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Release date:
November 30, 2012
Release Number:
RIV-12-033

Hurricane Season Ends, but Preparedness is Year Round

ATLANTA – Today marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, but disasters aren’t limited to hurricanes or a specific time of year.  Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and it’s important to be prepared year round.

“While today is the end of an active hurricane season, it serves as an important reminder of just how critical it is for all of us to be prepared so that we can protect our families, homes, businesses and communities from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster,” said Phil May, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV Administrator. “There are some simple steps we should all take, such as make a family communications plan and put together a disaster supplies kit, which will help keep us safe when we’re faced with an emergency.”

Emergencies can range from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, to events such as power outages. Visit www.Ready.gov to learn about different hazards, and how to prepare for them.

Here are a few tips to help you get ready:

    Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime--be informed about the hazards that exist in your area.
    When tailoring your family communications plan, consider working with others to create networks of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers who will assist each other in an emergency.
    Among the items in your basic disaster supplies kit, include enough food for at least three days, and one gallon of water per person per day.
    Since you can’t predict where you will be for disasters, it’s important to have plans and supplies for the locations you and your household go to regularly.
    Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster, but standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. To protect your property, consider getting flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
    Check out opportunities to get involved  in programs and activities to make your family, home and community safer from risks and threats.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

CROSBY, TX - November 29, 2012 - Abletek, a leading provider in unified communications, announced today that the company is helping customers take advantage of a large tax-break for small to mid-sized businesses with Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 179. Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if a business owner buys (or leases) a piece of qualifying equipment, he can deduct the full purchase price from his gross income. Essentially, it's an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy new equipment and invest in their companies.

The recession has taken a toll on many businesses and this program provides a means for business owners to access much needed savings on major purchases of technology equipment, software or business phone systems. If business owners act by December 31st, 2012 they can write-off the entire purchase price of qualifying phone systems in the first year up to $139,000. While every transaction is different and tax professionals should be consulted on specific situations, the potential rewards of this program have nudged many business owners to invest in the technolgy they need to gain a competitive advantage for 2013. This year, Section 179 also extends to cover off-the-shelf software purchases in addition to traditional equipment. Many business owners have installed new business phone systems as a result of this addition to the tax code, because recent breakthroughs in unified communications are enabling businesses to collaborate better, faster and more efficiently with one another.

"We were stunned to find out that so many of our customers had not yet heard of Section 179," commented Bill Parker, President of Abletek. "We may specialize in delivering technology solutions to our customers, but we treat our customers like partners. When we find something as powerful as this program we have always considered it to be our duty to share this information to our customers. Our goal is to introduce our customers to technology that not only enhances their productivity, but more importantly increases their bottom-line. That approach has contributed largely to our success over the years and we plan on continuing to serve our customers in a proactive manner for years to come."

Abletek is not your typical IT & communications company. We are a TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDER and we care deeply about helping you maximize your productivity through effective Managed Services (MSP), IT, communications and related business technology solutions, and while a lot of companies may talk about increasing your productivity, Abletek actually delivers.


ABLETEK will remove the burden of managing your network and communications infrastructures by providing everything needed to  maintain your servers, workstations, laptops, Pocket PCs/PDA/Treo, Switches, Routers, Email, Printers, VoIP, SIP, Digital & Analog Communications systems and more.  Leverage our team of dedicated professionals and proven  technology  management  resources  to:  CONTROL & REDUCE YOUR COSTS.

For more information on Abletek, call (713) 455.1888 or visit www.abletek.com.

For Immediate Release

Toronto, Canada

eBRP Solutions and BCM Central Form Partnership

Award-winning eBRP Solutions and BCM Central have entered into a partnership to mutually enhance their capabilities to deploy leading-edge Business Continuity software and services to their clients.

“We see this as a positive addition for all concerned.” stated eBRP Director David Gray, “BCM Central, eBRP and our mutual Customers all gain opportunity and benefits. With their experience and market presence in Australia, we believe that partnering with BCM Central and its founder, Shawn Brown, aligns nicely with eBRP’s commitment to its Customers.”

The partnership covers Australia and New Zealand with a road map to into Asia and other parts of the globe as BCM Central expands its operations. BCM Central will leverage eBRP’s SaaS-based Business Continuity Management software to enhance its ability to provide BCM as a managed service to its customers – the first BCM Managed Service offering in Australia and New Zealand.

