Spring World 2015

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Fall Journal

Volume 27, Issue 4

Full Contents Now Available!

Press Releases

Press Releases (1439)

CAMPBELL, CA – NAKIVO Inc., #1 VM data protection software provider, has announced today that it has released NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 with support for file recovery from local and cloud based VM backups, single click integration with Amazon cloud, and advanced reporting.

Downloading an entire backup from the cloud to recover just a few critical files can consume an unacceptable amount of time. However, with NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0, files can be instantly accessed and restored from any VM backup, regardless whether it’s a few feet or few thousand miles away, enabling rapid operational recovery from anywhere, including backups stored in remote public clouds.

While NAKIVO Backup & Replication has long supported manual integration with Amazon, Azure, Dropbox, Google, and Rackspace public clouds, new automated single-click integration is now available for Amazon. NAKIVO Backup & Replication can be automatically integrated with Amazon cloud in under ten minutes, complete a 2GB VM backup to Amazon in just five minutes, and recover files from a VM backup at Amazon in less than one minute. Backups sent to Amazon are secured with 256-bit encryption in flight and at rest.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 provides VM backup, replication and recovery reporting on any job, group of jobs, or all defined jobs. Additionally, reports can be scheduled, automatically generated and sent via email.

In addition new features, NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 offers a complete data protection feature set for virtualized environments, including Web 2.0 UI, local and offsite VM backup and replication, support for live applications & databases (Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, etc.), deduplication, compression, and encryption.

“Backup speed is important, but recovery speed is even more important. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, VM and file recovery is 60X faster than our previous backup solution,” said Milko Mihov, IT manager of GRW Engineering. “NAKVIO enables us to now have greater overall uptime while also protecting our VMs more frequently to meet shorter recovery point objectives.”

“NAKIVO with its 3.0 release hits an important milestone in cloud integrated VM data protection by providing Amazon EC2 integration and an often overlooked capability of file level recovery from cloud stored backups,” said George Crump, Chief Steward of Storage Switzerland. “This further enables SMB data centers to minimize their onsite storage investment and fully leverage the cloud.”

“NAKIVO Backup & Replication v2 was great however they have included file level restoration in v3. Finally we have a VM backup and replication rival to the legacy VM backup vendors which shares the most of the feature set but for a fraction of the cost!” said Rob Jennings, Technical Services Manager of Ancar B Technologies, Ltd.

“NAKIVO is addressing the growing trend and challenges facing IT professionals to protect their virtualized data locally while also leveraging public clouds for offsite disaster recovery,” said Bruce Talley, CEO and co-founder of NAKIVO. “Last year we were excited to be the first to market with a completely integrated solution for protecting virtualized data with VM backups locally, offsite, and in public clouds. This release expands on that lead, with additional functionality addressing the recovery challenges facing our rapidly expanding customer base.”

Pricing & Availability


NAKIVO Backup & Replication is priced at roughly 50% of what other vendors charge and delivers the industry’s lowest TCO. NAKIVO Backup & Replication comes in two editions that have the same feature set:

The Essentials Edition works only with VMware vSphere Essentials and Essentials+ and costs $199 (€169, //mike%40drj%2Ecom@secure.emailsrvr.com:993/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX.Staff%3E3671?part=1.2.2" height="12" align="bottom" border="0" hspace="0" width="16">149) per socket.

The Pro Edition works with VMware vSphere Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise+ and costs $399 (€329, //mike%40drj%2Ecom@secure.emailsrvr.com:993/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX.Staff%3E3671?part=1.2.2" height="12" align="bottom" border="0" hspace="0" width="16">269) per socket.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v3.0 is available now. Download a free 30 day trial here http://www.nakivo.com/en/VMware-Backup-Free-Trial.htm

About NAKIVO

 

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California NAKIVO is a privately-held company that develops and markets a line of next generation data protection products for VMware virtualized environments with live applications & databases  including Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. NAKIVO provides the most intuitive, fast, and affordable VM backup and replication solution enabling SMBs to protect, encrypt, compress and de-duplicate data both onsite with local storage and offsite with public clouds. NAKIVO is focused on customer feedback and innovation to deliver the most advanced technology for reducing customer VM recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO), while also delivering the most cost effective VM backup to cloud solution with support for leading storage cloud providers including Amazon and Dropbox. For more information, please visit: www.nakivo.com.

 

Greenwood Village, Colo. – 3t Systems, a complete IT services company specializing in the healthcare market (www.3tSystems.com) and Tegile Systems (www.tegile.com), a leading provider of hybrid storage arrays for virtualized server and desktop environments, today announced that they are partnering to offer Tegile’s Zebi arrays as part of the 3t Systems’ Dynamic Clinician WorkflowTM , allowing customers to cut storage expenditures in half, triple performance, and easily manage storage without adding staff.

Tegile storage arrays are now among the solutions and applications from world-class technology providers, including Citrix (www.citrix.com) , Cisco (www.cisco.com)  and Dell Wyse (www.wyse.com), offered by 3t Systems for seamless workflow delivery.  The advantages of this solution suite for clients include lower costs, unmatched depth of expertise with extensive certifications, faster implementation of proven technology and standardized methodologies with a proven track record.

“Our Zebi arrays provide excellent performance, are extremely flexible and optimize the use of SSD and HDD to enhance IO for throughput performance while maintaining a very aggressive price per gigabyte,” said Rob Commins, vice president of marketing, Tegile Systems. “We are enabling customers to significantly improve their legacy storage environments and better meet the new demands imposed by virtual environments and we are pleased to partner with 3t Systems to provide these unique offerings to their customers.”

With this agreement, 3t Systems becomes the latest member of the Tegile Channel Partner Program, providing the IT and cloud services company with the tools, training and educational resources needed to offer top-level service and expertise to customers, thereby maximizing margins.
“We are extremely pleased to formally begin our partnership with Tegile,” stated Ciaran Dwyer, CEO of 3t Systems.  “This relationship leverages secure, stable data storage and protection for our clients.”

About 3t Systems:
3t Systems is a complete IT services company, which includes Consulting, Managed Services and Cloud Hosting.  3t Systems can manage all aspects of IT to provide clients the Freedom to Focus on building their business.  Delivering these services is a team of accredited consultants, experienced project managers and dedicated client support teams with expertise in Collaboration, Managed Services, Cloud and Virtualization technologies.  It’s this level of expertise and passion for innovation that enables 3t Systems to consistently deliver unsurpassed and measurable results.  Discover what 3t Systems Freedom to Focus approach can do at www.3tSystems.com or follow @3tSystemsIT on Twitter.

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of award-winning*, enterprise storage arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtualization, file services and database applications. With Tegile’s Zebi line of hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that is significantly faster than all hard disk-based arrays and significantly less expensive than all solid state disk-based arrays.

Tegile’s patent-pending MASS technology accelerates the Zebi’s performance and enables on-the-fly de-duplication and compression of data so each Zebi has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning technology solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of server virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant, and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in auto-snapshot, auto-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and virtualization management features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.

Dallas – DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading custom data center and colocation provider based in Dallas, announced today, the company will be hosting an Open House event on March 28th at their newest data center facility located in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, TX.  The event will highlight DataBank’s latest facility, the highest quality Multi-Tenant Data Center (MTDC) available in the DFW marketplace

 

Completed in February, the site has undergone a rigorous commissioning and coordination process to ensure the entire infrastructure operates at the highest levels of efficiency and redundancy.  Customer deployments have already begun within the new facility, and private tours for prospective clients that require a zero-downtime solution for their critical IT infrastructure can be arranged by appointment. 

