The Global Continuity Network

Business continuity is the new Holy Grail. Where once people used to look to ‘rapid’ backup and restore capabilities to recover from a disaster, this is no longer good enough in many cases. Backup windows are commonly insufficiently long to carry out the required actions of moving large data sets from one place to another, […]

Security-Focused Shift to SD-WAN Threatens DC Supremacy

Enterprise adoption of the Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) architecture opens up significant improvements from an operations, cost, and flexibility perspective. But it’s a big forklift infrastructure shift, where company size, and thus network complexity, are crucial factors in any decision to embark on the SD-WAN journey. What Will Drive SD-WAN Adoption? The work done […]

Here Comes The Petabyte Event Horizon

A step change is on the way for data storage, and in particular for networked storage. Technologies that have served us well for a decade or more are about to run out of steam, and the point-of-no-return looks to be when you start counting in petabytes rather than terabytes. If there is one thing that […]

Cloud Data Protection: The Three Factors That Will Ease Your Transition

More data and applications are being moved into the cloud than ever before. If you believe the marketing hype, the cloud will solve all of your problems, for 1/10th the cost, in half the time, and make you a cup of coffee in the process. But what happens when you move data protection (backup, snapshots, […]

Hardening Networks Against Our Biggest Threat

Just how dependent are we on data and voice networks now? You’re reading this — it has had to go from my computer to the internet and from the WANspeak web site to your device over the network. Your phone, which you are reading so many emails, Tweets, Facebook posts and listening to your music […]

Risky Business: Disaster Recovery Needs More Than Crossed Fingers

The list of potential culprits is long: Cyber criminals, hackers, rogue governments, competitors, terrorists/freedom fighters, disaffected current and former staff,  not to mention whoever was behind the denial of service attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network and a bomb threat to an American Airlines flight carrying the president of Sony’s online entertainment […]

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 […]

The Stupidity Index: We Have Met The Enemy… And He Is Us

You can’t fix stupid, according to Texas funnyman Ron White, but stupidity — or at least human error — is a leading cause of security breaches, and its escalating costs are no laughing matter. I recently came across a novel idea for a new metric for business continuity, the Stupidity Index. ‘If most problems are […]

Corporate Data Loss Headaches Alleviated With MDM

“Can’t find your iPhone? But you had it when you left for work.” Many recognize that sinking feeling, when your preferred comms tool suddenly isn’t in your pocket — we go through the five stages of loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many companies demonstrate similar reaction patterns when it comes to lost devices, […]

Faster Data Recovery with Dell SC-Series Storage and Silver Peak (Video)

A financial institution with nearly 50 locations throughout California, Citizens Business Bank achieved faster data recovery by combining Silver Peak data acceleration software with Dell SC-Series Storage. Today, at the Dell User Forum in Miami, Dell introduced the new Dell Storage SC4000 Series arrays. These bring high-end storage capabilities to mid-sized deployments, offering all-flash performance for up […]