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SAN MATEO, Calif – SIOS Technology, a leading provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, today announced that it has teamed up with Supermicro and Fusion-io to launch the high performance SuperSQL Cluster Appliance. The high performance, high availability server platform is fully integrated with SIOS’ DataKeeper Cluster Edition (DKCE) software and Fusion ioMemory products in a single chassis, dual-node Supermicro 2U Twin SuperServer, delivering outstanding performance with data protection.


SIOS’ robust data replication software DKCE arms the new SuperSQL Cluster with higher data availability and increased performance. Synchronous data replication, resulting in zero data loss, has less than 10 percent overhead, which is significantly better than alternative solutions whose performance impact can be in excess of 60 percent. One of the key benefits of DKCE’s high-speed, low-latency replication is the ability to provide complete data protection while maintaining the performance gains of the Fusion-io and Supermicro technologies.


“Working closely with Supermicro and Fusion-io, we have created a compelling offering that provides the benefits of a cluster without the complexity of a SAN in a cost-effective, single unit SKU,” said Celia Cattani, SIOS vice president of America, sales. “It’s easy to use and provides high performance and high availability in a single chassis containing two independent nodes. This appliance is an ideal solution for databases like Microsoft SQL or enterprise applications like Microsoft Dynamics or Lync.”


With SIOS, data protection is possible without an expensive SAN. DKCE is fully integrated with Microsoft Cluster Services (MSCS) and Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC.) DKCE eliminates storage as a potential single point of failure (SPoF), enhancing both availability and performance.


High capacity ioMemory products from Fusion-io deliver increased low-latency data performance. In addition, Supermicro's 2U Twin server based appliance uses 10/40GbE network interface cards to provide ultra-low latency data mirroring for the database instances, as well as high-speed data transport between cluster nodes.


“Supermicro’s 2U Twin architecture achieves the best balance between performance and density while providing the full range of feature sets required for SIOS’s SuperSQL Cluster Appliance,” said Wally Liaw, vice president of sales, international at Supermicro. “Our 2U Twin server features two independent nodes per system and offers the highest levels of efficiency, reliability and flexibility through its shared resource architecture. With support for SIOS’ DKCE and Fusion-io accelerated storage memory technologies, we are delivering the most cost-effective high-speed data replication solution on the market for mission critical database applications.”


“Databases like Microsoft SQL Server are the backbone of many businesses around the world,” said Thomas Kejser, Fusion-io EMEA chief technology officer. “By aggregating Fusion ioMemory with SIOS and Supermicro products, customers will be able to accelerate their databases with advanced performance and efficiency across datacenters and high-density environments.”

The new SuperSQL Cluster Appliance supports any edition of Microsoft SQL Server, including the cost-effective Standard Edition. High-density and low-power environments will greatly benefit from the SuperSQL Cluster appliance. This includes data centers, industrial process controls, small offices and web proxy and cache servers.


More information on the SuperSQL Cluster is available at supersql@supermicro.com

SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corporation, a leading provider of high availability and data protection software solutions for Linux and Windows, today announced it was the first Linux high availability player in the world to achieve SAP Application Server High Availability (HA) Interface Certification for its SteelEye® Protection Suite (SPS).


The HA-Interface Certification lets customers know that by using SIOS SPS, they are deploying high availability protection designed and certified to work with any SAP landscape. This equates to faster installation, fewer issues, superior protection, full SAP support and peace of mind that all components will work together seamlessly.


"SIOS worked closely with SAP's Linux Lab to achieve this first of its kind high availability certification," said Scott Armour, COO at SIOS Technology Corporation. "Our SteelEye software has been the innovative leader in SAP HA protection for more than a decade; this certification is the latest illustration of our close work with SAP to assure the best SAP landscape availability while also delivering the added benefits of integrated offerings and support."


SIOS’ SPS integrates with SAP to bring best-practice business continuity to SAP Business Suite software customers, ensuring compliant implementation for SAP systems. SPS provides complete protection for SAP landscapes including servers, operating system, databases and the critical components of the SAP application. It not only provides SAP high availability clustering, it can also be extended to provide multi-site disaster recovery and continuous data protection through a single, reliable, flexible and cost-effective enterprise-class solution.


