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Telstra’s multinational customers will benefit from superior connectivity to and from India thanks to a new agreement with Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™. The Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) will utilise Tata Communications’ 116 Points of Presence (PoPs), extending Telstra’s reach to tier-2 and tier-3 Indian cities such as Jaipur, Surat and Trichy.

Bernadette Noujaim Baldwin, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, Head of Connectivity and Platforms Portfolio, said the new arrangement with Tata Communications was part of Telstra’s broader MPLS strategy, which includes NNI agreements in emerging markets that are of high value to customers and the expansion of its own on-net PoPs.

“The latest estimates from a PricewaterhouseCoopers report predict India is set to become the third largest economy in the world by 2030. When you combine this with its young and burgeoning working-age population, you’ve got a compelling consumption boom and a competitive edge that sets Asia's third-largest economy apart from many other countries.”

“With these economic and social indicators in mind, we’re seeing demand for data connectivity throughout India grow as an increasing number of Asian, European and American headquartered businesses look to India for long-term growth opportunities.”

“Telstra is focused on providing services to large multinational companies that are expanding across Asia and the rest of the world, which is why we are leveraging Tata Communications’ deep network footprint to extend our service coverage throughout India and provide customers the same security, redundancy and quality of service offered on the Telstra network,” she said.

Through the partnership, Telstra and Tata Communications have defined roles and responsibilities for the management of the NNI to ensure the seamless delivery and support for services in the region. By leveraging Tata Communications’ domestic infrastructure and global subsea fibre network, users will benefit from reduced latency and increased network availability, empowering them to rapidly access the business services they need.

James Walker, Vice President, Managed Networks Services, Tata Communications, said: “India is a key emerging market, and our position as a company founded in India, coupled with our tier-1 network which circles the globe, allows us to provide international customers with best-in-class performance and coverage across India and beyond. We are pleased to be working with Telstra to provide their customers the high level of connectivity support and access needed for growth and global investment into this key region.”

Today’s announcement strengthens Telstra’s position of operating one of the most scalable networks across the globe, facilitating access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories.

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace Platform Simplifies Connectivity

  • Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity
  • One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies
  • By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers

CHICAGO, Ill. – Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, and  Granite Telecommunications, LLC, the leading national provider of voice, data, and networking services to businesses, today announce Granite’s selection of Global Capacity to be a partner providing Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and Private Line connectivity.  Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform allows Granite to further extend its services footprint to over 3 million additional business locations and data centers throughout the US and Canada covered by Global Capacity.

“Customers choose Granite for our unparalleled customer support and costs savings while offering the best products and the best service nationwide,” remarked Sam Kline, Senior Vice President of Granite.  “One Marketplace allows us to further extend our services footprint and further reduce costs.”

Leveraging Global Capacity’s One Marketplace, Granite is able to procure off-net services to expand its data and IP products designed to suit the communications needs of its business and governmental customers.  One Marketplace provides Granite Telecommunications with automated pricing for network connectivity in a matter of seconds, while simultaneously providing transparency into competitive price points and available capacity across multiple access networks and geographies.  By streamlining the process of off-net service procurement, Global Capacity delivers on its commitment of simple connectivity to customers. 

“Granite is a leading national provider of telecommunications services to businesses and government agencies, and we look forward to partnering with them to deliver solutions that will connect them to customer locations better, faster and easier than ever,” adds Jack Lodge, President for Global Capacity. 

One Marketplace offers customers a competitive advantage by building leading interconnections with networks across a broad range of geographies.  These strategic interconnections are established at high-demand switching locations where available capacity can be aggregated and connectivity to high-demand services can be provisioned both simply and cost-effectively.

Global Capacity’s One Marketplace eliminates the complexity and inefficiency of buying network connectivity by combining an interconnected, aggregated network with a Cloud application that automates the procurement of network services.  One Marketplace streamlines service delivery and ensures the best client experience by providing customers with a single interface through which to design, price and fulfill multi-network, multi-geography requirements, as well as a single contract SLA, bill and point of contact.

