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EuroCloud UK’s 7-point draft manifesto calls on Government to work more closely with industry to promote and develop public sector cloud procurement

LONDON – Cloud computing industry champion EuroCloud UK (http://eurocloud.org.uk/) has called on vendors and government to work much closer together to ensure the future success of the G-Cloud framework for public sector purchases of cloud computing. Two former G-Cloud insiders have joined the non-profit trade body to help drive the new initiative, which begins today, with the launch of a draft Manifesto for G-Cloud.

Dave Denton and Peter Middleton, former members of the G-Cloud team, who between them have taken the G-Cloud vision and message to thousands of buyers and vendors, have taken a co-shared seat on Eurocloud UK's 12-member executive board and will head up a working group drawn from the UK membership of more than 60 cloud industry businesses. A third of EuroCloud UK’s members currently participate in G-Cloud, ranging from SMBs to larger players such as Amazon Web Services, Fujitsu Huddle and IBM, with many more planning to join in the next round (G-Cloud 6).

The seven-point Manifesto calls for:

  1. Ongoing commitment to G-Cloud from the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service as a way of enhancing public sector IT procurement and delivering proven benefits of cloud adoption including cost savings, rapid deployment, greater choice and agility.
  1. Vendors and buyers to publicly share best practices and celebrate success stories.
  1. A more aggressive programme of resources and education for public sector buyers demonstrating how to maximise the benefits of using the framework and drive the transition to cloud computing services. Government must take the lead but should actively enlist the help and support of the industry.
  1. Industry to work with government to develop and provide much-needed resources and education for vendors on how to be productive and successful as a G-Cloud supplier.
  1. Greater collaboration among vendors and with public sector buyers to fill gaps in market needs through enhanced and improved G-Cloud offerings, including development of innovative new services.
  1. Open dialogue with the Government Digital Service and Crown Commercial Service to ensure the framework iteratively improves, taking account of industry and buyer needs and feedback on its operation through the Digital Marketplace.
  1. Promoting and adapting best practices and products developed for G-Cloud to the private sector business market.

David Denton and Peter Middleton said:

"We’re delighted to be able to take up this role with EuroCloud to galvanise industry support, education and collaboration to build on the success G-Cloud has already achieved. Our aim is to use the invaluable insights and first-hand experience we’ve gained from two years of working in the G-Cloud programme to help the industry to positively influence how G-Cloud evolves and grows as it moves forward into the future.

"The public sector needs suppliers who understand the vision and principles that support G-Cloud and who can gain the confidence of buyers. Cloud based IaaS, PaaS and SaaS suppliers can make a huge contribution to help achieve greater value for money and deliver better public services.”

Chair of EuroCloud UK Phil Wainewright said:

"G-Cloud is a great UK success story that deserves the support of the industry to help it achieve even more in the future. With our broadly based membership drawn from across the breadth of the UK cloud industry, EuroCloud is uniquely placed to co-ordinate these efforts and maximise the benefits to public sector organisations and the taxpayers who support them.”

Launched in 2012, the G-Cloud framework provides a simplified mechanism for public sector organisations to procure cloud computing services and applications listed in the UK government's Digital Marketplace. The UK public sector has now spent over £270 million via the framework, resulting in estimated savings of an equivalent amount.

Membership of EuroCloud UK is open to all businesses involved in the provision of cloud services in the UK. Reflecting its maturity after five years in operation, the organisation is set to almost triple its annual membership fees for new members after its annual general meeting on December 3rd. Businesses that become members before this date will avoid the increase.

Founded in 2010, EuroCloud (http://www.eurocloud.org/) is the first pan-European network of cloud vendors and industry experts, with a presence today in more than 24 European countries. Its annual Awards program promotes best practice and innovation by cloud providers across Europe. EuroCloud UK (http://www.eurocloud.org.uk/) brings together companies engaged in cloud business activity to network together, share best practice and build the profile of the industry.

More organisations to access extended learning pathway that delivers return on investment

LONDON insynergi, the bespoke coaching, mentoring and training company, today announced the launch of a programme of High Impact Learning events to help individuals and organisations to improve effectiveness and boost performance. The learning events include pre-training learning content, an intensive workshop on how to apply the training in the workplace and guidance to help each participant implement their post-training action plan.

Each High Impact Learning event is based upon insynergi’s extended learning pathway model, which aims to deliver a better return on investment by embedding learning and behaviours after the training through a 90-day specific, measurable action plan and mentoring programme. The model and learning content have proven to be highly successful in a number of the UK’s leading organisations; this new programme of events makes the training available to a wider range of public and private sector organisations.

Insynergi’s High Impact Learning programme offers 12 different events, covering Leadership, Personal and Team Development, Project Management and E-Learning. The events are delivered in an active-learning, workshop format for up to 12 people and are targeted at individuals who have a leadership or management role in any functional area, such as Operations, Sales, Marketing, IT, Project Management and Finance. The key differentiators include:

  • Format: participants are expected to undertake preparatory work in advance of the training, attend the intensive workshop with specific objectives in mind, set a 90-day action plan, and work with a mentor who will challenge them to reach those objectives
  • Topic: the courses are designed to address specific gaps in awareness or behaviours that impede personal and organisational success, such as “Commercial Awareness” and “Delivering Exceptional Service”, as well as “Building a High Performing Team” and “Project Leadership”
  • Focus: the focus of each event is delivering return on investment. This is achieved through competency-based action learning, delivered by an experienced facilitator and linked directly to the participant’s functional responsibilities and business operations
  • Mentoring: the events emphasize the importance of networking and mentoring in delivering change; each participant is expected to participate in networking groups and to have a coach or mentor within their own organisation or to use insynergi’s mentoring service to verify behavior change.

Eddie Kilkelly, Managing Director at insynergi says, “We developed the High Impact Learning programme to address two specific problems. First, to deliver practical, results-focused training that actually delivers a proven return on investment and secondly, to make highly effective training more easily available – and easier to implement - for busy leaders and managers who find it difficult to take time out of the office. The return on investment in traditional training courses is generally very low because the focus is on learning information rather than changing behavior. Research by various organisations consistently finds that up to 87 percent of new skills are lost within a month. The magic that transforms learning into improved performance only happens when learners apply what they have learned, which is why our events are so action-orientated. ”

The insynergi High Impact training programmes are based upon the 70/20/10 rule; 10 percent of the learning comes from the workshop or preparatory work; 20 percent comes from feedback and coaching within the workshop and in the workplace and 70 percent from practically applying the learning in the workplace. This means the events are intensive but short – between one and three days – so they are accessible to busy managers. Workshop participants are expected to be active learners and facilitate their co-participants in order to reinforce the learning. The learning content is concise and focused on improving each individual’s performance in their specific organisation.

Kilkelly adds, “Over the years, we have seen clear evidence that this highly interactive and engaging format is very successful in delivering a return on investment. We are delighted that our new programme of public events will enable more organisations to gain access to high level training which translates into tangible results within their organisation.”

Insynergi’s High Impact Learning events are facilitated by highly experienced leaders from a range of industry sectors and areas of expertise, including Finance, Media, Consulting and the Public Sector. For further information, including the dates of future events and booking information, visit http://www.insynergi.org/course-schedule/

Offer includes up to 6 months free service, 20% off annual contract

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Following Symantec's notice that the Backup Exec appliance line is being discontinued, cloud backup and disaster recovery provider Zetta.net today announced a migration program for those Symantec Backup Exec appliance customers whose devices are affected.

"Stability is essential to successful backup programs, and the discontinuation of a company's backup service can be very disruptive," noted Gary Sevounts, CMO, Zetta.net. "To help minimize migration interruptions, we're offering affected users an enterprise-grade cloud backup alternative, with potentially significant cost savings over their appliance."

The program allows Backup Exec Appliance customers to sign up for Zetta.net's cloud backup and DR service and receive up to 6 months free, as well as up to 20 percent off the cost of an annual contract. Previously, the company offered a migration promotion for Symantec BackupExec.Cloud customers following that service's announced shutdown.

Zetta.net provides customers a SaaS-based cloud backup and DR solution with built-in WAN acceleration, designed to rapidly move large datasets over the Internet. The company claims its customers have achieved transfer speeds of up to 5TB in 24 hours. Additionally, the service requires no appliance or other new hardware, allowing users to easily deploy and manage their backups, as well as avoiding the potentially costly recovery delay of waiting for a replacement appliance after a disaster.

"We were able to move 6 terabytes of client data from Symantec BackupExec.cloud to Zetta within a weekend thanks to its WAN-optimized performance," said Jeff Zdan, Network Systems VP, DataServ Corp. "The backups were reliable and the appliance-free approach made deployment simple and easy to manage, allowing me to focus on other aspects of my business."