“Having enjoyed a long-time strategic relationship with both companies, it is no surprise that SIOS is the first Linux player to be certified with SAP for high availability,” said Roman Janke, manager of Application Operations at Phoenix Contact, a leading manufacturer of electronic switches. “This certification strengthens the integration of these key vendor applications and reinforces our ongoing return on investment and support in working with SIOS to protect our mission-critical business applications.”


SPS for Linux offers sophisticated monitoring, automated recovery and other advanced features including high-speed, block-level data replication, redirection of client connectivity, and a unique hybrid storage model. For SAP environments, SPS is optimized to address traditional high availability requirements, the complex nuances of multi-site, wide-area clustering, and high availability within emerging virtualized SAP environments. SPS is the optimal SAP availability solution; it is the most flexible, easiest to implement and operate and is now the first to be SAP HA certified. SPS delivers the best availability profile at the lowest operating cost.


Product roadmap enhancements to SIOS’ SPS include improving the business continuity posture of SAP deployments through predictive monitoring, automated responses and centralized reporting of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to ensure adherence to Service Level Agreements (SLAs). This enables unified control of both clustered and non-clustered SAP NetWeaver systems through SAP Adaptive Computing Controller. These SPS enhancements are slated for release the first half of 2013.


For more information about SIOS’ SteelEye Protection Suite visit

http://us.sios.com/products/steeleye-protection-suite-linux/


For more information about the SAP Application Server High Availability Interface Certification visit http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-8541

London – Ovum has published three “Trends to watch reports” on Cloud computing and reveals that 2013 will see cloud computing continue to grow rapidly.

2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds* report , drills downs into not only private and public cloud trends, but also infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) trends, meanwhile, 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Services** report, looks at cloud computing from the point of view of IT service providers. Finally, 2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing*** report, looks at the way cloud service providers and consumers adapt to cloud computing both on their own and as part of increasingly sophisticated cloud ecosystems.

In the “2013 Trends to Watch: Cloud Computing” report, Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software notes that “Cloud computing promises to tackles two hitherto irreconcilable IT challenges: the need to reduce costs and the need to boost innovation”.

Lachal says: “It takes a lot of effort from vendors and enterprises to actually make it work, and they will succeed in making it work in 2013, both on their own and as part of increasingly complex ecosystems.”

Indeed, cloud computing in all its guises (public, private, and hybrid) is building momentum, evolving fast and becoming increasingly “enterprise-grade”. Yet, it is early days for vendors and enterprises.

Lachal adds: “Cloud computing has barely reached the adolescence phase and it will take at least another five years for cloud computing to mature into adulthood.

2013 will also see the emergence of cloud computing ecosystem. Public clouds are increasingly approached not only as technology delivery platforms but also as “ecosystem hubs” for cloud service providers and consumers.

Lachal comments: “They offer a new way to accelerate participation in the rapidly evolving social networking and mobile solution ecosystems of the Internet age. Some industry sectors are benefiting from the “data centre as a hub”, an increasingly cloud computing-centric ecosystem of partners that assembles in a key location or data centre such as around financial exchanges, web and online services, or media content.”

Data will be the new cloud computing oil in 2013.

Cloud computing services, and the (social, mobile) applications that cloud platforms underpin, generate a lot of data, which in turn requires cloud services and applications to make sense of it.

This trend connects with and fuels other industry trends such as the Internet of things (machine-to-machine communication and data processing, cloud computing-based smart cities, TVs or cars projects), open government data, consumerisation of IT (with a variety of cross-device content centric public clouds, such as the one provided by Apple), and, last but not least, Big Data.

The market’s attention, under the Big Data banner, is currently mostly focused on technology issues, but from 2013 onward from a cloud computing perspective there will be growing interest in the cultural shift required by vendors and enterprises to turn data into a resource to manage and monetize, starting with data abstraction (from underlying IT systems), sharing (within and outside the enterprise), and valuation (via a model from companies such as Accenture).

“Some vendors played the cloud data card early , but the cloud data production, brokerage, and consumption ecosystem is still in the making and will continue to evolve over the next five years,” concludes Lachal.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced a fully dedicated team serving the complex needs of massive data centers. The hyperscale solutions team is dedicated to leveraging Emerson-wide expertise and resources across the entire data center ecosystem to serve companies that build large cloud environments for search, social networking, web computing, and other data-intense functions.

