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18th November 2014

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New Climate Resilience Toolkit helps communities prepare for a changing world
In advance of a White House meeting with members of the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration has launched the first phase of the US Climate Resilience Toolkit called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The Climate Resilience Toolkit is a website (toolkit.climate.gov) developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other Federal agencies to enable decision-makers to take action to boost their climate resilience using data-driven tools, information, and subject-matter expertise to make smarter decisions. The Toolkit offers information from across the federal government in one easy-to-use location so that Americans are better able to understand the climate-related risks and opportunities impacting their communities and take steps to improve their resilience.

Dot Hill launches high capacity Ultra56 AssuredSAN hybrid storage array
Dot Hill Systems Corp. has unveiled the Dot Hill Ultra56 AssuredSAN, a new hybrid flash storage array based on an ultra-density chassis that supports both NEBS Level 3 carrier and MIL-STD government requirements and up to 1.34 petabytes (PB) of raw capacity. The Ultra56 AssuredSAN includes the same dual active, redundant 4004 controllers as other Dot Hill storage arrays, affording up to 6400MB/s of sustained read performance and complete meta-data compatibility within the Dot Hill family of storage solutions.

The Ultra56 is well suited for environments requiring extreme reliability and density as well as applications ranging from big data, cloud, high performance computing to wireless and cellular infrastructure. Built to carrier grade specifications, the Ultra56 is tested and compliant with the stringent NEBS Level 3 shock and vibration requirements and is available with both AC and -48V DC power options.


Ebola: response still needs scaling up says UN
There has been important progress made in the global fight against Ebola but a scaling-up in the overall response remains necessary if the deadly outbreak is to be fully stopped, top United Nations officials told the General Assembly as they cautioned against complacency in tackling the disease.

Addressing an informal briefing the Assembly on the international community’s Ebola response to the outbreak, Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN emergency health mission tasked with coordinating the effort, known as UNMEER, drew particular attention to the grim milestone of more than 5,000 confirmed deaths from the disease, with the real numbers likely to be much greater.

“Ebola is a fearsome enemy and we will not win by chasing it. We must get ahead of it,” Mr. Banbury said. “We need more staff to be deployed to the districts where the disease is. In terms of the broader response, we need more Ebola treatment facilities, more community care centres, more partners on the ground to staff these centres. We need greater mobility for the teams. And we need money to pay for it all.”

UK businesses not yet fully ready for move to the cloud
Over four-fifths (82 percent) of current UK IT leaders do not believe they are yet fully ready to move from traditional server and hosting environments to IaaS providers due to a shortage of in-house skills, according to new research commissioned by Reconnix. When asked if they were ready to migrate to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), only 10 percent of the 100 IT decision makers surveyed believed they were, while only a further 8 percent had already migrated or were in the process of migration.


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Date: 18th November 2014 • Region: Various

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