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Data backup – how good is ‘good’?

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 29-Jan-2016 17:21:51

Topics: Cloud backup, Predatar, SoftLayer cloud back up, cloud backup service, data backup

Latest analysis from Gartner warns that businesses are spending at least 20 per cent more than they need to on unnecessary data backup and storage. That’s a scary $10 billion wasted every year.

In Gartner’s view this is down to a number of issues, including a common failure for corporate backup policies to keep pace with a fast-changing data environment. Another is that many businesses misunderstand the purpose of backup. “Often, the problem is that companies mistake backup technology for data archiving,” says research vice-president, Dave Russell. “Backup is largely for operational recovery, not for long-term retention.”

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Why BaaS is not the same as break-fix support

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 15-Jan-2016 17:16:00

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Cloud backup, SoftLayer cloud back up, cloud backup service, SoftLayer

In this post we explore 3 areas in which a backup managed service, or backup as a service (BaaS), is very different from old style break fix support.

The 3 areas in which they differ are:

  1. Scope of work of the service
  2. Measurement of service performance
  3. Billing for the service

Let’s look at each one in turn.

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SoftLayer and Silverstring - the story

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 18-Dec-2015 17:31:26

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Cloud backup, SoftLayer cloud back up, cloud backup service, SoftLayer

Discover the three reasons why Silverstring chose to work with SoftLayer when looking to expand their global reach by watching this video. 

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How to build a cloud backup service with IBM Spectrum Protect

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 11-Dec-2015 16:55:56

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Cloud backup, Cloud Disaster Recovery, SoftLayer cloud back up, cloud backup service, SoftLayer

If all you want for Christmas this year is a new or upgraded backup service here are a few ideas for your shopping list. If you have no plans to use public cloud services please keep reading.

Before you go shopping, stop.

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NEW – on G-Cloud 7 – Silverstring Cloud Transitioning Services

Posted by Thomas Cowley on 04-Dec-2015 15:34:38

Topics: Cloud backup, Cloud Disaster Recovery, G-Cloud

November 20th marked the announcement of a new round of approved cloud services, available to buy from the Government Digital Marketplace.

Silverstring has significantly strengthened its public-sector cloud offering in this round.  It has added cloud transitioning consultancy services.  These enable buyers to easily access the skills needed to transition from an on-site service (or no service) situation, to cloud-based data protection and storage.

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Why storage virtualisation?

Posted by Dave White on 27-Nov-2015 17:13:33

Topics: Data Storage, IBM, object storage, storage virtualisation,

Storage virtualisation is a fast growing technology in the datacenter, making a perfect complement to the more established server virtualisation.

By abstracting advanced function in software the technology helps to commoditise storage purchasing and simplify its management.

Storage specialist Dave White thought it best to try and clarify a few points and answer a few questions.

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Analysis or Paralysis?

Posted by Alistair Mackenzie on 20-Nov-2015 15:43:31

Topics: IBM, MSPs, Predatar, Analytics

 Disruptive IT resellers are using analytics tools to transform the traditional channel business model.

Many IT buyers have questioned the “value” part in the Value Added Reseller model with some predi

Disruptive IT resellers are using analytics tools to transform the traditional channel business model.

Many IT buyers have questioned the “value” part in the Value Added Reseller model with some predicting the death of the traditional VAR sales person. The value of the seller has been eroded because of several trends:

cting the death of t

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New backup challenges – the Office 365 conundrum

Posted by Thomas Cowley on 13-Nov-2015 10:36:07

Topics: IBM, backup, skype, VOIP

 

Microsoft’s utility-computing Office 365 offering takes email out of the corporate domain and places it firmly into the welcoming, low-maintenance home of the cloud.  This has triggered something of an unexpected data protection issue outside of email.  Bundled in the install of Office 365 is what was known as Lync, and is now renamed Skype For Business.  This is the Unified Communications (or UC for short) extension to email: instant messaging and voice over IP (VOIP), if you want to use it.

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EU Safe Harbour – Storm in a teacup or the perfect storm for digital disaster?

Posted by Joe Mayhew on 06-Nov-2015 17:15:25

Topics: Cloud, Data Protection

 

Firstly, I must state that I am not a lawyer or have any background in the legal profession and this blog does not offer any advice grounded in legal substance whatsoever and simply serves as a discussion point, the only advice is to seek professional legal advice of your own.

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Cloudy Assumptions Around Data Protection

Posted by Thomas Cowley on 16-Oct-2015 15:21:07

Topics: Cloud, Data Protection, hybrid cloud, TSM, Spectrum Protect

 

How do you backup your cloud application data? 

It’s a simple question, but one that a lot of CIOs and IT Directors seem to be blind-sided by.  There’s a simple brush-off: ‘our cloud provider looks after that’. 

Do they?  Are you sure? What SLAs do you have around recovery for your cloud service?  

 

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