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.

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.

The cloud-based services heading towards security – and the importance of cloud disaster recovery

What is the most crucial aspect of business to focus on today? Finance? Logistics? Developers? It’s really hard to say, but the truth is that any employee can be replaced by someone (or something) else at any time. Especially by unreasonable management of IT infrastructure as far as protecting data is concerned.

Nowadays, ever more companies rely heavily on IT and new solutions. Unfortunately, while such an approach does have many advantages, it’s a double-edged sword. Let me show you a simple example: if an...

By Małgorzata Zabieglińska–Lupa, 10 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Continuing in the face of disaster: Assessing disaster recovery in the cloud age

With 73% of businesses having had some type of operations interruption in the last five years, business continuity is becoming a concern for many organisations, especially the SMEs. Business continuity incorporates pre-emptive measures such as cyber-defences to minimise risk, proactive tactics such as system backups in case a problem arises and plans for a reactive strategy, which should include disaster recovery (DR), ready in case the worst...

Six things to keep in mind when shopping for a cloud backup solution

When you’re looking for a cloud backup solution for your business, you’re not just thinking about storing a few files in a remote location. You’re planning your disaster recovery strategy. You want a reliable tool that will store your business data and help you recover it when you need it. The thing is, your data is spread over different types of computers, devices and applications, which makes your strategy more complicated. There are a few things you should keep in mind.

You want a cloud backup...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Are availability zones a disaster recovery solution?

I recently read an article which began “you can’t predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.” It got me thinking. I can hardly remember a time when disaster recovery was a bigger challenge for infrastructure managers than it is today. In fact, with ever increasing threats to IT systems, a reliable disaster recovery strategy is now absolutely essential for an organisation, regardless of their vertical market.

What does all this have to do with availability zones, I hear you cry?...

By Richard Stinton, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.