How To Select The Right Location For Your Disaster Recovery Data Center

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Remember the business aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? In each case, companies far and wide scrambled to put business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans in place if they didn’t already have them – whether or not they had felt so much as a raindrop from the super-storms. But human memory is short-lived. As incredible as it may seem, some people have already forgotten the devastation and destruction caused by disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. The problem, of course, is that the risk of disasters hasn’t gone down, even if our alertness to them has. All you need to do is take a look at data such as Sperling’s natural disaster map to see that the next disaster cou … Read more

The 10 Hardest Things To Change In Information Technology (IT) Are People-Driven

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Information technology (IT) would be easy – if our co-workers didn’t get in the way. And that doesn’t just mean non-tekkie end users who don’t know any better … it also includes my fellow IT folk who darn well ought to know better. (As a 34-year veteran of IT, I think I’ve earned the right to make this statement.) For those of you who are also in IT, here’s a list of the 10 hardest things to change that I’ve come across. Let’s share in a chuckle and shake our heads at how technology changes all the time … but people never do. 1. BYOD or bust! People like their smartphones, tablets, and gadgets. If they’re not in management, they’re going to sneak them in and use them, just like bad child … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-7-14

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Our kids are everything to us, but sometimes it can be difficult to give your son or daughter “the talk.” Your child can become confused easily if words are not easy to understand. Of course, we’re referring to the dreaded business continuity disaster recovery talk. How do you explain to a child what a BC/DR firm does? Divya Rathi took a few pointers from her boss, and it sums up to one important analogy: BC/DR specialists are like doctors for companies. They perform check ups to make sure companies are functioning and healthy, they provide wellness plans tailored to companies to avoid disease and illness, and when an emergency arises, they help companies survive and get back on track! One e … Read more

Stretch Your IT Dollar With Cloud Computing Services

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Cloud services are hot. Use of cloud service providers has become a growing best practice in the corporate world. Organizations are outsourcing IT services to cloud providers to reap measurable benefits for a variety of IT initiatives. Instead of investing in software and hardware, these organizations have seen their as-a-service budgets lower their total cost of IT over time. No need to pay for licenses or to upgrade software or hardware. Instead, budgets shift to monthly subscription costs with cloud providers based only on what’s needed. Scale up and fees rise. Scale down and so do the fees. Here are other benefits of cloud services: • Reducing your IT department headcount • Reducing … Read more

A Measuring Stick For The Cloud

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Remember when you were little and your parents would record your height by making a pencil mark on your doorframe every time you grew an inch or two? We thought it was time to do the same for the cloud computing industry, since growth is happening fast! To get the numbers we needed, Sungard Availability Services and EMC recently commissioned an important survey of businesses on their use of cloud technology and cloud recovery services. The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, queried 132 IT professionals in companies of all sizes – from less than 1,000 to more than 10,000 employees – throughout the U.S. Here’s how the measurements worked out … Cloud Services: Undergoing a Growt … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-24-14

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Businesses need upgrades, not only for operational success, but to keep up with the industry’s changing standards. One of the upgrades to consider is migrating some or all of your systems to the cloud to streamline your applications and operate more efficiently (among many other perks!). The cloud is a handy tool, especially for those startup businesses that want to save precious time and money. Without further ado, in this week’s roundup we talk startups, cloud, and overall IT transformation. Let’s get to it! In the News This week, we’ve got a couple of current events to cover, including new strategies from both hackers (again!?) and Salesforce. Let’s get the bad news over with first: hack … Read more

IT Transformation Probably Has Your CIO Spooked

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I know: if you’re a CIO, you probably hate the term “IT transformation.” It sounds like lofty, unpractical marketing jargon. However, it’s not. Sometimes it is down-to-earth, practical business. Here, for instance … Recently, I was sitting down with a global executive vice president of infrastructure for a very large information company. They have 30 petabytes of data under management – more than the entire Library of Congress. In the words of the executive, “Forget big data. We’re handling gigantic data.” The company has built a very sturdy, very secure global infrastructure footprint. They have data centers all over the world. Rock solid platforms. Phenomenal security. They know the rule … Read more

Hybrids (The Cloud Services Variety) And Network Strategies For CIOs In The Internet Of Everything Era, According to Cisco Executive Rob Lloyd

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As President of Development and Sales at Cisco, Rob Lloyd travels the world talking to customers and industry aficionados these days about the evolving challenges and opportunities brought by the Internet of Everything. That includes looking at current and future network platforms, software, architectures, applications, and strategies. With the number of devices accessing network resources growing dramatically—along with security concerns, operational complexity, costs, and customer expectations—how does an enterprise create the right network strategy for today and tomorrow? Sungard Availability Services spoke with Lloyd to get his insights. The Hybrid Cloud is Hot Lloyd believes that clo … Read more