Hackers versus hurricanes: It's time to begin planning for real disasters

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The most common objection I come across when discussing disaster recovery (DR) is, “Oh, well we don’t get hurricanes or floods or anything like that, so we don’t need DR”. To which I always reply “That’s all well and good, but do you have humans? What about hardware and power? Do you have HVAC in your data centre?”

A disaster can be any number of things and yes, whilst nature can definitely be a cause, in research that Opinion Matters undertook on behalf of...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle. I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT disaster recovery (DR).

When disaster strikes, organisations need to be able to recover IT systems as quickly as possible. Not having a disaster...

By Monica Brink, 04 January 2017, 2 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Top 10 disasters of 2016 reaffirm need for cloud business continuity strategy

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With 2016 drawing to a close – and some may argue with good cause – it is time to assess the landscape throughout the year. According to figures published by managed service providers IT Specialists (ITS), the 10 largest business continuity disasters of the year in the UK include storms, fires, and power outages.

Particularly observant readers of this publication will note a similar study was conducted by ITS

By James Bourne, 09 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The four benefits of disaster recovery powered by continuous data protection

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By Mary McCoy

There’s no denying the importance of effective backup and data protection technology in today’s IT landscape. Ensuring that customer information is properly protected – and accessible at all times – is an absolute necessity.

For managed IT service providers (MSPs), the challenge lies in finding the right backup technology that can give them even a slight edge against the competition. True to its name, Continuous Data Protection (CDP)...

‘Significant’ disconnect between C-suite and IT over disaster recovery

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A ‘significant’ disconnect exists between C-level executives and IT professionals when it comes to an organisation’s ability to recover from a disaster, according to new research from Evolve IP.

The study, which polled more than 500 executives and IT professionals, argued that while almost seven in 10 of the C-suite believe their company is ‘very prepared’ to recover from a disaster, the figure translates less well when it comes to IT pros (44%).

The...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Testing your disaster recovery plans: A best practice guide

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When is the right time to test your disaster recovery plans (DRP)?

You should test your DRP in line with any changes to your business. The plan should be updated and changed when new personnel, tech or operational systems are introduced so that it reflects the current state of your company. Whether this is once a month or once a year, the DRP should be an ever-changing document that takes into account any major business alterations as and when they occur. 

One way of ensuring your DRP is...

By Donald Bowker, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The four essentials MSPs forget when disaster recovery testing

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By Mary McCoy

By now, most MSPs recognise that offering backup is table stakes.

Your clients can receive this service from any number of your competitors. In order to stand out and increase monthly recurring revenue (MRR), focus on the disaster recovery (DR) aspect of backup and disaster recovery (BDR). Offer your clients DR testing.

To fully capitalise on the advantages of DR testing, keep...

By Continuum Managed Services, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

Is IT resilience now something for businesses to be getting excited about?

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The provocative side of IT resilience is made up of all the threats that today have more and more people talking about it than ever before. Let’s face it, who isn’t intrigued (and worried, terrified or simply concerned) by headlines about IT failures that have triggered nationwide flight cancellations or data hostage situations or global service outages? 

That said, even less dramatic outages like ING...

By Lilac Schoenbeck, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Google announces low latency cold storage Coldline in “major refresh”

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Google has announced a ‘major refresh’ of its cloud storage options, including Coldline, a new storage class aimed at long-term archival and disaster recovery.

The revamped storage classes are multi-regional, for highest availability of frequently accessed data, such as video and business continuity, regional, for data accessed frequently within a region such as data analytics and general compute, Nearline, for infrequent access, and Coldline.

“Whether a business needs to...

By James Bourne, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Storage.

Recovering from disaster: Develop, test, and assess

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Disaster recovery (DR) forms a critical part of a comprehensive business continuity plan and can often be the difference between the success and failure of an organisation. After all, disasters do happen — whether that’s a DDoS attack, data breach, network failure, human error, or by a natural event like a flood.

