Can an Uninterruptible Power Supply be hacked?

If you were paying close attention to this Monday’s episode of “24: Live Another Day and you happen to be a data center geek professional, you may have noticed that computer savant Chloe Obrien uses the fact that the terrorists are operating their IT systems on an “Uninterrupted (sic) Power Supply” to pinpoint their exact location within a London office building.

(If you didn’t catch it, no worries. There was so much over-the-top Jack Bauer bad-assery going on at the moment that it was easy to miss. There was this one completely awesome part where Jack goes full John McClane and repels off the roof using electrical wires and then he grabs the…I digress. No spoilers.)

Is there any reality to this scenario?  Could a UPS actually be vulnerable to a cyber attack or other network based exploit? The unfortunate answer is; absolutely.

In this current era of interconnectivity, where every critical mechanical and electrical infrastructure component is communications enabled, a UPS is simply another networked device. If a hacker gets into your network, the SNMP communication card in your UPS can potentially be used as a beachhead to launch attacks on other networked devices and even allow the hacker to gain control over critical electrical systems.

(We previously covered a similar vulnerability in SCADA systems that poses a threat to data center electrical and mechanical infrastructure systems.)

Fortunately the good people at BCL Power are getting in front of this potential threat. They recently published a well-researched white paper that outlines

  • the vulnerability of SNMP based communications,
  • the internal and external threat vectors that make these systems vulnerable
  • and most importantly, describes detailed strategies to address the vulnerability

The paper is highly informative and leads to the unfortunate conclusion that “24” wasn’t far off the mark when they hacked a UPS system.

You can view an overview of the BCL Power UPS Monitoring and Security solution here.

You can read the detailed white paper here.

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Lam Cloud launches FREE IT-as-a-Service interactive workshop

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Lam Cloud and Orion System Integrators have launched a new series of monthly interactive workshops to help educate those looking for technology solutions.

These IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) workshops will be hosted by Lam Cloud’s partners at Orion Systems Integrators.

The workshop is FREE but seating is limited so register early!

 

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Case Study: The ‘5 Ps’ of Digital Asset Hosting

Host in Ireland has released another great case study explaining the benefits of hosting in Ireland. They make some very compelling arguments.

Explore how Policy, People, Pedigree, Pipes and Power make Ireland an ideal location for hosting your business critical digital assets. Check it out the details here

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Electronic Environments Corporation to Host a Free Webinar June 24

Webinar to Explore How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrade Decisions

MARLBOROUGH, MA – JUNE 17, 2014 – Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC), a leader in mission critical facility management for nearly three decades, announces the date for its webinar, ‘How Utility Incentive Programs Affect Equipment Upgrade Decisions’, to be held June 24 at 11AM ET

EEC’s web conference will review issues associated with aging equipment including rising maintenance costs, energy efficiency and threats to reliability.  Attendees will also learn best practices for estimating the life of equipment, identifying whether it should be upgraded or even replaced.  This one-hour webinar seeks to address these questions and concerns with viable options and alternatives to implementing a solid, cost-effective plan for equipment upgrades.  The key take away will be the role utility incentive programs can play in these decisions.

Along with representatives from ConEdisonNationalGrid and NSTAR, EEC’s Engineering and Construction Manager, James Stark, P.E., will provide insight into these issues and more.  Mr. Stark has extensive experience in delivering mission critical data center projects, site assessments and power quality studies.  His experience with EEC spans more than 15 years.

Registration for the June 24 webinar at 11AM ET is free, and can be found here: http://blog.eecnet.com/how-utility-incentive-programs-affect-equipment-upgrade-decisions

For more information regarding Electronic Environments Corporation and their services please visit http://www.eecnet.com/ or e-mail eec@imillerpr.com

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About Electronic Environments

Founded in 1986, Electronic Environments Corporation (www.eecnet.com) provides critical facility services to information technology and telecommunication throughout all phases of data center lifecycle. EEC offers a single source for fully integrated data center design, mission- critical construction, and 24×7 support services. Its proven practices help IT and facilities managers eliminate downtime and reduce energy consumption within data centers and telecom sites. EEC is headquartered in Marlborough, MA and has offices located throughout the United States.

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Please welcome Electronic Environments Corporation to Data Center Discovery!

Founded in 1986, Electronic Environments Corporation (www.eecnet.com) provides critical facility services to information technology and telecommunication throughout all phases of data center lifecycle. EEC offers a single source for fully integrated data center design, mission- critical construction, and 24×7 support services. Its proven practices help IT and facilities managers eliminate downtime and reduce energy consumption within data centers and telecom sites. EEC is headquartered in Marlborough, MA and has offices located throughout the United States.

