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Disaster Recovery: Choosing The Right Provider For You

I wrote an article recently which centred on Gartner’s prediction that the Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) market would grow from $2.01B in 2017 to $3.7B by 2021. In my opinion, one of the main drivers for this rapid level of growth is the fact that it is ‘as a service’ and not the complex and expensive ‘create your own’ environment that it used to be. As a result, this has made DRaaS much more accessible to the SMB market, as well as enterprise customers. But, as the list of DRaaS solutions grows along with adoption rates, it’s important for customers to carefully consider how their choice of cloud provider should be influenced by their existing infrastructure. This will help to avoid technical challenges down the road. The Concept Of Disaster Recovery Before I delve into the...

Avoiding Downtime: The Need For Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Strategies

Enterprise file services can make your organisational data accessible and secure, and an important aspect of enterprise file services is ensuring the uptime of users and offices around the world, with proper methods in place to recover from any scenario: fire, hardware failure, or, increasingly, a ransomware attack. It’s why more and more organisations are looking to cloud-based disaster recovery options that can help them recover instantly and easily from any productivity-killing office outage and ensure their users are uninterrupted. The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, uses cloud-based technologies to ensure the uptime of dozens of offices and the productivity of thousands of users around the world. Similarly, global entertainment leader Live Nation modern...

Top Tips For Data Security In 2018

The Internet plays a big part in the lives of millions of people throughout the UK, and with technology and the online world showing no signs of slowing down, it is important to ensure that you keep all of your data protected and away from the wrong people. In order to do this, you should take the correct steps and put the right measures into place. For you to be sure that you have done this, I have created a list of my top tips for data security heading into 2018. 1. Back Up Your Data Although you may never be subject to hacking, data breaches or unfortunate disasters, you can never be sure when any of these will happen, if at all and so it is still essential that you back your data up, just in case. By backing your data up, you are able to prepare for the event that you lose your data, m...

Got Your Head In The Clouds? It Might Be Time To Look At Simpler Solutions

A recent outage at the hosting company OVH meant that many of their clients were unable to access their servers for more than 12 hours – which is a long time in the fast-paced business world, and almost an eternity for e-commerce companies. With 50,000 websites down due to the failure – caused by a leak in the water cooling system and compounded by a fault in the alerting system – many will be asking if there’s a way to avoid such problems in the future. The short answer is that there is no way to avoid it – no system is ever entirely fool-proof. A large and complex cloud environment as found at OVH can be harder to fix and restart if anything does happen. As OVH found, the restart sequence can be halted by the detection of additional faults which slow down the process. Does th...

Embracing Hybrid Cloud Services In Traditional Industries

Due to the many commercial benefits and the world of possibilities, cloud computing is now a mainstream model being adopted for the IT savvy business that has growth on its agenda. In my time working at iland, a global cloud services provider, I’ve also witnessed first-hand how more and more industries are increasing their focus on the cloud as a way of protecting themselves against cyber threats, human error and natural disasters, all while maintaining industry compliance.  Unfortunately, it is often the case whereby industries that stand to gain most from cloud technologies are the very ones that suffer from slower adoption rates; perhaps due to sensitivities around data security. That being said, as cloud adoption continues apace across EMEA, companies in even traditionally conservative...

Does Your Business Have A Robust Disaster Recovery Strategy?

Over the last year, there have been a number of incidents which have highlighted the value of disaster recovery (DR) policies. Cyber-attacks have demonstrated what can happen when a company is hacked. Air traffic control ground to a halt after, according to BA, an engineer switched off something vital in error. We’re also approaching the time of year when the weather can wreak havoc on business operations, from storms bringing down lines of communication to flooding which may limit access to an office or cause outages. SMEs Continue To Ignore Risk There are numerous reasons why you need to have disaster recovery solutions in place; still, there are many SMEs across the country that ignore the risks and keep their fingers crossed that these things won’t happen to them. For many, there is st...

Beyond Disasters: Do More With DR

Disaster recovery plans exist to ensure business continuity when the worst happens. They allow organisations and individuals caught up in life changing events such as natural disasters to focus 100% on protecting people from harm, without the distraction of worrying about data and IT systems. Recent events – both climate related such as the hurricanes in the US as well as manmade events such as ransomware attacks –  have brought disaster recovery to the top of mind, and organisations are looking to boost their preparedness. As they do this, they should also consider some of the useful ways that cloud-based disaster recovery solutions can contribute to everyday business operations – even before catastrophe strikes. We all know that geographic redundancy and replicating critical ...

Keeping The Focus On Business Continuity

The modern world of business is under increasing pressure to remain available and Always-On to its customers, regardless of time or location. An Always-On environment requires businesses to adopt modern data centres that are capable of scaling to meet organisational needs, and the impact this places on business continuity should not be underestimated. In principle, business continuity is a means for a company to truly consider itself an Always-On enterprise. If implemented correctly, a business continuity plan should give decision-makers the peace of mind that their business can rely on data backup off site in the event of a crisis or disaster. It is however important to draw a line between business growth and the implementation of back-end systems that are capable of facilitating this. Wi...

Disaster Recovery: What’s The Latest In Technology?

Disaster Recovery (DR) is on a rising trend with the mid-market as companies feel the financial impact of IT downtime and realise that a backup solution is not capable of getting them back to service as quickly as they need. 150 of the 350 companies in the World Trade Centre during the 1993 bombing were out of business a year later, highlighting the importance of a disaster recovery solution to business survival. However, budgets have not met the rising popularity of the concept. IT managers of companies that experienced the 9/11 attack still had to fight for budget to implement disaster recovery plans and technology. A recent report from Spiceworks indicates that budgets in 2015 will remain stagnant. So how do IT Managers and Directors cope with the need to build more resilience into thei...

Banks Should Underscore Disaster Recovery In The Cloud

Financial institutions are dealing with a tsunami of big data, and have a heady number of disaster recovery options available. When it comes to being prepared for disaster, backing up this mission-critical data is the minimum these institutions should be doing. Backing up isn’t enough. Financial organisations need to start thinking about a recovery strategy should something go wrong. Some organisations are still using traditional back up to tape or disk but others are looking to hybrid cloud technology for the flexibility and security they require. All are being cautious and all have to comply with strict financial regulations. Hybrid cloud is a blend of public and private cloud. Financial institutions, like businesses have sensitive data they need to keep secure. Using a private cloud the...

Backup To The Future

When it comes to data protection, most people don’t have a clue. Many do not take the time to perform regular backups and far more have never even considered doing a backup. In a world where the amount and value of information is constantly increasing, backing up data should be as natural as brushing your teeth twice a day. We live for about 70 years, or 613,200 hours. If you subtract time spent sleeping, we have 408,800 hours left. If you take into account our first 16 years when we’re not very productive, we’re left with approximately 315,000 productive hours. So wasting five or 10 hours recreating files due to data loss can take its toll. Many can empathise with losing digital photos which haven’t been backed up. The only way to recover a similar image would be to organise a photographe...

Don’t Turn A Drama Into A Crisis With Business Continuity Planning

Did you know that more than 50% of companies that do not have a business continuity plan and are hit by a disaster go out of business within 12 months? Your company could be struck by a disaster outside of its control at anytime. Whether it’s bad weather, a power cut or your staff falling ill, you must be able to continue the day-to-day running of the business. After all, your customers will still expect to be able to get in touch with you – that’s why implementing business continuity planning is essential. These four realistic scenarios could affect your business and will help with your own business continuity planning exercises. From setting an emergency recording for incoming calls to rerouting calls when your staff are unavailable, it’s important that you implement some form of d...

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