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SAN FRANCISCO IObit, the world's leading system utility software provider, today announces the official release of Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013. Powered by the #1 rated BitDefender™ antivirus engine, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is a game changing product that combines the most popular PC optimization software with the highest rated security suite.

Compared with Advanced SystemCare, PC optimization software enjoyed by millions of users, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is a new category of PC utility software that combines system optimization and security capabilities. While most antivirus software often slows down system performance, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is the only suite to both protect and increase system performance. Through years of customer feedback, IObit has learned that consumers seek better system protection with no performance lag, stable compatibility and high detection rate all in one product. According to a recent report by Intel, 17% of PCs have no security implemented. Powered by BitDefender's powerful virus engine, IObit claims Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 as superior to Kaspersky, McAfee, AVG or other security-only solutions.

"Based on long-term experience in developing system utilities and tracing the market dynamics, we've discovered from users that there is great demand for the integration of security and performance features into one ultimate solution," says Kevin Zhou the marketing director of IObit, "Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is a new product which can protect your computer without slowing down the system. As far as we know, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is the world's first combined optimization-security software."

Designed for Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP, Advanced SystemCare with Antivirus 2013 is compatible with other security software such as anti-virus, anti-malware, firewall, etc. At an introductory price of $29.95, ASC with Antivirus 2013 is priced to be highly competitive with alternative solutions. For more information and to download a free trial, visit http://www.iobit.com/advanced-systemcare-antivirus.html

 

SAN DIEGO, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With wildfire season already off to a dramatic start, MIR3, Inc., the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification and response technology, is urging employers and municipalities to review their current business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans to keep people safe and operations running if a wildfire threatens.

According to the Denver Post, as of last week the High Park fire had already burned through 50,000 acres of Larimer County, Colorado. That's roughly 65 square miles, of which 70 percent is federal lands. The National Guard has joined firefighters on the fire lines and The Department of Defense has had a team on standby. As of today, the fire is 50% contained and other fires are being fought in California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.

In the month of May conditions in the contiguous United States were the second warmest ever recorded, with lighter than average rainfall recorded in the Southwest, Central Plains and Mid-South regions. So far this year, according to NOAA Satellite and Information Service, 4,435 fires have burned 337,182 acres. The National Interagency Fire Center Predictive Services anticipates above normal temperatures from July to September across most of the southern two-thirds of the country, with below-average rainfall in the Northwest and northern Rockies. The upcoming wildfire season is likely to be a challenging one.

Looking back to 2011, the nationwide number of fires for the year was 73,484, scorching 8.7 million acres. The spring and summer were particularly active wildfire periods; the fall season was quieter than average. While it's too early to predict 2012 numbers, wildfires can be expected to affect the operations of numerous businesses, compromising employee safety and business productivity. We can't stop the fires from starting, but advancements, like automated emergency notification, can provide organizations a way to communicate with employees, partners, and customers during the inevitable interruptions caused by wildfires.

In an effort to reduce the impact of natural disasters in the workplace, MIR3 executives are offering businesses the following tips on examining BC/DR plans:

  • Evaluate BC/DR needs - When threatened by the encroachment of a wildfire, it's critical for companies to maintain clear and effective channels of communication to quickly assess damages and coordinate recovery. Because essential business operations can be affected by any level of interruption, companies must realize the importance of investing in important message delivery systems to deliver essential communication to employees and first responders.
  • Choose a feature-rich notification system - When selecting a notification system, be certain your system offers two-way communication over a variety of channels, including landline, mobile phones, fax, SMS, Blackberry PIN-to-PIN, email, and more. These advanced features are essential in the delivery of important and urgent information when the usual communication infrastructure is compromised.
  • Update all contact data - Regularly check your potential recipient lists to ensure that all contact information is up-to-date so when fire occurs you can be confident that notifications are being delivered to the right person on the right device.
  • Create escalation plans - Crisis events like wildfires demand that specific people are contacted immediately. Intelligent Notification systems include integrated mechanisms that support a call escalation process. If the first person contacted is not the correct individual for the situation, the notification system will automatically contact the next appropriate person according to pre-determined processes.
  • Train your personnel - When creating BC/DR plans, it is essential to properly train personnel on how to use notification software so they can monitor the entire alert process. Studies show that companies who educate their employees correctly achieve significantly greater response rates.
  • Test your system - Test alert systems during normal business hours and well before fire season to address any glitches to be certain that notification will be delivered successfully when needed. At least two system tests per year are recommended.
  • Encourage all employees to sign-up for notifications - Automated notification works best when all user contact information is saved within the system's database so that staff can be alerted immediately during an urgent situation. This ensures the reliable and speedy delivery of important messages at the right time, to the right person, on the right device.
  • Establish steps to follow after the disaster - Once the threat of a fire has passed, your business continuity program should specify procedures to help bring business operations back to normal as soon as possible. These measures will enable organizations to return to productivity as quickly as possible and will help better prepare for future crises.

