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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections.  Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the United States.  This year, some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity.

Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from three states, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August.  Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year.  Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

“It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years,” said Marc Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch.  “Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family.”

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.  Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.  Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).  About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.  People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.

There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection.  People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.  In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.  Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Scientific Inc., a
company known for creating transformative technology that
reshapes industries, introduces PureWeb(R) 3.1 to the
enterprise software market. The PureWeb platform transforms
enterprise-class desktops, workstations, and traditional
rich client-server applications into Web-enabled, mobile and
cloud-accessible applications. They can then be enabled for
real time multi-user collaboration, delivering the security
and performance, which users expect. One of the significant
enhancements in version 3.1 is a 60-day downloadable
Software Transformation Kit (STK) that allows developers to
fully test-drive the platform. Developers will be further
supported by a new online PureWeb Developer Community,
providing documentation and specs, technical support and a
community blog outlining industry trends, case studies, and
other tips on how to use PureWeb.

PureWeb has been helping software vendors and integrators
save development costs, preserve their development
investment, drive incremental revenue, and deepen user
loyalty for more than three years. Proven initially in the
medical industry, PureWeb has supported corporations in the
simulation and training, aerospace, and retail industries by
extending the reach of big data, visually rich applications
to the Web, cloud, and mobile devices, all without
compromising high security standards.

Other 3.1 enhancements include:

Flex client STK - new options for deploying any application
to devices using Flash(R), including the option to utilize
the Adobe(R) Flash Builder product to create "write once"
applications for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices. This
is in addition to existing native support for iOS, Android
and other mobile platforms.

Acetate functionality - ability to direct the attention of
remote participants with either a mouse or ink -- further
enhancing user collaboration capabilities announced last
year.

Unicode Support - improved support for applications using
any language in international deployments, making global
software expansion easier.

"The PureWeb platform brings tremendous value to legacy
applications and applications that haven't even been
developed yet," says Glen Lehmann, Vice President of
Products at Calgary Scientific. "In the enterprise software
world, if you aren't mobilized and capable of operating in
the cloud, you are lagging the marketplace. Industry is
aggressively seeking solutions to mobilizing big data
applications without compromising security, and PureWeb
uniquely solves those issues with its patented architecture.
PureWeb is a proven path to more revenue and reduced costs
and now we are delivering it in ways that make it even
easier for developers. PureWeb is also the most potent
weapon in the software arsenal for developers looking to
come out on top in the ever-growing collaboration capability
battle."

Visit the Developer Site at:
http://www.developer.getpureweb.com/.

About Calgary Scientific Inc.

Calgary Scientific is dedicated to providing advanced
Web-enablement, mobility and visualization solutions for
industries looking for secure access to their data or
graphics intensive applications, while using their existing
systems. Calgary Scientific began developing technology for
the medical industry -- a sector with the most rigorous
demands for access, visually rich data, privacy, security
and scale. With our FDA-cleared ResolutionMD(TM) technology,
we have proved our ability to revolutionize healthcare, and
now with the unique power of the PureWeb(R) software
platform, we are doing the same for other industries. For
more information on Calgary Scientific, go to
http://www.calgaryscientific.com or
http://www.getpureweb.com. Or follow us on Twitter at
@calsci and @getpureweb.


Herndon, VA, August 2, 2012 | New, advanced methods to create Business Continuity Management (BCM) hierarchies is the theme of a new White Paper from COOP Systems, now available at the COOP Systems web site. The subject covers how to create an organized BCM system using a visible, predictable, modular process.

In recent years, COOP Systems has developed an advanced design and deployment approach with the following three steps:

Formation - - creating the initial organizational BCM template(s) at the headquarters site, with all static and dynamic data identified and tested in a rapidly created production prototype.

Replication - - using the tested template(s) to automatically create additional sites in the organizational hierarchy, with all data flows and security established.

Reporting - - using business intelligence concepts to create reports using data held in resource tables and other sources.

"Older methods to build a BCM system have had problems" said Chris Alvord, CEO of COOP Systems. "Taking a repository direction means limitations on managing structured data and updating plans. A data modeling approach can have issues associated with long timelines, lack of visibility, and risk of an incomplete design."


"Our deployment methods have been developed and tested with our clients to allow rapid prototyping, followed by a step-by-step automated process for a production build."

ABOUT COOP SYSTEMS - - Flexible, Reliable, Proven



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



“I’m Safe” feature lets people alert their loved ones with a push of a button

Eastern NC, August 1, 2012 — The American Red Cross today launched its official Hurricane App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in or who visit hurricane prone areas.

This free app is the second in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness, for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. It gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. Building on the Red Cross’ leadership in the social media space, the app also includes a number of features that allow people to monitor personalized weather alerts in locations where family and friends reside and share information with others in their social networks who might also need it.

