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The IT analyst firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion devices connected to the Internet. When your alarm clock goes off in the morning it will notify your coffee maker to begin brewing. Five million new devices are attached to the Internet every day streaming digital information to be captured, analyzed, and turned into useful information. Technology innovations such as Cloud computing, smartphones and new distributed database structures (e.g. NoSQL) have replaced legacy IT systems to provide rapid, scalable IT services. The pace of business is accelerating and our reliance on technology has never been greater. Speaking at a recent conference of business leaders in Davos, Switzerland John Chambers, former CEO of Cisco told an audience that "Forty percent of the companies in this room won't exist, in my opinion, in a meaningful way in 10 years unless they change dramatically". 

Today’s economy is being increasingly defined by digital technology. Companies have designed IT systems that connect them to their customers, suppliers, and partners in real time. Data from transactions and interactions is captured and analyzed resulting in faster decisions which reflect current market conditions. The Internet of Things (IoT) is allowing any device with an on-off switch to be connected to the Internet or each other. This includes cars, fitness trackers, coffee makers, jet engines, traffic lights, water systems, etc.

As companies race to integrate digital technology their reliance on IT is increasing. The loss of IT systems or applications is felt immediately by customers, suppliers, and business partners. In many cases customers can fire you with two clicks of a mouse. The cost of downtime is increasing. A study by IDC revealed that for the Fortune 1000 the average total cost of unplanned downtime per year is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion. The average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 - $1M per hour. 

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Cloud computing, with its varied forms of private, public, and hybrid services capabilities, represents an IT platform that is extremely flexible, scalable (based upon need), and highly cost efficient when leveraging the pay for consumption models in the marketplace. But, do these advantages really provide a solid foundation for building your resiliency platform to protect your critical business operations?

The question may be best answered when evaluating the specific results that must be achieved during an event.

While resiliency requirements have changed quite significantly over the past several years, specifically in the form of decreased time to recover and increased currency of the data, the basic tenants have remained intact. The deep rooted disciplines for resiliency in the form of resource availability, system integrity, data protection, with complete connectivity to resume business functionality are still the underlying building blocks for success. These disciplines must not be compromised without sacrificing the integrity of the recovery efforts to ensure business viability. When exploring cloud alternatives the first area to assess is how the resources will be provided to meet recovery requirements. Traditional recovery vendors balance the need for availability of assets during a wide scale event through a 100 per cent allocation strategy whereby all assets were freed up to support a recovery.

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The last full day of DRJ Spring World 2016 was a very good one. We started with some very popular General Sessions in the morning, as usual the Exhibit Hall was the place to be to between sessions and workshops, and ended the day with some excellent Breakout Tracks and Workshops. A big thank you to everyone who made DRJ Spring World 2016 such a huge success.

 

General Sessions

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It was another exciting and busy day for everyone at DRJ Spring World 2016 on Tuesday. We had the second morning of our General Sessions, a buzzing Exhibit Hall with  many software demonstrations and meetings, our afternoon Breakout Tracks and the special Zika session. 

Networking/Demonstrations

DRJ conferences are the number one in the industry for a few key reasons. We offer outstanding networking opportunities. We bring in the best in innovation, education and leadership to ensure our attendees learn all they can. The exhibit hall is unmatched for the product demonstrations, consultations with vendors, and meeting opportunities. DRJ is your best choice for a BC/DR conference.

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DRJ Spring World 2016 officially kicked off on Monday with General Sessions 1-3, the day long Senior Advanced Track, many software demos and presentations in the Exhibit Hall, Breakout Sessions in the afternoon, and ended with an excellent evening of relaxation and hospitality thanks to Regus.

 

General Sessions

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DRJ Spring World 2016 is underway! The conference started on Sunday with registration, the opening of the Exhibit Hall, pre-conference courses and the Sunday Workshops.

 

Exhibit Hall

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I stumbled on a trade article this morning where Google asks vendors to change the way they make storage disks and break away from the 3.5 inch hard-drive dimensions inherited from old floppy disks. Read the article here.

In this article, Google asks storage vendors to do two main things – change the form factor and design them to be more cloud-friendly. The article also states that Google isn’t interested in Solid-State Drives (SSDs) because they’re too expensive. To this I say, “Huh?” 

Solid pricing

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Get your head in the cloud – understanding cloud computing services and their DDoS risks

When something explodes in popularity, it’s only natural to pretend you understand both what it is and why it’s so popular. Snapchat. Pilates. Justin Bieber. All things it is fine to fake familiarity with.

However, in the past couple of years cloud computing services have become majorly in-demand, and with the way they’re taking over (as well as the way they could simplify your life and save you money) it is no longer okay to nod along with a cloud computing discussion, pointing upwards at random intervals and generally not understanding what’s going on. Leave that to people you like less.

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Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

Employees of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center received a nasty surprise on February 5 when they discovered that a hacker had infiltrated the network and taken the computer systems hostage using ransomware. In exchange for the decryption key, the hacker demanded 40 bitcoins, which is approximately $17,000. In the interest of restoring the network quickly, the CEO decided to pay the ransom.

The hospital reported that patient care wasn’t compromised, but the incident is yet another example of the sobering prevalence and potential impact of cybersecurity threats.

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Your original job application is not as important as your company’s payroll database, or even the email database. So, why are you using the same storage policy for both?

 

IT organizations can actually drive up the cost of storage unnecessarily by treating all data as if it were the same and storing it all on the same media. Stop using one policy to rule all of your data. It might be simple, but it is killing your bottom line.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Red Button?

I am sitting here in front of 1 petaybte (1,000 terabytes) of disk.  The production database is on it and we are currently running about 12,000 transactions against it every second.  Lights are blinking, and I can just feel the breeze as the orders swoosh by me, to and from the Internet, serving all the customers who are purchasing from my online stores. 

But there’s the big red button. I can push it, right? I’m the manager. The team has been telling me for months that the system can recover, but they never thought in a million years that I’d actually push it. Sally, the sliver-tongued sales rep from Vendor X, thought I wouldn’t have the nerve. Dave, the over-zealous IT guy, considers me a tech-ignorant putz who thinks a “blade server” is someone you’d encounter at a Japanese restaurant. Sorry folks. I don’t make a major purchase just for display.

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In order for your business continuity plan to be effective and purposeful, you need to be aware of what is making the news. In recent weeks we’ve learned a lot about the Zika virus. A virus that has been present for many years, but really wasn’t making the headlines until recently.

 

There are lots of unknowns about the Zika virus and the impacts it can have on your organization. In light of this, we’ve got a special Tuesday workshop session scheduled at Spring World 2016.

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DRJ Spring World is a little over a month away and we’re really looking forward to seeing you in Orlando. To help you keep up-to-date with what we’ve got planned for you at our 54th conference, we’re continuing with our blog posts highlighting key features from the agenda. 

 

This week we’re taking a closer look at our pre- and post-conference courses. These courses are the best way for you to maximize your learning opportunities at Spring World. With our pre- and post-conference courses you’re exposed to more in-depth learning opportunities with some of our most experienced instructors. 

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We’ve been blogging about the range of sessions available to you at DRJ Spring World 2016, highlighting the technical, emergency response and information sessions. This week, we’ll take a closer look at the Senior Advanced Track.

 

The countdown clock is on for Spring World 2016 and the DRJ team is busy finalizing the last details and ensuring everything is ready for you in Orlando, Florida from March 13 - 16. To learn more about our 54th conference, browse the Spring World 2016 website and be sure to download the conference agenda

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This week we look at the Technical Sessions scheduled for DRJ Spring World 2016. These technical sessions are ideal for all levels of business continuity practitioners and will help you elevate your technical knowledge and skills. 

 

In our previous two blog posts we highlighted the Emergency Response Sessions and Information Sessions

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IT Change Happens

SSD v HDD

2500 years ago a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus wrote “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”.  Nowhere is that more true that the fast paced world of information technology.  The way we store data, the way we define data, the way we use data and even how we create data has all changed over the years to the point that sometimes it is hard to remember what we did in the past.   In 1988 for example, a one terabyte disk would cost you over 100,000 USD (638,000 RMB) and would take up the same space as a bathtub.  Now that same 1TB of space will cost you 36 USD and is about the size of a pack of Reece’s peanut butter cups.

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Last week we dipped into the DRJ Spring World 2016 agenda with a look at the Emergency Response Sessions. This week, we’ll take a look at the Information Sessions and tell you how you can take advantage of our extended registration savings discount. 

 

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida from March 13 - 16, this is the perfect opportunity to enhance your business continuity skill set and meet the industry leaders who are leading the charge in growth and innovation.

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This is the first of a series of blog posts in which we’ll take you through the DRJ Spring World 2016 agenda, highlighting and showcasing sessions, speakers, sponsors and events. 

 

We’ve got a great team of people and organizations coming together to give you the best in business continuity education and networking this March in Orlando, Florida. 

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If a crisis disrupts your business mission, the response should be supported by leadership who would assess and decide what actions should be taken from an overall organizational standpoint.  As leadership would convene to discuss and manage the response, this group of leaders would still require to be managed. Just like an orchestra, this group of leaders needs a conductor, this conductor is your crisis manager who should have some unique characteristics.

Let’s look at the key characteristics that make an effective crisis manager:

1. First-rate communication skills and trusted partnerships

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