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DroneGun by DroneShield earns compliance certification from French military; company also launches thermal camera

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its DroneGun product has been certified as compliant under the French military’s Dangers des Rayonnements Electromagnétiques sur les Personnels (“DREP”) test, which measures electromagnetic emission levels on human users. The test is part of the French defence procurement processes. It is also accepted by other European countries. A video on DroneGun, shot on location of a military demonstration can be viewed at www.droneshield.com/videos. DroneShield has been actively trialling DroneGun with a number of militaries globally over the recent months, as drone deployments in armed conflicts continue to rise rapidly. The Company is presently in a number of government sector procurement processes internationally. Status updates on these processes will be provided as they become available.

The Company is also pleased to announce the launch of DroneHeat, a thermal camera product, and DroneOpt, an optical camera product, to supplement the Company’s existing acoustics detection products WideAlert and FarAlert, and the Company’s existing radio frequency drone countermeasure product DroneGun.

The addition of these methods of detecting and identifying drones allows for an improved overall detection accuracy in combination with the Company’s acoustic products, and for a definitive confirmation by the user of the the type of the drone detected, across a range of weather conditions and times of day.

These high-specification products provide a cost-effective yet high quality solution that can be deployed at a significant range (up to 600m) across a number of customer verticals, including military, law enforcement and civil infrastructure. The products are not ITAR (The United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations) restricted.

Peter James, DroneShield’s chairman has commented: “As DroneShield has previously indicated, in response to users’ requirements, it is moving towards becoming an integrated multi-method counterdrone contractor. The addition of a thermal detection product and an optical detection product to DroneShield’s suite of existing drone detection and countermeasure products is an important step in that direction. DroneShield continues to work on the development and integration of multiple additional detection and countermeasure technologies, in order to enable the Company to be a prime counterdrone integrator to militaries, civil infrastructure and other customers, and to respond to customers requirements."

Hanwha announces Wisenet X security cameras now compatible with Genetec Security Center platform

TEANECK, NJ June 14, 2017 Hanwha Techwin America announced today that its flagship camera line, Wisenet X, is now certified with Genetec™ Security Center 5.6 SR1 utilizing H.265 and WiseStream technology. H.265, also known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), is a codec that was used only in the broadcast industry, but the demand for higher megapixel cameras and resolution was the driving force that introduced this technology into security surveillance. With the certification of Hanwha’s megapixel cameras supported by the Genetec Security Center Platform, integrators can provide even higher levels of performance, efficiency, and added value.

Hanwha’s compression technology, WiseStream, enhances video streams by lowering bandwidth on high resolution cameras while maintaining image quality. Configuration of this technology is accessible via the Security Center Config Tool. WiseStream uses predictive bitrate control technology that efficiently knows when to decrease bitrates based on motion in the field of view. This compression technology can be combined with H.265 and even H.264 to provide more days of recording retention while decreasing network traffic, resulting in up to 75% of bandwidth savings.

“H.265 is an industry-leading codec that was developed for lower bandwidth video streaming while maintaining image quality,” said Ray Cooke, Vice-President of Business Development, Hanwha Techwin America. “This Genetec integration was driven by our customers’ increasing demand for high-resolution imaging formats including 4K Ultra HD. This technology far surpasses H.264 compression for generating the highest-quality images while reducing network and storage requirements. This collaboration between Hanwha and Genetec has a very good net effect for end users, including I/T teams: lower infrastructure costs and more affordable high-resolution surveillance systems, with the strong, proactive integration bringing this advantage to customers as part of our timely release of new cameras.”

“Genetec Security Center 5.6 continues to provide security administrators with greater options and flexibility to protect their assets, people and facilities. The certification of Hanwha’s Wisenet X cameras adds further variety and performance options when managing throughput with today’s 4K Ultra HD cameras,” said Laurent Villeneuve, Video Product Marketing Manager, Genetec Inc. “We are always collaborating with our trusted technology and hardware partners to advance the quality and reliability of our world-class unified IP security solutions,” added Villeneuve.

The Wisenet X series offers a variety of other industry-leading technology, including the 150dB WDR performance, which provides clear images in extremely bright and difficult light conditions. A convenient USB port is also available for easy set-up and installation. Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased on-board storage and image stabilization using a gyro sensor.

For more information, visit www.HanwhaSecurity.com.

About Hanwha Techwin America

About Hanwha Techwin America Hanwha Techwin America is the U.S. subsidiary of Hanwha Techwin, a South Korean based company. Hanwha Techwin is a leading global supplier of solutions for IP and analog video surveillance. Building on the company’s history of innovation, Hanwha Techwin America is dedicated to providing solutions with the highest levels of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency for professional security applications, such as continuing development in advanced edge devices and video analytics. For more information, visit www.HanwhaSecurity.com.

