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WASHINGTON -- Anticipating Hurricane Sandy and power outages across in the Eastern U.S., providers of durable medical equipment and services are working alongside other first responders to ensure the safety of seniors and people with disabilities, says the American Association for Homecare.
Millions of seniors and people with disabilities require some form of home medical equipment and services in the home, such as oxygen therapy, ventilators, hospital beds, or wheelchairs.
Homecare providers are especially concerned about power outages, which can be deadly for people who require an oxygen concentrator to treat lung diseases such as COPD or chronic heart failure, or a ventilator for breathing. These devices run on electricity.
Hurricanes, ice storms, and other conditions that disrupt electricity trigger emergency plans, which home medical equipment providers have in place to ensure that patients have extra oxygen tanks or back-up power for ventilators.
The American Association for Homecare represents durable medical equipment providers and others in the homecare community who serve the medical needs of millions of Americans who require oxygen equipment and therapy, mobility assistive technologies, medical supplies, inhalation drug therapy, and other medical equipment and services in their homes.
Members operate more than 3,000 homecare locations in all 50 states. www.aahomecare.org
Everbridge Provides Communities and Businesses with Safety and Preparedness Tips for Hurricane SandyWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
Each year during hurricane season, people living along coastal and inland communities face the danger of these powerful storms. In fact, Munich RE, one of the world’s leading reinsurers, recently released data showing that North America has been the most affected by weather-related extreme events in recent decades. Their data states that from “1980 to 2011 – the overall loss burden from weather catastrophes in North America was US$1,060bn (in 2011 values)” with 30,000 lost lives. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina became the costliest and deadliest storm taking more than 1,300 lives and costing US$125bn.
To best prepare for the unpredictable impact, municipalities, academia and businesses should all ensure that:
- Severe weather alerts are integrated with your mass communication system with automated calls-to-action for emergency responders and constituents.
- Your weather alerts include lightning, high winds, flash floods and flooding – all weather related to hurricanes.
- Opt-in portal information is well promoted and multiple contact paths exist for each member of your system to ensure that people, not just devices are reached.
- Adequate and recent testing of the system and its contact data has been done to guarantee expected results.
- All emergency responders are trained on how to initiate communications from their mobile devices using lists and map-based capabilities and do not have to rely on being at the office or in front of a computer.
- Constituents are empowered with mobile apps that they can use to proactively communicate their status and need for emergency response.
- Social media sites like Twitter are being monitored for real-time, location-specific impact to individuals and communities.
- Important internal, external & social media information can be aggregated in a single console to deliver situational intelligence to emergency response teams as soon as possible
- Instant conference call capabilities are available to automatically bridge key stakeholders to a call by simply having them press a single key or button when they receive a notification.
- The emergency plan for hurricanes includes appropriate communications at every stage of the incident lifecycle.
“Hurricanes are the single costliest and most deadly storm system for North America,” said Imad Mouline, chief strategy officer, Everbridge. “Businesses and municipalities need to keep in mind that “reaching a person, not a device”, is the right philosophy during severe weather. Cell towers might be down, Telco Central Offices might be overloaded, etc… no single communication path is 100% effective, and the only way to dramatically increase the chances of reaching recipients is to try multiple contact paths, and, then once they are reached and confirm, discontinue further attempts to reach them.”
- Listen to how the Town of East Haddam, CT used Everbridge to keep citizens safe during unexpected severe weather, here.
- Read about how Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) manages severe weather with Everbridge, click here
- Learn about Everbridge’s next generation new SMART Weather Alerting solution here.
Everbridge provides industry-leading interactive communication and mass notification solutions to organizations in all major industries and government sectors. Everbridge solutions increase connectivity to key audiences, automate communication processes, and integrate social media, data feeds, and recipient feedback into a single communications console. Ultimately, these solutions provide the insight and infrastructure that help clients save lives, manage critical activities and improve the efficiency of daily operations. For more information about, please see www.everbridge.com.
“Our mission is to increase our customers’ energy efficiency today and into the future while extending the life of their facilities and reducing maintenance costs,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar vice president, marketing. “Graybar PowerSmart is also another way to help our customers meet their sustainability goals.”
Graybar PowerSmart is made up of five components: building automation and controls, power management and critical power, lighting and lighting controls, renewables and Graybar services. Across these five categories, Graybar has strategic relationships with leading manufacturers to provide high-quality products and solutions to meet customers’ needs.
"In addition to being good stewards of our company resources, another component to Graybar’s larger sustainability plan is to provide energy solutions to our customers across all the markets we serve. Graybar PowerSmart does just that," Mansfield said.
To learn more about Graybar PowerSmart, please visit graybar.com/PowerSmart.
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released guidelines for organizations to consider when deciding to retrofit or replace a data center in the quest for greater efficiency.
Over the past few years, IT systems and data center infrastructure technologies that significantly improve efficiency have become available. Accordingly, the experts at Emerson Network Power now are frequently asked to help organizations determine how to take advantage of these improvements, especially in data centers that have run or are running out of capacity. What’s the better course of action? Should they retrofit the existing data center or replace it with a new one?
When to Retrofit
A retrofit is a good option when efficiency and stranded capacity are the major issues. “Retrofitting has advantages over building a new data center, cost being at the top of the list,” said Peter Panfil, vice president of global power, Emerson Network Power. “Today, a new data center could cost in the range of $17M per megawatt, with ways to push this down to $12M per megawatt (for example, through UPS utilization improvements). A retrofit will run 25 percent to 40 percent of the new-build cost and in many cases can deliver the efficiency and capacity needed to extend the life of the data center.”
Newer cooling, power and IT technologies that improve energy efficiency also help recover stranded capacity. Recovered capacity then can be allocated where needed.
Cold-aisle containment, intelligent controls that monitor conditions at the server and economization all lead to better efficiency by improving temperature and airflow management.
Additionally, implementing component technologies that optimize the cooling system to work more efficiently at partial loads is another good way to recover capacity without starting from scratch. Variable speed drives improve efficiency significantly over traditional fixed-speed fans, and electronically commutated (EC) plug fans are even more efficient. Both variable speed drives and EC plug fans can be installed on existing cooling units and their operation optimized by networking the cooling units through intelligent controls. Intelligent controls ensure the units work together as a system to optimize performance and efficiency.
“Component upgrades such as these are much less intrusive than replacing entire cooling systems, and their payback is typically about two years,” said Steve Madara, vice president and general manager, Emerson Network Power’s Liebert Precision Cooling business. “When you consider adding new components to upgrade existing precision cooling equipment, however, keep in mind that it’s like deciding when to trade in your car for a new model. There’s a certain point where you can’t get enough mileage from retrofitted equipment to make it worth the investment.”
Upgrades that make the power system more efficient include double-conversion UPS technology that eliminates conversion process losses, intelligent pairing of UPS modules and high-efficiency transformers. Additionally, adding a data center infrastructure management solution, implementing eco-mode on the UPS and optimizing the power path from the UPS to the servers all contribute to energy savings.
Data center managers also can employ Emerson Network Power’s Energy Logic to improve energy efficiency. Energy Logic leverages the cascade effect that occurs when lower energy consumption at the component and device level is magnified by reducing demand on support systems. It’s possible to achieve high overall energy savings from the cascade effect. Saving energy extends the useful life of the data center by freeing space in the data center that can be used for IT expansion.
When to Replace
While many options for retrofitting the data center exist, it is not always the practical choice. “The downside of a major retrofit is that you are doing it in a live data center,” Panfil said. “If you are maxed out on space, it’s difficult to upgrade for efficiency without jeopardizing availability.” In this case, upgrading unit by unit may protect against downtime, but organizations should consider building a new data center when:
- The existing space is inadequate to support new, more efficient equipment.
- The data center is out of space but can be put into service as a disaster recovery site.
