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 […]

IMServ Builds Software Defined WAN for Data Protection

Faced with a static infrastructure, IMServ’s technical team was finding it difficult to cope with the exponential growth of current and historic data it was starting to manage. Covering more than 400 servers and around 250 users, IMServ manages highly time critical secure customer data and relies heavily on high network performance, stability, and availability. One […]

Improving Data Backup & Recovery #2 IT Priority (Infographic)

A study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group found data backup and recovery to be the second most important IT priority for organizations over the next 12 months. The survey, conducted on behalf of Silver Peak, also revealed how critical data is perceived to be to an organization’s success. Download the ESG report: Meeting the Impossible RPO […]

DR/BC: Counting The Cost When Failure Is Not An Option

If practice makes perfect and nobody is perfect, why practice? That hoary old joke might be funny about doctors, but when it comes to disaster recovery and business continuance, not practicing your recovery plans is a pretty good formula for failure. Not having a DR/BC plan is priceless, i.e. your business has just a 6% […]

Don’t Let A Data Center Outage Leave You Out In The Cold

Welcome to the winter of my discontent: outside the wind is moaning and shrieking up a storm, snow buries the landscape, temperatures keep plummeting and groundhogs are turning up frozen stiff as boards. So it seemed appropriate to consider disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC). Today’s data centers — yours or your service provider’s — […]

Disaster Recovery Is My Business… And Business Is Good

I recently blogged about the messed-up state of disaster recovery/business continuity — a.k.a. DR/BC — as the amount of data to be stored snowballs. Internet-generated broadband traffic will increase approximately 50% year over year on fixed networks, and 100% on mobile networks, while cloud-based network traffic will grow 600% by 2016. Backups are exceeding backup […]

Climbing On The Cloud? Don’t Forget Backup

For any CIO who has not done it yet, cloud on-ramping will still be a major worry-point. And it is not just whether or not to migrate your applications to the cloud — although in some ways that is the more important question — but how to migrate them. At the risk of stating the […]

Today’s Backup And Recovery Menu: A Recipe For Disaster

When people talk about the skyrocketing amount of data being created — and consumed — they typically focus on the storage, bandwidth, or analysis aspects, but there is another critical element that has major implications for organizations: backup and recovery, or business continuity. Issues like productivity, service level agreements — i.e. recovery point objectives (RPOs) […]

Tru Blu Beverages Drinks to Faster Replication, HTTP and Optimized VoIP (Video)

Tru Blu Beverages, whose Australian-manufactured soft drinks include Waterfords, Pub Squash, LA Ice Cola and Wicked Energy Drink, has achieved sparkling results with Silver Peak data acceleration software. Watch this video to see how today the company is supporting its business on a lighter and lower cost infrastructure than what competing WAN optimization vendors could […]