 

DataBank already delivers over 130,000 square feet of usable data center space across six data centers in their Downtown Dallas location, which is also the site of the company’s headquarters.  Housed within the ultra-secure former Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, DataBank clients have direct connections to over 27 independent network providers on-site.  Leveraging this access, DataBank has deployed a new 4-node redundant fiber ring which interconnects both the Downtown Dallas facility and the new North Dallas facility as well as the Carrier-Hotels at 2323 Bryan & 1950 Stemmons.  This will boost carrier access at both DataBank facility sites to over one-hundred diverse providers via a simple cross-connect. 

 

The North Dallas facility has been designed around four 10,000+ square foot raised floor ‘Pod’ deployments.  This configuration enables DataBank to deliver the company’s premium build-to-suit customized space options which can be individually designed to meet a customer’s specific regulatory requirements. 

The facility is anchored by 20MW utility power (configured in dual 10MW feeds), delivering DataBank’s true 2N A/B power which allows for a 100% uptime platform for critical infrastructure and applications.  In addition to robust power, DataBank has also deployed a highly-efficient redundant-loop chilled water system and high-efficiency perimeter cooling units.   

“DataBank is thrilled to open the doors to this market’s top colocation facility”, said Jerry Blair, DataBank Founder & VP of Sales.  “This is one of the highest quality MTDC facilities ever opened in the region, which has had a growing demand for higher-class data center space in the last few years.”  Blair continued, “Enterprise users, MSPs, cloud providers, financial and healthcare, just to name a few…are key industries that will be able to take advantage of and benefit from the enhanced service levels we can provide.”

To find out additional details and register for the open house event please go to www.databank.com/openhouse.  To learn more about DataBank, or schedule your own private tour, please visit the company website at www.databank.com  for additional information.

 

Lombard, Ill.  - -  As part of ICOR's alliance with the BCI, ICOR members have access the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) 2013 Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) as part of their ICOR membership. 

Download the 2013 GPG.  (note:  The ICOR Library uses your email as your login and the password you created or the one ICOR randomly provided to you.)  If you are a new member as of DRJ Springworld, you will receive your member login and password this week.

In addition, ICOR's Business Continuity Management education programs:  BCM 2000 and BCM 4000 now include the 2013 GPG body of knowledge.

Not an ICOR member?  Join today!

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) released its latest edition of the Good Practice Guidelines on March 18, 2013. The Good Practice Guidelines (GPG) are the independent body of knowledge for good Business Continuity practice worldwide.  

GPG 2013//mike%40drj%2Ecom@secure.emailsrvr.com:993/fetch%3EUID%3E.INBOX.Staff%3E3664?part=1.2.2&filename=ACCOUNT.IMAGE.208" height="280" border="0" width="206">
FREE to ICOR Members

The GPG has undergone a thorough revision to ensure that the 2013 edition represents and includes current global thinking in good Business Continuity (BC) practice and includes terminology from ISO 22301:2012, the International Standard for Business Continuity management systems.

The real value of the GPG to BC professionals is that it considers not just the 'what' to do but also the 'why', 'how' and 'when' of practices written by real-world experts.

The GPG 2013 has been subject to a stringent quality assurance process to ensure it continues to drive the highest standards in BC and draws upon the considerable academic, technical and practical experiences and expertise of BC professionals from across the BCI's global Statutory membership.

Lyndon Bird, FBCI, and Technical Director at the BCI:
"In today's volatile economic, political and social environment, Business Continuity is becoming increasingly relevant to organizations all around the world. The GPG underpins good BC practice and provides organizations with tested and proven guidance, to drive and improve organizational resilience."

In addition to providing a robust and proven guide to all BC professionals, the GPG serves as a recognised industry benchmark against which BC professionals can be effectively measured and their professional and technical competency examined.

Practical knowledge of the GPG underpins the BCI Statutory membership application process that requires its members to demonstrate competency across all six of the GPG's Professional Practices at a Management and Technical level. These include Policy and Programme Management; Analysis; Design; Implementation; Validation and Embedding Business Continuity. Together these Practices make up the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Lifecycle, which is central to good BC practice and ensures the success of any BCM Programme and its continued value to the organization.