About Genetec

Genetec™ develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec™ is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec™ was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec™, visit: www.genetec.com.

Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
     

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 
     

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
     

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 
     

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
     

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

NSR's warm thoughts of polar revenue opportunity... Forecast of $1.7 Billion 

NSR's warm thoughts of polar revenue opportunity... Forecast of $1.7 Billion 

NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition new June report, reveals more than $1.7 billion in revenue growth generated by the Arctic and Antarctic regions across a range of applications and frequency bands, driven by new bandwidth and capacity opportunities. Maritime demand will drive the growth of this nascent market, resulting in a 12-fold increase of commercial mobility capacity revenues alone between 2015 and 2025, albeit from a low base.

Alan Crisp, NSR Senior Analyst and report lead author commented that while the Polar regions are a niche market in and of themselves, the latent demand, lack of competition, and great need for connectivity combined presents favorable opportunities to those who are willing to accept the higher risks and technical challenges of operating in the region. Despite the challenges, such as small populations and lack of telecomm infrastructure, there are certainly opportunities for growth.

Operators with HTS capacity will be the largest winners, bringing new revenue opportunities to these unconnected and under-connected markets, with the region seeing $116M in HTS revenues by 2025.  Latent demand for this greater bandwidth will drive revenue growth when GEO-HTS and LEO-HTS solutions become available to Arctic residents and enterprises alike.

In addition to the opportunities in the GEO orbital arc, LEO-HTS will see a potential market develop due to lower cost of capacity, as well as coverage that is better-suited for higher latitudes.  This is especially the case where the lower cost per bit will result in a more compelling proposition for government-backed USO programs, which could lead to greater levels of spending for regional and remote communities.

These revenue opportunities will not come without challenges. Regulatory, technological, and distribution challenges to the business case remain. In the Polar Regions in particular, LEO-HTS will also find a lack of significant population as a major barrier to establishing a significant market presence, even with substantial capacity being offered. By contrast, challenges relating to look angles, ‘snow fade’, and limited supply availability will result in a steady FSS market in the Arctic, dominated by DTH and Video Distribution demand.t

 

This industry benchmark report provides readers with a comprehensive picture of the Polar satcom to date with more segmentations the edition includes a new split of supply and demand into Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as data segmented by application, vertical and frequency band.  

This report answers key questions concerning Polar markets:

  • How will usage demand shift over time across 12 applications?

  • Where is the greatest level of latent demand in connectivity, and what will result when additional supply becomes available?

  • What is the best way to serve demand coming from the Antarctic?

  • How would potential satellite constellations affect the current and future supply dynamic in the Arctic?

  • How underserved are the broadband markets in far north regions?

  • What are the revenue prospects for each vertical and application?

 

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New NSR report projects $1.7 Billion polar revenue opportunity

NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition report, published tomorrow, shows more than $1.7 billion in revenue growth generated by the Arctic and Antarctic regions across a range of applications and frequency bands, driven by new bandwidth and capacity opportunities. Maritime demand will drive the growth of this nascent market, resulting in a 12-fold increase of commercial mobility capacity revenues alone between 2015 and 2025, albeit from a low base.

“While the Polar regions are a niche market in and of themselves, the latent demand, lack of competition, and great need for connectivity combined presents favorable opportunities to those who are willing to accept the higher risks and technical challenges of operating in the region,” notes Alan Crisp, NSR Senior Analyst and report lead author. “Despite the challenges, such as small populations and lack of telecomm infrastructure, there are certainly opportunities for growth.”

Operators with HTS capacity will be the largest winners, bringing new revenue opportunities to these unconnected and under-connected markets, with the region seeing $116M in HTS revenues by 2025.  Latent demand for this greater bandwidth will drive revenue growth when GEO-HTS and LEO-HTS solutions become available to Arctic residents and enterprises alike.

In addition to the opportunities in the GEO orbital arc, LEO-HTS will see a potential market develop due to lower cost of capacity, as well as coverage that is better-suited for higher latitudes.  This is especially the case where the lower cost per bit will result in a more compelling proposition for government-backed USO programs, which could lead to greater levels of spending for regional and remote communities.

These revenue opportunities will not come without challenges. Regulatory, technological, and distribution challenges to the business case remain. In the Polar Regions in particular, LEO-HTS will also find a lack of significant population as a major barrier to establishing a significant market presence, even with substantial capacity being offered. By contrast, challenges relating to look angles, ‘snow fade’, and limited supply availability will result in a steady FSS market in the Arctic, dominated by DTH and Video Distribution demand.

About the Report
This industry benchmark report provides readers with the most comprehensive picture of the Polar itcom to date. With more segmentations than ever before, NSR’s Polar Satellite Markets, 2nd Edition includes a new split of supply and demand into Arctic and Antarctic regions, as well as data segmented by application, vertical and frequency band.  For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.

About NSR
NSR is the leading global market research and consulting firm focused on the satellite and space sectors. NSR’s global team, unparalleled coverage and anticipation of trends with a higher degree of confidence and precision than the competition is the cornerstone of all NSR offerings.  First to market coverage and a transparent, dependable approach sets NSR apart as the key provider of critical insight to the satellite and space industries.  Contact us at [email protected] to discuss how we can assist your business.

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Toshiba Showcases IP Video Surveillance innovation at Electronic Security Expo 

Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group, a business unit of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., announced today it will showcase a broad variety of IP video surveillance solutions in Booth 853 during the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Nashville, TN, June 13-16, 2017. With a new level of synergy running throughout its product portfolio, Toshiba will address the many dynamics and technology disruptions facing electronic security and life safety dealers, integrators and monitoring companies.

Some examples of Toshiba IP innovation featured on the show floor include:

  • Percept Network Video Recorders allow users to record locally while leveraging an innovative cloud service, Surveillix Web Services (SWS), to provide cutting edge user management, system management and the exporting and sharing of video clips. Using proven technologies, SWS makes it easier than ever to navigate complex networks and access your entire surveillance system via an easy and intuitive interface on your PC or mobile device.

  • J-WB51A bullet IP cameras feature five-megapixel resolution, remote zoom and remote focus that make covering large areas easy while H.265 Smart Codec reduces network bandwidth. Adaptive IR LEDs, defog and image stabilization make the J-WB51A flexible for almost any outdoor application. 

  • IKS-WB9518 IP box cameras have Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160) delivering four times the imaging power of standard HD (1920 x 1080). Ultra HD is ideal for large area coverage or fast moving, high traffic locations, where it can precisely identify objects even when zooming in at great distances. A C/CS lens mount permits for a wide variety of lens options, while Digital WDR and True D/N give the camera added versatility.

As a technology leader, Toshiba continues to bring to market video surveillance solutions that set trends and meet customer demands for today and tomorrow. 

For more information, visit www.toshibasecurity.com.

ABOUT TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit toshiba.com/us

About Toshiba Corporation

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

 

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Hikvision Named Winner of ESX Innovation Award for Video Surveillance

Hikvision, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today announced its DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System has been named the 2017 ESX Innovation Award winner in the video surveillance category.

"The ESX Innovation Awards recognize innovative technology and excellence in the industry—and identify next-gen products and services that offer significant opportunity for growth and relevance in servicing the marketplace," said ESX chairman George De Marco.

Hikvision and the other ESX Innovation Award winners were chosen by a panel of security industry professionals who judged the products based on features and functions; innovation; end-user experience; ability to solve a problem; revenue growth potential; impact on company value and efficiencies; and compliance with regulations.

Hikvision’s award-winning camera will be featured in the ESX 2017 Innovation Awards Showcase. The ESX security show will take place June 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

As an Innovation Award winner, the Hikvision camera will also compete in the ESX TechVision Challenge, a live Shark Tank-style competition, judged by industry experts, which will be held on June 13 at the ESX 2017. David Stanfield, Hikvision product manager, Solutions Products, will represent Hikvision at the event. The winner of this challenge will be crowned Best of Show on June 14. 

“We want to thank the ESX panel of industry experts for recognizing Hikvision with this prestigious award,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc.  “We think the DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System is a perfect example of Hikvision’s commitment to our integrator partners who need high-end enterprise-level products that meet the most demanding requirements.” 

The DS-2TD4035 Series Network Bi-Spectrum Thermal/Optical PTZ Camera Systems feature a high performance 384x288 thermal imaging camera, with 25mm or 50mm lens option, combined with a 2MP CMOS true Day/Night camera with 30x zoom lens and 150 meter infrared illumination to improve the lowlight performance of the CMOS sensor. These systems’ advanced analytics include: line cross; intrusion detection; region entrance/exit; temperature-exception alarms and fire detection. The true power of these systems is the Smart Tracking feature that uses the thermal sensor to capture targets in any lighting condition, while the visible light camera zooms to provide additional information that the thermal sensor cannot provide, and it’s all in one easy-to-install package.

Visit Hikvision Booth #325 at the ESX show in Nashville, Tenn. to see Hikvision’s enterprise-level video surveillance solutions. 
 
