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2014 MarketScape is fourth analyst report to commend Trellis platform capabilities

 

Huntsville, Ala.Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced that it has been recognized in the “Leaders” category in IDC's new vendor assessment and market analysis profiling data center infrastructure management (DCIM) providers in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region.

The study, IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) Datacenter Infrastructure Management Solution 2014 Vendor Assessment (doc #AP250842, October 2014), uses the IDC MarketScape methodology to provide an assessment of 10 vendors participating in the DCIM market. IDC’s analysis, which includes buyer perceptions, recognizes Emerson’s wide range of DCIM offerings, its flexible business model and strong go-to-market capabilities. Furthermore, Emerson’s Trellis™ platform is commended as a robust and flexible platform that can support enterprise businesses of all sizes.

“Emerson has implemented a successful, forward-looking strategy to grow this business in the APEJ region by helping its customers derive value from the investments in data centers and DCIM solutions,” said Simon Piff, associate vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure Team, IDC Asia/Pacific. “The company also has a strong customer service organization in the region to help customers seamlessly transition to and quickly realize the value of DCIM.”

“The inclusion in IDC's MarketScape report confirms our continued leadership in the global DCIM marketplace and is further evidence that Emerson offers flexible solutions that immediately help our customers reduce risk and become more efficient,” said Wesley Lim, director of DCIM business in Asia, Emerson Network Power. “As we continue to educate the global market on the benefits of DCIM for IT and facilities, we are thrilled that this IDC report validates our APEJ strategy.”

The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) 2013 Vendor Analysis (doc #241280, May 2013) also positioned Emerson in the “Leaders” category.

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s DCIM solutions, please visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/Trellis.

By Sue Poremba

Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand.

Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Bring Your Own Device (such as when a company allows its employees to use their personally-owned phones, laptops, and other devices to access the network for work purposes), security professionals see it as Bring Your Own Disaster and the beginning of a security nightmare.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2015/01/15/what-9-cyber-security-buzzwords-and-jargon-terms-really-mean/

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Less than twelve months ago the UK suffered severe flooding in many parts of the country and this is not an infrequent occurrence. During the last five years over half (51%) of businesses have experienced some form of damage through floods, wind and thunderstorms alone and this can often prove costly. The situation could be further exacerbated within smaller organizations as a new study has shown that 46% of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) haven’t considered a business continuity plan to carry on trading or mitigate losses.

There are nearly five million SMBs in the UK and each one risks suffering on average £38,311 worth of damage because of the elements. As a result, the potential cost to the economy could be as high as £86 billion. Weather chaos means small businesses could also lose over three working days (26 hours) of staff time.

Weather is a threat to many organizations, so much so that in the Business Continuity Institute’s Horizon Scan report, adverse weather came fourth in a list of potential threats with 57% of respondents to a survey expressing either concern or extreme concern at the possibility of their organization suffering a disruption as a result.

The findings come from a survey of 1,000 SMBs conducted by Towergate Insurance and designed to ascertain the impact of bad and unexpected weather on the UK’s mass of smaller firms. The nationwide survey also reveals 43% of UK SMBs either simply do not have cover or do not know whether they are covered in the event of serious bad weather.

Commenting on the findings, James Tugendhat of Towergate Direct, said: “Small businesses are a vital part of the UK economy and can’t afford to lose money due to the unpredictable British weather. Whilst the good old British weather has become a joke, losing large sums of money or business days due to damage is no laughing matter. Making sure businesses are aware of the risks bad weather poses and how to mitigate against it means SMBs can be guaranteed peace of mind and get back to the business of business.”

http://www.thebci.org/index.php/about/news-room#/news/46-of-smbs-haven-t-considered-a-business-continuity-plan-102521

Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Global Risks 2015

The World Economic Forum has published its annual look ahead at the risks that are likely to dominate in the coming years.

The biggest threat to the stability of the world in the next 10 years comes from the risk of international conflict, according to the 10th edition of the World Economic Forum Global Risks report.

The report, which every year features an assessment by experts on the top global risks in terms of likelihood and potential impact over the coming 10 years, finds interstate conflict with regional consequences as the number one global risk in terms of likelihood, and the fourth most serious risk in terms of impact.

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http://www.continuitycentral.com/news07501.html

All business in a competitive market is risk-based, whether or not enterprises admit it. Positive risk indicates opportunities. Negative risk points to the need to take measures to avoid, transfer or mitigate that risk. Banks are a case in point, with risk analysis at the heart of their daily activities as they continually calculate the probabilities of profitability in investments and loans. For enterprises in other sectors, risk may be less in the spotlight, but no less important. All companies need good disaster recovery and business continuity management for instance. Both depend on properly assessing risks and their impact. So how can you tell if senior management is taking risk management seriously?