“We want everyone to be to be ready for hurricanes,” said Bill Brent, Regional CEO for the Eastern NC Region. “The Red Cross Hurricane App allows people to receive and spread emergency information and to share their own status with friends and loved ones through social networks, anywhere, anytime.”

The launch of the Red Cross hurricane app comes just before what is traditionally the busiest period of the Atlantic hurricane season. Features of the app include:

• One touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way;
• Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories users can share on social networks;
• Remote monitoring of personalized weather alerts where family and friends reside
• Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
• Simple steps and checklists people can use to create a family emergency plan;
• Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity;
• Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; and
• Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

The app enables people across the country to receive alerts for locations in areas where they like to vacation or where loved ones live, giving peace of mind to travelers, people who winter in warmer climates, and those with elderly relatives or college students in coastal areas.

National Red Cross experts in health, safety, and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app.

The Hurricane App follows the recently released Red Cross First Aid App which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in just six weeks. Testimonials and positive reviews have shown how dozens of people already have used the app to help in real-life situations.
The Hurricane and First Aid Apps can be found in the Google Play Store for Android and Apple App Store by searching for American Red Cross. Users can also have the links sent in a text message to their phone by dialing **REDCROSS. Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. People can visit redcross.org/takeaclass for course information and to register.

Boston – Zerto today announces the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) 2.0, building on the industry’s first disaster recovery solution developed to protect tier-one applications in virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The new version of Zerto’s award-winning software boasts several advanced features, including enhanced scalability, management and automation as well as the ability to replicate to and from multiple data centers.

“The launch of Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 into the marketplace has the power to change the way replication is conducted in the enterprise,” said Ziv Kedem, CEO and co-founder of Zerto. “The new features complete the product vision we’ve had since launching the company last year, adding advanced replication features and support for public and private cloud implementations that are not available in any other DR product on the market.”

 

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 builds on the company’s award-winning hypervisor-based replication technology -- the only disaster recovery solution created specifically to work within virtual environments while maintaining all of the advanced replication features of an enterprise-class solution. ZVR 2.0 is also the first DR solution built specifically to work in private, public and hybrid cloud environments, and is fully integrated with VMware vCloud Director.

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0’s new features include:

 

·         Multi-site Replication, Protection and Migration: Enables the protection of data and applications in the main data center and also at branch offices. Workloads can be replicated from any site to any other site, and automatically recovered within minutes. Replication is also possible from many sites to one shared infrastructure, significantly reducing the cost of the BC/DR Solution.

 

·         Extended Protection and Recovery: ZVR now includes offsite cloning and backup. Companies can create a copy of VMs on the replication site for testing, backup or development, with no impact on the production environment. Additionally, the ZVR journal can now store up to five days of data, providing more options for failover, especially in the case of data corruption.

 

·         Improved Application-Aware and Virtual-Aware Replication: Features include automated updates of VMware vApp changes and support for VM boot order, ensuring successful recovery of complex applications.

 

·         Enhanced Reporting and Management: One installation of ZVR 2.0 gives complete visibility into BC/DR processes across locations and departments. New Recovery Time Objective (RTO) reports document actual results of BC/DR tests.

 

·         Cloud-ready Features such as VMware vCloud Director integration enable centralized management and fully automated failover and testing in the vCloud. Additional features include cloud management reports and infrastructure masking.

 

Zerto Virtual Replication 2.0 is available to both new and existing Zerto enterprise customers, many of whom are already in the process of implementing 2.0 features into their data centers.

 

Zerto also last week announced the Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery Ecosystem (ZCE), featuring more than 30 founding Cloud Service Providers offering Cloud BC/DR services powered by Zerto [http://bit.ly/PU9GEk]. Members of the ecosystem provide ZVR 2.0’s new cloud-ready features, meeting the data protection, replication and recovery needs of companies that are either building out private clouds or looking to protect applications they have deployed in the public cloud.

 

About Zerto

Zerto provides enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for virtualized infrastructure and cloud. Zerto won Best of Show at VMworld 2011, as well as 2011 Product of the Year Gold Award. Zerto Virtual Replication is the industry’s first hypervisor-based replication solution for tier-one applications, replacing traditional array-based BC/DR solutions that were not built to deal with the virtual paradigm. For more information, please visit: www.zerto.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- A month from now the city of
Tampa is expecting to host one the largest events the city
has ever taken on, the 2012 Republican National Convention.
With the main events occurring in the downtown area, local
downtown businesses are being suggested to stay out of
downtown and to work at home if possible. Addressing the
need for businesses to work remotely during the RNC,
Tampa-based Infinity Computer Solutions is offering a
temporary VoIP phone service and remote computer connection
to enable employees to work from locations away from the
congestion of the convention.

The solution allows employees to do everything remotely that
they can do from work, such as accessing computer files,
communicating via company phone numbers and working through
a company desktop system. Normally, ICS, a fast-growing
provider of TeleVoIPs hosted VoIP phone solutions and
business IT services, does long-term agreements with
clients, but felt this would be an opportunity to help
companies while having more people learn about the power of
its services.

"We have found that employees appreciate the flexibility of
working from home in general, but our company wanted to make
sure the community knew there were options during a time
when some people are nervous to go into the surrounding
downtown area. Our current clients of our TeleVoIPs service
are already prepared for the RNC," said Grant Baxley of ICS.

The RNC expects up to 50,000 people to be in town and in the
downtown area. Traffic congestion with the amount of people
in Tampa will be a challenge, and business owners have no
choice but to prepare for the logistical challenges they are
about to face.

Caveda Law Firm, which is located in the downtown area, has
chosen to utilize both the TeleVoIPs service and remote
connectivity offering for its six employees. "Transitioning
from our old system was a smooth process and our employees
have relaxed, knowing they will not have to be near the
convention next month," said David Caveda, owner of the
firm.

Infinity Computer Solutions has been saving companies time
and money since 2004. ICS gives peace of mind to companies
by providing offsite disaster recovery solutions and managed
services. Through an "over-deliver" mentality, ICS provides
businesses with innovative products for phone and computer
systems. ICS and TeleVoIPs services provide options for
ideal business continuity planning that protect businesses
during large events such as the RNC, but also secure
businesses in the case of hurricanes or natural disasters.

About Infinity Computer Solutions

Infinity Computer Solutions (ICS) has been in the Tampa area
since 2004 and was named one of the Top 25 Managed Service
providers in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. To
learn more about the RNC opportunity, visit
www.televoips.com or call (813)-425-1192.

Dallas – DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading custom data center and colocation provider based in Dallas, announced the completion of their SSAE 16 audit and were provided their SOC 1 Type II (Service Organization Controls) report for the company’s Downtown Dallas data center facilities.

 

The SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) audit, is an attestation standard that establishes the requirements and guidelines for reporting on controls.  The audit includes comprehensive requirements and processes for security management, policies, procedures, network architecture, software design and other critical protective measures meant to enhance DataBank’s data center environment and physical security.

 

By engaging in the SSAE 16 audit DataBank ensures that customers have a move-in-ready reliable and secure environment.  The provided standards confirm that DataBank adheres to strict requirements for infrastructure and data security.  In addition the report helps client organizations to manage their own risk and improve overall business performance.

 

“The audit process is a rigorous but necessary annual event for our staff,” said Tim Moore, CEO of DataBank.  “Although intensive, the end result affirms our commitment to providing DataBank clientele with the highest standards of security for their equipment.”

 

In addition to the facilities in Downtown Dallas, DataBank also intends to apply the same standards audits at the company’s newest data center facility, which is currently under construction in North Dallas and slated to open in late 2012.  To learn more about DataBank, the company facilities, compliance standards, and the company’s complete suite of service solutions, please visit the corporate website at www.databank.com.

 

About DataBank

Dallas-based DataBank, is a leading provider of highly secure and reliable custom data center services for enterprise and cloud providers with 100% uptime availability for their data, applications, and infrastructure.  DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in world-class facilities, which incorporate multi-homed internet access hubs, and multi-terabyte storage area networks.  For additional information on DataBank, please visit www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.
Houston, Texas – Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (TMS), provider of The World's Fastest Storage®, today announced that TMS RamSan PCIe storage systems, including RamSan-70 products, are now bootable storage devices. This functionality is provided through a new firmware feature that allows most common servers to load operating systems directly from RamSan PCIe Flash storage systems, without requiring the presence of legacy hard drives or RAID controllers.

Launched in 2011, TMS RamSan-70 products have already been adopted by a broad variety of customers in healthcare, banking, e-commerce, and many other industries. Industry-leading bootability further minimizes complexity in such business-critical systems. Newly bootable RamSan-70 products are available with up to 900 GB of SLC Flash storage capacity and capable of 1.5 million I/Os per second (IOPS), 2.5 GB/s of bandwidth, and 30-60 microsecond latency. Bootability is available with the purchase of all new RamSan-70 PCIe storage systems, or as a firmware update with no hardware replacement necessary for existing RamSan-70 PCIe storage customers.

“Customers have been enjoying industry-leading performance from our PCIe Flash storage systems for over three years, and now with this firmware upgrade, we can allow large-scale customers to simplify and consolidate everything around Flash,” said Dan Scheel, TMS President. “No other native PCIe Flash storage vendor offers this functionality.  The ability to boot directly from a PCIe Flash card without resorting to legacy disk interfaces is a game-changing advancement that delivers the best in-server solid state storage experience available on the market today.”

