Exploding cloud myths, part 1: Why the cloud does not solve all business continuity and DR pains

With all the hype about how cloud delivery brings new levels of flexibility and availability, many organisations may be falling for misleading reports claiming that moving to a cloud model somehow diminishes the need to worry about business continuity (BC) or disaster recovery (DR).

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Like the parody disaster movie Airplane, it would just take one thing to go wrong and you could find yourself in quite a pickle, but without any of the...

By Brian Murray, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Best Practice, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Beyond disasters: It’s time to do more with DR

Disaster recovery plans exist to ensure business continuity when the worst happens. They allow organisations and individuals caught up in life changing events such as natural disasters to focus 100% on protecting people from harm, without the distraction of worrying about data and IT systems. Recent events – both climate related such as the hurricanes in the US as well as manmade events such as ransomware attacks -  have brought disaster recovery to the top of mind, and organisations are looking to...

By Jason Clark, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Don’t take the cloud plunge without a formal ROI assessment, Unisys warns

If you’re taking the plunge and migrating to cloud technologies, make sure you do a full return on investment (ROI) assessment – as companies who do are almost 50% more successful in realising cost savings.

This is the key finding from a new study issued by global IT provider Unisys. The report, conducted by IDG, polled 400 IT and business executives across eight countries and found four out of five respondents expected cost savings from adopting the cloud. An even higher number (82%) of those...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Migration.

Cloud Security Alliance aims to improve cyber security with introduction of new metrics

As any medical professional will explain, prevention is always better than cure. So why are so many organisations reactive instead of proactive when it comes to cybersecurity threats? A new report from the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) aims to introduce new metrics for enterprises to improve their security game.

The report, titled ‘Improving Metrics in Cyber Resiliency’, introduces Elapsed Time to Identify Failure (ETIF) and Elapsed Time to Identify Threat (ETIT), as well as processes to measure...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Five steps to gain data centre power chain management and risk assessment

It is a simple fact that data centre power outages will cause major business disruption in our connected and web delivered world. It’s very likely that a severe data centre power outage can cause a major loss of customers and damage the brand – as well as the stock price.

Everyone must face these facts, because there is no silver lining to a power loss incident. The potential ramifications might be irreversible and include that loss of trust, market share and reputation that are hard to quantify...

By Robert Neave, 21 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

Cisco admits to losing Meraki customer data in ‘erroneous policy change’

Cisco says it is ‘deeply regretful’ after admitting losing Meraki customer data from what it described as an erroneous policy change.

The data affected from Cisco Meraki, which offers cloud-controlled Wi-Fi, routing and security, included custom logos, floor plans, audio such as hold music and voicemail greetings, as well as custom enterprise applications. The company’s tagline reads: “Secure and scalable, Cisco Meraki enterprise networks simply work.”

“On August 3rd 2017,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Don’t allow an ‘always on’ mentality to dictate your backup strategy

Consumers’ expectations for always-on technology are continually increasing, with businesses looking to see where they need to make changes to support this. Users expect their applications to be available and functioning at optimal performance, considering it almost a basic human right, with even the most minor disruptions a cause for uproar.

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By John O'Boyle, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Virtualisation.

Why hybrid cloud can work for you – and the three steps to a successful environment

Research from a recent Gartner study predicts that by 2019, “more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only”. The study considers the idea that “cloud-first, and even cloud-only is replacing the no-cloud attitude” that has dominated corporations in recent years. With there being no preference between public or private cloud, it indicates that organisations are moving in...

By Peter Godden, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Why there is a clearing in the cloud for financial services

The financial services sector is one of the prime markets that stands to gain many benefits from cloud computing but, to date, this has proved rather difficult. This is hardly surprising when one considers the heavy regulation within this industry. On top of this there is also a lot of fear from organisations pertaining to potential security risks with the control of data still very much a primary concern. Barely a day goes by without the announcement of the

By Monica Brink, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Infrastructure.

Mind the gap: User demand and IT delivery not on the same page, says Veeam

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More than four in five enterprises globally are facing the dreaded ‘availability gap’ between user demand and what IT can deliver, according to a new report from disaster recovery and backup firm Veeam.