- The organization has multiple data centers and wants to improve utilization. The data centers can be consolidated over time into a new data center that has all the latest efficiencies.
If a retrofit is not an option and a complete new build is not feasible, organizations still have alternatives. When high-availability organizations run out of options, one alternative is going to a collocation facility for overflow and demand management of their IT requirements. They can rely on that strategy for applications with lower criticality, such as email, and keep applications supporting their core competency in-house. Building additional space to handle more efficient technologies and moving high-density applications into it is another option.
Alternatively, when gaining efficiency and capacity are the goals, deploying a containerized/modular data center to house high-density applications might be a good option. Containers can be equipped with the latest high-efficiency technologies, and future capacity can be gained by adding more containers – at less cost and risk than retrofitting or building new.
To learn more about data center energy efficiency and recovering stranded capacity, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
CONTINUITYX DEPLOYS CLOUD-BASED SOLUTION PORTFOLIO IN COLOGIX’S DALLAS AND TORONTO NETWORK-NEUTRAL DATA CENTERSWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
|ContinuityX takes advantage of Cologix platform to on-ramp customer demand from data centers in
151 Front Street in Toronto and 1950 North Stemmons in Dallas.
|Denver, Colorado - October 23, 2012 - Cologix™, a network neutral interconnection and colocation company, announced today that ContinuityX Solutions , Inc. (CUSX), a unique provider of business continuity and disaster recovery services, has selected Cologix to expand their service offering in Toronto and Dallas. ContinuityX will add nodes in Cologix's 151 Front Street data center in Toronto and in Cologix’s new expansion facility at 1950 North Stemmons in Dallas to their North American network. With this deployment, ContinuityX becomes a significant platform customer of Cologix.
|"We are committed to continually supporting our customer's application and infrastructure growth in strategic network locations," stated Kathy Godwin, senior vice president-operations for ContinuityX. "Our presence with Cologix in Toronto and Dallas expands our network breadth, including a presence in Canada, which provides additional robustness to our portfolio and enables access to a new set of customers looking for a consultative approach to continuity services."
|ContinuityX provides consulting services and management of business continuity, virtual/cloud hosting, managed equipment and storage, monitoring, VoIP and voice needs. Their mission is to provide clients with business continuity and disaster recovery solutions faster, more efficiently, and more cost effectively through their unique consultative approach.
|"As the demand for cloud based solutions continues to grow, Cologix is committed to offering a stable, scalable, network neutral environment for our customers," stated Rob Devita, General Manager, Cologix Dallas. "We welcome the opportunity to support ContinuityX across our North American platform. Our customers will value the presence of ContinuityX in our facilities, including the broad range of carriers in our Meet-Me-Rooms as an on-ramp to their cloud services."
|Cologix operates data centers in the carrier hotels in both Toronto and Dallas. Cologix has recently announced Tier 3 expansions in each market which will be operational in the coming months, bringing total footprints to well over 40K SQF in each market. With data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, Cologix provides one of North America's largest neutral marketplaces where network operators and network buyers interconnect. Cologix offers over 300 network choices, manages thousands of interconnections and has over 550 customers that utilize Cologix colocation and interconnection services in order to grow their networks rapidly and cost-effectively.
|About Cologix, Inc.
Cologix, Inc. is a network neutral interconnection and colocation company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, that provides massively scalable interconnection services and secure, reliable colocation services in densely connected, strategically located facilities in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With more than 300 network choices and eleven prime interconnection locations, Cologix currently serves over 550 carrier, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers. The company’s experienced team of communications infrastructure professionals is committed to providing its customers the highest standard of local customer support.
For more information about Cologix, please visit the company’s website at www.cologix.com.
ContinuityX provides consulting services and management of business continuity, virtual/cloud hosting, managed equipment and storage, monitoring, VoIP and voice needs. The company's unique consultative approach provides clients with business continuity and disaster recovery solutions faster and more cost effectively than competitors. The Company offers application development and management, migration and re-engineering, system integration and cross connects, and IT infrastructure services including data center, converged networks (public/private cloud) services and transformation solutions. ContinuityX markets its services and expertise alongside Level3, XO Communications, Zayo Group and other leading carriers and strategic channel partners.
