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Telstra today launched its global cloud-based unified communications service, enabling businesses to communicate and collaborate in real-time regardless of their location around the world.

Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing, said Telstra’s global solution, launched in Australia last year in partnership with Cisco, is now available across four continents in 25 countries, consistently delivered over Telstra’s worldwide network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence (PoP).

“Our new global service is a significant development in global collaboration capabilities and has been designed specifically for today’s dynamic workplace where employees use the web, video and voice to drive innovation and improve productivity,” said Bell.  
 
“With Telstra Cloud Collaboration, businesses can roll-out extensive collaboration and communications tools to staff throughout the world, scale user profiles and functionality up and down depending on business requirements and ensure employees working remotely have identical resources to those working in the office – all while minimising traditionally significant upfront investment models.”
  
Mr Bell said the service would be delivered via Telstra’s cloud infrastructure, which now extends to seven locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

“Telstra Cloud Collaboration allows global customers to focus on their core business priorities whilst benefiting from a services model managed by Telstra, without the need for on-premise systems. 
 
“It is also a globally consistent platform ensuring that standardisation and collaboration are made that much easier for customers seeking to empower their teams, regardless of the location of their offices or data,” he said. 

“Cisco is excited to offer Telstra tools and capabilities for delivering rich collaboration experiences,” said Thomas Wyatt, Vice President & General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Infrastructure Technology Group. 

“Telstra is one of Cisco’s key global partners and we are happy to join Telstra in offering one of the most comprehensive portfolios of cloud-based services in the world to be delivered on a Cisco Unified Computing platform,” he said. 
 
Telstra’s service will be available from the end of August to customers on a monthly, “per worker” basis. Worker types are unique to Telstra and have been specifically designed to meet the different needs of employees, categorising them as ‘essential’, ‘office’, ‘information’ or ‘mobile’ workers, making deployments simple and easily scalable. 

Today’s announcement builds on the ongoing cloud partnership between Telstra and Cisco. In March, Cisco announced that it will build the world’s largest global Intercloud together with Telstra and other partners to address customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform capable of meeting the robust demands of the Internet of Everything.

Proceeds Will Be Used to Support and Maintain Current Growth Rate

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – LeadCloud, a fully transparent, cloud-based platform in the online marketing industry, announced today that it has raised $1M in a Series A round of funding, bringing its total funds raised to $1.2M.

The LeadCloud Platform

Launched in January of 2013, LeadCloud (www.LeadCloud.us) has made tremendous progress in its first year and a half and is now one of the market leaders for integration platforms in the insurance industry. The company is seeing rapid growth in the education, mortgage, and home services industries as well.

From a business perspective, LeadCloud is a comprehensive lead platform for advertisers. Prior to LeadCloud, advertisers had to build individual real-time integrations to each lead seller, lead verification vendor, lead scoring vendor, outbound call center, quoting engine, and other lead services. In addition to this technical hurdle, transparency into the data and the ability to manage and optimize the entire lead life cycle in real time has been difficult because it often involved disparate tools and services. LeadCloud solves this problem by providing pre-built integrations with virtually all leading vendors as well as an advanced set of optimization, distribution, and management services, all available through one simple integration and dashboard.

From a technical perspective, LeadCloud is an iPaaS provider (integration platform as a service) offered from the Amazon web services (AWS) platform, which facilitates two-way lead flow across both cloud and enterprise systems. This integration platform is combined with a suite of .NET applications for customized optimization, distribution, and management of both purchased and internally generated data leads and clicks.

With their primary focus currently in the insurance vertical, LeadCloud also recently announced the launch of its new agent portal service. As part of its distribution suite of services, LeadCloud now offers insurance carriers and agencies a fully branded agent portal to handle all registration, management, and lead distribution services to their agent sales force. Leveraging all of the LeadCloud platform services, these free-standing branded portals include a site-wide CMS with roles-based authentication of content and services to the agents. Agents can register on their own and use the portal to manage key aspects of their lead buying in real time.

"We are very excited by the launch of this new service," said Brian Ocheltree, LeadCloud CEO, "as it represents not only a robust solution to a growing problem in the insurance industry but also a good example of how our investment in our robust platform can be furthered leveraged by quickly and seamlessly solving additional pain points for advertisers."

