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March 11, 2013 -- St. Louis, MO -- Disaster Recovery Journal has released the dates and location of their 49th conference, Fall World 2013. This event will be held Sept. 22 – 25 in San Diego, Calif. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Fall World 2013 is a three-and-a-half day conference dedicated to business continuity and related fields. The event features more than 40 sessions, workshops and courses, as well as networking events and meals.

“DRJ is proud to host its 49th conference,” said Bob Arnold, DRJ President. “This event is the only one backed by decades of experience. We take pride in our conferences and design each one to be the best event possible, using feedback from attendees at past conferences.”

DRJ’s conferences are consistently high rated by attendees for their quality of speakers, attention to detail and timely topics. The Fall World 2013 conference will be led by the same strong management team that has produced 48 other exceptional business continuity conferences.

A comprehensive exhibition hall will be held concurrently with the conference. Service providers from around the globe will display products and services as well as conduct product demonstrations.

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront is located downtown, just steps from the city’s convention center and convenient to PETCO Park and the popular Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. The hotel has four restaurants, a pool, spa, fitness center and free wi-fi and looks out on the beautiful San Diego bay.

“Our new location will provide tons of amenities for our attendees as well as complete meeting facilities,” said Arnold. “The convenient location cannot be beat. Attendees can easily walk to nearby restaurants and events after conference hours, or they can opt to stay at the hotel and enjoy the restaurants, spa and other features.”

Early registration discounts and travel discounts are available for Fall World 2013. Visit www.drj.com/fallworld for details on registration and discounts. The full conference agenda will be released soon.

Columbus, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced that 11 models of its Liebert® GXT3 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) earned ENERGY STAR® Version 1.0 qualification. All 11 qualified models of the Liebert GXT3 are available across North America.

The Liebert GXT3  is ENERGY STAR qualified for the following rack/tower convertible models: 120V input 700, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000 VA models; 208V input 3000, 6000VA models; and 120/208V input 5000, 6000, 8000 and 10000VA models . The Liebert GXT3 enables IT managers to pack higher capacities into smaller spaces while ensuring optimized efficiency. The system provides continuous uptime for the connected equipment, with capacity and battery backup delivered in compact cabinets that use 2U to 6U of rack space.

“The ENERGY STAR UPS program helps customers make informed purchasing decisions as they consider ways to efficiently design and apply UPS from small server deployments to large data centers,” said David Sonner, vice president, marketing, Emerson Network Power in North America. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked closely with the IT industry to identify ways in which energy efficiency can be measured, documented and implemented in data centers, and we are proud to be an ENERGY STAR partner.”

To qualify for the award, which was first instituted by the U.S. EPA in 2012, the Liebert GXT3 was subjected to testing by a UPS-specific certification body, and was examined based on average power, efficiency and efficiency variation for determination of steady-state. UPS products meeting the requirements of the U.S. EPA program use an average of 35 percent less energy than their standard counterparts.

The Liebert APM UPS also earned ENERGY STAR certification in October 2012.

For more information on the Liebert GXT3 UPS, or other Liebert technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.Liebert.com.

 

 

NEW YORK -- One of the most expensive natural disasters ever to hit the USA, Hurricane Sandy cost the country an estimated $63 billion. In the aftermath of the storm, millions of employees were shut out of work for days at a time, their offices closed because of power outages, a lack of heating, and communications failures. For Ned Schoenfeld of Pcubed, a global leader in program, portfolio and project management that has helped many organizations execute cloud-based strategies in recent years, costly business interruptions can be avoided if companies choose to implement cloud technology instead of relying on vulnerable physical locations.

"Before Hurricane Sandy many organizations believed the main goal of disaster recovery planning was to have a back-up copy of all data held off-site," Ned Schoenfeld explains in a recent article for Pcubed's Insight magazine. "After Sandy however, it has become clear that you need to have the capability to run the entire business off-site."