MIR3 has notification and business continuity experts available to speak and expand on the importance of implementing such steps as fire season develops. Please contact Carol Tiernan at (858) 724-1280 or carol.tiernan@mir3.com to speak with any of these executives.

ABOUT MIR3

MIR3, Inc. is the leading developer of Intelligent Notification and response software, which helps organizations enhance communication abilities, protect assets, and increase operational efficiency. MIR3 technology enables advanced rapid, two-way communication for IT, business continuity, and enterprise operations for many of the Global Fortune 100 companies, as well as government entities, universities, and companies of all sizes in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit http://www.mir3.com. Follow MIR3 on Twitter: @MIR3. Visit the MIR3 blog: http://www.mir3.com/blog.

CONTACT:

Carol Tiernan
MIR3, Inc.
858-724-1280
carol.tiernan@mir3.com

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Islandia, NY -- MaxxVault LLC specializes in Enterprise Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) which provide enhanced document security, cost reductions through improved efficiency and tools to ensure regulatory compliance. Imaging Solutions is the leading document solutions provider in Asheville, NC, for multifunctional printers and copiers, electronic document management, managed print services, wide format plotters, and fax solutions. Both companies are pleased to announce that Imaging Solutions has added MaxxVault to their portfolio of solutions.

"It is important to design a document management solution to the requirements of the organization," said Garrett Williams, President of Imaging Solutions. "While the problem of managing paper and electronic documents is shared by every organization, the business processes, documents, workflows and compliance rules are different. We chose MaxxVault because it can be easily configured to meet our client's needs, both large and small. With power tools for document capture, indexing and workflow, MaxxVault delivers on the promise of greater efficiency and cost savings. The key benefit, though, is the ease of use. With the familiar and customizable interface, access directly from the desktop and direct integration with other applications, MaxxVault puts any needed document just a click or two away."

"One of the keys to Image Solutions' success with document management can be attributed to the full line of services they offer," said Sharron Miller, MaxxDocs National Channel Manager. "Because they have the means and knowledge to implement and maintain hardware, scanning and software, they can see all the factors that come into play when designing a solution. Image Solutions help solve the business problem and then build the I.T. infrastructure to fit the needs and budget. MaxxVault anticipates this will be a very positive partnership for us, but also for Image Solutions' clients."

About MaxxVault
MaxxVault LLC provides software solutions for the management, distribution and control of corporate documents. Benefits of MaxxVault Enterprise include: reduced costs, improve efficiency, increase customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance. MaxxVault is an open system; it is built using the latest technology which provides enhanced security, dependability and interoperability with existing systems. MaxxVault is quickly adopted by users and administrators. MaxxVault is a Red Herring 2011 Top 100 North America Award winner, a CRN 2011 Top 20 Cloud vendor and a BLI Five Star solution. Simple just got easier.

For more information about MaxxVault LLC, visit: www.MaxxVault.com

About Imaging Solutions
Image Solutions is the leading document solutions provider in Asheville, NC, for multifunctional printers and copiers, electronic document management, managed print services, wide format plotters, and fax solutions. Image Solutions helps customers develop and implement unique document strategies that improve workflow, optimize assets and reduce costs. We provide the latest technology in copying, scanning, and faxing. We carefully study and monitor emerging and advancing technologies with our clients in mind. Imaging Solutions does the research so that we can easily fit the best solution for your company.

For more information about Imaging Solutions, visit: http://imagesolutions-online.com

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Unitrends, the #1 all-in-one backup, archiving, instant recovery, and disaster recovery physical appliances, today announced a new software-only product, Unitrends Enterprise Backup™, that protects virtual and physical environments both locally and in the cloud.  Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ is available as a virtual appliance deeply integrated with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere to offer the advantages of an all-in-one solution with the flexibility of software-only deployment.

