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December 18, 2013

Cloud Storage Cozies Up to the Enterprise

Cloud storage providers want your business, and they are actively exploring numerous strategies to get it.

However, catering to professional organizations is much different than catering to individuals, even if those individuals use their personal clouds to house business data. And the provider, or providers, who can establish robust, enterprise-friendly storage environments will reap a substantial reward as organizations look to scale infrastructure in order to take on Big Data and other challenges.

This is why so many cloud providers are introducing a wide range of top-tier storage features in their platforms. Box, for example, recently added a new administration console that aims to extend visibility and control into its hosted environment. The system includes protections for personal data like credit card numbers and Social Security information, as well as data and traffic analysis tools to help organizations better manage resource consumption and red-flag unusual usage patterns. There are also new automation and content management suites with improved workflow and search functions.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/cloud-storage-cozies-up-to-the-enterprise.html

When is the last time you personally experienced a hard drive failure?

A few years ago, thieves broke into our RV and stole the laptops, hard drives, and basically anything not nailed down.

At the time, I had a backup strategy - but pushed the backup and swap by two days (after the weekend). As a result of that fateful decision, I lost a few weeks of work and a few gigabytes of pictures. I recreated the work, but the pictures are gone.

I learned the importance of sticking to the backup plan, having multiple backups (in different locations), and never leaving a phone with a laptop. Never.

Last summer, as the hard drive on my roughly four year old laptop signaled it was failing, I was ready. I had a backup. And to be safe, I had a backup of my backup.

- See more at: http://blogs.csoonline.com/security-leadership/2874/using-evidence-hard-drive-failure-backblaze-increase-value-security#sthash.DUEc8wMl.dpuf

When is the last time you personally experienced a hard drive failure?

A few years ago, thieves broke into our RV and stole the laptops, hard drives, and basically anything not nailed down.

At the time, I had a backup strategy - but pushed the backup and swap by two days (after the weekend). As a result of that fateful decision, I lost a few weeks of work and a few gigabytes of pictures. I recreated the work, but the pictures are gone.

I learned the importance of sticking to the backup plan, having multiple backups (in different locations), and never leaving a phone with a laptop. Never.

Last summer, as the hard drive on my roughly four year old laptop signaled it was failing, I was ready. I had a backup. And to be safe, I had a backup of my backup.

- See more at: http://blogs.csoonline.com/security-leadership/2874/using-evidence-hard-drive-failure-backblaze-increase-value-security#sthash.DUEc8wMl.dpuf