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Meet Sophia, who has Saudi-Arabian nationality. There’s nothing unusual about that, except that Sophia is a robot.

She was granted her nationality very recently, the first robot to ever receive such a distinction.

Whether other countries will follow suit or whether other robots will obtain Saudi-Arabian nationality remains to be seen, but the writing is on the wall.

Robots and other forms of artificial intelligence are poised for not just insertion into, but integration with society and business. Given the propensity of machines to continue to work indefinitely without tea-breaks or any other interruptions, the face of business continuity could be changed forever too.

So far, business continuity has been largely about humans monitoring and mending machines. It has also been about humans interacting with humans, as soon as the interaction became more complex than what a cash dispenser or ecommerce website could handle.

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http://www.opscentre.com/5513-2/

(TNS) - Five years ago, the world was stunned by a crime unprecedented in its horror — the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults.

State legislators reacted to the massacre not only by enacting tougher gun laws but also by earmarking millions to make Connecticut schools safer, including addressing concerns raised after the shooting about access to school buildings, communication failures and multi-agency coordination gaps.

But now a Courant investigation has found that those efforts, started when the pain of Sandy Hook was fresh, have largely dwindled.

Nearly half the school districts in the state are violating at least some aspect of the law requiring them to submit school security information, a Courant review of state records reveals.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/5-Years-After-Sandy-Hook-Shooting-Connecticut-School-Districts-Violating-Safety-Laws.html

Iron Mountain has agreed to buy IO Data Centers, a colocation provider best known for its pre-manufactured data center modules, for $1.315 billion, the publicly traded real estate investment trust announced Monday.

The deal comes at the end of what has already been a record year for acquisitions in the data center service provider space. The year saw industry-shaping transactions like Digital Realty Trust’s $4.95 billion acquisition of DuPont Fabros Technology, the $1.67 billion acquisition of ViaWest by Peak 10, the $2.15 billion acquisition of the CenturyLink data center portfolio by a group of investors to form a new provider called Cyxtera Technologies, and the acquisition of Vantage Data Centers by Digital Bridge Holdings, reportedly for more than $1 billion.

Iron Mountain, the bulk of whose business has traditionally been document management and storage, has been aggressively expanding its data center services business. The IO deal adds four large data center sites to its portfolio and follows its acquisition of the Denver data center provider Fortrust in July and Credit Suisse data centers in London and Singapore – its first two locations outside of the US – in October.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/iron-mountain/iron-mountain-buy-io-modular-data-center-pioneer-131b

(TNS) - As thousands wait for insurance money to make repairs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, more than a half-dozen school districts, cities and other government agencies are still awaiting payment from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on nearly $60 million in claims from Hurricane Ike.

Texas City Independent School District leads the list with more than $172 million in outstanding Ike claims, followed by Dickinson ISD with $10.5 million and Chambers County with $9.5 million. Three other school districts, two cities and a community college are awaiting payment on additional claims of more than $22 million, according to a Houston Chronicle analysis.

Officials said they have little faith that TWIA - the insurer of last resort - will pay the claims without further legal battles.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/In-Harveys-Wake-Some-Worry-About-State-Insurers-Pace-at-Paying-Claims-From-Ike.html

Open-plan offices have become the norm for many companies wishing to optimize their space, encourage collaboration between staff and breaking down traditional hierarchies.

However, recent research challenges the idea that open-plan working is a surefire route to productivity. Far from an antidote to the inefficiency of closed-off offices, open-plan working can mean staff are beleaguered with distractions and stifled by lack of personal space.

Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Survey found that 67 per cent of the UK workforce feel drained at the end of each working day due to their office environment. In addition, badly designed offices are suppressing innovation in businesses: although over eight million UK employees work in open-plan environments, many of these do not offer variety or choice, nor are they tailored to specific tasks and practices.

“Enclosed office space is not the enemy,” says Philip Tidd at Gensler. “Moving to a simplistic open-plan may not be the most effective option in today’s hyper-connected workplace.”

