Colocation? Managed Hosting? Public Cloud? Which is Best for Me?

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Managed hosting, colocation and public cloud computing all have the same goal: getting the greatest business value out of scarce IT resources and limited IT budgets. Given the time and resources, IT can make important contributions to the success of a business. It has been demonstrated time and again that IT can help companies cut costs by careful monitoring of operations, increase sales with the use of sophisticated database functions like predictive analytics, and provide senior managers with real-time decision support through dashboards they can consult from their smart phones. Unfortunately, most IT departments don't spend much time on developing and implementing these sorts of … Read more

The #1 Thing In Their Information Security Programs That IT Managers Would Change

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Cyber security is a top concern in the IT industry today. In this series, we will look at various threats to cyber security and information security programs - and what steps businesses can take to meet those threats head on. There are a lot of frustrated IT managers out there. How do I know? Because a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services* revealed that the #1 thing IT managers said they would do if left in charge of their company’s information security program was enforce stricter security policies on employees. What security policies are they talking about? Pretty much the full gamut. The survey noted the top 5 perceived security threats to information systems … Read more

7 Key Considerations In Selecting A Top Colocation Provider

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Faced with the need to optimize, every aspect of their department, IT organizations are recognizing the benefits of selecting a top colocation provider for their mission-critical equipment in a data center. The time, cost savings, and quality of service a company can realize as a result of using a Managed Services provider for colocation are very appealing. With significant benefits of scale, IT Operations need to look for reliable facilities that offer uptime, power environmentals, physical security, carrier diversity, and high quality networks. With a colocation provider, customers can reduce their costs by relying on the provider’s staff 24/7. The additional services and highly r … Read more

Managed Hosting: Lower Costs, Better Use of Internal Information Technology Resources

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Managed hosting may provide the best use of internal information technology resources. IT managers have plenty of practice fielding questions about why it takes so long to "get things done." Most IT departments, regardless of size, spend at least 70 percent of their time, energy and budget simply keeping their systems up and running by diligently performing routine maintenance tasks. In many cases, that number is closer to 90 percent. Given this state of affairs, team members who are often highly trained — and highly paid — don't have time in their day to work on projects that could have a real impact on the business as a whole. OS upgrades are a good example. To begin with, someone has to … Read more

The Top 3 Reasons Cloud Computing Implementations Fail

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The ladder to the cloud is missing a few rungs. At least, that is the conclusion of 276 IT professionals recently polled in a survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*. In the survey, the top three reasons indicated for why cloud computing implementations fail were: lack of understanding of cloud security and compliance (indicated by 56% of respondents) lack of clearly-identified business objectives for migrating to the cloud (55%) lack of planning (42%) Those are three gaping holes in the ladder to a successful cloud implementation, and I believe that mistaken beliefs are at the core of each one. Mistake #1: The cloud is different from other information technology. … Read more

Elevating Business Continuity To The Next Level: Sungard AS Takes Center Stage At DRJ Spring World 2015

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A few more days till the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2015! I am looking forward to a great conference and, of course, connecting with our clients – both old and new. This year’s conference theme “Elevating Business Continuity to the Next Level” is apt and timely. Our community is pushing us and together we are challenging the status quo and asking the hard questions such as “what if we stopped doing a big-bang BIA?” Or “how does one really do continuity in an environment which undergoes 400 changes a week!” Expect as always to be provoked a bit in the Sungard AS sessions at the event. Agile application deployment and cloud are driving an unprecedented disruption and our wor … Read more

Moving To Tiered Backup And Recovery In Five Steps

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Not all applications and data are the same, and this has implications for tiered backup and recovery. In terms of backup, many organizations default to backing up all of their applications and data collectively using the same method and periodicity. This is unnecessary in virtually all circumstances, and is a highly inefficient use of time and resources. This approach can also make recovery problematic. If all data goes to a consolidated backup location, it will not be organized effectively enough for IT staff to find the correct databases, tables and records quickly and recover them for business users seamlessly. The best kind of data for backup and recovery purposes is prioritized, … Read more

Clearing Up The Confusion About Disaster Recovery In The Cloud

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If I ever had any question that confusion still exists about the benefits and drivers for disaster recovery in the cloud, the results of a recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services* have settled that. There is clearly confusion – a lot of confusion. The results of the survey are interesting in that there is little consensus among the responders: 40% said that a faster recovery time objective (RTO) was a great benefit of cloud disaster recovery. BUT 27% said a major downfall was slower recovery times. Well, is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) faster or slower? 13% of respondents said that a key benefit was increased security. BUT, almost 39% complained that one of … Read more