4 Secrets For Picking The Best Business Continuity Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) Solution For Your Business

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Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) solutions are many and varied. Which one is right for your company? Your Board of Directors is demanding a complete BC/DR program, your CEO wants it done yesterday, service providers are promoting their services and calling on you all hours of the day, your different lines of business only care about their IT needs, the media is full of news about the latest and greatest cloud recovery technologies ... and the list goes on. So how do you even begin to move forward when a hundred voices are clamoring for your attention, your money, and your resources? Let’s start by cutting out the noise. Forget the hype, the pressure, the latest and g … Read more

Why Information Technology (IT) Professionals Have Been Thinking About Their Jobs The Wrong Way

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Over the years, I’ve provided training to entry and mid-level information technology (IT) colleagues. In the process, I evaluate how they regard IT’s role in business. Within each person, I typically find a noble allegiance to their area of specialty, be it storage, network, server, software development, service management, backup, business continuity, etc. However, as I followed these IT professionals over time, I would see a change. As they gained experience outside their point of reference, they realized they had been thinking about their jobs the wrong way. Their understanding evolved to see the deep interdependency of all aspects of business. I describe this interdependency in terms of … Read more

Why There Are More Than 50 Shades Of Grey In Cloud Computing Services

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Thought you were going to read about erotica in the cloud? Sorry to disappoint! But there are indeed 50 shades of grey and more when it comes to selecting cloud computing services. So if you are thinking about migrating to the cloud or if you want to improve your ROI in the cloud, here are the shades of “grey” you’ll need to be defining: Shades of Grey in Business Objectives – Identifying Why You Are Moving Into The Cloud There are as many business objectives for the cloud as there are shades of grey, such as capex to opex budgeting, flexibility, agility, high availability, etc. Why do you want to move to the cloud? Saying that your o … Read more

Stronger Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Healthcare

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Healthcare organizations are and always have been slow to adopt leading edge technology, but thanks to compulsory legislation and regulatory requirements (HIPAA and HITECH, for example,) awareness of disaster recovery strategies is growing. This is no real surprise when you consider the penalties possible for lack of compliance, ranging from fines of millions of dollars to loss of revenue if provider status were to be revoked for failures under the Affordable Care Act. At the heart of healthcare disaster recovery is the quantum shift the industry has experienced, where everything is online and digitally stored and paper-based storage is diminished. Electronic medical records and associated … Read more

Backup Your Life With These Tips For Personal Information Technology (IT) Resiliency Planning

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We talk about business continuity, disaster recovery, and overall resiliency for organizations of every size. But what about for you and me … as individuals? I don’t know about you, but I would be less than happy if my smartphone was stolen, my laptop stalled, my computer hacked, or my iPod drowned. Not because I have anything particularly earthshaking on these devices (if an outsider were to assess them), but because they have data and files that are important to me. My contacts. My photos. My files. My interests. The regular stuff that makes up my life. As a result, I’ve spent some time and thought putting together a personal IT resiliency plan with 5 key components. The good news is, t … 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

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

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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

Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Best Practices From The Availability Front Lines

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As a Marine I learned the hard way how difficult it is to think straight under pressure. Now I find myself after two decades in the trenches of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) realizing some of the same lessons-learned apply to Information Technology! Since becoming a business technologist in the mid-1990′s, I’ve been ambushed by unexpected problems, had to “march” at double-time to meet our business objectives, and sweat it out waiting to see if a plan-of-attack was going to work like our marching orders said it would! So, I’d like to save you some of the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve experienced along the way by sharing with you these six valuable lessons-learned from the … Read more