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SunGard Availability Services Releases SunGard Assurancecm to Address Evolving Business Continuity Planning Needs
New era of business continuity assurance focuses on better outcomes and increased confidence
Wayne, Pa. – March 18, 2013 – SunGard Availability Services, the leading provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, today announced SunGard Assurancecm, a continuity management Software-as-a-Service offering. The solution, created in partnership with more than 100 SunGard Availability Services’ customers, reduces user pain points surrounding operational resiliency and compliance, and instills a sense of confidence in business outcomes for business leaders and business continuity professionals alike.
A new era is emerging from business continuity’s changing environment, forever changing what matters most. This new era of business continuity assurance shifts the focus from plans to outcomes. In this dynamic era, business continuity assurance drives higher levels of engagement in the process and increases confidence in outcomes.
Business continuity assurance helps customers deliver on the core business benefits of disaster recovery and business continuity planning at the time of need:
· Providing service to customers with less interruption
· Safeguarding customers and employees before, during and after disaster scenarios
· Protecting corporate reputation
· Enhancing shareholder value
“With a 30-year history in disaster recovery and business continuity, SunGard Availability Services had the opportunity to work closely with our customers to perfect SunGard Assurancecm in order to meet their ever-changing needs,” said Louis Grosskopf, general manager, Business Continuity Software, SunGard Availability Services. “It’s about engaging all of us to find the vulnerabilities that matter, to guide the next best action, to expect change and accommodate it often; this is how confidence in plans is created. In this way, SunGard Assurancecm ushers in the business continuity assurance era.”
SunGard Assurancecm is designed to expand the user community, specifically the “novice” planner who engages with the software just a few times each year, for example, a bank branch manager. This new approach helps customers capture valuable input from less technical stakeholders with less effort and higher confidence.
Additional key features include mobile access, granting all users access from mobile devices at any time and from anywhere, as well as performance and uptime. Keeping pace with the “always-on” business model, SunGard Assurancecm provides a guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime SLA, which is especially important for customers in highly-regulated industries where compliance and security issues are paramount.
“Improving business continuity and disaster recovery have been reported as a top ten priority for the last two years on ESG’s IT Spending Research reports, as well as the number one planned data protection initiative in 2012,” says Jason Buffington, senior analyst for data protection at ESG. “Customers of all sizes understand the need for flexible and cost-effective data protection and assured availability. Unfortunately, most don’t have the expertise and resources to pull it off – and those that do are often burdened with other tactical tasks that distract them from their more strategic functions such as business continuity/disaster recovery. What’s needed are ways to capture the processes and experience of real business continuity/disaster recovery planning and make them accessible to the masses. That is what SunGard is looking to do through Assurancecm.”
Organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to SMBs, are being forced to do more with less and are in search of scalable systems that meet their needs no matter the size. SunGard Assurancecm utilizes SunGard Availability Services’ customized approach to offer a level of scalability required by clients regardless of their environment.
“Our industry has seen a number of different standards and tools over the years that have not made business continuity planning simpler,” said Kathy Robbins, director of Business Continuity, Unum. “SunGard Assurancecm may be the total package as it’s built with customer input, includes a review of all current industry standards and tools and is based on current technology. I am counting the days until I get my hands on SunGard Assurancecm to begin developing my ‘state of the art’ business continuity program with users who enjoy the process of building and maintaining executable business continuity and disaster recovery plans.”
SunGard Assurancecm will be available globally on May 31, 2013. For more information about SunGard Assurancecm, visit www.sungardas.com/software.
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.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -Disaster Recovery Journal has partnered with Business Continuity Institute to cover the International and United States Glossary of Terms. DRJ today released the updated business continuity glossary, which includes updated definitions and terms in the business continuity industry and related fields.
When paired with today’s BCI release of the latest edition of the Good Practice Guidelines, their dictionary and glossary, the documents provide complete coverage of International and U.S. Glossary of Terms.
BCI’s GPG has been thoroughly revised to ensure that the 2013 edition includes terminology from ISO 22301:2012, the International Standard for Business Continuity management systems. The GPG are the independent body of knowledge for good business continuity practice worldwide.
DRJ’s updated glossary was compiled by the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, who worked diligently to make sure complete terminology and definitions were included.
“Committed industry professionals meet on a monthly basis to discuss Business Continuity terms and definitions. Our goal is to ensure practitioners have a clear understanding of terms and definitions so they can decide, integrate and communicate the terms to be used in their organizations”, said Colleen Huber, Chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board Glossary Committee.
“Our Editorial Advisory Board did an outstanding job of making sure all relevant terms and definitions were included in this glossary,” said Bob Arnold, DRJ President. “I want to thank them for their tireless effort in making this an invaluable tool for practitioners in our profession.”
By releasing the updated material on the same date, DRJ and BCI have united to bring awareness to the new terminology and provide helpful documents for our industry personnel.
“DRJ is pleased to partner with BCI, the industry’s leading educational offering provider, to provide these documents for our industry practitioners,” said Arnold. “With the fast-paced changes that are constantly occurring, it is important to have up-to-date information available for practitioners.”
DRJ’s updated glossary can be found at www.drj.com. The BCI documents are available at
FIELDVIEW ADVANCES DCIM STANDARDS FOR GLOBAL DATA CENTERSNew York City, NY ― FieldView Solutions, a market leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), today unveiled enhancements to its award-winning FieldView platform at the DataCenter DynamiWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
New York City, NY ― FieldView Solutions, a market leader in Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), today unveiled enhancements to its award-winning FieldView platform at the DataCenter Dynamics, New York City. Developed from suggestions by managers operating several of the world’s largest data centers, FieldView 5.2 represents the next evolution of DCIM solutions to provide holistic visibility and inclusive reporting features -- viewed from one console -- garnered from globally distributed data center deployments.
“The DCIM market is quickly evolving, as data center managers demand greater insight into the complex environments they manage,” said Fred Dirla, Chief Executive Officer, FieldView Solutions. “We are listening to these demands and developing a stronger integration between IT and facility management disciplines to offer a more robust, centralized monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning.”
The total power capacity of data centers using the FieldView DCIM software has surpassed 1.5 Gigawatts. Today’s announcement will help the company grow this capacity by offering new features such as:
● Enhanced Polling and Alarming - Includes adjustable polling rates per device or category, as well as offline polling, real-time alarming and SNMP alarming for IT and facilities control systems/Building Management Systems (BMS).
● Plug-n-Play Protocols – Enables easy configuration for new vendors and new protocols with the ability for direct monitoring of over 50 different vendor systems and protocols supported in Plug-n-Play mode.
● Enhanced Reporting - Includes more robust reporting features including enhanced capacity planning functionalities.
FieldView Solutions continues to experience strong growth, with 63 percent annual revenue growth during a three year period as well as expanding into Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia Pacific, Japan, India, Singapore, and China. In addition, the company’s recently signed global customer contracts have FieldView DCIM deployed in six of the top 10 banks, three of the top five technology providers, and 12 of the largest Co-Lo facilities worldwide.
To Demo FieldView 5.2 on March 12th at DataCenter Dynamics in New York City, visit Booth #59 for more details.
For additional information, please contact FieldView Solutions at (732) 395-6920 or via email at email@example.com. For DCIM industry insight, follow FieldView Solutions on their blog, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, or join FieldView DCIM Professionals on LinkedIn. To view a webinar on Quantifying Data Center Efficiency with FieldView Solutions and EMA Enterprise, visit: bit.ly/TydNOp
About FieldView Solutions
FieldView Solutions provides managers of today's complex, mission-critical data centers and Co-Lo facilities with browser-based, scalable software tools that deliver a real-time view into all aspects of data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The company’s flagship product, FieldView, has helped data center IT and facilities operations professionals in many of the largest data centers including six of the top 10 banks, three of the five top technology providers, and 12 of the largest Co-Lo facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia/Pacific since 2006 – managing 1.5 Gigawatts. The FieldView Solutions team is comprised of industry professionals with demonstrated experience in both the design and operation of data centers and the development of technology platforms that service them. FieldView Solutions meets the needs of a broad range of users, up to the largest-scale global corporate clients. For more information, visit www.fieldviewsolutions.com.
New STORServer Hybrid Appliance uses customer-supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solutionCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, announces today its new HybriWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –– STORServer®, the leading provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market, announces today its new Hybrid Appliance (HA), designed to use qualified, customer-supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solution.
The HA is built by taking STORServer’s software bundle and fully integrating it with customers’ hardware for reliable, easy-to-use, expedient daily administration. The solution allows data backup across multiple platforms and locations, including virtual machines and local and remote devices and supports most operating systems, applications and database technologies.
STORServer’s intuitive user interface, STORServer Console (SSC), makes daily management across the enterprise easy from a single location.
“The Hybrid Appliance is an ideal solution for customers who want to protect their environment more efficiently with their existing hardware,” said Bill Smoldt, president of STORServer. “We’ll take the customer’s hardware and build the system for them by adding Tivoli Storage Manager and all of its components, STORServer Console and any other required software integration.”
Each HA provides a disk-to-disk-to-disaster recovery copy to disk, tape, cloud or a STORServer Appliance and uses Enterprise or Basic IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software (except with the STORServer Instant Restore Appliance).
How it works:
- 1.The HA software is installed on the customer’s hardware by a STORServer technician.
- 2.Client software is installed on servers and workstations.
- 3.Data flows from local or network storage into online storage pools.
- 4.Online, on-site pools copy to any one of three off-site disaster recovery pools.
- 5.After the initial full backup, subsequent backups are incremental forever capturing new and changed data only.
- 6.When a restore is required, the STORServer database produces the list of files to restore along with their locations in local and off-site storage pools.
- 7.All versions of files (current and older) are available for immediate restore.
- 8.In the event of a loss of data, copies of all versions of all files are available in the optional off-site disaster recovery pool for restoration.
Affordably priced, the HA series aggressively competes and wins against any similar sized backup solution. STORServer’s support puts its expertise at customers’ fingertips and provides a single point of contact for warranty and support of all software-related concerns.
Built on TSM, STORServer offers a complete suite of enterprise backup appliances, software and services that solve today’s backup, archive and disaster recovery challenges. STORServer EBA 3100, 2100, 1100 and 800 recently took four out of five top positions in the DCIG 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide. After evaluating 66 products, DCIG felt that no other backup appliance came close to the EBA3100, placing it in an "enterprise" category of its own.
For more information on HA and STORServer’s line of data backup solutions, visit http://www.storserver.com. To download the full DCIG 2012 Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, visit http://backupapplianceguide.com.
ONVELOP UNIFIED COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION PLATFORM BRINGS ENTERPRISE MOBILITY AND ENABLES BYOD FOR SHAREPOINT, LYNC AND OFFICE 365 CUSTOMERSWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
CHICAGO, IL — CohesiveFT today announced it has joined the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), a distinctive consortium of global IT experts committed to being a unified voice for emerging data center and cloud computing requirements. As a Solution Provider Member, CohesiveFT joins the ranks of firms such as BMW, Capgemini, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Terremark, and UBS.
CohesiveFT brings expertise in enterprise IT cloud adoption to the ODCA and the company will focus on leading discussions on best practices for cloud migration and spotlighting trends and issues with the open, interoperable delivery of compute infrastructure as a service, and cloud security.
Chris Swan, CohesiveFT CTO and former ODCA board member with UBS said, "It's great to be rejoining the infrastructure working group and contributing to new usage model development in areas like Software Defined Networking (SDN)."
The Open Data Center Alliance is comprised of more than 300 companies that represent over $100 billion in annual IT spending. The Alliance's primary work is the publication of usage models that give detailed definitions of IT requirements to address specific challenges and priorities in data center evolution and, specifically, cloud deployment.
About The ODCA
The Open Data Center Alliance was formed in 2010 as a unique consortium of leading global IT organizations. We are led by a steering committee of senior IT executives from BMW, China Unicom, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Terremark, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, and UBS. Intel Corporation serves as the organization's technical advisor. We came together to deliver a unified voice for emerging data center and cloud computing requirements. Our mission is to speed the migration to cloud computing by enabling the solution and service ecosystem to address IT requirements with the highest level of interoperability and standards.
CohesiveFT enables enterprises to run business operations in the cloud. Our solutions help migrate, transform and extend both customer facing systems and internal operational platforms. CohesiveFT lets enterprises build on existing IT resources, save money on a single, upfront migration and focus on an application-centric view of integration, governance and security.