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.

One Marketplace Expands On-Net Connectivity to Over 5,000 Tier 2 and 3 Communities across US

  • The partnership will provide Global Capacity’s One Marketplace members access to INDATEL’s 500+ Rural Local Exchange Carriers and 80,000 fiber optic route miles of middle-mile network serving over 5,000 communities nationally
  • “The extended reach and streamlined delivery capabilities of One Marketplace coupled with the simplicity of a single point of contact in Global Capacity provide tremendous benefit,” says Max Huffman, Chief Operating Officer for INDATEL
  • “Our partnership with INDATEL will open up new business and revenue opportunities for both Rural Local Exchange Carriers and One Marketplace customers across the US,” adds Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer for Global Capacity

CHICAGO, Ill. Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, and INDATEL, a group of wholesale carriers dedicated to providing best-in-class, cost-effective transport connectivity, today announce a new partnership that allows INDATEL to buy Ethernet services through One Marketplace interconnects in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas.  The partnership between Global Capacity and INDATEL will provide Global Capacity’s One Marketplace members access to INDATEL’s 500+ Rural Local Exchange Carriers and 80,000 fiber optic route miles of middle-mile network serving over 5,000 communities nationally.

“Our goal is to provide our members and affiliates with efficient, cost-effective network connectivity, enabling them to meet growing customer demands,” says Max Huffman, Chief Operating Officer for INDATEL.  “The extended reach and streamlined delivery capabilities of One Marketplace coupled with the simplicity of a single point of contact in Global Capacity provide tremendous benefit.”

As much a value to INDATEL buying and expanding their network reach, One Marketplace also offers an opportunity to sell on-net services for INDATEL and leverage their Ethernet network assets and capacity.  With interconnections to One Marketplace, INDATEL will gain the following competitive advantages:

  • Access to the most efficient and cost-effective network connectivity
  • Ability to promote network locations and capability to a wider market;
  • Market intelligence around true demand sets; and
  • Participation in larger off-net and outsourced opportunities as a competitive piece of larger total solution.

“Our partnership with INDATEL will open up new business and revenue opportunities for both Rural Local Exchange Carriers and One Marketplace customers across the US,” adds Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer for Global Capacity.  “An interconnection to One Marketplace delivers connectivity to over 3 million commercial addresses in the US, all leveraging one MSA and one SLA.”

One Marketplace enables customers to take advantage of near-ubiquitous network access by combining an interconnected, physical network aggregation platform with a Cloud application that automates the design, pricing, delivery and maintenance of network solutions.

To learn more about Global Capacity and its award-winning One Marketplace platform, visit www.globalcapacity.com/one-marketplace.

TaskRabbit, the global online marketplace designed to connect busy people with safe and reliable help in their neighbourhood, has signed a partnership with GBGroup to utilise GBGroup’s identity verification software as TaskRabbit continues its global expansion.

TaskRabbit is an online marketplace that connects busy people to skilled professionals to outsource household errands and skilled tasks that they do not have the time or expertise to do themselves. People using TaskRabbit invite Taskers into their homes to help them complete an array of tasks quickly and at a low cost.

To ensure the full safety of TaskRabbit’s Clients – and its 25,000+ network of Taskers - it is vital that each applicant is verified to ensure they are who they say they are. Following its launch in the UK, TaskRabbit has partnered with GBGroup to utilise its identify verification software to electronically vet each applicant, in addition to in-person training sessions, which the company carries out with each applicant.

Uma Subramanian, Director of UK Operations at TaskRabbit explained: “As the sharing economy continues to revolutionise business throughout the UK and globally, it’s of paramount importance for businesses such as TaskRabbit to ensure the full safety of its users. We chose to use GBGroup’s identity verification software due to its sophistication and ease of use. Through use of the software we can confidently ensure that our Clients know who they are inviting into their homes.”

Glenn Porter, GM at GBGroup said: “The ability to safely connect people and services is the foundation of the digital economy. It brings value to both consumers and businesses. Companies like TaskRabbit and the services they offer are brilliantly innovative, but crucial to their value is that users can trust that the people they are working with are who they say they are. We are proud to be part of this process, enabling trust between participants in the sharing economy.”

