Incident response on the AWS cloud and the case for outsourcing

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By Jason Deck, VP strategic development, Logicworks

It is 4pm on a Friday before a holiday, right before your team leaves for a long weekend. An engineer on your team suddenly cannot connect to certain instances in your AWS environment. The error is affecting the largest projects and biggest customers — across hundreds of instances — including DR.

What happens now?

The answer to this question depends on your support model. In most...

By Logicworks, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Cloud disaster recovery on the increase but challenges remain, says CloudEndure

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While the vast majority of organisations hope for 99.9% uptime throughout the year, 57% of companies polled by CloudEndure say they had at least one outage in the past three months.

The survey, which quizzed 141 IT global IT professionals, found organisations are, in general, gaining confidence in cloud disaster recovery (DR) solutions. This is noticed in the key risks to system availability. The number one risk remains human error, followed by network failures and application bugs....

By James Bourne, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

After the flood: Why IT service continuity is your best insurance policy

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The severe floods that hit the north of England and parts of Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016 devastated both homes and businesses, and led to questions about whether the UK is sufficiently prepared to cope with such calamities.

On December 28, the Guardian newspaper went so far as to say that the failure to ensure that flood defences can withstand the unprecedented high water levels, would cost at least £5bn. Lack of...

By Graham Jarvis, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The cloud is the limit: Disaster recovery, compliance, and other key 2015 trends

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We are well into the first month of 2016, and many predictions from the cloud sector have started to reveal different trends that we may see over the next 12 months. In 2015 we saw IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) growing 51%, with cloud firmly being pushed into the limelight. Looking to the future, there are many indications of what to expect in the year to come, including improvements to current-generation cloud environments as well as private...

By Monica Brink, 13 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Disaster recovery: How to reduce the business risk at distance

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Geographic distance is a necessity because disaster recovery data centres have to be placed outside the circle of disruption.

The meaning of this term depends on the type of disaster. This could be a natural phenomenon like an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, a flood or a fire. Calamities are caused by human error too; so the definition of the circle of disruption varies. In the past, data centres were on average kept 30 miles apart as this...

By Graham Jarvis, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Bringing DRaaS to the C-suite: The key job roles analysed

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A series of large scale cyberattacks have been in the headlines this year and, according to McAfee, the situation will only worsen as hackers use more advanced techniques to infiltrate networks.

Despite this, there are still a large portion of companies that remain vulnerable, mainly due to the lack of executive interest in preparing for worst-case scenarios. The same report states that 79 percent of C-level US and...

By Monica Brink, 13 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The verdict on city council disaster recovery plans: Good, but could do better

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The good news: all of the UK’s major city councils have disaster recovery (DR) plans in place. The bad news: two in five will not have tested them within the past 12 months.

The figures come amidst a new Freedom of Information (FoI) request from disaster recovery specialists Databarracks, which found that 38% of city councils in the UK’s major cities are not regularly testing their DR systems. Databarracks argues this is more of an issue with public sector organisations;...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Four best practice tips for creating an effective hybrid IT union

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It’s truly amazing that weddings actually work. The bride and groom bring together a vast collection of people and service providers for a celebration and expect it all to go to plan. It’s hard to imagine another scenario where all these personalities – your university mates, your buddies from work, the uncle you’ve not seen in years – would end up in the same room together, let alone in a conga line together.

The

By Jamie Tyler, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

You may be right to be worried about DRaaS – but help is at hand

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Latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that cloud adoption is at its highest figure to date, with 78 per cent of organisations now having formally adopted at least one type of cloud-based service. TechNavio echoes this surge and in particular the surge in growth of disaster recovery as a service, forecasting a compound annual growth rate of 54.64 per cent between 2014 and 2018. However, despite the striking numbers and growth expectations there are still many...

By Monica Brink, 18 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

SMBs urged to put disaster recovery plans in place after damning report findings

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Smaller businesses are less likely to have a business continuity plan in place – and according to disaster recovery (DR) and backup provider Databarracks, there needs to be a stronger culture shift to put it right.

