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Security for Cloud Computing: 10 Steps to Ensure Success
The Cloud Standards Customer Council has released version two of its guide to cloud security.
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•Date: 4th March 2015 • World •Type: Article

Strategies for protecting SQL Server in the cloud
SQL Server is a business critical application that requires high availability protection, regardless of where it is deployed. However, traditional solutions may not be practical or even possible in the cloud.
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•Date: 27th February 2015 • US//World •Type: Article

Perceived risks still hold back UK businesses from using cloud computing services
Top concerns are data theft or loss and reliable access to online services.
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•Date: 19th February 2015 • UK •Type: Article

Colocation doesn’t have to be an either-or decision where cloud is concerned
Lilac Schoenbeck explains why organizations shouldn’t be pressured into choosing between colocation and cloud.
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•Date: 4th February 2015 • UK / World •Type: Article

The cloud in 2015
Steven Harrison predicts how business use of cloud computing will develop and change during the next 12 months.
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•Date: 2nd January 2015 • UK/World •Type: Article

Reliability, uptime and availability are driving demand for cloud adoption
According to the Cloud Infrastructure Services Survey.
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•Date: 12th December 2014 • US/UK •Type: Article

SaaS deployments are now mission critical
According to a Gartner survey.
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•Date: 26th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Research report looks at cloud growth and risks
Gigaom Research and CipherCloud have announced the results of their new ‘Shadow IT: Data Protection and Cloud Security’ study.
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•Date: 18th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

CompTIA's Fifth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study
Study finds that 48 percent of organizations surveyed are using the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • World •Type: Article

Security ‘misconceptions’ shattered as cloud adoption rises
As organizations gain experience in cloud usage, security worries about the cloud reduce: Databarracks’ fifth annual Data Health Check report.
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•Date: 4th November 2014 • UK •Type: Article

The top 10 cloud myths
Cloud computing is uniquely susceptible to the perils of myths due to the nature, confusion and hype surrounding it, according to Gartner, Inc.
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•Date: 30th October 2014 • World •Type: Article

Hybrid cloud is the future for most organizations
Survey finds that the majority of organizations are building a hybrid cloud for their data requirements.
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•Date: 23rd October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Five myths about cloud HA and DR
Jerry Melnick debunks what he says are five cloud high availability and disaster recovery myths.
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•Date: 10th October 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Security concerns hold back the cloud recovery market
A new survey-based study conducted by IDG Research Services has looked at the cloud recovery market, amongst other areas.
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•Date: 6th October 2014 • N.America/World •Type: Article

Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities
A survey report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that many organizations do now know how many cloud apps exist in their business environment.
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•Date: 24th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

IBM takes cloud-based business continuity services to a new level
IBM has announced the opening of its new Cloud Resiliency Center in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.
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•Date: 23rd September 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Cloud Industry Forum research shows that cloud fears are over stated
User experiences show that the cloud is more secure than it is often perceived to be.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • World •Type: Article

100 percent availability SLAs don't always add up
Cloud service providers who over-promise when it comes to availability levels are putting customers at risk and risking the reputation of the industry as a whole, says Oscar Arean.
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•Date: 9th September 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

Microsoft Azure service availability sees an 800 percent increase in service interruption in Q2
Despite a reduction in the number of incidents, Microsoft Azure downtime increased exponentially in Q2 2014.
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•Date: 20th August 2014 • World •Type: Article

Question everything: considerations to raise with your cloud service provider
What information do you need to obtain from your cloud provider when it comes to the protection of business-critical data?
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•Date: 10th July 2014 • World •Type: Article

Cloud challenges explored
New independent analyst research commissioned by iland looks at the issues facing public cloud business use.
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•Date: 1st July 2014 • World •Type: Article

New EU guidelines aim to help businesses manage the availability of cloud services through SLAs
Cloud Service Level Agreement Standardisation Guidelines have been developed as part of the European Commission’s strategy to increase trust in cloud services.
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•Date: 27th June 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Taking control of your cloud
Organizations need to know where their cloud services are hosted for disaster recovery and data protection purposes.
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•Date: 15th May 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

New ‘Cloud Fabric’ infrastructure layer will add another option for business continuity strategies
Zerto has announced a strategy to create a new infrastructure layer called ‘Cloud Fabric’ which allows organizations to seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds across leading hypervisors and cloud providers.
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•Date: 14th May 2014 • World •Type: Article

Downtime and AWS
Which are the most and least stable regions for hosting cloud services with Amazon Web Services?
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•Date: 12th May 2014 • World •Type: Article

UK government issues cloud security guidance
Guidance aims to assist organizations consider the security features of cloud services they wish to use.
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•Date: 25th April 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Spring 2014 Cloud Security Report
Research finds that attacks on cloud environments are increasing.
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•Date: 23rd April 2014 • World •Type: Article

Cost savings and disaster recovery driving cloud adoption
Europe less conservative than US for cloud adoption; only 11 percent see organizational resistance to cloud uptake in Europe compared with 53 percent in the US.
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•Date: 4th April 2014 • World •Type: Article

Many organizations facing cloud downtime challenges
‘2014 state of public cloud disaster recovery’ report looks at cloud availability and other issues.
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•Date: 31st March 2014 • World •Type: Article

New CloudEndure solution ‘eliminates downtime in the cloud’
Disaster recovery solution replicates cloud-based applications continuously and in real-time.
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•Date: 19th March 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Four steps for minimising cloud deployment risks
Companies are no longer tolerant of security-and-compliance teams telling them they cannot go to the cloud: instead risk teams must learn how to adapt to the cloud environment.
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•Date: 12th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

How protected are your cloud assets?
Cloud deployment is significantly increasing security and compliance risk because security solutions have not kept up, says Mark Kraynak.
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•Date: 10th February 2014 • World •Type: Article

How to implement incident reporting in cloud computing…
A new ENISA report provides advice on how to implement incident reporting in cloud computing.
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•Date: 20th January 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Implementing a cloud disaster recovery solution: strategies and considerations
What should you consider before using the cloud for disaster recovery? Martin Welsh and Patricia Palacio provide some guidance.
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•Date: 7th January 2014 • US/World •Type: Article

Cost savings and disaster recovery / business continuity continue to drive cloud adoption
Avere Systems has released the findings of a cloud adoption study conducted at AWS re:Invent 2013.
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•Date: 20th December 2013 • World •Type: Article

Disaster recovery in the cloud: what are the options?
A new white paper from Logicalis looks at the subject of data and IT disaster recovery and the new options that cloud brings.
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•Date: 14th November 2013 • World •Type: Article

Business continuity and the cloud: some important considerations
ContinuitySA offers some advice on how to realise cloud benefits without taking business continuity risks.
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•Date: 30th October 2013 • Africa •Type: Article

Overcoming data residency issues
Dave Anderson looks at how organizations can overcome a common barrier to cloud computing adoption.
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•Date: 25th October 2013 • World •Type: Article

100 percent uptime may not be 100 percent accurate: Databarracks
No cloud service provider (CSP) can ever claim to offer 100 percent uptime. Those that do are simply employing marketing tactics that are unhelpful to the industry, says Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks.
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•Date: 22nd October 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

New certification program aims to verify cloud service provider security systems
The Cloud Security Alliance and BSI have announced the launch of the STAR Certification program, a rigorous third party independent assessment of the security of a cloud service provider.
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•Date: 27th September 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

2013 Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery survey results
Organizations using cloud storage for disaster recovery recover faster, according to TwinStrata survey.
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•Date: 27th September 2013 • World •Type: Article

Cloud contingencies…
Worried about outages and vendor shutdowns? Nicos Vekiarides provides some business continuity advice for such scenarios.
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•Date: 26th September 2013 • World •Type: Article

Inaugural AIIM Trendscape report sets cloud risks in context
New report covers ‘Content in the Cloud.’
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•Date: 13th September 2013 • World •Type: Article

Updating data compliance for the cloud era
A disconnect exists between current technology practices and outdated regulations: change is required to provide policies that support, rather than restrict, steps towards enterprise availability.
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•Date: 10th September 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Almost half the companies responding to a recent CompTIA survey use the cloud for business continuity and disaster recovery
Cloud adoption enters new phase: becomes a default part of the IT landscape.
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•Date: 6th September 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Amazon Web Services issues highlight the risk of putting all your eggs in the cloud basket
Three lessons for business continuity managers which arise from the recent downtime incident which affected Amazon Web Services.
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•Date: 27th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Cloud contracts need more transparency to assist availability, recovery and data protection management
Recovery time and recovery point objectives should be included in cloud SLAs, with meaningful penalties if these are missed, says Gartner.
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•Date: 2nd August 2013 • World •Type: Article

