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.

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.

Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter most popular business cloud apps – but are they safe?

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More than 15% of European organisations now use more than 1000 cloud apps with Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter the most popular, according to a report from Netskope.

The findings, which appear in the April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report, saw iCloud and Salesforce make the top five. Five cloud storage apps (Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive for Business, OneDrive and Dropbox) made the top 12, alongside four social apps (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn).

Of the organisations analysed in...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Software.

Majority of firms say they aren’t confident in responding to cloud-based data threats

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If data stored in the cloud is under threat, what would you do: fight the fire or hide under the bed and hope everything goes away? The majority of respondents in a recent survey admitted they would do the latter.

The research, commissioned by Informatica and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, found 60% of global respondents were “not confident” they had the ability to proactively respond to cloud-based data threats. 80% said not knowing if sensitive or confidential...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Why there is still a culture of ‘hope’ and ‘fear’ around cloud and big data technologies

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Is more sensitive data being kept in the cloud? According to the latest report from Vormetric, in association with analyst house Ovum, 60% of US IT decision makers and 54% of respondents globally say they store sensitive data in the cloud.

Yet cloud environments (47%) are more of a risk to enterprise organisations than databases (37%) and file servers (29%), while cloud and big data concerns remain “genuine” and “deep rooted” according to the study, which...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

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.

Federation of Small Businesses warns of continued security fears for SMBs in the cloud

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found nearly two fifths of small businesses are sceptical about the benefits of cloud technology when compared against security risks.

The survey, which was conducted in association with Verve and polled over 1200 SMB professionals, found 59% were using cloud services of some description, and of those, the biggest worry was a risk of data being lost, stolen or damaged, cited by 61% of respondents.

55% were worried about not being able to...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

Healthcare data security: Is cloud encryption alone enough?

By Kenneth N. Rashbaum, Esq. and Liberty McAteer, Esqs.

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

What if the data of 80 million Anthem subscribers were encrypted at rest? And...

By Logicworks, 16 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Want to pick up the right cloud storage for your business? Leviathan offers a few ideas

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Risk management consulting provider Leviathan Security Group has released a whitepaper discussing the issues in choosing local and cloud storage, as well as potential vulnerabilities and risks.

The paper on the value of cloud security, and vulnerabilities in storage, assumes three scenarios, based on small, medium and large businesses, and outlines solutions based on their business needs:

  • For a small consultancy scenario, the nature of their work means they are unlikely to connect back to the office during the work day, although many will...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Storage.

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.

Most enterprise cloud app usage falls under shadow IT, but could this be a positive for the CIO?

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86% of cloud apps used by enterprises fall under the category of shadow IT, while nearly three quarters aren’t ‘Safe Harbour’ approved, according to an industry report from CipherCloud.

The research findings, coming amidst worries of more sophisticated mobile malware and vulnerabilities, suggest organisations need to do more to assess what’s going on in their internal IT. One major US enterprise polled estimated it had 10 to 15 file sharing applications in use;...

By James Bourne, 03 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Research, SaaS , Software.

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.

Frequency vs. size of cloud data breaches: Which is worse?

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Let’s face it, 2014 was a busy year for hacks and data breaches. There were the high profile Sony hacks, the record breaking fines handed out as a result of ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information) healthcare data breaches in the US, and sites such as Gmail and eBay were also targeted by hackers.

The potential for breaches to occur more frequently as businesses collect increasing amounts of consumer data was

By Aleks Szymanski, 28 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Security.

What happens when data gets lost from the cloud?

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Let’s be clear: you need to store all that data somewhere. Hard drives were your only resort a few decades ago. Today, cloud is the new frontier on the data storage land, brimming with features.

So you’ve got data stored somewhere on cloud servers – your photos on Facebook, conversations in Skype, and projects in Asana – but what happens if one of these services take a knock and your data gets wiped?

Here’s the kicker: the cloud has many benefits (affordable...

By Dan Virgillito, 26 January 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

Combining the physical with the digital: Joining the data self preservation society

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As businesses continue to recognise the strategic importance of IT and data to the very existence of their businesses let alone performance, we can be under no illusion about the absolute necessity of keeping data safe and being alert to all the associated potential risks posed - from the inherent ‘fragility’ of web and cloud infrastructure, to things altogether more sinister such as cyber or even physical terror attack.

Whether your data is on your premises, stored in a...

By Simon Taylor, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management.

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.

How cloud providers can prevent data loss: A guide

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Feature Cloud service providers find themselves in a struggle balancing responsibility for maintaining data integrity with delivering cost effective solutions to their customers, all the while protecting their own data assets and bottom line.

Generally, the type of service they are delivering limits a provider’s responsibility level. In the case of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) a provider might just be delivering infrastructure and a means of creating cloud environments with no...

By David Auslander, 15 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Security.

AWS, Google, SoftLayer score highly in ranking of most reliable cloud providers

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Cloud benchmarking provider CloudHarmony has updated its metrics, and found AWS, Google and SoftLayer to be among the most reliable public cloud providers in 2014.

The figures, which can be found on its service status page here, saw Amazon’s S3 register 23 outages across nine regions resulting in a 2.69 hour downtime across the year, while Amazon EC2 clocked up 12 outages resulting in a just over two hour outage...

By James Bourne, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Google, SLA.