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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

Thursday, 09 November 2017 15:00

The new arsenal of risk management

A new version of ISO 31000 is due to be unveiled early next year. As the threat of risks grows for governments, organizations and the public alike, how can the new, streamlined standard help to make our future more secure?

Ten years ago, the boardrooms of banks and financial institutions around the world were rattled to hear the news of the collapse of prestigious and highly respected names, such as Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Northern Rock. Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, described the shock waves that swept the world as a “credit tsunami”.

In family businesses, governments and industry, the aftermath of the global financial crisis is still being felt. Since then, the spotlight has been turned on risk and exposure to risk – how to manage it; how to prepare for it; how to benefit from it; how to learn from it. In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, one of political uncertainty and economic unease and austerity, these questions are more pertinent than ever and the need for best practice even more compelling.



New capabilities address 100GbE and 10GbE service delivery and aggregation to support new web-scale applications


HANOVER, Md. — Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) has added powerful new hardware and software capabilities to its packet networking portfolio that allow service providers and large enterprises to put more capacity closer to where the demand for bandwidth lives. The new platforms enable network providers to reduce overall lifecycle costs, quickly respond to changing market conditions, and rapidly roll out new 10GbE and 100GbE offerings to serve business, mobile, and content applications. 

Key Facts:

  • As massive volumes of data traffic from 4G/5G mobile backhaul, Ethernet business services, and IoT applications rapidly converge on data centers, network operators are pressured to quickly deploy more connections at faster speeds while monitoring and managing the performance of those connections to deliver thousands of end-user services. 
  • To address these market dynamics, Ciena is extending the capabilities of its market-leading packet portfolio by placing compute power and high-capacity connectivity closer to end users – man and machine. Ciena’s new purpose-built platforms allow service providers and large enterprises to optimize costs, close the service delivery agility gap, and ensure high network availability. Ciena is introducing three new edge products and added more capacity to its industry-leading 8700 platform. Specifically, the new features include: 

    • Edge Access: New 3926m is a full-featured, carrier-grade platform for 10GbE service delivery that includes an expansion slot for modules supporting third party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). The platform is ideal for Ethernet business service demarcation supporting added functions, such as third party vRouter or vEncryptor services. Also offered is a TDM circuit emulation module to support network modernization efforts. 

    • Edge Access: New 3928 Service Delivery Switch comprises a cost-effective 10GbE NTE that maintains the carrier-class feature set needed for efficient and reliable service delivery. Dual powered AC and DC variants with extended temperature options are available to address a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. 

    • Edge Aggregation: New 5170 Service Aggregation Switch that enables cost-effective delivery of carrier class 100GbE services direct to the customer premise along with dense 10GbE service aggregation in a compact, 1RU form factor. The 5170 is designed with an x86 server which powers Ciena’s Service Aware Operating System (SAOS) software and its open VNF hosting capabilities. 

    • Edge Aggregation: Adding more than double the capacity to the existing 8700 Packetwave platform in a space- and power-efficient chassis that gives service providers the scale required to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy more packet-based services. This capability is ideal for services of up to 100Gbps in support of enterprise business services, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect.
  • Ciena’s packet portfolio leverages SAOS to provide operational efficiencies (such as secure, zero-touch provisioning) as well as consistent system and service attributes across all Ethernet and MPLS access and aggregation applications. Blue Planet adds multi-vendor service and virtual function orchestration that leverages the power of open, programmable networks to operators and end-users alike. 

Executive Comments

  • “Ciena’s packet networking solutions have given us the ability to efficiently deliver and aggregate enormous quantities of data at speeds from 1GbE to 100GbE, while meeting the strict service level agreements that our customers demand.”
    -        Jack De La Garza, Vice President of Engineering, Uniti Fiber 
  • “Ciena has the foresight to see where the customer trends are heading and understands what network providers must do to ‘follow where the puck is going’ to address the emerging intercept demand from bandwidth-hogging applications. Customers putting more intelligence at the edge is creating this demand in their core networks.”
    -        Mike Sapien, Vice President & Chief Analyst, Ovum 
  • “It's no secret that supporting the unpredictable bandwidth demands of today’s web-scale world is a priority and challenge for any company that operates a network. By bringing bandwidth closer to the point of end-user demand, our new packet networking capabilities make overcoming that challenge less daunting.”
    -        Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Networking Platforms, Ciena

About Ciena
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. We translate best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @CienaLinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com.

