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.

Combining the physical with the digital: Joining the data self preservation society

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As businesses continue to recognise the strategic importance of IT and data to the very existence of their businesses let alone performance, we can be under no illusion about the absolute necessity of keeping data safe and being alert to all the associated potential risks posed - from the inherent ‘fragility’ of web and cloud infrastructure, to things altogether more sinister such as cyber or even physical terror attack.

Whether your data is on your premises, stored in a...

By Simon Taylor, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

Disaster recovery experts dig down into Azure cloud outages over past 12 months

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The majority of Microsoft’s service errors in the first quarter of 2014 were advisory, while there were significantly more service interruptions in the following three quarters, according to analysis carried out by CloudEndure.

The figures, taken from Azure’s Service Health Dashboard across last year, saw three full service interruptions in Q1, a whopping 28 in Q2, 16 in Q3 and zero in the final quarter. The highest number of errors came in Q1 (259), yet also produced the...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

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Feature Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.

Generally, the type of service they are delivering limits a provider’s responsibility level. In the case of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) a provider might just be delivering infrastructure and a means of creating cloud environments with no...

By David Auslander, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

AWS, Google, SoftLayer score highly in ranking of most reliable cloud providers

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Cloud benchmarking provider CloudHarmony has updated its metrics, and found AWS, Google and SoftLayer to be among the most reliable public cloud providers in 2014.

The figures, which can be found on its service status page here, saw Amazon’s S3 register 23 outages across nine regions resulting in a 2.69 hour downtime across the year, while Amazon EC2 clocked up 12 outages resulting in a just over two hour outage...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, SLA.