The LeadCloud team has built more than 250 custom partner integrations to date and has more than 50 advertisers using the platform so far. The industries currently supported are insurance, mortgage, education, and home services. The funding will be used for additional platform development and strategic sales and marketing program development.

ABOUT LEADCLOUD
LeadCloud is the first transparent lead marketplace allowing lead buyers to diversify, optimize, distribute, and manage their data from one single integration and dashboard. Headquartered in Ellicott City, Md., LeadCloud is currently active in the insurance, mortgage, education, and home services industries. More information can be found at www.LeadCloud.us.

LTE North America Conference Paves Road to LTE-Advanced

 

DALLAS, TX – August 18, 2014 – North America, globally the largest market for LTE subscriptions, will continue to see a rise in LTE subscribers throughout the coming years according to forecasts. LTE connections in North America grew to 115 million subscriptions, representing 30 percent of the 387 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the first quarter of 2014 alone. LTE connections are expected to hit about 131 million with a 33 percent share of mobile subscriptions when reporting is finalized for the second quarter. With four nationwide service providers achieving widespread coverage, the North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide. Operators are upgrading their networks with Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Self-Organizing Networks (SON), the beginning of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), plus the launch of LTE-Advanced and its many feature sets. Serving as a platform to discuss the next steps for LTE to meet increasing data traffic demands, LTE North America 2014, the leading 4G event in the region, will take place later this year from November 18 to 20 in Dallas.

 

The conference and exhibition will bring together key experts and decision makers across North America to discuss the latest topics facing the industry including: monetizing LTE, network optimization, LTE-Advanced and its feature sets such as carrier aggregation, service innovation, mobile backhaul and public safety LTE.

 

“LTE-Advanced provides a lot of runway for our next generation networks to support the huge upsurge in data traffic and connected devices,” stated Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas. “With 13 LTE-Advanced commercial networks today and an expected 40 to 50 by the end of this year, there is great value to be derived from discussions at LTE North America,” Pearson added. “With 5G anticipated sometime in 2020 or later, the evolution of LTE beyond 3GPP Release 10 still has a tremendously innovative road ahead.”

 

Chris Pearson kicks off the conference with a keynote presentation on the data demand challenge and the important solutions offered by LTE-Advanced and beyond. Ron Marquardt, Vice President of Technology, Sprint Corporation, will also address the expansion and upgrading of LTE networks.

 

The conference boasts an impressive speaker line up including:

·         Ron Marquardt, VP of Technology, Sprint Corporation

·         Yasmin Karimli, Director of Radio Technology Development, T-Mobile USA

·         JR Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships & Alliance, AT&T

·         Carlos Sanchez, VP, Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T

·         TJ Kennedy, Acting General Manager, First Responder Network Authority

·         Julie Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC

·         Sue Monahan, CEO, Small Cells Forum

·         Chris Pearson, President, 4G Americas

·         Paula Doublin, AVP – Construction and Engineering, AT&T

·         Patty Tikkala, VP Spectrum, Sprint

·         Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute

·         Philippe Andrès, Group Marketing North America Vice President, Orange

·         Scott McCloud, Sr. VP & CTO, Bluegrass

·         Dean Hardy, CTO, NetSet Communications

 

The conference will include tracks on public safety LTE as well as LTE Carrier Mindshare, an opportunity for the region’s carriers to come together and discuss the challenges they are facing with their networks. Signalling and Antenna Evolution Focus Days, along with discovery sessions on 5G and monetizing LTE will also be offered during the conference.

 

The LTE North America Awards will take place on the evening of November 19 to reward the organizations in the industry who have excelled in the innovation of products and services through a variety of LTE focused categories.

 

LTE North America will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas, TX on November 18 to 20. To plan your visit and view the full event program, or to register for the event, please visit http://americas.lteconference.com. Alternatively, keep up-to-date with the event on Twitter using @LTEWorldSeries or #LTENA. Service providers may attend the conference at no charge.

 

4G Americas is an official endorsing organization of LTE North America. Members of 4G Americas are eligible for a special conference rate.

Addresses the Demands of Fast-Growing Hyper-Convergence Market with Pre-Validations and Performance Predictability

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Maxta, a leading provider of hyper-converged storage solutions, today announced the MaxDeploy ™ Reference Architecture built on Intel® Server Boards and Systemsthat uses Maxta MxSP software-defined storage to maximize the promise of hyper-convergence. 
MaxDeploy delivers a new and flexible way of deploying hyper-converged solutions for the virtual data-center. MaxDeploy pre-defines and validates solutions running on popular server platforms to remove interoperability and performance guesswork, along with the need for proprietary hardware in hyper-converged solutions.Best-in-class technology for both compute and storage on Intel x86 servers provides simplification of management and significant cost savings for applications running on virtual machines.

