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Woodinville, WA, August 14, 2012 - Quantivate, a leader in Business Continuity, Enterprise Risk Management, Vendor Management, and Information Security software, has announced the release and general availability of the Quantivate Mobile App for iOS and Android mobile devices. The Quantivate Mobile App currently complements the company’s Business Continuity module and gives users access to their business continuity plans on mobile devices.

 

“In today’s mobile work environment we understand how important it is for staff and management to stay connected and know how to react in any incident,” said Quantivate CEO Andy Vanderhoff. “Now business continuity managers can ensure their staff has access to current BC plans in any situation whether they are in the office or on-the-go,” he added.

 

The Quantivate Mobile app will enable business continuity managers to:

  • Synchronize the most current BC plans to iOS and Android devices.
  • Access the most accurate contact details for key personnel.
  • Distributing plans electronically with the click of a button.
  • Push notifications to staff to ensure they have the most up-to-date plans available.
  • Easily deploy and implement current incident management procedures and policies.
  • Respond immediately with the most up-to-date plans and incident management procedures.
  • Call phone numbers on plan call lists.

 

In addition to the current functionality of accessing business continuity plans, the company plans to continue development of the Quantivate Mobile App to complement their full suite of software modules including Enterprise Risk Management, Vendor Management, and Information Security.

 

“We are very excited about this mobile application, it will not only bring benefits to current business continuity managers, but the functionality we are adding in the near future is innovative,” said Vanderhoff. “Being able to deploy risk management, continuity, and compliance tools into the mobile workspace is game changing. Mobile integration will increase the availability of real time data reporting, inter-department collaboration, and cost savings across the enterprise.”

 

The Quantivate Mobile App is currently available to all Quantivate Business Continuity users at no additional charge. For more information visit: http://www.quantivate.com/app.php.

 

For sales information contact sales@quantivate.com.

 

About Quantivate

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Woodinville, WA, Quantivate is a leading provider of cloud-based Continuity, Risk, and Compliance software and service solutions. The company has grown to become a leading provider of software that organizations in multiple industries use to manage their continuity, risk, security, and compliance needs. The company’s full suite of software tools includes Business Continuity, Vendor Management, Enterprise Risk Management, and Information Security.

 

Toronto, Canada August 9, 2012 – eBRP Solutions, the leading provider of web-based, Business Continuity Management software has expanded its Channel Marketing Team with the recent addition of Nisar Khan as Senior Manager, Business Development. In his new role, Khan will assume concentrated responsibility for Partner and Channel relationships in the Middle East.

Khan, who had formerly been a Regional Sales Manager at AVG Technologies in Dubai, has extensive experience in the Middle East as a Sales Manager at Trend Micro in Dubai, Business Development Manager with Paramount Computer Systems in the UAE, and a Branch Manager at the Al Abbas Group (a division of IBM) in Abu Dhabi,.

“This position at eBRP Solutions is a fantastic opportunity to leverage my past experience and the goodwill established across emerging markets for the past 20 years”, said Khan. “eBRP’s award winning tools provide me the perfect platform to cultivate a loyal and engaged following of prospects, customers and top tier channel partners across the Middle Eastern market.”

eBRP has been expanding its sales and channel partner programs, with recent additions to its sales team in Australia and the UK.  “The addition of Nisar Khan to our Team provides eBRP new opportunities to work with prospective clients and partners in the rapidly emerging BCM market in the Middle East”, said eBRP Director David Gray.  “Nisar’s extensive experience working in that market will be a real benefit to both eBRP and to our future customers and partners.”

eBRP Solutions is the premier global provider of Business Continuity Management software supporting the entire BCM lifecycle.  Award-winning eBRP Suite is available as a true SaaS (Software as a Service), or can be self-hosted.  eZ-Planner is the industry’s most powerful entry-level software.  Both products give Planners all the tools needed to supercharge their BCM program.   Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, eBRP serves customers in a multitude of industries and institutions across the globe.  For more information, contact eBRP at 1-888-480-3277 or visit www.eBRP.net.

NEW YORK -- QBE is offering business owners protection all in one package.

According to QBE Senior Vice President Arne Chatterton, owners of small- to medium-sized companies may now insure their businesses and business vehicles, and provide Workers' Compensation to their employees, through QBE's FlexBiz product.

FlexBiz offers tailored rating and expanded programs – including restaurants, motels and car care – along with pricing flexibility. "FlexBiz is fully integrated with the Business Auto and Workers' Compensation rating applications," Chatterton says. "This eliminates the need to enter duplicate information and provides one central place for client information."

Intuitive and easy to navigate, the online rating system eliminates the need to enter duplicate information and provides one central place for client information.

