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“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.
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 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
"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
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.
Dallas – DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading custom data center and colocation provider based in Dallas, announced the completion of their SSAE 16 audit and were provided their SOC 1 Type II (Service Organization Controls) report for the company’s Downtown Dallas data center facilities.
The SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) audit, is an attestation standard that establishes the requirements and guidelines for reporting on controls. The audit includes comprehensive requirements and processes for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures meant to enhance DataBank’s data center environment and physical security.
By engaging in the SSAE 16 audit DataBank ensures that customers have a move-in-ready reliable and secure environment. The provided standards confirm that DataBank adheres to strict requirements for infrastructure and data security. In addition the report helps client organizations to manage their own risk and improve overall business performance.
“The audit process is a rigorous but necessary annual event for our staff,” said Tim Moore, CEO of DataBank. “Although intensive, the end result affirms our commitment to providing DataBank clientele with the highest standards of security for their equipment.”
In addition to the facilities in Downtown Dallas, DataBank also intends to apply the same standards audits at the company’s newest data center facility, which is currently under construction in North Dallas and slated to open in late 2012. To learn more about DataBank, the company facilities, compliance standards, and the company’s complete suite of service solutions, please visit the corporate website at www.databank.com.
About DataBankDallas-based DataBank, is a leading provider of highly secure and reliable custom data center services for enterprise and cloud providers with 100% uptime availability for their data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities, which incorporate multi-homed internet access hubs, and multi-terabyte storage area networks. For additional information on DataBank, please visit www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.
Launched in 2011, TMS RamSan-70 products have already been adopted by a broad variety of customers in healthcare, banking, e-commerce, and many other industries. Industry-leading bootability further minimizes complexity in such business-critical systems. Newly bootable RamSan-70 products are available with up to 900 GB of SLC Flash storage capacity and capable of 1.5 million I/Os per second (IOPS), 2.5 GB/s of bandwidth, and 30-60 microsecond latency. Bootability is available with the purchase of all new RamSan-70 PCIe storage systems, or as a firmware update with no hardware replacement necessary for existing RamSan-70 PCIe storage customers.
“Customers have been enjoying industry-leading performance from our PCIe Flash storage systems for over three years, and now with this firmware upgrade, we can allow large-scale customers to simplify and consolidate everything around Flash,” said Dan Scheel, TMS President. “No other native PCIe Flash storage vendor offers this functionality. The ability to boot directly from a PCIe Flash card without resorting to legacy disk interfaces is a game-changing advancement that delivers the best in-server solid state storage experience available on the market today.”
The new functionality supports 64-bit x86-compatible computers that implement Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.1 or later, including most recent servers from all major manufacturers. Supported operating systems include most Linux distributions, with Windows and VMware support expected by the end of the quarter.
About Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (http://RamSan.com) designs and builds solid state storage systems that accelerate demanding enterprise applications. Its award-winning RamSan product line, known as The World’s Fastest Storage®, has continually delivered fast, reliable, and economical solutions to a broad range of enterprise and government clients around the world. Since its founding in 1978, all product design and manufacturing has taken place at Texas Memory Systems facilities in Houston, Texas, allowing Texas Memory Systems to meet the highest standards of engineering excellence and product quality.
Redlands, Calif. — Esri announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to assist public and private agencies and communities around the world during disasters. Microsoft will display Esri public information maps on its cloud-based Disaster Response Incident Portal, as well as point citizens to the maps via its online outlets, such as MSN and Bing. Esri's ArcGIS integration within a number of Microsoft's disaster response management solutions will provide governments and leading aid organizations with a more comprehensive set of tools to address key challenges.
Esri and Microsoft unveiled the alliance during the Esri International User Conference at the San Diego Convention Center in California.
"Esri is excited to work with Microsoft because of its world-leading software and services," says Russ Johnson, global director of disaster response for Esri. "This alliance leverages the strengths of both companies. The first phase involves using our technologies to support affected organizations and provide public information faster and in a more intuitive web map format during crises."
"The ability to include Esri intelligent, interactive web maps with Microsoft's suite of disaster response offerings increases our ability to assist government agencies and private citizens," says Harmony Mabrey, senior operations manager, Microsoft Disaster Response. "Both responders and citizens will have access to a more detailed level of knowledge about the impacts of a disaster, enabling them to make more informed decisions."
These growing efforts will exponentially increase situational awareness and information sharing during disasters.
Benefits include the following:
- Rapid data dissemination to targeted audiences and the general public during a disaster
- Better situational awareness through Esri and Microsoft technologies for critical decision support
- More information management resource availability for governments and leading response organizations through the combined efforts of Esri and Microsoft
About Microsoft Corporate Citizenship
Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.
ASHTEAD, UK – BridgeHead Software today announced that its Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution successfully passed the European Connectathon for Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) in Bern, Switzerland.
During the course of the Connectathon, over 2,800 tests for the interoperability of 120 medical information systems were performed by 85 companies at the five-day, “marathon” testing environment. BridgeHead Software’s XDS repository and ancillary systems were tested alongside 24 other healthcare IT systems to demonstrate enterprise wide healthcare collaborative potential.
Niall Monaghan, IHE-UK SC Co-Chair commented: “Passing through the Connectathon has enabled BridgeHead to validate its integration statement. You can clearly see on our website that BridgeHead has completed the required tests to conform to a selection of IHE profiles. As a result, customers and potential customers can be confident in BridgeHead’s ability to provide interoperable data management solutions, using the IHE XDS profiles they tested against.”
“With the increase in the adoption of the XDS standard by hospitals in general (not just in radiology, as is often perceived), it is essential that software vendors step up to the mark and ensure their products are fully compatible so that all patient data can be shared,” said John McCann, Director of Marketing, BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead continues to support IHE. Our research and development in XDS, and our successful completion of the Connectathon, proves our continued dedication and commitment to enabling interoperability across a hospital’s IT environment.”
BridgeHead Software’s HDM Solution enables hospitals to increase the quality of patient care by harnessing all clinical and administrative data, ensuring that it is: STORED,
efficiently, intelligently and at optimum cost; PROTECTED from misuse, corruption and loss; and can be SHARED between users, applications, departments or other hospitals, making vital patient information accessible to the people that need it.
Jamie Clifton, Director of Product Management at BridgeHead Software, commented: “We’re very happy to have had such a successful session at IHE this year and to have seen such positive results for our HDM solution at the Connectathon. Our customers need total trust in our products and their ability to integrate and collaborate with other healthcare systems. The rigor and depth of testing offered by the Connectathon provides another level of gravitas to our solutions and we’re fortunate to have taken part.”
Niall concluded, “Completing and passing the 2012 Connectathon definitely boosts BridgeHead’s credibility in this space especially as integration and collaboration are absolutely key to working in healthcare. Additionally, we’re excited that BridgeHead will be participating more actively in IHE as a vendor, contributing to meetings and our UK healthcare strategy. As a member, they can join the discussion as to where the future lies and help us shape it.”
The Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer contains 48GB of DRAM and 1GB NVRAM to accelerate the read, write and metadata performance of most active data. It contains 2.4TB of 10k SAS HDDs to store a large working set of recently active data. FXT 3100's 2x 10GbE and 6x 1GbE ports allow connectivity to clients and servers for high performance access to active data and to Core filers for infrequently accessed data. Each unit can be clustered to other FXT Edge filers with scaling of up to 50 nodes for linear performance and HA failover.
"Organizations have experienced numerous challenges in delivering corporate applications and/or IT services to remote locations—challenges related primarily to poor application performance, slow file transfer speeds, and WAN bandwidth costs. More than half of respondents in a recent ESG survey indicated that remote application access challenges have been the cause of dissatisfaction among end-users," said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Avere’s FXT 3100 Edge filer is an example of a product that can help solve this problem while also helping address the cost and manageability challenges tied to remote storage deployments."
Built on the latest Avere Operating System (AOS), the Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer enables automatic tiering of data for optimal performance, advanced monitoring to provide deep visibility into the entire NAS environment and a global namespace for managing all storage as a single pool. Optional software enhancements include Avere FlashMove™ that takes the pain out of NAS data migrations and accelerates the performance of data; and FlashMirror™, heterogeneous NAS replication software that provides a flexible and high-performance solution for implementing comprehensive data protection across a NAS infrastructure.
“While all organizations can benefit from the improvements in performance and reduction in footprint that our FXT Series Edge filers offer, enterprises with remote or branch offices face a unique situation with sprawling NAS environments that require additional capital and operation investments,” said Ron Bianchini, President and CEO of Avere Systems. “Our new FXT 3100 Edge filer helps take the sting out of these deployments by providing global data access and visibility of data as part of a single logical pool, alleviating the need for duplicate storage infrastructure in remote offices and provides a form factor suitable for branch offices.”
Pricing and Availability
The FXT 3100 Edge filer starts at $42,500. It is expected to be generally available within the 30 days. Additional information about the FXT series is available at http://www.averesystems.com/Products_FXT.aspx
About Avere Systems
Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new storage media using real-time tiering. Avere’s FXT Series Edge filers allow organizations to achieve unlimited application performance scaling, free applications from the confines of the data center by eliminating latency and cut storage costs by more than half. Learn more at www.averesystems.com, and you can follow the company on Twitter.com/averesystems.