The ruggedized P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer brings the most up-to-date steam sterilization technology to the austere environment of field hospitals

LOUDON, Tenn. – Fort Defiance Industries (FDI), an ISO 13485:2016 registered medical device manufacturing company that provides ruggedized medical equipment for use in military field hospitals, disaster relief hospitals, and remote area medical clinics, is set to showcase its latest model P2131 Steam Sterilizer at the 5th International Congress on Emergency, Disaster and Military Medicine 2017 (DiMiMED) to be held Nov. 14–15 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Attracting more than 250 expert military and public health professionals from the armed forces and organizations of 35 EU and non-EU countries, DiMiMED is the principal European event for in-field medical equipment providers.

The FDA-cleared P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer brings the most up-to-date steam sterilization technology to the austere environment of field hospitals. This autoclave combines the safety and efficacy of microprocessor controlled pre-vacuum 270 degrees F cycles with the ruggedness, portability, and reliability required for a variety of harsh environments. Whether the ambient conditions are 40 F at 8,000 feet altitude or 130 F at sea level, the P2131 sterilizer was designed and rigorously tested to ensure consistent, dependable operation in a variety of extreme conditions.

The P2131 can process up to 100 loads using only 10 gallons of potable water, conserving this valuable resource that is often scarce in remote locations. The P2131 also features automated cycles, an easy to set-up and use design, and a host of safety features, making it the clear choice for steam sterilization in a field environment. 

According to FDI’s CEO Chris Yerger, “Our P2131 sterilizer was thoroughly tested by the U.S. Military prior to being selected as their future workhorse. We are very excited to attend DiMiMED to showcase to the rest of the world how we have brought modern hospital steam sterilization technology to remote field applications in a reliable, ruggedized and transportable package.”

If you will be attending DiMiMED, please make sure to pay a visit to FDI’s booth and inquire about bringing your field sterilization practices in-line with the latest technological advancements.

For more information about Fort Defiance Industries, visit http://www.fortdefianceind.com/

Company announces service to enable enterprises to span data protection and management from on-premises to cloud under a single policy control plane

Today, Druva announced Druva Apollo a new service delivered via the Druva Cloud Platform that enables data management for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and  Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud workloads on a single policy control plane. The capabilities offer the ability to protect, govern and provide insights to data that resides within Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), building on Druva’s already existing data management services that span physical and virtual server environments, endpoints and cloud SaaS services like Office 365.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to drive major adoption year over year with a compound annual growth rate of over 65 percent and the growth of multi-cloud adoption close to 85 percent. As a result, the ability to support workload mobility while protecting data in heterogeneous environments is critical. Traditional data protection systems have focused entirely on on-premises infrastructure throughout the last decade, yet rapid cloud adoption has created a new set of challenges requiring deeper analytics into data usage, managing its lifecycle and providing a more holistic protection model across on-premises and cloud sources.

“Moving our operational workloads to cloud is a core initiative of our business, driven predominantly by the growth of the company,” said Jason Hood, vice president infrastructure at Material Handling Services (MHS). “As we migrate these workloads over time, the goal is to ensure, regardless of where the data resides, that we have the ability to manage and protect that data from loss. Druva Apollo will enable us to achieve this goal by bridging our on-premises and cloud workloads data protection needs via a single holistic solution.”

“Cloud management, utilization and protection is a headache for today’s global enterprises,” said Jason Buffington, principal analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “The power of Amazon’s network and Druva’s cloud platform together will enable joint users to have all of their I’s dotted and T’s crossed. It’s about a peace of mind of course, but the benefit of a single control plane is unprecedented.”  

The new Druva Apollo service extends the capabilities of the Druva Cloud Platform, which is delivered as-a-Service and does not require organizations to deploy any additional hardware, and works across IaaS and PaaS offerings from AWS, enabling AWS customers to analyze and discover what data lies inside the storage, who’s using it, determine the level of protection for that data and determine the lifecycle or how to manage the data. This level of insight allows companies to determine what should be archived, backed up or discarded. All of this affords organizations the ability to make decisions that protect critical business data, as well as the costs of data protection by more than 60 percent.

