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Apr 29
2013

Data Reduction, Not Just Data Deduplication!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

It is not all about data deduplication! Many data protection products and providers talk about data deduplication as if it will save the world. In fact, data deduplication is only a small part of the solution. What we need to be talking about is across the board data reduction.

Data reduction technologies are the first line of defense against rapidly expanding data volumes and costs. STORServer provides built-in data reduction technologies, such as progressive-incremental backup, data deduplication and data compression, enabling organizations to reduce backup storage capacity by as much as 95 percent.  STORServer also provides advanced tape management and efficient tape utilization capabilities, which can further reduce data storage capacity requirements.

Apr 26
2013

Why People LOVE the Cloud

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Server , Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja

You may have been researching the process of incorporating a cloud hosting solution into your business practice, or you may just be curious about this relatively new phenomenon. Either way, you will soon see that there is nothing but love for the cloud.

Traditionally, running a server required paying monthly subscription fees for chunky, lagging systems that you could either maintain on your own premises or pay even more for it to be occasionally maintained by a data center staff member. No more! The new technology of the cloud allows customers to pay for what they need, and only what they need.

Apr 25
2013

What to know about private cloud!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in DR , Cloud Provider , Cloud Computing

Jarrett F Potts

Before considering cloud-based data protection, it is important to first understand the basics of cloud, which can sometimes be foggy (at best). With trade magazines and publications defining the "cloud" in a number of different ways, IT managers and executives are often confused about the true meaning of the term; however the recent maturation of cloud-based services has helped the definition become more focused.

 In a nutshell, there are two main tSTORServer Rocksypes of cloud-based data protection services: public and private. The public cloud is where data is on a shared infrastructure. In a private cloud, data is on dedicated infrastructure and the owners of that data share no part of it with others. There are variations of the public and private cloud, including combinations of the two that result in a "semi-private cloud," but for the sake of clarity, we will stay away from that topic.

Apr 23
2013

Practical Business Continuity Management

Posted by The BCI in Untagged 

The BCI

By Andy Osborne, Consultancy Director, Acumen Author of Practical Business Continuity Management

I've just finished doing one of those straightforward "I'll knock that off in a day or two" type 

Apr 22
2013

Combining Public and Private Clouds to Create the Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja

You may have heard the terms “public cloud” and “private cloud,” but what does it all mean? What happens when you combine the two to create the mysterious “hybrid cloud?”

Large corporations with the monetary resources available to build, develop and manage a server infrastructure most often use private cloud services. While obviously more expensive, a private cloud gives the builder complete control over the infrastructure and surrounding environment. It is important to note that those in charge of such a solution must be extremely skilled and confident in running a massive environment.

Apr 22
2013

Let's have some fun?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Testing , STORServer , STORServer , DR Test , Disaster Recovery Planning , Disaster Recovery , Disaster Recovery , Business Continuity Planning

Jarrett F Potts

So you have planned.  You have a strategy.  You are ready.

Are you really?

Apr 19
2013

Industries that Will Gain from Adopting the Cloud

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja

The phenomenon of cloud computing has been a trending topic for the past few years. As the technology improves, companies are increasingly coming to rely on cloud hosting capabilities and the countless benefits it offers. You may just be surprised by the various industries that have much to gain by adopting the cloud.

The need and demand for education will never decrease, and is actually one of the fastest‐growing industries in the world. By incorporating cloud services into the everyday business routine, educators will be able to host classes remotely, interact on a more personal level in online classes, and collaborate with peers and students with greater ease.

Apr 18
2013

Succession Planning in the BCP Arena - How Deep to Drill?

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

When executives talk about succession planning, they mainly limit the discussion to C-level staff (themselves) and who should succeed them if one (or more) of them get hit by the proverbial beer truck.  Real worst case scenarios of the past include almost the entire executive staff of a major company in a car that was hit by a train.  But that kind oif event is truly rare, and some companies still limit how many execs are "allowed" on the same flight itineraries.  But sucession planning limited to such a small group of the enterprise population really belies a failure to understand what the BIA data should be telling them.

In a prior life, I was a Quality Project Manager in the defense industry.  When the Cold War ended, my company was nearing the end of a huge contract, and announced a "golden parachute plan" for staff nearing retirement age.  Among the most motivated takers was an engineer who designed a highly successful system used on Navy warships.  He was also, however, the only person who fully understood the detailed architecture of the system and the antiquated programming language that was still running those systems, more than 20 years old.  And the Navy was buying more of them.  Engineering and Program Management executives realized they need this guy arround, but they couldn't just deny him the retirement package.  So, they made him a lucrative offer to keep him around long enough to capture his genius on paper. 
But that was an anomaly: few comapnies ever take a serious look at epople below their immediate reports.  And that is a serious mistake.  Companies, especially large and growing ones, have people who are running some process or operation that only they know how to run efficiently and/or properly.  They probably don't think of themselves as irreplacable, but then, niether do thier bosses.  That thinking needs to change: go back to the BIA data and see if it includes the names of people wo are deemed "critical."  If not, perhaps it's a good time to scrutinize the BIAs and find those for the most critical processes, especially those that drive the revenue stream, customer satisfaction, and stakeholder and stockholder confidence.  Then start looking at strategies to prtect against their loss, just like they were a mainframe running the financials.

Apr 17
2013

Event Security

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Boston Marathon

Vicki Thomas

The two bombs that exploded during Monday's Boston Marathon have left many people asking "How could this have happened?" and "What could have been done to prevent such attacks?". These thoughts and questions are being heard on the radio, television, websites, and social media - essentially most people are stunned and in shock over the two explosions that killed three people and left countless others injured.

In parellel with these questions of disbelief and shock there is also a large group of people who are not as surprised or shocked. These are people who are involved in event security, event planning, disaster management, and law enforcement. That's right the very planners and organizers of such large events as the Boston Marathon, the Super Bowl, Thanksgiving Day parades - essentially any other outdoor "insecure" event - has thought about, planned for, considered and worried about an attack such as the one that occurred on Monday.

Apr 16
2013

Hindsight: The Perfect Science

Posted by Gregg Jacobsen in Untagged 

Gregg Jacobsen

In the wake of the horrific bombing in Boston yesterday, there have been no "claims of responsibility" by a terrorist group, but it is highly likely the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have a few in mind they "like for it."  So does everyone else, but from the viewpoint of our profession, a so-called "random act of violence," that is, one that's not expected in any way, is not easy to anticipate.  Why the Boston Marathon?  An easy target: open streets filled with potential victims.  But unlike many bombings, there was no "warning shot" - an anonymous caller saying "something bad is going to happen." 
Perhaps the only thing that could have helped was more "feet on the ground" - police and undercover law enforcement - keeping their eyes out for the person carrying a suitcase of backpack who casually sets it down near the sidewalk or curb amid the crowds near the finish line.  That might have helped, but then, that's just hindsight.  But if and when we do learn who the perpetrator(s) was, it still won't undo the mayhem, BUT we may learn more about how we might have been better prepared.  And that's a good thing.