The new functionality supports 64-bit x86-compatible computers that implement Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) 2.1 or later, including most recent servers from all major manufacturers. Supported operating systems include most Linux distributions, with Windows and VMware support expected by the end of the quarter.

About Texas Memory Systems
Texas Memory Systems, Inc. (http://RamSan.com) designs and builds solid state storage systems that accelerate demanding enterprise applications. Its award-winning RamSan product line, known as The World’s Fastest Storage®, has continually delivered fast, reliable, and economical solutions to a broad range of enterprise and government clients around the world. Since its founding in 1978, all product design and manufacturing has taken place at Texas Memory Systems facilities in Houston, Texas, allowing Texas Memory Systems to meet the highest standards of engineering excellence and product quality.

Redlands, Calif. Esri announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft to assist public and private agencies and communities around the world during disasters. Microsoft will display Esri public information maps on its cloud-based Disaster Response Incident Portal, as well as point citizens to the maps via its online outlets, such as MSN and Bing. Esri's ArcGIS integration within a number of Microsoft's disaster response management solutions will provide governments and leading aid organizations with a more comprehensive set of tools to address key challenges.

Esri and Microsoft unveiled the alliance during the Esri International User Conference at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

"Esri is excited to work with Microsoft because of its world-leading software and services," says Russ Johnson, global director of disaster response for Esri. "This alliance leverages the strengths of both companies. The first phase involves using our technologies to support affected organizations and provide public information faster and in a more intuitive web map format during crises."

"The ability to include Esri intelligent, interactive web maps with Microsoft's suite of disaster response offerings increases our ability to assist government agencies and private citizens," says Harmony Mabrey, senior operations manager, Microsoft Disaster Response. "Both responders and citizens will have access to a more detailed level of knowledge about the impacts of a disaster, enabling them to make more informed decisions."

These growing efforts will exponentially increase situational awareness and information sharing during disasters.

Benefits include the following:

  • Rapid data dissemination to targeted audiences and the general public during a disaster
  • Better situational awareness through Esri and Microsoft technologies for critical decision support
  • More information management resource availability for governments and leading response organizations through the combined efforts of Esri and Microsoft

 

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About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.

ASHTEAD, UK BridgeHead Software today announced that its Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution successfully passed the European Connectathon for Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) in Bern, Switzerland.

 

During the course of the Connectathon, over 2,800 tests for the interoperability of 120 medical information systems were performed by 85 companies at the five-day, “marathon” testing environment. BridgeHead Software’s XDS repository and ancillary systems were tested alongside 24 other healthcare IT systems to demonstrate enterprise wide healthcare collaborative potential.

 

Niall Monaghan, IHE-UK SC Co-Chair commented: “Passing through the Connectathon has enabled BridgeHead to validate its integration statement. You can clearly see on our website that BridgeHead has completed the required tests to conform to a selection of IHE profiles. As a result, customers and potential customers can be confident in BridgeHead’s ability to provide interoperable data management solutions, using the IHE XDS profiles they tested against.

 

With the increase in the adoption of the XDS standard by hospitals in general (not just in radiology, as is often perceived), it is essential that software vendors step up to the mark and ensure their products are fully compatible so that all patient data can be shared,” said John McCann, Director of Marketing, BridgeHead Software. “BridgeHead continues to support IHE. Our research and development in XDS, and our successful completion of the Connectathon, proves our continued dedication and commitment to enabling interoperability across a hospital’s IT environment.

 

BridgeHead Software’s HDM Solution enables hospitals to increase the quality of patient care by harnessing all clinical and administrative data, ensuring that it is: STORED,

efficiently, intelligently and at optimum cost; PROTECTED from misuse, corruption and loss; and can be SHARED between users, applications, departments or other hospitals, making vital patient information accessible to the people that need it.

 

Jamie Clifton, Director of Product Management at BridgeHead Software, commented: “We’re very happy to have had such a successful session at IHE this year and to have seen such positive results for our HDM solution at the Connectathon. Our customers need total trust in our products and their ability to integrate and collaborate with other healthcare systems. The rigor and depth of testing offered by the Connectathon provides another level of gravitas to our solutions and we’re fortunate to have taken part.

 

Niall concluded, “Completing and passing the 2012 Connectathon definitely boosts BridgeHead’s credibility in this space especially as integration and collaboration are absolutely key to working in healthcare. Additionally, we’re excited that BridgeHead will be participating more actively in IHE as a vendor, contributing to meetings and our UK healthcare strategy. As a member, they can join the discussion as to where the future lies and help us shape it.