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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

VVOLs and VMware

The definition of VVOLs is simple but the effect is ground-breaking. Here is the simple definition part: Virtual Volumes (VVOL) is an out-of-band communication protocol between array-based storage services and vSphere 6.

And here is the ground-breaking part: VVOLs enables a VM to communicate its data management requirements directly to the storage array. The idea is to automate and optimize storage resources at the VM level instead of placing data services at the LUN (block storage) or the file share (NAS) level.

VMware replaces these aggregated datastores with one Virtual Volume (VVOL) endpoint whose data services match individual VM requirements. VVOLs enable more granular control over VMs and increase their visibility on the storage array. Note however that the array still operates within its own limitations. If an administrator has applied a policy to the VM with a specific snapshot schedule and the array cannot comply, then the VM doesn’t get that schedule.



Network World took a look at a study by tyntec that suggested that “a vast majority” of companies don’t protect themselves adequately from BYOD issues. About half (49 percent) of these firms have employees that at least partially use their own devices at work, which poses huge security risks. To that end, Molson Coors’ CIO Christine Vanderpool offers three lists that look at the risks of BYOD, risk issues to keep in mind and data access and security considerations.

Two surveys by Bitglass were highlighted by eWeek where they found that employees and even IT personnel are not happy with mobile device management (MDM) platforms, which they fear can access, alter or delete personnel data.

People who work for an organization don’t want to be in a situation in which their personal data is under the control of their employer. The most telling statistics from the surveys show that IT personnel – the very people who will be called upon to make such programs work – are almost as skeptical as the folks from PR and accounting about MDM platforms and BYOD:



Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

Storage in a Diversifying Data Environment

Larger data loads are coming to the enterprise, both as a function of Big Data and the steady uptick of normal business activity. This will naturally wreak havoc with much of today’s traditional storage infrastructure, which is being tasked with not only with providing more capacity but speeding up and simplifying the storage and retrieval process.

Most organizations already realize that with the changing nature of data, simply expanding legacy infrastructure is not the answer. Rather, we should be thinking about rebuilding storage from a fundamental level in order to derive real value from the multi-sourced, real-time data that is emerging in the new digital economy.



Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

A Taste of Designing Mobile Experiences

Designers and engineers at Citrix‪‪ use human-centered innovation approaches such as Design Thinking to create compelling user experiences for mobile devices. Just a few recent experiments from our internal incubators show how designing with the user at the center of the stakeholder map can improve the overall UX, introduce new concepts on the market or applications of existing Citrix products in new verticals and for new use case scenarios.

For example, the Cubefree team created a Yelp-like app for mobile workers starting with low-fi prototypes, then iterating on both the product and the business model during a 3-month Citrix Startup Accelerator program. The PatientConsult team used a similar approach, starting with gaining empathy for doctors and specialists, identifying their specific needs, and prototyping an app for secure communication in the healthcare vertical. Not to mention the newly released Citrix Workspace Cloud that focuses on Citrix customer needs and seamlessly integrates multiple offerings to satisfy them!



(MCT) - A man walked into a biology lab at Lamar University and sprinkled food into a fish tank, sustaining Trinidad-plucked guppies while the professor monitoring them was unable to tend to the subjects of his life's research.

It was a minor happening, but a win nonetheless while worry and stress gripped the Beaumont university reeling from $50 million in damage by Hurricane Rita, a storm that a top official said highlighted deficiencies in emergency preparedness and threatened to derail students' lives.

Ten years later, people across the entirety of Lamar's spectrum -- alumni, professors, officials and maintenance workers -- remembered how everyone came together to solve the most-pressing issue: resuming classes as quickly as possible to avoid canceling graduation.

They also point to structural changes they said alleviated some of the problems three years later during Hurricane Ike and should help Lamar University the next time a major storm strikes southeast Texas.



Almost a quarter of businesses reported annual cumulative losses of at least $1.05 million (CAD $1.4 million) due to supply chain disruptions, and 76% of businesses reported at least one instance of supply chain disruption annually, according to a survey conducted by the Business Continuity Institute and Zurich. The top causes of supply chain failure among businesses surveyed were ones that will likely get even more frequent in the coming years: unplanned IT outages, cyberattacks, and adverse weather.

As the supply chain continues to grow ever longer, adding more potentially disruptive risks along the way, businesses are learning some painful lessons about the financial and reputational damages that can result from failures to ensure supply chain resilience.

Check out the infographic below for some Zurich’s top insights on supply chain visibility, including the biggest sources of damage and key steps to mitigate losses:



This article provides an overview of GPG Professional Practice 3 (PP3) – Analysis, which is the professional practice that “reviews and assesses an organization in terms of what its objectives are, how it functions, and the constraints of the environment in which it operates”.


PP3 introduces and addresses the business impact analysis (BIA) as a primary means of analysis, leading to appropriate business continuity requirements.  PP3 identifies the following beneficial outcomes from the BIA:



Boards, regulators and leadership teams are demanding more and more of risk, compliance, audit, IT and security teams. They are asking them to collaboratively focus on identifying, analyzing and managing the portfolio of risks that really matter to the business.

As risk management programs evolve to more formal processes aligned with business objectives, leaders are realizing that by developing a proactive mindset in risk and compliance management, teams can provide added value to help the organization gain agility by identifying new opportunities as well as managing down-side risk. Organizations with this new perspective are more successful in orchestrating change to provide a 360-degree view of both risk and opportunity.



Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

IT Colocation Services and the Neighbours

Can’t afford your own data centre? Want to grow a small business and looking for somewhere else to put your IT servers? Colocation services might be the solution. The idea is that for a monthly fee, providers will give your company space in a purpose-built facility with cooling, redundant power supplies and resilient, high-speed network connectivity. Naturally, service levels and quality may vary, but colocation should be a cost-effective way of relocating your servers for security and square footage. What’s not to like? The neighbours, perhaps…



A new survey has shown a profound lack of confidence among the UK public surrounding the ability of public and private sector organisations to protect their personal data from hackers.

According to the Bit9 + Carbon Black research, which comprised a poll of over 2,000 consumers, more than four in five Britons (81 percent) fear that unreported data breaches may already have put their information in the hands of hackers.

What’s more, almost three-quarters (73 percent) believe the time it takes for organisations to detect and report a breach is “unacceptable”.