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In March, I discussed how important it is for Mail-Gard to exercise our clients’ print-to-mail applications so we’re always ready to step up to the plate in the event of a disaster. “Practice makes perfect,” and our continued testing helps ensure a seamless transition when your business suffers an interruption.

But that’s not the only kind of exercise that’s important to us. We also place a lot of importance on our employees’ physical health and well-being. Since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, it seems appropriate to highlight some of our corporate initiatives that greatly support our team’s mental and physical fitness and contribute to our culture of excellence.



Data breaches can trigger fines, deflate stock prices, irreparably damage reputations, lose customers and attract more cyberattacks.

But they don’t have to.

By responding quickly and decisively at the first sign of a data breach, you can limit its impact, preserve trust in your business and keep customers safe.

The consequences of a botched data breach response

Large companies are more likely to survive, but suffer severe damage. After Equifax announced a data breach that had compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans (recently updated to 148 million), it quickly shed more than $4 billion in market value as its stock sunk 20 percent. It hasn’t recovered.



Reflecting Pressure on Companies to Address Cybersecurity Deficiencies

Yahoo recently agreed to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission $35 million to resolve claims that the company misled investors by failing to disclose a massive cybersecurity breach.  Cybersecurity whistleblowers should feel empowered by this news, which follows other efforts by the SEC to crack down on nondisclosures like these, including through the publication of a new cybersecurity guidance document in February 2018. 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached yet another settlement arising from a cybersecurity event. On April 24, 2018, the SEC announced that it had reached a $35 million settlement with Altaba, Inc. – the company formerly known as Yahoo! Inc. – to resolve claims that the company misled investors by failing to disclose the cybersecurity breach that enabled hackers to steal the personal data of hundreds of millions of Yahoo users.

As data storage needs continue to grow and many organizations move toward software-defined infrastructure, more enterprises are using open source software to meet some of their storage needs. Projects like Hadoop, Ceph, Gluster and others have become very common at large enterprises.

Home users and small businesses can also benefit from open source storage software. These applications can make it possible to set up your own NAS or SAN device using industry-standard hardware without paying the high prices vendors charge for dedicated storage appliances. Open source software also offers users the option to set up a cloud storage solution where they have control over security and privacy, and it can also offer affordable options for backup and recovery.

The list below features 64 open source storage projects that are among the best options available for enterprises, SMBs and individual users. Please note that this is not a ranking. Entries are organized into categories and then alphabetized within the categories.



The company’s quarterly results highlight growth across several regions and rising demand for Netwrix Auditor in the financial, government and technology sectors

IRVINE, Calif. — Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, today announced its results for Q1 2018, which indicate 26% global sales growth and substantial revenue increase across multiple sectors, including financial services, government and technology. Netwrix also reports sustainable growth in the UK, France and the DACH region; new partnerships; charity and research initiatives; and recognition from industry experts.

Market momentum

“The 2018 Verizon DBIR showed that hacking is now the most common cause of data breaches, and use of stolen credentials is the top method used. This demonstrates that many organizations still lack the visibility they need into what users are doing in their IT environments so they can protect their data from insider and outsider threats. With the deadline for GDPR compliance quickly approaching, companies have little time to provide evidence that their security measures are working and their systems and data are under control.  As a result, we expect a surge of interest in products that empower organizations to keep track of user behavior, quickly detect suspicious activities and prioritize their security efforts to protect critical assets,” said Steve Dickson, CEO of Netwrix.

  • Netwrix reported 26% global sales growth compared to Q1 2017, as well as substantial revenue increase in EMEA (122%), the UK (156%), France (29%) and the DACH region (128%).
  • The growing demand for solutions for data security enabled Netwrix to demonstrate growth across several sectors, including financial services (36%), government (46%) and technology (57%).
  • Netwrix launched a new global channel program designed to accelerate growth across all regions and create a proactive partner community network for addressing all industry verticals, routes to market and sizes.


  • Netwrix announced a partnership agreement with Concept Searching to bring even more visibility into IT infrastructures through data discovery and data classification capabilities.


  • In January 2018, Netwrix released the 2018 Netwrix Cloud Security Report, which showed that 39% of organizations blame their own IT teams for security incidents in the cloud.

Industry recognition

  • Netwrix and SysAdmin Magazine announced the winners of the 2018 SysAdmin Blog Awards, which recognize the most tech-savvy blogs for their commitment to sharing valuable knowledge with IT professionals worldwide.


  • In January 2018, Netwrix announced its support for UNICEF USA’s "Hurricane Harvey: Help Children Weather the Storm" initiative, which helps children affected by Hurricane Harvey get back to school in safe learning environments.
  • In March 2018, Netwrix co-founder Michael Fimin supported several non-profit organizations based in the company’s home of Orange County, California, including Surfrider Foundation, Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach High School and San Clemente’s Casa Romantica.


About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation is a software company focused exclusively on providing IT operations and security teams with pervasive visibility into user behavior, system configurations and data sensitivity across hybrid IT infrastructures, empowering them to protect data regardless of its location and sleep soundly at night instead of worrying about security blind zones or yet another compliance check. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 140 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

Seann Moreno, Chief Operating Officer

Helping to grow the efficiency and productivity of IT technology for small to medium size businesses, Data Tech Cafe needed a reliable and affordable way to keep their customers connected in the cloud.

Introduction to the client and their business

Seann Moreno is the Chief Operating Officer at Data Tech Cafe, a company dedicated to managing IT technology solutions for growing businesses in areas like healthcare and wireless services. They also partner with companies by offering support, consulting, and business transformation to help them grow.

In one impressive example, Data Tech Cafe helped a customer expand from forty locations to over five hundred nationwide. Suffice to say, Seann and his team know what they’re doing.

About the Case

Data Tech Cafe not only sells Nerdio Private Cloud to their customers, but they love the product so much that they even use it themselves. Nerdio products helped to ease the stress of customers and keep Data Tech Cafe’s business running even after a disastrous office fire.


Problem 1 - Reliable Data Storage and Migration

Nerdios1Technology rapidly changes and updates extraordinarily fast nowadays. It’s a challenge for companies to keep up. Seann was continually dealing with expensive upgrades of hardware for his customers. Difficulties associated with migrating software data over and the problem of possibly losing a hard drive and the backup disk – just to get customers up and running right away – proved to be pretty laborious.

If only he had affordable cloud software to make it all run smoothly with a team to assist in hardware upgrades. That’s where Nerdio swooped in to save the day!

The Solution

With internet connection speeds expanding to a place where people at home can have a larger bandwidth than ever before, cloud services have become viable for everyone. Seann discovered that using Nerdio Private Cloud gives access to an ‘enterprise experience’ that’s now affordable to the small and medium-sized business.

When it’s time for a Data Tech Cafe customer to upgrade, Nerdio takes care of the entire process with stellar service. Seann doesn’t worry about issues with converting and migrating software data or installing hardware technology. He’s confident that customers will receive the latest and greatest from Nerdio each and every time.

Seann first met with Nerdio at an MSP Conference in Las Vegas. Once he learned about the product and what it could do for his business, Data Tech Cafe immediately jumped on board. They decided to become a partner and implemented Nerdio Private Cloud themselves so they could benefit from having the same experience as their customers.


Problem 2 - An Office Fire

Their kitchen caught fire and the Data Tech Cafe office had to close for several days. How would they get work done as a team if they couldn’t meet in the same place?

The Solution

The virtual desktop from Nerdio is what Seann likes to call an “Enterprise Data Center In a Box” experience.Working through Nerdio Private Cloud and its virtual infrastructure is a way of life for Seann and his employees. Without it, having to call his entire team about closing the office due to fire would have slowed down work progress immensely. Not for Data Tech Cafe.

They informed all employees and explained that they had an office fire so everyone would need to work from home. No problem. Each person was able to open their laptop or home PC, log on to their desktop remotely, and continue working as if nothing had happened.

Nerdio Private Cloud made it possible for Data Tech Cafe to continue moving forward even though their office was shut down for a few days. They could easily support their customers and still give the world-class service experience expected of them.


How It Feels To Partner With Nerdio                               

Seann feels like his company is a part of the Nerdio family. He appreciates that they go above and beyond to give the very best customer service experience and an added feeling of inclusivity. Feeling welcome at all times, Seann knows his concerns are as important as the next guy’s.


Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:30

Data Tech Cafe Case Study

For companies who provide cloud management and recovery solutions, there’s never been a more critical time to fortify their offerings. And while there’s no single recovery technology capable of spanning today’s vast and varied IT landscape, two things are for certain: business resilience is vital, and one size does not fit all.

Companies can discuss the benefits of the Sungard AS and Zerto cloud DRaaS solution at ZertoCON, May 21 – 23 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

That’s why Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is pleased to announce the availability of an enhanced version of the Cloud Recovery – Virtual Servers service it first launched in November 2017. Leveraging Zerto technology to deliver resiliency for the Sungard AS cloud platform, new enhancements include the ability for customers to bring their own Zerto licenses, increased scalability to support 1000+ virtual machine environments, and improved service level agreement (SLA) support.

With nearly 40 years of award-winning production and recovery IT experience under its belt, Sungard AS is a leader in the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) space. This includes being cited as a “Leader” in the most recent Forrester Wave report on Disaster Recovery as a Service providers, as well as the Gartner Magic Quadrant for DRaaS.



City governments today need to be prepared for any sort of attack: terrorists attempting to impact large events such as the bomb incident at the Boston Marathon, potential infiltration of the city water supply — and now ransomware attacks. The recent security breach in Atlanta shows that cities may not be prepared for hackers who have the savvy to take governments hostage. With an affected area of around six million people, this is the largest group of individuals impacted by a government breach to date. Communication to prevent and respond to these incidents can be challenging; not just within the government but also between affected government entities and the public.

Damaging, and Lucrative, Ransomware

Surprisingly enough, the hackers in the Atlanta incident were only asking for a measly $51,000 in Bitcoin — a paltry sum considering that they effectively held the city hostage for nearly a week. While city officials declined to comment on whether or not the ransom was paid, two weeks after the attack they were still struggling to restore services which suggests the ransom was not paid. Instead, the courts continued to be unable to process online or in-person tickets, hearings had to be rescheduled and employees were unable to access their files and computers. While the city’s 911 service was not affected, it easily could have been a target of the hackers. This isn’t the first time that municipalities have been the target of malicious actors: Dallas had an incident in 2017 where hackers activated tornado sirens during the early hours of the morning, and the Colorado Department of Transportation has also been targeted. Attempting to keep communication flowing during an emergency can be challenging, especially if you’re unable to access key government computer systems.



Extended Enterprise Risk Management Programs Need to Be Understood

The benefits related to expanding a company’s capabilities beyond the traditional four walls of an organization are too big to ignore, but many executives see challenges in managing the third-party risk involved. Unfortunately, these challenges can obscure the perceived value in expanding the enterprise and test the resolve of decision makers who want to make it happen.

That’s the thrust of a recent Deloitte poll, which surveyed nearly 2,400 professionals in a bid to better understand third party, or extended enterprise risk management (EERM) programs. Across a range of industries — including banking and securities, technology, investment management, travel, hospitality and services, insurance, and other sectors — a mere 3.9 percent of respondents in the survey defined their EERM efforts as “optimized.”

That means a small fraction of organizations have matured EERM to the point of having an integrated strategy and decision making, continuous improvement and investment, executive champions, and highly customized decision support tools with external data. In constructing our poll, we positioned these as some of the key attributes necessary to mature EERM programs and create value. In developing these attributes, organizations can better streamline with improved confidence the management of third parties. So why do so few companies have these attributes in place to do EERM well?



When a fleet of monster trucks, canoes, jon boats, motor boats, kayaks, and the Cajun Navy make their way into town, you know it’s too late to make a readiness plan in advance of hurricane season. By that point, you’re probably standing in floodwaters up to your waist (or higher), and you’re realizing that your business is about to come to a screeching halt, along with the added concerns for property, plant, and possessions – both personal and professional.

But when an 18-wheeler equipped with modern workstations, Internet connectivity, telephones and printers – not to mention heating and air conditioning, 50 workspace seats, dozens of rack-mounted servers and high-speed satellite communications – rolls into town, you know you’re in good hands.

That’s what happened last week in Houston, the bullseye of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, as Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) brought one of its seven Mobile Recovery Units (MRUs) to its Houston North Datacenter to bring attention to National Hurricane Preparedness Week. With the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season just two weeks away, Sungard AS wanted to make sure that Houston-area business and civic leaders were aware that business resilience is critical to weathering the next catastrophic natural disaster.



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