Disasters Have a Way of Making You “Wake Up” and Rethink Recovery

Hurricane Preparedness

By Maryling Yu When I was a kid growing up in the Southeastern United States, I spent a lot of time in the back of my Mom’s lime-green Dodge station wagon, accompanying her on her many business trips to Miami, Florida. I used to love it when I got asked to go, because a) it meant I could miss school; and b) it meant I could eat as many of those delicious Florida mangoes as I wanted. I remember driving back with her once during a hurricane – she thought she could “get ahead of it” and get home to Savannah before it got too bad. Well, she was wrong. The storm seemed to descend from nowhere, and things got so windy, rainy, and gusty that we had to pull over to the side of the road to wait it … Read more

Citrix Synergy 2012: @SunGardAS Supports @Cloudstack

By: Chip Childers, Principal Engineer, SunGard Availability Services In May 2012, at the Citrix Synergy 2012 general session in San Francisco, Indu Kodukula, EVP products and CTO announced SunGard's support for CloudStack. Specifically, he announced (1) the addition of committers, (2) the decision to build and deliver a production cloud on CloudStack, and (3) the commitment to ship DR process packs as part of CloudStack (You can view a recording of his presentation here – go to time marker 1:16:00). Why did we do this? In short, we believe that CloudStack is a great foundation for enterprise-grade cloud computing. We love the fact that it's an Apache project, not just the Apache license; we … Read more

Network Security Threats on SMBs: What You Need to Know

Network Security

By JP Blaho The Internet, over the last two decades, has helped create a different way of interacting, transferring knowledge, and conducting business.  It has helped create a level playing field in which companies of any size, and from anywhere in the world, can compete for a consumer’s business.  This has also introduced a completely new form of risk-- network security. Network security has become one of the fastest growing sectors within IT because of the growing number of cybercriminals.  This black-market has designed a business model where the focus is on breaking into businesses via the Internet.  The intent is mainly to exploit their targets for money: whether it’s through holding a … Read more