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Application and Portal Make High Performance Disaster Recovery Available to Everyone

 

DENVER – Agility Recovery, North America’s premier provider of business continuity and post-disaster recovery solutions, today announced myAgility 3.0, a business continuity planning and management platform and mobile application built to accommodate enterprise deployments. myAgility 3.0 is easy-to-use for small and medium business customers and helps business leaders plan for, and manage, their response to emergency events like fires, floods, hurricanes and other business interruptions.

myAgility 3.0 offers a recovery plan template, planning tools to enhance an existing plan, document storage and fixed asset tracking, as well as an Alert Notification System which distributes email and text alerts to predefined contact lists of employees and vendors.

“myAgility 3.0 is the first application that works for enterprise and SMB customers that brings all of the information and tools required to respond to and manage a disaster to mobile and online portals,” said Paul Sullivan, Agility Recovery SVP Product and Operations. “We are making high performance disaster recovery available to everyone.”

myAgility 3.0 integrates with other management applications to ensure efficient recovery operations utilizing the Agility assets and resources at the time of interruption. Additionally, the full functionality of the myAgility platform is available via the mobile application. The platform meets customer demand for an intuitive, user-friendly planning tool that can be applied across multiple departments and physical locations, without a steep learning curve or arduous deployment timeframe.

The application includes five features that improve access and functionality.

       Declare an Emergency: Allows users to activate their full recovery plan with the push of a button.

       Alert Notification System: Allows users to contact employees and vendors for any reason.

       Recovery Profile: Manages response categories of Power, Office Space, Communications and Computer Systems that are required to get the customer’s company up and running.

       Employee and Vendor Management: Formatted list of all employees and vendors.

       Planning Document Storage: Provides cloud access to planning documents from anywhere with enterprise grade security.

About Agility Recovery

Agility provides robust and easy-to-implement recovery solutions for an affordable monthly membership fee, providing access to planning tools, temporary power generators, office space, communications equipment, computer systems and testing programs. Since 1989, Agility has rescued thousands of organizations, with an unparalleled success rate. For more information, visitwww.agilityrecovery.comor call 866-364-9696.

New Release Incorporates Industry-Unique Modular Architecture Consisting of High Performance Disk, Cloud and Optical Tiers with Unrivaled Performance and Capacity - At a Price Comparable to Tape

 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Alliance Storage Technologies, the leading provider of optical, and cloud data archiving solutions, today announced NETArchive® version 2 high performance storage offering customers major advancements in performance, capacity and cost. Built on Alliance Storage Technology's Archive Management Software (AMS) Platform, NETArchive is a revolutionary new archiving, management, optimization and protection solution that reduces business risks, secures data unaltered, ensures regulatory compliance and simplifies operations - all at a price comparable to tape.  
 
Worldwide data growth is exploding.  In fact, according to a Northeastern University blog and infographic, "The total amount of data in the world was 4.4 zettabytes in 2013. That is set to rise steeply to 44 zettabytes by 2020." This data growth explosion is driving the need for faster, smarter and more cost effective data storage solutions. Moreover, when combined with increasingly stringent and complicated internal governance, and external legal and regulatory compliance mandates, the need for long-term data preservation solutions has never been more critical.  
 
NETArchive answers this demand. Delivering the ability to safely and affordably store, secure, protect and recover data for 100+ years, NETArchive provides an industry-unique modular architecture consisting of high performance disk, cloud and optical tiers. With support for on-premises installations and cloud-based deployments in the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, NETArchive delivers elastic scalability with simplified, cross-platform management and unrivaled control.  The solution is a flexible, robust and secure offering that can be tailored to meet the data management, business continuity and long-term retention requirements found in today's complex business and IT environments.
 
Loran Technology, a leading IT solution Integrator based in Québec, Canada, was engaged by one of their Provincial Government customers to assist with a technology refresh of their existing archiving system used for long-term, unalterable data storage of extremely sensitive information.
 
"After a thorough search and review of potential solution providers, we chose to pursue Alliance Storage Technologies," said Aldo Kavcic, Director Business Development, Loran Technology. "After working closely with their team to address our customer's requirements for permanent, secure data retention, the NETArchive proved itself to be the ideal solution.  It answered the need to securely retain information in an immutable state for decades, and was the most cost effective solution available. In addition, Alliance provided a complimentary upgrade path using their new AMS TAM migration software which enabled the client to transparently and non-disruptively migrate years of legacy information to the NETArchive system."
 
What's New in NETArchive Version 2:
  • 100% increase (or doubling) of the NETArchive system on-premises near-line storage, increasing to 1.6PB in a single rack
  • 100% increase in media capacities, cutting cost per GB in half
  • 100% increase in drive speeds, doubling data migration and recall rates
  • 3 times increase in system cache resulting in faster access to recently archived data with flexible RAID options from 4TB to 72TB
  • Built-in complimentary Transparent Archive Migration Facility for existing Archive Appliance users, facilitating a non-disruptive migration to the NETArchive
  • 100% increase in media life to 100+ years, increasing reliability, data retention, and ROI while further eliminating costly technology refresh cycles associated with other technologies
 
"Today, more that 80% of enterprise data is static content sitting on expensive, Tier 1 storage," said Chris Carr, CEO of Alliance Storage Technologies. "NETArchive enables organizations to move this data and free up critical primary storage for business critical, bottom-line revenue activity. With support for on-premises installations and cloud-based deployments in the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, NETArchive delivers unrivaled performance, cross-platform management and capacity scalability, together with the features and functionality necessary to meet today's business, regulatory and legal requirements - all at a cost comparable to tape."
 