 

Unitrends also announced aggressive go-to-market pricing that will make protecting up to four Hyper-V or vSphere virtual machines free, with licensing on a per-physical server and a per-socket for virtual hosts priced at less than $1000. The production-ready software will be made generally available June 29. For channel partners for a limited time, Unitrends is offering a 100% discount of up to $10,000 through the company’s First Deal On Us promotion.

 

“We’re excited about its new capabilities, and how simple it is to implement even in the most complex environments,” said Rob Head, IT Director at Weikel, Johnson, Parris and Rouse, who has been using the software. “As with every new Unitrends release, we’re seeing even greater functionality while the web-based interface continues to get even more elegant and intuitive.  It is everything I need in a backup and recovery product, with first class support if I ever need it.”

 

Steve Duplessie, CEO at Enterprise Strategy Group, sees the new Unitrends offering neatly fitting into industry trends. “The data is clear - users don't want specialized software that has different and unique management for their virtual and physical worlds - they want one thing, ideally a simple thing.  Unitrends solution sits directly in the path of where the market is heading,” he said.

 

“We’ve had enormous success with our physical backup data protection appliances with revenue growth exceeding 100 percent,” said Mike Coney, CEO, Unitrends.  “At the same time, there are many companies that have created a virtualized IT infrastructure who want the flexibility of a virtual appliance offering.  Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ and our new release 6.3 support both.”

 

According to Mark Campbell, Chief Strategy Officer, Unitrends, “The engineering challenge was accommodating not just multiple deployment environments but multiple buyer personas with differing levels of expertise.  We created our Simply Scalable™ architecture that allows us to not only scale-up and scale-out but scale-down to deliver an incredible customer experience across a wide variety of business types – from novices to power users.”

 

Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ has the enterprise-class features the company is known for; features such as:

 

  • Virtual support at the HOS (Host Operating System) level and virtual and physical support at both the GOS (Guest Operating System and physical server level).
  • Integrated D2D2x (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any) data protection including archival support for disk, tape, SAN, NAS and archival and replication support for private and public single- and multi-tenant clouds.
  • Optimization of precious business WAN bandwidth via not just deduplication to the cloud but cloud/archive concurrent disaster recovery strategies as well.
  • Support for over 100 versions of computers, storage, operating systems, hypervisors, and applications.
  • Flexible backup strategies including incremental forever with dynamic synthetics, full/differential, full/incremental, full/full, selective, and customizable strategies supported.
  • Near-continuous data protection performance with recovery point objectives of as little as one minute.
  • Instant recovery using failover virtualization.
  • Content-aware byte-level global deduplication.
  • Storage virtualization and thin provisioning.
  • Dissimilar bare metal of both physical and virtual environments.

 

New features associated with release 6.3 (for both Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ and the Recovery-series of physical data protection appliances) include:

 

  • Simpler deployment and setup via our scale-down technology.
  • Single server backup combined with multiple servers backup via our scale-down technology.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere incremental forever with on-demand synthetics.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V FLR (File Level Restore).
  • Storage virtualization, thin provisioning, and global deduplication on Unitrends Enterprise Backup™.
  • Advanced archive file-level search.
  • Protection of SQL Server 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.2, IBM AIX 7.1, Oracle Solaris 11, and Novell OES 11.

 

As well as many more features.  For more information on the new features of Release 6.3, please see http://tinyurl.com/Unitrends-6-3.

 

Learn more about Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ Free Edition: http://tinyurl.com/UEB-Datasheet.

Get Unitrends Enterprise Backup™ Free Edition: http://www.unitrends.com/free-backup/.

Connect with Unitrends on Spiceworks: http://community.spiceworks.com/pages/unitrends.

About Unitrends

The trusted provider of all-in-one backup solutions, Unitrends enables its small- and mid-sized and enterprise customers to focus on their business instead of backup.  The company's family of scalable, all-in-one appliances and software solutions for backup, archiving, instant recovery and disaster recovery protects corporate data, over 100 different versions of servers, operating systems (including Windows, Hyper-V, VMware, Mac OS, Linux, AIX, Solaris, and many others), SAN, NAS, hypervisors (including VMware, Hyper-V, Xen) and applications (including Exchange, SQL, Oracle, and many others.)  Unitrends is the preferred choice of IT professionals because the company sets the standard in virtual, physical and cloud server data protection with instant recovery that enables the complete system recovery in less than 5 minutes while Unitrends' pricing offers the lowest TCO and ROI in the industry.  Unitrends' U.S.-based support team boasts a 99% customer satisfaction rate.