In many cases last October large corporations based in New York were simply unable to return to their buildings for days at a time due to flooding or heating and electricity failures.

"Hurricane Sandy really has caused a major shift in thinking about how companies should prepare for situations when they can't physically access their offices," he argues.

In his article, Schoenfeld explains how organizations can implement comprehensive cloud based-solutions to enable employees to work effectively regardless of their physical location and independent of a vulnerable central server.

"With Microsoft Office 365, for example, the host infrastructure is spread all around the US," he points out. "It gave businesses a huge advantage when the infrastructure on the East Coast was knocked out. The area affected by Sandy was so large and caused such a widespread network outage it took out many organizations' back up facilities as well as their primary servers. If much of a company's software, email and communications are cloud-based - then much of that risk is eliminated."

Introducing a cloud-based system does not negate the need for other logistical disaster recovery plans, however. "It's important to work out a plan for managing day to day business activities if the phone system is out, for example," he explains. "You need to work out the details of how to contact all your staff, how to enable them to conduct business meetings, and to work through the essential documents you need to get online. All of these issues should be fully worked through long before the plans are needed."

Pcubed has helped many clients execute cloud-based strategies in recent months. To find out how Pcubed might be able to assist your organization, please contact Linda Lavine, Director of Marketing at Email. To read Ned Schoenfeld's article in full and subscribe to Insight magazine please visit www.pcubed.com.

Herndon, VA -- COOP Systems, the developer of the most advanced Business Continuity Management (BCM) software package in the world, has released 2-minute videos on four very topical BCM subjects. They can be accessed at the content area of the COOP web site.

"It can be difficult to quickly explain some of the basic principles and benefits of a BCM program, especially as it relates to standards, automation and newer technology," said Chris Alvord, CEO of COOP Systems. "Inadequate program funding and lack of tools is common. With a modest investment, great improvements are possible. These four short video clips are designed to explain some basic concepts about key BCM ideas, to better educate your organization."

Video Topics

The four short videos cover the following topics:

  • Why BC Software Makes Sense
  • Why Automating BIAs Makes Sense
  • Importance of the Global ISO 22301 Standard
  • Leveraging Smart Phones in BC Programs

These and other videos, White Papers, articles and presentations are available by clicking to the content area of the COOP web site.

ABOUT COOP Systems - - Scalable, Flexible, Reliable, Proven

COOP Systems, headquartered in Herndon, VA, is a leading provider of myCOOP, the BCM solution used by a growing list of clients globally. With a proven reputation for reliability and ability to support clients' existing BCM practices, COOP Systems' clients believe myCOOP is simply the best BCM software in the world.

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Strengthening its reputation as a leading provider of business continuity, cloud-based virtualization and battle-tested data recovery solutions, Venyu today announced the company achieved strong performance in 2012.  The company now counts three top sports franchises among its portfolio of new customers, while taking home multiple editorial honors and introducing a new VMware vCloud-powered service during the year.

Ensuring customer data is always available and recoverable, Venyu offers three primary solutions -- ranging from cloud to hosting and backup.  VenyuCloud is a secure and controlled platform to easily provision cloud servers on demand.  The company’s managed and co-location hosted offerings drive customer profitability via highly redundant, commercial-grade data centers, while RestartIT® continues as the leading solution for rapid data recovery in the event of disaster or outage.

“At Venyu, we’re committed to making data secure and reliable at cost-effective price points,” said Scott Thompson, Venyu Chief Executive Officer.  “It’s this commitment that drove such tremendous results during the year.  Now more than ever, companies count on the power of Venyu to reduce IT costs while heightening the security and scalability of their critical data centers.”

During 2012, Venyu named three professional sports franchises among its portfolio of new customers  – the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Hornets.  The Cowboys implemented a Venyu-based cloud IT disaster recovery solution for backup of football and business information, while the Falcons are Venyu-powered to recover data including ticketing, coaching, and Point-of-Sale (PoS) operations.  For the New Orleans Hornets, data protection is guaranteed with a replicated hot site created by Venyu.

Also added during the year were notable names such as Habitat for Humanity, Bowman Systems, and the Louisiana Technology Park.  These companies are powering success utilizing Venyu’s highly redundant, commercial-grade data centers – as well as the RestartIT data recovery platform.

Highlighting the year, Venyu introduced its new VMware-powered service.  With VenyuCloud as a vCloud-based service, customers have a low-cost, easily-deployed alternative to physical servers.  IT managers can quickly provision cloud servers and data centers on-demand with VenyuCloud – while remaining fully aligned with on-premise VMware-based infrastructures.

Closing the year, Venyu was honored with several high-profile editorial awards from TMC, Communications Solutions and Cloud Computing Magazines.  The organizations singled-out RestartIT and VenyuCloud as two “technologies to watch” in 2013.

“While we made big strides this past year, 2013 will prove to be even better.  Looking ahead, we’re not only adding load balancing and service insertion into our cloud-hosting platform – but also an enhanced customer-facing management portal,” continued Thompson.  “Combine this with the roll-out of an entirely new cloud suite for end-user computing, and it’s easy to see why Venyu is a company to watch in 2013.”

Venyu is a premier provider of data center, managed hosting, cloud, virtualization and data protection solutions.  By leveraging Venyu’s portfolio of innovative, ROI-focused solutions, including VenyuCloud and RestartIT, within secure, highly available data centers, organizations can reduce IT costs while increasing security and scalability.  For more information about Venyu and its industry-leading offerings, please visit www.venyu.comYour Data Made Invincible™.

Naples, FL—January 3, 2013—Nothing is safe in today's ultra-connected world, when thieves in basements around the world are trying their best to get their hands on your sensitive data and send it to underground BBSes for prying eyes to see. That's what makes ASPG's MegaCryption so important. ASPG is constantly evolving MegaCryption and has released some important updates, placing it even further ahead of both competitors and criminals.

The newest release of MegaCryption adds some important features. The symmetric encryption and decryption algorithms have been improved to inter-operate with IBM's DB2 Distributed Data Facility feature. In addition, two new symmetric algorithms have been added: IDEA 128-bit and ARC4 128-bit. Another noteworthy improvement is the addition of the SHA-512 hashing algorithm. Keeping current with features like 512-bit encryption helps keep your data as cryptographically safe as is possible.

Data security and encryption is not something to be taken lightly—in some cases, it is enforced by government mandates--and ASPG knows there is generally far less safety in obscure, proprietary encryption methods than public systems that have been analyzed for years by cryptography professionals, which is a primary reason why MegaCryption is based on open standards of encryption. Further, the MegaCryption software allows administrators to choose from multiple encryption standards such as AES, CAST-5, DES, Triple DES, and Blowfish – exponentially increasing security. These are time-tested, well-known methods that have survived intense scrutiny from the world's leading encryption experts. 

As it was engineered specifically for IBM's mainframe systems z/OS and OS/390, MegaCryption executes very quickly—most users report negligible or unnoticeable extra time required to work with it. It's easy to install and implement, and thereafter can be used as a stand-alone step or easily called by custom applications – all of which are features highly sought after by system administrators.

“We’ve taken a world-class product in MegaCryption and made it even better,” said ASPG President Cathryn Thompson. “Would-be data thieves don’t stand still, and neither do we. We have decades of experience in continually making our products better – and that’s one thing that will never change at ASPG.”

Anyone interested in improving the security and efficiency of their system is welcome to contact ASPG by phone at 800-662-6090 (Toll-Free) or 239-649-1548 (US/International), 239-649-6391 (fax) or via email at aspgsales@aspg.com

ResilienceONE® BCM software developer provides guidelines to building a framework
for best practices and assuring regulatory compliance, based on the BCP Genome

Plymouth Meeting, PA - February 26, 2013 | Strategic BCP, Inc., business continuity management (BCM) specialists and developers of cloud-based ResilienceONE® BCM software, today announced the availability of an insightful report, "Evaluating and Applying Relevant BCM Standards," derived from experience gained while building the company's own framework—the BCP Genome.

This BCM Professional's Playbook shows continuity professionals how they can map mandatory compliance regulations, industry standards, and industry best practices into their own gold-standard frameworks for comprehensive business continuity planning and management.

From this document, BCM professionals can pinpoint key strengths and gaps in widely known industry standards, and glean tips for compiling a unique framework for their own needs by:

  • Differentiating between setting up planning structures vs. developing specific plans
  • Pinpointing standards most focused on business and IT recovery
  • Identifying eight key areas as a basis for any business continuity framework

"The BCP Genome—originally developed in 2006 and updated several times since then—provides a blueprint for any continuity professional wanting to build their own framework of BC principles," says Frank Perlmutter, president of Strategic BCP and co-author of the original BCP Genome. "This playbook communicates both the findings of the original BCP Genome and a checklist of steps an individual can take to construct a similar framework for his or her own unique application."

Download the Evaluating and Applying Relevant BCM Standards report for free.
More information about ResilienceONE is available at www.strategicbcp.com.

Roanoke, VA -- Valcom, Inc. is pleased to announce that their Elaunch IP Mass Notification Systems supports Inova Solutions OnAlert textual LED displays.

John Mason, President of Valcom said: "Valcom is pleased to support Inova, the innovative and leading provider of IP PoE-based LED displays for the Mass Notification market. Now Valcom customers can incorporate Inova OnAlert LED displays with Valcom Mass Notification Systems for easy "plug and visually page" interoperability."

Inova OnAlert LED displays provide highly visible textual information that can be communicated instantly and directly from an infrastructure or enterprise application-based emergency notification system, providing vital instructions during an emergency. OnAlert LED displays deliver preprogrammed, targeted and first responder messages to provide an additional mode of communication ensuring students, faculty and employees are aware of an emergency or crisis and how to proceed to safety. OnAlert LED displays also provide assistance for the hearing impaired and in areas with high noise levels or poor acoustics, and where gaps in wireless network coverage may exist.

Pete Sisti, CEO of Inova Solutions said: "We see Valcom as a leader in the mass notification market and welcome them as a technology partner. We look forward to supporting their mission to deliver holistic, multi-modal solutions to the market and are excited to be included as an integral part of their solution."

About Valcom:

Valcom IP Mass Notification Systems allow highly reliable voice and visual alerting systems to be deployed over existing network infrastructure. Valcom IP Mass Notification Systems have been installed in many large corporations, Universities, Schools, State and Local governments, military facilities and small companies. To learn more, please visit www.valcom.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in protecting and optimizing critical infrastructure for both IT and telecommunications, is uniquely positioned to understand the increasing convergence of voice and data. Leveraging that unique breadth of capabilities and expertise, the company today released an infographic that illustrates just how rapidly convergence is happening and what it means for consumers and providers.

“The speed of the mobile revolution has been relatively well documented, but it isn’t until you stop and look at the data that you really understand what has happened over the last decade,” said Scott Barbour, executive vice president, Emerson, and business leader of Emerson Network Power. “The distinction between voice and data is evaporating, and this infographic illustrates not only how quickly it has happened, but what it means for providers and their customers.”

Some of the facts explored in the infographic:

It’s a wireless world

The world is more connected than it has ever been. The advent of the smart phone has fundamentally changed the way consumers access information. For example, in 2007, before the introduction of the smart phone, consumers purchased almost 300 million PCs. In 2011, that number was 350 million—but it was surpassed by the 360 million smart phones purchased that year.

We can’t sit still

Consumers aren’t just buying mobile devices, they’re using them—in huge numbers. In 2007, about 1.1 billion people accessed the internet from PCs and about 400 million from mobile devices. That gap will disappear this year, and by 2015 mobile access will outpace PC access by about 300 million users. About 33 percent of Facebook’s traffic came from mobile devices last year, up from just 5 percent in 2008.

Providers racing to keep up

The change in behavior isn’t as simple as selling more smart phones; the requirements of the network are drastically changing. The infrastructure that supports a 15-minute, 4-megabyte phone call is drastically different than the one that supports a 15-minute, 150 gigabyte, high-definition video. 4G download speeds can be anywhere from 4 to 10 times faster than 3G while reducing the cost per bit to providers by as much as 80 percent.

To view the full infographic, visit the Emerson Network Power newsroom. For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions to support telecommunications networks and the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

Dell Ventures leads syndicate of investors to promote an award-winning enterprise solid-state storage systems provider

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Skyera today announced it has closed $51.6 million in financing led by Dell Ventures, with participation from other strategic investors.  Skyera, backed by key technology and financial partnerships, is positioned at the forefront of the hyper-growth solid-state storage sector.  The syndicate of strategic investors provides Skyera with its second round of institutional capital.

Skyera is a disruptive provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily fast performance, exceptionally lower power consumption, high density, and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems.  Solid-state storage, with its exceptional speed and performance, has the potential to be an enabling technology for next-generation enterprise computing to support the Cloud, Big Data, increased mobility and social networking.

The investment will be used to accelerate the integration of the latest-generation flash technology and drive broader adoption of Skyera’s enterprise solid-state storage solutions.  The general availability of Skyera’s skyHawk series of enterprise solid-state storage systems will mark the first time that the most advanced latest generation 19/20 nanometer solid-state technology can be used as a direct replacement for traditional enterprise hard disk-based systems, with a system price of less than $3 per gigabyte.  Data compression and deduplication can bring the effective price to as low as $1 per gigabyte.

“We view the investment in Skyera as a validation of the disruptiveness of the technology we are bringing to enterprise organizations seeking to take advantage of both the technical and cost benefits of the latest generation of flash,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Founder and CEO of Skyera.  “Moreover, Dell and the investment syndicate bring deep knowledge of the storage sector that will be beneficial to Skyera as we take our next steps.”

“Skyera offers innovative technology that is breaking new ground in enterprise solid-state storage systems, including controllers, memory and software,” said Marius Haas, President, Enterprise Solutions Group for Dell.  “Dell continues to expand its growing enterprise systems portfolio to help our customers do more.  We are focused on changing the economics of storage and other systems for our customers by bringing high-end enterprise features to the broad mid-market and solving enterprise problems at a mid-range price point,” he continued.

“We see solid-state technology as a game changer and one of several fertile areas for investment,” said Jim Lussier, Managing Director of Dell Ventures.  “The investment in Skyera is one example of how we are deploying our Fluid Data Storage Fund to target areas critical to the evolution of storage, and how our venture investing activity supports Dell’s innovation strategy and helps strengthen our enterprise solutions capabilities.”

According to Gartner Research , “The SSD appliance market, while nascent, is emerging as a compelling solution to deliver high performance with ultra-low latency, which is particularly attractive today in database/data warehousing, virtual desktop, high-performance computing and cloud storage environments.  While cost-effective flash-based hardware is essential, vendors most poised for success must possess a thorough optimization of data management software specific to the characteristics of flash memory to best exploit a market projected to grow from $393 million in 2012 to nearly $4.2 billion in 2016.

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About Skyera

Skyera Inc. is a disruptive provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems.  Founded by the executives who previously developed the world's most-advanced flash memory controller, Skyera is backed by key technology and financial partnerships designed to position it at the forefront of the hyper growth in the solid-state storage sector.  The company was chosen by Flash Memory Summit as a Best of Show award winner for 2012 in the category of Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application.  For more information about the company, visit skyera.com.