In addition, there is no Workers' Compensation payroll limitation. The Workers' Compensation portion of the package is available in all U.S. states except for Washington.

For more information on packaged protection for business, contact John LaPorta at QBE North America, 916.872.2780.

QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top 20 insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE Insurance Group's 2011 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 52 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's.
Natick, Mass. – TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, today announced that TwinStrata CloudArray® is now available as an in-cloud gateway to support progressive organizations with cloud-based infrastructures. By enabling CloudArray to run on a growing number of cloud compute environments – IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, Rackspace, Amazon EC2 and Google (availability late Q3) – TwinStrata delivers a solution ideal for both enhancing storage infrastructures already deployed in the cloud, as well as sophisticated disaster recovery efforts.

Offered in addition to TwinStrata’s existing on-premise CloudArray options, the new in-cloud gateway platforms provide numerous benefits including:

•    Disaster recovery for on-premise applications – On-premise applications can fail over using the in-cloud gateway, a cost-effective way to recover business applications without dedicated remote infrastructure.

•    Multi-region, multi-site data replication for cloud applications – Geo-replicated cloud storage isolates data from regional outages.

•    Off-cloud replication – Options such as local block to cloud storage and replication to an external secondary cloud deliver an effective disaster strategy for in-cloud infrastructures.

•    Nearly unlimited storage capacity – CloudArray can grow or shrink capacity on demand without upgrading or downgrading cloud server instances, and can offer nearly unlimited storage on-demand to any server and any size server (up to 50PB).

•    Centralized management of cloud storage infrastructure – Consolidate and simplify storage management across multiple servers to a “SAN in the cloud,” for non-disruptive, fast, transparent, self-service access to cloud storage.

“With our expanded choice of platforms, cloud storage gateways are no longer only limited to on-premise deployment and can greatly enhance in-cloud application deployments,” said Nicos Vekiarides, chief executive officer at TwinStrata. “Whether you want to avoid the impact of cloud outages or local outages, easily and flexibly grow capacity without limits, or benefit from a centralized SAN in the cloud, CloudArray delivers trademark simplicity and enterprise-class data protection.”

Follow TwinStrata
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TwinStrata
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About TwinStrata CloudArray
CloudArray virtual or physical appliances take minutes to configure and integrate public cloud, private cloud and local or remote storage devices into flexible “Cloud SANs” that provide unlimited storage, continuous data protection, tapeless offsite backup, instant disaster recovery, and branch office storage consolidation. CloudArray appliances are available from TwinStrata with software appliances available for immediate free download at www.twinstrata.com/CloudArray-download.

About TwinStrata, Inc.
TwinStrata is an innovator in enterprise-class data storage, data protection and disaster recovery/business continuity solutions using cloud storage. With TwinStrata CloudArray®, companies of all sizes can simply and economically leverage the scalability and efficiency of cloud storage while maintaining the availability, performance and security of local storage. CloudArray software and hardware solutions support all file and operating systems, and deliver substantial advantages over traditional off-site storage solutions, including a pay-as-you-go model, unlimited elastic capacity, local performance, in-cloud snapshots and disaster recovery, dynamic caching, automated policies, AES256 encryption, and continuous access to data. For more information visit TwinStrata.com or call 508-651-0199.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections.  Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States.  This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity.

Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from three states, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August.  Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year.  Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

“It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years,” said Marc Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch.  “Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family.”

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.  Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.  Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).  About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.  People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection.  People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.  In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.  Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Scientific Inc., a
company known for creating transformative technology that
reshapes industries, introduces PureWeb(R) 3.1 to the
enterprise software market. The PureWeb platform transforms
enterprise-class desktops, workstations, and traditional
rich client-server applications into Web-enabled, mobile and
cloud-accessible applications. They can then be enabled for
real time multi-user collaboration, delivering the security
and performance, which users expect. One of the significant
enhancements in version 3.1 is a 60-day downloadable
Software Transformation Kit (STK) that allows developers to
fully test-drive the platform. Developers will be further
supported by a new online PureWeb Developer Community,
providing documentation and specs, technical support and a
community blog outlining industry trends, case studies, and
other tips on how to use PureWeb.

PureWeb has been helping software vendors and integrators
save development costs, preserve their development
investment, drive incremental revenue, and deepen user
loyalty for more than three years. Proven initially in the
medical industry, PureWeb has supported corporations in the
simulation and training, aerospace, and retail industries by
extending the reach of big data, visually rich applications
to the Web, cloud, and mobile devices, all without
compromising high security standards.

Other 3.1 enhancements include:

Flex client STK - new options for deploying any application
to devices using Flash(R), including the option to utilize
the Adobe(R) Flash Builder product to create "write once"
applications for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. This
is in addition to existing native support for iOS, Android
and other mobile platforms.