About Hikvision
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
 
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What are the video surveillance needs for multi-site monitoring and management?

Bjorn Eilertsen

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A&S International magazine recently interviewed Milestone Chief Technology Officer Bjorn Eilertsen, about the requirements to consider for multi-site video monitoring and management. Let’s see what he says…

Q: What makes a good video surveillance system for multi-site environments (e.g., remote monitoring)? 

A: It is important to realize that every installation is different. This means that the video management software (VMS) should be able to adapt to different network topologies, speed and security levels. The same goes for camera connection types, management needs and storage topologies. Flexibility is the key here, as the needs for monitoring awareness might rapidly change according to the situation.

Networked systems are typically contnually expanding – sometimes adding new network nodes, other times increasing capacity or redundancy.  The VMS used in a multi-site context should be network transparent, easily adaptable and capable of handling these needs in a sensible way. We believe that only a true open platform VMS is capable of meeting these demands. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone

Q: In regard to Network Attached Storage (NAS), what are the key features necessary for multi-site environments? What are some advanced features?

A: Networked Attached Storage, Storage Area Networks or Cloud storage are all networked storage technologies. They each have their use, but require careful evaluation with regards to security, access, user permissions, redundancy, network topology and bandwidth. Since the recording server is handling all access to the video data base, the storage technology is transparent to the VMS.

Q: What are the major challenges and concerns in multi-site management and monitoring? How does your company help overcome these issues?

A: This type of solution places high demands on the management functions and clients. Often multi-site systems have a large number of cameras. The operational awareness must not be affected by the added complexity of a multi-site solution. We have designed our clients – from mobile clients to large Smart Walls – to provide perfect situational awareness no matter if they are to be used in single-site or multi-site installations.

Milestone also has our ONVIF bridge that enables XProtect installations to be a part of non-Milestone multi-site installations. This is unique to Milestone. Furthermore, multi-site solutions are by concept vulnerable to cyber attacks. This is one of the reasons we have a system Hardening Guide, which underscores our dedication to driving awareness in our community on this important aspect, and adding cyber security features to our software. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO Milestone Systems

Q: Does your company provide any technical support for systems integrators, especially for cross-country networking?

A: Yes – we have standard free support, and our partners can purchase Milestone Care extended support for their customers, to fit the type and level of support perfectly to their needs whether it’s local, regional or global support. The Milestone open platform community also enables partners to participate in global knowledge sharing.

Q: What is the best system topology for multi-site management and monitoring?

Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems

A: It depends on the specific needs. There is no single best solution. It is important that the chosen VMS is flexible, adaptable and extendable according to changing needs. The needs in multi-site environments might change over time – and often quite rapidly.

Q: What newer technologies and trends are multi-site video monitoring/management systems embracing (e.g., cloud, IoT, big data, etc.)?

A: To us there is no difference between single-site and multi-site systems regarding Cloud, Internet of Safety Things (IoST) or large data. Cloud is a platform game, Internet of Safety Things is a matter of device support, and large data is a matter of handling the huge amount of data from video sources. None of this relates directly to network topology beyond bandwidth issues. With the open platform design of Milestone software, we can adapt to new technologies and handle them, thanks to the solution power of the Milestone partner community.

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5 best practices for container orchestration in IT production

If your enterprise IT operations organization has moved to container technology such as Docker, you’re likely dealing with container orchestration systems within IT production. These systems include Apache Mesos, Google Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and a few smaller players.

If you haven’t been paying attention to container orchestration technology, you should. It's just as important as the containers themselves. The products allow you to schedule containers to start and stop, as well as scale container usage through managed container clusters.

Here's what's important about container orchestration engines: Without them, containers would be a really nice, distributed, and portable architecture, but they wouldn't be able to scale to enterprise needs. Container orchestration engines solve the scaling problem, or at least part of the problem.

At issue is IT production, which is tasked with actually making this stuff work, and making it work well. At least four nines (i.e., 99.99%) uptime is expected these days, and considering that most of this technology is new in the market, that’s asking a lot from those charged with container production. 

So what best practices should IT operations managers and staff charged with IT production be considering as they move container-based applications into production? While there are existing operations patterns around virtualization, those in IT operations find out quickly that containers are not virtual machines. Indeed, there are not many existing IT operations analogs to consider.

Considering this void, the time is right to define core best practices for container orchestration for IT production. Here are five of the most important steps. 

Go to TB LearnHow to manage the container-based environment

1.  Set up demarcation lines for moving into production

While this is a common traditional practice, those who deal with containers often don’t understand the path from development to production. When dealing with container orchestration, there needs to be a staging platform, which is typically at the end of a DevOps process and tool chain. Those containers need to be tested, integrated, validated, and made ready for staging.

