7 Key Considerations In Selecting A Top Colocation Provider

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Faced with the need to optimize, every aspect of their department, IT organizations are recognizing the benefits of selecting a top colocation provider for their mission-critical equipment in a data center. The time, cost savings, and quality of service a company can realize as a result of using a Managed Services provider for colocation are very appealing. With significant benefits of scale, IT Operations need to look for reliable facilities that offer uptime, power environmentals, physical security, carrier diversity, and high quality networks. With a colocation provider, customers can reduce their costs by relying on the provider’s staff 24/7. The additional services and highly r … Read more

Elevating Business Continuity To The Next Level: Sungard AS Takes Center Stage At DRJ Spring World 2015

Business Continuity

A few more days till the Disaster Recovery Journal (DRJ) Spring World 2015! I am looking forward to a great conference and, of course, connecting with our clients – both old and new. This year’s conference theme “Elevating Business Continuity to the Next Level” is apt and timely. Our community is pushing us and together we are challenging the status quo and asking the hard questions such as “what if we stopped doing a big-bang BIA?” Or “how does one really do continuity in an environment which undergoes 400 changes a week!” Expect as always to be provoked a bit in the Sungard AS sessions at the event. Agile application deployment and cloud are driving an unprecedented disruption and our wor … Read more

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

Which Chief Information Officer Responsibilities Keep You Awake At Night?

Chief Information Officer's Responsibilities

One of the biggest health concerns facing Americans today might surprise you. It’s not cancer or heart disease or obesity. It’s sleep deprivation. As a Chief Information Officer (CIO) myself, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’ve had plenty of restless nights. A new TV documentary on the National Geographic Channel called “Sleepless In America” explores the sleep crisis facing our country, pointing out that inadequate rest is not only bad for your physical and mental health, it could even have fatal consequences. Sleeplessness isn’t discriminatory – it affects truck drivers, students, soldiers, new parents, and corporate executives – virtually everyone. There is no doubt that the Chief Informat … Read more

Which Vendor Type Do Professionals In The IT Industry Consider Most Undervalued?

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Disaster recovery (DR) has always been the red-headed stepchild of the IT industry. It’s the last to get funding and the first to lose it in the budgeting cycle. It is the most poorly staffed, yet it can have a huge impact on an organization. A recent survey of 276 IT professionals, commissioned by Sungard Availability Services*, captured this truth precisely: 42% of respondents stated that disaster recovery testing should be the last thing to receive budget cuts, yet when asked which type of vendor was most undervalued by their organizations, DR vendors were the #1 response. This, despite the fact that companies spend an average of $686,000 per hour when experiencing downtime. Why is there … Read more

IT Professionals Think Information Security And Disaster Recovery Should Be Last To Get Budget Cuts

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This year, we can expect presidential campaign promotion to slowly kick into gear. Early next year, advertising will pick up, and by summer there will be so much media hype that we will be colossally sick of it long before the actual November 8 election. Then, in 2017, all will be silent. Why? Because, for obvious reasons, spending on presidential campaigns runs on a four-year cycle. Information security and disaster recovery budgets run on cycles too, but IT professional may be surprised at how budget cuts and other factors drive them. Whereas the monthly budget for presidential campaigns builds up exponentially until the event itself and then declines afterward, information security and … 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

Want To Botch A Situation? Take A Page Out Of The New England Patriots’ Disaster Recovery Playbook For Deflategate

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We are all sick of talking about it, but deflategate has the oft-accused New England Patriots on their heels once again. With six Super Bowl appearances, they are this century’s most successful franchise, but periodic accusations of malfeasance threaten to tarnish their legacy. What we didn’t expect was for the Pats to handle this latest round of accusations - namely “deflategate” - so “spectacularly.” We all have something to learn from their “innovative” and “ingenious” disaster recovery plan that enabled them to “successfully” navigate their latest crisis. So let’s take a page out of the New England Patriots playbook for disaster recovery and see how we, too, can royally screw up a sit … Read more