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(TNS) - With the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill coming on Thursday, now’s a good time to ask yourself: “How’s that whole emergency preparedness thing going?”

Are you feeling twinges of guilt because you still haven’t stashed away any food, water or spare batteries? Maybe you were patting yourself on the back for your family’s three-day supply of provisions and gear — until last year’s Cascadia Rising drill made it clear that folks in Western Washington may have to survive on their own for up to two weeks after a megaquake and tsunami.

From hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico to deadly earthquakes in Mexico, recent disasters show how long it can take for assistance to arrive and for power, water and transportation to be restored. Victims are left to fend for themselves and help each other in the chaotic aftermath.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/-Are-You-Ready-for-the-Big-One-Look-at-What-These-Folks-Have-Done----on-Their-Own----to-Prepare.html

Digitalization in economy and society is rapidly increasing the demand for computing power. As more data centers and server cities are necessary, operators are also challenged to cope with increased energy costs. Part 1 of this two-part series,addresses the need to offset rising costs of power consumption with a green perspective for the efficient data centers of tomorrow.

In recent years, the number of enterprises using cloud computing has steadily increased. More and more devices and sensors are connected to the internet, with their control, measurement and tuning processes digitally coordinated. According to an estimate by Gartner, about 4.9 billion connected devices exist today. Cisco experts  predict 50 billion connected devices by 2020, suggesting that the number will quadruple within the next few years. Consumers will especially use these networked devices in the "smart home" segment. For example, an empty refrigerator can automatically create a new shopping list or request the re-ordering of popular food directly in the store. Networked devices also play an increasingly important role in industry and business in order to better plan production and manufacturing processes, as well as to make them more cost- and time-efficient.

The increasing digitalization of the economy and society leads to a very high demand for computing and storage capacities. The current requirements for data protection and security demand further computing power. New technologies such as Industry 4.0, Machine Learning or Augmented Reality do not only mark the next stage of technologized life, but represent a growing need for a reliable and efficient IT infrastructure. Germany has established itself as the largest data center market in Europe and the third largest in the world, thanks to the expansion and construction of data centers. Many large data centers are concentrated mainly in the Frankfurt am Main area. One of them is e-shelter, the fifth largest data center in the world with nearly 700,00 square feet of total space. Globally, most of the large data centers are found within the U.S., in states including Illinois, Utah, Nevada, Virginia, and Iowa. 

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/industry-perspectives/data-center-costs-driving-force-energy-efficiency-part-1

Think about the challenge interpreters at the United Nations undertake. First, they need to understand the concepts being communicated. Next, they translate the concepts for people who speak different languages — without coloring the information with their own perspectives. These interpreters use an “internal resource” that maps terms and concepts. In the business technology world, when we formalize or automate such a resource, we create a conceptual reference model.

Because the terms and concepts in conceptual reference models represent the “stuff of the business,” not the stuff of IT, they make sense to business stakeholders. In his recent Executive Update, Connecting Inside and Outside the Enterprise, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Cory Casanave makes the case that the conceptual reference model, which defines the terms and concepts used by the enterprise and the communities in which it operates, provides the foundation needed for any “connection” architecture, capability, or project. Writes Casanave:

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http://blog.cutter.com/2017/10/17/why-bother-with-a-conceptual-reference-model/

Working on cars can be quite the challenge. If you’ve got a project car that you’re hoping to get up and running, you probably want to control every aspect of what goes into it. From the engine to the tail lights, you’re willing to tackle every project head-on without any external help.

Until you get stuck on a problem that you’re not equipped to handle.

When you hit a brick wall, you can keep trying to fix the issue by yourself – which can be extremely frustrating. Or, you have the option to take your car to a master mechanic that can easily fix the issue for you.

It’s not unlike running your company. When you need IT support, what’s your best option for support? Most businesses have two distinct choices; either hire an in-house IT support employee (the DIY fix), or partner with a managed service provider (the master mechanic).

Though both options have their own pros and cons, one comes out on top for growing organizations that want to stay ahead of the curve.

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https://continuitycenters.com/managed-services-vs-house-comes-top/

NEW YORK – The upcoming implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May 2018, has elevated cyber risk to the top of the corporate agenda for organizations doing business in Europe according to a survey conducted by Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk solutions.

In the global survey of over 1,300 senior executives, 65% of respondents whose organizations offer products or services in the EU said that they now consider cyber as a top risk. In a similar survey Marsh conducted in Continental Europe last year, only 32% of responding organizations rated cyber as a top five risk.

GDPR-impacted organizations are already feeling the effect of cyber threats, with 23% of respondents stating that their European organizations were subject to a successful cyber-attack in the past year.

“The imminent implementation of the GDPR is spurring firms to take a fresh look at their cyber risk, not just their privacy protocols,” said John Drzik, President of Global Risk & Digital at Marsh. “This survey indicates that the most prepared firms are using GDPR as a catalyst to enhance their cyber risk management, including a more economic evaluation of their risks and an increased focus on building resilience in the face of an inevitable cyber incident.”

Organizations responded that they intend to spend more on cyber risk management. Of those respondents whose organizations have plans for GDPR implementation, 78% said they would increase spending on addressing cyber risk over the next 12 months, including spending on cyber insurance. Notably, 52% of those who do not have a plan for GDPR indicated that their investment in cyber risk management would increase.

GDPR readiness will require additional attention in the immediate future. Just 8% of respondents at GDPR-affected organizations asserted that their firms were fully compliant; 57% of respondents indicated that their organizations were developing compliance plans; and 11% said they had yet to start. Smaller organizations were more likely not to have a plan for GDPR with 19% of respondents from businesses with less than $50m annual revenue replying that no plan was in place.

About Marsh

A global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions, Marsh’s 30,000 colleagues advise individual and commercial clients of all sizes in over 130 countries. Marsh is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue over US$13 billion and more than 60,000 colleagues worldwide, MMC helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading firms. In addition to Marsh, MMC is the parent company of Guy CarpenterMercer, and Oliver Wyman. Follow Marsh on Twitter @MarshGlobalLinkedInFacebook; and YouTube, or subscribe to BRINK.

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