About GBGroup (GBG)

The most profitable and successful organisations recognise the value of understanding the individual identity of their customers and employees. GBG combines this concept of identity with technology to create an environment of trust, so that organisations can employ people and connect, communicate and transact with consumers, safely and responsibly.

We call this Identity Intelligence.

GBG’s Identity Intelligence solutions include:

Register & Verify - International software and services for quick and accurate customer registration; and the verification of identities of individuals & businesses remotely.

Cleanse & Engage – Innovative software and services which provide accurate and up-to-date identity information to deliver improved intelligent customer contact strategies.

Employ & Comply – Thorough background checks through online verification and authentication of individuals enabling organisations to safeguard, recruit and engage with confidence.

Trace & Investigate – Leading software and services which provide the most accurate and up-to-date picture of the UK’s population, properties and businesses to quickly locate, investigate and contact the right individual, first time.

Insurance software company sold to Via Ventures Partners, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and the company’s management

LONDON – Hampleton Partners has acted as exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of Profit Software Oy on the sale of the company to Via Ventures Partners, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and the company’s management team.

Profit Software delivers enterprise software solutions that allow insurers to manage all their services, business lines and processes. The Espoo, Finland headquartered company has operations in six northern European countries installing its applications on premise or as SaaS implementations.

“It was a pleasure working with Hampleton Partners. From beginning to end, they managed every aspect of the process and brought together the optimal transaction for all our stakeholders while remaining an independent company,” says Ilkka Starck, CEO of Profit Software.

The private equity fund managed by CapMan Group invested in 2009 and owned 70 per cent of Profit Software Oy shares prior to exit. Profit Software’s chairman, Vesa Wallden from CapMan Technology and responsible for the investment, adds, “Profit Software has grown in the Nordics and has excellent prerequisites to continue its growth under the leadership of its new owners.”

M&A Report - Insurance Technology

Based on the recent experience and discussions with insurance IT players from around the world, Hampleton’s principal partner, Miro Parizek, commented, “We are certain to see more transactions in insurance technology during the near term.”

Hampleton Partners will be releasing later this quarter a report, M&A Market Snapshot – Insurance Tech, covering dynamic transaction activity in the sector with insights on deal drivers, valuation metrics, and industry-related trends.


Hampleton www.hampletonpartners.com

Hampleton Partners is an M&A advisory firm headquartered in London with an office in San Francisco, as well as local professionals in Germany, Scandinavia and Asia. Hampleton’s experienced team of professionals have managed over €1 billion worth of transactions. The firm is focused on and serves owners of companies in Digital Marketing, Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure, Information Management, Internet Commerce, Mobility, SaaS & Cloud Services.

CapMan www.capman.com

CapMan Group is one of the leading private equity firms in the Nordic countries and Russia, with assets under management of €3.1 billion. CapMan has five key investment partnerships - CapMan Buyout, CapMan Real Estate, CapMan Russia, CapMan Credit and CapMan Public Market - each of which has its own dedicated investment team and funds. Altogether, CapMan employs approx. 100 people in Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow, Luxembourg and London. CapMan was established in 1989 and has been listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange since 2001.

Profit Software Oy www.profitsoftware.com

Founded in 1992, Profit Software provides software solutions that allow insurers to manage all their services, business lines and processes. Profit Software has operations in six countries and it is headquartered Espoo, Finland. The company employs over 90 people and its turnover in 2013 was approx. EUR 9.6 million.

  • LANDESK Makes Third Mobility Acquisition within Three Years, Second Acquisition in Mobile Productivity
  • Acquisition Will Provide Added Support, Services to Existing Naurtech Customers
  • LANDESK to Maintain Naurtech as Separate Product Offering

LONDON – LANDESK, a global leader in delivering user-oriented IT solutions that solve systems, asset, security, mobility and IT service management challenges, today announced it acquired Naurtech, a company that develops connectivity solutions to provide mobile access to enterprise data and applications using Windows CE platform devices. This acquisition brings LANDESK additional mobility solutions, enabling its business to expand, and provides a new support community to Naurtech customers.

“We have been impressed with the product offerings Naurtech has developed,” said Steve Bemis, vice president, mobile productivity business unit for LANDESK. “Naurtech brings complementary expertise that will strengthen support for our mobile operating systems and provide support for additional ruggedized devices. We are thrilled to bring Naurtech into the LANDESK family.”

Although Naurtech will be part of the larger LANDESK business, its product offerings will be maintained separately. LANDESK plans to continue extending Naurtech‘s product offerings with additional mobile platform support, as well as leveraging Naurtech capabilities in other LANDESK products.

Naurtech currently offers the only SAP-recommended mobile browser in the market, making it the preferred solution for organizations looking to improve user productivity for line of business applications built on the SAP platform. In addition, Naurtech provides relationships with additional device manufacturers and is currently being used in thousands of deployments in market segments such as retail, manufacturing, distribution, consumer packaged goods and logistics.

“We have long admired the service that LANDESK offers its customers in the ruggedized space and we are honored to be joining forces with them,” said Pankaj Nauriyal, vice president of sales and business development at Naurtech. “This acquisition brings our team additional resources, along with expanded customer service through LANDESK’s 24-hour global support offerings and its vibrant user community. We are excited for what the future holds as part of LANDESK.”

LANDESK continues to drive innovation, developing the smart platforms and voice-driven applications of the future, which increase user productivity and produce measurable results.

About LANDESK Software

LANDESK, the global authority on user-oriented IT, enables users to be their most productive while helping IT embrace the speed of change. Through the integration and automation of IT systems management, endpoint security management, service management, IT asset management, and mobile device management, LANDESK empowers IT to balance rapidly evolving user requirements with the need to secure critical assets and data. LANDESK is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices located across the globe. For more information, visit www.landesk.com.

About Naurtech

Naurtech, a LANDESK company, develops connectivity solutions to provide mobile access to enterprise data and applications using Windows CE platform devices. Founded in 2001, Naurtech’s products marry the power of device local processing available on handheld computers with the efficiencies of thin client computing to help customers implement their wireless mobility solutions. As an innovative market leader, Naurtech’s customers rely on its technology to address their unique needs in implementation of their auto-ID data collection (AIDC) solutions. With several hundred thousand client deployments worldwide and growing, Naurtech’s terminal emulation and web browser products are used in mobile solutions across market segments like retail, manufacturing, distribution, consumer packaged goods and logistics. For more information, visit www.naurtech.com.

Top Canadian University Benefits from Flawless Performance and Reliability with StorTrends Hybrid Storage Appliance  

NORCROSS, Ga. – StorTrends® today announced that the University of Western Ontario has furthered its investment in the selection of StorTrends high performance storage appliance to deliver continuous availability for videotaped lectures offered online to the Western student community. Using StorTrends hybrid rack-mount storage array, the Canadian university has optimized the storage, playback, sharing and replication of its growing library of video assets.

The University of Western Ontario, or "Western," delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve its communities. With 82 main campus buildings and a full-time enrollment of over 22,000 students, Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

Recently, the university identified and responded to the desire of students and faculty to videotape lectures and make them available online to the Western community. To achieve this, it needed a new media server and a combination of increased storage capacity and performance in order to store, playback, share and replicate the video. As the University of Western Ontario's IT team began to collect vendor quotes to meet its needs, they also wanted to consider technology that they knew would be reliable. The university had already been using two StorTrends 3200i's in a virtual environment for nearly seven years with great success.

"When I started here there were already two StorTrends 3200i's that had been here for about four to five years," said Clint Bourdeau, Network Systems Specialist, University of Western Ontario. "They ran flawlessly, untouched for about two more years. I didn't even have to reboot the boxes. I really paid very little attention to them. So, when it was time to add storage for our video project - I was already looking  in StorTrends' direction."