EEC offers a wide range of data center products and services including:

  • Data Center Equipment Providers

o   Generators (1 points)

o   Mechanical Infrastructure (1 points)

o   Power Distribution (1 points)

o   Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) (1 points)

  • Data Center Service Providers

o   Design Build (1 points)

o   Engineering (Consulting) (1 points)

o   Installation Services (1 points)

o   UPS Maintenance (1 points)

For more information about Electronic Environments Corporation please visit their profile in the Data Center Discovery global directory of data center solution providers

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Electronic Environments Corporation Expands Mission Critical Construction Services Division and Welcomes Kevin O’Brien to its Executive Team

New innovations and rising demand for data center colocation facilities are driving the rapid growth of today’s data center construction market.  To address these emerging demands and technologies, businesses are looking to optimize and transform their data center operations.   Recent research from TechNavio predicts a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) rise of 21.99 percent in the global data center construction market from 2013 to 2018, while Markets and Markets forecasts the global data center networking market will grow from $12.49 billion in 2013 to $21.85 billion by 2018, a CAGR of 11.8 percent within the five-year period.

Leading mission critical facility management company Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) recently announced the expansion of its Mission Critical Construction Services Division.  The division enables EEC customers to overcome data center and wireless infrastructure challenges and reach their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) objectives leveraging unique, comprehensive and integrated facility services, spanning:

  • Data center construction
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Maintenance programs
  • Data center efficiency solutions

In addition to the expansion of its Mission Critical Construction Services Division, the organization also appointed a new Division President, Kevin O’Brien.  An industry veteran with over 30 years of engineering and construction experience, Mr. O’Brien brings to EEC in-depth expertise in preconstruction, estimating, procurement, construction and commissioning.   Over the last 15 years, the new Division President has solely focused on mission critical construction, serving a wide array of industries.  Throughout his professional tenure as Director of Mission Critical at Structure Tone and Gilbane, Inc, O’Brien was entrusted with over 13 million square feet of critical construction projects.  He also worked at Bear Stearns, a global investment bank and securities trading and brokerage firm.

EEC has been providing mission critical facility management and turnkey Mission Critical Lifecycle Services (MCLS) to data center and telecom sites across the U.S. for over 28 years.  For more information about Electronic Environments Corporation and its expanded Mission Critical Construction Services Division, visit www.eecnet.com.

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Turn Up the Heat at HostingCon 2014

 

If you think professional basketball is the hottest ticket in Miami this June, think again.  It’s almost time for the 10th annual HostingCon, taking place June 16-18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  As the premier trade show and industry conference for hosting and cloud providers, HostingCon will be an opportunity to learn and network with the most influential players in the field.

Sponsored by heavyweights such as OnApp, Spam Experts, Symantec, and SoftLayer, the conference is the only North American event created specifically for this market.  Gold and Silver Sponsors include HP, Halon, Handy Networks, LLC, GoRack, SimplyCast, SSL Store™, SiteLock, EvoSwitch, Parallels, Ingram Micro, IndependenceIT, RushFiles, and SSL Guru.  Media Sponsors include WebHosting Talk, 451 Research, CloudPOST, Ping! Zine, THINK Strategies, The Hosting News, WHIR, FindMyHost.com, and iMiller Public Relations.  Attendees will have access to educational sessions such as living in a post-Snowden world and transitioning to a security provider.  Other exciting topics include panels on the future of cloud services and global hosting issues and trends.

Here are some anticipated highlights from this year’s agenda:

  • Bell keynote address: JoinLimestone Networks Founder and Senior Partner Chip Bell on Monday, June 16, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. for tips on going above and beyond the basics to provide an innovate service experience for customers.
  • HostingCon 10th anniversary bash: Right after Chip Bell delivers the keynote, hop on the complimentary shuttle and head over to the Loews Miami Beach for food, drinks, entertainment, prizes and a networking extravaganza, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit hall happy hour: On Thursday, June 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Carpathia’s Tech Heroes will sponsor an opportunity to catch up on the latest technologies from the industry while enjoying complimentary beverages.

Additional can’t-miss opportunities include the Phoenix NAP bar crawl, the WHIR networking event and the exclusive Comodo and SpamExperts yacht party on the Kabana Beach Yacht.

Ready to secure your spot at HostingCon 2014? Click here.

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The advantages of hosting digital assets in Ireland

Host in Ireland has released a new info-graphic that highlights the benefits of hosting critical business services from data centers in Ireland.

