Downtime

Charting a low-risk path to modern disaster recovery

Several new forces have converged to highlight the urgent need for disaster recovery (DR) and to transform its business case. The sudden shift to remote work, the growing reliance on SaaS applications, and a surging cyberthreat environment have created daunting new challenges to preserving 24/7/365 business uptime. The high cost and relative inflexibility of traditional DR solutions call for new thinking, architectures, and implementations – including a path forward that minimizes business risks.

With companies experiencing an average of 14 hours of IT downtime annually, resulting in 545 hours of lost employee productivity, there is a better way ... and we'll be sharing it at DRJ Spring 2021.

A2 Hosting was shut down by a ransomware attack

A2 Hosting, a Windows server host, was attacked on April 22 and has yet to get services back up or even provide an ETA of when a recovery will be possible. In the meantime, all of their business customers are losing money and customers. Learn how this happened and how you can ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Automate, automate, automate. According to Forrester Research (The State of Business Technology Resiliency, Q2 2014), “The complexity we face today in technology is beyond what humans can manage”.

Most travelers trying to get U.S. travel papers processed during the past couple of weeks know about the U.S. consulate database crash that impacted 200,000 or more visa-seekers worldwide. The culprit, a simple software patch, caused the U.S. State Department’s central passport and visa system to crash on July 19. While the data was backed up, the system was not, causing visa processing to grind to a halt during the slow recovery process. 

There's a data protection lesson from this situation that all companies can learn from: Quick, reliable recovery depends on backup strategies that protect all company data, including configuration data and application code. 

Make the Most of Your IT Budget in Q4

Welcome to the fourth quarter, the time when most IT departments are working hard to tie up loose ends and complete projects before the end of the fiscal year. Economic conditions have caused organizations to do more with less. They are tasked with protecting a growing amount of mission-critical data, often with a shrinking budget.

Now is the time to review and adjust your current technology budget, to make room for investing in new services and new technology. It’s also the time of year when you’ll want to spend any remaining 2012 budget. Failing to do so may result in your budget getting reallocated in 2013. The clock is ticking, so make the most of your 2012 budget in the last quarter. Learn some best practices for technology budgeting: