Don't let bad weather cloud your plans for recovery

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We all like to complain about services going down when bad weather strikes. The ‘wrong kind of snow’ can wreak havoc with trains and the road network can get snarled up fast, while power lines can come down in more remote areas. Where are the backup and recovery plans, we ask – but could our own customers or internal sponsors and colleagues be saying the same about us if we fail to deliver as we should?

The uncomfortable truth is many smaller businesses are...

By Matt Kingswood, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

What questions do you need to ask about connectivity when considering a data centre?

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Whether the requirement is Internet connectivity for cloud based applications or links to a private WAN, most organisations now recognise the importance of a carrier neutral data centre. However, while the list of possible connections available may look compelling – some data centres boast hundreds of carriers – it is important to look beyond the top line promises.

When it comes to data centre connectivity organisations have diverse requirements, from cost to Quality of...

By Jonathan Arnold, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

Keeping up with generation cloud: Choose your technology wisely

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By Martin Cooper, Technical Director, SolidFire

As enterprises turn to public cloud services and managed service providers to meet their IT needs, colocation providers have seen their customer base gradually diminish. Infact, managed service providers now bring in five-times more revenue.

Colo providers are aware their traditional business models are no longer relevant and that they need to give enterprises what they want: the cloud. But incorporating cloud into their provision in such a...

By Martin Cooper, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Storage, Vendors.

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

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86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud.

The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use;...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

Database drama: Relational or NoSQL? How to find the best choice for you

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Research conducted by Forrester and commissioned by EnterpriseDB (EDB) has found nearly half (42%) of respondents are struggling to manage the NoSQL solutions deployed in their environments.

The study sheds more light on the NoSQL vs relational database discussion facing companies looking to store data today. NoSQL providers will explain their technology is pivotal to deal with increasing changes in terms of processing power, scale and speed; yet according to EDB, relational database...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

A matter of trust: The importance of backups in cloud computing

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Strong security is a foundational element of every public, private and hybrid cloud implementation and will be a top concern for all businesses as part of a macro trend taking grip in 2015. Research shows that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years – calling into question not only data storage, but also data safety.

When it comes to security in the cloud, disaster recovery (DR), backup and...

By Chad Buzzard, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Take a look inside SoftLayer's new UK data centre

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Six months after it was launched, IBM and SoftLayer opened the doors of its new UK data centre to the media, with IBM UK&I cloud leader Doug Clark and SoftLayer CTO Marc Jones in attendance to review 2014 and look forward to the year ahead.

The data centre in Chessington, run by Digital Realty, was until 2012 a shipping warehouse before being converted. Each pod, which Jones pointed out had the same design in every SoftLayer data centre, has 150 racks, 4000 physical nodes, and a...

By James Bourne, 29 January 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, IaaS.

Frequency vs. size of cloud data breaches: Which is worse?

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Let’s face it, 2014 was a busy year for hacks and data breaches. There were the high profile Sony hacks, the record breaking fines handed out as a result of ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) healthcare data breaches in the US, and sites such as Gmail and eBay were also targeted by hackers.

The potential for breaches to occur more frequently as businesses collect increasing amounts of consumer data was

By Aleks Szymanski, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Examining AWS' uptime in 2014: Figures show marked improvement

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Having been ranked as one of the top cloud providers for uptime, new figures show Amazon Web Services (AWS) having a 41% reduction in performance issues quarter to quarter during 2014.

The figures, from CloudEndure, see AWS with 127 errors during Q114, a greater number than the following three quarters combined, with 43 in Q2, 37 in Q3, and 26 in Q4.

AWS EC2 was the most frequent faller in 2014, with 46 errors, compared to scalable DNS provider Route 53 (24), network monitoring service...

By James Bourne, 26 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Infrastructure, SLA.

What happens when data gets lost from the cloud?

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Let’s be clear: you need to store all that data somewhere. Hard drives were your only resort a few decades ago. Today, cloud is the new frontier on the data storage land, brimming with features.

So you’ve got data stored somewhere on cloud servers – your photos on Facebook, conversations in Skype, and projects in Asana – but what happens if one of these services take a knock and your data gets wiped?

Here’s the kicker: the cloud has many benefits (affordable...

By Dan Virgillito, 26 January 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.