According to the vendor’s most recent Data Health Check report, only a quarter (27%) of small businesses have business continuity plans, compared to 68% of medium-sized firms and 75% of large organisations. Of the organisations with a plan in place, 88% had a...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

The case for disaster recovery services beyond business continuity

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Disaster recovery isn’t a new concept for IT. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional disaster recovery is being handled.

First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organisations are going to...

Wuala cloud storage to shut down, offers Tresorit as potential new home

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Wuala, the Switzerland-based cloud storage service owned by data storage provider Seagate, is to terminate in November, according to a company blog post.

The post, from Wuala head of sales and marketing Markus Speth, details the three stages of closure. The company – as of yesterday – will not accept any new storage purchases or renewals, the service will transition to read-only on September 30, and on November 15 the...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Software, Storage.

Disaster recovery and backup - and all that is between them

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Everyone should back up important or valuable data, whether that data is family photos for individuals or business documents for companies. Individuals may be happy to buy a local hard drive and put it in the attic but for companies where their business depends on their emails or file records it would make sense to have a more robust solution.

Many companies are now backing up their data with cloud vendors. Besides the relative simplicity of this solution, it makes commercial sense to store...

By Joseph Blass, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

The Tour de France and cloud disaster recovery – more in common than you think

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As Tour de France fever ratchets up around the world, it’s clear to me that businesses can draw several parallels with professional cycling and their disaster recovery (DR) strategy. If businesses and cyclists plan ahead, it’s possible for both to have a real-time support crew on hand the moment something goes wrong.  And, just seconds after it goes wrong, the support crew solves the problem and the cyclist, or business, gets back to what it does best.

Imagine...

By Marc Goroff, 21 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Hybrid.

Disaster recovery: Where time matters

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Disasters can strike at any time. They may be caused by human error, cyber-attacks or by natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes. Even so it’s quite tempting to sit back and relax, to not worry about the consequences of these upon one’s business – perhaps for cost reasons, but investments in business continuity are like an insurance policy. It’s not just about disaster recovery because the best way to prevent...

By Graham Jarvis, 20 July 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Analysing cloud as the target for disaster recovery

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Analysis If we think about the basic functionality that we take advantage of in the cloud, a whole set of possibilities open up for how we plan for disaster recovery (DR).

Until recently, disaster recovery was an expensive, process intensive service, reserved for only the most critical of corporate services. In most cases DR has been about large servers in two geographically distributed location and large data sets being replicated on a timed basis. Many smaller or less critical services were...

By David Auslander, 16 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Real use cases: Why 50% of enterprises are choosing hybrid cloud

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Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017.

Why are enterprises going hybrid? Below are four use cases that demonstrate how enterprises determine what, when and how to move to the cloud.

Case 1: Testing...

By Logicworks, 25 June 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Is your data centre prepared to withstand a natural disaster?

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Research from Zenium Technology Partners has found that one in two organisations are not operating a data centre that could continue to function after a natural disaster.

The report, entitled ‘Managing Growth, Risk and the Cloud’, found that half of companies polled has experienced disruption with their data centre due to Mother Nature, with respondents experiencing five incidents in total on average. Despite this, 45% of those polled insisted their data centre was flood...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Why human error is still the biggest risk to your cloud system going down

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The number one risk to system availability remains human error, according to the latest disaster recovery industry report from CloudEndure.

The research examines the various protocols businesses have in place for downtime if – or when – it occurs. On a scale of one to 10, human errors – including application bugs – hit 8.1, compared to network failures (7.2), cloud provider downtime (6.9) and external threats (6.7).

Even though the majority (83%) of...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

How do you avoid cloud evaporation?

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The pace of businesses migrating to the cloud is accelerating.  In the UK in particular there certainly seems to be a larger and faster adoption of cloud services.  In fact, I recently read a new survey from the Cloud Industry Forum that stated that more than eight out of ten UK companies currently store some or all of their data in the cloud.  Published in May this year, the research found that 84 per cent of firms have now adopted one or more cloud services –...

By William Rabie, 28 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery.