Unigroup's January 2013 Meeting Announcement

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and War Stories

Panel Discussion
featuring various Unigroup Board Members and Members, meeting attendees, and special guests from the NYC Technical Community.

The following describes the industry categories for some of our panelists:
  Financial/Wall Street, Governmental OEM, Education, Community Broadband WiFi, ISP/Datacenter/CoLo, Computer Consulting/Engineering.

Moderator, Storm Background and Information:
  Robert Weiner, President,
  Programming Plus,
  Executive Director of Unigroup of NY, Inc.

Special Guest:
  Bob Hunt, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist,

Featured Guest:
  Phillip Koblence, VP of Operations,

THURSDAY, 17-JAN-2013      (** Regular 3rd Thursday **)

The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: LL101_CS   (LL=Lower Level, Note: Room Changes Month-to-Month)
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6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Please see the Fee Schedule below.


Happy New Year to everyone from Unigroup!

Unigroup Elections: Unigroup holds Board of Director Elections every January. If you are a Unigroup Member and would like to run for the Unigroup Board, please contact us on or before our January 2013 meeting. Board members are expected to regularly attend Unigroup General and Board Meetings, and basically help the rest of the board run Unigroup. If you would like to help out Unigroup, but not join the board officially, please let us know. Unigroup needs your help! Unigroup is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, and has been serving the Greater NYC Metro Unix Users Community for 30 years!

Unigroup's January 2013 meeting will be an informal technical panel discussion about the Super Storm Sandy, and how it effected the Greater NYC Area IT community and its overall technical infrastructure. We hope to hear MANY storm stories and experiences from a variety of different people. The goal is to make everyone aware of the possible dangers and outcomes from such events, and to help everyone properly plan for the next emergency situation that may occur. I also have prepared a bunch of background material on the storm, with useful URLs.

Unigroup wants your input- please bring your stories and experiences with you if you will be attending this meeting (perhaps even jot down some notes now, in preparation). Bring stories from your friends and colleagues as well.

And, if you do have a specific Technology/Infrastructure story to tell, please let us know at the meeting!


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      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   Or take the new connection to the uptown '6'!

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are also parking lots on Broadway, at (or just south of)
     Astor Place (8th Street).


Topic: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath and War Stories - Panel Discussion

Introduction & Description of Talk:

Unigroup is holding a Hurricane Sandy War Stories and Aftermath discussion at our January 2013 meeting.

We will discuss how the storm effected our area, our members, and their respective homes and businesses; discuss the effectiveness of disaster preparedness and business continuity plans; discuss how the storm effected different parts of our area differently, and how quickly/slowly services were restored (power, infrastructure, transportation, Voice/Data/Internet/Cellular/WiFi/Satellite communications, etc); effectiveness of systems and equipment dealing with the storm and its consequences (UPS/surge, electrical/backup power, flood prevention, communications primary/backup links, etc); unexpected problems post-storm (such as strange printer issues); how can things be handled better/differently going forward; availability of correct and timely information or lack thereof; mass notification systems and did they actually work; etc.

References & Web Resources:

   NY Times Sandy Interactive Flood Map:
     (!! Excellent !!)

   USGS Hurricane Sandy 2012 Flood Event:

   Wikipedia on Hurricane Sandy:

   DataCenterKnowledge Hurricane Sandy Articles:
     (just one of many stories that we will discuss at the meeting)

   Netcraft on NYI Remaining Up Across the Storm:

   NYC Flood Hazards:
     (yes, it was predicted years ago)

   USC/ISI Preliminary Analysis of Network Outages During Sandy:

   Unigroup Meeting 201301: Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Talk - Whiteboard Discussion Points (Image)

   NYI Blog entry for this Unigroup Hurricane Sandy Meeting


Panel Discussion.

Featured Speaker Biography:

Phillip Koblence, VP of Operations, NYI: Phillip Koblence is Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations at the New York Internet Company . Since 1996, he has worked directly with NYI customers to create customized, high-touch data center solutions. A New York native, Phil has brought a New York attitude to a business that often forgets that at the end of the day, it's about people, not hardware. Under his leadership, NYI has grown from a single data presence to multiple tier 3 facilities throughout the New York City area. NYI's customer roster spans industries like media and finance, technology and fashion, law and architecture. Phil has spoken at a variety of local technology industry events and been profiled by Data Center Knowledge, TheWHIR, MSPMentor, and NJ BIZ. He has also contributed to CRN and NJ Business Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with an Engineering degree.


Panel Discussion.

Featured Company Biography:

NYI Corporate Overview: Established in 1996, NYI is headquartered in the heart of the Wall Street area, with facilities in both Lower Manhattan and Bridgewater, New Jersey. The company's core services include colocation and dedicated servers, cloud computing and managed services, disaster recovery and business continuity planning. NYI provides mission-critical data solutions for a broad range of industries, including media, financial services, healthcare, law, fashion, architecture, life sciences and real estate. NYI is SSAE 16, PCI and HIPPA-compliant. It also works with financial services companies to achieve FINRA 4370 compliance. For more information, visit: .


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.

(Note: Our supply of books is low right now, we hope to resolve that soon.)


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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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