UofL Physicians implemented ZVR to protect applications that are crucial for patient care, including AllScripts – Electronic Health Records, GE Healthcare’s Centricity, and the Impact document imaging solution. ZVR was chosen due to its ability to deliver the necessary service levels without requiring any changes to UofL Physicians’ environment or operations. When implemented, the service was up and running in less than two hours, protecting several mission critical applications with just under 16 TB of data, and delivering an RPO of less than 10 seconds and an RTO of less than five minutes.
“We previously tried two other top-tier replication solutions, but neither provided the performance that we require for our virtual environment,” said Robert Patterson, Systems Administrator, UofL Physicians. “The hypervisor-based ZVR solution was a perfect fit, providing very low RPO and RTO while successfully leveraging the flexibility and agility offered by the VMware environment.”
Zerto offers a virtual-aware business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) solution, which replicates data within the virtual infrastructure instead of in physical storage. By moving replication to the hypervisor, companies extend the benefits of virtualization, including flexibility, mobility and scalability to their disaster recovery solutions. Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication combines the enterprise-class features of physical replication with the flexibility, ease- of-management and control, and scalability of virtual environments.
“We consider it a privilege to facilitate the work of a group that does as much public good as University of Louisville Physicians,” said Ziv Kedem, CEO, Zerto, Inc. “UofL Physicians can rest assured that Zerto Virtual Replication will protect all of its mission critical applications while its members focus on providing superior patient care.”
Zerto worked with SIS, a solutions provider helping clients design, optimize and support mission-critical assets, on this project.
About University of Louisville Physicians
University of Louisville Physicians is the largest, multi-specialty physician practice in Louisville with more than 78 sub specialties, 1,200 dedicated staff professionals and more than 500 primary care and specialty physicians. The group’s physicians also are professors and researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, teaching tomorrow’s physicians and leading research in new innovative medical advancements. For more information about the practice, go to www.uoflphysicians.com.
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
Truliant Federal Credit Union has 22 member financial centers in four states with 190,000 members and $1.5 billion in assets. Truliant has been leveraging the benefits of object storage since 2005 to efficiently store, manage and access the millions of rich media files, ranging in size from a few KBs to a few hundred MBs, used daily in the line of business.
With the need to replace its original, aging object storage devices, Truliant began evaluating current solutions. Truliant selected the Caringo Object Storage Platform powered by CAStor because of its ability to install on any standard server hardware, plug-and-play throughput with no downtime or impact to applications, and ‘set it and forget it’ ease of maintenance.
“Service is key for Truliant and its members' information is of paramount importance, which is why they needed a storage solution that evolves with their business and member needs,” said Mark Goros, CEO of Caringo. “Our storage software removed Truliant’s reliance on proprietary hardware offerings, giving them the flexibility to continue to benefit from hardware price, performance and capacity improvements without disruption to operations, all while ensuring data is completely secure and accessible for as long as they need it to be.”
The complete use case can be downloaded at: http://www.caringo.com/usecases
Caringo software gives enterprises everything they need to deliver private cloud storage or cloud storage as a service. The solution combines efficient object storage technology with elastic content protection, intelligent and automatic distribution and centralized management under a global namespace on your choice of commodity hardware. The result is a secure and compliant unified pool of storage that can expand or contract capacity and object count to meet any operational or business requirements – all at cloud economics and secure in your datacenter.
London – Storage Made Easy, formerly SME Storage, unifies storage with its Cloud Service Brokerage solution, providing complete access to files via a single management tool, no matter the file location.
"Managing files spread across multiple onsite and public cloud information services is more than challenging, it actually interferes with business operations," says CEO Jim Liddle. "We're directly addressing 'cloud sprawl' and the 'shadow IT' effect these services are imposing on organizations."