The scale and growth of these massive facilities demands extraordinary data center architectures that require customized, highly scalable, and often modular infrastructures. The Emerson solutions team helps deliver these complex architectures through consulting, custom solutions, and implementation. Emerson Network Power announced the formation of the team at Open Compute Summit.

“The hyperscale solutions team is made up of individuals with decades of data center experience and draws upon the knowledge and capabilities of thousands of Emerson technologists and engineers to support the visions of data center professionals,” said Scott Barbour, executive vice president of Emerson and business leader for Emerson Network Power Systems. “And only Emerson has the global scale and resources to rapidly implement those visions.”

The team has engaged with industry thought-leaders and developed architectural solutions that solve customer-specific business issues in hyperscale data centers. Resources the team draws upon include deep expertise in embedded power, power conditioning, distribution and back-up, infrastructure management, cooling, services, access and control, and modularity.

Examples of the type of solutions created to meet hyperscale data centers’ unique needs will be featured in booth B14 and include an integrated rack solution that leverages the efficient AC and DC power distribution and back-up concepts in the Open Rack specification, created with off-the-shelf components accessible to all size customers and data centers. Also featured will be fly-through simulations of Emerson Network Power’s capability to deploy modular constructed data center solutions.

For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions that support the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

NEW YORK – Events such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the 2011 Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster, 2010’s Pakistani floods and the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano demonstrated that business disruptions are no longer confined to one-time, short lived events. Instead, such catastrophes are occurring more regularly and having devastating consequences across companies’ operations.  As companies begin to realize the new normal, which consists of longer lasting business disruptions, events are compelling them to evaluate their current crisis management programs to assess implementing a comprehensive business continuity program.

Plans that detail a business’s initial emergency response provide a roadmap for keeping operations running through a crisis and ready a business for the return to full operational effectiveness in the weeks that follow a disruption. These forward-thinking solutions are critical components to effective business continuity programs, according to a new PwC US paper entitled, “Beyond the first 48 hours: Can your business continuity plan go the distance?”

“Business  disruptions, whether natural or manmade, are  inevitable today and are leaving businesses of all shapes and sizes crippled for days, weeks and more recently months. It’s no longer a matter of when a business disruption will strike, it’s a matter of how devastating it will be to a business, their resources and operations,” said Dean Simone, leader of PwC’s U.S. Risk Assurance practice. “An effective and tested crisis management plan will get a company through the initial impacts of major events, but in order to address the aftermath, organizations need a comprehensive plan. Today, a company’s ability to respond to a business disruption could either protect or damage their brand for decades to come. The best-prepared companies are ready with a complete and coordinated business continuity management process that covers the full crisis lifecycle beyond the first 48 hours - from emergency response to crisis management to recovery.”

PwC’s report examines the critical challenges of coping with the increased and unexpected risks of business disruptions. The paper outlines PwC’s recommended approach to effective business continuity management programs:

·         Emergency response, crisis management, IT disaster recovery, and business continuity plans

·         Recovery of critical business processes, prioritized to the organization’s overall functionality

·         Assures uniform and consistent planning, implementation, and upgrade of business continuity policies and procedures

Uses specialists who’ve created and assessed hundreds of business continuity programs and can provide out-of-the-box solutions across the planning process, from analysis to reporting

“Companies need the right business continuity management program to react quickly and effectively to mitigate any revenue loss, potential damage to their reputation and return to full-operational status,” said Phil Samson, leader of PwC’s Business Continuity Management service. “Having a holistic plan helps an organization absorb the initial crisis, makes them resilient enough to remain standing through the aftershocks, and properly organizes them to return critical processes in the weeks and months that follow.”

“Beyond mega-disasters, advances in technology increase the possibility of devastating manmade crises such as cyber-attacks,” said Ken Coy, leader of PwC’s Governance, Risk & Compliance practice. “From deleting data to deliberate acts of destruction, having a risk-resilient design and tested crisis response is not enough. Establishing a governance and program management structure which aligns your crisis and business continuity management objectives are the keys to effective planning.”

For an in-depth discussion on what companies can do to be as prepared for the next disruption, join PwC for a webcast on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EST.  http://www.meetpwc.com/BCMBeyond48hours

To download a full copy of the report, “Beyond the first 48 hours: Can your business continuity plan go the distance?” please visit: www.pwc.com/us/en/risk-assurance-services/publications/business-continuity-management.jhtml

About PwC’s Risk Assurance practice

PwC understands that significant risk is rarely confined to discrete areas within an organization.  Rather, most significant risks have a wide-ranging impact across the organization. As a result, PwC's Risk Assurance practice has developed a holistic approach to risk that protects business, facilitates strategic decision making and enhances efficiency. This approach is complemented by the extensive risk and controls technical knowledge and sector-specific experience of its Risk Assurance professionals. The end result is a risk solution tailored to meet the unique needs of clients.

About PwC US
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for.  We're a member of the PwC network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people.  We're committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.  Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US.

Westborough, Mass. – ExaGrid Systems, Inc. (www.exagrid.com), the leader in scalable and cost-effective disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, today announced that the company has published a book offering IT professionals and CIOs straightforward and pragmatic guidance to help choose a disk backup system.

Titled “Straight Talk About Disk Backup with Deduplication,” and authored by ExaGrid’s CEO, Bill Andrews, it’s the most comprehensive guide to disk backup with deduplication available. By reading the 29-page book, IT professionals and CIOs can gain insights into the right questions to ask and which factors need to be considered when choosing a disk backup system, so that they can avoid the 10 costliest mistakes that could negatively impact their backup infrastructure for years.

“Every IT professional looking to move from tape backup to disk-based backup with deduplication who wants to avoid costly unforeseen pitfalls should get a copy of this book,” Andrews said. “From this guide, you’ll learn why disk backup with deduplication isn’t simply a commodity storage product that you think of in quick-fix tactical terms, but instead calls for a purpose-built approach and more detailed [strategic] consideration because the solution will impact your IT operations and costs for years in the future.”

With data growth rates averaging 30% or more annually, an increasing number of organizations are moving from tape to disk backup with deduplication. Depending on the disk backup architecture chosen, a backup environment can either be improved or worsened, since the former tape-based challenges may simply be replaced with new, more expensive disk-based challenges.

Drawing on experiences with more than 5,000 disk backup installations, the book describes the many technical considerations when choosing a disk backup system, such as the product’s deduplication method, whether the solution provides adequate compute with capacity to keep up with an organization’s data growth, and whether the product inhibits restores due to a lengthy rehydration process. Making the wrong decision could mean the backup window will expand as data grows, IT will face forklift upgrades costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the organization’s productivity will be impacted as longer restores increase the downtime on critical systems.

The book is broken into five chapters, exploring backup to tape, disk staging, different data deduplication approaches and architectures and sizing considerations. The fifth chapter outlines an extensive list of nearly 50 questions and recommended steps IT leaders and CIOs should consider when choosing a disk-based backup product.

To obtain a copy of “Straight Talk About Disk Backup with Deduplication,” visit www.exagrid.com/straighttalk.

About ExaGrid’s Technology:
The ExaGrid system is a plug-and-play disk backup appliance that works with existing backup applications and enables faster and more reliable backups and restores. Customers report that backup time is reduced by up to 90 percent over traditional tape backup. ExaGrid’s patented zone-level data deduplication technology reduces the amount of disk space needed by a range of 10:1 to as high as 50:1 or more, resulting in a cost comparable to traditional tape-based backup.

About ExaGrid Systems, Inc.:
ExaGrid offers the only disk-based backup appliance with data deduplication purpose-built for backup that leverages a unique architecture optimized for performance, scalability and price. ExaGrid is the only solution that combines compute with capacity and a unique landing zone to permanently shorten backup windows, eliminate expensive forklift upgrades, achieve the fastest full system restores and tape copies, and rapidly restore files, VMs and objects in minutes. With offices and distribution worldwide, ExaGrid has more than 5,000 systems installed at more than 1,600 customers, and more than 320 published customer success stories.

For more information, contact ExaGrid at 800-868-6985 or visit www.exagrid.com.

Minneapolis – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, ediscovery, and information management products and services, today announced it was awarded the Storage Visions 2013 Visionary Services and Support Company recognition for its outstanding data recovery services for all storage devices. The Storage Visions 2013 Awards recognize companies advancing the state of the art in storage technologies utilized in consumer electronics, the media and entertainment industries, and visionary products for the digital content value chain.