About eBRP: eBRP Solutions Network, Inc., founded in 2002, offers an award-winning, web-based and fully integrated set of Business Continuity Management software tools that address the entire BCM lifecycle. eBRP’s flagship product, eBRP Suite, serves the Fortune 500 and other large organizations , while eZ-PLANNER, its rapidly-growing SaaS-based toolset, addresses the immediate needs of medium and smaller business organizations. For more information, visit www.eBRP.net , or www.eZ-PLANNER.com , or contact them at info@eBRP.net

About BCM Central: Founded in 2012, BCM Central offers managed services in which they implement and administer Continuity Management (BCM) Programs on the behalf of their customers. BCM Central’s experts ensure customer programs remain effective and under control, while adapting to change with their organizations. With BCM Central in place, customers’ staff can focus on continuous quality improvement initiatives to achieve organizational resilience. For more information, visit www.BCMCentral.com, or contact them at +61415505515

For additional information contact:

Jim Mitchell, Director, eBRP Solutions

Jim.Mitchell@eBRP.net

(905) 677-0404

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Windstream Hosted Solutions, one of the nation's premier providers of enterprise-class managed hosting solutions, today announced the opening of a new Mid-Atlantic data center in McLean, Va.

The new enterprise-class Windstream data center is 65,000 square feet with 45,000 square feet of raised floor space, and is capable of meeting the most stringent, around-the-clock requirements of businesses today.   The data center was designed to meet the growing demand for cloud-based and dedicated managed services, underscoring Windstream’s commitment to its nationwide customer base.

The McLean data center joins Windstream Hosted Solutions’ nationwide inventory of data centers, geographically dispersed through the U.S. to better serve its enterprise customers. Windstream opened a state of the art data center in Little Rock, Ark. earlier this year.

Designed with 2N power distribution and parallel multi-module uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), Windstream Hosted Solutions’ new data center ensures that companies have access to their servers, applications and data at all times. Whether a business chooses colocation, dedicated server, managed services, cloud computing or disaster recovery solutions, Windstream’s data centers deliver the highest level of security, safety, redundancy, reliability, scalability and technology.

Additionally, Windstream Hosted Solutions’ robust cloud computing solutions dramatically improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications in organizations, allowing companies to rapidly deploy capacity without capital investments so they can reshape their environment on demand.

The Windstream McLean data center features a full array of benefits, including:

• Fully 2N A-side and B-side power distribution design with automated failover between electrical systems
• Up to 2000kVa of day 1 utility capacity scalable to 9,000kVA
• Connection to multiple Windstream core POP sites via redundant OC-192 10Gbps circuits with no single point of failure
• Fully redundant core network gear within the data center 
• Onsite Network Operations Center (NOC), fully staffed 24 x 7 x 365, providing facilities and network monitoring, security, technical and remote-hands support
• High level of security controls including: card access system, electronic verification by Windstream Hosted Solutions personnel, biometric identity access system and video surveillance

“More than ever, organizations require the assurance that their data and infrastructure is secure, regardless of whether they are in the private or public sector,” said Kip Turco, Windstream senior vice president of data center operations. “This is especially true for those businesses that have chosen to locate some or all of their operations in the cloud.  Like all of our advanced data centers, the McLean facility is specifically designed to meet those needs and to grow with our customers’ constantly changing requirements.”

For more information about Windstream Hosted Solutions, visitwww.windstreambusiness.com.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN) is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas. Windstream has more than $6 billion in annual revenues and is listed on the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit www.windstream.com.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Android app developers wanting to add push notifications to their apps have so far faced a daunting learning curve and significant expense. With the introduction today of AirBop.com, Android app developers can add push notifications to their apps while reducing both development costs and time-to-market, as well as investment in infrastructure.

AirBop is the first commercially available PaaS (platform as a service) application server for Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) that provides a full bare-metal GCM implementation. With AirBop, Android app developers have 100% control over their push notification integration. They also benefit from a fully managed server stack complete with online messaging tools and device targeting features.

"With AirBop, app developers have the freedom to incorporate any client side approach that they need. Whether they need to push 'tickle notifications' or broadcast a full 4k marketing payload, AirBop can handle it for hundreds of millions of devices," says AirBop president Colin Adams. "We manage the user/device registrations and provide the tools needed to push messages down to them - then we get out of the programmer's way."

AirBop is built on a high-performance server stack that was designed for reliability and scalability. It can adjust instantly for load, has continuous data protection, and can scale to handle billions of Android devices. Multiple external monitoring services help ensure quality of service.

All AirBop plans include unlimited push messages, while pricing ranges from $0.002 to $0.01 per managed user/device depending on features. Professional features include message scheduling as well as language, country and state targeting. Advanced features like a REST messaging API and street address radius geo-targeting are also available.