After a comprehensive due diligence, Bourdeau found the StorTrends array offered superior features, functionality and expansion capabilities up to 256TB - just what was needed for the university's video project. The new StorTrends solution was subsequently integrated into Western's infrastructure with active/active and active/passive configuration support. It delivers extreme throughput capabilities and true enterprise-class performance along with WAN optimization, automated data tiering, and thin provisioning features. As a result, the university now has the perfect solution to meet its demands for lightning fast, highly reliable and highly functional storage for its video streaming needs. It is also expanding the StorTrends solutions utilization to include centralized file storage support for its Hyper-V environment and snapshot backup for data recovery processes.

Key StorTrends features that have benefitted the University of Western Ontario include:

  • High-value affordability
  • Extreme throughput capabilities
  • Enterprise-class performance
  • Automated data tiering
  • Proven reliability
  • Ease of management

"Reliable data availability and protection are keys to the success of every enterprise," said Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends. "At StorTrends, we have worked to perfect our proven storage appliances with the security and reliability features organizations need to achieve more with their stored information, without spending more. Organizations, such as the University of Western Ontario have done just that - worked to deliver innovative functionality to meet the changing demands of their business."

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About StorTrends

StorTrends® from American Megatrends (AMI) isPerformance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state & local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Storage to Spinning Disk Solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ Customer Installations, 100+ Storage Patents and nearly 30 Years of IT Leadership from a company that millions or people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc.

Cloud-based HR vendor has won the race against rival HRMS vendors to provide Canonical with a system that delivers huge time savings and functionality

“We believe the best way to fuel innovation is to empower our employees with the technology they need" says Canonical VP

READING, UK – Fairsail today announced that Canonical, the company behind disruptive open source operating system Ubuntu, has selected Fairsail as the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) vendor to replace its existing HR operations information systems and to scale its new talent management initiatives.

Canonical provides software and services to enterprises as well as government and education organisations around the world, to help migrate and manage their Ubuntu deployments. The company ensures Ubuntu runs reliably on every platform from PCs, tablets and smartphones to servers and the cloud. In just a few years, Canonical grew from 200 to over 600 employees in 30 countries as the company added new products and responded to significant global demand for Ubuntu. To support the increased scale of operations and continued growth the company recognised the need to invest in HR operations management.

Canonical operates in a high performing, fast paced, dynamic, global culture, and relies on its people, processes and systems to support an ongoing approach to managing talent proactively. Fairsail’s centralised system and standardised user interface replaces Canonical’s previous organic, distributed HR management systems, to provide a single, integrated experience for its employees. The HR system also provides the ability to easily scale as Canonical continues to grow.

“We chose Fairsail’s HRMS solution because it offers the breadth of functionality required by our HR team to deal with rapid growth and it delivers a better service to our distributed employees,” said Canonical VP of Operations, Steve George. “We can tailor Fairsail’s cloud-based system to our needs, simplify and automate our processes and streamline HR management. We’re expecting to see huge time savings by giving employees the tools to easily manage their own reviews, objectives, holidays, training and so on, reducing administration and enabling our HR team to focus on adding value.”

During the bid process a number of large traditional enterprise vendors were unable to match Fairsail’s mixture of functionality and flexibility that Canonical required. Canonical, which needs to be able to dramatically scale systems and processes to support substantial growth, selected Fairsail as the most capable system to support the business globally.

Looking after the culture of the company has been an important element of Canonical’s success. As a globally dispersed workforce, and with approximately 75% of employees working remotely, effective technology is a necessary way of life for Canonical employees. Alongside the Fairsail HRMS implementation, the business is currently implementing a new Talent Management strategy to ensure it is effectively and proactively managing its talent and presenting opportunities for career growth.

“Fast paced dynamic global companies like Canonical rely on collaboration, clear communications and reliable people to deliver on goals, and I am so pleased the company has chosen Fairsail as the HRMS partner to drive its approach to talent management,” says Fairsail CEO Adam Hale. “Fairsail will provide Canonical with a solid foundation for its programs, enabling it to focus on initiatives that will add value and growth and to drive its high performance culture.”

