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Software Defined WANs Can Ease Network Manager Pain
/ Jul 16, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In the 2015 version of the Network Purchase Intention Study run jointly by ZK Research and Tech Target, one of the questions we asked about the WAN was “What WAN Issues Does Your Organization Need to Address?” The top three answers were issues that most organizations face when it comes to running a WAN. The…

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Business Continuity Can Help Sell Your SD-WAN Plans
/ May 26, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Prior to being an analyst, I spent many years as a network engineer. During this time I realized how hard it was to get the attention of CIOs and other IT leaders. Most CIOs have application development or even compute experience, but few have a good understanding of how the network operates. Sometimes I find…

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Lessons Learned From a Cloud Migration
/ Apr 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

It’s hard to go anywhere today and not be inundated with the cloud. I see billboards on highway 101 between San Jose and San Francisco, there are cloud signs in airports, and it seems every TV show has some kind of cloud commercial embedded in it. This has put tremendous pressure on IT leaders to…

The Global Continuity Network
/ Feb 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

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,…

Cloud Data Protection: The Three Factors That Will Ease Your Transition
/ Nov 28, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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
/ Oct 20, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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
/ Oct 17, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Risky Business: Disaster Recovery Needs More Than Crossed Fingers
/ Sep 19, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Disaster Recovery DOs and DON’Ts For The ‘Always-On’ World
/ Jul 24, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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
/ Jun 26, 2014 1 COMMENTS

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…