Android app developers can learn more at http://www.airbop.com where they can also sign up for a free account that includes 1,000 managed devices to help them get started without cost or risk.

BOXBOROUGH, MA Egenera, a pioneer in physical, virtual and cloud management and automation software, today announced American Capital Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS) has selected and deployed Egenera’s PAN Manager software on HP BladeSystem.

As one of the largest U.S. publicly traded alternative asset managers, American Capital’s IT infrastructure must be agile, reliable and secure to support both the company and its clients’ IT services. To meet these demands, as well as its financial regulatory requirements, American Capital chose to partner with Egenera. The partnership will provide American Capital with a comprehensive IT management and business continuity solution that not only lowers costs by 20 percent, but also strengthens their IT service levels.

“For American Capital, we understood that keeping mission critical IT services running at all times is extremely important,” said Jim Bandanza, Chief Operating Officer of Egenera. “By simplifying its IT infrastructure and leveraging the automated recovery processes in PAN Manager, American Capital is now able to deliver a more secure and reliable private cloud infrastructure on which to host its mission critical applications and keep American Capital up and running.”

American Capital plans to use Egenera’s PAN Manager to manage approximately 400 servers. The combination of PAN Manager on HP BladeSystem delivers an integrated hardware and software solution that allows IT managers at American Capital to provide more efficient use of IT resources, reduce operational costs by 50 percent and decrease disaster recovery times by half. As a result of deploying PAN Manager, American Capital has seen approximately $1 million in savings all while improving the recoverability for their mission critical IT.

“With Egenera’s software, I’ve ensured my team can rapidly deploy new IT services as well as streamline ongoing operations,” said Kim Jacques, Chief Information Officer of American Capital. “Not only does the software save time and increase productivity, it also has reduced our operational costs associated with recovery. With one simple click, the servers are up and running and no time or data is lost, which is key in the financial industry. Our partnership with Egenera was a smart decision.”

About Egenera

Converge. Unify. Simplify. That’s how Egenera brings confidence to the cloud. The company’s industry leading cloud and data center infrastructure management software, Egenera PAN Cloud Director® and PAN Manager®, provide a simple yet powerful way to quickly design, deploy and manage IT services while guaranteeing those cloud services automatically meet the security, performance and availability levels required by the business.  Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com.  Follow Egenera on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

San Jose, Calif. – Many storage vendors today do their best to channel the spirit of Shakespeare when it comes to peddling their products.  They would have you believe that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" and market their products with confusing, misleading or just incorrect descriptions in order to capitalize on the latest trends that often develop from truly innovative technological advances.  But when it comes to helping an organization adopt the right technology for their particular needs, there needs to be a more concerted effort by vendors to avoid saying all the right things in all the wrong situations, according to experts at Skyera Inc., a company founded by an executive and engineering team with unsurpassed backgrounds in the solid-state, storage and networking arenas.

Vendors across the memory-based storage system spectrum often use the terms "SSD" and "Flash" interchangeably.  They also tend to fail to differentiate the term "array" from "appliance."  While not necessarily misleading customers intentionally, the frequent misuse of IT terms, such as Solid State Disk Appliance, Flash Appliances, Flash Arrays, Hybrid Arrays, Flash Optimized Arrays, etc., causes misunderstanding in the marketplace and confusion for organizations trying to ensure that they are getting the right system to maximize the performance of their applications.

SSD stands for solid-state disk and is defined as a memory-based storage device with an identical form factor of a traditional hard disk and can be installed into a traditional hard drive slot.  It is not simply any device that uses flash memory.  Similarly, an SSD appliance would be one that can be installed in a standard storage expansion bay rather than a Flash appliance where the flash modules are located outside of a drive chassis.

The reason why proper description of a vendor's offerings matter is to ensure that an organization fully understands what it is they are purchasing.  An enterprise solid-state storage system designed to enable a large class of applications with extraordinarily high performance, exceptionally lower power consumption and cost effectiveness relative to existing enterprise storage systems is vastly different than an SSD appliance that is more focused on the storage software that has been developed rather than the flash system hardware design.  Distinctions such as this are important because customization may offer unique capabilities; complete storage services that make flash more affordable; or flash density and power consumption attributes that can provide organizations with an appropriate business advantage.

“What's in a name?  More than most vendors think,” said Radoslav Danilak, CEO and co-founder of Skyera. “Words do have meaning and they do matter. It's not enough to simply use the latest buzz-worthy or search engine-friendly terms to describe your product -- that only leads to confusion in the marketplace.  Solid-state storage promises to create significant new opportunities in enterprise computing.  To help customers arrive at the right choice, it is imperative that vendors are able to properly articulate the benefits of each particular flash deployment and how it can best help them solve performance issues in the most cost-effective manner.”
































