Disaster Recovery DOs and DON’Ts For The ‘Always-On’ World

Having recently spent a day with a group of HP’s reliability assurance engineers — whose motto should be “Our business is breaking things and business is good” — I couldn’t help thinking about other groups that like to break things (i.e. the Bad Guys or clumsy/lazy/disgruntled employees/partners/customers) and the growing importance of business continuity. “Business… Read More

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Add To (and Subtract From) Your Data Security Paranoia

The USA PATRIOT Act.  The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).  The NSA/GCHQ data snooping issues.  The issuance of a disclosure warrant under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by a US judge to Microsoft to disclose information held in emails in an Irish datacenter. These and other issues have focused thoughts yet again as… Read More

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When Will The SDN Smoke Turn Into Flames?

Over the last two years, Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been one of the most-discussed topics in all of IT.  There is an old adage that says that where there’s smoke there’s fire.  Does that adage apply here?  More to the point: Will all of the ongoing discussion of SDN lead to broad SDN deployment… Read More

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State Of School Networking Critical For Students’ Future

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved some long-overdue changes to the E-Rate program.  For those of you not familiar with E-Rate, the program, enacted in 1996 under the name “Schools and Libraries Program”, subsidizes broadband and computer equipment for the K-12 vertical and libraries across America.  The program emphasized connecting low-income and rural… Read More

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What’s Ahead For The WAN?

Most of the discussion about networking in the industry tends to focus primarily on the LAN.  That makes sense because that’s where most of the network innovation is focused.  However, that leaves open a very important question:  What’s up with the WAN? In an attempt to understand the dynamics that are impacting the WAN I… Read More

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Disaster Recovery DOs and DON’Ts For The ‘Always-On’ World

Having recently spent a day with a group of HP's reliability assurance engineers -- whose motto should be “Our business is breaking things and business is good” -- I couldn't help thinking about other groups that like to break things (i.e. the Bad Guys or clumsy/lazy/disgruntled employees/partners/customers) and the growing importance of business continuity. "Business resiliency is now a c-level and board level issue as the costs of recovery and costs to reputation are now higher than ever before," said Laurence Guihard-Joly, General Manager for IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, in a recent interview. "The big … Read More

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