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/are-company-boards-taking-risk-management-seriously/

It’s a near daily occurrence for most enterprises—a laptop or server becomes obsolete or unusable. But often the most important step is forgotten before a new media is brought in. How do you ensure that the old device is cleansed of all usable traces of important data before it is disposed of?

Many organizations have internal procedures for disposing of technology, and those steps include wiping hard drives of data or restoring a device to its original status before use. But does this alone ensure that no discernible traces of private data are left on the media? Are there ways to absolutely be sure that the organization’s confidential information has been completely and absolutely removed? Or is there a level of data removal that may not be complete, but is acceptable?

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-tools/organizations-need-proper-procedures-for-data-cleansing-of-old-media.html

Thursday, 15 January 2015 00:00

Mapping for Ebola: A Collaborative Effort

Map of Africa

One of the difficulties faced by teams responding to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is identifying individuals and communities residing in remote areas. Existing maps of these regions either do not exist or are inadequate or outdated. This means that basic data like location of houses, buildings, villages, and roads are not easily accessible, and case finding and contact tracing can be extremely difficult.

To help aid the outbreak response effort, volunteers from around the world are using an open-source online mapping platform called OpenStreetMap (OSM) to create detailed maps and map data of  Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and parts of Mali.

Person mapping at a computer

Commonly referred to as “Wikipedia for maps,” OSM is working toward the goal of making a map of the world that is freely available to anyone who wants to use it. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that represents a subset of the OSM community. HOT’s mission is to use OSM data and tools to help prepare and respond to humanitarian disasters. Because OSM data is available for free download anywhere in the world, volunteer mappers generate data that are useful not only to CDC but also to other agencies involved in the Ebola response, such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF), International Red Cross (IRC), and World Health Organization.

Mappers frequently use satellite images to identify villages, houses, paths, and other details that were previously unmapped. The U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) is supporting HOT and OSM by creating the MapGive.org website, which provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to begin mapping very quickly. Personnel in CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) are coordinating with HIU and HOT to support and promote volunteer mapping in affected West African areas where CDC teams are currently working.

Members of Emory’s Student Outbreak and Response Team (SORT) are some of these volunteer mappers. SORT is a graduate student organization that collaborates with CDC and provides hands-on training in outbreak response and emergency preparedness. Ryan Lash, a mapping scientist in DGMQ’s Travelers’ Health Branch, initially contacted SORT for help in August as the number of Ebola cases in West Africa continued to rise. He has since provided two workshops for SORT members, taught a small number of CDC staff, and trained students at the University of Georgia.

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In the 8 months that HOT has been mapping countries with Ebola outbreaks, more than 2,500 volunteers have mapped more than 750,000 buildings and hundreds of kilometers of roads, resulting in detailed maps of affected West African communities. Not only do these maps help first responders and other organizations around the world, they also contribute to the national information infrastructure essential to the recovery and rebuilding of affected regions. The value of OSM was highlighted especially well during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, after which the U.S. State Department decided to promote volunteer mapping as a way for the general public to get involved in humanitarian emergencies.

Volunteer mapping in OSM for HOT can be done by anyone. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and the time and willingness to learn. Find out more about how you can help here: Learn to MapExternal Web Site Icon

With the arrival of Ebola in the U.S. came public fear, widespread misinformation, and the ever-present danger of contamination and contagion. While the cases have been isolated, the threat of the virus required state and local leaders to assume unprecedented leadership and extreme diplomacy in dealing with the public, the medical community, and even medical suppliers and contractors, who balked at handling blood samples, soiled linens and hospital waste out of fear of the virus.

But when a virus like Ebola hits a jurisdiction, there is a hefty fiscal price as well. In Texas, Dallas County was the first U.S. locality to deal with the sudden challenge of an outbreak. The impact on the budget was not inconsequential. It cost the county a quarter of a million dollars to gut and decontaminate the one small apartment of the nation’s first Ebola victim, Thomas Eric Duncan -- part of the approximately $1 million the county expended in the first weeks of the crisis.

Unlike with some contagions, the unknowns with Ebola could constitute the gravest challenge. There are surprising gaps in scientists’ knowledge about the virus, including the time it can survive in different environments outside the body. That is information vital to EMTs, solid waste departments, hospitals and clinics, and public and private water and wastewater systems -- as well as public transportation agencies.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Ebola-Scare-Highlights-Uncertain-Costs-Pandemic.html

Forecasting what the IT security landscape will look like in the year ahead has become an annual technology tradition, and following 2014 as the Year of the Data Breach, I think anyone could make a fairly accurate guess as to what the major trend of the New Year will be: more data breaches.

Forty-three percent of organizations reported a data breach in the past year, a figure that Forrester predicts will rise up to 60% in 2015. And it’s not just the frequency of breaches that we will see escalate in the year ahead, but also that malware will be increasingly difficult to dismantle. P2P, darknet and tor communications will become more prevalent, and forums selling malware and stolen data will retreat further into hidden corners of the Internet in an attempt to avoid infiltration.

By now, it is no longer a matter of if your business is going to be breached, but when. The last thing any organization needs as we enter another year of risk, is a blind side. The good news, though, is that there are ways to prevent them if we act immediately.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/new-year-resolutions-for-better-enterprise-security/

Data protection leader revolutionizes backup and recovery performance and makes cloud adoption more affordable than ever

 

BURLINGTON, Mass. – Unitrendstoday unveiled the next generation of its Recovery-Seriesfamily of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs). With its new portfolio, which includes 11 models that scale from 1 terabyte (TB) to 97 TB of raw storage, Unitrends sets a new standard in backup and recovery performance with tiered flash storage and makes cloud adoption much more affordable for companies of all sizes.

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Tiered Flash Storage Boosts Performance

With the release of the next-generation Recovery-Series family, Unitrends becomes the data protection industry’s price/performance leader. The company is bringing the value of flash storage, at new unprecedented price points, to its Recovery-Series appliances ranging from 1U and above. Tiered flash storage delivers improved backup performance, faster restore and disaster recovery processes, and greater scalability and flexibility. Additionally, customers now have the ability to implement policies around flash cache usage to optimize performance as data grows and prevent performance degradation, even as appliances age.

In addition to tiered flash storage, Unitrends has made a number of product enhancements that drive superior performance, including upgrades to the hardware’s central processing unit (CPU), advancements in its memory and RAID, and improvements in compression capabilities. The result is unrivaled backup and disaster recovery performance both locally and in the cloud, including:

  • A 300 percent improvement in backup processing time
  • A 300 percent improvement in recovery point objectives (RPOs)
  • A 125 percent improvement in recovery time objectives (RTOs)
  • A 200 percent improvement in local archiving

“Leveraging SSD for tiered flash storage in purpose-built backup appliances will increase performance and potentially give Unitrends an edge in performance-intensive use cases,” said Dave Simpson, senior analyst, storage, 451 Research. “With its new appliances, Unitrends also made cost improvements and added features, including increased capacity using 6 TB enterprise drives, hardware RAID, and integrated archive and cloud, allowing companies to focus on their business, not their backup or recovery performance.”

 

Affordable Cloud Adoption

The Unitrends Recovery-Series family now caters to organizations of all sizes – from small businesses and remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations to large enterprises. The product line features three new low-cost physical appliances for small businesses and two new 3U form factor appliances, along with a 4U model, for enterprises with high-volume storage needs. Small businesses with a modest IT budget can purchase the Recovery-201 desktop appliance, which is priced at approximately $1,200, or the Recovery-602 or Recovery-603 1U half-height rack appliances, which start around $4,000. Companies with large storage requirements can choose from two new 3U appliances – the Recovery-933S, which includes 37 TB of raw storage, or the Recovery-936S, featuring 73 TB of raw storage – or the 4U 943S appliance with 97 TB of raw storage.

Additionally, Unitrends is making hybrid cloud adoption more affordable than ever by offering its No Limits Cloud™ service to Recovery-Series customers at price points suitable for entry-level companies. The No Limits Cloud replication service, along with the company’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering, comprise the Unitrends Cloud, which is augmented with Recovery Assurance for vSphere™ and Hyper-V® environments.

“Unitrends is revolutionizing the PBBA market once again with our third-generation Recovery-Series family,” said Mark Campbell, chief marketing and technology officer at Unitrends. “These flash-enabled devices are built from the ground up to handle the increasing demands of administrators coping with growing virtual and physical data volumes, compressed backup and recovery windows, and the incorporation of the hybrid cloud.”

 

Pricing and Availability

Unitrends next-generation Recovery-Series appliances are available now and can be purchased direct or through the channel. Pricing varies by appliance. For a limited time, customers can save up to 20 percent on select 2015 Recovery-Series appliances and obtain free hardware refreshes for life. For more information on this promotion, which ends March 27, 2015, please visit: www.unitrends.com/landing/nexgen.

Unitrends is leading the industry in investment protection by offering a unique “hardware forever pledge,” which gives customers a free hardware upgrade every three years when they purchase at least a three-year support contract. The Recovery-Series Pledge program gives customers peace of mind that they’ll receive the latest technology and benefit from greater capacity to support rapid data growth over the years.

Unitrends’ Recovery-Series appliances and cloud services are backed by an award-winning support team, which boasts a customer satisfaction rating exceeding 98 percent. For more information on the Unitrends Recovery-Series family, please visit: www.unitrends.com/products/physical-appliances/recovery-series

 

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.