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.

How to leverage cloud architectures for high availability

Cloud architectures are used broadly nowadays; the cloud is a plethora of amazing alternatives in terms of services and solutions. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and the cloud presents itself as a place where failure can and eventually will occur. Thus, consequently, it will spread upon the entire architecture fast, possibly causing massive outages that can leave a business on its knees.

Okay, that’s not an overly optimistic scenario – more likely the opposite – but...

By Nazareno Feito, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

How to pick a cloud your CIO will love: Three questions to ask

It will come as no surprise to those of you already leveraging cloud services that Forrester Research predicted that in 2018, cloud computing will become a must-have business technology. The scalability, agility and cost model allow IT teams to redirect their energy toward accelerating business initiatives without worrying about costly infrastructure investments.

As many have learned, however, it’s...

By Monica Brink, 11 May 2018, 2 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Migration.

Disaster recovery: The importance of choosing the right provider for you

I wrote an article recently which centred on Gartner’s prediction that the disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market would grow from $2.01bn in 2017 to $3.7bn by 2021.

In my opinion, one of the main drivers for this rapid level of growth is the fact that it is ‘as a service’ and not the complex and expensive ‘create your own’ environment that it used to be. As a result, this has made DRaaS much more accessible to the SMB market, as well as enterprise customers. But,...

By Richard Stinton, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Cloud outages could cost US businesses $15 billion, says Lloyd’s of London

Here’s an interesting statistic to illustrate how much influence the major cloud providers have: according to Lloyd’s of London, US businesses could lose $15 billion if a leading vendor experienced downtime of at least three days.

According to the insurer, working in partnership with risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide in its ‘Cloud Down’ report, an ‘extreme cyber incident’ which took a top cloud provider offline for three to six days would also result in insured losses of...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Regulation, SLA.

Why cloud storage, DRaaS, multi-cloud and data security will all be key cloud drivers in 2018

It's that time of year when industry commentators are weighing in with their predictions and projections for the year ahead.

While the subject of cloud computing is a big topic, probably one of the most pressing subjects hitting the headlines in 2018 is increasing regulations relating to GDPR.  However, there are a few other cloud-related topics that I would like to put the spotlight on as we look at the anticipated growth areas for cloud service providers in the year ahead. In particular, I’d...

By Richard Stinton, 22 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Security, Storage, Trends.

Veeam acquires AWS backup provider N2WS for $42.5 million

The band is getting together again at Veeam – to a point. The Swiss-based backup software provider has announced the acquisition of N2WS, a company specialising in Amazon Web Services (AWS) backup and disaster recovery, on whose board sits Veeam co-founder and former CEO Ratmir Timashev.

The deal, for $42.5 million (£30.8m), will see N2WS remain as a standalone company, with the firm being branded as ‘A Veeam Company’ going forward.

Founded in 2012, N2WS offers a cloud-native backup...

By James Bourne, 16 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, M&A.

Disaster recovery plans not as good as they could be, new research warns

A majority of organisations had to deploy their disaster recovery solution at least once in the past year with many unsure as to the specifics of their availability plans, according to a new report from Syncsort.

The study, which gathered results from several reports polling more than 5,600 IT professionals globally, found that 85% of respondents either had no recovery plan or were ‘less than 100% confident’ in their plan. 31% of organisations lost a day or more due to failover, with 28% losing a...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security.