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Jun 03
2013

A Look At DRJ Fall World - Sunday Workshops

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Fall World

Vicki Thomas

Ah June, the month when people start thinking about vacation plans, summer camp and getting away from the office for a bit.... Well, for us at DRJ, we've got something else on our minds - Fall World 2013.

To say that we're excited and looking forward to this upcoming conference would be an understatement. If you're a regular reader of this blog then you'll likely have read about our new venue (Hilton San Diego Bayfront) and you've probably visited our blog to learn more about the changes we have planned.

May 31
2013

Data life-cycle management: From birth to death

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

IT organizations can drive up the cost of storage unnecessarily by treating all data the same and storing it all on the same media. I have said many times that all data is not created equal. When looking for a data protection solution, managing the ones and zeros from the time they are created to the time you can delete them is very important.

Long-term archive and hierarchical storage management (HSM) allow organizations to store data on different tiers based on specific policies, enabling administrators to migrate and store data on the most appropriate tier. For example, older and less frequently accessed data can be moved to a slower, less-expensive storage platform, such as tape, leaving more expensive disk storage available for more high-value data. Automated data archiving also helps organizations ensure compliance with data retention policies and reduce the costs associated with compliance.

May 29
2013

Effects of the Cloud on HR and Recruitment

Posted by Adnan Raja in Untagged 

Adnan Raja

If you work within the Human Resources department at your organization, it is highly likely that you have witnessed a transition from traditional web hosting to the cloud over the past few years. Cloud technology provides numerous benefits to a corporation’s HR department besides hosting a website. 

Perhaps the most important benefit of cloud technology is the fact that subscribing to such a service is extremely budget-friendly. With cloud hosting, you are not held responsible for updating the hardware and maintaining the software—the provider handles all this. These are features that you would normally be charged for in a traditional solution. 

May 28
2013

Please, please make the data protection product easy to use!

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

There are many data protection products on the market today, and all of them have features and functions that make them stand out. But, one of the major items you need to consider is how easy the solution is to use. When it comes down to “brass tax,” ease of use is one of the most important items. After all, the person responsible for data protection may not have a huge skill set or the time to spend on managing the solution on a day-to-day basis.

When choosing a data protection solution, look for the ability to manage the system from a single pane of glass. The user interface also needs to be so simple that within a few minutes all daily tasks can be completed. As a bonus, look for a solution that sends alerts to your email and mobile device, including everything you need to know about the previous night’s activity and the status of those activities in a report that’s simple to read and understand. 

May 24
2013

Innovation of Cloud Services is a Continuous Process

Posted by Adnan Raja in Untagged 

Adnan Raja

Everyone knows that cloud computing allows users to access information instantaneously and lifts the burden of continuous server maintenance, but there is another benefit that many have not thought about: the “living approach” to product development. 

Through the living approach, cloud hosting providers develop system enhancements and upgrades based on communicated customer needs and are released to users as soon as they become available. This allows clients to receive new features faster than they would with a normal product development environment, and these features are more closely linked to their personal needs. 

May 22
2013

Reliability: Key measure of a data protection solution’s ROI

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

At the end of the day, the real value of a data protection system lies in its ability to restore data when and where needed. If data fails to restore successfully, some part of the business is going to suffer, possibly with costly consequences. As a result, reliability is a key measure of a solution’s ROI.

 You could have the best, most expensive, fastest data protection solution in the world, but if your data cannot be retrieved and used in a timely fashion, the point is moot.

May 22
2013

Force Majeure: What is it and How Does it Relate to Business Continuity?

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Jacque Rupert, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

We see a lot of confusion specific to the topic of force majeure. Often, executive management has the belief that force majeure clauses in their contracts protect them from a wide variety of disruptive events, and thus they may not invest appropriately in business continuity plans and strategies. However, the concept of force majeure is somewhat convoluted and often includes many variables. As a result, if an organization does not plan appropriately, it may actually be left unprotected and vulnerable to claims of breach of contract in the event of a disruption.

May 21
2013

Subscription and support should not be forgotten

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

Are you tired of calling your data protection vendor and having them tell you that your issue is a hardware problem only to have the hardware vendor point the finger back to the solution provider? Finger pointing is a huge waste of time and can actually cause major disruptions in service.

When choosing a data protection solution, look for one that offers peace of mind through world-class customer support as well as subscription and support (maintenance) contracts, which provide enormous financial value to customers.

May 17
2013

Business Continuity Glossary

Posted by Vicki Thomas in Business Continuity Glossary

Vicki Thomas

As you know the more resources and information you have easily accessible, the easier it is to make smart, educated and informed decisions. Articles, research studies and case studies do go a long way in providing this information but sometimes you just need to see the plain and simple details.

This is where the DRJ Business Continuity Glossary comes in very handy. Our comprehensive and recently updated glossary gives you all of the tools and knowledge you need to better research, analyze and understand the business continuity space.

May 17
2013

Simple and Useful Cloud Security Tips

Posted by Adnan Raja in Cloud Security , Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja

There was once a time when we could leave our doors unlocked without fear of losing our prized possessions, and there was once a time when we could type credit card numbers into our browser without fear of identity theft. Sadly, this is no longer the case; we must take extensive security measures every day, even when using the cloud. 

When analyzing the security of your data, it is important to remember that your information is only as safe as your weakest password. So, if your password for your favorite social networking site is “password123,” it is safe to assume that your other personal information can be easily compromised. Make your passwords impossible to guess, mix them up with a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters and change them on a regular basis.