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March 31st, 2007

Fed up with tape, hospital moves to storage jukebox

(COMPUTERWORLD) - When Cabell Huntington Hospital installed a new image and records archiving system late last year, it was given a choice of sticking with its optical disk jukebox and its spinning disk arrays or going back to magnetic tape.

The 300-bed hospital in Huntington, W.Va., chose to stay with its unconventional optical disk format because, as its CIO said, the system saves money and has so far offered great reliability.

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March 28th, 2007

Microsoft joins group key to Open Document Format standards adoption

In a move some say has the potential to stall adoption of the OpenDocument Format as an international standard, Microsoft Corp. has joined a group that takes part in the International Standards Organization (ISO) voting process to standardize ODF.

Microsoft joined the V1 Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface group within the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), a Washington-based organization. The INCITS is involved in recommending what technologies should become ISO standards, and the V1 Text Processing group in particular deals with office document formats.

ODF is overseen by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and is supported by Microsoft rivals IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc., among other companies. They want to see ODF adopted internationally as the standard for office documents and the software that creates and manages these documents, such as Microsoft's popular Office suite and rivals such as Star Office from Sun. The commonwealth of Massachusetts has already put in motion a plan to migrate its documents from proprietary formats to ODF, a process it hopes to implement beginning in January 2007.

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March 17th, 2007

Katrina Proves Wi-Fi Works in Disaster Zones

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the only communication system that had not broken down was the wireless mesh network deployed in the downtown area to support surveillance cameras credited with reducing the citys prestorm violent-crime rate.

Today it still performs police duties, but as the lone public communications system left in the city, it also carries VoIP traffic that is the lifeline for many city businesses.

The storm wiped out wireline phone service and cellular networks, and those that it didn't destroy outright couldn't be kept up because the city could not get fuel to the backup generators needed to keep the networks running, Meffert told an audience at a session during Spring VON 2007 this week.

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March 3rd, 2007

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Template Released

The Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Template Version 4.0 was just released. It is a MS Word document that can be used as a DRP - BCP template for any enterprise. The template and supporting material have been updated to be Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA compliant. The Disaster Planning Template includes:

  • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity Template
  • Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Work Plan

New with version 4.0 are:

  • Vendor Disaster Recovery Questionnaire
  • Vendor Phone List Form Updated
  • Key Customer Notification Form
  • Critical Resources to be Retrieved Form
  • Business Continuity Off-Site Materials Form
  • Department Disaster Recovery Planning Workbook

Go to http://www.e-janco.com/drp.htm

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March 1st, 2007

It Pays to Work with a Single Security Vendor

Evolving network threats pose significant risks to your business, and the traditional, band-aid approach of using multiple security software vendors to manage those threats only compounds your risk. The deployment of disparate solutions can actually create vulnerabilities at all points along the network, meaning more work for your already over-burdened IT staff. So, if implementing a patchwork of software solutions through multiple vendors doesn't necessarily equate to better protection, why would you take that chance with your business?
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