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https://www.regus.com/work-us/reconsidering-open-plan-new-thinking-productive-space/

(TNS) - During the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, first responders in New York City had trouble talking to each other on radios, leading to more chaos that deadly day. Afterward, federal authorities told local agencies to digitize their radio systems to enable such communications, but it's taken the better part of two decades for Dallas to catch up to the costly recommendations.

But if officials in the city and county have their way, Dallas police and firefighters and county sheriff's deputies will soon be able to use their radios to instantly talk to other first responders nearby.

County commissioners this week approved a $68 million contract with the city and Motorola that will upgrade the outdated radios and provide maintenance for 15 years. Because the city of Dallas needs far more radios than the county does, officials said, Dallas is paying 75 percent of the costs, while the county's share is 25 percent. The City Council will vote on the deal next week.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/If-Terrorists-Hit-Dallas-Would-First-responder-Radios-be-Ready.html

It's no secret that unstructured data is growing at astronomical rates, contributing to the big data deluge that's sweeping across enterprise data storage environments. A new study from Western Digital and 451 Research sheds some new light on the scale of the challenge that storage administrators face each day and how it's fueling the object storage boom.

A 451 Research survey of 200 technology decision makers and influencers, sponsored by Western Digital, reveals that a majority of enterprises (63 percent) and service providers are managing storage capacities of 50 petabytes (PB) or more. More than half of that of that data falls under the unstructured category, existing outside of databases and within files, multimedia content and other formats.

Service providers are particularly being inundated with unstructured data. They reported annual growth rates of 60 to 80 percent, compared to 40 to 50 percent for enterprise users.

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http://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/storage-management/unstructured-data-growth-fueling-massive-migration-to-object-storage.html

Okay, everyone, raise your hand if you looked at the headline of this article and thought, “Wait a second, why is Herrera writing about my business continuity budget when everybody just finished doing them? Could his timing possibly be worse”?

Actually, my timing could hardly be better, and I’ll tell you why.

The worst way to devise your BCM program budget is to do it in a rush just before it’s due. The best way—the way that is mostly painless and delivers the most accurate, realistic, and defensible result—is to work on it bit by bit over the course of the year. I’ll explain what I mean in a minute. For now, just take it on faith that the time to start thinking about your next BCM budget is now.

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https://bcmmetrics.com/business-continuity-budget/

The explosive growth in data, the digitization of information, and the massive acceleration in public cloud adoption are some of the key drivers behind the growing demand for public cloud-based solutions among enterprises searching for greater flexibility and cost savings, and shifting IT to the OpEx model.

Among the cloud-based solutions that enterprises are pursuing, disaster recovery is emerging as a top IT priority. A recent survey points to disaster recovery, along with workload mobility and archival automation, as a key driver of enterprise cloud adoption, with 82 percent of those surveyed citing disaster recovery as a critical reason to move to the cloud. Meanwhile, another report estimates the disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market will grow from $2.19 billion in 2017 to $12.54 billion in 2022, with the managed services provider segment achieving the highest growth.

The majority of DRaaS solutions in the market today have very good recovery mechanisms focused on replicating on-premise systems to the public cloud. This traditional model of failover has served companies well for capturing migration to the cloud during times of outages.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/industry-perspectives/disaster-recovery-service-not-cloud-migration

(TNS) - Facing an active shooter situation may be as likely as getting struck by lightning, but that doesn't mean lightning never strikes.

That was the warning given to University of Idaho faculty, staff and students as part of an active shooter response training session Wednesday afternoon in the Vandal Ballroom of the Bruce Pitman Center.

In a short training video from the Department of Homeland Security shown that afternoon, experts emphasized the need for everyone to develop a survival mindset before being confronted with danger. In the face of a shooter, the video outlined, respondents must decide whether to run, hide or fight to stay safe.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/safety/Run-Hide-and-Fight.html

Friday, 08 December 2017 15:12

EM: Run, Hide and Fight

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