Acetate functionality - ability to direct the attention of
remote participants with either a mouse or ink -- further
enhancing user collaboration capabilities announced last
year.

Unicode Support - improved support for applications using
any language in international deployments, making global
software expansion easier.

"The PureWeb platform brings tremendous value to legacy
applications and applications that haven't even been
developed yet," says Glen Lehmann, Vice President of
Products at Calgary Scientific. "In the enterprise software
world, if you aren't mobilized and capable of operating in
the cloud, you are lagging the marketplace. Industry is
aggressively seeking solutions to mobilizing big data
applications without compromising security, and PureWeb
uniquely solves those issues with its patented architecture.
PureWeb is a proven path to more revenue and reduced costs
and now we are delivering it in ways that make it even
easier for developers. PureWeb is also the most potent
weapon in the software arsenal for developers looking to
come out on top in the ever-growing collaboration capability
battle."

Visit the Developer Site at:
http://www.developer.getpureweb.com/.

About Calgary Scientific Inc.

Calgary Scientific is dedicated to providing advanced
Web-enablement, mobility and visualization solutions for
industries looking for secure access to their data or
graphics intensive applications, while using their existing
systems. Calgary Scientific began developing technology for
the medical industry -- a sector with the most rigorous
demands for access, visually rich data, privacy, security
and scale. With our FDA-cleared ResolutionMD(TM) technology,
we have proved our ability to revolutionize healthcare, and
now with the unique power of the PureWeb(R) software
platform, we are doing the same for other industries. For
more information on Calgary Scientific, go to
http://www.calgaryscientific.com or
http://www.getpureweb.com. Or follow us on Twitter at
@calsci and @getpureweb.


Herndon, VA, August 2, 2012 | New, advanced methods to create Business Continuity Management (BCM) hierarchies is the theme of a new White Paper from COOP Systems, now available at the COOP Systems web site. The subject covers how to create an organized BCM system using a visible, predictable, modular process.

In recent years, COOP Systems has developed an advanced design and deployment approach with the following three steps:

Formation - - creating the initial organizational BCM template(s) at the headquarters site, with all static and dynamic data identified and tested in a rapidly created production prototype.

Replication - - using the tested template(s) to automatically create additional sites in the organizational hierarchy, with all data flows and security established.

Reporting - - using business intelligence concepts to create reports using data held in resource tables and other sources.

"Older methods to build a BCM system have had problems" said Chris Alvord, CEO of COOP Systems. "Taking a repository direction means limitations on managing structured data and updating plans. A data modeling approach can have issues associated with long timelines, lack of visibility, and risk of an incomplete design."


"Our deployment methods have been developed and tested with our clients to allow rapid prototyping, followed by a step-by-step automated process for a production build."

ABOUT COOP SYSTEMS - - 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, COOP Systems' clients believe myCOOP is simply the best BCM software in the world.



“I’m Safe” feature lets people alert their loved ones with a push of a button

Eastern NC, August 1, 2012 — The American Red Cross today launched its official Hurricane App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit hurricane prone areas.

This free app is the second in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Building on the Red Cross’ leadership in the social media space, the app also includes a number of features that allow people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it.

“We want everyone to be to be ready for hurricanes,” said Bill Brent, Regional CEO for the Eastern NC Region. “The Red Cross Hurricane App allows people to receive and spread emergency information and to share their own status with friends and loved ones through social networks, anywhere, anytime.”

The launch of the Red Cross hurricane app comes just before what is traditionally the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. Features of the app include:

• One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
• Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks;
• Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
• Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
• Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
• Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
• Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
• Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The app enables people across the country to receive alerts for locations in areas where they like to vacation or where loved ones live, giving peace of mind to travelers, people who winter in warmer climates, and those with elderly relatives or college students in coastal areas.

National Red Cross experts in health, safety, and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.

The Hurricane App follows the recently released Red Cross First Aid App which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in just six weeks. Testimonials and positive reviews have shown how dozens of people already have used the app to help in real-life situations.
The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Google Play Store for Android and Apple App Store by searching for American Red Cross. Users can also have the links sent in a text message to their phone by dialing **REDCROSS. Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.

Boston – Zerto today announces the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 2.0, building on the industry’s first disaster recovery solution developed to protect tier-one applications in virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The new version of Zerto’s award-winning software boasts several advanced features, including enhanced scalability, management and automation as well as the ability to replicate to and from multiple data centers.

“The launch of Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 into the marketplace has the power to change the way replication is conducted in the enterprise,” said Ziv Kedem, CEO and co-founder of Zerto. “The new features complete the product vision we’ve had since launching the company last year, adding advanced replication features and support for public and private cloud implementations that are not available in any other DR product on the market.”

