SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public clouds.

Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more sophisticated data management...

Time is running out for SQL Server 2008/R2 support – here’s what to do about it

Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end in July 2019, giving database and system administrators precious little time to make some necessary changes. Upgrading the software to the latest version is always an option, of course, but for a variety of reasons, that may not be viable for some applications. So Microsoft is providing an alternative: Get three more years of free Extended Security Updates by migrating to the Azure cloud.

By Dave Bermingham, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, Migration, Platform.

Doubling down on disaster recovery-as-a-service – for business continuity and beyond

The prospect of an IT outage is one of the key issues that keeps IT professionals awake at night.  In the past two years, 93% of organisations have experienced tech-related business disruption and, as a result, one out of five experienced major reputational damage and permanent loss of customers. From natural...

CloudEndure confirms acquisition by Amazon Web Services

It’s official: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Israeli cloud disaster recovery and backup specialists CloudEndure.

The news had been rumoured over the past few days, yet a short announcement from CloudEndure this morning confirmed the news. The company said no more other than that the acquisition “expands [its] ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, disaster recovery, and backup...

By James Bourne, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, M&A.

A guide to the key principles of chaos engineering

Chaos engineering can be defined as experiments over a distributed system at scale, which increases the confidence that the system will behave as desired and expected under undesired and unexpected conditions.

The concept was popularised initially by Netflix and its Chaos Monkey approach. As the company put it as far back as 2010: "The...

By Nazareno Feito, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA, Vulnerabilities.

Protecting your company’s crown jewels: Building cloud-based backup and DR into ransomware defence

It’s a sad fact of life that whenever someone owns anything of value, there’s someone else out there who wants to get their hands on it illegally. Today’s corporate crown jewels are the critical data on which organisations depend and the highwaymen are cybercriminals, who have built a lucrative industry from ransomware attacks that disrupt businesses, steal data and aim to extract payment from their victims.

Tackling this scourge is a critical challenge for IT managers on several levels, but...

The perils of not having disaster recovery - or, why we love a good reserve parachute

One of the most important but often missed steps in having a reliable infrastructure is disaster recovery (DR). Surprisingly, most companies decide either to not implement DR or to implement it halfway. Here, I intend to explore common terms and understandings in disaster recovery; how to leverage the cloud, different types, the plan and important considerations, as well as the economic impact.

Regional vs. zone/domain DR

DR can be implemented at regional or zone/domain level, depending on needs. I advocate...

By Nazareno Feito, 18 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Security.