 

Visit www.unitrends.com.

Wood Dale, IL – Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that DKI Member Company TRC Disaster Solutions, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, traveled with the Clark Howard Radio Show, and Tulsa radio KRMG, to commemorate the anniversary of the Joplin tornado with a Habitat for Humanity Build.
Clark Howard has been working with Habitat for Humanity since 1996, building quality homes for people in need, and in few American cities are there more people in need of quality housing than Joplin, MO.  On May 22, 2011, a catastrophic tornado ravaged Joplin, a city of more than 49,000 people, killing approximately 160 people and destroying nearly 8,000 homes. One year later, many in the city still live in temporary accommodations or damaged structures.   Habitat for Humanity is on track to build 55-60 homes in Joplin this year, a significant increase from their usual annual 3-5 houses in the city.
On May 22, 2012, to commemorate the lives and homes lost on that terrible evening, Habitat for Humanity broke ground on two new Joplin homes.  Clark Howard, along with Tulsa radio station KRMG, was on hand for the event.  TRC Disaster Solutions provided their state-of-the-art mobile Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to the team, giving them a place from which to manage, monitor and plan.
The operations center, which also functions as a command center, is housed in a semi-trailer.  The 53 ft long, 8.5 ft wide self-supporting center is equipped with a conference room, six computer work stations, offers satellite communications, six flat-screen televisions, and is covered by eight outside cameras.  The TRC EOC is typically used during a disaster response and recovery phase as a place from which TRC manages the project, and in addition, is often used by the client when they no longer have a place from which to do business due to the disaster.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this significant event,” said TRC President Felix Ontiveros.  “We were in Joplin after the tornado struck, and saw first-hand the heartbreaking impact on the community.  Habitat for Humanity fills a real need, providing homes for those without.  TRC is proud to be involved.”

About TRC Disaster Solutions
TRC is a full-service property restoration company providing a wide range of disaster solutions from cleanup to reconstruction utilizing specialized protocols and the latest equipment to meet specific requirements resulting from Fire, Water, Tornado, Hurricane and other disasters. TRC is strategically located to respond to any project regardless of scope and size within 24 hours anywhere in the continental United States. TRC focuses on large loss restorations and is a member of DKI (Disaster Kleenup International), the largest disaster response organization in the nation. As a DKI member company, TRC has access to technicians nationwide as well as one of the largest fleets of vehicles and equipment in the country. TRC has been the leader in property damage restoration for more than a quarter century. For more information, visit www.trcdisastersolutions.com.
About DKI
Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), LLC, headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America.  DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.  For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, LLC, visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 350-3000.


SAN DIEGO -- With wildfire season already off to a dramatic start, MIR3, Inc., the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification and response technology, is urging employers and municipalities to review their current business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans to keep people safe and operations running if a wildfire threatens.

According to the Denver Post, as of last week the High Park fire had already burned through 50,000 acres of Larimer County, Colorado. That's roughly 65 square miles, of which 70 percent is federal lands. The National Guard has joined firefighters on the fire lines and The Department of Defense has had a team on standby. As of today, the fire is 50% contained and other fires are being fought in California, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico.

In the month of May conditions in the contiguous United States were the second warmest ever recorded, with lighter than average rainfall recorded in the Southwest, Central Plains and Mid-South regions. So far this year, according to NOAA Satellite and Information Service, 4,435 fires have burned 337,182 acres. The National Interagency Fire Center Predictive Services anticipates above normal temperatures from July to September across most of the southern two-thirds of the country, with below-average rainfall in the Northwest and northern Rockies. The upcoming wildfire season is likely to be a challenging one.

Looking back to 2011, the nationwide number of fires for the year was 73,484, scorching 8.7 million acres. The spring and summer were particularly active wildfire periods; the fall season was quieter than average. While it's too early to predict 2012 numbers, wildfires can be expected to affect the operations of numerous businesses, compromising employee safety and business productivity. We can't stop the fires from starting, but advancements, like automated emergency notification, can provide organizations a way to communicate with employees, partners, and customers during the inevitable interruptions caused by wildfires.