About Canonical

Canonical is the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu project and the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise.

Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud computing. Since its launch in 2004, it has become a natural choice for users of all kinds, from Fortune 500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers and individual technologists.

With developers, support staff and engineering all over the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help its partners and enterprise customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held company.

About Fairsail

Fairsail enables mid-size, multinational companies to manage modern workforces through its global cloud HRMS, transforming how organizations acquire, engage, manage and develop their people. Implemented quickly and simple to use, the system increases company productivity, reduces operational costs and provides better experiences across the entire workforce. Fairsail’s customer portfolio includes Laird, Roto Rooter, Antea Group, Cobalt International Energy, Solarwinds, Betfair, SDL, Monitise, and Cooper Gay.

Organizations see improved efficiency, flexibility, finds study sponsored by Sungard Availability Services and EMC


WAYNE, Pa. – The swift migration to cloud computing and data recovery services shows no signs of slowing, with half of organizations reporting they expect to boost their cloud services budgets over the next 18 months, according to a new study conducted by IDG Research Services on behalf of Sungard® Availability Services and EMC® Corporation.

The survey of 132 organizations found that driving the movement to the cloud are pressures to pare costs and "do more with less," as well as the desire for employee mobility. In fact, the percentage of IT services provided by third parties – including outsourcers and cloud providers – is expected to climb 37 percent over the next three to five years. Respondents ranged from companies with less than 1,000 employees to those with more than 10,000.

Of those anticipating increasing their cloud service budgets:

  • ·        12 percent foresee a rise above 10 percent;
  • ·         18 percent expect a six to 10 percent boost;
  • ·         20 percent anticipate a one to five percent increase over the next 18 months;
  • ·         Two in five expect spending to remain the same;

·         10 percent foresee cloud service budgets decreasing. Average outlays are forecast to rise about three percent.

"Our survey confirms that organizations are becoming more sophisticated and knowledgeable about their uses for cloud," said Jack Dziak, Executive Vice President, Global Products, Sungard Availability Services.  "Indications are that while organizations are content to move productivity applications such as e-mail, HR, collaboration and conferencing solutions to the cloud, they are still hesitant to migrate mission critical applications relating to compliance, supply chain, and product lifecycle management."

Tony McCoy, Vice President, Cloud Service Providers, EMC Corporation added: "The cloud provides organizations with simplicity, choice and interoperability to help transform IT.  EMC-powered cloud solutions offered by EMC Cloud Service Providers help enable organizations with the ability to respond to the changing needs of their customers.  While a one-cloud-fits-all strategy is no longer enough, IT leaders clearly see the benefits of cloud services as a business enabler."


Security Still a Top Concern

Among the more challenging elements of the cloud, security ranks atop the list of concerns:

  • ·         65 percent of respondents are worried about security;
  • ·         Security also stands atop the list of challenges holding organizations back from adopting cloud recovery services, with 63 percent expressing concern;
  • ·         Organizations also wonder whether they will realize a return on their cloud spending, with 38 percent believing it will prove a challenge to realize an ROI on cloud recovery services. 

Not surprisingly, those already investing in cloud recovery services do not report security as a challenge. Regardless, organizations surveyed are moving quickly to cloud computing to gain the benefits of cloud services and data recovery services in the cloud.

Organizations anticipate benefiting from cloud computing in several ways:

  • ·         64 percent of respondents expect improved efficiency;
  • ·         58 percent foresee increased flexibility from using cloud services;
  • ·         While improved customer satisfaction is considered less important as a benefit, with 39 percent listing it, it still ranks as the third most significant benefit;

·         Other benefits cited include cloud recovery services, reduced downtime, improved reliability and enhanced productivity.

As for cloud recovery services, nearly half of organizations (46 percent) already invest in such services or plan to within the next one to two years, the survey revealed. Another 30 percent have such services on their radar. With speed of recovery listed as the top benefit of cloud recovery services, over six in ten respondents report four hours or less as the ideal recovery time goal.

The full results of the survey can be found here.


About Sungard Availability Services

Sungard® Availability Services™ (Sungard AS) has more than 30 years of experience providing flexible availability services that help ensure organizations keep applications always on, always available. The company leverages its proven expertise to provide managed IT services, information availability consulting services, business continuity management software and disaster recovery services to clients in North America, Europe and India. Sungard AS helps customers improve the resiliency of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs.

To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us onTwitter @Sungardas, LinkedInandFacebook.


Sungard Availability Services is a trademark of SunGard Data Systems or its affiliate, used under license. The Sungard Availability Services logo by itself is a trademark of Sungard Availability Services Capital, Inc. or its affiliate.All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office in Philadelphia is encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare! It’s the end of National Preparedness Month and time to move from awareness to action on National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th.

The Ready Campaign established four building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved − and raised awareness about the importance of preparing. America’s PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by adding a focused national call to action for individuals and organizations to take simple, specific actions to increase their preparedness for a potential disaster.

“Anyone and everyone can make the choice to be informed and be better prepared,” said FEMA Region III Administrator MaryAnn Tierney, “We encourage everyone to simply take action – any action – to better prepare yourself, your family and your community.”

FEMA Region III has been working and supporting many organizations that will be taking action for America’s PrepareAthon! and on National PrepareAthon Day! Below are highlights of only a few of the many events occurring around the region.

  • Louisa County Virginia’s PrepareAthon! TAKE ACTION AGAINST EARTHQUAKES! Louisa County (VA) Public Schools is leading the PrepareAthon action by having 6 schools take part in a preparedness drill on the 30th. The main event will be at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School with school wide earthquake dill with FEMA staff during the day. In addition, the county Administration Building and Fire and EMS will be involved and participate in drills. Over 5,600 students and staff will be participating in a drill for Louisa County’s PrepareAthon!
  • Delaware’s PrepareAthon! TAKE ACTION AGAINST FLOODS on September 20th  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., take action against flooding at the Fall in to Action Community Preparedness Day in Dover, Delaware. Residents can learn about flooding and protective measures in addition to the numerous organizations that will provide fun, food, and preparedness activities for the whole family.
  • Marion County West Virginia’s PrepareAthon! TAKE ACTION AGAINST WINTER WEATHER on September 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Marion County Preparedness Expo hosted by the Greater Fairmont (WV) Council of Churches. Over 40 organizations will be participating to help the families increase their preparedness. Additionally on September 26th, the Small Business Administration will be conducting a workshop for local small businesses to increase their preparedness to support Marion’s PrepareAthon! You can sign-up at SBA.gov/content/sba-score-host-disaster-workshop-fairmont.  
  • National Capital Region’s PrepareAthon! SIGN-UP FOR ALERTS AND HOLD A DILL on September 30th. Led by Brookfield Properties, private sector businesses in the greater Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland will be encouraged to participate in a drill to help increase their individual preparedness. Sixteen Commercial Real Estate companies and other organizations have committed their employees to participate in National Capital Region’s PrepareAthon!, at Brookfield Properties; over 6,140 employees and tenants will be taking action by holding drills and signing up for alerts.
  • Team Rubicon’s PrepareAthon! TEST YOUR PLANS! From September 17th – 20th Team Rubicon will be in Philadelphia, PA testing their ability to activate and communicate for a 3 day event. While they are working to build six homes in three days, they will be exercising their command structure and ability to respond quickly and affectivity to a disaster.  Anyone can Join Team Rubicon and help spread the word.
  • Amtrak’s PrepareAthon! SIGN-UP FOR ALERTS! On September 30th at their Harrisburg, PA station, Amtrak will be encouraging train riders to sign up for emergency alerts and download the FEMA App. Look for FEMA staff at the train station to talk about alerts and other great ways to get prepared.

Want to join and take action on September 30th ? Here are some simple ways you can get involved:

Learn more and register your actions at Ready.gov/prepare to be join the 14.5 million taking action for America’s PrepareAthon!

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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.