A proven player in cloud service brokerage, Storage Made Easy provides cohesive access to multiple internal and external data services and unifies management, security, governance, and search. The service offers strong audit, BYOD management, and compliance capabilities coupled with fast cross-service file search from any client or device.
Storage Made Easy can be used directly within the enterprise or existing cloud storage providers can use the solution to offer value-added services to their clients.
The Storage Made Easy platform is available as a VMware appliance that can be installed in the corporate data center or can be hosted on Amazon EC2 or Linode. The open cloud platform syncs all meta-data while the original files reside on the original storage platforms. Storage Made Easy offers a rich-client Web UI as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux tools. Files can be accessed via the iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone mobile devices, as well as other access points such as Google Gadget, Firefox / Chrome Plug-In's, Facebook, Microsoft Office, Open Office, among others.
This single-cloud file system allows file management from a one-cloud file tree. It comes integrated with enterprise identity management systems like Active Directory to enable single sign-on of multiple federated cloud services while maintaining permissions.
"One client is using our service to create a unified file view literally across the globe, combining the local data center with cloud services to provide file access to branches in different continents," continued Osborne. "Storage Made Easy gives enterprises and SMBs a way to leverage all the benefits of the cloud and manage complete data access without having to integrate anything, saving significant cost and headaches along the way."
About Storage Made Easy
Storage Made Easy provides a cloud service broker platform and related services either as SaaS or a hybrid on-premise solution. Storage Made Easy unites cloud and data services into a single environment, guaranteeing file access no matter the location or device while providing the highest levels of management, security, compliance, audit, and access services. http://StorageMadeEasy.com
Emerson Network Power Outlines Application Considerations for Transformer-free and Transformer-based UPS Design ApproachesWritten by Mike McClain, Senior Web Designer & Site Manager
Columbus, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released a white paper addressing factors to consider when deciding between transformer-based and transformer-free UPS designs. As data center managers increasingly consider using transformer-free UPS modules in higher power, three-phase mission critical power backup applications, many are unclear about which architecture is best suited for their particular application.
The white paper, titled “Comparing Transformer-free to Transformer-based UPS Designs,” takes a close look at the two approaches and reviews the techniques and tradeoffs utilized in the various rectifier, DC energy storage, inverter and static bypass functions of these two designs for various UPS system performance functions.
“While accomplishing similar high-availability performance goals, transformer-based and transformer-free UPS units use somewhat different approaches to meet specific output performance requirements,” said Peter Panfil, vice president of global power, Emerson Network Power. “In choosing between transformer-based and transformer-free UPS solutions, a system designer should determine where transformers are best utilized and whether they should be internal and/or external to the UPS in view of physical and electrical distribution requirements and tradeoffs.”
The Emerson Network Power white paper recommends that for high-power enterprise data centers and other critical applications, a state-of-the-art transformer-based UPS still provides an edge in availability. However, if operational efficiency, expansion flexibility or a limited UPS footprint are of paramount importance, and other appropriate measures are instituted to provide an acceptable level of availability, transformer-free technology may be the optimal choice.
In general, transformer-based UPS systems are highly robust and excel at providing the highest capacities and availability while simplifying external and internal voltage management and fault current control. The latest transformer-free designs offer better efficiency, a smaller footprint and improved flexibility while providing high levels of availability.
Presently, large transformer-free systems are constructed of modular building blocks that deliver high power in a lightweight, compact package. This modular design offers advantages when the timing of future load requirements is uncertain by allowing capacity to be more easily added as needed, either physically or via control settings. On the other hand, a modular design means higher component counts, which may result in lower unit Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) but an improved Mean Time To Repair (MTTR).
For more information on transformer-free and transformer-based UPS modules, or other Liebert technologies and services from Emerson Network Power, or to download the white paper, visit www.Liebert.com.