“Kroll Ontrack is honored to be recognized as a leader in data recovery by Storage Visions,” said Abhik Mitra, Ontrack Data Recovery product manager, Kroll Ontrack. “As storage technologies advance, so does the art of backing up and recovering data. Kroll Ontrack is committed to developing tools, capabilities and services to address the latest data storage trends and corresponding recovery challenges, and this recognition is a testament to that mission.”

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, backup, search, analyze, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data backup, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. Kroll Ontrack is a subsidiary of Altegrity, an industry-leading provider of information solutions. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com.

Nominations should be emailed to Tammy Lewis: tammy.lewis@thebci.org

As 2012 comes to a close, plans for the 2nd Annual BCI Awards – North America are in full swing. Final plans for the event’s arrival back at DRJ Spring World 2013 in Orlando, FL., are beginning to hit the airwaves, and the 2013 list of award categories have been announced and opened up for initial nominations.

The BCI North America Awards were set up by the BCI to recognize and celebrate unparalleled achievement in 12 critical areas of the BCM discipline. Open to all BCM professionals regardless of professional membership and/or certification, the BCI Awards – North America are recognized as the de-facto standard for business continuity professional recognition of achievement.

The 2012 Inaugural event held true to its billing as a first-class celebration of the “Who’s Who” of the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery space. Playing to a packed house of more than 300 industry professionals, the ceremony exploded with music, applause, stirring acceptances and a quick “Red Carpet photo-opps”- and did we mention the gorgeous statues of appreciation (awards)?

So, what better partner and venue than The Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) and their industry leading Spring World Conference?

Each year leading professionals from around the globe descend upon beautiful Orlando Florida to take part in DRJ Spring World, making it the world’s largest conference dedicated to business continuity and disaster recovery. The BCI, again, is fully supporting this fantastic event and is proud to have this gala event headline activities within the conference.

2013 Award Categories:

Business Continuity Consultant of the Year

In this category the judges will be looking for evidence of exceptional all round skills across the full spectrum of BCM capability. Applicants will have in depth and breadth of experience and will be able to demonstrate how they have helped clients, from a wide client base, embrace BCM techniques and embed BCM within their organisation’s culture. The winner of this category will be able to show the judges that they have an innovative approach to the discipline, are an outstanding problem solver and a worthy ambassador for the Business Continuity Management sector. All entries should include the length of time the entrant has been involved in BCM and any relevant professional qualifications they have as well as any examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Business Continuity Manager of the Year

The winner of this category is unlikely to have less than 5 years’ experience (to be shown on entry) as a dedicated Business Continuity Manager. Judging will focus on how the individual has used Business Continuity Management techniques across their employing organisation to improve overall resilience. Evidence of effective responses to individual impacts will add weight to the application which could be further enhanced by showing how BCM has influenced strategic thinking within the organisation. In this category we are looking for a unique individual who has truly embedded BCM using creative and original approaches and techniques. This individual is likely to be recognised as a leading BCM professional by his/her peer group and have a relevant professional qualification which they will indicate on their application. They will also show how their contribution to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Public Sector Business Continuity Manager of the Year

The onus on Business Continuity Managers in the Public Sector is often two fold as they need to look internally to ensure the services they provide can be maintained in all eventualities but additional external responsibility may be placed upon them as they encourage local communities to become more resilient. In this category the judges will be looking for an outstanding individual who has used their highly developed business continuity skills to influence how their organisation addresses, and prepares for, possible impacts. Emphasis will be on the ability to protect core critical infrastructure. Additional consideration will be given to evidence of they have contributed to the wider influence of the value of BCM within their local business community. Entrants for this Awards will have a minimum of 5 years experience within BCM and this should be shown on the application, as should relevant professional qualifications.

Most Effective Recovery of the Year

If your organisation, or your client’s organisation, has suffered from an incident and successfully come out the other side then the judges would be pleased to receive an application in this category. This incident must have occurred between July 1st 2012 and 31st July 2013. The incident may have taken any form – from loss of supply chain, through denial of access to failure of computer systems. The judges will be looking at how effective the recovery was across the whole spectrum of emergency and incident management including strategic, tactical and operational planning. Evidence should be provided on how the Business Continuity Plan was used in helping manage the incident, how staff (both BCM and non-BCM) worked towards recovery, what lessons were learnt during the process and how these lessons will help improve on going resilience within the organisation.