While the importance of having such a strategy is well recognised, how many organisations actually have the right plan in place? Not many, according to the 2014

By Stuart Nielsen-Marsh, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Test, test, then test again: Analysing the latest cloud DR strategies

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In September, we hosted a roundtable with fifteen business leaders to discuss and debate the findings from our The State of IT Disaster Recovery Amongst UK Businesses survey.  The debate was chaired by Chris Francis, techUK board member. Customers Wavex and Bluestone also participated in the discussion as did our partner Zerto and industry influencers Ray Bricknell from Behind...

By Monica Brink, 05 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Research argues overconfidence in disaster recovery is ‘common and costly’

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A new UK study from cloud disaster recovery provider iland has found that 95% of respondents have faced an outage or data loss in the past year – with 87% of that number saying it triggered a failover.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters and which specifically polled 250 UK decision makers responsible for their company’s IT disaster recovery plans, also found that of the 87% who had executed a failover, while 82% said they were confident it would be successful, 55%...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The 10 key discovery questions to ask when selling disaster recovery

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By Mary McCoy

If you’re looking to capture additional monthly recurring revenue (MRR) by selling your backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution to more clients, you have to understand the overall sales process and particularly, the discovery phase, which is meant to help you identify the best candidates for your BDR solution.

To identify those small and medium sized businesses with the highest probability of adopting your solution, begin by getting to know them. Uncover their...

By Continuum Managed Services, 07 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Can data transparency be the future of outsourcing?

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The benefits of storing data in the cloud are clear. However, as businesses are beginning to closely examine what having data in the cloud entails, they’re discovering that their relationships with cloud vendors are sometimes, well, cloudy.

In a 2015 Forrester Consulting survey, more than 60% of businesses said issues with transparency were stalling further expansion into the cloud. These organisations...

By Matt Kingswood, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Vendors.

The top five concerns and takeaways from the techUK cloud security panel

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Last week, iland took part in techUK’s “How to Build Trust in the Security of Cloud Computing” panel debate in London.  The event ran in two parts; the first panel looked at the key concerns associated with cloud security and then a second panel examined what needs to be done to help businesses address these concerns.

The UK is incredibly successful both on the supply side with the expertise we have developed delivering products and services, as well as the...

By Sam Woodcock, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

A disaster recovery plan: What is your IT team keeping from you?

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Your disaster recovery program is like a parachute - you don’t want to find yourself in freefall before you discover it won’t open. But amid hastening development cycles, and cost, resource and time pressures, many CIOs are failing to adequately prioritise DR planning and testing.

While IT teams are running to stand still with day-to-day responsibilities, DR efforts tend to be focused solely on infrastructure, hardware and software, neglecting the people and...

A guide to planning for application resiliency in cloud environments

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As businesses look to clouds for faster, more flexible growth, they confront significant challenges from a legacy application base that has varying levels of cloud suitability. Here, we examine how requirements around fault tolerance and disaster recovery can impact choice of cloud or architecture strategies within a cloud. 

Planning for application resiliency in cloud environments can present special challenges. Strategies can be similar to those used in traditional data centres,...

Big data loss: What to do when the almighty cloud fails

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If you use the cloud, it's probably for a few main reasons: you can store large amounts of data, you can share your data easily, and you're very unlikely to lose your data. But cloud data loss does happen, and even if the chances are low, it still might happen to you. Make sure you've protected your data from every angle to make sure you never lose it, no matter what happens.

Server failure

When you or your business stores something on the cloud, to you it seems like it's backed up in...

By JT Ripton, 17 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

AWS EC2 falls over in Sydney for six hours, stormy weather blamed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem.

The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region. An hour later, a “power event” was cited as the culprit, with power...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Disaster recovery as a service and how humans are often driven by fear

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The media is rife with examples of how human nature is strongly driven by fear; fear of the unknown, fear of failure, even fear of success. Human nature doesn’t leave the equation when we put on our corporate badges and walk through the glass doors of corporate UK.

We’re still human. And we still fear.

One of the major fears that plagues even the most relaxed corporate employee is the fear of failure. We advise the new guy to stay away from political quagmires. We sell...

By Lilac Schoenbeck, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.