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Appliance-Free Solution Offers Cloud Server Image Backup, Full Spectrum of Physical & Virtual Backup and Recovery Options

 

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Today launched its new DataProtect 4.5 cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution, allowing users to make full server image backups without requiring an appliance or a local staging drive. The new solution is the first SaaS-based service to deliver complete cloud backup and DR - from files to databases to server images - directly to the cloud, with integrated WAN acceleration for optimal transfer speeds.

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The appliance-free approach enables customers to start recovering data immediately after a disaster without needing to wait for replacement hardware, as well as offering reduced deployment times and maintenance costs. With 279 percent customer growth in the first half of 2014, Zetta.net has seen rapid adoption by organizations looking to replace older, complex tape- and appliance-based backup systems with faster, more flexible alternatives.

New features of Zetta.net DataProtect 4.5 include:

  • Direct to Cloud Server Image Backup - Users can back up and sync full server images directly to the cloud without an appliance or local staging drive, resulting in faster, more efficient backups.
  • Appliance-free Server Image Recovery - Following a disaster event, users can begin recovery to any location with an Internet connection, rather than waiting days for a replacement appliance.
  • Virtual and Physical Recovery Options - Server images are saved in the Windows-native VHD format, which can be restored on any physical hardware or virtual platform:
  • o   Physical to Physical (P2P):The image is restored to a physical server
  • o   Physical to Virtual (P2V): The image of a physical server is restored as a virtual server
  • o   Virtual to Virtual (V2V):The image of a virtual server is spun up for easy restoration
    • Native VHD Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) - P2P recovery option allows users to restore an entire system to new hardware by leveraging native Windows capabilities, resulting in a less error-prone recovery than traditional BMR methods reliant on third-party OS.
    • SQL Backup Enhancement - The new direct-to-cloud function extends to SQL and Exchange backups, which can now be streamed to Zetta.net's cloud without requiring local disk space.
    • 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) - Zetta.net is offering users an additional layer of account protection with cloud-proven 2FA using Google's Authenticator, which requires both a password and a secondary verification code sent to a specified mobile device for login.  This mitigates the risk of a stolen password, as malicious intruders would be unable to access the account without the secondary code.

"Speed is crucial for data recovery. Extended downtime can have dramatic negative effect, and can sometimes cause a catastrophic business impact on an organization," noted Chris Schin, vice president, products, Zetta.net. "With Zetta DataProtect 4.5, our customers can start recovering their full server images immediately after a disaster, so they can get up and running again as soon as possible."

 

Availability of Zetta.net DataProtect 4.5
The award-winning Zetta.net solution is now in general availability. It includes backup and recovery software for unlimited servers and endpoints, all application and OS plug-ins, secure geo-replicated cloud storage and 24x7 U.S.-based engineer-level support, as well as all future updates or upgrades.

 

About Zetta.net

is an award-winning provider of for small/medium enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs). Its software-only approach with built-in WAN acceleration enables companies to simplify backups, speed data recovery and reduce overall cost.


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

Tags: online backup, cloud backup, disaster recovery, offsite backup, remote backup, server backup, data protection, msp backup

Company's 97th Patent Describes Improvements to Snapshot Performance for Faster System Recovery

LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced innovative technology described in its latest addition to its patent portfolio - a new innovation that improves snapshot performance in storage arrays.

Generated by Dot Hill's AssuredSnap™ snapshot software, which is part of the company's Data Management Services (DMS) suite, snapshots are versatile and extremely useful tools for backup and data recovery operations. By reducing the number of operations required to access snapshot metadata, the invention disclosed in Dot Hill's 97th US patent, numbered 8,751,467, improves storage controller performance when using data snapshots, which can result in faster system recovery.

Traditionally, when an application on a storage controller wants to access snapshot data from a storage system, the application first needs to retrieve the storage device's snapshot metadata. The status quo approach of accessing metadata is inefficient since it involves multiple steps of copying cache pages. Using Dot Hill's patented approach the application can use the cache page address to access the metadata. A second application is allowed to access the cache page and can also update the metadata in this approach. After the application finishes its update, cache pages are mirrored to the remote system and written back to the appropriate storage devices. This patented approach streamlines the data recovery process.

