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 Simple Way To Explain Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery To A 7-Year-Old

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I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he said, “My daughter asked me last night, ‘What do you do, Daddy?’ You know, it stumped me for a minute. After all, if you’re an architect or a librarian or a teacher or a writer, it’s easy to explain it to a kid. But how do you explain that you work for a BC/DR firm specializing in organizational resiliency? Children don’t know what business continuity or disaster recovery are, or why a company would need either one.” Having a few peers and relatives who do not understand what BC/DR is, I was curious. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “I gave her a very simple analogy,” he replied. “I told her I’m like a doctor. But instead of treating pe … 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: 11-12-14

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When it comes to college, there’s a lot of uncertainty. “Will my child make friends? Will they like their school and their studies?” These are some of the questions we ask ourselves. But one we don’t often think about is this: “Will someone steal my son or daughter’s information?” It’s more common than you think. Don’t let a breach on college campuses take advantage of your child’s information – make sure you and your child are aware of the issues at hand. For that reason, Sue Poremba is detailing five cyber threats that YOU should know before your child goes off to college. These include awareness of malware, password problems, and BYOD, among others. And while we’re on the topic of warni … 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

My Disaster Recovery Career Began With The Loma Prieta Earthquake…As Other Businesses Met Their Demise

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A quarter century ago, I got into the disaster recovery business by accident. I was walking through my company’s loading dock and found a huge fireproof safe. When I asked what was in it, I was told, “Reel-to-reel backup tapes of all of the software that we develop and sell to our customers, and our accounting records.” Since I was the company’s IT security guy (we didn’t have CISOs back then), I commented to my manager that if an earthquake rendered the safe unreachable, we could be out of business. My manager encouraged me to outline a strategy and budget for disaster recovery, but my plan was subsequently shelved due to the expense. That was in April of 1989. Six months later, on … Read more