Virtualizing disaster recovery using cloud computing
IBM Global Technology Services has provided a thought leadership white paper which examines the key factors you should consider when planning for the transition to cloud-based business resilience.
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•Date:23rd July 2013 • UK •Type: Article

NIST publishes draft cloud computing security document for comment
Public comment period runs until July 12th, 2013.
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•Date: 13th June 2013 • US •Type: Article

Protecting cloud storage and big data systems
A combination of replication and erasure coding is the future for data protection in cloud storage and big data systems says Paul Carpentier.
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•Date: 31st May 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Cloud governance: five questions boards need to ask
ISACA has issued new guidance outlining key questions for boards of directors to ask to ensure their enterprise’s cloud initiative is in line with business objectives and the organization’s risk tolerance.
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•Date: 9th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

How virtual desktops help put employees at the heart of business continuity plans
With advances in technology, businesses now have alternative ways to keep day-to-day activity running when employees can’t make it into their offices.
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•Date: 26th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Cloud disaster recovery guidance available
Databarracks and NCC have published ‘Guidelines for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.’
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•Date: 19th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

A guide to negotiating and assuring cloud services
There is a confusing jungle of advice on the risks of cloud computing and how to manage these risks. This guide provides the top tips to negotiating and assuring cloud services. By Mike Small.
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•Date: 9th April 2013 • World •Type: Article

Choosing a cloud backup service
The top five things to consider. By Greg Onoprijenko.
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•Date: 12th March 2013 • Canada/World •Type: Article

Cloud Security Alliance warns of ‘the notorious nine’ cloud computing top threats
Organizations must make educated risk management decisions regarding cloud adoption strategies.
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•Date: 6th March 2013 • World •Type: Article

‘The double-edged sword of Cloud computing in Critical Information Infrastructure Protection’
A new report from ENISA.
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•Date: 15th Feb 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article

Data protection worries still hold back cloud deployments
Fear of governments snooping deters companies from using the cloud.
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•Date: 11th Feb 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

Imperva report examines the risks of third-party code and APIs for cloud deployments
‘Lessons Learned from the Yahoo! Hack.’
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•Date: 31st Jan 2013 • World •Type: Article

Phoenix launches Cloud-to-Cloud Backup service
Phoenix has announced the launch of a new Cloud-to-Cloud Backup service, initially targeted at Salesforce.com’s cloud customers.
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•Date: 30th Jan 2013 • UK •Type: Article

Cloud computing trends examined
Ovum publishes three reports looking at cloud computing.
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•Date: 18th Jan 2013 • UK/World •Type: Article

Cloud perceptions surveyed
Cloud security fears are still widespread.
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•Date: 14th Dec 2012 • World •Type: Article

CIOs failing to conduct cloud computing risk assessments
Over half of chief information officers fail to test cloud vendors’ security systems and procedures: Protiviti survey.
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•Date: 5th Dec 2012 • UK •Type: Article

There’s a hole in many business continuity strategies: cloud application backup
SaaS/cloud-based application data incorporated into the corporate backup infrastructure in only 22 percent of enterprises, according to survey.
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•Date: 28th Nov 2012 • World •Type: Article

Unreliable public network infrastructure impacts UK businesses
Research finds that 84 percent of UK businesses have experienced unplanned connectivity outages in the last 12 months; impacting cloud adoption.
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•Date: 23rd Nov 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Asigra launches enterprise-class cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery solution
Anytime/anywhere data recovery across physical, virtual, endpoint and cloud environments.
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•Date: 8th Nov 2012 • World •Type: Article

‘Seeding and feeding’ for hybrid cloud backup
Tips for using seeding and feeding to reduce the bandwidth costs associated with hybrid cloud backup.
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•Date: 25th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Patriot Act not a cloud computing threat: IDC
Cloud customers need to ignore Patriot Act scare stories…
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•Date: 24th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

Secure migration to the cloud
Transborder legal requirements and disaster recovery plans are among the key considerations of new guidance.
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•Date: 5th Oct 2012 • World •Type: Article

IDC survey looks at UK cloud usage
Security is a major concern but the debate is changing as the market matures.
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•Date: 4th Oct 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Cloud maturity study results published
New research by the Cloud Security Alliance and ISACA identifies government regulations, exit strategies, and international data privacy are perceived as the top cloud issues.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2012 • World •Type: Article

UK Information Commissioner warns organizations on cloud computing
The ICO has published cloud computing guidelines for businesses which underline that companies remain responsible for how personal data is looked after, even if they pass it to cloud providers.
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•Date: 28th Sept 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Managing the risks associated with cloud computing
Using a cloud service means moving from a ‘hands on’ management model to one of indirect governance. How can an organization use an indirect governance to assure trust in the service provided?
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•Date: 27th Sept 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Peak 10 enhances its Recovery Cloud service
Recovery Cloud now incorporates technologies that allow customers to securely replicate production systems to a multi-tenant environment, without changing their existing environment or underlying storage platform.
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•Date: 20th Sept 2012 • US •Type: Article

Security for cloud computing: 10 steps to ensure success
A new white paper has been published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council.
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•Date: 18th Sept 2012 • World •Type: Article

Researchers develop new software tool to help maintain cloud computing availability
Tool will help prevent performance disruptions in cloud computing systems by automatically identifying and responding to potential anomalies before they can develop into problems.
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•Date: 11th Sept 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

DMTF releases specification for simplifying cloud infrastructure management
The Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface (CIMI) specification.
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•Date: 31st August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Continuity Software launches AvailabilityGuard/Cloud
New software detects downtime and data-loss risks.
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•Date: 28th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Assessment practices for cloud, SaaS and partner risks
Results from Gartner's latest annual survey of the state of risk management programs around the world.
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•Date: 24th August 2012 • World •Type: Article

How to address the challenge of recovering hybrid environments
Advice from SunGard Availability Services.
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•Date: 23rd August 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Cloud Security Alliance announces that it is working with BSI on Open Certificate Framework for cloud providers
The Open Certification Framework will help provide cloud users with assurances on risk management, security and resilience.
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•Date: 21st August 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Doyenz: the risks of using the cloud for business continuity come home to roost
The cloud undoubtedly brings many advantages as a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy; but supplier risk must be properly considered before entering into any contract.
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•Date: 10th August 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Five hidden costs of cloud migration
White paper outlines five hidden costs that enterprises may fail to anticipate when moving quickly to cloud-based services.
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•Date: 3rd August 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud is changing South Africa’s business continuity industry
The growing move to cloud computing has the potential to change the way not only that companies implement business continuity and disaster recovery, but also the way that they see it...
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•Date: 2nd August 2012 • Africa •Type: Article

Cloud computing’s deadly sin…
Moving to the cloud may outsource the provision of the IT service, but it does not outsource the organization’s responsibilities.
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•Date: 1st August 2012 • World •Type: Article

The pros and cons of cloud storage
A checklist to help organizations examine the cloud storage market.
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•Date: 27th July 2012 • World •Type: Article

FFIEC issues cloud computing guidance
Statement discusses key risk considerations associated with outsourced cloud computing activities and identifies applicable risk mitigation considerations.
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•Date: 12th July 2012 • US •Type: Article

Cloud computing take up in the UK: security fears are the top barrier followed by continuity of service worries
23 percent of companies say they will not migrate any IT systems to the cloud.
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•Date: 11th July 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Collaboration aims to take cloud standards forward
DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force) and Global Inter-Cloud Technology Forum (GICTF) have announced a partnership to collaborate on the development and adoption of cloud management standards.
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•Date: 10th July 2012 • World •Type: Article

Survey looks into cloud storage views
Nearly three-quarters of cloud storage users estimated they could recover their data within 24 hours.
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•Date: 29th June 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Senior managers failing on data management
Two thirds of senior management don’t know where their company data is stored: Varonis survey.
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•Date: 27th June 2012 • World •Type: Article

The 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey
50 percent of respondents confident that cloud solutions are viable for mission critical business applications.
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•Date: 22nd June 2012 • World •Type: Article

Developing an effective resiliency capability within a cloud design
This white paper discusses important considerations for effective resiliency program management within a cloud design.
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•Date: 21st June 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud adoption in Europe to trail US by at least two years: Gartner
Some of cloud computing’s potential risks and costs - namely security, transparency and integration - take on a different meaning in Europe.
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•Date: 31st May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud backup reaching a tipping point
A majority of enterprises are considering replacing their current backup system with cloud backup: survey.
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•Date: 30th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

National Standards Authority of Ireland publishes new cloud computing standard
‘SWiFT 10: Adopting the Cloud – decision support for Cloud computing.’
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•Date: 23rd May 2012 • Europe •Type: Article

Adopting cloud in your backup strategy
It makes sense, but you need to do your homework first says Sasha Malic.
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•Date: 22nd May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud deployment survey finds that business continuity is one of the top three reasons for migrating to the cloud
The top three business drivers for migrating to the cloud are flexibility at 71 percent, speed of development and implementation on 42 percent and business continuity at 33 percent.
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•Date: 17th May 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

The Cloud Risk Framework
New guidance details a five-stage process that enables organizations to evaluate the risks and the potential financial impact of any change in risk profile involved in a shift to the cloud.
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•Date: 16th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud Security Alliance announces open certification framework for cloud providers
The Cloud Security Alliance has launched the CSA Open Certification Framework, an industry initiative to allow global, trusted certification of cloud providers.
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•Date: 10th May 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud Security Alliance seeks views on CloudTrust Protocol Reference Architecture Model
Open review and comments period for new cloud assurance reference ends on May 4th, 2012.
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•Date: 24th April 2012 • World •Type: Article

Cloud-based business continuity solutions take a step forward
QuorumLabs uses a hybrid cloud to develop 'instant recovery' solution.
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•Date: 22nd March 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Choosing a cloud backup and disaster recovery solution: ten questions to ask
Tips from Cloud Nation.
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•Date: 2nd March 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

Six principles for effective cloud computing
ISACA issues new complimentary guide.
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•Date: 29th February 2012 • World •Type: Article

Perceived risks over service control and fears over data sovereignty are the key issues holding back cloud deployment
Reliability and complexity of procurement are amongst other areas of concern.
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•Date: 29th February 2012 • UK •Type: Article

SunGard Availability Services enhances highly available cloud backup offerings with Amazon Web Services partnership
SunGard Availability Services has announced that it will provide highly available cloud backup through Amazon’s Direct Connect services to both Amazon Web Services and SunGard cloud customers during the course of 2012.
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•Date: 16th February 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Zerto introduces Virtual Replication 2.0
Claimed to be the first Cloud business continuity and disaster recovery platform built for private, hybrid and public Clouds.
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•Date: 14th February 2012 • World •Type: Article

KPMG gives businesses advice on cloud adoption
Three areas that need to be looked at to ensure safe cloud usage.
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•Date: 3rd February 2012 • UK/World •Type: Article

Can you trust the cloud mega-companies with critical aspects of your business continuity?
Google decision highlights a key risk of relying on public cloud providers for business continuity. David Honour comments.
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•Date: 27th January 2012 • Region: World •Type: Article

NIST issues guidelines for managing cloud security and privacy
‘Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing’ (NIST Special Publication 800-144).
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•Date: 25th January 2012 • US •Type: Article

Google to close Message Continuity service
Existing contracts will not be renewed for Microsoft Exchange business continuity service.
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•Date: 24th January 2012 • World •Type: Article

Twelve cloud predictions for 2012
Cloud computing trends.
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•Date: 13th January 2012 • US/World •Type: Article

Cloud data trends for 2012
Seven predictions from TwinStrata for hot trends to watch for in the cloud data space.
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•Date: 23rd December 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Researchers looking to improve cloud security
Scientists at the Weizmann Institute and MIT are getting closer to the ability to remove the need to decrypt data to make it usable.
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•Date: 16th December 2011 • US/World •Type: Article

Hybrid cloud backup expected to be an emerging trend in 2012
Asigra Inc. has listed what it sees as the key 2012 market and technology trends in cloud backup.
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•Date: 15th December 2011 • US/World •Type: Article

SunGard offers CIOs cloud proof of concept survey
60 day trial for CIOs to experience resilience and flexibility of SunGard’s shared private cloud.
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•Date: 15th December 2011 • UK •Type: Article

Results of cloud provider informal stress tests published
Only six of the 16 major cloud storage providers tested provided the minimum level of performance, stability, availability and scalability that organizations need to take advantage of the cloud for primary storage, data protection and disaster recovery.
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•Date: 14th December 2011 • World •Type: Article

European Commission vice-president warns businesses about cloud computing
‘Businesses will have to pay utmost attention to security of information and privacy by design.’
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•Date: 8th December 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

Using good governance to control cloud risks
Mike Small, CEng, FBCS, CITP, explains how to go about identifying the risks that cloud usage presents and provides a helpful and thought-provoking checklist of ten questions which you should ask your cloud provider.
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•Date: 18th November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

The growth of recovery-as-a-service
Gartner says 30 percent of midsize companies will use recovery-as-a-service by 2014.
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•Date: 8th November 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Draft Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap: comments requested
NIST documents aim to support both public and private sector cloud usage.
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•Date: 3rd November 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

Cloud Security Alliance publishes guide to Trusted Cloud architecture
Aims to assist cloud risk management.
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•Date: 19th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cloud-based business continuity strategies expected to increase in 2012
CA survey finds that over a third of organizations expect cloud computing to play an increasingly important role in their business continuity plans over the next year.
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•Date: 13th October 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

Cloud spending will skyrocket in 2012: KPMG
Rapid corporate adoption curve seen; cloud is widely impacting business operations.
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•Date: 11th October 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Researchers develop technique that offers enhanced security for sensitive data in cloud computing
New technique is called the ‘strongly isolated computing environment’ (SICE).

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•Date: 6th October 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Our security paradigm is out of date
According to CSA UK & Ireland President the current focus on complying with the myriad of assurance frameworks is taking focus away from the obligations placed on organizations to identify and manage the risks to their information assets.

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•Date: 6th October 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Security as a service defined
Cloud Security Alliance issues security as a service white paper: aims to provide clear definitions of the different categories of security services that can be provided via the cloud.

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

Managing cloud risks
Mike Small provides a useful checklist of the principal information security related issues that organizations adopting cloud computing need to address and explains how COBIT can assist in cloud risk management.
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•Date: 13th Sept 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Two cloud standards adopted by ISO/IEC
DMTF has announced that its Open Virtualization Format and Server Management Command Line Protocol specifications have been adopted as international standards.

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•Date: 31st August 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

SunGard Availability Services launches Recover2Cloud
Cloud-based managed recovery offerings backed by contractual service levels.

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•Date: 31st August 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

CIO views on cloud computing surveyed
Only 10 percent of UK CIOs are 'completely confident' in the security and resilience of third party cloud solutions.

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•Date: 30th August 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

‘IT Control Objectives for Cloud Computing: Controls and Assurance in the Cloud’
How to manage continuity and risk in cloud computing operations.

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

Using cloud computing? Re-orientate your thinking about security
Managing cloud risks: user and provider responsibilities.
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•Date: 29th July 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Cloud Industry Forum comments on IDC research: calls for more clarity within the cloud sector
Concerns about data security and reliability are still top of the agenda.

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•Date: 22nd July 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

How to get your board to approve your cloud plans
It seems that board-level executives are not as keen as their IT professionals on the adoption of cloud computing according to no less than three new reports.
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•Date: 19th July 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

SunGard Availability Services extends European enterprise-class shared cloud services
Highly flexible infrastructure as a service offering built upon world-class availability and resilience.

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•Date: 15th July 2011 • Region: UK/Europe •Type: Article

Minimising the risks of cloud computing
Key issues for businesses looking to minimise the risks of moving to a cloud computing model.

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

Cloud: overcoming the fear
A better understanding of cloud computing is needed to combat CFOs’ concerns over security and loss of control says Keith Tilley.

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

The need for the introduction of a new layer of security to lock down public and private clouds
It is becoming apparent that a new security mechanism should be added to existing network layer protocols, such as IP, to provide for a more resilient, manageable and scalable trust environment. By Ben Maas, DCIG.

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

IBM launches SmartCloud for disaster recovery and data archiving
New cloud services extend backup, archiving and recovery services for critical data and applications.

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•Date: 21st June 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: Cloud computing

FUD holding back corporate cloud usage
Cloud threats discussed by round table panel: fear, uncertainly and doubt being engendered by media hype.

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•Date: 14th June 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

If at first you don’t succeed: fail, fail and fail again...
Jim Preen wonders if the best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly.

