A Shopping List For Cloud Recovery Services

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Why look at a cloud services provider for backup and recovery? Simple: it’s highly complex and very expensive to handle cloud recovery in-house. As businesses evolve and change, backup and recovery solutions have to evolve and change, too, to ensure smooth business continuity in case of disaster. Managing backup and recovery can swiftly become a full-time job that most companies aren’t prepared to fund. This is why outsourcing backup and recovery – using a service provider with deep expertise and up-to-date knowledge of these solutions – makes good business sense. Cloud providers who handle both physical and virtual networks, computing, and storage environments are an ideal choice. The … Read more

Why Cloud Recovery Services Might Make Smart Business Sense [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Remember when you were little and your parents marked your growth with a pencil on your door frame? We thought it was time to do the same for cloud recovery services now that the market is maturing. Find out what Sungard Availability Services and EMC learned in a new industry survey. … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-15-14

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Bob Dylan said it best: “The times they are a-changin." With a new company falling victim to a breach nearly every week, combined with the advent of cloud technologies, it all leads to a ripple effect throughout the IT industry. In response, organizations are switching things up internally and with their offerings as they try to keep pace with the fast-evolving market. Let’s take a look at some of those changes in this week’s roundup! Quick News: JPMorgan, Russian Cybercriminals, and Consumers After all signs point to Russian cybercriminals for the JPMorgan hack, the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek are connecting the dots. In a recently published article they speculate that the large-scale … Read more

3 Questions That Should Drive Your Enterprise Cloud Architecture Strategy

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It seems like everywhere I look these days, there’s a new cloud technology solution promising to deliver all the benefits of hosting applications, data, platforms and even infrastructure in the cloud. Interest and demand for cloud-based solutions has never been higher, and the marketplace has responded with an abundance of solutions that offer every possible permutation of cloud computing architecture: public, private, hybrid, multi-tenant, single-tenant, SAAS (software as a service), PAAS (platform as a service), IAAS (infrastructure as a service)…the possibilities are seemingly endless. With all of these solutions, how can you possibly determine which enterprise cloud architecture approach … Read more

Defining Modern IT And The 21st Century CIO

What's the best way to define modern IT and modern CIOs?  The definitions are surprisingly tough to uncover...

As an anthropologist studying the behavior of the various tribes operating in the contemporary workplace I observe evolving patterns of word use, abuse and non-use. I was very surprised to discover that just about EVERY discipline [e.g., art, literature, theatre, politics, marketing, publishing, entertainment and finance] extensively and intensively make use of the word “modern”. The only discipline where the word “modern” is conspicuously absent is IT. I found it paradoxical that the discipline heretofore thought responsible for creating/managing/deploying the myriad technologies which essentially form the backdrop of the modern world for the most part, does not use the word “modern” and is … Read more

Do Your Homework Before Shopping for Hybrid Cloud Computing Services

Before selecting a hybrid cloud service be sure to know the right questions to ask.

Hybrid cloud services bring together both public and private cloud infrastructure. The public cloud is deployed at a service provider’s cloud data center while the private cloud is deployed at a customer’s data center. A managed hybrid cloud services solution can provide tremendous new efficiencies to an organization’s IT environment. They free internal resources to work on strategic projects rather than maintaining general applications and services infrastructure. Complexity is decreased with the latest cloud-ready architectures and infrastructure. And business agility (flexibility and speed) is greatly enhanced, which can be a competitive advantage. So what do you ask providers of hybrid … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-08-14

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As the fall season descends upon us, I like to witness the drastic changes that take place within the first weeks of October: boots and sweaters, pumpkin-flavored everything, even new yard decorations in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Everything suddenly transforms from pinks and greens and summer fun to warm colors and the comforts of cooler weather. It would be nice if the IT world operated like the seasons, where all these changes were expected and prepared for. But alas, sometimes disaster strikes without warning! Let’s kick off our roundup with some examples. Latest Victim: JPMorgan Another week, another breach. This time JPMorgan Chase is admitting it took a HUGE hit t … Read more

The Surprising “Weakest Link” In Disaster Recovery Success

Are your external communications threatening otherwise sound disaster recovery plans?

Your company is prepared. You have your disaster recovery (DR) plan written and available on an externally-hosted website. Your contracts are in place; your backups are verified and off-site. Your critical data is replicated to your DR provider. You have plans for all your people if the disaster impacts them and your facility. Bring on the zombie apocalypse: you are ready! Umm … maybe you’d better hope those zombies stay in their graves a little while longer. You see, when I consult with clients, I always ask a certain question … and it usually punctures their self-congratulatory bubble. Ready? Here it is: “Have you tested your external connections under disaster recovery conditi … Read more