All BCI Certification Training, which is based on the GPG, including the Certificate of the BCI Examination (CBCI), which tests a candidate's knowledge of the Good Practice Guidelines and is one of the entry points to BCI Statutory membership, are also being reviewed and revised by the BCI's Technical Team to ensure full alignment to the new GPG.

 

About the Business Continuity Institute

Based in Caversham, United Kingdom, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity and is the world's leading institute for Business Continuity.

The BCI is a global membership and certifying organization for business continuity professionals. It offers a wide range of resources for business professionals concerned with raising levels of resilience within their organization or considering a career in business continuity.  With members in more than 100 countries in an estimated 3,000 organizations in private, public and third sectors worldwide, the BCI truly is the world's leading institute for business continuity.

The BCI seeks to promote and facilitate the adoption of good business continuity practice worldwide by:

  • Raising standards in business continuity
  • Undertaking industry research
  • Driving thought leadership in business continuity
  • Facilitating the sharing of best practice in business continuity
  • Training and certifying professionals
  • Raising the value of the profession
  • Developing the business case for business continuity

www.thebci.org

(Las Vegas)– Cobalt Data Centers, a provider of high density colocation and trusted virtual data center solutions, announced today the completion of both a SOC 1 (SSAE 16) Type I audit and a SOC 2 Type I audit.

“As a leading carrier-neutral data center in Nevada, Cobalt Data Centers remains committed to the highest levels of compliance, including a thorough examination of controls and procedures,” said Mike Ballard, chief executive officer of Cobalt Data Centers. “These audit reports provide our customers a high level of confidence that extensive controls, processes and protocols, pursuant to both SOC 1 (SSAE 16) and SOC 2 audit frameworks, are in place and maintained to help ensure their mission critical assets, systems and resources are protected."

An SOC 1 audit, prepared in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, is specifically intended to meet the needs of customers and their auditors as they evaluate the effect of the controls at the service organization relevant to customer’s financial reporting. As Cobalt Data Centers hosts systems relevant to customer’s financial reporting, an SOC 1 (SSAE 16) audit is required by most Cobalt customers.

An SOC 2 audit, prepared under AT Section 101, Attest Engagement (AICPA, Professional Standards), follows a predefined, rigorous framework to report on the controls of service organizations, including data center providers, including the design and effectiveness of policies, communications, procedures and monitoring based on detailed criteria.

Extensive Type I audits provide independent third party verification by a licensed audit firm as to whether the controls and safeguards maintained by the service organization are operating effectively over a significant period of time.

"As the newest data center provider in Nevada, and in light of our commitment to innovation, advancement and transparency, we are early adopters of undertaking annual SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits,” said Joseph Gallagher, chief financial officer for Cobalt Data Centers. “These audits are also a benefit to our customers and their auditors. With the retirement of SAS 70 in 2011, many customers, including publicly traded entities, require a SOC 1 (SSAE 16) audit as part of their own audit process. At the same time, SOC 2 audits benefit customers by providing detailed validation of our controls and procedures.”

These SSAE 16 audits were conducted by A-lign CPAs. Florida-based A-lign CPAs provides risk advisory and regulatory compliance services to companies world-wide. Their team of audit professionals has world-renowned experience in providing SSAE attestation services. They have held key positions with global accounting firms, and have completed hundreds of financial audits, SAS 70/SSAE 16 audits and other attestation services.

About Cobalt Data Centers

Cobalt Data Centers is a data center development and operating company based in Las Vegas.  Cobalt Data Centers specializes in secure, high‐density, network‐rich collocation delivered with exceptional customer service. It is centrally located in a city and region known for having an extremely low instance of natural catastrophes and extremely high connectivity. Its executives are experienced in all aspects of data center construction and management. For more information, visit www.cobaltdatacenters.com.         