 

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 builds on the company’s award-winning hypervisor-based replication technology -- the only disaster recovery solution created specifically to work within virtual environments while maintaining all of the advanced replication features of an enterprise-class solution. ZVR 2.0 is also the first DR solution built specifically to work in private, public and hybrid cloud environments, and is fully integrated with VMware vCloud Director.

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0’s new features include:

 

·         Multi-site Replication, Protection and Migration: Enables the protection of data and applications in the main data center and also at branch offices. Workloads can be replicated from any site to any other site, and automatically recovered within minutes. Replication is also possible from many sites to one shared infrastructure, significantly reducing the cost of the BC/DR Solution.

 

·         Extended Protection and Recovery: ZVR now includes offsite cloning and backup. Companies can create a copy of VMs on the replication site for testing, backup or development, with no impact on the production environment. Additionally, the ZVR journal can now store up to five days of data, providing more options for failover, especially in the case of data corruption.

 

·         Improved Application-Aware and Virtual-Aware Replication: Features include automated updates of VMware vApp changes and support for VM boot order, ensuring successful recovery of complex applications.

 

·         Enhanced Reporting and Management: One installation of ZVR 2.0 gives complete visibility into BC/DR processes across locations and departments. New Recovery Time Objective (RTO) reports document actual results of BC/DR tests.

 

·         Cloud-ready Features such as VMware vCloud Director integration enable centralized management and fully automated failover and testing in the vCloud. Additional features include cloud management reports and infrastructure masking.

 

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 is available to both new and existing Zerto enterprise customers, many of whom are already in the process of implementing 2.0 features into their data centers.

 

Zerto also last week announced the Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery Ecosystem (ZCE), featuring more than 30 founding Cloud Service Providers offering Cloud BC/DR services powered by Zerto [http://bit.ly/PU9GEk]. Members of the ecosystem provide ZVR 2.0’s new cloud-ready features, meeting the data protection, replication and recovery needs of companies that are either building out private clouds or looking to protect applications they have deployed in the public cloud.

 

About Zerto

Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto won Best of Show at VMworld 2011, as well as 2011 Product of the Year Gold Award. Zerto Virtual Replication is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-one applications, replacing traditional array-based BC/DR solutions that were not built to deal with the virtual paradigm. For more information, please visit: www.zerto.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- A month from now the city of
Tampa is expecting to host one the largest events the city
has ever taken on, the 2012 Republican National Convention.
With the main events occurring in the downtown area, local
downtown businesses are being suggested to stay out of
downtown and to work at home if possible. Addressing the
need for businesses to work remotely during the RNC,
Tampa-based Infinity Computer Solutions is offering a
temporary VoIP phone service and remote computer connection
to enable employees to work from locations away from the
congestion of the convention.

The solution allows employees to do everything remotely that
they can do from work, such as accessing computer files,
communicating via company phone numbers and working through
a company desktop system. Normally, ICS, a fast-growing
provider of TeleVoIPs hosted VoIP phone solutions and
business IT services, does long-term agreements with
clients, but felt this would be an opportunity to help
companies while having more people learn about the power of
its services.

"We have found that employees appreciate the flexibility of
working from home in general, but our company wanted to make
sure the community knew there were options during a time
when some people are nervous to go into the surrounding
downtown area. Our current clients of our TeleVoIPs service
are already prepared for the RNC," said Grant Baxley of ICS.

The RNC expects up to 50,000 people to be in town and in the
downtown area. Traffic congestion with the amount of people
in Tampa will be a challenge, and business owners have no
choice but to prepare for the logistical challenges they are
about to face.

Caveda Law Firm, which is located in the downtown area, has
chosen to utilize both the TeleVoIPs service and remote
connectivity offering for its six employees. "Transitioning
from our old system was a smooth process and our employees
have relaxed, knowing they will not have to be near the
convention next month," said David Caveda, owner of the
firm.

Infinity Computer Solutions has been saving companies time
and money since 2004. ICS gives peace of mind to companies
by providing offsite disaster recovery solutions and managed
services. Through an "over-deliver" mentality, ICS provides
businesses with innovative products for phone and computer
systems. ICS and TeleVoIPs services provide options for
ideal business continuity planning that protect businesses
during large events such as the RNC, but also secure
businesses in the case of hurricanes or natural disasters.

About Infinity Computer Solutions

Infinity Computer Solutions (ICS) has been in the Tampa area
since 2004 and was named one of the Top 25 Managed Service
providers in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. To
learn more about the RNC opportunity, visit
www.televoips.com or call (813)-425-1192.

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