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

Disaster Recovery As A Service (DRaaS): A New Way To Solve An Old Problem

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Disaster recovery, downtime, data loss. Not words many people like to hear. Sure, you understand that a disaster recovery (DR) plan is important, even critical to your company’s business. But building a disaster recovery plan is expensive, time consuming, and requires skills most IT departments don’t have. Besides, how often do disasters really happen, and what are the chances it is going to happen to my company? A common misconception is that DR is all about natural disasters. While natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes get the most attention, industry research shows power failures, IT hardware, software and network outages, and human error are much more likely to cause bus … Read more

Keeping Disaster Recovery In Step With Business

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You’ve taken the time to implement a disaster recovery (DR) plan for your company – you’re prepared for anything! You’ve covered all the milestones: You initiated a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to determine the recovery times you’ll need for your applications. You tiered your applications and documented their interdependencies so you’ll know which order your servers should be restored in. You found a geographically-diverse data center for your recovery infrastructure. You put together a recovery playbook and tested each and every step. Bring on the storms … the floods … the power outages … you’re ready! Everything may sound foolproof, but here’s the catch: your applications and IT env … Read more

Removing The “Black Box” From Disaster Recovery As A Service (DRaaS)

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How much data does your company generate in a given month? Or day? Or hour? The information itself is important, of course, but what really matters is what you do with all that data -- how it allows you to interact with your customers, collaborate to produce new product lines, and so on. The question then becomes, what happens if disaster strikes and suddenly that critical information isn’t there when you need it? Data recovery is an essential component to the overall success of any business. At Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), we have always been dedicated to the Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) model, but I am excited about a new service we provide that makes the process even … Read more

The London Air Traffic Control System Outage Took Engineers By Surprise, Is Your Disaster Recovery Strategy Actionable?

London Air Traffic Control

This past Friday served as a reminder that even the most complex and closely monitored computer systems can experience outages. The London air traffic control system went down on December 12th due to a previously unseen software glitch in a critical outsourced system. The engineers had not planned for the problem, which remains largely undefined for public consumption, but the fact is that it happened and those responsible for the availability of the system can’t deny the failure (regardless of the cause). In all likelihood, high volume may have put undue stress on the system causing it to fail resulting in chaos that essentially brought air travel in and out of London to a complete s … Read more

A Diet For Big Data Growth: Cloud Disaster Recovery Emerges

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The staggering amount of electronic information your datacenter handles on a daily basis is overwhelming. In fact, from now until 2020, the digital universe is expected to practically double every two years, according to a study sponsored by EMC. That’s the equivalent of more than 5,200 gigabytes of data for every man, woman, and child in 2020*. No wonder the majority of organizations are moving to the cloud, to keep up with data from mobile workers and to help cut costs. The natural next step is cloud recovery services, to help companies ensure their data is available when they need it. IDG Research Services recently surveyed more than one hundred IT leaders to understand their o … Read more

Businesses Embrace ‘All Things Cloud’

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Now that the fall conference season is in full swing, excitement is building around all things cloud. From how the ‘Internet of Everything’ will change the way we live, to the role the Cisco Intercloud plays in forming a seamless fabric between the world of many clouds, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is connecting with customers from coast to coast to share our vision of the cloud and how our partnership with Cisco and its reseller ecosystem bring value to the market. By Intercloud, we mean the global “cloud of clouds” which unlocks exciting business opportunities by connecting fragmented and custom-built clouds with open APIs for business acceleration. An open, secure, interop … Read more

A Guide To Safeguard Your Business’ Crown Jewel (SAP Enterprise) Application

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Is your business one of the 253,500 organizations that runs on SAP ? If so, you understand full well why this industry-leading, all-encompassing client/server platform is considered a “crown jewel” application: First, you’ve made a significant investment to deploy, maintain and extend your SAP application platform. And, second, you can’t live without it. While that may sound a bit extreme, many businesses literally could not function if their SAP ERP system went down. In the event of a disaster or outage affecting an SAP platform, everything that goes into running the business could come screeching to a halt. How could any business—including yours—possibly prepare itself for such a scenario? … Read more