The MaxDeploy Reference Architecture built on Intel Server Boards and Systems and Maxta MxSP software running in a virtualized environment,offers a variety of business benefits to partners and customers. The repeatable and standard deployment model mitigates the risk of hardware or software compatibility issues, while simplifying and shortening deployment time and training. The reference architecture serves as a starting point for a variety of hardware and software configurations to meet end user application workloads. It delivers the flexibility to choose industry standard server vendor(s), storage media type and capacity, and network switches based on end user specific needs.
Intel SSDs are also configured as part of this solution to demonstrate the interoperability of Maxta’s software-defined storage with Intel SATA SSDs and traditional hard disk drives.By leveraging MaxDeploy with Intel Server Boards and Systems, enterprises now have the flexibility to scale their environment on-demand without over provisioning resources. 

Maxta maximizes the promise of Hyper-convergence
Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence for customers. It fills a key market gap in a segment that is expected to grow very rapidly by enabling a very cost effective hyper-converged infrastructure solution running on any standard x86 server, using any hypervisor, while still delivering all the enterprise class data services (snapshots, clones, replication) and capacity optimization (thin provisioning, inline compression and inline de-duplication) that users would typically get in a NAS or SAN storage array. The addition of MaxDeploy reference architecture takes Maxta’s solution one step further in delivering on the full promise of hyper-convergence by providing companies with pre-validated configurations, performance and peace of mind. MaxDeploy pre-validations include testing with server-side flash technology and magnetic disk drives to support a wide spectrum of cost / performance options. Maxta’s VM-centric solution greatly simplifies IT management and greatly reduces storage administration by enabling customers to manage VMs and not storage.
Maxta will show its MaxDeploy converged infrastructure solutions at VMworld in San Francisco on August 24 – 27, 2014. Visit Maxta at Booth #305 to see demos of the MaxDeploy reference architecture.

Supporting Quotes
“We have seen dramatic growth in interest for hyper-converged systems over the last year,” said Yoram Novick, CEO of Maxta. “The introduction of MaxDeploy enables Maxta to provide our customers ease of ordering, predictability and most of all, vendor choice in hyper-converged solutions. MaxDeploy running on Intel Server Systems platforms is a strong validation that customers can realize the promise of hyper-convergence on high-performance Intel server platforms.”
Yoram Novick, CEO, Maxta, Inc.

“In addition to receiving the efficiencies and cost savings of hyper-convergence, customers can now leverage MaxDeploy for pre-validated configurations and predictability of performance,” said Al Diaz, Vice President and General Manager, Intel. “We believe that MaxDeploy and Intel Server Boards and Systems provide enterprises with more options for flexibility and capacity scalability.” 
Al Diaz, Vice President and General Manager, Intel

“Maxta’s hyper-converged storage solution is an excellent fit for supporting the NCS Virtual Desktop application delivery platform for our customer base,” said Mike Turicchi, Chief Product Strategy Officer of NCS Technologies. “The combined solution consisting of NexServ servers powered by Intel PCSD and the Maxta software-defined storage platform for virtualized environments, minimizes the complexity and cost for our customers, while delivering consistent and predictable performance. We look forward to a successful partnership with Maxta.”
Mike Turicchi, Chief Product Strategy Officer, NCS

Resources
•	State of the Hyper-converged market
•	MaxDeploy Reference Architecture: Running on Intel Boards and Systems

About Maxta
Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence. Our software-defined storage solution gives you the choice to run on any x86 server with any drive type. The Maxta VM-centric solution simplifies IT management and reduces cost, all while delivering hyper-scale, enterprise-level data services and capacity optimization. Think outside the storage box. For more information visit www.maxta.com.
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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.
 
About NCS Technologies, Inc.
NCS Technologies, founded in 1996, builds high quality computing solutions for government, education, enterprise and OEM customers. More than one-half million NCS computing systems have been installed around the world. Visit www.ncst.com.





Reseller switches from NComputing to Userful for reliability, flexibility and affordability
 

Calgary, AB – Userful™, a leading entry-level desktop virtualization company, and Nclouding Co. announced today an agreement whereby Nclouding Ltd. will install Userful Multiplatform with the Atrust m320 zero client device for customers throughout South Korea, as a more fully featured alternative to NComputing L300. Installations have already begun.

The unique architecture of Userful software appliance provides simplicity and performance, seamlessly delivering HD multimedia across a range of displays and operating environments. Userful leverages zero client devices to replace physical PCs at a lower cost than traditional PCs and with a 96% power savings. The browser-managed Userful solution goes beyond desktops powering interactive touch displays, digital signage and video walls.

“We’re very satisfied with the high performance of Userful and the Atrust m320 zero client,” said Michael Chun, founder and chief executive officer at Nclouding Co. Ltd. “The Userful solution can play many 1080p HD videos on YouTube simultaneously with maximum performance.” Chun said, “Nclouding started searching for an alternative virtualization solution when the NComputing hardware wasn’t performing up to our standards”.

“We received a lot of complaints from our customers due to the limited performance of the NComputing L300. In several aspects, the device could not meet our customers’ expectations. So we decided to look for an alternative and chose Userful after due consideration.”

Chun emphasized the value of easy installation and fast set up that Userful provides.

“We found that Userful installs on a host PC with ease and promptness. We also like the intuitive drag-and-drop user interface on the browser-based Userful control center. It is by far the best among those we have tested.”

“Some Userful features, such as not needing a Microsoft™ Windows operating system, greatly attracted us as did the ability to add digital signage. We recently introduced the digital signage to our key hospital client and they decided to adopt Userful immediately.”

With over 1 million virtualized desktops worldwide, Userful provides schools, libraries, small businesses and the world’s largest virtual desktop deployment, with a simple and low-cost desktop virtualization solution that offers significantly greater flexibility and performance than traditional products.

At $199 MSRP, including the device and software, Userful costs less than the NComputing L300 but includes an integrated hypervisor like traditional entry-level solutions like Citrix® VDI-in-a-Box and VMWare Horizon™ View. Userful also offers integrated cloud-client desktops, similar to the Chrome OS built into ChromeBoxes, and supports many other use cases.

NEW YORK, NY – KEMP Technologies announced today the availability of its most powerful offering in the Virtual LoadMaster (VLM) series, the VLM-10G. This new Virtual Load Balancer is ideal for largest virtual infrastructures, giving enterprise customers the ability to scale with their applications and user count. This latest offering gives customer an option to deploy a virtual load balancer where hardware appliances were previously the only viable solution.

KEMP is the leader in application-centric load balancing and this new virtual solution solidifies this position by offering customers extended performance capabilities in a virtual package. As IT continues to transition to more cost effective software-defined data centers, the VLM-10G empowers administrators to be more agile in deployment and delivery of business-critical applications.

The VLM’s high performance and capacity is capable of scaling up to 10Gbps throughput and 12,000 SSL transactions per second (TPS), while taking full advantage of the flexibility and elasticity of the underlying hypervisor it’s deployed on with support for ESXi, Hyper-V, KVM, Xen and Oracle VirtualBox. Additionally, the VLM-10G performance profile will also be extended to KEMP’s offerings for public cloud platforms including Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and Amazon Web Services. As with the rest of KEMP’s LoadMaster family, the VLM-10G offers a comprehensive and versatile set of features while enhancing the performance of deployed applications.

Key Highlights

·         Standard Features: Full Layer 7 ADC functionality including content switching, SSL offloading, application health checking, session affinity, caching, compression, intrusion prevention, pre-authentication and single sign-on.

·         Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB): Expands intelligent load balancing and application delivery beyond a single site to geographically dispersed locations via algorithms capable of selecting the best suited datacenter for client requests.

·         High Performance: Scalability to 10Gbps throughput and 12,000 SSL TPS provides customers with a compelling virtual ADC alternative to mainstream hardware solutions.

·         Versatility: Supports the widest variety of platforms such as VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, and Oracle VirtualBox.

“With KEMP continuing to advance its software offerings, the introduction of the VLM-10G is a testament to the boundaries we are consistently seeking to push. KEMP’s Virtual LoadMaster family is the industry standard for businesses seeking to deliver application services in virtualized environments,” said Peter Melerud, co-founder and EVP of product management, KEMP Technologies. “The VLM-10G reinforces the forward moving standard at KEMP and enables businesses to deploy and take advantage of the software-defined data center.”

