Tuesday, August 30, 2016

VPS: New SmartTower Technology Used to Protect Ryder Cup Coverage

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the eyes of the sporting world watch the 2014 Ryder Cup Gleneagles

this weekend, an innovative piece of VPS Site-Security technology will

help keep the TV coverage on-air for the millions of viewers expected.

VPS, the European leaders in vacant property management, have supplied

their award-winning SmartTower CCTV system to help protect and secure

the television and media compound at Gleneagles during the event.

The SmartTower CCTV is designed specifically for use in remote,

vulnerable or temporary environments such as this prime bi-annual

golfing event. It combines an alloy sub frame and pneumatic mast, which

allows it to be deployed in any terrain. The top of the tower houses a

high-end, wireless pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, with on-board storage

capacity of up to 64GB. As it can be powered by AC power, wind, solar or

hydrogen fuel cell, the SmartTower can operate even if core utilities

are not easily available.

"This is the first time the Ryder Cup in Europe will be broadcast live

in its entirety to America, and it's great to be helping our security

partner at one of the major sporting events in the world." comments Mr

Anthony Owen, the Managing Director for VPS Site-Security.

The VPS SmartTower CCTV is used to protect remote or challenging

environments, such as construction sites, utilities, and critical

infrastructure locations. It was designed by VPS' innovation centre

Quatro Electronics, at their Lytham St Anne's workshop, and earlier this

month won a New Product of the Year Award from Security Products in the

USA, with B & B Electronics, who developed the high-reliability cellular

wireless communication system.


About VPS Site Security:

VPS Site Security (http://www.vps-sitesecurity.co.uk/),

part of the VPS Group, specialise in security and monitoring solutions

for challenging and difficult environments, continually providing

outstanding reassurance, confidence and importantly, innovation.


About the VPS Group:

VPS (http://www.vpsgroup.com/)

secure more than 50,000 properties and employ over 1600 staff in

locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in

securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range

of customer and industry sectors.

Core building services cover the vacant, unoccupied and void property

lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, including

guarding, monitoring, clearing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation.

These services protect properties against unauthorised access and a

variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting and unauthorised

occupation. www.vpspecialists.co.uk/

About Quatro:

Quatro Electronics, part of the VPS Group, specialise in security and

monitoring solutions for challenging and difficult environments,

continually providing outstanding reassurance, confidence and

importantly, innovation.

The Quatro team prides itself on recruiting and retaining the most

innovative people in the industry. Our values are based around being

professional, dynamic and respectful in everything we do.

The success of our business is founded on the strength and enthusiasm of

the individuals who support it. Our experienced and diverse workforce

enables us to serve our customers well at the local level whilst through

the support of the VPS Group, having the global scale to support it. Our

technical expertise is based on strong links with both industry and


About B&B Electronics:

Founded in 1981, B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. (www.bb-elec.com)

provides mission-critical network connectivity solutions for wireless

and wired networks based on Ethernet, serial, wireless and USB

communication technologies. The company is known globally for its easy

to use, rugged and reliable device networking products, as well as for

its knowledgeable technical support, field applications personnel and

responsive customer service. B&B Electronics is located at 707 Dayton

Road, P.O. Box 1040, Ottawa, IL 61350, 800-346-3119 and at www.bb-elec.com

on the Internet. EMEA support is provided from the company's sales and

support office in Galway, Ireland.

Further details, interview opportunities or hi-res photos of the

SmartTower or Anthony Owen, call Graham Sievers.

+44 (0) 1491 636262

Graham Sievers  +44(0)77 222 82 946 Mobile phone


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Control the cloud: Host data yourself with virtualization

(Fortune Small Business) -- For years the online-software company HotSchedules had its head in the clouds.

The Austin company had invested in cloud computing -- that is, it paid a monthly fee to lease computer storage space and computing power on an as-needed basis from a third-party provider, not unlike the way a homeowner rents electricity from a local utility. But conflicts arose because HotSchedules employees were not allowed to set foot inside the off-site facility.

"Our clients like having their private data housed and maintained by us," says Matt Woodings, HotSchedules' chief technology officer. Poor customer service was the last straw. HotSchedules turned to virtualization.

Virtualization uses software to divide one physical server into multiple "virtual" servers. Each virtual server runs as an independent machine with its own operating system and applications.

Of course, you still need to run one physical server, which typically costs more than cloud solutions. The downsides of cloud computing include security risks and potential outages (see "Supercomputers for Hire").

