Microsoft Azure cloud outage blamed on undetected testing bug

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Microsoft Azure cloud storage went down for several hours overnight knocking various sites and services offline, with the tech giant blaming the fault on an undetected bug during testing.

The incident can be located on the Azure status history page, under ‘Multiple Azure Services’ and multiple regions.

 “From 19 Nov 2014, 00:52 to 05:50 UTC a subset of customers using Storage, Virtual Machines, SQL Geo-Restore, SQL...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

From CIOs to IT: Shining a light on cloud disaster recovery with attainable metrics

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This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.”

We know cloud exits are not the most thrilling topic of conversation. Everyone would much prefer to keep their heads in the sand and talk about how more productive, lean and agile their business will be once they’ve moved the...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.

The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery.

Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.

Only 30% of smaller businesses had a business continuity plan in place, compared to 54% of medium organisations and 73% of large businesses. The findings, which appear in Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check report (registration link here), showed a poor uptake in smaller...

By James Bourne, 23 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.

Data leaks in Hollywood: Who might be next?

By Stephen Midgley, Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The recent iCloud hack and subsequent leak of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities has made it clear that even the rich and famous aren’t immune to data loss. The fatal mistake these stars made was to forget that data, be it an email or photo, isn’t static. More often than not it goes straight to the cloud, where in theory it can be accessed from anywhere.

What’s happened to the stars of...

By Absolute Software, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Opinion.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them. There is little or no capital investment and a convenient pay-as-you-go subscription model. It’s no wonder that many SMBs are now using cloud business software they would never have thought of installing on servers on their own site.

Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be...

By CloudWedge, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, SMEs.

Microsoft’s Azure outages: How does this affect the firm’s cloudy reputation?

Microsoft suffered a blow yesterday when its Azure cloud and virtual machines suffered a series of outages before later being restored.

According to Reuters, the downtime was due to interruptions in multiple centres, with a representative from the company explaining that a small section of its customer base was affected.

A cursory glance at Azure’s status history page gives a...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, SLA.

Cinolla shores up its data centre defences with SaaS Assured

Software as a service (SaaS) provider Cinolla has signed up with SaaS Assured, which enables its services to stay online even if the data centre hits the skids.

The company, which manages bookings and scheduling for outdoor activity providers, signed up to the SaaS Assured initiative to provide peace of mind for its clients.

SaaS Assured, which is provided by NCC Group, “helps to ‘keep the lights on’ while allowing time for end user to source and transition to an alternative solution that...

By James Bourne, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, SaaS .

Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

Nick Razey, CEO and Co-founder of Next Generation Data

Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K.

However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the...

By NGD, 22 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.