The study, the firm’s sixth annual Veeam Availability Report, polled more than 1,000 senior IT leaders across 24 countries and found that unplanned downtime costs enterprises on average $21.8 million per year, up 36% compared to the past 12 months.

More than two thirds...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why APIs are key to successful digital transformation

Digital transformation continues to dominate boardroom discussions as businesses increasingly realise the organisational and cost efficiencies that digitisation can provide.

The concept reflects technology’s role in both shaping and stimulating strategic decision-making, with its ability to automate and simplify business processes, improve customer relationships, enhance productivity, and reap cost savings. In fact, IDC predicts that by the end of 2017,

By Monica Brink, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Developers, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

The key themes underpinning the continued momentum for UK cloud adoption

I recently read with interest the results of the latest Cloud Industry Forum research survey into UK Cloud adoption and a couple of aspects jumped out at me, undoubtedly mirroring the experience iland is having within the UK market.

Overall cloud adoption rates among British businesses now stand at 88% and the rate of cloud adoption has increased by a whopping 83% since 2010, with an increase of 5% since last year.  In fact, today, we rarely speak with a customer that isn't...

By Monica Brink, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, PublicSector.

Healthcare firms believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-prem for a disaster

As more and more traditionally slower-moving industries start to move their resources to the cloud, an interesting note from Evolve IP: healthcare IT professionals believe their data is safer in the cloud than on-premises when faced with a hardware issue or environmental disaster.

The report, which surveyed 180 healthcare professionals, found that for environmental disasters, 61% of respondents felt their information was safest in a private cloud, compared to 27.5% for a public cloud and 11.5% on premise,...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Infrastructure.

Assessing biotechnology in the age of cloud computing

In order to ensure that patient outcomes are constantly being improved upon it is important that the speed of change within the biotechnology sector occurs at an exponential rate. However, this continued drive for innovation puts immense pressure on IT departments to develop new technologies at speed, while also making sure that they do this cost effectively.

Add to this the fact that, more so than other industries, biotech firms are extremely tightly regulated. As a result, IT groups within this industry are often...

By Monica Brink, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

AWS says human error to blame for S3 outage which took down multitude of sites

Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS)’ S3 (simple storage service) suffered an extended period of service disruption knocking a multitude of sites and businesses offline – and the fault was all down to good old fashioned human error, according to the company.

According to a note published to customers, the fault occurred during a debugging session. “At 9:37AM PST, an authorised S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small...

By James Bourne, 03 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Storage.

How often should you test your disaster recovery plan?

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By Lily Teplow

As a savvy managed service provider (MSP), you know that having an effective backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and disaster recovery (DR) plan is a necessity in today’s business landscape – just in case your client opens an umbrella indoors and their whole IT network crashes. However, having these reliable solutions in place is of no value if the processes aren’t...

Hackers versus hurricanes: It's time to begin planning for real disasters

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The most common objection I come across when discussing disaster recovery (DR) is, “Oh, well we don’t get hurricanes or floods or anything like that, so we don’t need DR”. To which I always reply “That’s all well and good, but do you have humans? What about hardware and power? Do you have HVAC in your data centre?”

A disaster can be any number of things and yes, whilst nature can definitely be a cause, in research that Opinion Matters undertook on behalf of...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Why you can’t let disaster recovery slide off your IT budget in 2017

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As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle. I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT disaster recovery (DR).

When disaster strikes, organisations need to be able to recover IT systems as quickly as possible. Not having a disaster...

By Monica Brink, 04 January 2017, 3 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Top 10 disasters of 2016 reaffirm need for cloud business continuity strategy

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With 2016 drawing to a close – and some may argue with good cause – it is time to assess the landscape throughout the year. According to figures published by managed service providers IT Specialists (ITS), the 10 largest business continuity disasters of the year in the UK include storms, fires, and power outages.

Particularly observant readers of this publication will note a similar study was conducted by ITS

By James Bourne, 09 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The four benefits of disaster recovery powered by continuous data protection

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By Mary McCoy

There’s no denying the importance of effective backup and data protection technology in today’s IT landscape. Ensuring that customer information is properly protected – and accessible at all times – is an absolute necessity.

For managed IT service providers (MSPs), the challenge lies in finding the right backup technology that can give them even a slight edge against the competition. True to its name, Continuous Data Protection (CDP)...