Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
What happens if the company or organization you work for finds itself in a social media crisis, but hasn’t invested in a social media crisis plan?
What do you do when the stress of the situation starts to escalate and you’re still left unclear of your role within the crisis? When you feel unhelpful, confused and frustrated? When you haven’t been trained in the proper ways to respond to such a situation or are even clear in what your team expects of you?
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A recent survey undertaken in New Zealand by Massey University revealed that less than 10% of SMEs have a business continuity plan in place despite the fact that over 40% of them have experienced a crisis in the last five years. The survey found a high degree of vulnerability in SMEs across New Zealand and concluded with a recommendation for a national programme to address this gap. But it is not just SMEs in New Zealand that need to consider business continuity planning.
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Federal regulations require that Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and provide employees with emergency preparedness training. According to the study, these plans often lack specific steps such as coordinating with local authorities, notifying relatives or even pinning nametags and medication lists to residents in an evacuation. The net-net of this… the plans may not be worth the paper they are printed on!
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For Immediate Release
eBRP Solutions and BCM Central Form Partnership
Award-winning eBRP Solutions and BCM Central have entered into a partnership to mutually enhance their capabilities to deploy leading-edge Business Continuity software and services to their clients.
“We see this as a positive addition for all concerned.” stated eBRP Director David Gray, “BCM Central, eBRP and our mutual Customers all gain opportunity and benefits. With their experience and market presence in Australia, we believe that partnering with BCM Central and its founder, Shawn Brown, aligns nicely with eBRP’s commitment to its Customers.”
The partnership covers Australia and New Zealand with a road map to into Asia and other parts of the globe as BCM Central expands its operations. BCM Central will leverage eBRP’s SaaS-based Business Continuity Management software to enhance its ability to provide BCM as a managed service to its customers – the first BCM Managed Service offering in Australia and New Zealand.
About eBRP: eBRP Solutions Network, Inc., founded in 2002, offers an award-winning, web-based and fully integrated set of Business Continuity Management software tools that address the entire BCM lifecycle. eBRP’s flagship product, eBRP Suite, serves the Fortune 500 and other large organizations , while eZ-PLANNER, its rapidly-growing SaaS-based toolset, addresses the immediate needs of medium and smaller business organizations. For more information, visit www.eBRP.net , or www.eZ-PLANNER.com , or contact them at info@eBRP.net
About BCM Central: Founded in 2012, BCM Central offers managed services in which they implement and administer Continuity Management (BCM) Programs on the behalf of their customers. BCM Central’s experts ensure customer programs remain effective and under control, while adapting to change with their organizations. With BCM Central in place, customers’ staff can focus on continuous quality improvement initiatives to achieve organizational resilience. For more information, visit www.BCMCentral.com, or contact them at +61415505515
For additional information contact:
Jim Mitchell, Director, eBRP Solutions
BOXBOROUGH, MA – December 5, 2012 – Egenera, a pioneer in physical, virtual and cloud management and automation, today announced the acquisition of Fort Technologies, a cloud lifecycle software provider based in Dublin, Ireland. The acquisition enables Egenera to bring Fort’s innovative management capabilities to its PAN Cloud Director software providing customers a means to design and deliver enterprise-class cloud services. The deal also expands Egenera’s sales footprint, partner network and customer base in EMEA. The Fort Technologies personnel have been fully integrated into Egenera’s Cloud Products Group and Fort’s CEO, Gerry Murray, will head Egenera’s EMEA operations.
“The acquisition allows us to help our customers move to the cloud faster and create more enterprise-class, resilient and secure clouds,” said Pete Manca, CEO of Egenera. “Fort Technologies’ distinctive approach to cloud management turns the design, deployment and management of IT services into a simple drag and drop exercise. This enables service providers and enterprises alike to grow and succeed in the cloud.”
Unlike other cloud management products, Egenera’s PAN Cloud Director software allows organizations to turn any infrastructure – not just virtualized servers – into reliable, scalable and elastic cloud resources. Advantages of the platform include:
- Choice – Create clouds that consist of bare metal physical or virtual servers or a mix of the two environments.
- Ease of Use – Through the service catalog and drag and drop palette, the product makes designing cloud a simple, fast and intuitive exercise.
- Openness – With the Egenera solution, organizations can use any server, storage, switch, application, hypervisor, and operating systems that they need – at the same time, and all without any vendor lock-in.
- Resiliency – The software allows users to dial in their required service levels, guaranteeing cloud services automatically meet the security, performance and availability requirements.
- Flexibility – The software enables organizations to build new and highly differentiated cloud services such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Metal as a Service (MaaS) clouds.
- Control – With integrated pricing and reporting capabilities, PAN Cloud Director provides real time billing and monitoring for cloud chargeback or showback.
- Efficiency – Provides service providers a means to commercialize and resellers the ability to quickly deliver highly customized cloud services to their customers.
“Egenera and Fort share a common vision for providing frictionless and reliable IT services in the era of cloud,” said Gerry Murray, CEO of Fort Technologies. “I am excited about Fort joining forces with Egenera and expect our joint customer bases will each benefit as we invest to bring greater choice, flexibility, simplicity and reliability to cloud computing.”
The solution is designed for both private and public cloud deployments. The software benefits users by reducing IT complexity and making it simple to design, consume, track, manage and protect services running in a cloud environment.
“With the ever-increasing complexity of applications entering our private customer cloud, the management of the underlying infrastructure and services is extremely important. Ease of use and automation will increasingly become a critical factor for our success,” said John Fitzgerald, managing director of Interactive Network Communications GmbH. “For us as a service provider, Egenera PAN Manager and PAN Cloud Director are products with the potential to significantly reduce our operating costs and dramatically shorten the time-to-market for our services.”
Waltham, MA – (February 19, 2013) – Sanbolic®, the market leader in distributed data management, today announced that Ikomm, one of the world’s premier application services providers (ASP), has deployed its Melio™ VDI software solution in order to streamline management, as well as protect and extend the capabilities of its virtual desktop environment. With Melio VDI, Ikomm has eliminated single points-of-failure, enhanced server and storage utilization, and can now create highly available (HA) and scalable shared storage that enables and extends the capabilities of Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS)
Operating over 800 applications, accessed by over 12,000 clients, from more than 310 locations across Norway and Scandinavia, Ikomm’s on-demand software offerings, or software as a service (SaaS), enables its business, government and personal consumer customers to plug-into specialized applications that would have previously proven far too expensive to utilize from a capital and/or operational standpoint. Its clients have come to depend on Ikomm to ensure secure access to their data, from anywhere they have Internet access, as if they were accessing it directly from their office (i.e., mail, applications, documents, desktop – everything). Moreover, clients trust Ikomm to ensure all applications and information hosted in the Ikomm data center are protected and secure with state of the art technology, methodologies and professional expertise delivered from its team of 50 highly trained, uniquely experienced professionals, each of whom are passionately dedicated to meeting and exceeding customer expectations. For Ikomm clients, outdated technology, carbon footprint/emissions/power management, as well as unforeseen IT challanges and associated business complications, are a thing of the past. IT becomes predictable, environmentally friendly and profitable.
Recently, Ikomm embarked on an endeavor to find a more efficient and cost effective method for deploying their XenApp Server farm. Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) was chosen to deploy its 200+ XenApp Servers. This was a critical service totally dependent on two provisioning servers. Ikomm therefore needed true high availability (HA). Its first attempt to meet this goal led them to Microsoft Cluster Server, however they soon learned that this technology would require them to map the disk using the network share and this would cause the server to not cache data in memory. This of course was unacceptable. After a bit of research and conversations with peers, it turned to Sanbolic’s™ Melio™ virtual desktop (VDI) management software.
“Traditional storage options for PVS HA, including replication, would have introduced data and storage management complexity that would have meant higher cost. Likewise, file shares would have introduced a single point-of-failure that would have rendered PVS HA useless should the server hosting the file share go offline for even a moment,” said Kristian Helseth, Senior Konsulent Leveranse & Utvikling, Ikomm. “Sanbolic Melio has greatly simplified Ikomm’s data and storage management while ensuring no single point-of-failure, and enhanced resiliency to ensure desktops and servers are able to maintain uninterrupted access in the event of a failure.”
“With Sanbolic Melio VDI, Ikomm has been able to create highly available and scalable shared storage that enables and extends the capabilities of Citrix PVS. Its administrators can now create, manage, deliver and maintain virtual disks (vDisks) for HA and load balancing without the challenges typically introduced by other storage options such as replication, file shares or proprietary hardware-based file serving appliances,” said Eva Helen, Co-Founder, President and COO, Sanbolic. “Moreover, additional benefits are enjoyed, such as reliable vDisk protection, improved desktop and server performance, and dynamic infrastructure scale to support environments comprised of hundreds of servers and thousands of desktops.”
For further information on Sanbolic’s Melio desktop virtualization (VDI) software solution and/or to request a free demo, please visit: http://www.sanbolic.com/citrix.htm.
About Sanbolic, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Sanbolic® is a global leader in distributed 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 center applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Windows file-/web-serving, Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop (VDI), and Microsoft Hyper-V private cloud environments. For further information please visit the Sanbolic website at: www.sanbolic.com or email: email@example.com. Join the conversation - follow Sanbolic on Twitter.
November 30, 2012
Hurricane Season Ends, but Preparedness is Year Round
ATLANTA – Today marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, but disasters aren’t limited to hurricanes or a specific time of year. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and it’s important to be prepared year round.
“While today is the end of an active hurricane season, it serves as an important reminder of just how critical it is for all of us to be prepared so that we can protect our families, homes, businesses and communities from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster,” said Phil May, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV Administrator. “There are some simple steps we should all take, such as make a family communications plan and put together a disaster supplies kit, which will help keep us safe when we’re faced with an emergency.”
Emergencies can range from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, to events such as power outages. Visit www.Ready.gov to learn about different hazards, and how to prepare for them.
Here are a few tips to help you get ready:
Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime--be informed about the hazards that exist in your area.
When tailoring your family communications plan, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency.
Among the items in your basic disaster supplies kit, include enough food for at least three days, and one gallon of water per person per day.
Since you can’t predict where you will be for disasters, it’s important to have plans and supplies for the locations you and your household go to regularly.
Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster, but standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. To protect your property, consider getting flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Check out opportunities to get involved in programs and activities to make your family, home and community safer from risks and threats.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
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ResilienceONE® BCM software by Strategic BCP® provides a comprehensive, convenient way to achieve Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, BIA, Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management within one cloud-based solution. Unlike hard-copy plans or software with limited linkages, ResilienceONE's fully integrated relational database links all related business processes, associated assets, personnel, facilities, and vendors—the way they support your organization.
The most well documented BCM foundation in the industry makes ResilienceONE better by design. We call it the BCP Genome™. It is a series of 101 criteria distilled and synthesized from leading industry standards, regulations, and best practices to ensure your compliance with the relevant standards for your industry.
Our 98% customer retention rate since 2004 says it all. And the experience of our team of BCM practitioners—consultants, supporting software developers, and customer support specialists—complements our powerful software. This collective expertise makes ResilienceONE more versatile and adaptable to your organization's day-to-day and strategic needs.
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Business Continuity Consulting
Avalution Consulting, 2012 BC/DR Company of the Year (award by the Business Continuity Institute North America), is a U.S. based firm that specializes in business continuity, continuity of operations planning (COOP) and IT disaster recovery consulting, outsourcing and software solutions.
From global corporations to local non-profits, we have served the unique needs of organizations in nearly all levels of government and across every industry sector. This experience provides us with a deep understanding of the unique characteristics, requirements and drivers associates with each industry and positions our consulting teams to efficiently deliver recommendations aligned to professional best practices. Leveraging our knowledge and experience saves our clients time and money and results in credible, high-performing solutions. Please view our Project Examples to explore industry-specific projects completed by our team.
What is business continuity? Avalution designed two presentations to provide an overview of business continuity planning concepts and processes, and answer the question, What is Business Continuity?
Catalyst Business Continuity Software
Catalyst is web-based business continuity software that combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s industry-leading methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization, regardless of size. Features include Policy & Procedure development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (business continuity plan templates – business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.
Easy set-up, minimal training, customized plans, no contracts, hosted and secure (so nothing extra to buy or install on your end). These are just a few ways Catalyst will make your life easier and have you up and running in no time.
On-screen guides, role-based security, automated workflows, heavily integrated data, and easy plan editing are just a few ways Catalyst will drive efficiency into your program and reduce administrative burden!
Catalyst is the most cost-effective software on the market today. Even better, no long-term contracts are required. Pay monthly, cancel anytime.
The Planning Portal Business Continuity Software
Avalution also offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity, continuity of operations (COOP) and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis/incident management and continuous improvement.
Schedule a demo today and find out how The Planning Portal will add value to your organization and save you time and money.