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From Unreasonable Design Decisions, To Missteps In The Pre-Migration Process, To Poorly Executed Migrations - Learn How to Avoid Falling Victim To The Potential Pitfalls On The Road To Office 365
 
NEW YORK – Archive360, the leading provider of email archive migration software, today announced it has been featured in the recently published Osterman Research paper entitled, "Migration to Exchange Online and Office 365: A Step-by-Step Guide."  The paper provides highly detailed directions on how best to plan for and execute a migration to Microsoft Exchange Online, as well as the other applications and productivity services available in Office 365.  Archive360 is presented in the paper as an ideal solution for solving email migration challenges, in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.  It further details Archive360's Archive2Anywhere  data migration platform, which features a legally compliant data reconciliation engine to ensure data is migrated at high speed, while maintaining 100% data fidelity and chain of custody for legal and regulatory compliance. 
 
"The use of Office 365 across the globe is growing rapidly, driven by a clear value proposition for organizations of all sizes," said Michael Osterman, President Osterman Research.  "While the uptake of Exchange Online is leading the early growth charge, there are significant opportunities for organizations to leverage the many other components of Office 365 to re-invent productivity.  However, from unreasonable design decisions, to missteps in the pre-migration process, to poorly executed migrations - the road to Office 365 is fraught with potential pitfalls."
 
Osterman continued.  "For those that wish to eliminate one of the biggest headaches associated with a move to Office 365 - migrating the email archive - I strongly encourage checking out Archive360's Archive2Anywhere solution."
 
"With Archive2Anywhere, users can easily install and start migrating in just about 15 minutes.  Its patented architecture enables Archive2Anywhere to integrate with a wide range of legacy archives at the database and storage level, eliminating the time-consuming error-prone process of pre-indexing or categorization that is otherwise required.  This enables mailbox and journal account extraction within hours of installation.  Ingestion into the target repository is just as fast and easy, while still ensuring chain of custody and orphaned/corrupt data reporting.  And, Archive2Anywhere is the only solution that can clean-up the mess created in Exchange by legacy email archives that 'stubbed' or added 'shortcuts' to email and attachments for mailbox size reduction," said Bill Tolson, Vice President of Marketing, Archive360.  "Bottom line, our award winning Archive2Anwhere has the broadest capabilities, is the easiest to deploy and manage and delivers the fastest performance - all at a completely unbeatable price.  However, don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself."
 
Request an Archive360 Archive2Anywhere demo here: http://www.archive360.com/email-archiving-software-archive2anywhere/.
 
Download and read "Migration to Exchange Online and Office 365: A Step-by-Step Guide" here: http://info.archive360.com/whitepaper-migration-to-exchange-online-and-office-365.
 
About Archive360
Archive360 is the market leader in email archive migration software, successfully migrating more than 12 petabytes of data for more than 500 organizations worldwide since 2012. The company's flagship product, Archive2Anywhere™, is the only solution in the market purpose-built to deliver consistently fast, trouble-free, predictable archive migrations, with verifiable data fidelity and defensible chain of custody reporting. A global organization, Archive360 delivers its solutions through a network of specialist partners.  For further information, please visit: www.archive360.com.

WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and state broadcasters’ associations, will conduct a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in nine states on Wednesday, June 15th at 2:20 PM MDT/1:20 PM PDT.

Broadcasters from the following locations are voluntarily participating in the test: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Washington. The EAS test is made available to radio, broadcast and cable television systems and is scheduled to last approximately one minute.

The test will verify the delivery and broadcast, and assess the readiness for distribution of a national-level test message. The message of the test will be similar to the regular monthly test message of EAS, normally heard and seen by the public: “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.”

Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, they have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed. 

The EAS test might also be seen and heard in states and tribal areas that border the participating states as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required for the distribution of a national message and determine what technological improvements need to be addressed. The next national test is scheduled for September 28, 2016. Results from this test will support preparations and improvements leading up to the national test.

Receiving preparedness tips and timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA and partners are working to ensure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community. The FEMA App, which can be downloaded on both android and apple devices, is one way to ensure you receive both preparedness tips and weather alerts of your choice. Download the FEMA App today.

More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) is available atwww.fema.gov/ipaws or www.ready.gov/alerts.

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Background: In 2007, FEMA began modernizing the nation’s public alert and warning system by integrating new technologies into the existing alert systems.  The new system, known as the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) became operational in 2011. Today, IPAWS supports over 700 local, state, tribal, and federal users through a standardized message format. IPAWS enables public safety alerting authorities such as emergency managers, police and fire departments to send the same alert and warning message over multiple communication pathways at the same time to citizens in harm’s way, helping to save lives. For more information on FEMA’s IPAWS, go to:http://www.fema.gov/ipaws">www.fema.gov/ipaws.  For more preparedness information, go tohttp://www.ready.gov">www.ready.gov.

New Metalogix IT Survey Finds Countries in the DACH Region are
Three-Times More Concerned about the Implications of GDPR in the Cloud
 
Washington, D.C. - June 15, 2016 Metalogix, the premier provider of unified software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced findings from a new survey which shows that IT professionals in the DACH (Deutschland, Austria and Switzerland) region are three times as aware and concerned (77%) about the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as other regions including the rest of EMEA and North America. While strong regional differences appear for the importance placed on GDPR readiness, it still ranked fourth across all regions (26%) among the top IT considerations in a cloud archiving solution following security (79%), administrative control (50%), and service level agreements (44%).
 
