Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union


It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.


By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

You may be right to be worried about DRaaS – but help is at hand


Latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that cloud adoption is at its highest figure to date, with 78 per cent of organisations now having formally adopted at least one type of cloud-based service. TechNavio echoes this surge and in particular the surge in growth of disaster recovery as a service, forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 54.64 per cent between 2014 and 2018. However, despite the striking numbers and growth expectations there are still many...

By Monica Brink, 18 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

SMBs urged to put disaster recovery plans in place after damning report findings


Smaller businesses are less likely to have a business continuity plan in place – and according to disaster recovery (DR) and backup provider Databarracks, there needs to be a stronger culture shift to put it right.

According to the vendor’s most recent Data Health Check report, only a quarter (27%) of small businesses have business continuity plans, compared to 68% of medium-sized firms and 75% of large organisations. Of the organisations with a plan in place, 88% had a...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The case for disaster recovery services beyond business continuity


Disaster recovery isn’t a new concept for IT. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional disaster recovery is being handled.

First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organisations are going to...

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


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


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


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.


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

Disaster recovery: Where time matters


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.