After Nirvanix: How to assess the right cloud provider for you

By Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology, International, Rackspace

Choosing a cloud service provider is an important decision for any organisation. Cloud computing plays a central role in many businesses – from startups and SMBs to global companies – and usually involves entrusting service providers with mission-critical data and applications.

To assess potential providers and make the right choice, conducting due diligence across the following areas is essential.

Financials: As the recent...

By Rackspace, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Disaster Recovery, SLA, Vendors.

Nirvanix shuts down, gives customers two weeks to move data

Enterprise-level cloud storage provider Nirvanix has unexpectedly announced it is shutting down effective September 30, with customers frantically searching for another place to store their data by then.

Several sources have reported the news, with the Wall Street Journal claiming that the storage provider had lost its latest round of funding, and had run out of money to continue operating.

The Twittersphere was varied as the community took the news in:

By James Bourne, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Security, Storage.

Is your critical data safe in the cloud?

For a rapidly growing network of companies with critical data, migrating to the cloud has moved from an idea to reality.

But while cloud services promise rich economic benefits, scalability and flexibility, they also can trigger significant perceived risks for companies that are highly concerned about security, data protection, reliability and availability.

Primarily, breaches of one’s data can  prove both devastating and costly, with any breaches sparking downtime that could lead to potential loss...

By Simon Withers, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Industry, Security.

Before the breach: Cloud breach response best practices

One of the most difficult and damaging events that can occur for any business’ infrastructure is a breach. However, breaches occur when proper planning hasn’t gone into an infrastructure contingency plan.

There are several areas of consideration that need to be fully planned for before any IT strategy and data objectives can be balanced in the face of a potential breach: whether technical, HR, or compliance, have a response plan for each area is necessary before any problem ever arises.

In this...

By Logicworks, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Cloud networking on the rise, but can NaaS gain traction?

More than two in five (45%) of respondents to a Spiceworks survey admit they are using cloud networking tools in their business, or are going to push forward with it within 12 months.

The survey results, of 500 IT professionals, were collected in a report entitled “The Cloudification of the Network”, produced in association with cloudy networking solutions provider Pertino.

Of course, the more cynical and world-weary CloudTech readers will have worked out the message in this survey given...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, IaaS, Monitoring, Research, Security.

Eliminating single points of failure from your private cloud

Eliminating Single Points of Failure From Your Private Cloud

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

When an organisation deploys a private cloud, that private cloud quickly becomes an indispensable, mission critical infrastructure component. That being the case, it is important to construct the private cloud in a way that avoids the potential for a single point of failure. Although it is impossible to delve into a comprehensive discussion...

By 2X Software, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Private, Scalability.

Big data and “data communities” are key in crisis response and prevention

Nishant Shah, Analyst, Government TechnologyUsing connection technologies to facilitate response to humanitarian emergencies has become a well-established and rapidly evolving practice by governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, community groups, and individuals. Using such technologies in the preventionof violence and catastrophe has been more difficult, owing to lack of political will, operational gaps between receiving warnings and mounting responses, and the difficulty of measuring the results of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Crisis in the clouds – what to do if your service provider goes bust

Like businesses across all sectors of the economy, cloud service providers are far from immune to the worst ravages of the recession.

But when a provider does go bust what happens to the businesses that have put their faith, money and resources in finding a suitable partner and are now threatened with losing services, resources and data as a result of their collapse?

For many organisations, the main challenge is: when their data is held in the cloud; how do they retain control and ownership of it when their...

By Pippa Rhys, 06 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, SLA, Vendors.

Vapour vs bricks: Why the cloud could be the safest place for your data

By Justin Fielder, Easynet Chief Technology Officer

If I was to suggest businesses move IT services to the cloud to improve security, there’s a strong possibility I would be laughed out of town. Despite businesses clearly seeing the benefits of migrating to the cloud, research shows that, for 61% of European CIOs, security is still the biggest concern when considering such a move.

For many network professionals, there is a clear comfort factor which derives from having a virtual boundary fence built...

By Easynet G.S., 21 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Security.

For law firms: Online backup and disaster recovery made simple

Thanks to hybrid cloud solutions...

Hurricanes in Vermont. Earthquakes in Washington, D.C. Tornadoes in Missouri. Natural disasters seem to be all over the news lately. Would your firm be able to recover in a reasonable amount of time and resume operations?

Many risks exist – even for firms far away from earthquake fault lines, tornado alleys and hurricane zones. Consider the risk of water damage. Every law firm is at risk from broken pipes, too much rain or even a sink overflowing on the floor above you....

By nScaled, 21 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Storage.

10 things to think about when moving to the cloud

Moving applications to the cloud can create a more flexible, more responsive IT department, but what about moving application data to the cloud? How secure is that? And are cloud applications truly reliable and less expensive than on-premise applications?

Let’s consider some issues before you take the cloud-migration leap.

1. Goals Are you moving to the cloud to reduce costs, time-to-deployment, or your IT department’s workload? Goals are the foundation of success, so you should...

By Paul Moxon, 07 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Monitoring, Security.

CSA: What are 2013’s top cloud security threats?

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has released a new report designed to examine the most pervasive security threats still threatening cloud in 2013.

Called “The Notorious Nine” – presumably using the same nomenclature that Enid Blyton employed for the protagonists of her fabled children’s books – the CSA enlisted the help of industry experts, and is designed to be used in conjunction with other CSA best practice guides; “Security Guidance for Critical Areas in Cloud...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Cloud disaster recovery: 5 key steps to secure your data

Hosting applications on the cloud is tempting many IT organisations for sundry reasons like availing benefits from outsized datacentres, backup power sources and other capabilities that till lately only established IT organisations could afford. Pay-as-you-go culture or guaranteed availability makes cloud adoption an easy and unperturbed choice for many SMBs and large scale organisations.

Many hosting providers maintain compound data centres, so decision makers often assume disaster recovery to be the inherent...

By NebuLogic, 18 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data Loss, Disaster Recovery.

Upgrading Backup is Too Little, Too Late

One of the big old players in backup software recently announced that they will “blur the lines between backup and archive,” by automatically aging backups to an archive. If your perspective is that of the old-school backup mindset, this probably sounds like progress.

Unfortunately, this is just a baby step towards something that already exists: a unified platform that provides continuity, disaster recovery (DR) and...

By nScaled, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Virtualisation.

Aftershock: An online movie giant rides a “cloud” tremor

On April 21, 2011 a digital earthquake hit the United States and reverberated around the world. Online businesses rattled and hummed as they coped with a massive vibration that shook their faith in the biggest IT revolution since the Internet: Cloud Computing.

Some businesses shared the same cloud skyscrapers and all went down at once. And, there were some big names in this skyscraper including Netflix, Quora and FourSquare -- the very poster-childs for the cloud revolution.

The result is something IT...

By VI, 29 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage.

Is Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) still a “Killer” Cloud App?

Once hailed as a killer app and now simply recognized as a vital tool in the world of cloud computing, Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) is becoming one of the most important tools in a SMB or larger enterprise contemplating the cloud.

According to ComputerWorld, By 2014, almost one in three midsize businesses will be using a recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) with the ability to backup and restore virtual machines (VMs).

By VI, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise, Forecasts, Trends.

Disaster Recovery 201: An advanced course

There’s a very good piece by Esther Shein over at Computerworld today called “Disaster recovery 101: What you need to know”.

Shein does a great job of reviewing the pressing need that all businesses have for DR, and cites some scary statistics about the paltry uptake of DR among SMBs.

The most important part of her story covers the need for companies to have a DR plan. This is great advice,...

By nScaled, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

The Maths Behind Disaster Recovery ROI

Disaster recovery plans and solutions are a form of insurance. Companies hope that they’ll never need them, but pay the “premium” because not to do so is to put their business at risk.

With any insurance policy, the subscriber tries to calculate what a fair premium to pay is. The calculation is based on the likelihood of making a claim, the size of a claim, and the premium payments. As long as the sum of all premium payments is less than the expected value of the policy (likelihood x...

By nScaled, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery.