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Figuring out what networking technologies you need

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These days, your network must move your data from where it’s gathered to where it’s analyzed, then to where it fuels automated operations and real-time decisions. And your network must do this at scale, at speed, and securely across multiple devices, data centers, services, clouds, and, increasingly, edges of clouds — at all the times and in all the places where you conduct business.

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Managing your network in the age of complexity

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Until recently, the chief culprit in unplanned network downtime was power failure. These days, however, network errors and IT system problems play the main villains — and network errors were identified as the primary cause for 32% of outages in 2018.

That number becomes even more alarming when you consider that just a year earlier network errors accounted for only 19% of outages.

So why was there a 68% jump between 2017 and 2018 in the rate that network errors triggered unplanned downtime? Continue reading

When cloud DR isn’t enough:
disaster recovery for your hybrid infrastructure

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As you’ve handed off more and more data and applications to the cloud, you may think you’re now beyond losing any of your cloud-resident data and apps — because, after all, the cloud vendor’s multiple, diversely located data centers obviate that, right?

I urge you to think again.

It’s not that you’re necessarily entirely wrong. It’s that you may be only half right — and the half that is not right could put your business in peril. Continue reading

Is a co-location center the best place for your private cloud?

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By 2025, 80% of enterprises will give up their on-premises data centers and move workloads to co-location and/or cloud and managed services.

It’s pretty simple, really: a confluence of new technologies (serverless computing, AI/machine learning, the internet of things, 5G, edge computing, software as a service, etc.) and skills shortages have made it prohibitively expensive to keep on-premises data centers up-to-date and competitive. So most organizations are rethinking their IT infrastructures — and moving them to cloud and/or co-location environments. Continue reading

Forging a path to IT resilience

 Forging a path to IT resilience

In my last post, I focused on wildfire, one of several kinds of disruptive threats that can quickly bring down a business and the IT infrastructure on which it critically depends.

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Wildfires are unique — and so are the ways IT must cope with them

Cloud Optimization

When it comes to the costs of natural disasters last year – what reinsurer Aon Benfield calls “perils” – wildfires ranked a distant third. Continue reading

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Businesses have always faced risks. In the 1920s, shopkeepers in small Midwestern towns were issued surplus World War I rifles so they could run into the street and shoot skedaddling bank robbers.

But risks evolve, as do the ways any given risk may impact your business. Continue reading

2017 Was the Most Expensive Disaster Year Ever

IT Integration

2017 hit cities across our country with some of the most extreme – and expensive – natural disasters ever seen. There were at least 15 weather events this year costing at least a billion dollars each. Yes, we said Billion with a B.
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Got DRaaS and/or managed service DR? Pay attention to BC/DR plan updating anyway

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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