Business continuity & disaster recovery News
August 03, 2015
Storing important data in the cloud is a non-starter for many organizations. There are number of reasons for this, including legislation, risk and compliance. Oh, and of course, cost. For those organizations, an on-premises cloud could be a promising alternative. In other words, building a storage system that offers the key attributes of cloud storage while avoiding all that scary stuff. In our cover story, you'll find out what it takes to build an on-premises cloud system, the technologies required and what an on-prem cloud offers that traditional storage does not.
Backup is no longer simply copying data in case something goes wrong. Nowadays, the bleeding edge of backup is about meeting the demands of the "always-on" data center. It wasn't too long ago that meeting these types of demands seemed impossible, but that is changing. You'll find out about the new technologies and approaches that are addressing modern data protection challenges.
Building an effective disaster recovery (DR) plan requires a detailed analysis of the types of risks it will need to protect against and the impact those risks represent. With our step-by-step roadmap, learn where to focus DR resources and how much to invest in building and maintaining those resources.
June 18, 2015
There's technology hype and then there are true trends that affect data centers long-term. These 10 trends are sure to have an impact beyond 2015.
June 02, 2015
No enterprise is immune to disaster. Whether it's a burst water main or a Category 1 hurricane, there are a number of scenarios that could prevent employees from coming to the office and using the applications and tools they rely on to do their jobs.
This is especially true of telephony and unified communications (UC). If users can't access their usual voice, messaging, collaboration and video conferencing tools, then productivity quickly degenerates. Call center agents can't answer the phones. Meetings are impossible. Team-oriented projects grind to a halt.
Preparing for these events with a disaster recovery and business continuity strategy is, however, often a tricky and expensive endeavor. Many organizations don't have the budget to maintain redundant UC platforms -- and network connections to them -- in various off-site locations.
That's why, as we explore in this issue of Network Evolution, some IT pros are finding UC as a service to be an attractive alternative. Most cloud services are inherently off premises and reachable from anywhere with an Internet connection. So when disaster strikes, users can start communicating and collaborating from home, a temporary office or wherever else they can access the Internet.
Also in this issue, find out how the demand for "IT generalists" is influencing networking jobs -- and whether it's still possible to simply be a network engineer. We also take a look at the intersection of network management and big data; see how some enterprises are using advanced operations analytics to turn their IT departments into profit centers.
April 15, 2015
Riverbed upgrades its SteelFusion remote office consolidation appliance with larger models and data sync software.
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Cloud computing can help healthcare organizations save money, expand research projects and improve technology offerings. Yet, for some, the age-old question remains: Can cloud services be trusted to protect sensitive healthcare data, such as EHRs?
This three-part guide explores how healthcare organizations are venturing into the cloud. First, expert Trevor Strome analyzes the benefits and most significant barriers to cloud adoption in healthcare. Next, SearchHealthIT's Kristen Lee looks at how Amazon Web Services has helped Nationwide Children's Hospital and a technology vendor perform genomic studies. Finally, healthcare IT consultant Reda Chouffani provides a list of things to consider when purchasing cloud services. Continue Reading
Projecting total costs and confirming a product meets governing regulations are two steps to take before committing to a cloud product. Continue Reading
Your organization requires better data protection that responds to its scaling needs. Copy data management (CDM) could be the answer. Continue Reading
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While disaster recovery in the cloud offers many benefits, it's still an emerging technology. We explore the main options and the challenges they can present. Continue Reading
When used to extend existing data center footprints, public cloud can deliver big benefits for data backup and scalability. Continue Reading
The SEC's Regulation SCI targets the securities' market IT systems, but could serve as a model for other sectors struggling with high-tech compliance. Continue Reading
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Brien Posey explains how hyper-converged systems are used for disaster recovery and which vendors are offering it in this expert answer. Continue Reading
The 2011 email disaster Google suffered showed why redundancy is woefully inadequate for DR and demonstrated the importance of tape backups. Continue Reading
Here are five ways business continuity activities can identify situations that might prevent your firm from achieving its goals. Continue Reading
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Jon Toigo discusses the importance of ensuring that your cloud provider has tape recovery capabilities in this Storage Decisions presentation. Continue Reading
Paul Kirvan explains why your business continuity program must mesh with your information security and corporate cybersecurity strategies. Continue Reading
SearchCIO rounded up free IT templates from around the Web to help technology managers organize their IT departments, projects and service offerings. Continue Reading