“With the growth and changing dynamics of cloud services usage, businesses are faced with the real challenge of not having a cohesive way to understand, protect and manage the lifecycle of their data wherever it’s stored,” said Dave Packer, vice president, product and alliances marketing at Druva. “With this service as part of our Druva Cloud Platform, organizations will achieve greater visibility into the usage of their cloud stored IaaS and PaaS data and be able to protect and manage it more effectively over time.”

Druva already supports SaaS data protection for offerings like Office 365, Box, Salesforce and others. Available beginning in the first half of 2018, this service extends the cloud workload support to cover IaaS offerings like EC2, S3 and EBS, as well as PaaS services like RDS, which include mySQL, SQL Server, MariaDB, Amazon Aurora, Oracle, PostgreSQL and AMIs in EC2. For more information, see https://www.druva.com/products/apollo.

98% of business strategies rely on IT, but IT readiness is a work in progress

TEMPE, Ariz. – Nearly all IT executive survey respondents report that IT is crucial or very important to their business strategy, according to a new IDG Research Services survey commissioned by Datalink, a division of Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: NSIT). However, a number of hurdles are hindering progress to meet the needs of the business. IT leaders report difficulties in freeing up funds to invest in IT innovations to advance the business. In addition, while IT optimization levels show some year-over-year improvement, work continues on the journey to transform technology, skills, and processes to meet business needs. Lastly, while respondents report leveraging a hybrid cloud strategy, assessing which workloads are best suited for on- and/or off-premises cloud platforms is challenging due to difficulties in determining security, data storage, and data access requirements, as well as defining a multi-site strategy.

The survey—Stakes Rise for IT: The IT Transformation Journey—polled senior IT leaders (70% were VP or C-Level IT executives; 30% were directors) from large enterprises regarding business and IT strategies, IT optimization opportunities and challenges, as well as cloud-related strategy and execution considerations.

Key findings:

  • 98% said IT is crucial or very important to business strategy. Efficiency, customer service, agility, and digital transformation are the top four business strategies IT will focus on in the next 12 months.
  •  Approximately 25% (up from nearly 10% in 2016) rate their IT environments as fully optimized in areas ranging from application workload management to process standardization and team staffing models. Thirty percent (down from nearly 50% in 2016) of respondents rank their optimization level between 1 and 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, indicating room for improvement.
  • More than 50% said funding IT innovation is extremely challenging. Two-thirds of the IT budget is spent on “keeping the lights on” vs. innovation and business-advancing initiatives. This allocation is expected to shift over the next two years in favor of innovation/business advancing investments.

Respondents report leveraging a hybrid cloud model, but faced some challenges:

  • The balance of workloads currently on public and private cloud platforms is relatively even today and will not shift much over the next two years.
  • More than 50% who have deployed workloads to public cloud have brought one or more back in-house. This represents a 14% increase over those reported in 2016. The top four reasons for moving workloads back in-house were: level of control over resources or data, compliance, reliability / performance, and security.
  • 75% are more cautious versus one year ago when making the decision to move particular applications or workloads to public cloud. Security continues to be a primary concern before deploying workloads in a public cloud platform.
  • Respondents plan to leverage a third-party to some degree to assist with determining compliance requirements, assessing scalability requirements, and performing application interdependency analysis.

“The stakes have never been higher for IT leaders to transform IT to advance the business,” said Shawn O’Grady, Senior VP and General Manager, Datalink. “This survey illustrates that IT optimization is not a quick fix. Transformations such as these span processes, skills, and technology and take time to successfully assess and execute. Business and IT executives need to be in lockstep to ensure IT helps advance the business.”

The complete survey is available at www.datalink.com/TransformIT.


The survey received 142 complete qualified respondents and was fielded online in the U.S. from September 15, 2017 through September 25, 2017. Respondents were required to work in an IT-related function at the Director level or above. Qualified respondents are employed at a companies with an average of 23,000 employees.

About Datalink

Datalink, a division of Insight, is a complete IT services and solutions provider that helps companies transform their technology, operations and service delivery to meet business challenges. Combining extensive experience, a full lifecycle of services and a comprehensive approach to producing IT innovations that empower positive business outcomes, Datalink delivers success across cloud IT transformation, next generation technology, and security. Parent company Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: NSIT) is a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions. For more information, call 800.448.6314 or visit datalink.com.