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

IT Transformation Probably Has Your CIO Spooked

IT transformation

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

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 10-15-14

IT blogs

Bob Dylan said it best: “The times they are a-changin." With a new company falling victim to a breach nearly every week, combined with the advent of cloud technologies, it all leads to a ripple effect throughout the IT industry. In response, organizations are switching things up internally and with their offerings as they try to keep pace with the fast-evolving market. Let’s take a look at some of those changes in this week’s roundup! Quick News: JPMorgan, Russian Cybercriminals, and Consumers After all signs point to Russian cybercriminals for the JPMorgan hack, the folks at Bloomberg Businessweek are connecting the dots. In a recently published article they speculate that the large-scale … Read more

The Surprising “Weakest Link” In Disaster Recovery Success

Are your external communications threatening otherwise sound disaster recovery plans?

Your company is prepared. You have your disaster recovery (DR) plan written and available on an externally-hosted website. Your contracts are in place; your backups are verified and off-site. Your critical data is replicated to your DR provider. You have plans for all your people if the disaster impacts them and your facility. Bring on the zombie apocalypse: you are ready! Umm … maybe you’d better hope those zombies stay in their graves a little while longer. You see, when I consult with clients, I always ask a certain question … and it usually punctures their self-congratulatory bubble. Ready? Here it is: “Have you tested your external connections under disaster recovery conditi … Read more

Managing Your Crisis Management: 5 Ways To Get Ahead Of The Mess

Are you ready?

Most crisis management plans kick in after an event has occurred. But there’s also an aspect to crisis management that can (and should) take place before any incident happens. The fact is, current mechanisms for predictive analysis, modeling, and forecasting – coupled with availability of data – allow organizations to identify and respond to events and scenarios before they occur. Proactive measures are as much a component of contemporary crisis management as is disaster recovery. Firms are often able to mitigate losses and remain productive in the face of crippling disasters – or even avoid outages altogether – by actively developing response and communication plans to address crises befor … Read more

Why Hybrid IT Environments Make A Hot Mess For Disaster Recovery [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Data from Sungard Availability Services shows that 65% of all IT environments are multi-platform (or hybrid). Believe it or not, this makes IT's task of recovering these environments a "hot mess." This infographic gives you 5 actionable steps to take to resolve your own "hot mess." To Share this Infographic On Your Site:Please include attribution to sungardas.com with this graphic. This infographic was first shared on Forbes.com. … Read more

When Backup Screws Up Recovery: Why And What To Do About It

Backup and recovery

Ever spend gobs of time and money and effort to achieve a business goal, only to find out that you screwed up something else in the process? Man, I hate that. The problem is, I see companies do it all the time in my job in one specific area: they are focusing on their backup goals and simultaneously trashing their recovery objectives. I’d like to tell you about it so that it doesn’t happen to you. Companies know the importance of backup. That’s a fact. I don’t think there are many, if any, companies out there who would say, “Backup? Nah – waste of time!” In fact, companies are really attuned to the importance of backup and to the problems involved in it. Namely: • Data is growing at a rat … Read more