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Developing the IT resilience your enterprise needs

Disaster Recovery as a Service is fast becoming a business essential as it’s implemented in more and more enterprise multi-site resilience strategies. Hardly surprising, since DRaaS simplifies recovery operations by combining protection, orchestration, and automation.
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Developing the IT resilience your enterprise needs

Developing the IT resilience your enterprise needs

These days, most enterprise systems, applications, and workloads are deemed mission- or business-critical. So, in addition to redundancy and high availability, discussions about business continuity and disaster recovery focus on IT resilience architectures employing multiple geographically-distributed data centers that use live application failover to prevent downtime.
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BC/DR planning coherence:
Stepwise toward business resilience

7 security best practices: Preventing ransomware attacks — with...  by Quest

As I mentioned in my last post, 68% of those in organizations committed to a multi-site resilience strategy – e.g., using Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), shifting IT infrastructure to a managed service provider environment, or deploying hybrid solutions – have confidence that their IT environments will perform as expected during unplanned downtime.
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Is your business prepared for unplanned downtime?

7 security best practices: Preventing ransomware attacks — with...  by Quest

Your answer may depend on your job title. In one recent survey, 70% of C-level executives declared their firms “very prepared” – but fewer than half of the IT people at those same companies agreed.

Uh oh.
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Facing down cybercriminality:
3 strategies for protecting your business

7 security best practices: Preventing ransomware attacks — with...  by Quest

Those of us devoted to securing enterprises can tell you that cybercriminality will grow significantly as it continues to exploit current information technology trends – widespread adoption of mobile devices and apps, increasing realization of the vast potential of IoT (Internet of Things), and the intensifying digital interconnectedness of nearly everything.
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Cybersecurity best practices:
Paying attention to these 10 basics helps prevent ransomware attacks

7 security best practices: Preventing ransomware attacks — with...  by Quest

A commitment to the seven people-focused cybersecurity best practices I reviewed in my last post will thwart many attacks. But don’t forget these 10 key cybersecurity best practices basics:
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Choosing a business resilience service provider

IT resilience and Service Provider by Quest

In my last post, I described key capabilities needed to achieve the IT resilience that’s become so critical to sustaining business resilience in an always-on world.

Getting those capabilities to work for your business takes more than a pro–vider with appropriate IT service/product offerings. You’ll also need a provider with considerable depth of business experience and understanding as well as a vendor–neutral willingness to customize and integrate available technologies.

It’s this combination of technology, business, and integration acumen that puts IT resilience – and business resilience – within your reach.
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Uh oh, downtime!

Downtime by Quest

The impacts of downtime on a business can be devastating, as this cringe–inducing chart reveals:


Downtime impacts
Downtime impacts by Quest
Source: 3 Steps to IT Resilience, Forrester

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What Kind of Cloud Customer Are You?

When clients contemplating a move to the cloud ask for advice, we tell them to start by being realistic about what cloud computing actually offers.

Yes, the cloud frees budgets from constant investment in infrastructure, reducing CapEx expenditure.

But the cloud is a technology, not a solution that will automatically deliver benefits like faster time-to-market or streamlined methods or a fix for personnel or process issues within your enterprise.

Next, we advocate a know thyself approach. You’ll get the most out of a cloud implementation by understanding what you’re trying to accomplish. Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses.

If you’re certain about having access to the technical talent you’ll need to get from purchase to actual delivery of services, then go it alone.

If you’re less certain about what to do once you’ve ordered up servers and terabytes of data, you’ll want some help — which brings us to the last bit of advice: know thy cloud provider.

Cloud providers, like cloud computing itself, come in a dizzying array of options.

So don’t let a cloud provider tell you there’s only one way to get something done. Those vendors are trying to sell you their product rather than a solution that fits your business.

But you can in fact get exactly what you need without giving up the economies of scale the cloud promises. Ask a trusted technology advisor how.

Planning a digital strategy for a volatile future

Digital Strategy for a Volatile Future by Quest

As I noted in my last post, new information technologies are likely to impact your business sooner than you’d like, so remaining reactive and focused on only the short-term has never been more dangerous.

You need to generate a forward-looking digital strategy to keep your enterprise competitive. If you find this easier said than done, you’re not alone — only about a quarter of businesses have a coherent digital strategy.

Yet without the IT planning that produces an effective digital strategy, you face a real possibility of surprise technological disruption in your industry and to your enterprise.
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