WASHINGTON - At the direction of President Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to coordinate the federal government's assistance to support states in response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy. Today, the President convened a video-teleconference in the White House Situation Room to receive the latest update on Hurricane Sandy and the federal efforts underway to support response activities in several states. On the video-teleconference, the President was joined by Vice President Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano, FEMA Administrator Fugate, Secretary of Energy Chu, Transportation Secretary Lahood, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Brennan. Treasury Secretary Geithner joined the briefing by phone. The President continues to direct Administrator Fugate to ensure that federal partners continue to bring all available resources to bear to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in affected areas.

To read the article, please click here:

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/fema-and-federal-partners-continue-support-areas-affected-aftermath-sandy

The Crisis Commander Incident Management System (IMS) centralizes and streamlines the Incident Management process by managing cyber and physical incidents, as well as breaches of corporate ethics.  This cloud-based system is used to capture events in the workplace that might escalate into governance, risk management, and/or compliance issues. IMS then enables designated users to evaluate the incident, and assign it to the appropriate personnel for further investigation, management, and closure for legal, HR and reporting purposes.

The IMS helps companies develop and maintain a consistent response in managing investigations from start to finish, and gives users the ability to report on trends, losses, recovery efforts, and any related incidents.  

IMS is ideal for companies that need a tool to manage day-to-day incidents such as security problems, accidents, HR issues (whistle blower, employment practices, sexual harassment), and IT issues.

“The Incident Management System will have a dramatically positive ROI for users since it will drive clients to be consistent and proactive in their management of incidents, enabling them to resolve incidents, perform root cause analysis, and take steps to prevent future problems. The IMS will be a valuable tool for Risk, Safety and Security, and HR Departments,” says Michael Hardie, CEO of Crisis Commander USA.

For more information and updates leading up to release of the Crisis Commander Incident Management System, visit Crisis Commander’s blog or contact Michael Hardie.
Norcross, Georgia -- ADVA Optical Networking today launched the FSP 150SP, a sync probe device that radically simplifies the deployment and maintenance of 4G mobile networks. Featuring a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clock probe that simultaneously supports Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2, and a built-in GPS receiver, the FSP 150SP provides time synchronization and assurance across multi-vendor mobile backhaul infrastructures. This comprehensive capability enables backhaul service providers to offer synchronization as a service, something that has not been possible before.

“As the industry continues to drive towards LTE and an Evolved Packet Core, precise timing is a critical stumbling block,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Service providers need to do more than simply bring fiber to the cell tower; they also need to deliver precise time-of-day information for phase alignment between adjacent base stations. This is the primary goal of our FSP 150 platform and its new member, the FSP 150SP. For the first time, backhaul service providers will be able to deliver precise timing information over a multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet infrastructure. Legacy T1/E1 solutions can be decommissioned and GPS receivers are no longer needed at every base station. Our Syncjack™ functionality and the corresponding end-to-end management will unlock substantial new revenue opportunities for value-added mobile backhaul services.”

The FSP 150SP forms an integral part of the FSP 150 family, an intelligent Ethernet access, backhaul and aggregation solution supporting Syncjack™ timing distribution and assurance. The new family member now brings Syncjack™ technology to every node in a network, ensuring comprehensive end-to-end management, monitoring and testing. Whether a greenfield installation, or an older first generation Carrier Ethernet network, all can now be instantly upgraded to enable new revenue from delivery of SLA-based synchronization services with both PTP and SyncE network monitoring and performance analysis. Precise clock accuracy measurements and enhanced statistics can be gathered with external, internal and GPS references, or even when no synchronization reference is available.

“The need to evolve from synchronization based on E1s to new and alternative synchronization standards is common to all mobile operators evolving their packet backhaul networks,” said Patrick Donegan, senior analyst, Heavy Reading. “While some want to manage this new capability entirely themselves, many mobile operators want to outsource some or all of that to their wholesale backhaul providers.  A solution that supports all the major synchronization standards, complete with service assurance that the synchronization service is meeting SLA requirements, is an important contribution to the continued cost and performance optimization of mobile backhaul networks world-wide.”

Watch ADVA Optical Networking’s latest mobile backhaul synchronization and assurance video: http://adva.li/timing.

A live demonstration of the FSP 150SP and Syncjack™ technology will be held at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Americas 2012: http://adva.li/lrexpo.