BCM Newcomer of the Year

Entrants into this category will have been working within Business Continuity Management for less than 24 months. The judges will be looking for an enthusiastic approach to the discipline, passion for the industry and innovative ideas on how to implement and embed BCM either within their own, or client, organisations. Above all, however, they will be hoping to see potential for intellectual and professional development and trying to spot a BCM Leader of the Future. Entries should show any relevant professional qualifications gained and examples of contributions made to the growth of the discipline in local territories.

Business Continuity Team of the Year

This category is specifically for business continuity management teams with 5+ dedicated members within large corporate organisations. The judges will be looking at how the team is led, how the team works together but also at how it works across all disciplines within the organisation. Major challenges that the team has faced, and how these were dealt with, would add weight to entries. Evidence of implementing BCM, through all phases of the BCM Lifecycle, should be provided as part of the entry. Please include an outline of the team profile, their experience and their performance.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Service)

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding service to those working within the BCM industry in the Awards region. This service may include, but is not limited to: providing consultancy; training; data backup; recovery services; data centre services; call tree solutions; and auditing. The judges will be looking for a first class service backed up with excellent customer support.

It is a criterion of entry that the service provider has a minimum of 10 customers (who may be invited by the entrant to submit supporting statements) and have been offering their services for a minimum of 24 months. Please include the number of customers and length of time in the application, along with any certifications achieved in relevant areas of expertise.

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (BCM Product)

The winner of this Award will be recognised as providing an outstanding product designed for use by those working within the BCM industry in this BCI Awards coverage area. Products may include, but are not limited to: IT related products such as hardware, software and SMS solutions; training and education products including conferences and publications; and insurance. The judges will be looking for a first class product backed up with excellent customer support.

It is a criterion of entry that the product vendor has a minimum of 10 customers (who may be invited by the entrant to submit supporting statements) and have been offering their product for a minimum of 24 months. Please include the number of customers and length of time in the application, along with any certifications achieved in relevant areas of expertise.

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year (Product/Service)

The judges will present this award to the organisation which has demonstrated outstanding innovation in the development of a new product or service within the BCM arena within this BCI Awards coverage area. Open to all industry sectors the product or service must have come onto the market within the period July 1st 2012 to 31st July 2013 and have a business continuity application. The judges will be looking for:

WHY the product or service was developed in relation to market need within the region

WHAT the product or service offers to business continuity practitioners

HOW the product or service is being used to practical advantage by customers.

Public Vote Category

Industry Personality of the Year

Nominations for this category should be made for individuals who have added value to the BCM industry over the past year. They may be BCM practitioners, academics, BCM consultants, conference speakers, government officials or just enthusiastic ambassadors for the discipline. Quite simply they will have a huge personality and have made the BCM arena a better place.

A shortened entry criterion is in place for this category where only a 100 word summary of achievements should be submitted. The 5 most popular entrants will be out to a public vote.

Application process

Entries for the judged categories must include:

  • Written submission statement of between 1500 and 2500 words in support of the application including information mentioned in the criteria.
  • An abbreviated summary of the statement – no more than 100 words
  • Full contact details including name, organisation/employer name, address, phone number, email
  • Written confirmation that all permissions relating to the release of data contained within the application have been granted

Nominations for the public vote category of Industry Personality should include a 100 word summary of why that person is being nominated. The 5 most popular nominations will be collated and put to a public vote.

Nominations should be emailed to Tammy Lewis: tammy.lewis@thebci.org

Visit thebci.org for more information.

Livermore, CA – Rob Alston, CEO of Access, announced today the company’s Dec. 28, 2012, acquisition of FileSafe, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida and the records management division of Sheeler Moving and Storage in Ventura, California. Both companies are located within markets currently served by Access. FileSafe clients’ inventories will be relocated to Access’ current facilities in Jacksonville while Access will maintain the record center location currently housing Sheeler’s records division.

As the largest privately-held records and information management services provider in the United States, Access serves 27 markets across the nation and can offer a single-provider advantage to clients operating in those same markets. Access also has a presence in Costa Rica.

“We welcome our newest clients in Ventura and in Jacksonville,” said Alston. “We know they will benefit from the increased capacities, broader capabilities and nationwide footprint Access represents.”

