Back to school: Disaster recovery lessons
The past week and a half have brought us the trifecta of business continuity / disaster recovery (BC/DR) stories: Hurricane Irene, the San Diego blackout, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’ll try not to belabor the point – stuff happens, and business need to be prepared – and instead highlight some of the more important lessons.
Lesson #1 – Disasters happen all the time.
It’s unfortunate that our industry refers to “disaster recovery”. The word disaster sounds like...
Dome9 launches new cloud firewall service
A new product aimed at creating a firewall for public and private clouds has launched.Dome9, a Tel Aviv based software company which founded last year, is just one of several cloud security companies to crowd an increasingly busy market sector. Its new offering is software as a service as well as an API that allows customers to let legitimate users access the ports for cloud-based servers. When deployed as an agent, the software works on any number of public and private clouds, such as Amazon, GoGrid and others...
Microsoft cloud outage hits millions of Hotmail users
Millions of Hotmail users were unable to access their accounts for at least two hours this morning after Microsoft’s Cloud suffered an outage, according to reports.
Problems began at around 4am this morning however, it was reported in a company blog that Microsoft had sorted the problem by 5.45am, although repairs went on for some time after this. Commenting in its 365 Twitter feed, Microsoft suggested the problems were down to an issue with the Domain Name System.
In addition to Hotmail, the outage...
Backup is NOT Disaster Preparedness
I just got done reading a survey report put out by Symantec on the topic of SMB disaster preparedness. It stated what I think most of already know, that something like 50% of small and midsize businesses (SMB) don’t have a disaster plan. This is a terrible state of affairs, and I applaud Symantec for highlighting the issue with the report.
Much less laudable was Symantec’s recommendation for how SMBs can address the gap. As I read, and then re-read the report to be sure, I realized that all the...
Is Encryption the Solution to Cloud Security and Privacy?
By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law
Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer. Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, computer lifecycle issues, accessibility issues. Cloud computing, ideally, is easy: set it and forget it,...
It’s Not a Disaster Recovery Plan If You Don’t Test It
There’s a fine story by Jacob Gsoedl over at SearchDisasterRecovery.com called, “Disaster recovery in the cloud explained” that makes for good reading.
Gsoedl provides a good overview of matters. I would like amplify one topic that I think deserves more emphasis than Gsoedl provides – testing.
As one of our customers recently put it to me, “You don’t actually have a DR plan if you...
Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed
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Public cloud remains unappealing, warns report
Companies are increasingly migrating to the private cloud but are less enamoured with the prospect of public cloud services, a report has revealed.
A survey of IT managers by IT solutions company, Precise has found that businesses seems to be switching onto the benefits of virtual computing with 37 percent saying they will migrate 61 percent or more of their applications to a private cloud environment in the future. But while cloud technology remains the next Big Thing in IT, only six percent of companies are...