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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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Achieving business continuity:
7 strategic best practices

IT Integration

When it comes to risk management, best practices begin with best strategies:

1 Take the time to realistically assess your enterprise’s vulnerabilities
In one recent survey, increased reliance on technology itself and increasing business complexity ranked second and fourth as drivers of increased risk. 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

The Biggest Threat Facing Your Data in 2018

IT Integration

The intangibility of cloud storage makes it easy to leave the proverbial front door unlocked. This is exactly what happened when a developer at Uber inadvertently included the startup’s Amazon Web Services login credentials in code shared to the open source site GitHub – exposing the private data of 50 million of the platform’s customers.
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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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BC/DR planning coherence:
Stepwise toward business resilience

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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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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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Why cloud DR pays off in a mission-critical IT world

Not so long ago, the best way to assure your organization would survive a major disruption involved building — and continuously paying for — a dedicated recovery site. Like so many early-generation IT solutions, this one was unaffordable for most smaller businesses.

Happily, the very technologies that generate disruption-causing complexity (see my last post) also provide the kinds of cost-effective capabilities, such as real-time replication and managed disaster recovery services, that today’s heavily mission- and business-critical IT environments require. Continue reading

Look What’s Really Causing IT Disasters

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According to one expert, U.S. enterprises lose $1.2 trillion each year from IT failures. Although this figure gets debated, everyone agrees it’s a whole lot of money.

These losses — and the downtime that triggers them — tend to be caused by the mundane rather than the spectacular, as recent Forrester/Disaster Recovery Journal research shows: Continue reading