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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

MasterBrand Cabinets' Private Cloud Optimized By Riverbed IT

January 30, 2012 11:37 am | News | Comments

As a result of deploying a Riverbed wide area network (WAN) optimization solution, MBCI reduced data traffic by 82 percent and increased bandwidth capacity by four times in its private cloud environment.

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xMatters Launches Highly Anticipated Version 5.0

January 30, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

The latest version includes updates to the user interface to increase end user adoption and enhancements to scheduling to improve the targeting of alerts.

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Is It Time To Shred Your Contact List?

January 30, 2012 10:54 am | by Scott Owens, PMP, CBCP, founder and Managing Director of BluTinuity LLC | Blogs | Comments

With the explosive growth of social media in the last several years, a new paradigm in contact management has emerged. Each major platform has tools to segment or categorize your contacts into groups as a means to filter and manage specific content that is useful for those members. They also allow for document sharing and real-time status updates on team recovery activities. This is a business continuity manager’s dream.

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Study: Another Major Quake Could Hit Tokyo Within Years

January 24, 2012 5:11 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study is warning that the Tokyo region has a 70 percent chance of being hit directly by a powerful magnitude-7 earthquake within four years.

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Nine Deaths In Mexico H1N1 Outbreak

January 24, 2012 5:03 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | News | Comments

Mexican officials report the number of detected A(H1N1) cases at 573, with nine deaths from the strain, also known as swine flu.

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Alabama Hit Again By Tornadoes; 2 Dead, 100 Hurt

January 24, 2012 4:35 am | by JAY REEVES, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least two tornadoes roared across the heart of Alabama on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 others during the middle of the night.

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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Denies Piracy

January 23, 2012 8:14 pm | News | Comments

Dotcom, 37, appeared at a bail hearing Monday at an Auckland court after police raided his mansion Friday and removed him from a safe room where they say he barricaded himself.

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Enron Attorney To Represent Megaupload

January 23, 2012 8:06 pm | by MATTHEW BARAKAT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Megaupload executives arrive in court to answer charges that they orchestrated a massive online piracy scheme, they'll be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment charges.

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Network Outage Hampers Va. State Police

January 23, 2012 7:42 pm | by DENA POTTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia State Police say a computer network outage left them unable for several hours to perform such routine tasks as running fingerprints, conducting background checks and registering sex offenders.

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Strongest Solar Storm Since 2005 Hitting Earth

January 23, 2012 6:05 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's the plasma that causes much of the noticeable problems on Earth, such as electrical grid outages. In 1989, a solar storm caused a massive blackout in Quebec.

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Alteva & USA Datanet Add Compliance Archiving To Unified Communications Offerings

January 23, 2012 2:00 pm | News | Comments

The email and instant message archiving solution will be bundled and integrated with Alteva and USA Datanet's Hosted Microsoft Exchange platform.

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BIA Best Practices: How To Compensate For Exaggerated Business Unit Valuations

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

When the total of all financial impacts from an outage exceeds the annual revenue of the organization, you know it’s time to modify your approach. Five members of Continuity Insights’ editorial advisory board discuss the techniques they use to compensate for business unit managers that overemphasize their own or their unit’s value during the business impact analysis (BIA) process. Among the recommendations are peer reviews, senior leader engagement and validation, steering committee reconciliation and, believe it or not, sarcasm.

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24 New Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Job Openings

January 23, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

BC Management recently posted new BC and DR job openings in California, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Minnesota.

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Going 'All In' With Your Supply Chain

January 20, 2012 11:44 am | by George F. Brown, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Blue Canyon Partners | Blogs | Comments

Best practice approaches to strategic supplier relationships offer tremendous potential. One of the most effective such practices involves taking a broader view of the supplier’s impacts on the customer organization. As part of various consulting projects, we’ve systematically mapped the way a supplier’s product connects to the customer’s operations and processes, trying to identify and quantify the “adjacency costs” that are connected to the supplier’s product.

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Wikipedia To Be Blacked Out Over Anti-Piracy Bill

January 17, 2012 4:07 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Wikipedia will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress.

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