In an effort to reduce the impact of natural disasters in the workplace, MIR3 executives are offering businesses the following tips on examining BC/DR plans:

Evaluate BC/DR needs - When threatened by the encroachment of a wildfire, it's critical for companies to maintain clear and effective channels of communication to quickly assess damages and coordinate recovery. Because essential business operations can be affected by any level of interruption, companies must realize the importance of investing in important message delivery systems to deliver essential communication to employees and first responders.
Choose a feature-rich notification system - When selecting a notification system, be certain your system offers two-way communication over a variety of channels, including landline, mobile phones, fax, SMS, Blackberry PIN-to-PIN, email, and more. These advanced features are essential in the delivery of important and urgent information when the usual communication infrastructure is compromised.
Update all contact data - Regularly check your potential recipient lists to ensure that all contact information is up-to-date so when fire occurs you can be confident that notifications are being delivered to the right person on the right device.
Create escalation plans - Crisis events like wildfires demand that specific people are contacted immediately. Intelligent Notification systems include integrated mechanisms that support a call escalation process. If the first person contacted is not the correct individual for the situation, the notification system will automatically contact the next appropriate person according to pre-determined processes.
Train your personnel - When creating BC/DR plans, it is essential to properly train personnel on how to use notification software so they can monitor the entire alert process. Studies show that companies who educate their employees correctly achieve significantly greater response rates.
Test your system - Test alert systems during normal business hours and well before fire season to address any glitches to be certain that notification will be delivered successfully when needed. At least two system tests per year are recommended.
Encourage all employees to sign-up for notifications - Automated notification works best when all user contact information is saved within the system's database so that staff can be alerted immediately during an urgent situation. This ensures the reliable and speedy delivery of important messages at the right time, to the right person, on the right device.
Establish steps to follow after the disaster - Once the threat of a fire has passed, your business continuity program should specify procedures to help bring business operations back to normal as soon as possible. These measures will enable organizations to return to productivity as quickly as possible and will help better prepare for future crises.

MIR3 has notification and business continuity experts available to speak and expand on the importance of implementing such steps as fire season develops. Please contact Carol Tiernan at (858) 724-1280 or carol.tiernan@mir3.com to speak with any of these executives.

ABOUT MIR3

MIR3, Inc. is the leading developer of Intelligent Notification and response software, which helps organizations enhance communication abilities, protect assets, and increase operational efficiency. MIR3 technology enables advanced rapid, two-way communication for IT, business continuity, and enterprise operations for many of the Global Fortune 100 companies, as well as government entities, universities, and companies of all sizes in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit http://www.mir3.com. Follow MIR3 on Twitter: @MIR3. Visit the MIR3 blog: http://www.mir3.com/blog.

BOXBOROUGH, MALightower Fiber Networks, the premier metro fiber and bandwidth provider in the Northeast, announced it will be building into the primary financial exchange data center located in Mahwah,New Jersey.  With dense network already in place near the Mahwah facility, Lightower will be ready to build to the facility as soon as access is available to service providers.  Lightower will also be offering points-of-entry,geographically diverse laterals, and geographically diverse routes to thefacility.

Once the Mahwah financial hub opens to service providers later this year, Lightower will quickly integrate the site into its network of ultra low latency routes and solutions.  Lightower has the most fiber routes and access into more service locations of any metro fiber provider in the New York City and northern New Jersey area.  Solutions for the financial services industryare a major focus for Lightower, as demonstrated by their highly successful Ultra Low Latency Network.  This financial services network includes hubs at 15 strategic data centers and liquidity centers in the region including locations in New York City, Clifton,Newark, Piscataway, Carteret, Jersey City and Weehawken.

“Lightower will offer customers the most networking options at this critical financial services destination.  With the dense network that Lightower already has in place near the facility, we will be able to offer multiple geographically diverse routing options to customers in order to connect them to other major data centers in the area,” explained Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower.  “Customers can also connect from Mahwah to any of the hundreds of commercial buildings Lightower is built into in New York City, or any of our thousands of service locations throughout the entire Northeast.”