Peter Berndt, Access’ Jacksonville General Manager, will orchestrate and oversee the FileSafe relocation while Access’ Vice President for the Southwestern Region, Robert Cummings, will manage the integration of the Sheeler acquisition.

About Access (www.InformationProtected.com)
Access is the largest privately-held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the United States. A trusted partner to clients spanning multiple industries and markets throughout the country, Access’ complete suite of services includes records management, data protection (electronic computer media), secure destruction, and digital formatting services. The valuable business services Access provides allow clients to focus on their core businesses while reducing the costs and risks associated with document retention, management and final disposition. Access is backed by growth equity investor Summit Partners.

About Summit Partners (www.SummitPartners.com)
Summit Partners is a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies. Founded in 1984, Summit has raised nearly $15 billion in capital and provides equity and credit for growth, recapitalizations, and management buyouts. Summit has invested in more than 350 companies globally in technology, healthcare and other growth industries. These companies have completed more than 125 public offerings, and in excess of 130 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Summit Partners has offices in Boston, Palo Alto, London and Mumbai. Summit’s notable business services investments include Bartlett Holdings, Central Security Group, EMED Co. and LiveOffice Holdings.
Herndon, VA -- COOP Systems, the developer of the most advanced Business Continuity Management (BCM) software package in the world, has published an exciting new White Paper on Automating ISO 22301:2102, the international Business Continuity Management System standard first published in May 2012. It can be downloaded at www.coop-systems.com/downloads.

"After a long history of most BCM programs doing the minimum, using manual tools and proprietary methodologies, there is now a clear choice. Substandard approaches can always continue, exposing an organization to unnecessary risk. Alternatively, the globally accepted ISO 22301 standard details a quality, globally accepted, auditable process for BCM," said Chris Alvord, CEO of COOP Systems. "Like all ISO standards, it is the result of the work of experts and is blessed by 160+ countries. It is the best path for an organization wanting to benefit from global acceptance, good practices, and management experience."

The White Paper explores six major program management areas where automation support is exceptionally helpful for the new standard, as follows:

BIA and RA analysis (8.2.2, 8.2.3)
Resources and planning (8.3.2, 8.4.4)
Testing and exercise management (8.5)
Incident response and communications (8.4.2, 8.4.3)
Audit reporting (9.2)
Corrective actions (10.1)

There are additional areas where automation would be helpful and efficient, especially in the area of program management formation.

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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.

Livermore, CA – Rob Alston, CEO of Access, announced today the company’s Dec. 28, 2012, acquisition of FileSafe, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida and the records management division of Sheeler Moving and Storage in Ventura, California. Both companies are located within markets currently served by Access. FileSafe clients’ inventories will be relocated to Access’ current facilities in Jacksonville while Access will maintain the record center location currently housing Sheeler’s records division. As the largest privately-held records and information management services provider in the United States, Access serves 27 markets across the nation and can offer a single-provider advantage to clients operating in those same markets. Access also has a presence in Costa Rica. “We welcome our newest clients in Ventura and in Jacksonville,” said Alston. “We know they will benefit from the increased capacities, broader capabilities and nationwide footprint Access represents.” Peter Berndt, Access’ Jacksonville General Manager, will orchestrate and oversee the FileSafe relocation while Access’ Vice President for the Southwestern Region, Robert Cummings, will manage the integration of the Sheeler acquisition. About Access (www.InformationProtected.com) Access is the largest privately-held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the United States. A trusted partner to clients spanning multiple industries and markets throughout the country, Access’ complete suite of services includes records management, data protection (electronic computer media), secure destruction, and digital formatting services. The valuable business services Access provides allow clients to focus on their core businesses while reducing the costs and risks associated with document retention, management and final disposition. Access is backed by growth equity investor Summit Partners. About Summit Partners (www.SummitPartners.com) Summit Partners is a growth equity firm that invests in rapidly growing companies. Founded in 1984, Summit has raised nearly $15 billion in capital and provides equity and credit for growth, recapitalizations, and management buyouts. Summit has invested in more than 350 companies globally in technology, healthcare and other growth industries. These companies have completed more than 125 public offerings, and in excess of 130 have been acquired through strategic mergers and sales. Summit Partners has offices in Boston, Palo Alto, London and Mumbai. Summit’s notable business services investments include Bartlett Holdings, Central Security Group, EMED Co. and LiveOffice Holdings.