"Our customers run demanding applications that require high-performance storage with rock-solid reliability," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "Besides providing 99.999 percent data availability in all our AssuredSAN storage systems, we never stop innovating to set ourselves apart from the competition. Dot Hill's growing patent portfolio is a reflection of a world-class engineering team that develops highly differentiated storage solutions."

Dot Hill's patent portfolio builds on the extensive intellectual property behind Dot Hill AssuredSAN and AssuredSAN Pro solutions, which deliver rock-solid, wicked-fast solutions to customers and OEM partners. Dot Hill's continuous innovation benefits the company's key vertical market customers in the Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Big Data & Analytics and Digital Imaging sectors, that require high-performing storage to support demanding applications.

About Dot Hill

Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.

BCM 2000:  Essentials of BCM Series
Implementing ISO 22301, 22313,
22320, 22398, 27031, 31000, 19011 & 17022
Includes BCI's 2013 Good Practice Guidelines 
Looking for a course that is based on international standards?
 
Looking for templates and examples on how to develop a Business Continuity Management System that meets the requirements of the standards? 
 
Do you like to have fun (and maybe even laugh out loud!) when you learn?
Then BCM 2000: Essentials of Business Continuity Management is the course for you!  Download the Brochure 

Course Description 
BCM 2000: Essentials of Business Continuity Management provides you with knowledge to develop a standards-based, auditable, and actionable business continuity program for your organization.
This course is the critical starting point to developing a program that can be certified ISO 22301. It is comprised of 10 individual modules that can be taken as a series or in combination over time.

Essentials of Business Continuity Management provides the foundation necessary for new or current professionals interested in either developing a career in Business Continuity Management, seeking certification, or for those professionals responsible for developing a business continuity program for their organization.

It is designed to expose the participant to all aspects of a holistic BCM program and to be a solid "how to"guide for building a business continuity program for all types of organizations.


Student activities are included throughout the course and are designed as knowledge checks to reinforce lesson materials and to provide attendees with hands-on activities that will enable them to become familiar with and apply these principles in their jobs.

Delivery Structure
Essentials of BCM is offered as an elearning course that includes the following elements: Download the Brochure
  • Voice over ppts teaching online
  • pdf's of the course book
  • Templates of how to implement the requirements of the standards (sample policies, reports, etc.)
  • Multi-media that is relevant & fun!
  • BCI's 2013 Good Practice Guidelines 
  • Case study
  • Open for Business Toolkit
  • Course review activities to evaluate for comprehension
  • Practice exam questions (for DRII's Qualifying Exam)
  • Online essay for CEU credit  
  • Email access to a qualified expert for questions
  • Online ISO 22301 Lead Implementer Certification Exam included in course fee 
Certification Requirements
Successful completion of the BCM 2000 series with a passing grade on the online CORS in BCM exam completes the educational component for certification as a Certified Organizational Resilience Specialist (CORS) in BCM / ISO 22301 Lead Implementer.

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Holders of the CORS certification are entitled to apply for statutory membership with the BCI at the AMBCI or MBCI level, subject to evidence of required experience.
With ISO 22301 as an international standard allowing companies to demonstrate their ability to cope with major threats; as well as provide a management systems approach to business continuity management, this course provides you with what you need todevelop a program that complies with these certification standards.

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Sincerely,
Lynnda Nelson, President
The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
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BCM 2000: Essentials of Business Continuity Management Series
BCM 2011: Business Continuity Program Development
BCM 2021: The Business Impact Analysis
BCM 2022: The Risk Assessment
BCM 2023: Developing Strategies / Options to Protect the Organization
BCM 2031: Plan Design, Program Structure, & Required Documentation
BCM 2032: Incident Response, Management & Communication
BCM 2033: Business Continuity & Recovery Plans
BCM 2035: Writing the ICT Continuity / IT DR Plan
BCM 2041: Awareness, Training, Testing & Exercising
BCM 2042: Program Evaluation, Improvement & Audit
BCM 2011:  BCM Program Development 
In order to develop a Business Continuity Management System, it is important to understand the requirements of management systems, the core concepts of business continuity, and how to determine the scope of the program, develop policy, and the requirements for leadership and governance. BCM 2011 provides an overview of each of these topics as the foundation for developing and managing the BCMS.

BCM 2021:  The Business Impact Analysis
The BIA process is covered from beginning to end with a focus on the identification of the organization's key products and services and the critical activities and resources that support them.  Examples of BIA data gathering questions, methodology, analysis and reporting provided. 

BCM 2022: The Risk Assessment
Using the ISO 31000 standard on Risk Management as its basis, this course describes the process of conducting a risk assessment and analyzing the results to mitigate risks.  From risk identification, risk description, risk analysis, risk evaluation, risk communication, and risk reporting, this course covers the entire risk assessment process using an enterprise risk management approach.   A key requirement of the standards is the identification of the organization's risk appetite or acceptance and this course provides the methodology for this identification. In addition, BCM 2022 includes a review of different quantitative and qualitative methods for analyzing risk.

BCM 2023:  Developing Strategies / Options to Protect the Organization
This course introduces the student to the challenges of selecting the appropriate strategies / options
for the continuity and recovery of business processes, critical functions, operations and the supporting information technologies within the specified recovery time objective.  Building on the information gathered during the BIA and risk assessment, BCM 2023 explores how to evaluate the different strategies necessary for mitigating risk, continuing operations when possible, and recovering operations if interrupted. BCM 2023 reviews strategies for people, property, assets, technology and information, reputation, suppliers, and financial viability.

BCM 2031:  Plan Design, Program Structure & Required Documentation
In order to develop the actual plan documents the organization will need to decide on the approach, methodology and the plan document structure. BCM 2031 outlines the necessary roles and responsibilities of the members of the organization, the key elements that must be included in every plan type, and how to meet the requirements for managing documentation.

BCM 2032:  Incident Response, Management & Communications
Implementing procedures for responding to an incident of any kind, managing the incident, and ensuring successful communication with all interested parties before, during and after the incident is an essential requirement for all business continuity programs. BCM 2032 also ties to the requirements of ISO 22320 on Incident Management and PAS 200 on Crisis Management & Communications.  The objective of BCM 2032 is to develop and implement procedures for response to and stabilization of the situation following an incident or event, including establishing and managing an Emergency Operations Center and local command centers during the crisis.

BCM 2033:  Business Continuity & Recovery Plans
All of the procedures developed as part of strategy development need to be documented in the business continuity and recovery plan. BCM 2033 reviews the requirements for business continuity plans and how to document procedures according to ISO 22301.

BCM 2034:  ICT Continuity / IT DR Plans & Procedures 
The focus of the ICT Continuity and the IT Disaster Recovery Plan is on the IT infrastructure that supports the business operations and ensuring that the plan in place protects the key infrastructure of
the organization. ISO 27031 on ICT Continuity outlines the methodology for ensuring that the ICT infrastructure supports the BCM infrastructure to ensure that there are no unsupported critical processes and the RTOs can be met. BCM 2034 reviews the guidelines for ICT continuity under ISO 27031, ISO 27001, and NIST 800-34.

BCM 2041:  Awareness, Training, Testing & Exercising 
Building a BCMS culture is an essential component of ensuring a successful program. Determining competence of all parties involved in the business continuity management system and increasing competence through awareness, training, testing, and exercising is a key component of this process and is vital to the success of the BCMS. BCM 2041 also aligns to the guidance of ISO 22398 for developing exercise programs. 

BCM 2042: Program Evaluation, Improvement & Audit 
It is impossible to keep the BCM program current and actionable or to move to a management system without monitoring, measuring, analyzing, and evaluating the BCMS. BCM 2042 explores the requirements for internal audit and management review of the BCMS. Also included are the requirements for writing the audit report based on ISO 19011 and ISO 17022. 
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Lynnda Nelson, President
The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience
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LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Power management company Eaton today announced that its Cooper Notification business has expanded its Wheelock Exceder LED Series to include ceiling models for horns, horn strobes, strobes, speakers and speaker strobes. The Wheelock Exceder Series is the industry’s first line of notification appliances to utilize high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the strobe light source to help reduce overall costs in fire alarm and emergency communication systems.

“The addition of new ceiling appliances completes our low candela line of Wheelock Exceder LED products,” said Huyenchau Villas, product manager, Eaton’s Cooper Notification business. “Our break-through optical design and energy-efficient LED technology leads the industry in low current draw, which equates to lower installation costs, reduction in materials and overall system savings for customers.”

Exceder LED ceiling appliances offer one of the industry’s smallest footprints in a sleek, modern design. For faster and easier installation, the series includes dual voltage (25/70 Voltage Root Mean Square), five field-selectable tap settings (1/8 to 2 watts) for speaker models and multiple audible settings for horn models, field-selectable candela (cd) settings (15, 30, 75, 95 cd), and convenient mounting options for both new and retrofit construction.

The Exceder LED speaker and speaker strobe models feature the widest frequency response range in the industry spanning 300 to 8,000 Hertz. Ideal for mass notification applications, the wider frequency response range allows the speaker to reproduce frequencies closer to the original sound, improving the clarity and comprehension of the intended message for intelligible communications. 

Eaton’s Cooper Notification business offers the Exceder LED ceiling speaker data files for the EASE Evac software design tool from AFMG technologies to help system designers meet intelligibility code requirements,. To import the files, visit www.coopernotification.com.   

To learn more about this solution or others from Eaton’s Cooper Notification business, visitwww.coopernotification.com.

Eaton’s Cooper Notification business is a leader in developing integrated, advanced technology and code-compliant solutions for life safety and mass notification, providing critical, emergency communications for higher education, industrial, commercial, government and military markets.

Eaton’s Electrical Sector is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Partnership Enables Smaller Companies to Leverage Advanced BI Solutions Without Necessitating the Involvement of IT

NEW YORKInformation Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity and integration solutions, today announced its partnership with Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a global provider of business computing solutions. The company will distribute Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering, a solution designed to deliver the advanced BI benefits enjoyed by large enterprises to smaller organisations.

Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Express offering helps business users transform data into knowledge without the need for IT. By putting the power in the hands of a broader user group, WebFOCUS Express allows smaller organisations – or specific departments within larger organisations – to obtain the far-reaching BI functionality traditionally limited to large enterprises or advanced analyst roles. The solution equips Arrow customers with the ability to integrate all information sources, improve business insight, facilitate faster responses, and enhance productivity.

“Robust BI and analytics solutions are tools that organisations of all types and sizes must actively use to achieve success in today’s business environment,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “All companies, regardless of size, should have access to the BI tools they need to understand and make positive use of the information generated by their organisations. Information Builders is thrilled to be partnering with Arrow to extend the power of BI to a greater pool of potential users and ensure that more companies have the tools needed to make informed decisions, improve business processes, and boost revenue.”

“The addition of Information Builders’ WebFOCUS to the Arrow portfolio is key to building out our Analytics Solution Practice,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of enterprise servers, systems, and software, Arrow ECS. “This product set will complement our current offerings with its proven performance, ease of use, and self-service abilities of WebFOCUS Express to organisations across the globe.”

Arrow will distribute two versions of WebFOCUS Express via its solution provider network, a software-only version for IBM Power Systems running Linux and an Intel version running both Linux and Windows. As part of the partnership, Arrow will also manufacture and distribute an IBM Power Systems Linux Appliance version of WebFOCUS Express in both North America and EMEA.

About Information Builders

Information Builders helps organisations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That’s why tens of thousands of leading organisations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.co.uk, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrsINTL, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 58 countries.

Combination of leaders in cloud-based project collaboration and enterprise PPM fulfils “No Matter How You Work” vision and redefines portfolio and resource management

READING – Planview® has acquired project collaboration company Projectplace to significantly expand its offerings in the portfolio and resource management market. Based in Stockholm, Projectplace is a pioneer in cloud-based project collaboration, serving almost one million users during its 15 years in the market. The new Planview, combining for the first time industry leading project and portfolio management (PPM) and project collaboration solutions, will enable the company to uniquely help its customers – spanning large enterprises to small teams – move their businesses forward by making better use of their limited resources through portfolio, resource, and work management.

“With this acquisition we continue to transform Planview to fulfill a broader vision of portfolio and resource management,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of Planview. “Our transition to SaaS was only the first step. The addition of Projectplace pays off our ‘No Matter How You Work’ vision – one portfolio that spans the dominant work types and stays true to our resource management roots. These products are purpose built to support the unique needs of PPM and project collaboration users, and together they can provide a comprehensive view of resources across the enterprise.”

By uniquely addressing the variety of ways customers work – from traditional PPM to collaborative projects and tasks to Agile development via partnerships with the leading Agile ALM solution providers – Planview will now enable organisations to manage a truly integrated work and resource portfolio. This strategy is informed by the perspectives of both the Gartner “PPM Product Usage Reference Model”[1] and the Forrester “Above-the-Line: Strategic Planning and Below-the-Line: Work Execution”[2] research.

“The essential activity of collaboration among people and the projects and processes in companies is driving demand for applications that are engaging and interactive,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research. “Planview’s acquisition of Projectplace brings value beyond traditional approaches that are just schedules and projects in the cloud. The combination creates new potential for managing projects and portfolios of assets by establishing a new standard for business and IT to gain the best productivity and value from their workforce.”

The current Projectplace CEO Johan Zetterström will become the general manager of the new Projectplace business unit reporting to Planview CEO Greg Gilmore.

“Projectplace and Planview will together create an exciting opportunity for all of our customers as we leverage each other’s complementary strengths in product offerings, geographic presence, cloud experience, and go-to-market models,” said Johan Zetterström. “We have been searching for the perfect match in the North American market and I’m really glad that our two companies have found each other. Planview is an established market leader with a great team that shares our commitment to innovation.”

Projectplace will be added as a business unit within Planview, further cementing SaaS as the company’s primary delivery and business model. The combined entity creates a $125 million company with two product lines: Planview Enterprise and Projectplace. Planview will invest in continuing Projectplace product development, and will also integrate the product with Planview Enterprise. Used together, the products advance the promise of – and increasing demand for – portfolio and resource management to align all of an organisation’s people, resources, and projects with business goals no matter how they work.

For more information about the acquisition visit Planview.com/TheNewPlanview or visit www.projectplace.com to learn more about Projectplace.

About Planview

Planview is a global leader in portfolio management and project collaboration. From small teams to large enterprises, leaders in every industry rely on the company’s cloud solutions to empower organisations to reach their goals and drive results by optimising the capacity of their people and financial resources. Planview’s singular focus fuels a deep commitment to innovation and customer success. For more information, visit http://www.planview.com and www.projectplace.com

Canadian Gold Mining Company Increases Performance Across Its Global Business and Improves Disaster Recovery Plan with Innovative Branch Converged Infrastructure
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the leader in application performance infrastructure, today announced that Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX: AGI), a Canadian-based gold producer, is using Riverbed® SteelFusion™ to eliminate the headaches of its branch office IT infrastructure, resulting in a more cost-effective and performance-driven IT architecture that supports its global business. Alamos Gold turned to SteelFusion to converge disparate server, storage, and network infrastructure into a single branch appliance that also centralizes all of the company’s remote branch data in its Toronto data center. This significantly decreased infrastructure costs, while still providing local performance at remote locations, improving data protection, and enabling nearly instant recovery from any branch disasters. These efforts have given the company a technological advantage in an industry historically constrained by distance and location.
 
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Founded in 1994, Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates gold mines in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in both Mexico and Turkey. Alamos Gold’s global operations generate huge volumes of data that need to be accessed locally as well as transferred to the company’s headquarters in Toronto. Geologists, for example, create a terabyte of mapping data each year. Dealing with low bandwidth and high latency wide area networks (WANs) in far-off regions required Alamos to leave local infrastructure at each site to keep applications and data accessible. These infrastructure challenges led to Alamos employees sending data files on DVD through the postal service, a process that often took three to four days, preventing real-time collaboration between the mines and headquarters, risking data loss or corruption, and limiting the effectiveness of the company’s disaster recovery (DR) strategy.
 
“We considered centralizing all of the servers in Toronto, but in view of needing to keep applications and data local, WAN optimization alone was not the best solution,” said Rohit Tellis, director of Information Technology at Alamos. Yet maintaining dedicated infrastructure at each site also prohibited Alamos from supporting distant locations due to a lack of local IT expertise, difficulty in transporting servers to the sites, and the need for data generated at the mines to be backed up and stored. After presenting these challenges to multiple vendors, Alamos found that only Riverbed was able to provide a viable solution to meet its needs.
 
By implementing the Riverbed SteelFusion solution, Alamos was able to avoid the costs of deploying actual servers, storage and backup infrastructure at each mining site. “With SteelFusion, we are able to serve up the data at the local site, have it cached in the event of an outage, and still streamed back to the data center in near real-time,” Tellis noted.
 
The availability of real-time data improved the ability of geologists to collaborate with their colleagues in the field. “Some applications were previously unusable by our employees, but once we implemented the Riverbed solution, they had local access to the application and its data,” Tellis said.
 
Sending data via the postal service also resulted in a lag time of several days between data in the field and the versions stored in the Toronto data center, limiting the effectiveness of the company’s DR strategy. Now with the SteelFusion deployment, backing up and storing current mine data in Toronto improves data protection and ensures a solid DR plan. Information now arrives in Toronto within minutes instead of days. This process decreased Alamos’ recovery point objective (RPO) form three days down to just a few minutes. “With SteelFusion, we have realized a concrete disaster recovery plan for our distant sites,” Tellis added.
 
With the Riverbed deployment, Alamos saw ROI within six months, as Tellis was able to eliminate branch IT infrastructure and operations costs. “Factoring in savings, such as the cost to buy and support server, storage, and data protection infrastructure at each site, this approach has yielded significant benefits. Riverbed SteelFusion gives us a more cost-effective and scalable solution to deploy IT infrastructure in any location we explore without sacrificing the productivity, security or IT management needs of a successful mining project. The Riverbed solution gives Alamos a competitive edge in the mining industry and an IT template for continued success,” concluded Tellis. 
 
Riverbed SteelFusion and Riverbed Application Performance Platform
Riverbed SteelFusion is a branch converged infrastructure solution that centralizes data in the data center and delivers local performance with instant recovery at the branch. SteelFusion consolidates branch servers, storage, networking, and virtualization infrastructure into a single solution. SteelFusion expedites branch office provisioning, backup, and recovery and ensures continuous operations when disasters occur from any cause – weather, fire, or accident. With SteelFusion, businesses can restore branch operations in a matter of minutes vs. days, centrally protect and secure data in the data center, and significantly lower the TCO of branch and remote offices.
 
Riverbed SteelFusion is part of the Riverbed Application Performance Platform™, the most complete platform to enable organizations to embrace location-independent computing, so that business objectives – not technical constraints – drive how applications and data are delivered.
 
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About Riverbed

Riverbed, at more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is the leader in Application Performance Infrastructure, delivering the most complete platform for Location-Independent Computing. Location-Independent Computing turns location and distance into a competitive advantage by allowing IT to have the flexibility to host applications and data in the most optimal locations while ensuring applications perform as expected, data is always available when needed, and performance issues are detected and fixed before end users notice. Riverbed’s 25,000+ customers include 97% of both the Fortune 100 and the Forbes Global 100. Learn more at www.riverbed.com.

GFT will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers Award

LONDON, UK - The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new category for the awards, the FinTech Trailblazers, which is being created with new sponsor GFT, a leading IT solutions provider in the banking sector. The new category will reward and recognize the best of breed FinTech startups who are blazing trails in the financial services sector.

GFT, an expert in big data in the financial services industry, will also sponsor the Big Data Trailblazers category.

The new category opens up the first of vertical markets for the leading independent enterprise technology startup awards. Its stablemates include the new category of Internet of Things and existing Cloud, Infosecurity, Big Data, Storage, and other awards categories. Startups have until August 29th to complete their entries.

Christopher Ortiz, Managing Director of GFT UK, commented “GFT is already a big supporter of the startup ecosystem with its groundbreaking CODE_n innovation platform. The opportunity for GFT to recognize excellence in the FinTech startup community reinforces our commitment to innovative approaches such as harnessing big data to the challenges faced by banking today.” The Tech Trailblazers Awards is an independent international awards platform for startups which gives more than just recognition to the best ideas and innovation. Winners are awarded with prizes worth thousands of dollars from an estimated US $1 million prize fund, to fuel the growth of their business. These include expert mentoring, exposure to investors, business development tools and more. The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, again projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, Gigaom, Innovation Warehouse, IP EXPO Europe, Mynewsdesk, RealWire, VMware, and many others.

Enterprise IT startups can enter the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups – a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region.

Rose Ross, Tech Trailblazers Awards founder and Chief Trailblazer, explained, “It is very exciting to welcome GFT, a key player in both the big data and the financial services market, to the Tech Trailblazers Awards and bring another strong startup ambassador into the Tech Trailblazers ecosystem. GFT’s ability to connect our winners with other key players within the innovative space of financial services is a great benefit for our winners. We have been toying with adding vertical market foci into the categories for a while and GFT’s support means we can kick that off with the very active FinTech startup space.”

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO’s from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year’s panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year’s Tech Trailblazers.

Testing completed with CacheAdvance Application Acceleration Software on MySQL using Seagate 1200 SSD
 
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – CacheBox, Inc. has announced the addition of Seagate's 1200 SSD to the company's Hardware Compatibility List. A 12G SAS drive, the 1200 SSD joins other enterprise SSDs that CacheBox has qualified for use with CacheAdvance™, CacheBox's unique application acceleration software that enables significant improvements in application throughput and processing with no disruption to a company's compute or storage infrastructure.

"Delivering consistent and predictable application performance continues to be a top challenge to IT teams in today’s data centers," said Lorenzo Salhi, CacheBox CEO. "Leveraging easy to deploy, high performance enterprise SSDs like Seagate’s 1200 family, goes a long way to realizing this requirement."
Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager, SSD at Seagate said, "CacheBox takes application acceleration to the next level. Their innovative approach combined with Seagate 1200 SSDs help delivers business value to the enterprise data center."

CacheBox's internal testing of CacheAdvance shows significant performance improvements and latency reductions over hard disk storage with MySQL, and enables customers to realize the most cost-effective solution for bridging the application requirements of performance and capacity.
CacheAdvance is a software-only, application centric solution that removes application input/output (IO) bottlenecks in a targeted manner. It works by monitoring application IO requests and intelligently determines which data to accelerate to provide optimal performance and user experience

About CacheBox, Inc.
CacheBox is a privately funded, early stage global company with offices in Silicon Valley and Pune, India, that is focused on using its advanced application centric architecture to vastly improve application performance. The CacheBox team includes software and storage industry veterans from several top-tier companies. For more information, visit www.cachebox.com.

Enhancements to Ontrack Remote Data Recovery software make data recovery even more secure, fast and reliable

EPSOM, UK – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery services and ediscovery, today announced the availability of a new version of its Ontrack® Remote Data Recovery™ (RDR®) software. RDR is a patented, proprietary service that provides a fast and secure solution for data loss situations. Utilising the new version of RDR, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers can work more efficiently on a specific data loss problem, saving valuable time during the data recovery process.

With the Ontrack RDR software solution, security of customer data is maximised because the data recovery can be performed without a hard disk or other storage device leaving an enterprise’s data centre. Specifically, a secure remote internet connection is established between the customer and Kroll Ontrack allowing Ontrack Data Recovery engineers to recover from media at the customer’s site with proprietary data recovery tools. As a result, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers gain full access to individual disks, RAID systems, virtual machines, SANs or LUNs remotely, saving the customer significant time because shipping drives to a Kroll Ontrack data recovery lab is eliminated. Ontrack Data Recovery specialists can also pool from its global network of engineers when performing a remote job to maximise resources and knowledge-sharing to successfully complete the job.

The new release of Ontrack RDR makes installation of the software easier, as all necessary Windows system drivers required for installation are included in the provided setup package and the machine no longer needs to be rebooted post installation. Furthermore, during the installation process, the Ontrack RDR software detects all required connection settings automatically, without the need to set the IP Address, DNA server name or HTTP switch manually.

“In many data recovery cases, including servers with a damaged drive, there is no need to disassemble complex storage systems and send a hard disk to one of our data recovery labs,” said Phil Bridge, Managing Director, Kroll Ontrack. “Within minutes, customers can instead attach the working drives to a running computer system via Ontrack RDR software. As the only data recovery provider that utilises its own software for this service, data is not exposed to any third-party entities, ensuring paramount security while also an efficient data recovery service.”

Ontrack RDR supports Windows XP through Windows Server 2012 for remote data connections. Additionally, the new version offers support for recoveries of NetApp, VMware, EMC, HP, Dell and many other SAN/NAS systems. For more information on Kroll Ontrack’s remote software and service, visit http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/data-recovery-process/remote-data-recovery/.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyse, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.co.uk, follow @KrollOntrackUK on Twitter or subscribe to the Kroll Ontrack Data Blog