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.

Suffering a cloud outage? Look closer to home for the potential cause

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If your systems are down, and you’re just about to get on the phone to tear a strip from your cloud vendor, remember this: technical errors in failed cloud implementations are more likely to come from the user organisation itself than the supplier.

That was the surprising finding from a report recently released by The Economist Intelligence Unit, with 36% of respondents saying errors were more likely to come from within than outside (29%). The report noted commercial errors were...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Councils have disaster recovery systems in place – but they’re not being tested

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There’s good news and bad news: councils in London do have disaster recovery (DR) systems in place; but many haven’t tested them in at least a year.

The findings from disaster recovery provider Databarracks, following a Freedom of Information (FoI)request, arrive at a time when the United Kingdom takes to the polls in the General Election. And the results represent a worrying sign, according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.

“As expected, all councils...

By James Bourne, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

Gartner’s first DRaaS Magic Quadrant sees IBM, NTT, Sungard AS at summit

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Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), a commoditised offering whereby organisations can recover if their cloud service hits the skids, has had relatively slow uptake. Yet the trend has garnered enough ground for Gartner to put together a Magic Quadrant on it – and the analyst house has seen fit to put IBM, NTT Communications, and Sungard Availability Services at the top of the pile.

Not surprisingly, the platitudes have not been slow in forthcoming. Peter Groucutt, managing...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

CenturyLink: Why complexity, not the cloud vendor, locks you in

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It continues to be an extremely busy time for CenturyLink Cloud. Amidst a plethora of news and acquisitions, one stood out: the buyout of disaster recovery as a service software provider DataGardens.

As this publication has previously examined, cloud disaster recovery is certainly one of the more popular buzzwords in the IT industry right now, yet a lack of clarity still pervades. There are degrees of...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Cloud disaster recovery in a nutshell: How does it work?

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Disaster recovery - the IT industry’s latest buzz words. Although a popular subject, many of the articles out there are not providing accurate or enough information to demystify the concept. How does one explain disaster recovery to a SMB owner or an organisation’s president without confusing them more than clarifying? Or without boring the hell out of them? Here’s my attempt.

First, there are a few terms you’ll need to acquaint yourself with. Like RTO and...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 24 February 2015, 5 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, SLA.

Don't let bad weather cloud your plans for recovery

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We all like to complain about services going down when bad weather strikes. The ‘wrong kind of snow’ can wreak havoc with trains and the road network can get snarled up fast, while power lines can come down in more remote areas. Where are the backup and recovery plans, we ask – but could our own customers or internal sponsors and colleagues be saying the same about us if we fail to deliver as we should?

The uncomfortable truth is many smaller businesses are...

By Matt Kingswood, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery.

A matter of trust: The importance of backups in cloud computing

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Strong security is a foundational element of every public, private and hybrid cloud implementation and will be a top concern for all businesses as part of a macro trend taking grip in 2015. Research shows that 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years – calling into question not only data storage, but also data safety.

When it comes to security in the cloud, disaster recovery (DR), backup and...

By Chad Buzzard, 30 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Disaster recovery experts dig down into Azure cloud outages over past 12 months

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The majority of Microsoft’s service errors in the first quarter of 2014 were advisory, while there were significantly more service interruptions in the following three quarters, according to analysis carried out by CloudEndure.

The figures, taken from Azure’s Service Health Dashboard across last year, saw three full service interruptions in Q1, a whopping 28 in Q2, 16 in Q3 and zero in the final quarter. The highest number of errors came in Q1 (259), yet also produced the...

By James Bourne, 19 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, SLA.

Verizon Cloud goes out in planned maintenance, aims for seamless updates going forward

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Updated Over the weekend, Verizon’s cloud service, Verizon Cloud, was offline as it looked to add ‘seamless upgrade functionality as well as other customer-facing updates.’

The maintenance period was put in to improve the service and to ensure further updates went ahead without any hitches to customers. The telco giant warned the fixes could take up to 48 hours, but was completed after 40, with Verizon taking the bizarre step of issuing a press release to announce the...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Microsoft Azure cloud outage blamed on undetected testing bug

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Microsoft Azure cloud storage went down for several hours overnight knocking various sites and services offline, with the tech giant blaming the fault on an undetected bug during testing.

The incident can be located on the Azure status history page, under ‘Multiple Azure Services’ and multiple regions.

 “From 19 Nov 2014, 00:52 to 05:50 UTC a subset of customers using Storage, Virtual Machines, SQL Geo-Restore, SQL...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS.

Salesforce customers: Learn from Code Spaces’ swift demise

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A benchmark report by Adallom into the uptake of software as a service (SaaS) applications has found that Salesforce customers have the highest percentage of privileged access users – and warned about the problems that may cause businesses.

On average 7% of users on Salesforce accounts are privileged or have admin access, compared with 4% for Google Apps, 2% for Box and 1% for Office 365, the other three services analysed.

The report gave a grave warning over the prevalence...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Disaster Recovery, Research, SaaS , Security, Software.

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

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Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.

The study, the fifth annual Data Health Check report, found that employee idiocy was the third most popular reason for data going missing with 18% of the vote, behind software failure (19%) and hardware failure (21%). Interestingly, corruption and theft were responsible for 15% and 7% of the poll respectively.

Yet it’s the larger companies who continue...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.

From CIOs to IT: Shining a light on cloud disaster recovery with attainable metrics

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This publication has often banged the drum for organisations to ensure their cloud disaster recovery plans are in order. Now cloud service provider Databarracks has put together a series of resources designed to be the “complete DR toolkit.”

We know cloud exits are not the most thrilling topic of conversation. Everyone would much prefer to keep their heads in the sand and talk about how more productive, lean and agile their business will be once they’ve moved the...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery.

Financial firms still stricken with fear of the cloud, survey shows

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Three quarters of businesses in the financial sector are still concerned about adopting cloud-based applications, according to survey data from the NCC Group.

The research, which surveyed CIOs from financial services firms with more than 1000 employees, saw that 72% of respondents fear the cloud because of concerns over data not being backed up, and issues of disaster recovery.

Two in five (40%) respondents aren’t currently using cloud...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Data leaks in Hollywood: Who might be next?

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By Stephen Midgley, Vice President of Global Marketing, Absolute Software

The recent iCloud hack and subsequent leak of intimate photos of Hollywood celebrities has made it clear that even the rich and famous aren’t immune to data loss. The fatal mistake these stars made...

By Absolute Software, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Can small businesses now benefit?

Small businesses are increasingly seeing the advantage of software as a service. It’s a model that opens up new possibilities to them. There is little or no capital investment and a convenient pay-as-you-go subscription model. It’s no wonder that many SMBs are now using cloud business software they would never have thought of installing on servers on their own site.

Cloud storage is even simpler. The data for entire small business can be...

By CloudWedge, 05 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery.