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Business continuity briefs:
22nd May 2013

'Business continuity briefs' provides a summary of new product and services press releases and other useful resources published recently:

TwinStrata introduces on-demand Disaster Recovery as a Service for VMware users
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 launches AvailabilityGuard product suite
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

The Asigra 2013 Cloud Backup Summit
July 8-10, Toronto.
Asigra will make several announcements at this event including new cloud-to-cloud backup capabilities, a new software licensing model for the backup industry and new appliance-based backup systems in conjunction with Cisco. More information.

Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season
Webinar, Tuesday, May 28 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
A global climate expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will share the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 28 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by Agility. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/327979008

Shortlist for BCI Inaugural European Awards announced
The BCI has announced the shortlist for its Inaugural European Awards. The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner that is taking place on the 12th June in Belgium.

The finalists in no particular order are:

Business Continuity Manager of the Year

  • John Gray MBCI, Global BCM Programme Manager, Hewlett Packward
  • Dave Clarke, Business Continuity Manager, Telefónica UK Limited
  • Elaine Tomlin MBCI, Business Continuity Manager, Certus
  • Lesley Grimes MBCI, Business Resilience Manager, AWE

Most Effective Recovery of the Year

  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Vodafone Libertel BV
  • Telefónica UK Limited & DHL Supply Chain Ltd (Joint submission)

Business Continuity Team of the Year

  • SWIFT
  • European Commission
  • BT

BCM Newcomer of the Year

  • Adele Lock AMBCI, BCM Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank Plc
  • Andrew MacLeod AMBCI, Business Continuity Consultant, Needhams 1834 Ltd
  • Louise Taylor AMBCI, Service Delivery Consultant, Hewlett Packard

Public Sector BC Manager of the Year

  • James McAlister MBCI, Business Continuity Manager, Merseyside Police
  • Mary-Ellen Lang MBCI, Corporate Resilience Manager, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Alan Jones MBCI, Head of Resilience & Emergencies, West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Fire & Rescue

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Service)

  • Deloitte LLP
  • PlanB Consulting
  • Continuity Shop

Business Continuity Provider of the Year (Product)

  • Vocal Ltd
  • eBRP Solutions Network, Inc.
  • ClearView Continuity

Business Continuity Innovation of the Year

  • HI CARE Association
  • PwC
  • Easy Continuity Ltd
  • xMatters

Industry Personality Nominees

  • Dean Beaumont MBCI
  • Eugene Taylor MBCI
  • Iain Taylor Hon FBCI.

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Date: 22nd May 2013 • Region: Various



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