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Cleveland, OH – October 8, 2012 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity software – announced today the release of two new features now available in their web-based business continuity software solution, Catalyst. New features include:
- Risk Assessment
Catalyst’s Risk Assessment feature enables users to automatically document and track key availability risks their organization faces, and then develop plans for the highest impact risks. Risks are automatically created when users complete a BIA and identify dependencies for locations, suppliers and applications. Risks can also be added independently.
- Corrective Actions
Catalyst’s Corrective Actions feature enables users to document and track lessons learned from exercises, risk treatments for high impact risks, and general activities that need performed to keep the program in compliance and running smoothly. Corrective Actions can be used as a single repository of outstanding tasks related to an organization’s business continuity program.
These new features offer the simple approach Catalyst is known for and automatically prompt users when actions are overdue or risk information needs reviewed.
“The addition of these two features makes business continuity programs built in Catalyst fully compliant with the FFIEC handbook, FINRA, and the new international standard on business continuity, ISO 22301,” explains Robert Giffin, Director of Technology for Avalution. “Achieving and demonstrating compliance has never been easier for organizations with limited business continuity resources in terms of personnel or budget.”
Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s industry-leading methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization, regardless of size. In addition to the new features above, Catalyst offers Policy & Procedure development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (business continuity plan templates – business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.
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About Avalution Consulting
Avalution is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting services for organizations of all sizes and in nearly every industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm 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.
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SunGard Partners with Regus to Power Expansion of its Workplace Availability Business to 550 Cities WorldwideWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
Wayne, Pa. – SunGard Availability Services, the pioneer and leading provider of Information Availability and business continuity services, has today announced a partnership with Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, to significantly expand its Workplace Recovery presence across the globe. The deal is comparable to growing SunGard’s portfolio of workplace facilities by 2,000%.
Under the terms of the agreement, customers can now access SunGard’s heritage and experience in multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions in combination with Regus’ unparalleled network of almost 1,300 business centers located in more than 550 cities across 97 countries. SunGard manages the contract so customers need only to call one number to invoke the service in time of need.
The new SunGard Workplace Restart with Regus service provides clusters of business centers in which to recover at time of disaster. Recovery suites are equipped with desks and phones, offering internet bandwidth, as well as access to fax machines and copiers. Plus, the centers offer the availability of business lounges, meeting rooms and fully equipped conference facilities on a pay-as-you-need basis.
Regus’ impressive geographic spread provides an ideal balance to SunGard’s purpose-built Workplace Recovery facilities, offering SunGard customers the opportunity to extend their recovery options to new locations – or to greater numbers of their existing workforce.
Changing working patterns, the global economic downturn, social unrest and other disruptions, combined with regulatory pressures and governance frameworks, such as the recent introduction of the business continuity standard ISO 22301, has placed resilience at the top of the business agenda. Organizations worldwide are now under more pressure than ever to ensure they can return to business as usual as quickly as possible and staff productivity is a vital part of the solution.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with SunGard: Key players in the Information Availability market,” said Mark Dixon CEO, Regus. “More than a million people rely on Regus every day – to work, to meet, to collaborate, to do business. Such is the breadth and depth of our global network of business center locations that we are in a position to complement SunGard’s workplace recovery experience on a truly global scale.”
“In every sector, downtime can be hugely damaging so being able to remain up and running, no matter what, is a must. With businesses increasingly looking to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets we are seeing greater need for global recovery solutions,” comments Keith Tilley, Managing Director UK & Executive Vice President Europe, SunGard Availability Services. “This agreement with Regus, the leader in flexible workspace provision, has expanded the scope of SunGard recovery locations from nearly 60 to 1,300. This has extended and enhanced our global resilience offering and provided a new avenue of flexible business continuity solutions for our customers.”
The deal represents the latest extension to SunGard’s already impressive award-winning Workplace Recovery Solutions*.
* CIR BC Awards Most Innovative Product 2010; Finalist 2012, 2011, 2009; BroadGroup Datacenter Awards, Winner 2012 – Special Award: Most Sustainable Workplace Recovery Provider
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.