Piggybacking on cloud computing's cachet, some marketers are describing virtualized servers as "internal clouds" or "private clouds." But don't be fooled: There's nothing cloudy about making your servers do double, triple or quadruple duty.

Save Money: Virtualization has helped HotSchedules manage the expenses of its exponential growth.

Since deploying Microsoft's (MSFT, Fortune 500) Hyper-V virtualization technology in 2008, the company has slashed hardware expenditures and stabilized electricity costs while delivering maximum uptime to 480,000 users. At the same time, its revenue has grown 80%. (The company can't say how much of that growth is attributable to virtualization alone.) Rather than invest $60,000 in brand-new servers, HotSchedules consolidated its existing 42 physical servers down to six.

"Once we virtualized, we were able to stabilize our monthly expenses," says CEO Ray Pawlikowski. (The company pays an average of $12,000 a month in energy bills, and Pawlikowski estimates that the sum would have doubled if HotSchedules had added hardware to its data center.)

Safety First: Virtualized servers also tend to be more stable.

Just ask Robert Gawne, technology operations manager at Gradient Analytics in Scottsdale, Ariz. In 2006 one of the research firm's in-house servers crashed, rendering the company's data inaccessible for two full days.

"It took us almost two weeks to get back to production-ready status," recalls Gawne. "There were a lot of sleepless nights, and we got a little egg on our face."

After ruling out cloud computing because of security risks, the company could have stocked up on servers to store its mix of predictive data models, stock performance systems and analytical tools. But that would have cost nearly $255,000 in installation, support and hardware expenses. And Gawne estimates that moving production off-site to a data center would have cost his company nearly $140,000 in new servers, plus $4,700 a month in facility rental fees.

Today, Gradient relies on VMware's virtual Infrastructure 3 to safeguard against hardware and operating system failures within its web of virtualized servers. The tool is designed to instantly detect system failures and automatically transfer data from one virtual machine to another in the event of a technical snafu.

With virtualization, Gawne says, Gradient realized a 70% cost savings over moving its production off-site.

Virtualization can save you a lot of money, but it's also complex stuff. Analysts caution that you must make sure your IT department can handle the switch first.

"You do need to have some in-house expertise for virtualization," says Ray Wang, a partner with the Altimeter Group strategy consulting firm. "But in the end you're using much less storage, less capacity and fewer processors."  To top of page

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Friday, August 19, 2016

OS X Mail Import to Outlook Pst With Exceptional Proficiency

I was looking for a way to Import OS X Mail to Outlook Pst, and the solution I found compelled me to right this review immediately after using it. It was that impressive.

My Mac had been my long time companion. But for some personal reason I bought a Windows desktop and moved all my files from Mac to it. And then presented the Mac as a present to my brother on his birthday. There was one thing that I hadn't transferred to Windows and had no idea how to actually do that.

It was my emails and contacts in OS X Mail, also known popularly as Apple Mail, that I had no idea how to bring to Windows Outlook. I knew that Outlook uses Pst files to store data but how OS X Import to Outlook Pst was a big trouble. That was a big issue in front of me. And even though, I had gifted it to my brother, he didn't erase all my data.

I looked for solutions everywhere but didn't find any good one. Then I found “Mail Extractor Pro”.

OS X Mail Import to Outlook Pst

I am till this point quiet amazed by the simplicity of it. It let me convert the files to Pst in the most easy manner. Basically, all we have do is install it, launch it, load the data, and click 'convert' button. Within few minutes, it will give you Pst files that you can then import into Outlook.

The quiet astonishing fact with the tool is that the conversion offered is 100% accurate thorough. No amount of information is missed during conversion, and everything that is converted has 100% integrity. That means, no items or data is damaged or modified in any way.

I was most worried about the attachments with my emails. I receive bank details and other such sensitive data with the attachments from my clients. I was anxious about losing them or being modified. But the tool didn't let it happen. Everything was intact as it was originally in my Apple Mail.

The tool has also a function of auto-loading your OS X Mail database. Which means that you don't have to do anything manually. It will scan the “Mail” folder in your Mac and load all your content. This method is quiet accurate and straightforward, playing a big role in the accuracy it offers. Most tools convert the data from Mbox files, which you have to first generate and then manually load into the tool. That method requires more time and is generally less accurate than the direct auto-load method.

Just go and try it. There is nothing to lose. If you are still worried, you can download its free trial version here (http://www.mailextractorpro.com/). It will convert 10 items from each folder of OS X into Outlook Pst.

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