ATLANTA – In direct response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and SEC giving organizations credit for thorough transaction monitoring as part of their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) programs and its desire to help corporations combat bribery and corruption, Oversight Systems announced today an updated FCPA solution. The use of transaction monitoring software helps prevent corruption and provides a critical foundation for continuous improvement programs. Oversight’s updated FCPA & National Security Risk Solution is a rigorous, automated solution for quickly uncovering potentially damaging and illegal violations and leveraging analytics to strengthen companies’ overall FCPA compliance programs.
Oversight Systems’ Automated Solution Replicates the Morgan Stanley FCPA Protections Lauded by DOJ
Multinational corporations’ best practice compliance practices are being rewarded as witnessed by the recent exoneration of Morgan Stanley in the Peterson case. This release from blame was based on their proven, solid FCPA compliance activities -- including the thorough ongoing monitoring of their transactions -- and provides companies with a stellar example of how to successfully manage their compliance process and avoid potentially devastating enforcement action. In addition, the DOJ set an important precedent by publicly acknowledging that it “declined to bring any enforcement action against Morgan Stanley,” based in large part on the firm’s robust stance on ongoing transaction monitoring, “which provided reasonable assurances that its employees were not bribing government officials.”
Corporate Risks, Compliance Costs and Demands Are Increasing
The average FCPA penalty cost has risen to over $66 million with the total average cost of investigating and responding to issues of bribery and corruption coming in at over $100 million, according to analyst firm, Corporate Integrity. “Along with higher costs and tougher government FCPA enforcement, organizations are facing increasing risk exposure as they expand operations and business relationships globally,” said Patrick Taylor, CEO of Oversight Systems. “Oversight’s unique value is our ability to automate the in-depth analysis of all transactions and associated behaviors across an organization. We provide beyond human analysis and simple alerts to track, prevent and stop corruption, strengthen compliance programs and deliver critical proof of good compliance practices.”
The Oversight FPA Solution
Oversight’s FCPA & National Security Risk Solution includes new, core functionality in the following three areas:
1. Automated Risk Identification and Tracking – Oversight delivers active policy management including a detailed exception remediation process that can make monitoring more complete, efficient, and cost effective. High risk transactions are automatically triaged and distributed so that companies can quickly and effectively verify adherence to policy directly with the people involved. This automated email dialog and validation process reinforces FCPA policy by identifying transactions that may be in the grey area and ensuring they are in compliance. This functionality helps companies effectively set the tone at the top levels of their organizations on a consistent global basis.
BOTTOM LINE: Oversight’s automated risk identification and tracking means that companies can proactively address potential FCPA risks without having to solely rely on a hotline to identify when a violation may have occurred.
2. Global Risk Analysis – Oversight delivers a holistic view of transaction risk across the entire global landscape, including multiple data sources and all associated business processes, activities, and participants. Delivering more than simple black and white analysis, Oversight uses sophisticated Big Data analysis to decipher the grey areas of transactions. Oversight carefully and continuously examines all transactions across an organization’s infrastructure, intelligently uncovering patterns revealing risks, enabling companies to predict potential FCPA violations and take action to stop them before significant damage is done.
BOTTOM LINE: Oversight can easily recognize when politically exposed persons, consultants, contractors, partners or customers receive unwarranted discounts or questionable, if not illegal, payments or benefits.
3. Suspicion Index – As it continuously monitors, Oversight applies multi-layer intelligence to all entities associated with an organization whether that is an employee, partner, distributor, vendor or agent. Oversight scores participants and the transactions they touch to identify suspicious behavior, track and gather evidence of the behavior, and link to supporting transactions as needed for enforcement efforts. Oversight then automatically communicates a suspicion index to corporate management, enabling them to take critical, preventive action. With this knowledge, the greatest risks are identified for additional training or for an update to policies.
BOTTOM LINE: Corporations can quickly identify the riskiest transactions and the people and/or organizations involved.
The Oversight FCPA & National Risk Solution is available immediately. For more information, email email@example.com, or call the company at 770-984-4650.