Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) systems in the world, is sponsoring a usability and BC software automation webinar.

There is now an answer to the age-old question of making BC software as usable as possible. Join our webinar to explore a different way to automate BC programs. Click on one of the following times to register.

Complaints abound in the industry, with four basic themes.

"Why proprietary methods instead of open standards?"

"Why can't it feel more like mass market solutions?"

"Why not treat administrators and end-users differently?"

"Why can't we use our knowledge instead of vendor details?"

Instead, we'd rather SURF, using four basic principles.

 

Standards - - open methodologies

Usability - - mass market paradigms

Roles - - differing user-specific work flows

Flexibility - - embracing client knowledge

If you can't join us, you please register for a recording.

 

ABOUT COOP SYSTEMS - - Scalable, Flexible, Reliable, Proven

COOP Systems, headquartered in Herndon, VA, is a leading provider of myCOOP, the BCM solution used by a growing list of clients globally. With a proven reputation for reliability and ability to support clients' existing BCM practices, our clients believe myCOOP is simply one of the best BCM systems in the world.

CONTACT COOP

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