Lightower has invested heavily in the New Jersey and New York City region in recent years.  Earlier this year, Lightower announced a major network expansion in central and northern New Jersey. In February of 2012, Lightower opened a new office in Roseland, New Jersey, less than a year after opening a new office in the heart of Manhattan In addition, Lightower announced the completion of a new network route across the Hudson River that bypasses the now under-construction Tappan Zee Bridge.

For more information on Lightower or its Ultra Low Latency Network, visit www.lightower.com, email info@lightower.com, or call888-LT-FIBER.

 


DALLAS, Texas —Integrated Design Group (ID), an architectural, engineering and planning firm focused on data center design, today announced the completion of a flexible, scalable data center for a large, financial institution in the San Antonio area.

The “Tier III Plus” data center was developed with a modular data center design that allows for raised floor data center space to be built using standard power and cooling building blocks for cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and design flexibility. Integrated Design Group describes a “Tier III Plus” data center as one that incorporates some design elements that are above and beyond Tier III requirements and into the Tier IV arena. According to the Uptime Institute, a Tier IV data center follows the most stringent design guidelines with fully redundant subsystems and compartmentalized security zones that are controlled by biometric access control methods.

“This project is an example of one of the many modular solutions our team of architects and engineers employs in data center design,” said Jack McCarthy, PE, DCEP, principal-in-charge of the project, referring to the pre-packaged pumping systems used in this data center project. “We see three major directions for modular data centers: modular systems within a traditional facility, containerized data centers and fully off-site constructed data center buildings.”

 ID is currently designing projects that incorporate modular systems, containerized and off-site constructed data centers for financial services clients across the United States. Although the projects are currently confidential, Integrated Design Group is driving the industry’s dialogue about modular evolution. ID hosted its 3rd annual 21st Century Data Center Symposium in Dallas on April 26, which featured many presentations on modular data center design. The firm’s Boston office hosted a roundtable discussion on modular data center design on May 22, 2012.

About Integrated Design Group, Inc.

Integrated Design Group, Inc. is an architectural and engineering firm renowned for expertise in data center design. Promoting a truly collaborative environment, the firm brings together award-winning design architects and recognized engineers who create data centers and other building types that are custom, innovative, and sustainable. Integrated Design Group serves a roster of clients, both nationwide and internationally, who demand unique solutions to their problems and value good design. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.idgroupae.com; to get inside their heads, access their blog at www.idgroupaeblog.wordpress.com; better yet, contact the firm at info@idgroupae.com.

Wayne, Pa. -- SunGard Availability Services today announced Florida Hospital has subscribed to its Managed Recovery Program (MRP) service in which SunGard manages the hospital’s entire recovery lifecycle.  SunGard MRP has enabled the hospital to lower costs, be more confident in its recovery capabilities and reduce risk by ensuring recovery processes stay current with technology and business changes.

 

“We are in a heavily regulated industry and experiencing growing use of electronic medical records and clinical applications,” said Carl Minear, director of information technologies, Florida Hospital.  “If our IT systems are down then life-critical healthcare services may be compromised. SunGard MRP helps us effectively carry out our mission with patients.”

 

Florida Hospital, the nation’s largest healthcare provider in terms of patients seen every year in a Medicare facility, has a seven hospital campus with the largest in Orlando.  Being in an area vulnerable to hurricanes has heightened the hospital’s commitment to disaster preparedness.

 

“If there’s a disaster at home that’s where you want your people – not at a distant data center working on recovery.  SunGard’s experience gives us the confidence to keep our people back with their families and the systems that need attention.  In addition to improving our applications recovery processes, SunGard MRP has helped us reduce travel costs needed to support recovery testing,” said Mr. Minear.

 

SunGard MRP provides a cross-discipline team with experts in each area of Florida Hospital’s complex network of IT systems which includes a mainframe, UNIX, Linux, WinTel and VMware environments.  The SunGard team monitors the hospital’s recovery scripts on an ongoing basis – keeping plans current by noting areas which have to be changed and calling out new systems that need to be added.  It is led by an assigned Service Delivery Manager who works as an extension of Florida Hospital’s staff on managing the recovery lifecycle.

 

“SunGard has provided us a strong team which knows our business and built relationships with our personnel which are vital in recovery processes,” said Robert Goodman, disaster recovery coordinator, Florida Hospital.  “When you are working under the stress and strain of recovery, having established, productive relationships are essential to success.”

