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 […]

Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake

At 5:00 PM on October 17, 1989, a bank manager in Santa Cruz was waiting for her tellers to close for the day. Heading to her car, she walked down the sidewalk next to a historic brick building. Up in the San Francisco Bay Area, a technician for a major Telco provider had just commuted […]

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 […]

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 — […]