San Ramon, CA xMatters, inc., the relevance engine company, today announced enhancements to its mobile capabilities for business continuity and IT management communications. The company’s new Android and enhanced iOS applications build on the recent acquisition of the Bamboo mobile incident management application to further solidify xMatters’ position as the leader in mobile IT and business continuity communications.

“The reality of the evolving workplace is that employees are more dispersed than ever and increasingly relying on mobile devices for business communication,” said Troy McAlpin, CEO, xMatters. “When it comes to critical communications in the enterprise – for IT alerts or emergency notifications – people need to be able to access and initiate plans from their mobile devices so they can work toward resolution without having to be in front of a computer.”

With xMatters’ smartphone applications, companies can use push notifications to deliver critical information and communication plans to the right employees at the right time. As a result, people can initiate remediation efforts from virtually anywhere. Combined with Bamboo’s ability to publish incident management plans to smartphones for offline access, xMatters’ comprehensive mobile business continuity and IT notification solution now enables workers to drive resolution processes forward through mobile devices.

“While the freedom that mobile technologies afford us has changed the way we work, it has the potential to create problems when things go wrong. Because of this, we think it’s imperative that companies have mobile strategies for initiating notifications during unexpected events, said Doug Peete, VP product management, xMatters. “Enabling critical communications and incident management on-the-go ensures timely and appropriate responses should a company need to reach its employees or customers in the event of a crisis or IT failure. Our latest mobile applications ensure the most efficient resolution of any issue that may occur by tying into our enterprise communications platform, and integrating seamlessly with IT management products and business continuity systems.”

xMatters’ mobile application feature set now includes:

  • Access to communications plans and instructions via smartphones even when offline
  • Ability to initiate communications plans from anywhere, enabling users to simply “push a button” when an emergency happens
  • Attach images from smartphone cameras to notifications so real-time updates on emergencies can be documented
  • Use push notifications to deliver plans, instructions and tasks to drive remediation efforts - a clear cost advantage when compared to more common SMS messages
  • Locate team members using GPS and maps to facilitate response orchestration
  • Start conference bridges instantly to facilitate team collaboration

xMatters’ new Android application and updated iOS application are now publicly available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. For more information, visit www.xmatters.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coming out of a winter marked by extreme weather events, Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today shared six tips to help technology-dependent hospitals provide uninterrupted service during extended outages.

 

“Technology adoption often requires a re-evaluation of business continuity systems and practices,” said Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing at Emerson Network Power’s ASCO Power business. “We continue to see examples of facilities that are up to code but could not maintain service during extended outages. Hospitals must adapt their business continuity plans so that the technology they have become dependent on doesn’t cripple them during an outage.”

 

Here are six ways hospitals can adapt their business continuity plans to current technology and expectations:

  1. 1.Redefine business critical.
    Backup power systems have been extended to protect operating rooms and other critical facilities, allowing them to continue to function during outages. But hospitals also need to be able to accept patients during extreme weather events. Will parking lots and other exterior lighting be working? What about food services? In an extended outage just about every hospital system becomes critical.
  2. 2.Know your dependencies.
    Many hospitals are turning to cloud-based services for data storage or application delivery. Not all cloud providers have the same high-availability infrastructure or business continuity plans. Your cloud providers are an extension of your IT department; their business continuity plans are your business continuity plans.

 

  1. 3.Expect the worst.

 

  1. 4.Reexamine how long backup systems need to support the business.
    Hurricane Sandy demonstrates the need for healthcare facilities to be able to operate for days without power. Keeping food services and other support systems functioning is part of the solution. Another consideration is generator fuel. Not only do you need an ample reserve, you have to be sure you can access it during a disaster.
  2. 5.Don’t cannibalize backup systems to support growth.
    Many hospital data centers are now bursting with an influx of patient and imaging data, often consuming more power than may have been projected just two years ago. Has the backup power system kept pace or have “less critical” systems, such as lighting and cooling, been sacrificed to support growth? Backup power must be scalable enough to keep pace with expected growth while maintaining protection to all essential systems. Knowing what facility applications are aligned to which backup power system helps management prioritize in the event that they need to shed loads during a prolonged outage.
  3. 6.Your backup may need a backup.
    You won’t find a major financial institution that doesn’t employ redundancy in its backup systems. This same philosophy needs to extend to healthcare. Backup power systems protecting business-critical systems should employ some degree of redundancy so that the failure of one backup unit does not bring down the protected system.

