UK-based business continuity and communication solution specialist Vocal has announced a new strategic alliance with the crisis management firm CQ Australia, which sees the introduction of the iModus crisis communications solution to the Australian market.
“We are excited to announce this new strategic partnership. CQ Australia will now be the sole provider of iModus within Australasia, bringing this industry-leading technology to the region underpinned by dedicated support and CQ Australia’s in-depth industry knowledge,” said Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Vocal’s managing director.
Daniel Shields, director of CQ Australia, sees iModus as a key part of CQ’s strategy to provide corporate Australia with the most sophisticated and comprehensive range of crisis management products and services.
In the search for a new crisis communications platform for the Australian market, Mr Shields says CQ looked at and trialled numerous products from the US, Europe and the UK but “iModus was the clear leader in crisis communications technology, and an excellent fit for the Australian market”. www.vocal.co.uk
SunGard Availability Services has announced support for virtualized platforms for its SunGard Managed Oracle Services.
Managed Oracle Services are designed specifically to run ERP applications and Oracle Databases with pre-certified Oracle server and storage hardware and software, known as Oracle Red Stack.
As Oracle users prepare for application upgrades from Oracle 11i within the next year, SunGard’s Managed Oracle Services will also provide key migration support to organizations so they can transition to R12 quickly and easily, all the while providing high application performance, scalability, availability and resiliency. http://www.sungardas.com
Avalution Consulting has announced the achievement of organizational certification to ISO 22301, the international business continuity standard. Avalution is the first organization in the United Stated to receive this certification. Avalution was assessed and registered by BSI Group America Inc. (BSI).
“The entire Avalution team is thrilled to be recognized as the first organization in the United States to achieve ISO 22301 certification,” said Brian Zawada, director of consulting for Avalution. “This certification serves as a commitment to our clients that we take business continuity planning seriously, and demonstrates that we understand what it takes to prepare for ISO 22301 conformance.” www.avalution.com
Vision Solutions has released version 7.0 of Double-Take, its flagship solution for SMB, mid-tier and enterprise-level high availability, disaster recovery and migration across Windows, Linux and cloud computing environments.
Double-Take 7.0 provides both agentless and agent-based virtual server protection, allowing organizations to protect data, applications and servers in order to maintain business continuity in the manner that best meets their needs. Double-Take 7.0 also provides anything-to-anything migration with near-zero downtime, which makes it easy for IT organizations with heterogeneous environments to move data, applications and workloads between physical, virtual and public or private cloud data centres without affecting users. www.visionsolutions.com/DT7
TwinStrata has launched CloudArray Disaster Recovery as a Service (CloudArray DRaaS), a new component of TwinStrata’s flagship CloudArray offering that enables seamless disaster recovery for VMware users on-demand. Organizations using CloudArray DRaaS can expect spin-up times of servers in two to four hours – and near-immediate restores under ideal conditions – for typical environments ranging in increments of 50 VMs or more.
The underlying DR infrastructure is provided by SoftLayer’s VMware-based cloud compute environment – paid for during DR events and tests only. www.twinstrata.com/free-trial
Continuity Software has announced the launch of its AvailabilityGuard product suite. This expands the deployment options previously offered by Continuity Software's RecoverGuard, providing enterprise organizations the ability to deploy an integrated Service Availability Management solution, or specific point solutions for disaster recovery , high availability clusters, and/or private cloud availability.
The AvailabilityGuard software detects all potential downtime and data loss risks across the entire IT infrastructure, alerts the appropriate personnel, and offers suggested remedies, thereby enabling IT organizations to correct configuration issues and other vulnerabilities long before business impact. http://www.continuitysoftware.com
Iron Mountain Incorporated has reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Total revenues for the quarter were $747 million. On a constant dollar (C$) basis, total revenue growth for the first quarter was 0.5 percent, reflecting solid storage rental gains of 4.4 percent, offset by a decline in total service revenues. Adjusted OIBDA for the first quarter was $227 million, up 2 percent from the same period in 2012. Adjusted EPS was $0.27 per share ($0.10 per share on a GAAP basis) in the current period, compared with $0.29 per share in the first quarter of 2012 ($0.35 per share on a GAAP basis). Read the results announcement.
American Business Continuity Domes (ABC Domes), the US-based developer and builder of disaster-resistant, steel-reinforced thin-shell concrete domes, has announced the formation of ABC Domes Canada. The domes - used for a variety of commercial purposes ranging from secure storage to disaster recovery and business continuity - provide near absolute protection from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires.
Neverfail has announced the appointment of Paul Dossey to chief customer officer. Paul has served as Neverfail's vice president of global support since 2006. David Friedlander has also joined as vice president of marketing. These changes to Neverfail's senior leadership roster support the company's growing customer base and continued efforts to ensure a unified business and marketing strategy across all aspects of the organization. www.neverfailgroup.com