Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Melting the big data avalanche through copy data virtualisation

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The volume of data within companies is growing day by day due to new data - most of which comes from the uncontrolled proliferation of data copies. This avalanche of data is a great challenge for businesses having to manage it efficiently and securely. So, where does this copy data come from?

Copy data is redundantly generated copies of production data for purposes such as...

By Ash Ashutosh, 15 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Virtualisation.

CIO survey reveals importance of mainframe – but also the skills gap with it

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IBM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the mainframe last year – and new research from Compuware reveals the technology is still as important as ever for CIOs.

The research, which polled 350 enterprise CIOs, found almost nine in 10 (88%) see the mainframe as a “key business asset over the next decade”, while a similar number (89%) see mainframe code as “valuable corporate intellectual property” and four in five (78%) believe it is a “key enabler of...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Infrastructure.

How vendors are building data centres to protect customers and how this affects compliance

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European service providers are currently busy with the creation of multiple data centres, yet in an effort to ensure customers are able to access their data in the locations they are looking for many are being left at risk of having to return to manual provisioning. This is a pitfall providers need to avoid and, to do so, will need to consider how they can offer self-service to their customers, with the choice of data location built-in.

Offering a choice of VM template, but no choice as...

By Ian Finlay, 11 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Latest research studies examine enterprise cloud and big data adoption strategies

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The latest figures on European cloud computing adoption, this time from managed services provider Easynet, shows only one in 10 enterprises are using public cloud.

The research, which polled 660 IT decision makers at companies with more than 1000 employees, found that cloud had been adopted by almost three quarters (74%) of European enterprises. In total, almost half (47%) used private cloud, compared with 17% utilising hybrid cloud, and the remaining 26% naturally staying on-premise.

The...

By James Bourne, 09 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.

Escape all limitations: Cloud disaster recovery best practices

Are you confident knowing that the backup and recovery solution protecting your business-critical operations will hold up no matter the disaster – or not?

What constitutes a sound disaster recovery technology strategy? Does one size fit all? Is virtual a more reliable choice than physical backups, or is it the other way around?

Find out how much you really know about planning for the unforeseen in this whitepaper from Unitrends.

By James Bourne, 08 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Cloud migration still poses various challenges, according to new research

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The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has called on cloud service providers (CSPs) to do more to assist with the process of cloud migration for their customers after new research reveals difficulties associated with moving to the cloud.

The CIF survey, which polled 250 senior IT and business decision-makers from the public and private sectors, found only 10% of respondents saying their transition to cloud services “could not have been improved.” 38% of those polled said they had...

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Migration.

Suffering a cloud outage? Look closer to home for the potential cause

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If your systems are down, and you’re just about to get on the phone to tear a strip from your cloud vendor, remember this: technical errors in failed cloud implementations are more likely to come from the user organisation itself than the supplier.

That was the surprising finding from a report recently released by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with 36% of respondents saying errors were more likely to come from within than outside (29%). The report noted commercial errors were...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Why the cloud wars are good for you: Google’s NoSQL database and the battle with Microsoft and Amazon

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Google is creeping up your data stack. In response to Microsoft’s recent Azure DocumentDB announcement Google has released Cloud BigTable into the wild. Cloud BigTable is a managed NoSQL database service based on a version of BigTable used internally for more than decade. Last week Google announced the database would be...

By Kelly Stirman, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers, Google.

The power game: Ensuring the right data centre relationship

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By Steve Davis, Marketing Director, Next Generation Data

Britain’s internet demand is expanding so fast that it could consume the nation’s entire power supply by 2035, scientists told the Royal Society earlier this month.

Hopefully it won’t come to that but Andrew Ellis, professor of optical communications at Aston University, told the “Capacity Crunch” conference that data storage and transmission on the internet, along with devices such as PCs and TVs,...

By Steve Davis, 14 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Management.