The info-graphic explains that there are 5Ps which are critical to consider when choosing a location for hosting:

  • Policy. A pro-business policy environment is essential for hosting critical digital assets. Ireland is politically stable, compliant with US and EU privacy standards (such as Safe Harbor) and importantly offers a very competitive corporate tax rates.
  • People. Access to an educated and technically skilled workforce is also essential to the reliable operation of hosting environments. Ireland offers low labor costs and one of the world’s most educated workforces.
  • Pedigree.  The fact that Internet industry heavy hitters like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter have all set up shop in Ireland is no accident. But Ireland’s pedigree goes even deeper. Firms from diverse industries such as global pharmaceuticals, medical devices and financial services have joined the Internet’s elite on the Emerald Isle.
  • Pipes. Absolutely vital to hosting digital assets is fast, reliable and diverse connectivity. Ireland features the closest connecting point to the US (51ms), top international communications operators and competitive pricing for high bandwidth connectivity.
  • Power. Reliable, sustainable and affordable electricity is the final component in Ireland’s offer. Electricity on the island is priced below EU average and is significantly sourced from renewable sources such as wind.

Ireland’s high marks in each of the 5P categories make it an optimum location for hosting and demonstrates why Ireland is a cost-effective, efficient, reliable, secure and accessible location to host digital assets.

Check out all the details here:

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Concert for a Cause: Lam Cloud to Host Salomé Chamber Orchestra Concert to Benefit Post 21 Club

Lam Cloud is proud to host a benefit concert for Post 21 Club of Bergen County, a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to create program and support choices for adults with Autism who have aged out of NJ’s special education system.  Post 21 Club also collaborates with and connects parents, service providers and funding resources to create opportunities for employment, socialization and daily living for adults with Autism.

The concert will feature the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string orchestra comprised of the top graduates from the Curtis Institute, Julliard, Princeton University, and Yale University. It will be held Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 PM (VIP ticket holders are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 PM) at the Conference Center located inside Lam Cloud’s Technology Campus.  Tickets for the benefit concert are available in three tiers:

  • VIP ($100 / ticket): Guest receive front row seating in the Lam Cloud VIP Lounge seating area and access to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
  • General Admission (GA) ($50 / ticket): Guests will enjoy a formal concert experience in an intimate setting with dessert and coffee to follow.
  • Standing Room ($25 / ticket): Standing room guests will be able to enjoy cake and coffee after the performance and leave their mark of support on the Lam Cloud ‘Wall of Hope’.

Lawrence Lam, Founder and President of Lam Cloud, also serves as the President and Co-Founder of Post 21 Club.  Through this benefit concert, Mr. Lam and the entire Lam Cloud team aim to raise donations that enable Post 21 Club to continue its mission and raise awareness of the issue to improve adult Autism supports, services and community interaction in the state of New Jersey.

Join Mr. Lam and the Lam Cloud team in supporting Post 21 Club and enjoy an evening of electrifying music for a great cause!  All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Post 21 Club.

Click here to purchase your tickets today.

To learn more about the Post 21 Club and to make a donation, click here.

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OzHosting.com, Bulletin Partner to Bring Innovative A2P SMS and OTT Mobile Messaging Solution to Market

In today’s world of instant connectivity, companies and organizations are realizing the true power of Application-to-mobile messaging as more than a trend, but a revolution toward a faster, simpler, and more effective form of communication with consumers.  In fact, recent industry research indicates that the A2P SMS messaging market will grow to $60 billion by 2018.

Harnessing the potential of A2P messaging, pioneer of Australia’s Cloud hosting market, OzHosting.com, has partnered with Bulletin, a leading provider of cloud-based mobile messaging and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), to create an innovative platform to reach customers instantly via SMS via email or web browser.

With the support of leading hosting and cloud services enablement provider,Parallels, and its Parallels Automation and Parallels APS, OzHosting.com can now integrate Bulletin Messenger suite into its cloud delivery systems to create an instant and effective line of communication with customers worldwide.

In the world of telecommunications, staying ahead of the curve and realizing the potential of innovative, next-generation technology as it emerges is essential to success.  As the cloud hosting and APS technology markets continue to develop and thrive, the partnership will provide OzHosting.com with a feature-rich, easy-to-use, cross-platform messaging service, helping to propel the company to the forefront of A2P SMS and OTT messaging.

For more information, please visit http://info.bulletin.net/bulletin-for-pa.

For more information about OzHosting.com, visit www.ozhosting.com.au.

To learn more about Parallels, visit www.parallels.com.