Category: Business Continuity

Recovery Management on the Rise

Application owners primarily want control over their recoveries for one reason. They lack confidence in the ability of central backup administrators to successfully perform them. This lack of confidence explains why some backup solutions give users the flexibility within their tool to perform this task. However, as organizations increasingly adopt cloud infrastructures, expect to see recovery management become a task they can administer centrally.

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Cyber Resilience at Home

DCIG focuses its research primarily on enterprise storage and data protection. This article is, and is not, a departure from that focus. With so many businesses now urging or requiring employees to work from home, cyber resilience at home has become an important consideration for businesses of all sizes. I routinely work from home and recently experienced the failure of my primary work computer. This article reflects what I learned about cyber resilience at home from that experience.

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The Persistent Gap between IT Availability and Business Continuity

As an individual who started out in IT and served in various roles in that capacity, I thought I grasped the challenges of business continuity. Granted, I did not profess to understand all the intricacies of business continuity. However, I assumed if an organization could keep or quickly bring its applications online, business continuity would subsequently follow. Having now attended my first DRJ fall conference focused on business continuity, I now see the gap between IT availability and business continuity.

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DRaaS Providers Come of Age

As more organizations embrace a cloud-first model, everything in their IT infrastructure comes under scrutiny, to include backup and recovery. A critical examination of this component of their infrastructure often prompts them to identify their primary objectives for recovery. In this area, they ultimately want simplified application recoveries that meet their recovery point and time objectives. To deliver this improved recovery experience, organizations may now turn to a new generation of disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) offerings.

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HPE Expands Its Big Tent for Enterprise Data Protection

When it comes to the mix of data protection challenges that exist within enterprises today, these companies would love to identify a single product that they can deploy to solve all their challenges. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that single product solution does not yet exist. That said, enterprises will find a steadily improving ecosystem of products that increasingly work well together to address this challenge with HPE being at the forefront of putting up a big tent that brings these products together and delivers them as a single solution.

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Glitch is the Next Milestone in Recoveries

No business – and I mean no business – regardless of its size ever wants to experience an outage for any reason or duration. However, to completely avoid outages means spending money and, in most cases, a lot of money. That is why, when someone shared with me earlier this week, that one of their clients has put in place a solution that keeps their period of downtime to what appears as a ‘glitch’ to their end-users for nominal cost, it struck a chord with me.

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2017 Reflects the Tipping Point in IT Infrastructure Design and Protection

At the end of the year people naturally reflect on the events of the past year and look forward to the new. I am no different. It is as I reflect on the past year and look ahead on how IT infrastructures within organizations have changed and will change, 2017 has been as transformative as any year in the past decade if not the past 50 years. While that may sound presumptuous, 2017 seems to be the year that reflects the tipping point in how organizations will build out and protect their infrastructures going forward.

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Veritas Delivering on its 360 Data Management Strategy While Performing a 180

Vendors first started bandying about the phrase “cloud data management” a year or so ago. While that phrase caught my attention, specifics as what one should expect when acquiring a “cloud data management” solution remained nebulous at best. Fast forward to this week’s Veritas Vision 2017 and I finally encountered a vendor that was providing meaningful details as to what cloud data management encompasses while simultaneously performing a 180 behind the scenes.

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Full Potential of Disk-based Backup Finally Becoming a Reality with Cohesity DataPlatform 4.0

Organizations have come to the realization that using disk as a backup storage target does more than simply solve backup problems. It creates entirely new possibilities for recovery. But as they recognize these new opportunities, they also see the need for backup solutions that offer them new options for application availability and recoverability backed by ease of management. The latest DataPlaform 4.0 release from Cohesity moves organizations closer to this ideal.

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