Over 1,000,000 customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,300 locations in 550 cities and 97 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit: www.regus.com
About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
About SunGardSunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue of about $4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and was ranked 480 on the Fortune 500 in 2011. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.
Emerson Network Power Introduces Optimized Aisle Control to Enhance Cooling Efficiency up to 30 PercentWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
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 its Liebert® iCOM™ control system featured on Liebert perimeter or row-based precision cooling products is now available with Optimized Aisle Control algorithms to provide enhanced airflow management and cost savings to data center managers deploying row-based infrastructures. This capability is immediately available in all regions around the globe.
Emerson Network Power’s Liebert cooling systems using Liebert iCOM with Optimized Aisle Control are the first cooling units in the industry that “decouple” the compressor and fan operation, allowing these components to operate independently to match the IT load and the airflow requirements. This matching of operation to room requirements results in warmer air returning to the cooling units, allowing them to operate more efficiently, eliminating overcooling of the space and saving energy.
Direct Expansion (DX) or Chilled Water cooling units with Liebert iCOM controls that employ the Optimized Aisle Control feature possess the ability to responsively control the airflow, temperature and humidity serving the IT equipment. This provides efficiency improvement of 10 to 30 percent, depending on row or aisle configuration and aisle containment.
Each controller can support 20 rack temperature sensors, as well as sensors for supply air temperature, return temperature and humidity, to optimize operation based on user-defined temperature and humidity targets. Liebert iCOM leverages the variable capacity fans and compressors in Liebert cooling systems, which allow the units to dynamically adjust capacity based on changing conditions and control airflow based on conditions at the rack.
The Liebert iCOM controls on Liebert cooling units communicate with each other via Ethernet to coordinate cooling capacity, zoned air flow distribution, failover protection and different modes of standby operation. Units connected in a unit-to-unit network and set to operate in Optimized Aisle Control mode can utilize a teamwork mode to share sensory data and provide coordinated cooling and humidity control among cooling units.
While in teamwork mode, the supply sensor uses the cooling and airflow required to maintain the discharge temperature at each unit. This compensates for unbalanced room load while maintaining a consistent discharge air temperature. The fan speed adjusts to the findings of the remote rack sensors, providing controlled delivery of the air to the cold aisle. This distribution is achieved by synchronizing all fans, within a designated zone, which will also provide IT managers with the greatest energy efficiency.
“Designing intelligence into the infrastructure is one of the most effective ways to improve data center efficiency,” said Steve Madara, vice president and general manager global precision cooling, Emerson Network Power. “Optimized Aisle Control delivers impressive gains in data center efficiency and availability. By significantly increasing the data gathered, leveraging variable capacity technology and applying proprietary algorithms, Optimized Aisle Control is able to save energy while protecting IT equipment and data center operations.”
Liebert iCOM is compatible with building management systems (BMS) or data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems via many open and/or proprietary communication protocols.For more information on Liebert iCOM controls, Optimized Aisle Control, Liebert cooling systems or any other technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.Liebert.com.
September 19, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced that the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) program, which it administers, recently received reaccreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee. The vote to accredit came at a recent meeting of the accreditation committee.
“The ISO 17024 reaccreditation signifies that CFPS’s procedures meet ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, fairness, consensus and due process,” said Bruce Clarke, CFPS board chair. “Employers in the private and public sectors can be confident that fire protection specialists holding the CFPS credential have a skill set that is both current and relevant in their field of practice.”
CFPS is required to consistently adhere to a rigorous set of requirements or procedures set forth in ISO 17024. The accreditation is both an international and U.S. accreditation and includes an ongoing audit process.
A mark of accreditation that has been awarded by a fair, impartial, and globally-recognized third party such as ANSI is widely recognized as a valid measurement of the credibility and competency of the certification body. The accreditation enhances the integrity of the certification process, and improves consumer and public confidence in the personnel who hold the credential.
Since 1998, NFPA has administered the CFPS program. The program was first accredited in 2006. Today, more than 2,200 professionals have acquired the credential which signifies a level of expertise and professionalism through applied work experiences, related educational opportunities, and successful completion of the CFPS examination.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit the CFPS website or NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.
“Less than 25 percent of American households have developed and practiced a fire escape plan to be prepared in the event of a real emergency,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Communications. “Having a plan and knowing what to do can make the difference between getting out safely and quickly or not.”
The Fire Prevention Week website is the central portal for information and resources to help people from fire chiefs and community leaders running outreach programs, to parents teaching their families basic home fire safety information.
The site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a family safety checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog® activities for kids and public service announcement videos.
Visitors can also test their knowledge of fire safety with the Fire Prevention Week Quiz, a great resource to see how well prepared families are for an emergency. Quiz-takers can review their results and compare them with others via Twitter and Facebook.
New for 2012, NFPA launched Sparky’s Wish List, designed to help fire departments connect with their local communities. Fire departments across the country have registered for public safety education materials they need in their communities. Individuals can then help their local fire department prepare for Fire Prevention Week by fulfilling the wishes.
NFPA offers these important fire safety tips:
- Watch your cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Give space heaters space: Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Smoke outside: Ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach: Keep matches and lighters up high, out of the reach of children, preferably in a cabinet with a child lock.
- Inspect electrical cords: Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
- Be careful when using candles: Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Have a home fire escape plan: Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
- Install smoke alarms: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test smoke alarms: Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace conventional batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.
- Install sprinklers: If you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.
About Fire Prevention Week
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.
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MCA for SAP
The b+s MCA for SAP product is a pre-packaged integration of SAP CRM and Cisco's Unified Contact Center Enterprise. It provides integration with the SAP Communications Toolbar to allow agents to manage their state across the voice, email and chat domains. In addition, agents can manage incoming and outbound interactions over these channels and receive an automated screen pop upon arrival of an interaction. Cisco Unified CCE universally queues SAP email, chat, and cases to appropriately skilled agents.
Connects for Salesforce
The b+s Connects for Salesforce - Unified CCE Edition is a web-based gadget which integrates to Cisco Finesse Services for agent state and call control in Salesforce. The solution dynamically logs CCE routed call, email and case data into Salesforce. The solution provides full CTI and screen pop functionality.
In addition to voice CTI, Connects for Salesforce allows Unified CCE to route email and cases to appropriately skilled agents. The Connects for Salesforce gadget provides agents with the convenience of staying within Salesforce while they manage their cases and interact with customers.
Bucher + Suter is dedicated to providing exceptional solutions to make contact centers more efficient and effective. We strive to provide the newest and most innovative technologies to our customers. Our goal is to be the best Cisco Contact Center systems integrator in the world by providing practical solutions and pioneering new technology to help our customers succeed.
Application Period Open for Funding to Increase Local Resiliency through Whole Community Approach
WASHINGTON—Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the application period is open for a new funding opportunity to build local resilience, through a Whole Community approach, in communities across America: the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge.
Though National Preparedness Month comes to a close at the end of September, FEMA and its partners know that preparedness must continue in communities year-round. This new monetary opportunity is designed to continue to move community preparedness forward and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation’s resilience to disasters.
“The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and communities – not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.”
The opportunity is provided through the Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA and will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation who will act as a third-party intermediary to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Funding levels will range, with a maximum award of $35,000, and applications are open to most local, state, and tribal agencies and governments; business entities; associations; organizations and groups. Submissions will be accepted through October 26.
Key assessment areas for the awards will be the applicants’ demonstration that their approach to community resilience is innovative, collaborative with community stakeholders, sustainable, repeatable—in that the approach enables other communities to replicate their successful outcomes—and beneficial to the community in measurable ways.
FEMA recognizes that a government-centric approach to disaster management is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. To meet our Nation’s preparedness goals, the Whole Community must be actively involved in all phases of the preparedness, response, and recovery cycle. These awards are designed to invest in and enhance the Whole Community effort.
Follow FEMA online at http://blog.fema.gov, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only.
FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Rather than investing in the time-consuming and expensive proposition of upgrading a network infrastructure in order to take advantage of the one or two high-speed network ports that are often included with solid-state appliances, Skyera suggests adopting flash storage systems with a built-in network switch to avoid the need for a new infrastructure that requires all-new switches, HBAs and cabling. By avoiding an unnecessary network upgrade, these systems can minimize both acquisition and operational costs to less than that of standard hard disk drive systems.
“As industry excitement continues to build for the performance attributes of solid-state storage systems and the cost of flash devices begin to drop, many organizations are looking to jump head first into adopting this technology without giving any thought to the impact on their existing network,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, Skyera CEO. “While this might not be a problem for those who believe in maximizing system performance at any cost, most organizations need to consider the effects of adding solid-state storage systems into their network environment and calculate the added investment and complexity that will be required in making such a wholesale change.”
Solid-state storage systems that integrate 1GbE switches directly into the appliance allow for private point-to-point connections between servers and the device itself eliminating the need to upgrade to more expensive 10GbE or 16GB Fibre Channel alternatives. By freeing up network ports instead of monopolizing them, these 1GbE ports can be combined to match the network speed of the connected host to remove the often unplanned expense of network upgrades.
One such appliance that is set to dramatically change the enterprise flash adoption landscape is the Skyera Skyhawk. The company’s enterprise solid-state storage system is based entirely on 19/20 nanometer consumer Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND flash at a system price of less than $3 per gigabyte before compression and deduplication. The compact half-depth 1u form factor sports a staggering 44 terabytes of high performance, low latency native capacity for the most demanding Big Data, analytics and virtualization applications. It was designed from the ground up to incorporate the most innovative technology available to yield the 100 times life amplification required to achieve enterprise reliability and endurance requirements.
Before going out and purchasing an off-the-shelf solid-state storage appliance, organizations owe it to themselves to consider the impact and implications of adding such devices to their existing network architecture. With the right strategy, solid-state storage systems can satisfy a company’s performance needs while minimizing both upfront costs and TCO. Flash appliances with networking built in, like Skyhawk, are able to bring unprecedented performance to today’s demanding applications and workloads while achieving true price parity with HDDs to make flash storage an excellent choice for the data center.
Skyera Inc. is an emerging 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 featured in the Gartner report “Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2012″ and 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.
Emerson Network Power Introduces Liebert® RX to Provide Flexible, Packaged High-Density Power Distribution in Smallest Possible FootprintWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
The Liebert RX supplies packaged power distribution in the smallest possible footprint, offering 400 Amp and 84 poles in one panelboard in a 24”x12” footprint, and up to 168 poles in a 24”x24” footprint. The flexible cabinet features multiple configuration options that accommodate current site needs and future growth, while allowing optimization of data center floor space. Up to four floor- or wall-mounted units can be easily configured in multiple space-saving clusters that fit standard raised-floor data center environments.
“With data center space at a premium and the influx of more devices and the move to higher densities, there is increasing stress being put on the data center power infrastructure,” said Peter Panfil, vice president of global power, Emerson Network Power. “The easy-to-install and maintain Liebert RX supplies packaged power distribution in the smallest possible footprint available in the industry, conserving valuable floor space and enabling a power support infrastructure that is compact and flexible enough to meet constantly changing room demands.”
The Liebert RX is available with two monitoring options that equip data center and IT managers with the data required to proactively manage changes in the data center while economically increasing the availability of critical systems. The options are monitoring at the panelboard level with Current Plus Monitoring (CPM), and monitoring at the branch circuit level with Liebert Distribution Monitoring (LDMF).
The integral CPM display monitors the current and voltage of the panelboard. The display includes a monochrome LCD, power and alarm LEDs, audible alarm and a silence push button. It provides remote monitoring system measurements and battery backed memory. It monitors a variety of parameters, including kVA, voltage, current, power factor, crest factor, voltage total harmonic distribution, and current total harmonic distortion.
The optional LDMF display enables advanced monitoring that allows viewing of monitored information for the panelboard, as well as each individual branch circuit breaker. Data center managers can view alarm data from this display for up-to-date breaker status. The LDMF display monitors the same parameters as the CPM monitor, as well as phase current, kW, kW-hours and percent load.
The Liebert RX can also be monitored and managed through an optional Liebert SiteScan® interface that allows centralized monitoring of the cabinet through the software. A Liebert® IntelliSlot® Web Card can also be installed to allow the Liebert RX to be monitored through a Building Management System (BMS).
For more information on the Liebert RX Remote Power Distribution Unit, or other Liebert technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, visit www.Liebert.com.