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

50 Questions You Must Ask Before Engaging In Cloud Computing Services

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If you are selecting cloud computing services or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are 50 questions you’ll want to ask! Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of any color, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your objectives are important isn’t enough. How important are these outcomes to the success of your business? Are they all equally important, or can you rank them? The real test of importance i … Read more

When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

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Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

How To Understand Your Disaster Recovery Services Bill

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I got my electric bill today and read the line “Total Current Charges” (which, when I think about it, is a terrible pun!). Did you ever flip the bill over to read what goes into those “current charges?” For instance, there’s the generation charge, transmission charge, carbon offset fee, energy efficiency fee, working capital fee, governments taxes and fees. There are even more factors that contribute to the bill, but that’s enough to make my point: when I pay for electricity, I’m paying for a lot more than just the kilowatts of energy necessary to light and heat my home. The same is true when it comes to disaster recovery services, but companies sometimes forget that fact. They want a back … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 1-2-15

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Whether you’re ready or not, the New Year is upon us and it brings New Year resolutions. Are you one of the hopefuls to grab a gym membership in 2015? Or maybe you’re one to cut out sweets! Nevertheless, businesses have resolutions just like everyone else, especially those businesses in IT. Let’s take a look at what IT businesses should be adding to their New Year’s resolutions! Resolution #1: Jump On The Cloud Bandwagon …and here’s why: the cloud has matured over the past few years, with many key selling-points focused on cost-cutting benefits due to the lagging economy. However, now there’s another, even more important advantage, and that’s employee retainment. “Valuable employees stuck … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 12-24-14

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As we near the holidays and the New Year, we’re reminded of 2014’s glorious turnout when it comes to IT. From groundbreaking innovations, high-profile hacks and more, 2014 was a year for the books. But as this year moves behind us, it’s time to look forward! Let’s preview what 2015 has in store for the IT world… Is The Cloud On Your Wishlist? If it’s not, it should be! David Deans of cloudtech is giving us a quick reality check before we all checkout for the holidays: cloud adoption is, above all, driven by strategic business decisions, like the desire to remain competitive in a fast-evolving market. And guess what? The statistics will only jump higher in the next year. “As more workloads m … Read more

The 4 Most Difficult Changes To Make In Information Technology (IT)

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As an information technology (IT) leader dealing with the intricacies and complexities of enterprise technology every day, I can tell you this: it’s not the technology that is the toughest thing to change in IT. It’s the people. Here’s my personal take on 4 of the hardest IT transformations to implement – and how people make or break those changes. 1. Going global There’s no question that transforming your company from regional-based systems to global systems is a big job. Global applications, global processes, global networks … that takes tech expertise to the nth degree. You need to talk with the regions, departments, and teams to ensure that you have all the business requirements clear … Read more

Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Best Practices From The Availability Front Lines

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As a Marine I learned the hard way how difficult it is to think straight under pressure. Now I find myself after two decades in the trenches of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) realizing some of the same lessons-learned apply to Information Technology! Since becoming a business technologist in the mid-1990′s, I’ve been ambushed by unexpected problems, had to “march” at double-time to meet our business objectives, and sweat it out waiting to see if a plan-of-attack was going to work like our marching orders said it would! So, I’d like to save you some of the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve experienced along the way by sharing with you these six valuable lessons-learned from the … Read more