 

For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support business continuity, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

 

OTTAWA, Canada – Diablo Technologies, a proven innovator in memory system interface products, today announced that it has closed an additional $7.5 million of funding, increasing the total equity investment of its most recent funding round to $36 million. The oversubscription includes a new investment from U.S. Venture Partners and additional funding from existing investors. In conjunction with the new investment, USVP Partner Chris Rust joins Diablo’s board of directors.

The additional funding will be used to support Diablo’s upcoming launch of its groundbreaking Memory Channel Storage™ (MCS) technology platform and provides the company with increased ability to market and distribute its disruptive technology across a broader set of applications. The soon-to-be-announced MCS products enable substantial improvements in transaction processing and data analysis within compute-servers, enterprise datacenters and cloud-computing facilities worldwide.

“As the Diablo team works aggressively to bring our innovative technology platform to market, it’s great to have the additional vote of confidence from USVP that we are solving a very big problem and enabling the next big step of flash market deployment,” said Riccardo Badalone, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diablo Technologies. “We thank USVP for their contribution to the funding round. The added resources will help us introduce a truly innovative set of products, as well as continue to strengthen our board of directors with the addition of Chris.”

“Behind the disruptive technology platform that Diablo is preparing to roll out is a great team of energetic and passionate people working to make Memory Channel Storage a reality for customers,” said Rust. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to join in Diablo’s funding round and am looking forward to working closely with Riccardo and the team as they expand their market scope and scale their business prospects to even greater heights.”

USVP joins previously announced investors Battery Ventures, Celtic House Venture Partners, BDC Venture Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures. See release here: http://tinyurl.com/d9l2ral


About Diablo Technologies
Founded in 2003, Diablo is successfully delivering products that enhance the performance and capability of memory system designs. Diablo's innovative Memory Channel Storage™ technology platform is leveraging the disruptive capability of NAND-flash and future Non-Volatile Memory technologies to enable increased levels of application performance supported by a new class of enterprise server and storage system designs.

The Diablo executive management team, now developing its third family of memory interface solutions, has decades of experience in system architecture, chip-set design and software development at companies including Nortel Networks, Matrox Graphics, Goal Semiconductor, BroadTel Communications, ENQ Semiconductor, IceFyre Semiconductor, Mosaid Techologies and Huawei.

About U.S. Venture Partners
U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) is a leading Silicon valley-based venture capital firm, helping entrepreneurs build world-class companies since 1981. USVP focuses on early stage opportunities in sectors where the Partners have the domain expertise, operating experience and network relationships to contribute to the success of an enterprise. Currently, the firm invests in digital communications, network systems, consumer and business services, media, semiconductors, clean technologies, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. For more information, visit www.usvp.com.

-MOREPress

Contacts:

Melody Chalaban

Sage North America

949-754-3503

melody.chalaban@sage.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices:

Mobile Devices Making “Anywhere” a More Efficient Workplace

Eighty-five percent of SMBs see positive results from employees’ using mobile

devices for work

IRVINE, Calif. (March 18, 2013) – Sage North America announced today the results of

its mobile device survey, which recently polled 490 small and midsized businesses

(SMB) in the United States. The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices showed that

laptops (80 percent) and smartphones (81 percent) are the most common devices used

remotely by employees to access work-related information when they are not in the

office, followed by tablets (57 percent).