A Metalogix Infographic highlighting the results of the survey can be found here: http://www.metalogix.com/docs/default-source/product-collateral/metalogix-it-survey-infographic.pdf.
 
"High awareness of GDPR in the DACH region showcases just how critical the regulation is to today's data protection and retention strategies," said Paul LaPorte, Director of Product Marketing, Metalogix. "But, it also reveals that the lack of preparedness across other European countries and North America, where there are numerous global organizations operating under GDPR in the European Union (EU), can create great risk. IT and security executives need to become more deeply educated on the implications of GDPR - which can be as large as 20M Euros or 4% of an organization's annual revenue - so that they can better protect the personal data under their control and ensure compliance."
 
The Metalogix survey found that SharePoint administrators were among the most concerned (58%) about GDPR while IT professionals responsible for archiving (26%) and backup (20%) were not as concerned. This reveals that some applications, such as SharePoint, may have greater compliance pressures than other application platforms. With deeper knowledge of the risky operations such as Shadow IT where employees use unauthorized consumer applications for file sharing, SharePoint administrators are much more in tune with the dangers of failing to comply with GDPR.
 
"GDPR impacts different parts of the organization in different ways, but these survey results indicate that backup and archiving operations need to be more aware of the impact of GDPR on the organization overall," added LaPorte. "Application databases and files typically addressed most by backup and archiving processes contain massive amounts of content, even more than content rich applications such as SharePoint.  While they may not have as large a user base, from a malicious perspective these data sources are huge targets that must be compliant. C-level executives must look for deeper guidance on how to approach this challenge to manage risk and meet compliance regulations."
 
Non-compliance to GDPR can pose significant legal and discovery risks, and even expensive fines, court costs and judgments. Greater focus on implementing solutions to help comply with GDPR are needed, especially for enterprises moving content to the cloud.
 
For the Metalogix study, more than 300 IT professionals were surveyed about their archiving solutions and considerations when moving to the cloud. The survey was conducted online and included organizations in over 20 industries and over 15 countries.
 
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About Metalogix
Metalogix is the premier provider of unified management software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms. Over 20,000 clients trust Metalogix to optimize the availability, performance, and security of their content across the collaboration lifecycle. For more information visit us at www.metalogix.comor call us at +1 202.609.9100.
 
Metalogix is a registered trademark of Metalogix, Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of the respective trademark owners.
Gartner Magic Quadrant confirms Arcserve technology is enterprise-grade, built for mid-market organizations

MINNEAPOLIS  Arcserve, LLC, the market’s first provider of simple, unified data protection for cloud, virtual and physical environments, is identified as the fastest growing provider of data protection solutions that back up and instantly recover from heterogeneous IT infrastructures. According to Gartner metrics that detail the firm’s annual market share analysis on data center backup and recovery, Arcserve grew its worldwide market share by 28.3 percent year-over-year.

Furthermore, in its most recent Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software, Gartner recognizes Arcserve’s continued investment in addressing the backup needs of upper-midsize and decentralized large-enterprise organizations, underscored by a marked improvement in sales and the conversion from its foundational solution to its flagship technology, Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP).

“We’re pleased to see Gartner recognizing the enterprise-grade capacity of our solutions, which we proudly deliver to organizations of all sizes,” said Mike Crest, CEO, Arcserve. “This consolidation of our market position is a testament to how Arcserve is transforming IT environments with disruptive innovation that combines frequently siloed technologies into a unified, agile solution.”

The newly published report is refocused to include only vendors that have very strong capabilities at an enterprise level. As a result, a number of vendors were out of scope for the 2016 quadrant.

“Gartner research has shown significant movement in the backup and recovery category, while reinforcing the breadth of our solution capabilities which range from traditional backup to continuous data accessibility,” said Christophe Bertrand, vice president of product marketing at Arcserve. “We believe vendors that focus on specialized functionality, such as virtualization, are experiencing high customer ‘churn’ as companies increasingly seek unified solutions.”

Less than two years after becoming an independent company, Arcserve has built out its backup and recovery portfolio to include award-winning software, appliances and disaster recovery as a service (DraaS). The company’s focus on delivering enterprise-capable data protection to the mid-market through its global channel partner network has fueled Arcserve’s success, and positions it very favorably for further market expansion.

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Arcserve is a leading provider of data protection and recovery software that provides organizations with the assurance that they can recover their data and applications when needed. Launched in 1990, Arcserve provides a comprehensive solution for cloud, virtual and physical environments, on premise or in the cloud, backed by unsurpassed support and expertise. Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), available on Arcserve’s appliance or your hardware, drives a full range of highly efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console. Arcserve has a customer base of 45,000 end users in more than 150 countries and partners with over 7,500 distributors, resellers and service providers around the world. Arcserve is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. with offices around the world. Visit www.arcserve.com.

One of the paradoxes of storage management is that while the sheer volume of data that needs to be managed continues to grow, utilization rates of traditional magnetic storage systems have never been that high. One of the reasons for this is that virtual machines lay claim to a lot of storage space they are actually not using.

Formation Data Systems has added a Virtual Storage Recapture (VSR) capability to its FormationOne Dynamic Storage Platform that enables IT organizations to identify and redeploy storage stranded in a virtual server or hyperconverged system.

Formation Data Systems CEO Mark Lewis says FormationOne is a software-defined storage offering that can be used to make storage appear as a file, block or object system. The result, says Lewis, is a more efficient use of storage in a world where existing legacy and modern applications often need to access the same data.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/it-unmasked/formation-data-systems-recaptures-stranded-virtual-storage.html