The Zetta.net service uses several patent-pending technologies to achieve enterprise-level performance without a hardware appliance, and recently added support for server image backups streamed directly to the cloud. All customer data is encrypted in flight and at rest in SSAE16-certified Tier 4 datacenters, and the service is fully compliant with the HIPAA and ITAR regulations.

Current Symantec Backup Exec Appliance customers interested in migrating data to Zetta.net can find more information on the company's website.

 

About Zetta.net

Zetta.netis an award-winning provider ofenterprise-grade 3-in-1 backup, disaster recovery and archiving technologyfor small/medium enterprises, distributed organizations, and managed service providers (MSPs). The SaaS-based solution enables companies to simplify backups and instantly recover data through a single management point. With local, offsite, archiving and disaster recovery functionality integrated into one solution, Zetta.net delivers the value of multiple products at a fraction of the cost.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Zetta was established in 2008 by successful serial entrepreneurs and technology executives from companies such as Netscape, VeriSign, Symantec, EMC, and Shutterfly. 


 

For more information, visit www.zetta.netorwww.facebook.com/zettastorage. Follow Zetta on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zettanet.

Enterprise Solution Increases Total Capacity by More Than 50% to a 448TB Full Backup in a Single Scale-out GRID System

With 14 in a GRID, New Appliance Offers 3x the Ingest Performance and 10x the Restore Performance of Large Vendor Solutions at Half the Investment

LONDON – Today, ExaGrid Systems, a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, announced the largest, most powerful appliance in its arsenal of backup solutions with data deduplication: the EX32000E.

Leveraging the strength of ExaGrid’s scale-out GRID technology, the EX32000E can combine up to 14 appliances in a single scale-out GRID, allowing for a 448TB full backup in a single system, representing a 52 percent increase in total capacity. With 14 in a scale-out GRID, this increase positions the EX32000E as one of the largest full-backup target systems on the market, with 882TB of usable storage and over 1PB of raw storage.

The EX32000E has an ingest rate of 5.6TB per hour upwards to 7.5TB per hour in a single system depending on CIFS, NFS, Veeam Data Mover, or OST. With OST, the EX32000E has an ingest rate of 105TB per hour with 14 appliances in a GRID system.

This rate (105TB per hour) is three times the ingest performance of EMC Data Domain with Boost. And with ExaGrid’s unique landing zone, the most recent backups are kept in their full undeduplicated form for restore, recovery, and VM boot performance of up to ten times faster than inline deduplication appliances, such as EMC Data Domain, which only stores deduplicated data.

“We are excited to announce the EX32000E with 14 appliances in a single scale-out GRID. We have spoken with many large IT departments that understand the challenges of inline data deduplication with a scale-up storage model and are looking for a solution that provides faster backups, a fixed length backup window as data grows, and fast restores – especially VM boots in second to minutes,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid.

The new appliance, which houses 72TB of raw and 63TB of usable data, can take in a 32TB full backup undeduplicated in a front-end landing zone for fast restores and recoveries and maintain a long-term historical version in a deduplicated data repository.

“Our unique landing zone and scale-out approach provides restores and recoveries that are up to ten times faster than the inline deduplication approaches of other vendors, and will provide two to three times the backup (ingest) performance when compared to a scale-up approach, which only provides more disk as the data grows. The backup and restore performance of the EX32000E is unmatched – and at half the price, is in a league all its own,” said Andrews.

The ExaGrid scale-out approach brings compute with capacity – adding processor, memory and bandwidth as well as disk – allowing the backup window to stay fixed in length even as data grows. This approach is unique to ExaGrid and makes it the only disk-based backup system that maintains a fixed backup window.

A Growing Network of Partners and Support

Understanding and appreciating the complexity of robust backup at organisations of all kinds, ExaGrid supports a growing number of backup applications and utilities.

At the enterprise level, ExaGrid works with a number of solutions, including Symantec NetBackup, EMC Networker, IBM TSM, and CommVault Simpana. Leveraging ExaGrid with any of these applications gives IT departments the best of all worlds with:

  • The fastest ingest performance for short backup windows
  • The most recent backups in their native, undeduplicated form in the landing zone for fast restores, recoveries, and VM boots
  • A fixed backup window as data grows due to full appliances in a scale-out GRID with processor, memory, and bandwidth with disk capacity expansion
  • Symantec System Recovery
  • Unitrends Enterprise Backup
  • Unitrends Virtual Backup
  • Zmanda

ExaGrid also announced support for additional backup applications and utilities, increasing the number of supported applications, utilities, and database dumps to more than 25. In addition to backup applications already supported, such as Veeam, Symantec Backup Exec, arcserve, HP Data Protector, Oracle RMAN, SQL Dumps, and many others, ExaGrid has added support for:

Additionally, ExaGrid has reduced the form factor of two of its models, the EX5000 and EX7000 appliances, from 3U to 2U, saving valuable rack space in the datacentre.

