For National Hurricane Preparedness Week, A Disaster Recovery Planning Checklist

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is upon us. Are you ready for the storm?

[EDITOR'S NOTE: National Hurricane Preparedness Week is here once more (May 25-31). Digging through our past blogs, we found this gem by Ron LaPedis on tornado and severe weather preparedness. It still applies to hurricane preparedness, so we thought we'd resurface it in honor of National Hurricane Preparedness Week!] If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, I recommend that you look into building a safe room, which could include a properly designed and equipped storm cellar. What is a safe room? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “a safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the FEMA P-320 criteria and provide ‘near-absolute pr … Read more

As Good As IT Gets 5.28.14: The Best IT- Cloud Computing – Security Blogs This Week

A weekly round-up of the best IT-related blogs from around the web!

Summer is officially here. It’s after Memorial Day, and many of us enjoyed a day off on Monday to celebrate the holiday. In case you were too busy with all the social activities that surround Memorial Day, and a long weekend, here’s a recap of the Memorial Day News around the web. For starters, let’s make sure you are not confusing Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day – one is for the soldiers who were killed in service, and the other (Veteran’s Day) is for Soldiers who are still alive/serving. • Why Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day Now that we have the basics covered, a piece in IT Business Edge discussed the contributions of the military toward the development and implementation of … Read more

The Art Of: Cooking, Baking, And IT Recovery Environments

Cooking may be an art, but baking is more of an exact science... better left to the experts. (Much like IT Recovery!)

I love to cook. It is probably due to the fact that I grew up with a very large Italian family. Sundays would mean a visit to my grandmother’s place where we, as kids, were allowed to mix the recipe to make meatballs, stir the pot of sauce (not gravy), and maybe wind the crank of the pasta maker as someone older fed the dough through the machine. When special occasions were about to occur there would be baking involved, too: nut rolls, filled pizzelles, and thumbprint cookies come to mind. As children, however, we were allowed to watch but not bake. At most, we could lick the batter and icing off the spatulas before they were washed. They were fun times. Not only did I learn how to … Read more

BC Champions Blog Series: Is 50% Of Your Business At Risk?

Focusing on strategic and financial risk, though a good start, may still leave you open to operational and hazardous risks.

By Larry Chase Considering the wealth of information available today on risk assessments, business continuity, and disaster recovery, why do organizations still struggle with risk management? There are, without doubt, multiple reasons, and I am not going to try to oversimplify things here. But I do want to point out one key area of weakness: the failure to leverage real-time risk intelligence. Typically, risks are divided into four quadrants: strategic, financial, operational, and hazardous. Businesses tend to be very good at the former two. For instance, they watch for merger and acquisition opportunities (strategic) and they’re laser-focused on the markets (financial). They’ve got sub … Read more

As Good As IT Gets 5.21.14: The Best IT- Cloud Computing – Security Blogs This Week

A weekly round-up of the best IT-related blogs from around the web!

Temperatures are (finally) rising, and in parts of the country this means Hurricane Season. An article in Science Daily warns us that hurricane zones are shifting, according to a study conducted by MIT. “The results of the study show that over the last 30 years, tropical cyclones -- also known as hurricanes or typhoons -- are moving poleward at a rate of about 33 miles per decade in the Northern Hemisphere and 38 miles per decade in the Southern Hemisphere.” This means companies that were historically not in Hurricane zones may now be in Hurricane zones, and thus may have to rethink their BC/DR strategies. • Dangerous storms: Hurricanes peaking further north, typhoons further south, than in … Read more

Is Redundancy Enough?

Don't let this one small mistake cost you. Redundancy may not be enough.

So, you think your network and operations are protected against a power loss because of built-in redundancy? Think again! Does this sound familiar? Your system guru spends months planning your organization’s rack layout, taking every precaution (apparently!) to make sure your systems are protected against a power failure. Each power supply is plugged into the appropriate power strip. Each power strip is connected to a separate power panel. Each power panel is fed by a redundant power distribution unit. Then, when all is complete and triple-checked, the most knowledgeable, educated, and experienced network engineer painstakingly plugs your servers into the appropriate switches, carefully p … Read more

CiscoLIVE!, Your #TomorrowStartsHere: Visit The @SungardAS Exhibit And Enter To Win A $5,000 American Express Gift Card!

Enter the Sungard AS #TomorrowStartsHere Social Media Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 American Express Gift Card!

Most of us know what we’ll be doing this time tomorrow… but, what if the possibilities were nearly endless? What if you could be planning an exotic getaway, purchasing that shiny new laptop you’ve been wanting, or finally making those long-awaited upgrades around the house? What if you had $5,000 in your pocket? Would that change what you do tomorrow? And, you know, that has me thinking…what about cloud technology? How will the cloud be different tomorrow…next week…next YEAR? Stop by our booth or one of our presentations; details below. #TomorrowStartsHere at the Sungard AS booth - CiscoLIVE! Sungard AS is once again a participant at this year’s 25th annual CiscoLIVE! event – Cisco’s pre … Read more

5 Steps To Getting Started With Business Continuity Planning

This useful ESG white paper encapsulates the 5 steps every organization can take towards Business Continuity Planning. It's yours if you want it...

It should come as no shock to any IT professional that business continuity planning is vital – but it’s also a challenge for many organizations. In fact, according to a 2012 survey by the Enterprise Strategy Group, 36 percent of respondents said implementing or improving a business continuity and disaster recovery plan was challenging. However, according to a different ESG survey from 2013, 20 percent of respondents indicated that business continuity and disaster recovery programs were one of their top IT priorities during the coming year. Of course, one of the reasons business continuity planning is so difficult lies in the fact that technology needs are constantly changing. There is no … Read more