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ICT CONTINUITY NEWS

The challenge of keeping your critical applications running: how cloud and managed services can help
Legacy applications and older IT platforms can be a business continuity headache: Ian Masters offers some advice for those struggling with the issue.
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•Date: 15th April 2015 • World •Type: Article

IT downtime impacts explored in new research
Forty-five percent of IT professionals report that their business is impacted if IT is down for just 15 minutes or less, and 17 percent say that disruption occurs the instant an IT outage develops.
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•Date: 31st March 2015 • Various •Type: Article

How does database infrastructure impact both planned and unplanned downtime?
The 'State of Application Uptime in Database Environments' survey finds out.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

Six benefits of modernizing your backup infrastructure
If an organization’s backup system was designed before data volumes began to grow exponentially – or before IT infrastructures became highly virtualized – the company may find itself in a tight spot. Modernization is the key, and Logicalis US has identified six benefits CIOs can realize by updating their organization’s data storage and backup infrastructure.
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•Date: 20th March 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

The benefits that DRaaS brings to disaster recovery testing
Disaster recovery as a service offers many advantages for IT disaster recovery testing says Gabriel Gambill.
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•Date: 18th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

Five threats associated with the withdrawal of support for Windows Server 2003
Insight UK has identified five key threats faced by organizations rushing to meet the Windows Server 2003 end of support date.
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•Date: 6th March 2015 • UK//World •Type: Article

Survey looks at solid state disk uptime
Whilst SSD usage is up, the technology is still a cause of downtime: one third of respondents to a Kroll Ontrack survey confirm they have experienced some sort of SSD technology malfunction.
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•Date: 3rd March 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

‘It must be the network’: how to avoid the blame game and reduce downtime in an app-centric IT environment
Many companies are reliant on applications to drive business-critical processes, but when downtime or slow performance cause issues it can be difficult to ascertain the root cause.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • World •Type: Article

Which threats are chief information officers most concerned about?
A recent survey commissioned by Sungard Availability Services finds that the issues concerning CIO the most are information security, downtime and talent acquisition.
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•Date: 29th January 2015 • World •Type: Article

The Seventh Annual State of Resilience Report
IT resilience more important than ever as the demand for data expands across all platforms.
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•Date: 26th January 2015 • US/UK/World •Type: Article

IT disaster recovery under the spotlight
More than three in ten IT professionals report that their organization has suffered a major incident that has required them to implement disaster recovery procedures, according to a technology survey conducted by Evolve IP.
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•Date: 16th January 2015 • US/World •Type: Article

Now is the time to create a Windows Server 2003 migration plan
Five reasons why doing nothing could spell disaster.
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•Date: 14th January 2015 • US / World •Type: Article

IT and data centre professionals express concern about future threats to UK power supplies
The results of Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited’s (UPS) latest industry survey shows that IT and data centre professionals see UK power supply continuity as an increasing concern.
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•Date: 13th January 2015 • UK •Type: Article

Vast majority of multinationals lack total control of voice infrastructure despite huge cost of downtime
Survey looks at voice systems in European organizations; business continuity testing is a weak area.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

The financial cost of IT failures and downtime to businesses is revealed
UK organizations spent an average of £410,000 per incident, dealing with IT failures over the past 12 months.
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•Date: 9th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Maintaining ICT availability and resiliency in 2015 and beyond
In this article Patrick Hubbard highlights emerging areas where greater understanding is required to enable organizations to maintain current levels of ICT availability and resiliency.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • World •Type: Article

Worldwide cost of data loss and downtime passes the $1.7 trillion mark
According to a new EMC survey report.
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•Date: 3rd December 2014 • World •Type: Article

Plan B survey looks at IT disaster recovery trends
Despite over half of companies wanting to retain control of their IT disaster recovery inhouse, a lack of frequent testing is putting these businesses more at risk of IT downtime than companies which outsource.
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•Date: 25th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Managing availability in an app-centric environment
Companies are increasingly seeing application availability as business critical but ensuring the consistent availability and top performance of applications is far from a simple task.
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•Date: 11th November 2014 • UK/Europe/World •Type: Article

Backup is broken: and here’s the fix
Fast, secure and reliable backup is a business-critical function so why do many organizations struggle to get it right? Alistair Forbes looks at the issues.
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•Date: 3rd November 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

The 2014 VM Backup Report
NAKIVO has released its 2014 VM Backup report, providing insight into the state of virtualization data protection globally.
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•Date: 27th October 2014 • World •Type: Article

Workplace WiFi is now business-critical say UK SMEs
75 percent of SMEs suggest a wireless network has become essential to the running of their business, rising to 84 percent of firms with more than 100 employees.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Efficient data back-up ‘turns employees into sloppy savers’
A European study by information storage and management company Iron Mountain has discovered an unexpected downside to advanced data back-up and storage capability.
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•Date: 14th October 2014 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

Why it is sometimes better to separate voice and data systems
Unified communications is an important trend but, when it comes to business continuity planning for critical communications systems, it may not be the best approach.
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•Date: 2nd October 2014 • World •Type: Article

New ISACA guide to IT-related risk scenarios
A guide and tool kit from ISACA provides 60 examples of IT-related risk scenarios covering 20 categories of risk that organizations can customize for their own use.
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•Date: 30th September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Putting resilience at the heart of processors
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation have given research awards to 10 universities to develop secure, trustworthy, assured and resilient semiconductors and systems.
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•Date: 25th September 2014 • US •Type: Article

Before you store your data: think about how to get it back
Christian Toon makes the case for a blended approach to backup and storage plans.
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•Date: 19th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Which emerging technologies do business continuity managers need to be monitoring?
KPMG identifies a trio of disruptive technologies that will have a huge impact by 2017.
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•Date: 18th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

ENISA report looks into causes of large outages of electronic communications services
System failures are the main cause of downtime.
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•Date: 17th September 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Poor code quality is an increasing cause of security incidents and downtime
Unaddressed software risks are leading to information security issues and system failures.
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•Date: 29th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

How to communicate about information security and technology risks to executive management
The importance of information security and technology risk management continues to grow, but many risk and security professionals continue to struggle with non-IT executive communication.
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•Date: 26th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

Data restoration requirements surveyed
When it comes to data restoration, addressing deleted mailboxes or emails is the most common request of IT administrators, according to new survey data from Kroll Ontrack.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

Latest version of Quorum’s single-step disaster recovery solution offers ‘industry’s only true agentless protection’
Quorum has announced the general availability of Quorum onQ v3.8. This latest version ‘offers a long list of new features and enhancements - among them, the industry’s first truly agentless protection for application consistency’, says Quorum.
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•Date: 14th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

How to bullet-proof your incident response plans
Ted Julian describes five steps that will help ensure that your incident response plans work when they are required.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Six ways that flash is changing the storage landscape
Key reasons why flash storage makes sense for fast access to mission-critical data in mainstream applications.
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•Date: 23rd July 2014 • World •Type: Article

Resilience in the era of enterprise cloud computing
This paper addresses the resiliency challenges facing organizations by examining the elements essential to enabling an effective resiliency program in the era of enterprise cloud computing.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Emulex study looks into network availability issues
70 percent of NetOps respondents indicated that they have had a critical network event that took at least one full business day to diagnose.
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•Date: 17th July 2014 • US/UK/Europe •Type: Article

The top causes of data disasters…
Kroll Ontrack releases new statistics regarding data loss causes and the impact to businesses.
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•Date: 12th June 2014 • World •Type: Article

The third annual Service Availability Benchmark Survey
Continuity Software has published the results of its latest Service Availability Benchmark Survey.
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•Date: 6th June 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

IT continuity in Japanese organizations surveyed
PwC Japan has published a detailed report following a survey of Japanese IT organizations.
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•Date: 29th May 2014 • Japan •Type: Article

Go back to basics to avoid network outages
Many organizations fail to implement some simple processes that can help reduce the number and severity of network outages says Joel Dolisy.
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•Date: 28th May 2014 • World •Type: Article

NIST seeks comments on new guidance for creating trustworthy resilient systems
Comments deadline is July 11th, 2014.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • US •Type: Article

Complexity leading to downtime issues in UK organizations
Vanson Bourne survey finds that 48 percent of respondents experience availability and outage issues at least once a week.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Phoenix to open new Technology Innovation Centre
On May 14th Phoenix will open a new ‘Technology Innovation Centre’ at its West Midlands Business Continuity Centre site in Birmingham, UK.
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•Date: 22nd April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Windows XP deadline: Microsoft’s statement
As well as ending general support of Windows XP, Microsoft is also ending support for Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2003.
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•Date: 9th April 2014 • World •Type: Article

Avaya survey looks at downtime costs
80 percent of companies experiencing downtime from core errors in 2013 lost revenue.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • Various •Type: Article

When disaster strikes: safeguarding networks
New scientific papers explore strategies that can mitigate the impacts of disasters on networks.
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•Date: 7th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Facing the BYOD challenge
Don Thomas Jacob provides BYOD risk management advice.
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•Date: 3rd March 2014 • World •Type: Article

Looking ahead to 5G
Business continuity managers need to be aware of emerging technologies which will impact their organizations in the future: and one such technology will be 5G.
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•Date: 25th February 2014 • Europe •Type: Article

Preventing public streaming events impacting on network availability
Huge public streaming events such as the Winter Olympics can impact on the availability of enterprise networks: and the effects are intensifying, for several reasons.
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•Date: 19th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

Accelerating backup performance and efficiency still top priorities for large enterprises
Nearly half of respondents to a recent enterprise survey did not feel that their backup environment was meeting their needs.
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•Date: 17th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

UK government issues Windows XP end of support advice
Short-term mitigation advice for public sector organizations unable to fully migrate away from Windows XP prior to its end of support date.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • UK •Type: Article

IBM announces new data virtualization service
IBM SmartCloud Data Virtualization will enable customers to decouple their application data from their physical infrastructure, improving business resiliency.
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•Date: 5th February 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Survey looks at data backup trends
53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year.
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•Date: 4th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

