How To Pick A Colocation Provider

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The relentless pace of business automation and Internet commerce has led to a staggering increase in the amount of data that businesses need to store. And that growth has created a corresponding need for businesses to expand their IT capabilities. However, a direct investment distracts from your core business and can cost up to $10 million for buildout and $5,000 per square foot for operational overhead. That’s why many companies are opting to outsource their IT through colocation providers. Colocation is all about economies of scale, focusing on your core competencies as a business and letting someone else handle the data center aspect. From a financial perspective, it allows you to take a … Read more

Don’t Be Fooled By These 5 Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Plans Fail

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“IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL” goes the old adage. In the current age of hyper-connectivity and uber-accessibility, dependence on real-time technology and applications brings an even greater need for technology-centric disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Most organizations understand this, yet despite the increased awareness, IT disaster recovery plans continue to fail when needed most; during a disaster or disruption. Here are five reasons why IT disaster recovery plans fail, and some tips for making sure that your organization does not find itself with an ineffective DR plan. 1. LACK OF “TESTING” A plan is just that without validating its achievability. Continual … Read more

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

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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

Moving To Tiered Backup And Recovery In Five Steps

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Not all applications and data are the same, and this has implications for tiered backup and recovery. In terms of backup, many organizations default to backing up all of their applications and data collectively using the same method and periodicity. This is unnecessary in virtually all circumstances, and is a highly inefficient use of time and resources. This approach can also make recovery problematic. If all data goes to a consolidated backup location, it will not be organized effectively enough for IT staff to find the correct databases, tables and records quickly and recover them for business users seamlessly. The best kind of data for backup and recovery purposes is prioritized, … 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?

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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

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