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Aug 27
2012

Advantages of cPanel Cloud Server Hosting

Posted by Adnan Raja in Data Backups

Adnan Raja

cPanel is a Linux control panel used by many web hosting companies because not only is it one of the most intuitive control panels available, but also it is relatively cheap to use.  cPanel allows you to control and manage every aspect of your website and is compatible with Linux applications like Fedora, Mandriva, CetOS, and Redhat Enterprise Linux.  In addition, there is a plethora of plug-ins available online for this leading control panel.

Aug 27
2012

Haiti Revisited - Hurricane Isaac's Unnecessary Deaths

Posted by Dr Tom Phelan in Haiti Quake.

Dr Tom Phelan

In 2010 following the earthquake devastation in Haiti, I became concerned about the use of tarps and similar temporary shelter materials because of the strong possibility of a hurricane later that same year. Haitians were spared the any serious hurricanes in 2010 and 2011, but in 2012, they were seriously impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

What I proposed in 2010 was to use ConEx containers for temporary shelter, feeling that they were in abundance and more durable than tarps.  I shared my thoughts at DRJ in Orlando with Hector Fulgencio and Cole Emerson.  Hector was familiar with ConEx containers from his work in the shipping industry. Cole has vast experience in disaster response.  The consensus among us was that there was indeed a surplus of containers in the U.S. and the military could offload them and place them using heavy lift helicoptors. This would not necessitate using the ports in Haiti which had been seriously damaged. Since ConEx containers are transported via the sea, there would also be no need for the damaged and overcrowded airport.

Aug 24
2012

Is a "Measured" Continuity Program Good Enough??? Or Just Right??

Posted by Aaron Callaway in Disaster Recovery Tools

Aaron Callaway

The goal of Measured programs is to develop a resiliency program that is efficiently sized to mitigate risk while monitoring critical data elements to manage risk as the business demands. Measured programs are developed and maintained by utilizing three steps.  The first step takes into account an organization’s current state of readiness and resources available to them. The second step reviews industry best practices and determines application to your organization.  The third approach requires the implementation of program monitoring and dashboarding to provide data intelligence for senior leadership to identify a change in the risk profile and its potential impact to the organization.  This data will drive actionable items to treat, transfer, terminate, or tolerate the risks at hand.

Aug 21
2012

Business Continuity Planning - Beyond the Doomsday Scenario

Posted by Joe Flach in Untagged 

Joe Flach

At a conference I recently attended there was a lot of conversation around PS-Prep which bled into the discussion of “Why get certified” or, the more generic question of, “Why perform business continuity planning?” An oft repeated answer to this question, echoed by business continuity planners around the world is, “Because without a plan you will not survive as a company.”

I think this is a disingenuous answer without any history to support it. Where exactly is the evidence of this fact? What historical data can you share with me, or the CEO you are trying to convince, that this is the case? I am confident that you can dig up cases of small companies that did not survive a disaster, but where is that story about the big guy who did not survive the disaster?

Aug 20
2012

Insurance for Independent Consultants

Posted by Dr Tom Phelan in Untagged 

Dr Tom Phelan

Since 2002, my S-Corporation carried "Errors and Omissions" or Professional Insurance coverage. As an independent BCP/DR consultant, are you adequately insured? In 2008, my insurance carrier expanded coverage (known as the Bell endorsement) to include insurance for several crisis and emergency conditions that might create a business loss and hence a claim. The items covered may be of interest to you. They were not available in all states.

 

Aug 15
2012

For want of a nail

Posted by John Glenn in Untagged 

John Glenn

According to a Wall Street Journal article (see Penn State Warned On Accreditation at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577589174048808462.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1 ), "Pennsylvania State University's accreditation is "in jeopardy," one of the nation's primary accrediting groups warned the school, in the latest fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. "

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the WSJ reported, "said there was 'insufficient evidence' that Penn State was complying with standards related to governance and integrity, as well as meeting financial obligations. "

Aug 15
2012

California Fire Fee - It's About Time

Posted by Dr Tom Phelan in Untagged 

Dr Tom Phelan

 

California is assessing homeowners who live in vulnerable, fire-prone areas a fee to cover the cost of fire protection services, including very expensive suppression of wild fires.  It’s about time someone acted to place the cost of protecting vulnerable properties on those who own them.

Aug 14
2012

How to Calculate ROI from Cloud Computing

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Computing

Adnan Raja

In a business world that is embracing the cloud more and more every day, it is interesting to see that, while the cloud benefits companies in several ways, these companies seldom demonstrate their advantage from the cloud in terms of ROI (return on investment).  This may be because many of the benefits from cloud computing are intangible and may not be fully realized until further down the road.  

Therefore, to calculate returns from cloud computing, a business will most likely not employ the standard ROI calculations.  Instead, the company may use one of the following ways to determine ROI from cloud computing:

Aug 11
2012

What challenges to you face when convincing small business owners to adopt business continuity and disaster recovery practices?

Posted by Mike Minzes in Untagged 

Mike Minzes

Today’s small business owners face daily challenges in running their businesses, and one of the more difficult challenges is managing business continuity and disaster recovery planning; however, the primary focus for most business owners is on their core business competencies, not on becoming resiliency experts.

Because investments in business continuity and disaster recovery planning directly impact the bottom line, there is a constant need to achieve real business benefits and mitigate costs against a backdrop of time pressures and limited business continuity skills. To add to this pressure, many small businesses are now looking toward cloud services, and what they may offer. However, this can add even more complexity and apprehension in adopting business continuity and disaster recovery planning methods.

What other challenges to you face when convincing small business owners to adopt business continuity and disaster recovery practices?

May 24
2012

What Makes a Great Recovery Plan?

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Glen Bricker, Managing Consultant, Avalution Consulting
Article originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

The goal of any recovery plan, regardless of the size or nature of the organization, is to protect life, minimize damage from an event, and quickly resume the delivery of critical products and services to meet customer requirements.  How this is accomplished, however, not only depends on the nature of the organization, but also its customers, size and resources, and culture.  The objective is to build plans that are based on realistic requirements, fit within the organization’s culture, and remain cost effective and appropriate.  The remainder of this article will discuss these characteristics and how they are incorporated into recovery plans.

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