About ExaGrid

Organisations come to us because we are the only company that implemented deduplication in a way that fixed all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.

ACE Jumpstart will optimize data center performance

GLASSBORO, N.J. DCIM Solutions, LLC (DCIM Solutions), a leading provider of Data Center Assessments and Infrastructure Optimization Solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Future Facilities to adapt ACE predictive modeling as part of DCIM’s Data Center Assessment Services.

The ACE Jumpstart Service assesses three critical indicators for optimal data center performance: Availability, Capacity and Efficiency. ACE scores data centers on how compromised its availability, physical capacity and cooling efficiency have become by analyzing and mapping the interrelationship between the three variables. The resulting ACE score determines how well a data center is performing, and in turn, how costly the facility is to build and operate.

This partnership provides immediate benefits for data center owners and operators that are looking to treat their data centers as a business unit.” said Dan McDougal, Managing Partner, DCIM Solutions, LLC. “Using the ACE Methodology, DCIM Solutions will be well equipped to help data centers of all sizes plan for capacity changes and prevent negative trends before they begin.”

Data inputs from ACE can also be synchronized with any DCIM suite or other system monitoring toolkit and are mapped to a powerful 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model to create a Virtual Facility (VF). The VF allows for precise simulations for a variety of critical operational decisions, including: airflow distribution, temperature, physical resource collision and electrical systems.

DCIM Solutions has more than a decade of experience perfecting the calibration process, which is integral to establishing ACE goals and maximizing predictability. Through VF simulations, corrective measures are identified to bridge the gap between the data center’s current state and the aspired ACE Goals.

The calibrated VF produced by ACE Jumpstart will be imported into Future Facilities’ 6SigmaDC software and be available for immediate use, with a 90 Day Software License and formal training included. By engaging in an ACE Jumpstart assessment data center owner-operators will be able to utilize simulation and predictive modeling throughout the life of their data center to stay on track to reach their ACE Goals.

Future Facilities is excited to partner with a data center infrastructure leader like DCIM Solutions,” said Sherman Ikemoto, Director, Future Facilities NA. “Through this partnership, ACE Jumpstart will be further optimized for the data center owner/operator. It’s gratifying to see the ACE Assessment becoming adopted as an important metric for data center efficiency.”

DCIM Solutions’ goal is to educate users on the opportunities to use predictive simulation to recover stranded capacity within the data center and maximize the real estate without sacrificing availability or efficiency.

Visit DCIM Solutions and Future Facilities at Booth 616 during the upcoming AFCOM Data Center World Expo in Orlando, FL -- Oct 19th through Oct. 22nd. Data Center experts will be available to provide information on ACE Jumpstart, the importance of modeling and predictive simulation, and the benefits of increasing data center efficiency through analysis within the Virtual Facility.

About DCIM Solutions, LLC

DCIM Solutions, LLC is the innovative leader for Data Center Infrastructure Optimization Solutions. With a focus on power, cooling, and space utilization, our products and services provide unparalleled optimization and efficiency resulting in cost avoidance, lower operating costs, and better utilization of assets. For more information visit www.nerdata.com.

CMC 5000:  Crisis Management & Communication Professional (CMCP)
5-Day Instructor Led or Self-Study Elearning Course

ICOR is pleased to announce the public launch of our latest new course offering - CMC 5000:  Crisis Management & Communication Professional.   

Offered as part of our Crisis Management & Communication Discipline in ICOR University, CMC 5000 provides critical information for those responsible for managing crises in the organization and providing both internal and external communications.  

UIC EMCP  

The University of Illinois Chicago offers this course to its students as part of its Emergency Management & Continuity Certificate Program and now this same course is available to the public.  

Offered as a self-study elearning course or a 5-day instructor-led course, CMC 5000 is ideal for senior management responsible for leading the organization during a crisis, those in public affairs, public relations, or anyone who is participates in crisis management in the organization.  

Successful completion of the course and passing the online examination results in earning the ICOR Credential, "Crisis Management & Communication Professional (CMCP).  

Register for the E-Learning Course 

CMC 5000: Crisis Management Communication Professional (CMCP)
The Discipline of Crisis Management
An Organization's Culture & its Impact on its Crisis Management Capability
Organizational Structure & Crisis Management
Crisis Communications Planning
The Role of Issues Readiness & Crisis Readiness in Crisis Management
The Importance of Leadership in a Crisis
Teams & their Role in Crisis Management
Managing the Crisis Communication Response
The Discipline of Crisis Management
The course begins with an introduction to the crisis management discipline, different scenarios to consider when preparing to write a crisis management plan, and the key elements of a crisis management plan based on international standard and PAS requirements.

An Organization's Culture & its Impact on its Crisis Management Capability
The importance of the role of organizational culture cannot be underestimated both in managing every day events and in particular in managing crises. Next we look at how to analyze the culture of the organization and work within its structure to create a more resilient organization and increase its crisis management capability. 

Organizational Structure & Crisis Management
Have you considered how the structure of the organization itself might impact its ability to manage a crisis?  This session takes a close look at how the structure of an organization can be its greatest asset or its greatest weakness - evaluating your organization and its structure may impact it crisis management capability. 

Crisis Communications Planning 
It is very important to develop a crisis communication system that aligns to
any crisis event effecting the organization. We will look at communication tools, strategies for communication - including social media strategies, message development, and the importance of media training.

The Role of Issues Management & Crisis Readiness in Crisis Management  
Reviewing topics such as situational awareness, horizon scanning, issues management, and how they contribute to a more "crisis-aware" organization, the course looks at the role of crisis readiness and issue management and its importance in managing a potential crisis event.
The Importance of Leadership in a Crisis
Understanding the elements of leadership in times of crisis may help better explain more
than any set of crisis plans why some organizations survive crises better than others and clarify how organizations can endure future crises. This lesson focuses on leadership qualities that have been shown to support the development of an effective crisis response.

Teams & their Role in Crisis Management 
A crisis cannot be managed by one person. A key factor in all crisis management programs
is the designation of a crisis management team engaged to manage the crisis event. This lesson focuses on the purpose of crisis management teams, who to choose to be on the team, and the importance of managing conflict within the team itself.  

Managing the Crisis Communication Response  
Building on the lesson on crisis communications planning, this lesson focuses specifically on crisis communication and reputation management by looking at modern case studies of organizations who have done it well - and at some who have not done it as well - in order to determine what works best for your organization.
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Partnership will increase exposure of best-in-class e-learning solutions for business continuity.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Arbor Continuity (http://arborcontinuity.com), a business continuity solutions provider, has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Ripcord Solutions (http://ripcordsolutions.com), provider of customized e-learning courses that vastly simplify training a company’s workforce to maintain and implement its business continuity program. Such training is critical during crises to protect the well-being of employees and safeguard business operations. This partnership will help make Ripcord Solutions’ innovative, cost-effective training courses available to more companies who are strengthening their business continuity programs.

“Training is a high-profile and must-have element of any strong business continuity program. Being able to offer Ripcord’s e-learning courses will equip our clients with the best possible training tools,” said Arbor Continuity founder and CEO, Richard Cooper. “Ripcord’s ability to rapidly deliver top-quality content to a company’s Learning Management Systems (LMS) differentiates this offering from “do it yourself” packages. Working with their e-learning team will provide us with another powerful tool to help further mature and elevate our clients’ business continuity programs.”

“The Arbor Continuity team are experts at the top of our industry when it comes to helping clients put all of the pieces of a business continuity program together,” said Ripcord Solutions’ VP of training production Paul Lambert. “Their ability to integrate our tailored e-learning offerings with other initiatives such as crisis communications and business continuity software will help mature and elevate BC programs across the board for companies large and small.”

About Arbor Continuity
Arbor Continuity provides comprehensive business continuity planning (BCP) and management consulting to companies of all sizes and industries to help them keep their employees safe and maintain business operations when crises strike. The firm specializes in three areas: designing and implementing effective programs, recommending and configuring BCP software tools, and recruitment of BCP professionals. The principals of the firm have decades of dedicated BCP experience working with some of the largest global firms. The company has headquarters in San Diego, CA and can be found online at http://arborcontinuity.com.

Leading risk visualization software integrated with SureView’s advanced situational awareness software to enhance situation awareness and incident response.

LANSING, Mich. – IDV Solutions, LLC and SureView Systems, LLC today announced that the companies have formed a technical partnership and completed an integration of SureView’s Immix® CC video-centric event management platform with IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center® enterprise risk visualization (ERV) platform.

Using the combination of the two technologies, security operations teams can receive and process real time events from Visual Command Center in Immix CC and view live video from Immix CC within Visual Command Center. This integration enables users to make more efficient use of video, by identifying and accessing cameras near those locations where Visual Command Center has identified a potential threat and automatically associating these threats with dynamic workflows and enforceable Standard Operating Procedures within the Immix CC event management interface.

Visual Command Center provides security operations teams with a single, comprehensive view of their assets—such as buildings, employee locations, corporate events and supply routes—along with events that may threaten those assets, including acts of terrorism, severe weather, civil unrest, and hazardous materials releases. It consolidates information from multiple sources, including Web feeds and an organization’s internal systems, on an interactive map and timeline.

When Visual Command Center detects a potential threat near an asset or employee location, it automatically alerts operators, who can use powerful visualization, filtering, and query tools to assess the threat, and then act to mitigate risk.

SureView Systems’ Immix CC is a video-based alarm monitoring platform for command centers. The software platform consolidates activities from any data source including video surveillance, access control intrusion, two way audio and GPS alarms. Immix enables organizations to centralize their security monitoring, including video surveillance, and lower ongoing costs.

Integration of the two software products lets users access their security cameras from maps and floor plans in Visual Command Center. When security operators receive an alert from Visual Command Center, they can use query and filtering tools to locate cameras near the alert location and then view those live video streams.

“Visual Command Center provides a ‘big picture’ view of global, regional, and local risk factors,” said Mark Morrison, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, IDV Solutions. “While Immix CC provides ‘up close’ situational awareness through video monitoring. This integration will increase security operators’ ability to use video to protect facilities and employees.”

“Our strategic partnership with IDV Solutions delivers expanded situational awareness, enforceable workflows and world-class visualization of assets to our rapidly expanding customer base,” said Rob Hile, Director of Strategic Accounts, SureView Systems. “By combining our core strengths into one technology offering, we can truly deliver an ‘out of the box’ solution to our customers without custom development efforts that are expensive to build and maintain over time.” 

 

About IDV Solutions, LLC

IDV Solutions, LLC helps organizations take command of risk by delivering Enterprise Risk Visualization capabilities through software and services that enable organizations to protect their assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.  Its Visual Command Center software is an enterprise platform for risk awareness and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk.  By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government manage risk through visualization, IDV Solutions and its products have earned a reputation for innovation, speed, and the highest quality user experience.

 

About SureView Systems, LLC

Sureview Systems is an innovative provider of situational awareness software specifically designed for the security / life safety industry.  SureView’s core offering, Immix® is a video centric event management platform designed to integrate with multiple systems, sensors and devices to provide security professionals with a comprehensive view of their entire security and business operation from a single, simple to use operator interface. 

A leading Global network of independent high quality audit, accounting, tax, and business advisory services to international and domestic organizations combines with partners to better serve the advisory marketplace for accountants and their clientele.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Universal Insurance Services, considered one of the most innovative life insurance and financial advisory distribution firms in the country, has announced a strategic alliance with Harbor Strategies Group and NAPLIA, a leading risk management provider and one of Inc 5000's fastest growing companies, to offer cutting edge services to PKF North America, a global network of legally independent accounting firms.

Terry Snyder, President & CEO of PKF North America, has a long standing relationship with NAPLIA; he will look to Stephen Vono, Partner of NAPLIA in this new endeavor, to provide more innovative and creative risk management solutions to the accounting marketplace. "We consider alliances only when we believe there is an inherent ability to provide better services for our association and a compelling value in the market. We are excited to offer these benefits to our members, which we believe are the best available," said Mr. Snyder.

This strategic alliance will offer a broad range of solutions to include consulting and advanced planning for the members of PKF NA. Its distinctive model is not product or carrier specific and maintains a purely objective strategy when analyzing the life insurance, disability, risk management, long term care and executive benefits marketplace. Many of the offerings are discounted and/or unique, as well as not readily available.

Stephen Vono commented, "Our combined experience in the insurance and risk management world will allow us to offer education, services and creative options to our clients we believe no one else can offer." Dierdre Collins, Principal of Harbor Strategies added, "I have been proud to serve the accounting space in a consultative capacity for several years, and working with both NAPLIA and Universal allows a more efficient and effective platform."

Mitchell K. Smith and Michael Sorensen, the Managing Partners of Universal Insurance Services, will offer a unique, creative and innovative platform they believe to be unmatched in their space. Universal has the capabilities to focus in on solutions and pricing not typically obtainable, effectively and efficiently securing insurance products and executive benefit strategies for their clients. In addition, they have access to exclusive products. Their work also includes life insurance structures that can reduce the expense of traditional plans by measurable percentages.

"We realize there is a gap in the options, objectivity and creativity offered, even by the largest of firms," stated Mr. Sorensen. Mitchell Smith remarked, "Combining what we believe to be the best in wholesale insurance brokerage, financial advisory and advanced planning experience, we have created the ultimate source for our space."

About Universal Insurance Services
Universal Insurance Services is a life insurance and financial advisory distribution firm, which consults, advises and coaches professionals around the country. Universal serves high net worth individuals, corporate, private equity, executive benefit, RIAs, insurance agents, attorneys, CPA's, investment organizations, broker dealers and general agencies, as an objective specialist. Attaining the best possible solutions for their clients, through advanced planning techniques, underwriting, carrier and product support, sales assistance and more, Universal anticipates, innovates and educates, allowing their client's to focus on what they do best.

NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that International Decision Systems, a provider of software and consulting services to more than 250 customers in 34 countries, has implemented Tegile hybrid arrays to improve its data center capabilities.

IDS offices and data centers around the world serve banking and financial services firms, including nearly half of the largest leasing companies in the United States. The company’s enterprise-class HDD arrays were direct-attached, and nearly all servers are virtualized, yet Craig Debban, global IT director, who was noticing storage-based performance issues that impacted productivity along with dwindling capacity. 

Despite multiple frustrating, unsuccessful visits from their EMC engineers and support team, Debban said the disk systems wasted performance and were not configured correctly. Rather than more of the same for only an incremental improvement, IDS evaluated a variety of approaches to meet IOPS needs.
When a Tegile representative said IDS could expect storage capacity savings from 40 to 50 percent based on deduplication and compression features included in the Tegile array, Debban considered this a ‘hyperbolic’ sales pitch. But since installing the Tegile HA2130EP hybrid system and two expansion shelves earlier this year, he says the benefits were hardly hyperbolic. Instead of the estimated 50 percent improvement in storage performance, actual results are closer to 75 percent, he says. IDS stores nearly 18 TB on the Tegile system, but data services reduced that footprint to just 4.58 TB. 

“We are currently seeing 74.43 percent savings in our data and I expect that number to go up as we add more servers,” said Debban. “With Tegile, the performance problems are gone. We went from people noticing slowness to it no longer being an issue at all.”

Cloning time on the company’s virtual machines has also gone from approximately 30 minutes to about 2 or 3 minutes. The dramatic increase in performance did not require any changes to the existing network, and the impressive performance gains required no reconfiguration. Tegile hardware connects via IDS’ existing mix of 10GB and 1GB Ethernet running both iSCSI and NFS protocols. Data services include deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, snapshots, remote replication and application profiles.

IDS also valued the ease of use, which translates to fiscal savings too – Tegile arrays require only an IT generalist’s understanding of storage, unlike other vendors that require several days or weeks of training. With a global workforce like IDS, the cost and staff time of specialized training quickly add up and become unsustainable. 

Prior to the move to Tegile, IDS had planned to build a data center in India, but because of the infrastructure savings realized, the company is reconsidering this investment. Instead, they believe it will be just as cost-effective to build in the U.S., with the added advantage that the corporate IT team can have greater control over data security. 

“Reducing infrastructure costs will make the U.S. data center cost-competitive with the facility in India,” said Debban. “This was an unanticipated benefit that not only can improve the performance and security of the data center infrastructure, but also makes maintenance and support easier. It also provides sales with a competitive advantage by ensuring clients that their data never leaves the shores of the U.S. We can build upon this framework for years to come.”

Tegile’s advanced hybrid storage arrays combines high-performance DRAM and Flash SSD with less-expensive hard disk and a comprehensive set of data management and protection features to deliver both speed and capacity at an affordable price. Tegile’s arrays balance high performance, high capacity, features and price making them the ideal solution for a wide range of industries and applications.

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.