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•Date: 7th June 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Five reasons to move technology business continuity and disaster recovery to the cloud
But don’t do anything until you have conducted a business impact assessment...

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•Date: 7th June 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Cloud: top challenges remain unchanged since its emergence
CIOs believe the cloud has been over-hyped: survey.

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

Cloud computing risks explored
Protiviti Inc., has warned organizations to have a clear understanding of the risks associated with the implementation of cloud computing, as the number of UK organizations adopting cloud-based solutions steadily rises.

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

Best practices to reduce risk in cloud contracts
A procurement checklist developed by Gartner.

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•Date: 20th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

NIST publishes Draft Guide to Cloud Computing
The cloud computing research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is requesting public comments on a draft of a new guide to cloud computing.

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•Date: 17th May 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Unexpected storage challenges in cloud computing environments
If you are starting to look at building your own/private cloud, there are a few things you should know up front about storage as these issues will affect your planning. Eric Burgener explains.

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•Date: 6th May 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Five considerations when evaluating cloud computing architectures
Advice published by SunGard Availability Services.

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•Date: 5th May 2011 • Region: US / World •Type: Article

New DMTF work group to focus on addressing security concerns for cloud environments
The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has announced that it has begun work on a set of specifications to specifically address a cloud provider’s ability to audit their systems for potential security concerns.

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

Security standoff in the cloud?
Ponemon Institute and CA Technologies study shows cloud providers and users have conflicting views on cloud security.

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

Interdependency lessons from the AWS outage
Amazon’s recent AWS outage affected a surprisingly large number of sites. What can we learn about cloud resiliency and how can we minimize these outages in the future? By Beth Cohen.

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•Date: 29th April 2011 • Region:US/World •Type: Article

Cloud computing security risks make UK organizations cautious
Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of IT managers state that concerns about security are an obstacle to cloud adoption.

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•Date: 21st April 2011 • Region: UK •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

Cloud Standards Customer Council launched
Aims to capture best practices and take cloud standards forward.
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•Date: 8th April 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Are cloud computing standards essential for assuring availability?
Justin Pirie takes a look at the ongoing debate around cloud standards.

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

New Cloud Backup and Recovery service from Recovery Point
Provides data backup and disaster recovery as a single integrated process.

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•Date: 31st March 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

The ‘seven deadly sins’ of cloud computing: new Information Security Forum report
A new report from independent information security body, the Information Security Forum, identifies ‘seven deadly sins’ of cloud computing implementation and offers guidance on how to tackle them.

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

Four risks that CIOs should address when contracting for cloud services
Advice from Gartner.

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•Date: 10th March 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Virtualization increases backup and disaster recovery complexity, warns Acronis
Users struggle to implement known backup and disaster recovery practices in a new hybrid environment.

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•Date: 1st March 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cloud industry trends and best practices
BC and DR cited as the top reason for investment in the cloud: Hosting.com survey.

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

NIST releases draft cloud computing guides
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued two new draft documents on cloud computing for public comment, including the first set of guidelines for managing security and privacy issues in cloud computing.

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

SunGard Availability Services announces general availability of Enterprise Cloud Services in North America
SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services were previously available only as a controlled customer release.

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•Date: 4th Feb 2011 • Region: N.America •Type: Article

Business continuity, the cloud and the Mad Hatter
By Paul Humphreys.

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•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

Advice for organizations selecting an infrastructure-as-a-service provider
TM Forum publishes 'Enterprise-Grade External Compute Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Requirements.'

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•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cloud backups fail the RTO test
65 percent of respondents to a cloud storage and data protection survey were not able to consistently achieve their own recovery time objective when using the cloud for backup.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2011 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

Frontier Technology survey identifies the biggest IT challenges to UK companies in 2011
Back-up, security and disaster recovery efficiency are all being impacted by squeezed budgets.

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

Business continuity and public cloud computing
Jim Kennedy looks at the different types of public cloud computing and lists the questions that are required for business continuity due diligence.

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

ENISA provides cloud security and resilience advice
New report is targeted at senior managers of public bodies.

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•Date: 19th Jan 2011 • Region: Europe/UK •Type: Article

Survey: the biggest challenges to corporate networks in 2011
Maintaining network uptime is the top concern.

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

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