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  • Nine security controls to look for in cloud contracts

    Posted November 19, 2012 - 9:02 am

    To help ease the concerns of cloud security, which Gartner says is still a chief inhibitor to enterprise public cloud adoption, buyers are looking to contracts and service-level agreements to mitigate their risks.
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    CA ARCserve r16 vs. Symantec Backup Exec 2012

    Posted November 16, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    In this report, Network Testing Labs puts CA ARCserve r16 and Symantec Backup Exec 2012 to the test. Both products boast an abundance of new features and enhancements.
  • Sandy wounded servers, some grievously, say services firms

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Companies that specialize in data recovery are still getting many calls for help from businesses and institutions whose equipment was damaged by the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
  • How IT leaders can best plan for disaster

    Posted November 7, 2012 - 8:07 am

    Hurricane Sandy left devastation in its wake, first pounding the Caribbean and then pummeling the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. People and businesses are now struggling to get back on their feet. As a CIO or IT leader, you need to ask yourself: Will your organization be prepared for the next disaster?
  • Prepare your business for digital disaster

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 11:44 am

    Note: This article was originally published in late September 2012. However, following hurricane Sandy and increased concerns about disaster preparedness, we have decided to reprint this guide. If you have any suggestions not covered in the article, please share your ideas in a comment below.
  • FEMA sets up 'rumor control' to counter online misinformation

    Posted November 5, 2012 - 3:52 am

    The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up a "rumor control" section on its website to counter misinformation on social networks that has affected relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
  • From near disaster to shaky recovery in NYC

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Hurricane Sandy brought the tide in, literally. But the flooding in lower Manhattan had the same effect on data centers that exposed the problems and shortcomings in the system.
  • 3 tips for making highly available systems in Amazon's cloud

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 8:58 pm

    There are ways to prepare your cloud system to make sure it is not impacted -- it just may cost more.
  • Question

    What's the best choice for individuals that want to have backup power?

    Posted November 2, 2012 - 11:49 am

    I wasn't in the area of the country that suffered (or continues to suffer) power outages, but I have been through a couple of hurricanes in the past. Surprisingly, the longest I was ever without power wasn't because of a hurricane, it was because of an unexpected severe thunderstorm.
  • Drama in NYC as data center temp passes 100 degrees

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    There's real-time drama unfolding at one of the data centers operating at 111 8th Ave. in NYC, a Google-owned building that occupies a full city block.
  • Even with prep, did Wall Street's business continuity plans fail?

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 11:30 am

    A report slams Wall Street for lack of foresight in preparing for a megastorm the size of Hurricane Sandy, stating that the New York Stock Exchange shut down for two days in part because it was not ready to use an all-electronic trading system during the disaster.
  • Huge customer effort keeps flooded NYC data center running

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 10:34 am

    When seawater from Hurricane Sandy flooded streets in lower Manhattan Monday night, it filled the bottom floors of the basement of an office building at 75 Broad St. This was not a good development for the data center operated by Peer1 Hosting.
  • NASA video shows life of Hurricane Sandy

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    NASA has released a time-lapsed video of Hurricane Sandy, showing the storm move from its birth in the Caribbean to when it made landfall on the East Coast of the U.S.
  • Hurricane Sandy: Power, wireless outages linger in lower Manhattan

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit northeast U.S. coastal areas, power and communications outages are continuing to be a concern, especially in lower Manhattan.
  • Question

    What lessons can IT take away from Hurricane Sandy?

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Many of us on the east coast are still dealing with the aftermath of the storm, and I hope everyone is doing ok. Did you learn anything that might help mitigate problems if there is another massive disruptive event like Sandy?
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    Traditional Backup is Dead - Are You Prepared?

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Conventional backup and recovery approaches are not robust enough to meet today's data and information management challenges, let alone those of tomorrow. A new strategy is essential.
  • Four commands to spook a sysadmin

    Posted October 30, 2012 - 11:41 am

    Wanna give a good Halloween scare to that special system or database administrator in your life? Try mentioning one of these commands
  • Storage optimization considerations for SMBs

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    IT budgets are always tight in small to midsize business, and when it comes to storage, many simply bolt on additional boxes to accommodate growth and data retention regulations without considering the added complexity and long-term costs.
  • How one business uses social networking and BPM to handle disasters

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    Brian Flynn, CIO at Crawford & Company, an insurance claims outsourcer, knew that the company's processes needed updating when he saw in person how its catastrophe team operated during an emergency.
  • NYC shuts parts of lower Manhattan, other areas due to hurricane

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Parts of New York City received mandatory evacuation notices from the governor's office as Hurricane Sandy came ashore Monday. Along with other businesses in the city's financial district, the New York Stock Exchange voluntarily shut down.
  • CommVault highlights application snapshots with standalone IntelliSnap software

    Posted October 29, 2012 - 8:33 am

    In a bid to help large businesses create and manage snapshots of application data across sprawling enterprise environments, CommVault is releasing the snapshot component of its Simpana suite as a standalone product.
  • To wash your keyboard or not to wash your keyboard, that is the question

    Posted October 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Ever have the urge to put your keyboard in the dishwasher? Turns out that’s not such a nutty idea
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    eBook: A Guide to Modern IT Disaster Recovery

    Posted October 23, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    This online eBook provides insight and advice on how to build an effective disaster recovery strategy in the evolving world of virtual infrastructures, while mitigating the impact of so-called 'Black Swan' events in the datacenter. Practical, how-to best practices, real customer success testimonials and links to additional resources.
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    Disaster Recovery Exercises Fall Short of the Finish Line

    Posted October 23, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Though many enterprises have advanced disaster recovery technologies put in place, they still fall short when it comes to actual preparedness due to a lack of formal processes and a strict regimen for exercising DR plans. This report details 10 tips for updating and improving your current DR exercise program to help you meet expected recovery objectives when faced with an unexpected event.
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    Faster Scans and Better Virus Detection - Can They Do That?

    Posted October 23, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    This FAQ answers questions about how IT professionals can meet the need for better malware detection without sacrificing performance.
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