Forrester publishes report on disaster recovery as a service providers
In 'The Forrester Wave: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014' Rachel Dines overviews the current global market and ranks the key players.
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•Date: 22nd January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Microsoft extends anti-malware support for Windows XP
To help organizations complete their Windows XP migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to its anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through to July 14th, 2015.
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•Date: 22nd January 2014 • World •Type: Article

The Cost of Inertia
New survey report reveals that current data backup and recovery practices won’t keep pace with future data growth.
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•Date: 17th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Stratus Technologies introduces ‘everRun Enterprise’
New availability solution delivers mainframe-like reliability to virtualized workloads.
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•Date: 15th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

The top ten outages of 2013
Neverfail has published a list which highlights 2013's top outages from around the world.
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•Date: 14th January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Results from the Continuity Software IT Operations Analytics Benchmark
Benchmark survey underscores the importance of operational analytics in meeting IT performance goals and reducing downtime.
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•Date: 8th January 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

IT trends for business continuity managers to be aware of
Ian Kilpatrick describes six emerging technology trends that will need consideration during 2014.
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•Date: 3rd January 2014 • World •Type: Article

Raxco Software releases InstantRecovery and InstantRecovery Server
New solution provides a high availability system recovery option for enterprise and small business use.
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•Date: 18th December 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Emerging IT continuity challenges
What issues and new technologies have disrupted the IT continuity landscape in 2013 and how are these likely to develop in 2014?
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•Date: 17th December 2013 • World •Type: Article

Companies offer to step in following Backup Exec.cloud announcement
Symantec will close its Backup Exec.cloud service on 6th January 2015.
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•Date: 10th December 2013 • US •Type: Article

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers to study business continuity and disaster recovery best practices in its sector
‘Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for Network Operators’ project announced.
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•Date: 4th December 2013 • US •Type: Article

ENISA has published a new report about how mobile roaming could be used nationally to mitigate large mobile network outages
The new 'National Roaming for Resilience' report explores the pros and cons of different national roaming schemes from a security and resilience perspective.
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•Date: 27th November 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Study shows that risks are outpacing IT audit capabilities in most organizations
International study reveals that a large percentage of organizations are not planning and instituting the IT audit coverage necessary to assure critical IT operations, evaluate risk and provide a secure, available IT environment.
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•Date: 20th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

Business attitudes to disaster recovery
Quorum has released results from its first disaster recovery survey.
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•Date: 30th October 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

66 percent of organizations have had unexpected application connectivity disruptions or outages during data centre migration projects
According to an AlgoSec survey.
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•Date: 29th October 2013 • World •Type: Article

Voice communications seen as an increasingly critical business function
62 percent of IT leaders say that a failure in voice communication would be disruptive, and over a fifth say that it would destroy their organization.
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•Date: 22nd October 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

British SMEs lack confidence in their disaster recovery procedures
According to new research by Onyx Group and Computing magazine.
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•Date: 22nd October 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council agencies issue Windows XP warning
FFIEC agencies expect financial institutions and TSPs to identify, assess and act on Windows XP migration risks to ensure that “safety, soundness, and the ability to deliver products and services are not compromised”.
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•Date: 9th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Downtime, data loss and natural disasters
As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, a Carbonite survey has found that most small businesses in the affected area are not prepared for the next disaster.
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•Date: 9th October 2013 • US •Type: Article

Ways to reduce storage migration-related downtime and performance issues
The top ten challenges facing enterprises during heterogeneous filer migrations.
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•Date: 26th September 2013 • World •Type: Article

Data loss in virtual environments impacts many organizations
Only 33 percent of companies that experienced a loss in the last year were able to recover 100 percent of their data, according to a Kroll Ontrack study.
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•Date: 26th September 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Small and medium sized businesses remain committed to tape
The results of an Iron Mountain survey of IT professionals at small- and mid-sized businesses show that almost all use or plan to use magnetic tape cartridges as part of their strategy to backup data.
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•Date: 5th September 2013 • US •Type: Article

New software solution detects downtime and data loss risks across the entire storage area network
Continuity Software expands its service availability risk management portfolio with AvailabilityGuard/SAN.
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•Date: 27th August 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Five new virtualization challenges
A SolarWinds survey identifies challenges that should be considered by every business continuity manager.
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•Date: 23rd August 2013 • World •Type: Article

ENISA issues electronic communication major incidents report
ENISA, the EU cyber security agency, has published a new report providing an overview of the major electronic communication outage incidents in the EU in 2012.
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•Date: 22nd August 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Backup research identifies data growth as driver for recovery-based pricing
Organizations with rising data volumes feeling strong pressure to contain data protection costs.
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•Date: 15th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Compliance should not be a primary driver of IT risk and security measures: Gartner
By simply trying to keep up with individual compliance requirements, organizations become rule followers, rather than risk leaders.
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•Date: 13th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

BYOD adds complexity to Windows end-of-life migration projects
Companies need to start Windows XP migration immediately or risk overshooting the April 8th 2014 deadline.
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•Date: 8th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Six keys to effective reputational and IT risk management
Find out what you can do to protect your reputation from IT risks.
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•Date:7th August 2013 • UK •Type: Article

The mobile challenges that business continuity managers need to address: and quickly
Gartner says at least 60 percent of information workers will interact with content applications via a mobile device by 2015.
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•Date: 10th July 2013 • World •Type: Article

Shadow IT networks putting organizations at risk
IT managers believe that the fragmentation of corporate data across their IT infrastructure and an emerging ‘Shadow IT’ network of user devices or consumer cloud services outside their control, are putting their organizations at risk.
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•Date: 7th June 2013 • World •Type: Article

Virtualization causing ‘major gaps in business continuity readiness’
According to an Osterman Research survey.
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•Date: 6th June 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Five common IT administrator mistakes that lead to data loss
Based on its day-to-day experiences, Kroll Ontrack has listed five of the most common mistakes made by IT administrators that can lead to data loss.
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•Date: 5th June 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Create resilience with automated disaster recovery
Among the hard facts IT leaders don’t want to hear is this one: traditional data protection and backup tools can’t ensure business continuity....
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•Date: 14th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

The advantages of deduplication in virtual environments
Wayne Salpietro and George Crump explain how deduplication reduces backup times and improves recovery efficiency.
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•Date: 14th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

High storage costs and performance remain key obstacles to virtualization of critical business apps
DataCore Software’s annual ‘State of Virtualisation Survey’ reveals a widespread desire to virtualize mission critical applications, tempered by cost concerns.
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•Date: 9th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

IDC survey explores operational resilience
Study finds that enterprise reliance on 'always on' systems is necessary to ensure continual business operations.
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•Date: 2nd May 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

RAID-5 reduces long-term reliability of SSD Arrays, warns Skyera
RAID-5 is a well-proven technique for creating hard disk arrays that can withstand the failure of a single disk drive with no data loss. But applying the same RAID-5 concepts to SSD arrays can have the opposite effect and contribute to decreased data reliability, according to Skyera Inc.
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•Date: 24th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Gartner issues Windows XP and Office 2003 end of life advice
Gartner has provided advice for organizations needing to migrate from Windows XP and Office 2003 due to the related business continuity and security issues.
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•Date: 18th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Organizations need to prepare for Windows XP end-of-life
On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting XP, giving organizations a firm migration deadline.
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•Date: 17th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

RAID reaches 25
25th anniversary of RAID commemorated.
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•Date: 5th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Bad backups widespread: Kroll survey
According to a recent survey of its Ontrack Data Recovery customers, Kroll Ontrack found that while 60 percent of respondents had a backup solution in place at the time of data loss, the backup was not current or operating properly.
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•Date: 27th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

Weekly testing critical to recovery of data, applications and systems
Quorum has published a new report that focuses on disaster recovery testing as a critical piece of overall business continuity.
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•Date: 20th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

The backup and disaster recovery challenges facing small and mid-sized businesses
Data protection and disaster recovery planning is a priority but remains a challenge for small and mid-sized businesses, according to the results of ‘Backing up SMBs,’ a recent survey by Spiceworks.
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•Date: 15th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

New distance record for 400 Gb/s data transmission
A team from AT&T has devised a new patent pending technique enabling 400 Gb/s signals to be sent over 100 gigahertz-grid optical networks over ultra-long distances.
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•Date: 14th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

Backup trends
Asigra Inc. has issued its predictions for how organizations will develop their backup processes and infrastructure over the next year.
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•Date: 22nd Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article

Data storage upgrades are a significant cause of business disruption
Gridstore study confirms that data growth is a source of risk in many mid-market enterprises.
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•Date: 22nd Feb 2013 • World •Type: Article

Research finds that Java frameworks strongly influence security and reliability
Which of the enterprise Java frameworks delivers the most application uptime?
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•Date: 25th Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

The growing data storage dilemma
Increases in data volume impacting backup and disaster recovery strategies.
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•Date: 24th Jan 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Managing Big Data risks and opportunities
We have to scale the human generated Big Data Mountain ‘Because it’s there,’ says David Gibson.
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•Date: 16th Jan 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

‘Business Continuity: Emerging Trends’
Business continuity trends identified in ISACA white paper.
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•Date: 4th Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

Backup and recovery in 2013
ExaGrid makes five predictions for the backup and recovery market.
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•Date: 3rd Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

Disaster Recovery Trends and Metrics
The results of an IDG Research and FalconStor Software survey.
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•Date: 21st Dec 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Disruptive IT trends that business continuity managers need to be aware of
Ian Kilpatrick describes five trends that may impact data protection strategies during 2013.
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•Date: 7th Dec 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

How to prevent admin rights abuse
A project checklist for the financial sector.
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•Date: 6th Dec 2012 • World •Type: Article

IT continuity: the benefits of a mobile NOC
Matthes Derdack discusses the benefits of mobilizing a network operations centre / center and outlines a financial justification for implementing such a strategy.
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•Date: 30th Nov 2012 • Europe/World •Type: Article

The future of ITIL and PRINCE2
UK Cabinet Office Deputy Director briefs itSMF UK delegates on the future of ITIL and PRINCE2.
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•Date: 16th Nov 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Insourcing after outsourcing: how to handle the business continuity issues associated with IT migrations
Over the past six months, a trend has arisen for organizations to bring their IT services back in-house. The resulting IT migrations bring their own business continuity issues, as Ian Masters explains.
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•Date: 8th Nov 2012 • UK/World

Tape Summit summary
The role of tape in the enterprise is changing.
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•Date: 7th Nov 2012 • World •Type: Article

Protiviti study analyzes gaps in companies' IT risk assessments
Although companies continue to increase their investments in and dependency on IT resources, many aren't doing enough to protect themselves.
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•Date: 6th Nov 2012 • World •Type: Article

Technology trends for 2013
What technology developments do business continuity managers need to consider?
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•Date: 24th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Network configuration changes are a significant cause of IT continuity issues
The results from a Tufin Technologies survey.
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•Date: 24th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Survey looks at unscheduled server/workstation downtime in the United States
Hardware failure and power outages are the most common causes.
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•Date: 19th Oct 2012 • US •Type: Article

Choosing a data disaster recovery strategy
Nick Mueller provides some advice for companies considering the best route to take for data disaster recovery.
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•Date: 9th Oct 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Exchange and SharePoint outages explored
A new Kroll Ontrack study reveals that nearly 50 percent of organizations experienced e-mail and document data loss in the past year and took half a business day or more to recover.
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•Date: 2nd Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

‘Space Travel’ may help reduce IT downtime
UT Dallas computer scientists have developed a technique to automatically allow one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for any issue that could cause the monitored computer to malfunction, helping to prevent problems escalating to a point where they cause downtime.
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•Date: 21st Sept 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

The Data Protection Index: Volume II
Sepaton Data Protection Index finds that large enterprise backup environments are replicating more than half of their data to disaster recovery sites.
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•Date: 20th Sept 2012 • Various •Type: Article

Data migration creates protection and availability issues
65 percent of organizations are not confident that data is protected during migration.
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•Date: 18th Sept 2012 • World •Type: Article

Delivering the Available Enterprise
New Imperial College London and SunGard Availability Services report looks at the challenges of enterprise availability.
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•Date: 14th Sept 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Preventing data disasters
Ten steps to prevent an organizational data catastrophe.
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•Date: 28th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Microsoft update could disable some legacy systems
Legacy systems could grind to a halt as Microsoft rejects systems with RSA encryption keys less than 1024 bits.
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•Date: 23rd August 2012 • World •Type: Article

FireHost expands business continuity solutions for websites and apps
New DNS hosting options provide redundancy and resiliency options.
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•Date: 17th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Data recovery trends
Survey by Kroll Ontrack looks at data protection and recovery challenges; many organizations failing to test data recovery plans.
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•Date: 15th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Full circle?
The revival of IT disaster recovery as a BCM core issue. By Lyndon Bird FBCI.
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•Date: 1st August 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Data and disaster recovery
Survey finds that only ten percent of all organizations feel their data is safe from a disaster.
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•Date: 27th July 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

UNSi launches single IP failover solution
Provides cost effective network redundancy and continuity.
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•Date: 27th July 2012 • US •Type: Article

Five tips for effective data protection in virtualized environments
VM architectures require more advanced backup and recovery processes than traditional server architectures, but these need not be complicated to select, configure and use – if appropriate consideration is given to the potential problems.
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•Date: 25th July 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cryptzone provides a new work-from-home solution for business continuity use
Bootable USB flash drive allows secure remote working and ‘eliminates risk from malware’.
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•Date: 12th July 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Many companies taking configuration change risks
According to a survey by Tufin Technologies.
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•Date: 11th July 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Vision Solutions releases Double-Take version 6.0
Vision Solutions’ flagship business continuity product offers six critical advantages for businesses and new industry standards for replication and availability in all environments.
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•Date: 13th June 2012 • World •Type: Article

Dealing with downtime
US organizations are turning to the cloud for IT continuity.
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•Date: 17th May 2012 • North America •Type: Article

‘Mission-critical Business Continuity for SAP’
A new white paper has been published by EMC which describes the transformation of the traditional SAP deployment to a mission-critical business continuity solution with active/active data centers.
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•Date: 17th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Five tips for faster, simpler, better data deduplication
With nearly every network backup and storage management vendor offering a data deduplication product or option, midsized IT environments can be challenged to find appropriately featured dedupe that delivers the time, space, and cost savings they require. In this article Arkeia Software offers some help.
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•Date: 10th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Survey looks at IT continuity in industrial companies
Business continuity at risk due to inadequate investment in data protection.
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•Date: 9th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Enterprise data recovery myths
Kroll Ontrack has published a listing of what it views as the top five enterprise data recovery myths.
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•Date: 3rd May 2012 • World •Type: Article

The 2012 Private Cloud and Storage Virtualization Survey
Many more users are concerned about virtualization-related performance bottlenecks and downtime than they were in 2011.
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•Date: 3rd May 2012 • World •Type: Article

How to secure boardroom buy-in for backup and IT disaster recovery
David Blackman offers some tips for success in this area.
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•Date: 1st May 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

ISACA survey identifies impacts of IT problems on enterprises
42 percent of organizations surveyed believe that customer satisfaction had been reduced in the last 12 months due to an IT-related problem or incident.
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•Date: 24th April 2012 • World •Type: Article

Admin rights mismanagement threats examined
Study finds that a significant percentage of workers miss critical deadlines due to admin rights difficulties.
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•Date: 24th April 2012 • World •Type: Article

SunGard launches ‘Managed Recovery Programme’ to support European enterprises
New service goes beyond infrastructure to proactively manage the complete recovery process and its interaction with business requirements and production environments.
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•Date: 5th April 2012 • UK/Europe •Type: Article

Continuity as a service: an emerging reality
We are in the middle of a big evolutionary leap in data recovery services, says Justin Lord.
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•Date: 4th April 2012 • Region: Africa/World •Type: Article

Five tips for overcoming the challenges of backups in virtual environments
With the rate of virtualized servers being added to IT environments, organizations are facing new challenges in how to adequately protect data and ensure its recoverability without backup operations limiting the performance of the host machines.
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•Date: 23rd March 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

eContinuity: a new telecoms continuity service
Auto Failover Protection for businesses that have a voice trunking network.
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•Date: 22nd March 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Fifth Annual State of the Network Global Study results
Cloud and bandwidth demands challenge IT teams; increasing complexity making it harder to resolve application availability problems.
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•Date: 20th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

Verizon enhances telecoms continuity solution
As the US storm season begins, Verizon has announced a new addition to its Mobile Satellite Solutions telecoms continuity service.
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•Date: 20th March 2012 • US •Type: Article

Selecting a reliable NAS solution
When it comes to network attached storage devices, business continuity starts with selecting the right solution.
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•Date: 16th March 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

Survey finds that small businesses ignore risks of data protection on mobile devices
One-third of companies let employees make their own decisions about how to back up company and client data on their devices.
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•Date: 16th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

New Iron Mountain services make backup tapes more useful
New capabilities for indexing and restoring data make it easier for customers to use computer backup tapes for archiving data, not just disaster recovery.
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•Date: 8th March 2012 • World •Type: Article

Evolved security, privacy and reliability strategies for cloud and big data
Microsoft discusses the changing availability and security challenges and how organizations can address them.
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•Date: 1st March 2012 • World •Type: Article

Developing seamless business continuity and disaster recovery plans
Dr. Jim Kennedy provides a framework in which the recovery time objectives for the business continuity and the disaster recovery plan can be developed together.
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•Date: 23rd February 2012 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

New capabilities dramatically improve data recovery from solid state media
Kroll Ontrack has announced that it has developed unique, proprietary capabilities, significantly improving the quality of recovery from solid state drives (SSDs) in less than a quarter of the time typically required.
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•Date: 10th February 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Confidence in IT disaster recovery processes increases
Better resources and technologies lift business confidence in backup and disaster recovery: Acronis survey.
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•Date: 3rd February 2012 • World •Type: Article

Nimbus Launches E-Class flash memory system for mission-critical enterprise and cloud infrastructure
Scales to 500 TB with no single point of failure.
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•Date: 3rd February 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

World IPv6 launch day: 6 June 2012
Many major ISPs, home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are collectively working to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012: World IPv6 launch day.
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•Date: 2nd February 2012 • World •Type: Article

UK businesses urged to plan for network traffic load during the Olympics
Intergence offers five tips for protecting mission critical applications.
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•Date: 27th January 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Object storage for big unstructured data
How to create uniformly scalable storage systems with an automated healing mechanism. By Tom Leyden.
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•Date: 26th January 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

Technology and business continuity in 2012
2012 will see a new wave of business continuity solutions based on virtualization and cloud technologies, says Paddy Falls.
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•Date: 26th January 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

The six ‘gotchas’ of disaster recovery
There are many factors that can complicate the recovery process if businesses aren't careful. Here are six of the biggest issues that organizations may face as they plan for continuity.
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•Date: 20th January 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

CERT Resilient Enterprise Management team issues technical note
‘Using Defined Processes as a Context for Resilience Measures’ describes how implementation-level processes can help organizations define measures of operational resilience.
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•Date: 23rd December 2011 • US/World •Type: Article

UK enterprise data protection survey
80 percent of UK enterprise data storage managers surveyed believe that senior management underestimates the importance of data protection.
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•Date: 15th December 2011 • UK •Type: Article

State of Resilience 2011
New Vision Solutions report looks at IT systems resiliency practices and expected changes going forward.
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•Date: 9th December 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Future ICT...
ICT trends that business continuity managers need to be aware of.
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•Date: 2nd December 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

IT disaster recovery predictions for 2012
The disaster recovery market will see a disruptive shift over the next year.
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•Date: 30th November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

HP to ‘transform server market’ with single platform for mission-critical computing
HP has announced ‘Odyssey’; a project to redefine the future of mission-critical computing with a development roadmap that will unify UNIX and x86 server architecture.
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•Date: 30th November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Many organizations struggling with disaster recovery
Iron Mountain survey finds that 68 percent of respondents see disaster recovery as their biggest data challenge.
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•Date: 22nd November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Survey looks into backup and recovery challenges of virtual servers
ESG Research indicates increased need for protection as proliferation of virtualization continues.
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•Date: 18th November 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Computer scientist announces software reliability and security breakthrough
Research should lead to much less software related downtime in the future.
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•Date: 3rd November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

More than a plan: establishing a disaster recovery program
Glen Bricker overviews ISO 27031 and ITIL IT Service Continuity Management and provides some pointers for choosing between these two ICT guidelines.
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•Date: 18th October 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Neverfail launches Virtual Availability Director
Helps provide a single console from where administrators can manage and maintain continuous availability for all their business critical applications.
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•Date: 13th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Blackberry downtime caused by business continuity failure
RIM’s problems raise some important issues for all business continuity managers.
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•Date: 12th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Companies are adopting new mobility technologies but not preparing for associated risks to business continuity: AVG survey
There is a lack of understanding of the threats posed by business reliance on mobile phone and social networking use.

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•Date: 4th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Pre-audit ‘clean-ups’ create risks
System administrators often make uncontrolled IT changes immediately prior to audits in order to meet compliance, after which they then let these changes lapse.

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•Date: 29th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Council of Europe calls for Internet continuity preparedness
The Committee of Ministers has urged EU states to develop policies, in conjunction with other stakeholders, to prevent and respond to harm to the Internet.

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•Date: 28th September 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

IBM survey looks into views on data storage
Many IT decision makers are looking into the benefits of solid-state storage technology.

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•Date: 23rd September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Enterprise notification software: the last system standing
Matthes Derdack discusses the key features to look for and potential pitfalls to avoid when selecting an enterprise notification system.
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•Date: 22nd Sept 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Understanding the correlation between data leakage and the security mission
In many apparently very secure organizations, data leakage enabled by advanced evasion techniques is a potential disaster just waiting to happen. By Professor John Walker.
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•Date: 21st Sept 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Businesses are failing the data protection challenge
A recent survey has found that almost 90 percent of businesses experienced data loss in the last year.

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•Date: 15th September 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Venafi calls on enterprises and government agencies to formulate certificate authority compromise disaster recovery plans
With DigiNotar joining the ranks of Comodo, StartSSL and RSA as a trusted third-party security organization successfully compromised by hackers, enterprises need to move past the shock and begin formulating their own compromise recovery and business continuity plans, states Venafi.

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•Date: 9th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Virtualization trend makes application availability issues harder to resolve
When a problem occurs, virtualization is the enemy of visibility...

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•Date: 8th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

CommVault releases results of annual end-user virtualization survey
Survey shows a groundswell of support for running business-critical applications on virtual machines in the production environment.

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•Date: 2nd September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Is SSD/Flash as reliable as users think?
Data storage technology is trending toward SSD/Flash both on an enterprise and consumer level; however more than 50 percent of respondents to a Kroll Ontrack have experienced data loss with SSD/Flash devices.

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•Date: 24th August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Measures for Managing Operational Resilience
A new technical report has been published by the CERT Resilient Enterprise Management team.

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•Date: 15th August 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

IT cost-cutting resulting in more business continuity problems
According to a recent survey by Wakefield Research for HP.

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•Date: 29th July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Tape is far from dead
Survey of 1000 UK businesses looks at data backup practices.

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•Date: 21st July 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

New research looks at disaster recovery and data backup methods in US small businesses
Carbonite Inc. has reported on new research into the disaster recovery and data backup methods being used by US small businesses.

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•Date: 19th July 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Business Assurance for the 21st Century
Document highlights plans for a global repository of assessments for assurance of the IT supply chain.

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•Date: 15th July 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

ISACA invites public comment on COBIT 5 drafts
Comment period closes on 31 July.

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•Date: 13th July 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Downtime in online business operations examined
New survey reveals worrying reliance on one data centre despite high number of outages.

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•Date: 28th June 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Distribute IT failure highlights the importance of maintaining offsite backups
Belts and braces business continuity requires an offsite backup of critical data on physical media.

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•Date: 24th June 2011 • Region: Australia / World •Type: Article

The business continuity problems of patching
50 percent of businesses have suffered IT failures due to software updates gone wrong.

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•Date: 22nd June 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

DHS publishes risk management strategy for the global DNS system
Describes how the IT sector and DNS communities can address risks to enhance the resiliency and safety of the Internet and aims to ensure that cyber networks can bounce back quickly if a major attack or disaster strikes.

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•Date: 21st June 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Systematic workload reprovisioning: an overview
Systematic workload reprovisioning will become increasingly prevalent in leading-edge enterprises for high-risk workloads during the next five years: Gartner.

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•Date: 16th June 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

‘IT - the hidden risk in your business’: a new report by the Business Continuity Institute
The BCI has published a new report which summarises the discussions at its IT Risk Management Roundtable which was held in March 2011.

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•Date: 10th June 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

IT disaster recovery planning: US and UK comparisons
A survey by Neverfail shows significant differences between the US and the UK when it comes to IT disaster recovery planning.

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•Date: 8th June 2011 • Region: US/UK •Type: Article

Tips for choosing disaster recovery technologies for your organization
When organizations are assessing IT requirements for business continuity purposes, it is important that they understand the true deliverability of various solutions on the market
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•Date: 31st May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cisco highights IPv6 transition resources
New offerings address findings from a new study that reveal concerns about the security, deployment and maintenance of IPv6.

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•Date: 26th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Downtime in focus
The results of a survey into downtime issues and impacts; average business has 14 hours of downtime per year.

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•Date: 25th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Vision Solutions launches new resilience capabilities for virtualized environments and Microsoft Exchange 2010
New versions of Double-Take Availability, Double-Take RecoverNow and Double-Take Move.

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•Date: 19th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

UK enterprises identify email management as primary information management pain point
This inability to gain control over enterprise email at a time when information risk is escalating, will have costly repercussions to businesses in the long term.

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•Date: 13th May 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

‘Distributed users’ a bigger challenge than cloud for application performance management
Survey reveals that resources allocated to address the growing risks of distributed users are inadequate.

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•Date: 13th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Many organizations face future disruption to mission-critical systems due to failure to prepare for IPv6
Many companies not ready for IPv6: Ipswitch poll. The time to act is now!

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•Date: 12th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Survey reveals significant potential for adoption of industry best practice for advanced enterprise notifications
Reliance on ‘fire-and-forget’ alerting leaving companies with higher risk of business interruption.

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•Date: 12th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

BlackBerry business continuity issues explored
New research finds that organizations face growing pressure to keep BlackBerry services up and running.

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•Date: 27th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

A snapshot of UK technology continuity practices
Neverfail survey finds that many organizations don’t know the hourly cost of downtime; and many have yet to be convinced that cloud platforms offer a reliable disaster recovery option.

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•Date: 21st April 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Survey finds that many enterprises have a poor understanding of IT risk
One-third of IT administrators do not have an accurate picture of IT risk facing their organizations.
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•Date: 13th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Information protection is a growing headache for enterprises
Study finds that 70 percent of organizations lack a holistic approach to managing business-critical information.
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•Date: 6th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Top technology trends
Martin Kuppinger overviews the trends that business continuity managers need to be aware of.

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•Date: 5th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

10-point RFP checklist for enterprises planning storage technology refresh initiatives
Integrating these ten steps into the storage migration vendor proposal request process should help reduce operational risks.
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•Date: 5th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

How to measure IT resilience
A new report from the European Network and Information Security Agency.

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•Date: 29th March 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

Closing the divide between business continuity management and IT disaster recovery
Ron Miller explains how the new ISO 27031 standard may help encourage a closure of the BCM - ITDR divide.

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•Date: 25th March 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

A growing downtime threat: mismanaged encryption
A Venafi survey found that 78 percent of organizations surveyed experienced downtime due to mismanaged encryption.

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•Date: 22nd March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Use tape to keep a firm grip on data stored in the cloud
Says Jerome M. Wendt.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

BS ISO/IEC 27031:2011 now available
Replacement standard for BS 25777:2008 can now be purchased from BSI.

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•Date: 18th March 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

IPv6 test date set
World IPv6 Day on 8 June, 2011 will provide a chance to test how well Internet-based applications will transition to IPv6.

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•Date: 15th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Taking an intelligent approach to data
Separating production and non-production data can make business continuity much more efficient but how can non-production data be identified? By Richard Fine.

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•Date: 11th March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

UK Internet traffic routing creates resiliency risks
The current pattern of Internet traffic routing in the UK lacks resiliency, warns the Onyx Group
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•Date: 8th March 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Enterprise wide backup: a checklist
Data management is entering a new era and Alexander Eiríksson provides some tips on how to make the most of new opportunities.

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•Date: 3rd March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Getting real about deduplication ratios
What are realistic deduplication expectations? By Jerome M. Wendt.

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•Date: 24th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

The big virtualization win: backup, restore and disaster recovery
Making the most of virtualization for business continuity.

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•Date: 17th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

US survey identifies the top barriers to data protection deployments
Management complexity, total cost of ownership and network bandwidth are key obstacles to comprehensive disaster recovery initiatives.

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•Date: 10th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Mainframe thoughts
2011 will be the year when the UK mainframe community abandons its 1980s-style tape technologies, says John Taffinder.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

New backup and recovery software ‘reduplicates’ backup data for optimal recovery times
eSilo’s SiloSphere claims to cut restore times by up to 99 percent.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

NIST issues final version of full virtualization security guidelines
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final version of its recommendations for securely configuring and using full computing virtualization technologies. The security recommendations are contained in the Guide to Security for Full Virtualization Technologies (NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-125).
•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

How to design end-to-end resilient networks
ENISA has updated its advice on the essential design principles that are necessary for end-to-end resilience of data networks.

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•Date: 25th Jan 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

New business continuity solution for BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Helps organizations provide uninterrupted email access to BlackBerry smartphone users.

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•Date: 21st Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

EMC claims backup and archiving breakthrough
Launches the industry's first long term retention system for backup and archive data.

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•Date: 20th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article


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