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Group-Photo-with-shovelsASHBURN, Va. – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties celebrated the start of construction of Intergate.Ashburn – a 900,000-square-foot data center campus -- with its “Going Vertical” groundbreaking event this week. Attending the ceremony were (L. to R.)

Jeff Kanne, President, National Real Estate Advisors; Ron Paul, Chairman of EagleBank; Ken Gray, SVP, Commercial Real Estate of EagleBank; John Sabey, President, Sabey Data Centers; Kevin Verdi, Managing Director, Investments, National Real Estate Advisors; Patty Sewell, Senior Vice President Finance Corporate Treasurer & Secretary, Sabey Corp.; Buddy Rizer, Executive Director, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development; Ron Meyer, Jr., Supervisor, Loudoun County; Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola; Suzanne Volpe, Supervisor, Loudoun County; Rob Rockwood, Senior Vice President, Eastern Region, Sabey Data Centers; Dave Sabey, President, Sabey Corporation; and Tony Marquez, Executive VP/Chief Real Estate Lending Officer, EagleBank.

About Sabey Data Centers

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the oldest and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabey.com

After Volkswagen admitted designing software that provided false emissions data in order to appear compliant with emissions standards, many questions were raised about the culture of the company. The scandal also highlighted the difficulties in locating risk across an organization.

The resignation of Volkswagen’s CEO further illustrates how difficult it is to run an organization from an ethical perspective.

With a multinational company as large as Volkswagen, it is inherently tough to keep an eye on every single aspect of the business. It is, therefore, impossible that a senior Volkswagen executive could have known everything about the engine emissions testing process.



What is encryption?

Encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a “key”. The result of the process is encrypted information. In many contexts, the word encryption also implicitly refers to the reverse process, decryption (e.g. “software for encryption” can typically also perform decryption), to make the encrypted information readable again (i.e. to make it unencrypted).



The grass is green. The days are longer. The school year is over, or winding down. It’s the time of year many people begin thinking about summer vacations.

Business continuity professionals are, of course, no exception.

So, how can you, a person responsible for mission critical resiliency plans and emergency notification programs, really relax (at least a little) on your upcoming vacation? Here are a few helpful tips for dealing with your notification process now, before you pack your Speedos and sunscreen.



When you start to evaluate emergency notification system vendors, you’ll need to narrow in on your organization’s specific needs. Which features matter the most? And are they easy to use? As you’re looking for a vendor to best fit your emergency notification requirements, be on the lookout for these seven must-have features that will make your communications easier.



Damage to a company’s reputation can come from so many different crises. Consider Chipotle, which is struggling to bounce back from multiple health scares. Or Target, whose customers questioned the security of its payment systems following its devastating data breach. Or Volkswagen, a company that is struggling to maintain its image in the wake of its falsified emissions tests.

Your organization likely has a crisis response plan to help employees get through any number of emergencies. But will your plan also protect your company’s reputation? Here are a few ways to ensure that your organization keeps its good name, even in the face of a crisis:



ROSEMONT, Ill. – LaSalle Solutions, a leading provider of technology lifecycle management services, announced today that it has renewed its Cisco Specializations for Advanced Collaboration Architecture, Advanced Data Center Architecture and Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture. These specializations recognize that LaSalle has again fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, design and deploy comprehensive Cisco solutions for the Collaboration, Data Center and Enterprise Networks Architectures.

As a Cisco Advanced Specialization partner, LaSalle Solutions has invested in the training required to deliver differentiated business value through the foundation of the Collaboration, Data Center and Enterprise Networks Architectures. Cisco Advanced Specialization Partners work with new and existing technologies to align components of these architectures with their customers' strategic goals, helping transform business processes, boost organizational efficiency and accelerate the time to market.

"We are proud to once again receive Cisco Specializations in the Advanced Collaboration, Data Center and Enterprise Networks Architectures," said Steven Robb, president of the solutions group at LaSalle Solutions. "These specializations show our continued dedication to providing customers with the connection, collaboration and data center tools they need to meet the needs of their organizations."

About LaSalle Solutions

Founded in 1980, LaSalle Solutions is a leading provider of IT lifecycle management services for technology and capital assets. These services include acquisition and financing, asset management, maintenance contracts management, remarketing and disposition. LaSalle Solutions' processes, outstanding customer service and powerful, market-leading cloud-based toolset, LAMP, enable customers to more economically and effectively manage and plan to meet their goals.

LaSalle Solutions is a subsidiary of MB Financial Bank, N.A., a commercial bank headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. MB Financial, Inc. is the publicly traded holding company for MB Financial Bank, N.A. and is traded on the NASDAQ as "MBFI."

For more information on LaSalle Solutions, please visit www.elasalle.com and www.YouTube.com/LaSalleSolutions.

LaSalle Solutions and LAMP are registered trademarks of LaSalle Solutions in the United States. Cisco, the Cisco logo and Cisco TelePresence are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at http://www.cisco.com/go/trademarks.

Opengear Customers Can Now Leverage Verizon Private Networks for Secure LTE-Based Out-of-Band Deployments

SANDY, Utah – Opengear (www.opengear.com), a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, today announced that the Resilience Gateway is now certified by Verizon, having been tested and approved for use across the Verizon Wireless Private Network. With this certification, the Resilience Gateway joins Opengear's previously certified IM7200-LV Infrastructure Manager. Opengear's IM7200-LMV is currently in the certification process, with completion also expected in Q2, 2016.

The Verizon Wireless Private Network gives businesses a segregated private network for connecting their mobile devices - with private data kept separate from public traffic via a direct connection to a company's internal network. Doing so allows a company to completely control access to and from this private network. Combined with Opengear's Resilience Gateway, businesses have the power to quickly implement secure out-of-band management networks with LTE speeds. This provides a significant advantage to any business concerned with securing data, especially those in the financial sector or among enterprises where isolating data greatly reduces data security risks.

The award-winning Resilience Gateway enables comprehensive access, monitoring, and control of distributed networks and remote sites, granting businesses the critical remote, secure management and remediation capabilities they need to ensure the uptime and resilience of their private network connectivity. The Resilience Gateway's built-in Smart OOB™ technology gives IT administrators a remote management solution with total control of all essential network devices through secure cellular-based out-of-band access. Smart OOB includes the ability to automatically detect and recover from common issues that cause network outages (with the intelligence to identify threats like device misconfiguration and lock up), and to repair any faults before those issues lead to network downtime. The Resilience Gateway also features Opengear's embedded Failover to Cellular™ capabilities. Failover to Cellular provides fully transparent failover and failback through the use of IP Passthrough technology, so that even primary Internet connection failures do not create interruptions in network access.

With the Resilience Gateway's new certification, users of the Verizon Wireless Private Network now have a powerful option for safeguarding connectivity and performing remote management of their secure network infrastructure. The Resilience Gateway also assists network administrators through physical sensors that monitor environmental conditions at remote locations, either by proactively sending alerts or responding automatically when dangers such as extreme temperatures, water, or physical tampering arise. The safety of these network systems is bolstered by military-grade security and authentication measures.

"The ability to rapidly build and deploy LTE-speed out-of-band management networks is a game changer for businesses where network security and accessibility are chief concerns," said Todd Atherton, Carrier Sales Manager, Americas, Opengear. "We're proud to offer the Resilience Gateway as a rigorously tested and certified solution for use across the Verizon Wireless Private Network, and one that is highly capable of meeting the network uptime and business continuity needs of the companies that rely upon our technology. "

The Verizon-certified Resilience Gateway is available now, starting at $1015 per unit.

About Opengear

Founded in 2004, Opengear delivers next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure. Opengear's solutions, featuring embedded Smart OOB™ technology, equip our customers' networks with intelligent automation and bulletproof resilience, enabling them to optimize technical operations and secure business continuity. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with a manufacturing facility in Utah, R&D operations in Australia and sales offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. For more information, please visit www.opengear.com.


With Year-Over-Year Sales Growing, iXsystems Commands an Ever-Expanding Share of the Enterprise Storage Market

SAN JOSE, Calif. – iXsystems, an industry leader in enterprise storage and servers driven by Open Source, announced that in 2015 it experienced a doubling of unit shipments and a growth in revenue of 50% for the second consecutive year. Over the last two years storage shipments have more than doubled and storage under management has grown to over half an exabyte.

Key to this growth is iXsystems' position as a vendor that challenges both legacy and start-up competitors in the storage industry. Since shipping its first TrueNAS enterprise storage array in 2011, thousands of customers around the world have turned to iXsystems for TrueNAS arrays, including HEALTHCAREfirst in Springfield MO, the General Atomics-operated DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego CA, 1stAveMachine in New York City NY, and The Mullard Space Science Laboratory of University College London in the UK. In 2015, iXsystems significantly expanded its reseller channel in response to the rising customer demand across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

"We are not another storage startup; we have 20 years of experience building data center solutions for some of the largest and most forward-thinking companies in the world. Many of our competitors need to put short-term goals ahead of customer success because they've received venture capital and are under pressure by those investors to bring fast returns. In contrast, iXsystems has been self-directed and self-funded from the start, meaning we can put long term customer success as our first priority and have built our reputation by doing just that," said Brett Davis, Executive Vice President of iXsystems. "Over the past year we grew our customer base by more than 100 percent and our revenue grew by more than 50 percent. So far in 2016, we are already well poised to surpass our goals in new client acquisition, revenue, and company growth to make this yet another banner year. We want to thank our customers for our record-setting growth in the midst of the current churn throughout the enterprise storage industry."

The iXsystems data storage product line uses the trusted OpenZFS storage platform in solutions that meet the needs of home and enterprise users alike. Our solutions stair-step from the compact and efficient FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL systems aimed for home and small office users, through the rack-mountable FreeNAS Certified systems, and up to the enterprise-class TrueNAS systems. iXsystems has storage solutions available to meet nearly any customer need from a few terabytes to multiple petabytes of data and full-rack data center server solutions tailored for web-scale, virtualization, big data, private cloud, and virtually any enterprise business need.

To learn more about iXsystems storage or to obtain a no-risk quote on a TrueNAS configuration, visit www.iXsystems.com, email sales@iXsystems.com, or call us at 1-855-GREP-4-IX.

About iXsystems:

By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove client service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Emerging Risk: the Internet

We think of the Internet as a borderless entity, but that could all change, according to an annual emerging risk report from Swiss Re.

The publication is based on the SONAR process, an internal crowdsourcing tool that collects inputs and feedback from underwriters, client managers, risk experts and others to identify, assess and manage emerging risks.

Increased localization of internet networks within country borders is one of the key emerging risks that industry players should prepare for, the report suggests.



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