 

Adopting SunGard MRP is part of Florida Hospital’s commitment to recovery best practices. Previously, in the aftermath of experiencing multiple hurricanes, the hospital moved from a tape-based backup system to SunGard’s SAN-based replication solution.  SunGard’s remote replication helped Florida Hospital cut recovery process times from multiple days to just four to six hours.  However, even with this improvement, Florida Hospital still found recovery too taxing on internal resources.

 

“We didn’t have enough time or people, and the logistics were a huge strain on our IT staff.  SunGard MRP works for us because SunGard has done hundreds of recoveries.  That’s who you want – someone who has done it, and seen where other people had problems and fixed them.  Drawing on those strengths is like having a set of recovery consultants on staff,” said Mr. Goodman.

 

About SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.  With approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483.  Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

 

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies.  SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.  SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education and the public sector.  SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.  With annual revenue of about $4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and was ranked 480 on the Fortune 500 in 2011. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

TAMPA, Fla. -- HealthPlanOne (HPO), the nation's leading full-service Medicare and under-65 brokerage and member acquisition company, has recently opened a new Call Center and Brokerage in Tampa to accommodate the increased growth of its on-line healthcare business. The state-of-the-art Call Center will offer unmatched service and reliability and will also allow HPO to form strategic alliances with other companies to expand their sales capabilities.

"The opening of the Tampa office is a natural next-step in the evolution of HealthPlanOne. We're excited about the possibilities of expanding our product offerings to new clients and delighted to continue to deliver superior information to insurance-seekers," said William Stapleton, CEO of HealthPlanOne.

Offering a robust online platform for consumers to research and select from more than 40 national and most regional carriers, HPO provides both on-line and off-line support from nationally-licensed sales representatives who are trained to help consumers navigate the difficult process of selecting an insurance plan.

Colin Connor, Director of Sales - Tampa, is looking to build a team environment that challenges people to grow. With nearly half of the licensed agents hired, an Open House for those looking to join HPO's team of Medicare Sales Representatives will be held on June 26th from 9am – 7pm at the HPO offices located on 4042 Park Oaks Boulevard, Suite 110. http://www.medicaresolutions.com/careers.aspx

Connor, who joined HPO in February, was attracted by the company's compliant organization that isn't bound by structure. He describes HPO as being "on the forefront of a technologically-sound environment with deep leadership and the knowledge which allows me to grow as an individual and an employee."

He is pleased that each of the new employees exhibits prior sales experience from a range of backgrounds. Newly-hired agents are provided with two months of rigorous training with on-going coaching provided throughout their careers. "We help agents really understand their role in the sales process. We take people out of their comfort zone to become an advocate for their clients and themselves, and by doing so, we offer unlimited earning potential for those with an entrepreneurial spirit."

James Mitchell, who joined HPO in February, testifies to Connor's claims. "I'm only a couple of months in and already experiencing an uncapped earning potential and success beyond my initial expectation. I enjoy coming to work for a company that takes pride in not only the services offered, but a company that goes above and beyond to ensure the success of the people that work for them. HealthPlanOne is helping me realize a dream that I thought was truly only a dream."

"We are pleased to welcome HealthPlanOne to Tampa," said Rick Homans, President & CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. "By creating new jobs in one of our primary industry clusters, this dynamic company strengthens our local economy and serves as an asset to our community."

In addition to serving the consumer markets with Medicare Advantage, Supplement, Individual/Family and Small Group plans, the new technologically-advanced Call Center will also attract new business opportunities with companies in the healthcare and insurance industries.

The highly scalable Call Center, with a capacity of up to 10,000 calls per day, enables companies to utilize HPO's resources as a seamless extension of their sales force.  In addition, the fully-integrated CRM, Telephony system and Reporting Platform deliver quality programming solutions and responsiveness to client's needs.

Chosen by INC. Magazine as one of the country's "INC. 500" companies twice in the last four years, the opening of the Tampa office not only provides on-going employment opportunities in the immediate region, but will deliver a thriving business with substantial growth projections for years to come.

About HealthPlanOne, LLC

Founded in 2005, HealthPlanOne offers the broadest portfolio of Individual, Family and Medicare eligible health plans from top-rated carriers nationwide.  Holding licenses in all 50 states, the agency is appointed with all major national and regional carriers and offers nationwide assistance from knowledgeable, licensed insurance agents.  For more information please visit: http://www.medicaresolutions.com/careers.aspx