When in staging, they should be running with or within an orchestration system such as Kubernetes, which is an exact copy of the production configuration. Once proven to be stable, the containers can then be promoted from staging to production. Finally, they need to be capable of rollback at any time if issues occur with the new deployment. In many cases, rollback is an automatic process. 

2.  Automate reporting of issues found in container orchestration production

Things can go wrong, especially when you consider how containers operate within orchestration systems.

Given that production and development are now linked (via DevOps practices), it’s important that there be automatic reporting of issues found within containers that move into production.

Developers need to understand what’s going wrong using continuous reporting of issues and need to react to issues with fixes that are continuously tested, integrated, and deployed so that the issues can be resolved in a short amount of time.

3.  Monitor, monitor, monitor

The nice thing about running container orchestration systems, whether in the cloud or on premises, is the number of monitoring and management tools that are available to watch over the containers. These monitoring systems have several core capabilities and advantages including:

  • The ability to gather detailed data over time and use that data to spot trends that could indicate you’re moving toward a failure. These tools pull data from the container orchestration systems, such as use of memory, processor, network, I/O, etc., and they determine relationships that indicate system health, including aspects of the system that may need attention.

  • The ability for the monitoring system to take automatic action based on its findings. For instance, if a network error is beginning to show up on console, then shutting down the hub that seems to be originating those errors could avoid a total outage. Policies are set up within the monitoring software that allow you to do this via established rules.

4. Back up data automatically, including disaster recovery and business continuity

There are those who manage container orchestration production without a good understanding of where the data is or how it needs to be backed up, preserved, and available for restoration. These are requirements that must be dealt with, whether you’re on the public cloud or not.

Containers, including containers that work within orchestration systems, store data either within the container where the application is running, or, more likely, via an external database that may be container-based but typically is not. No matter where the data exists, it must be replicated to secondary and independent storage systems and protected in some way.

While many believe that public clouds have disaster recovery already built in, in most cases, you’re going to be recovering data that’s been accidentally removed or corrupted. While public cloud does have some failover capabilities, you need to ensure that these more fine-grained data recovery operations are defined and workable. They are not automatic; you need to set them up and test them well.

In addition, many of these backup and recovery mechanisms should be user-driven processes available to a range of users. If you limit control to only a few operations managers, you will soon find that developers and other end users will need to recover data more times than it is actually available to them. Security and governance controls allows these non-ops staffers to recover what they need to recover, in line with enterprise policies and laws. 

5. Plan for production capacity

Most important of all of the best practices listed here is capacity planning for production. Again, both on-premises and public cloud–based systems need this consideration.

The idea is simple in theory but difficult to carry out. You need to understand the current capacity requirements, in terms of infrastructure needed by the container orchestration systems. This includes servers, storage, network, databases, etc. Moreover, you need to predict what will be needed in the near future, mid-range future, and longer term.

The trick is to understand the interrelationship between the containers, container orchestration, and any supporting systems (e.g., databases) and their impact upon capacity. For example, say you have five instances of container orchestration systems which include 2 staging and 3 production systems and which require 20 servers configured in specific ways.

These servers can be configured virtually within a public cloud provider, or physically using traditional methods. Of course, these servers have needs as well, including storage, networking, security, monitoring, power, etc. You need to model that capacity as well.

The point is to understand current containers in production, as well as what the growth will look like over the next five years. Using the forecast growth of the containers in production, you should be able to figure out the impact to other infrastructure and understand those capacity issues. That needs to be modeled so there are no surprises around growth.

Public cloud users are happy to know that they can provision capacity as it’s needed, on demand. However, this does not solve all their problems, in terms of budgeting and understanding which cloud servers will be needed. What’s more, you need to consider that container orchestration systems are themselves delivered as cloud services, so their management may be less in your hands than in the hands of the cloud provider.

Time for trial-and-error

The success of IT production in the age of containers is based upon the ability to keep an open mind and experiment with new processes and technology. While a trial-and-error approach may scare many folks in IT production, the reality is that you have little choice.

Of course, this should not be too tall an order for IT production, which typically changes its processes and tools every five to ten years. Change in the world of IT is a constant. The rise of containers and container orchestration requires that you change again. 

Those charged with production of container orchestration need to understand that they are breaking new ground, but they can rely on older processes to provide a good starting point for how to operate these systems. Given the rise of DevOps and the logical coupling of development and operations, this is a good time to renew your processes and set your culture in the right direction.

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3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”

Highlights:

  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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