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.

Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Look closer to home for the biggest cloud security issue, SME execs told

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The biggest threat to cloud security among IT is the company’s employees unintentionally exposing data, according to the latest research figures from CloudEntr.

The study, which took 438 survey responses from industries including financial and manufacturing, found three quarters (75%) of smaller businesses are most worried about their workforce when it comes to securing data in the cloud. Larger IT firms were more concerned about hackers using employee credentials to get...

By James Bourne, 27 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Worried about cloud files going to the wrong place? This startup could help

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Updated It’s every CIO’s worst nightmare. Your employees are collaborating and getting stuff done, sharing files on cloud software. But what if a device was lost, or the files ended up in the wrong hands?

Meet Veradocs. The Mountain View based startup, until today operating in stealth, has announced a $14...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data Loss, Storage.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.

Cloud disaster recovery: 5 key steps to secure your data

Hosting applications on the cloud is tempting many IT organisations for sundry reasons like availing benefits from outsized datacentres, backup power sources and other capabilities that till lately only established IT organisations could afford. Pay-as-you-go culture or guaranteed availability makes cloud adoption an easy and unperturbed choice for many SMBs and large scale organisations.

Many hosting providers maintain compound data centres, so decision makers often assume disaster recovery to be the inherent...

By NebuLogic, 18 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.