A guide to disaster recovery in the cloud

Most organisations know they need to protect their business critical information and minimise downtime in the event of outages, failures, disasters, and other disruptions. But not all companies have the budget, expertise, or time to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

For organisations with disaster recovery services in place, the challenge often lies in supporting the ongoing maintenance and re-evaluating the initial investment versus newer offerings as their environment continues to expand, or...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.

Wuala cloud storage to shut down, offers Tresorit as potential new home

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Wuala, the Switzerland-based cloud storage service owned by data storage provider Seagate, is to terminate in November, according to a company blog post.

The post, from Wuala head of sales and marketing Markus Speth, details the three stages of closure. The company – as of yesterday – will not accept any new storage purchases or renewals, the service will transition to read-only on September 30, and on November 15 the...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Software, Storage.

Disaster recovery and backup - and all that is between them

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Everyone should back up important or valuable data, whether that data is family photos for individuals or business documents for companies. Individuals may be happy to buy a local hard drive and put it in the attic but for companies where their business depends on their emails or file records it would make sense to have a more robust solution.

Many companies are now backing up their data with cloud vendors. Besides the relative simplicity of this solution, it makes commercial sense to store...

By Joseph Blass, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Disaster recovery, Game of Thrones style: Is your enterprise ready?

You don’t have to be an expert on the bestselling George R.R. Martin series to understand why the Game of Thrones saga is relevant to disaster recovery. The series’ beleaguered continent, Westeros, is much like a troubled enterprise – near-constant turmoil, management pressure, and the continued threat of disaster.

Like any enterprise or organisation, Westeros is endangered by a lack of continuity and poor disaster recovery plans. The inhabitants of Westeros have much to teach anyone...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The Tour de France and cloud disaster recovery – more in common than you think

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As Tour de France fever ratchets up around the world, it’s clear to me that businesses can draw several parallels with professional cycling and their disaster recovery (DR) strategy. If businesses and cyclists plan ahead, it’s possible for both to have a real-time support crew on hand the moment something goes wrong.  And, just seconds after it goes wrong, the support crew solves the problem and the cyclist, or business, gets back to what it does best.

Imagine...

By Marc Goroff, 21 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid.

Disaster recovery: Where time matters

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Disasters can strike at any time. They may be caused by human error, cyber-attacks or by natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes. Even so it’s quite tempting to sit back and relax, to not worry about the consequences of these upon one’s business – perhaps for cost reasons, but investments in business continuity are like an insurance policy. It’s not just about disaster recovery because the best way to prevent...

By Graham Jarvis, 20 July 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Analysing cloud as the target for disaster recovery

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Analysis If we think about the basic functionality that we take advantage of in the cloud, a whole set of possibilities open up for how we plan for disaster recovery (DR).

Until recently, disaster recovery was an expensive, process intensive service, reserved for only the most critical of corporate services. In most cases DR has been about large servers in two geographically distributed location and large data sets being replicated on a timed basis. Many smaller or less critical services were...

By David Auslander, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Drowning in data: How to back up more than you can handle

You have an insurmountable volume of data with backup requirements that just aren’t realistic. So how can you stay afloat but also get to a point where backing up everything that’s required is not only possible, but is actually feasible?

This whitepaper download from Unitrends focuses on three basic blocking and tackling steps that will aim to bring some order to your backup chaos.

By James Bourne, 13 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Real use cases: Why 50% of enterprises are choosing hybrid cloud

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Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017.

Why are enterprises going hybrid? Below are four use cases that demonstrate how enterprises determine what, when and how to move to the cloud.

Case 1: Testing environments

Migrating...

By Logicworks, 25 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.