About KEMP Technologies

KEMP is the leading provider of load balancer software used by over 22,000 enterprises and organizations that depend upon e-commerce, web and collaboration applications for their long-term success. KEMP helps companies rapidly grow their operations by providing 24/7 application availability, better web performance and secure operations – while providing platform flexibility across hardware, software and cloud ADC solutions.

KEMP's LoadMaster ADCs cover Layers 4-7 load balancing, SDN compatibility, web application firewall, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, IPS), including one full year of product support services, delivering industry-leading price/performance advantages.

The company is headquartered in New York City with significant operations in Limerick, Ireland. For more information, visit KEMPtechnologies.com, or call at +1 646-374-0060.

Equinix broadens reach for cloud service providers by enabling direct access to enterprise customers and network service providers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that CloudSigma, a public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, is the latest cloud service provider to join the Equinix Cloud Exchange™. Enterprises now have access to CloudSigma services across the globe via the Equinix Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution designed to accelerate cloud adoption and performance, enabling hybrid-cloud IT through secure, on-demand access to multiple clouds and networks across the globe.

Highlights / Key Facts

  • Leveraging the Equinix Cloud Exchange enables CloudSigma to solve the business challenge of providing private cloud access to enterprise customers in an automated, high-performance and cost-effective manner.
  • With Cloud Exchange, CloudSigma is able to establish standardized business processes globally, lowering operational expenses, while also benefiting from automated ordering and provisioning, which reduces the time to onboard customer network connections.
  • CloudSigma will gain access to private networking services, and the ability to easily interconnect with service providers and enterprises stationed on the Cloud Exchange.
  • Equinix's Silicon Valley SV5 data center is the initial Cloud Exchange connection point for CloudSigma. As a customer of Equinix, CloudSigma has benefited from increased flexibility, scalability and reduced time to market - while enabling the company to win new business via Equinix's vast business ecosystem.
  • Equinix is continuing to expand its marketplace with growing cloud service providers joining the Cloud Exchange to conduct business with enterprises and network service providers, including tw telecom, Level 3, Ciena and more.
  • The Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 17 markets globally - Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt - with plans to expand to 19 markets by the end of 2014.

Quotes

  • Jim Poole, vice president, service providers, Equinix:

"We are excited to welcome CloudSigma to the growing number of cloud service providers who have joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange. CloudSigma's unique flexibility, resource provisioning and private patching capabilities will make it an attractive option for enterprises in the Cloud Exchange. By working with innovative companies like CloudSigma, we continue to expand the breadth of cloud services available across Platform Equinix - ensuring enterprises have the necessary resources and interconnection options needed to confidently meet business demands."

  • Robert Jenkins, CEO, CloudSigma:

"By providing enterprises with direct, private access to our public cloud, we are able to significantly enhance performance and security, while capitalizing on Equinix's global footprint. We are actively expanding our partnership with Equinix across new geographies and joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange will enable us to extend our reach even further. Now, more enterprises and network service providers will be able to use our services in an even easier and cost-effective way."

Additional Resources

About CloudSigma
CloudSigma is a pure-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider that's enabling the digital industrial economy through its highly-available, flexible, enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and cloud hosting solutions, both in Europe and the U.S. CloudSigma is the most customizable cloud provider on the market, giving customers full control over their cloud and eliminating restrictions on how users deploy their computing resources. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please, as well as extend private networks out of existing infrastructure and elastically into CloudSigma's IaaS cloud to create easy to manage and transparent hybrid cloud solutions. For more information, please visit www.CloudSigma.com or find the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

About Equinix Cloud Exchange
The Equinix Cloud Exchange is an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds, across multiple networks around the globe.  By combining the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers with advanced service orchestration for the first time, the Equinix Cloud Exchange provides enterprises with simple, scalable, direct access to the multiple cloud services they need to build highly flexible hybrid cloud solutions.  This removes the security, performance and vendor lock-in concerns holding many organizations back from fully adopting and reaping the benefits of cloud services.  For more information on the Equinix Cloud Exchange, please visit www.equinix.com/solutions/by-services/interconnection/exchanges/equinix-cloud-exchange.

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,500 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world's most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 32 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

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.

Tweet this: @zettanet launches first direct to #cloud saas-based server image #backup with built-in WAN acceleration

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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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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