Boston, Mass. – Zerto, the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution provider, today announced that the Philadelphia Contributionship has chosen Zerto Virtual Replication for disaster recovery to support the company’s data center virtualization efforts. Established by Benjamin Franklin in 1752, the Philadelphia Contributionship is America’s oldest insurance company, providing personalized home, fire, and flood insurance to over 400 insurance agencies across several mid-Atlantic states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The Contributionship implemented Zerto Virtual Replication to protect essential servers and applications dedicated to the company’s daily business functions, including accounting, document management and IT support systems as well as Microsoft SharePoint. The company began evaluating and upgrading their BC/DR capabilities following Hurricane Irene, when they realized that their existing strategies and solutions provided minimal protection against a major systems failure.
“Our old recovery and testing strategy was a complex ordeal at best, as it put intensive strains on our network and made it impossible to meet the recovery objectives our business demands” said Mark Montagna, IT Infrastructure Manager, Philadelphia Contributionship. “Zerto delivered comprehensive data and application protection without any updates or upgrades to our current network or storage infrastructure, simply and affordably.”
Zerto offers a virtual-aware business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) solution, which replicates data within the virtual infrastructure instead of in physical storage. By moving replication to the hypervisor, companies extend the benefits of virtualization, including flexibility, mobility and scalability to their disaster recovery solutions. Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication combines the enterprise-class features of physical replication with the flexibility, ease- of-management and control, and scalability of virtual environments.
“We are proud to have been selected by the Philadelphia Contributionship as they modernize their data center,” said Ziv Kedem, CEO of Zerto. “Zerto Virtual Replication provides insurance for business critical data and applications’, offering enterprise-class data recovery and protection for today’s virtualized environments.”
Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto won a 2011 Product of the Year Gold award as well as Best of Show at VMworld 2011. Zerto Virtual Replication is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-one applications and replaces traditional array-based BC/DR solutions that were not built to deal with the virtual paradigm. For more information, please visit: www.zerto.com
Waltham, MA – Sanbolic®, the market leader in data management, today announced that its Sanbolic Melio software for Microsoft SQL Server Clustering is featured in a new Intel® Enabled Solution Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) recipe. The recipe, or solution guide, outlines how to get the most out of clustering Microsoft SQL Server on Intel® Server platforms.
Intel ESAA gives resellers and direct Intel OEMs access to a wide range of pre-validated configuration guides ("recipes") jointly developed by Intel and independent hardware and software vendors (IxVs). Intel resellers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Intermediate eXperimental Vehicles, as well as end users for whom the solutions are intended, will find the new recipe, the Sanbolic Melio and Microsoft SQL 2008R2 Guide, well-timed as organizations continue to struggle with the high cost and complexity of configuring, managing and protecting large SQL Server implementations. With its unique and extensive capabilities, Sanbolic’s Melio data management platform helps organizations overcome these challenges, which are so often rooted in traditional storage architectures that require multiple volumes in order to achieve granular failover in clustered SQL Server deployments. By enabling optimal storage utilization, simplified database management (i.e., eliminating database sprawl), live storage/data migration, and quality of service (QoS) that ensures high performance of critical SQL Server workloads, Melio delivers a cost-effective solution for SQL Server consolidation and high availability in physical, virtual and mixed environments.
“We included Sanbolic’s Melio data management software as a key component in the ‘Sanbolic Melio and Microsoft SQL 2008R2 Guide’ guide because its industry-unique features and functionality help users overcome the numerous challenges associated with SQL Server clustering while delivering enhanced storage performance and availability, as well as providing the ability to scale out, not just up,” said Rick Cecil, Intel® ESAA Architect at Intel.
“Providing active-active access to storage eliminates the need for individual server/storage silos, thereby enhancing both server and storage utilization while reducing the management burden customers face when supporting clustered SQL Server environments. Cluster-wide data protection, granular performance management and the ability to scale deployments seamlessly offers organizations additional capabilities for protecting, managing and scaling their SQL Server environments,” stated Andy Melmed, Director of Enterprise Solutions at Sanbolic. “Sanbolic is delighted to have once again worked with Intel® to develop another ESAA recipe. It is a seal of approval for which we are understandably proud.”
Additional Sanbolic recipes featured under the Intel® ESAA program include:
- Building Virtual Datacenters with Sanbolic Melio and Microsoft Hyper-V R2
- Implementing VDI with Sanbolic Melio and Citrix XenDesktop 5.0
- Creating Scalable File-serving Clusters with Sanbolic Melio and Microsoft Server 2008 R2
- Clustering SQL Server with Sanbolic Melio and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
To request a copy of any Sanbolic Intel® ESAA guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Intel ESAA, please visit: http://www.esaa-members.com/pages/home.
About Sanbolic, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Sanbolic® is a global leader in centralized data management. Its Melio™ software suite delivers dramatically increased levels of application availability, scalability, protection and performance while decreasing cost and management complexity across enterprise data centerapplications such as Microsoft SQL, Microsoft SharePoint and Windows file-/web-serving, Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop (VDI), and Microsoft Hyper-V private cloudenvironments. For further information please visit the Sanbolic website at: www.sanbolic.com or email: email@example.com.