NETArchive version 2 is available Q2, 2017.
 
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About Alliance Storage Technologies
Alliance Storage Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud and optical data archiving solutions. The company's flagship product, NETArchive® gives organizations the most reliable, unalterable, secure archive that protects data for decades not just years. Alliance's solutions are trusted by thousands of businesses worldwide and meet the most stringent regulatory requirements with game-changing performance and efficiency at an unrivaled price, so customers can actively archive, manage, optimize and secure critical information assets with confidence.  For more information visit www.alliancestoragetechnologies.com
 

Intergate.Quincy facility receives federal EPA ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency with the highest possible green score 

SEATTLE, Wash. – Sabey Data Centers, one of the largest privately-owned data center owners, operators and developers in the United States, announced today that its Intergate.Quincy facility in Central Washington has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 Energy Star certification with a score of 100 points, the EPA’s highest possible green energy performance mark.

Rob Rockwood, President of Sabey Data Centers, said, “This certification confirms Sabey’s leadership role in energy-saving, efficient data center design, construction and operation. We are committed to building the best facilities for our customers’ IT requirements and for the environment.”

The Energy Star certification signifies that an industrial facility performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. Intergate.Quincy sets a higher standard. In operation for just one year, the facility’s Building A 100-point certification for 2017 follows its on-campus sister Building C’s Energy Star 100-point certification in 2015 and 2016 and its 99-point score for 2017.

An efficiency performance rating of 100 is the highest level of power consumption efficiency and represents twice the national average for data centers, according to Energy Star. 

Intergate.Quincy’s energy intensity, or the amount of energy the data center consumes, is 33% below the national average, according to the EPA’s Statement of Energy Performance for the facility. 

On average, 87% of all the energy used at Intergate.Quincy directly powers its computing operations. Apart from IT load, cooling is the largest driver of electrical power in data centers. The dry ambient air in Central Washington lends itself to evaporative cooling in order to achieve cooling efficiency. As a result, mechanical costs are lowered by as much as 70%, dramatically increasing the number of free cooling hours. For more than 95% of the year in Central Washington, the combination of nature and engineering can make mechanical cooling unnecessary, while still meeting ASHRAE TC9.9’s Recommended temperature range for IT equipment.

“Intergate.Quincy continues to demonstrate true environmental leadership by reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that are proven to contribute to climate change,” stated Jean Lupinacci, Energy Star Director for Commercial & Industrial Buildings. “Today, 45 percent of U.S. emissions are attributable to commercial and industrial buildings, which is why improving energy efficiency is so critical for our future.”

Mr. Rockwood added, “It’s no small accomplishment to get a 100 score in the very first year of operation. During the EPA’s measurement period, we were not yet operating at peak efficiency because of relatively light tenant loads. We expect to run the facility even more efficiently next year, as our customers add load.

“Energy efficiency can also be cost effective,” he said. “It allows us to offer competitive rates to our customers by passing through the energy savings, and we do this in an area with the lowest electricity cost in the nation.”

Building A is the second data center building in the company’s master plan for the 40-acre Intergate.Quincy campus. The new, 135,280-square-foot facility, adjoins the similarly sized Building C, which is now fully leased. The Intergate.Quincy master plan also calls for a third building to complete a total of 405,000 square feet of data center space. 

Cris Engel, Director of Operations at Sabey Data Centers, said, “Scoring 100% is only done with a team mindset of operating very efficiently. This means every member looks at our spaces for areas to save energy. Most of this is represented in very tight containment and fine tuning the air handling unit (AHU) controls to use the least amount of fan energy. Our customer relationships allow us to have containment conversations when we find areas that need improvement.”

Electrical power in Grant and Douglas Counties in Central Washington is provided primarily from hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. This source of power drives the lowest power rates in the United States. As of today, the average power rate in Quincy is $.0265/kWh. Based on an annual use of at 1 MW, the annual cost of power at Intergate.Quincy is about $264,000, approximately one quarter the cost for the same amount of power in San Francisco.

About Sabey Data Centers

With a portfolio of more than three million square feet of mission critical space, Sabey Data Center Properties is one of the most experienced and largest privately owned multi-tenant data center owner/developer/operators in the United States. Sabey specializes in scalable, custom-built solutions including data center ready shell space and fully turnkey data centers managed by Sabey’s award-winning critical environment staff. Consistently recognized for its reputation for operational excellence through its world-class data centers and sustained uptime, Sabey is proud to provide data center services to many of the world’s top financial, technology and healthcare companies. www.sabey.com

Integrated solution helps organizations gain visibility, take action and assume control over personally identifiable information under management

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today unveiled an integrated solution that will help organizations directly address the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This solution gives enterprises around the world the ability to understand what personally identifiable information (PII) they hold on European Union (EU) residents and access that information quickly when requested by employees or consumers. It also provides a systematic way for organizations to protect PII from breach, loss or damage. These elements are critical mandates required by the new regulation.

The solution comes at a time when many businesses around the world either don’t know how to prepare for the new regulation or are underestimating the effort needed to become compliant. New research commissioned by Veritas shows that less than a third (31 percent) of organizations meet the minimum GDPR requirements today, despite the fact that the regulations take effect in just over a year’s time.

With maximum fines set at the greater amount of €20 million or four percent of annual turnover, the penalties for non-compliance are severe. Also, this is not just an issue for companies based in the EU. It applies to any business around the world that interacts with EU residents and holds their personal data.

With this in mind, Veritas has launched 360 Data Management for GDPR. It includes an array of comprehensive advisory services and integrated software technologies. These not only help companies jump-start their compliance journey, but help maintain compliance at every turn moving forward.

Key components of the 360 Data Management for GDPR Solution include:

 

  • Providing expert guidance where and when it’s needed the most: Veritas has established a new advisory service designed to educate and transfer knowledge to global legal, compliance, and privacy teams as to how the solution can help meet the GDPR challenge.  This expert team is chartered to facilitate GDPR workshops, conduct GDPR-readiness assessments, and implement core GDPR-specific technologies.
  • Locating data for GDPR compliance: New regulations mandate that businesses must locate PII within a very short time frame. Veritas metadata analytics provides accurate data maps so companies can easily determine where personal and sensitive information is stored, who has access to it, and how long it is being retained. Companies can then take action on the data if required. 
  • Searching data for GDPR compliance: With GDPR, European residents have a right to obtain a personal copy of the data companies hold on them. Veritas machine learning technology can easily uncover directly and indirectly identifiable personal data to ensure individuals’ rights are met, including “right to be forgotten” requests. Additionally, Veritas’ easy-to-use eDiscovery tools help companies search, analyze, and produce relevant data to quickly satisfy requests pertaining to all regulatory and legal matters.
  • Minimizing data for GDPR compliance: Under GDPR regulations, companies will need to retain regulated information. However, they also need to delete non-essential data on a regular basis. Through Veritas personal data classification offerings, companies can set policies that helps businesses retain the right information and delete the rest, helping to adhere to strict compliance guidelines.
  • Protecting data for GDPR compliance:With GDPR, companies must have the right tools in place to protect data from loss, damage or breach. Veritas unified data protection delivers an end-to-end audit trail that demonstrates data protection and resiliency protocols are being met. Additionally, these data protection offerings are infrastructure agnostic, and work across on-premise, cloud and hybrid environments, giving businesses added flexibility to address compliance regulations.
  • Monitoring data for GDPR compliance: When the GDPR takes effect, data controllers and data processors are required to file a data breach notification within 72 hours of an incident. Veritas predictive threat analytics helps companies automatically identify anomalous behavior and facilitates single-click investigations. 

“This is not just an issue for EU companies,” said Carla Arend, senior program director at IDC. “This regulation impacts any organization that holds data concerning individual EU data subjects. This can be anything from a shopping history to employee records. It is imperative that companies immediately begin deploying solutions that will help them understand exactly what information they hold and let them manage that data in a compliant manner.”

“360 Data Management for GDPR plays a key role in helping companies accelerate their digital transformation strategies,” said Mike Palmer, executive vice president and chief product officer at Veritas. “At a time when data is your most critical business asset, giving companies capabilities that let them understand and gain valuable insights about their information provides advantages that go well beyond compliance. It can spur product and service development, as well as help them build loyalty as consumers begin to accept organizations as trusted custodians of their PII. This is an important transformational step towards a nimbler and digitally-driven operation.”

Learn more about Veritas GDPR solutions here.

Whether you’re looking to hire a business continuity expert, or you’re training to become one, this guide will help you determine the qualifications and experience that are required

Before we get into certifications or BCM specific qualifications, let’s review the important non-BCM skills that make an effective BCM professional.

  • Business function experience or technical IT experience. This is a must. Business Continuity is about business, and without basic business function knowledge and experience, guiding departments and interfacing with IT areas will be challenging.
  • Project management experience. You do not necessarily need a certified project manager, but you do need someone who is familiar with project management concepts and project organization. In the end, BCM is a program and requires organizational skills.
  • Interpersonal skills. Effective BCM programs must work with multiple levels of an organization, so the ability to communicate across all levels, as well as to understand and address concerns and pushback are necessary for success.
  • Flexibility and adaptability. Organizational needs change over time, and a demonstrated ability to be flexible in both process and problem solving will help identify solutions to BCM issues surrounding implementation, documentation, and governance.

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https://www.mha-it.com/2017/03/business-continuity-expert-skills/