The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices found that four out of five respondent

decision makers, or 85 percent, whose companies use remote devices feel that it has

had a positive effect on their company’s productivity, while only one percent felt it has a

negative effect. When asked about how their businesses carry out various business

functions, mobile applications are commonly used for keeping business contacts

organized (31 percent), scheduling (26 percent), and keeping a task list and/or

assigning tasks to specific employees (23 percent).

“For many businesses, the mobile device is an extension of the office,” said Joe

Langner, executive vice president of Sage North America. “It affords workers the

freedom to leave the office while maintaining the connectivity necessary to keep

business objectives moving forward wherever they are. Mobility can support

collaboration of internal teams by enabling seamless integration between the field and

the office as well as eliminating potential bottlenecks between departments.”

When asked about having a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy, 48 percent

responded that they already have this policy in place, while 31 percent have not

considered this option. Another 9 percent have considered but decided against a BYOD

strategy for their businesses. Those who decide against a BYOD policy may be missing

Sage North America

Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices

March 2013

Page 2

###

out on a way to capitalize on the growing trend of conducting work activities on mobile

devices, as the Sage survey found that smartphones, regardless of whether provided by

the employer or furnished by the employee, are used for work over 58 percent of the

time.

Langner continued, “Employees are looking to work beyond the ‘four walls.’ Take mobile

salespeople, for example. They need as much data as possible to close a sale. They

need to be able to access their catalog of items, create sales quotes, and even compare

their sales number against their team’s performance and goals. With mobile business

applications, they can do this anywhere; they’re no longer tethered to the office.”

The Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices was conducted among 490 respondents and

has an error rate of +/-4.4% with a 95 percent confidence level.

Complete findings from the study are available here.

About Sage

Sage is a leading global supplier of business management software and services

for small and midsized businesses. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was

floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than

13,500 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more

information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at

NA.Sage.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook,

Facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, Twitter.com/SageNAmerica.

©2013 Sage Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Sage, the Sage logos, and the Sage product and service names mentioned herein

are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sage Software, Inc. or its affiliated entities. All other trademarks are the property of their

respective owners.

Catalyst, Avalution Consulting’s award winning business continuity software, is now available to all organizations at no charge – regardless of size, industry, or geography.  For professionals wanting to tailor the software to their unique approach, Catalyst Pro provides customization options for a low monthly fee.


Cleveland, OH – March 17, 2013 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of a Free and Pro edition of Catalyst business continuity software.

Catalyst is web-based business continuity software that combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s consulting methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization. 

Features that span all versions of Catalyst include Policy and Procedure Development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (Business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.  These features enable users to quickly build comprehensive business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs, with no monthly fee.

“This is an exciting day! We are thrilled to be offering the most innovative business continuity software package available, for free!  The free version of Catalyst includes 10 departments and 5 users, so for thousands of small and medium businesses, compelling business continuity software is finally within reach,” explains Robert Giffin, Director of Technology at Avalution. “Even better, Catalyst Pro provides functionality similar to other software packages currently on the market that cost thousands of dollars a month, but provides the freedom to pay monthly and starts at a base price of just $100 per month.”

Catalyst Pro enables organizations to customize the entire user experience, including:

  • Customizing labels throughout the tool to align the software to the terminology used in their continuity program;
  • Modifying the text provided in the on-screen guides, which describe what information is being requested in each field; and 
  • Reordering and hiding fields to align the software to the format of their continuity program.

Explore the Pro version of Catalyst for 30 days, without entering payment information. To continue with Catalyst Pro when the trial period is over, simply enter payment information. If payment information isn’t provided, the account will automatically transition to a basic Catalyst account. 


>>
Start a 30-day free trial of Catalyst Pro


About Avalution Consulting
Avalution – the 2012 BCI North America Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Company of the Year – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting and software solutions for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm (transitioning to ISO 22301 in 2013) and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

In addition to Catalyst, Avalution offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis management, and continuous improvement.

 

866.533.0575 | avalution.com | theplanningportal.com | bccatalyst.com

 

Media Contact
Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575