The Cloud Container provides cloud infrastructure products and services allowing enterprises to safely migrate through a logical set of steps. The Cloud Container consists of VNS3, Server3, Context3 and coalescence services along with the offerings of our Technology Partners. The Container offers enterprises to use existing resources, software components and operating systems to target public, private, and hybrid clouds.CohesiveFT is a leader in enterprise application-to-cloud migration and provides more application-controlled software defined networking than all competitors combined. CohesiveFT and VNS3 are cloud provider, vendor, application, OS, and script neutral.
CohesiveFT is also an IBM Business Partner - Ready for SmartCloud Services, Amazon AWS Partner Network member, and Open Networking Foundation (ONF) member. CohesiveFT was the first third-party server listed in the IBM SmartCloud SCE catalog, and the trial version of VNS3 is still the most used in the catalogue. The CohesiveFT team has decades of experience in enterprise solution-oriented cloud brokerage. Offices in Chicago, London, Palo Alto and Belo Horizonte. To find out more, please visit www.cohesiveft.com
Caversham, 8th March 2013
For immediate release
The BCI has added to its growing repertoire of BCI Regional Awards with the addition of Australasia and Europe, which now join the Middle East, India, Asia and North America, taking the total number of BCI Regional Awards to a proud six.
All winners of the Regional Awards will automatically be entered into the BCI Global Awards that take place on 6th November 2013 in London as an integral part of the highly-acclaimed BCM World Conference and Exhibition.
The BCI Regional Awards represent a key vehicle in raising the profile of both the Business Continuity (BC) discipline as well as showcasing the impressive achievements and multi-talents of BC professionals and organizations working in these regions. They serve to put the spotlight on this growing industry and to generate worldwide interest in the BC discipline.
“The value of the BCI Awards is to recognise and reward excellence of individuals, teams and organisations. Undoubtedly this good news story is a benefit to the whole industry worldwide. It attracts positive media attention. It encourages healthy competition for nominations. It is a celebration for all to enjoy the reflected glory not just from the award winners but from a nation or a region. It brings us together as an Institute no matter who we are, or where we are from so that we can share in the limelight of the BCI Awards.”
Andy Tomkinson, MBCI and Director Adtapt Ltd
Winner of the BCI Global Awards Industry Personality of the Year 2012
There are ten different award categories, including nine judged categories and the special Industry Personality of the Year Award, which is decided by public vote. The Judged Categories include:
- Business Continuity Consultant of the Year
- Business Continuity Manager of the Year
- Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year
- Most Effective Recovery of the Year
- BCM Newcomer of the Year
- Business Continuity Team of the Year
- Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Service)
- Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Product)
- Business Continuity Innovation of the Year (Product/Service)
Those BC professionals and organizations that do not yet fall under one of the Regional Awards are invited to submit applications for the BCI Global Awards 2013.
The application lines for the BCI Asia Awards will open on the 1st May 2013 and the BCI Global Awards will open for applications in June. The lines for the BCI North America Awards have already closed. All other lines are open for applications now.
To enter your BCI Regional Award click on the relevant hyperlink:
To enter the BCI Middle East Awards >>
Deadline for entries 28th March 2013
To enter the BCI Australasian Awards >>
Deadline for entries 4th April 2013
To enter the BCI European Awards >>
Deadline for entries 12th April 2013
To enter the BCI India Awards >>
Deadline for entries 26th April 2013
To enter the BCI Asia Awards >>
Deadline for entries 30th June 2013
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 over 6,000 members in more than 100 countries worldwide, the BCI truly is the world’s leading institute for business continuity.
The BCI stands for excellence in the business continuity profession and its Statutory grades provide unequivocal assurance of technical and professional competency.
The BCI Corporate Partnership, through corporate membership, offers organizations the opportunity to work with the BCI to promote best practice in business continuity and to raise their corporate profile in the global BC arena. The BCI Corporate Partnership currently has approximately 100 Partners worldwide.
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
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.
On-line, Double-Conversion UPS from Emerson Network Power Earns ENERGY STAR® Qualification for Several Model-Line ExtensionsWritten 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 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.
In Wake of Disruptions Caused by Hurricane Sandy, Pcubed Provides Disaster Recovery Tips for BusinessesWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
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.