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IRS Hack Puts Renewed Focus on Cyber Security

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Authorities are still investigating a hack that led to the theft of personal information from more than 100,000 taxpayers at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  This isn’t the first time the IRS, or any government institution, has been hacked, but each time it happens it seems to renew the discussion on the importance of cyber security.

It's All About Restoration, Not Backup! … Or is it?

May 7, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Starzyk, Senior Business Development Executive, IBM Resiliency Services | Blogs | Comments

Joe Starzyk, Senior Business Development Executive for IBM Resiliency Services, discusses the...

As Data Concerns Grow, Can DRaaS Help Business Continuity Professionals?

April 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As organizations gather more data and turn to cloud-based solutions to store it, disaster...

Social Security Data Error Raises Red Flags

March 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million...

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Cloud Risk – Chance of Showers

February 10, 2015 11:41 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing is an increasingly important IT option for organizations of all sizes.  There are many different ways of sizing, configuring and implementing cloud based solutions and new security methods are continually evolving. Like every legitimate IT option, there are trade-offs and risks associated with the deployment and continued used of a cloud architecture

Chinese Government Blocks Access to GMail

December 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese who seek to avoid government monitoring.  Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

Video: Understanding the Implications of the Cloud in Your BC and DR Program

December 2, 2014 10:51 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Tim Mathews, Executive Director of Enterprise Resiliency for Educational Testing Service, discusses the impact the cloud could have on your BC/DR program, the risks it brings and why having an exit strategy in case data needs to be moved again is critical. 


Questions You Need to Answer Before Adopting a Hybrid Cloud for Your Enterprise

November 18, 2014 10:29 am | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

Hybrid clouds are making it possible for enterprises to take advantage of the mobility and convenience of managing some resources via the public cloud without sacrificing the security of managing critical applications and sensitive data within an on-premise private cloud.  If you’re considering joining the ranks of hybrid cloud adopters, take the time to ask yourself some key questions to decide if hybrid cloud is right for you. 

Scaling Backup Capacity the Easy Way

September 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Chris Schin, VP of Products, | Blogs | Comments

Chris Schin, Vice President of Products for, discusses storage capacity, how it is increasing and the difficulty that causes when backing up data.  He discusses using cloud-based storage as a way to alleviate the ever-increasing amount of data most companies are faced with.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: In Project-Based IT Accounting, History is Repeating Itself…

August 5, 2014 11:20 am | by By Don Boxley, Co-Founder and CEO, DH2i | Blogs | Comments

For many organizations, the project-based accounting approach, in which departments “buy” datacenter utilization based on specific project needs, is getting out of hand for both IT and the business units it serves. Virtualization should have made project-based IT simple and cost-effective. Instead, the four vCPU minimum required by Microsoft’s SQL Server licensing means history is repeating itself.

Avalution Releases New Educational Video Series: Business Continuity Management 101

June 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Avalution | Avalution Consulting | News | Comments

Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101 educational video series. The six videos in BCM 101 provide straightforward answers to the most common business continuity-related questions

Avalution Snags Business Continuity Provider of the Year Award

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Avaluation | News | Comments

The 2014 BCI North America Awards, held during the DRJ Spring World Welcome Reception, span 10 categories and recognize the outstanding contribution of business continuity professionals and organizations living in or operating in North America. Winners were chosen by a panel of BCI-appointed judges.


Wal-Mart Blames Price Errors On Technical Glitch

November 7, 2013 10:09 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Treadmills for $33? Computer monitors for $9? The deals are too good to be true — even at Wal-Mart. It turns out they're not. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a "technical error" caused certain products to be priced absurdly low or high on its website.

IT Glitch Causing Check-In Delays At Vegas Airport

July 25, 2013 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Officials at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas say they're working to fix a downed passenger processing system.                                                                                            

ExaGrid & ATScloud Partner To Offer Secure Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

March 10, 2013 3:44 pm | by BUSINESS WIRE | News | Comments

ExaGrid Systems, Inc.,  the leader in scalable and cost-effective disk-based backup solutions with data deduplication, and ATScloud, the premiere hybrid-cloud solution provider, have announced a partnership to offer cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service. New and existing customers can replicate their backup data. 

CMS Announces First-Ever USB 3.0 500 Gigabyte Laptop Self-Encrypting Drive

January 3, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

As enterprises make mission-critical data available to employees, they also must consider legal and compliance regulations in their respective industries. Many organizations are required by law to be in compliance with data protection standards. CMS’s new CE Secure DiskVault USB 3.0 helps ensure that companies meet regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and more. Offers Free Data Evacuation Service To Businesses Affected By Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012 2:11 pm | News | Comments today announced a special data evacuation service offer for businesses in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Critical data can be immediately evacuated to geographically dispersed, enterprise-grade data centers for free, where it will be securely preserved throughout the course of the storm.


Tervela Turbo Blasts Into The Big Data Marketplace

October 23, 2012 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Tervela Turbo, based on Tervela's proven data fabric platform, is a high-performance data movement engine that feeds mission-critical applications on the front-line of business with large-scale, streamed data. The product was built for real-time business intelligence and operational analytics.

Inside Google's Data Center

October 18, 2012 10:27 am | News | Comments

Google's infrastructure czar gives a rare tour of the company's highly secure data center in North Carolina. With 55,200 servers the facility consumes huge amounts of energy, prompting a shift to a more efficient water-based cooling system and a dramatic increase in the server floor temperature from 68°F to 80°F. 

IBM Unveils zEnterprise EC12 Mainframe Server

August 28, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

The new zEC12 offers industry-leading security and robust support for operational analytics that can help clients efficiently sift through large volumes of raw data and transform it to gain knowledge that can be used for competitive advantage.

Dell Continues To Expand Cloud Services

August 24, 2012 9:00 am | News | Comments

Dell is unveiling new and expanded cloud services to enable customers to select solutions that will help drive business results, whether they need strict security and compliance, large or small workload capabilities, real-time storage and retrieval, or quick and easy online access for configuring their cloud services.

ExaGrid Disk-Based Backup Selected By Companies With Petabytes Of Data To Protect

August 23, 2012 5:06 pm | News | Comments

Companies with large data volumes and high data growth are choosing ExaGrid’s disk backup with deduplication to meet their backup and recovery needs in large part because of ExaGrid’s GRID architecture, which provides easy scalability by adding full servers in a grid as data expands.

Drug Charges Dropped Because Of Too Much Digital Evidence

August 17, 2012 10:48 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fugitive doctor charged in the nation's largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies is getting off in part because there's just too much evidence: more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data that federal authorities say is expensive to maintain.

Data Lost During Disaster Exercise May Have Exposed 800,000 People

March 30, 2012 12:57 pm | by SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A disaster preparedness exercise to ensure California's child support system could be run remotely went smoothly, except for one casualty: the names, Social Security numbers and other private records of about 800,000 adults and children.

Critical Data: Don’t Overlook The Hardcopy

November 29, 2011 6:04 am | by Joe Flach, Safe Harbor Consulting | Blogs | Comments

I know we like to think we now work in a paperless society, but the fact is, we do not. There are still plenty of industries and processes that rely on hardcopy documentation for historical records and in support of daily operations. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery programs often overlook these vital records as they focus on technology and electronic medium — I caution you not to fall into this same trap.

Document Backup & Disaster Recovery System

November 28, 2011 11:27 am | News | Comments

LogicalDOC implements a backup and disaster recovery system — based on Amazon S3 — that allows you to store your documents in one or more geographically distant regions.

IBM Unveils New Hybrid Cloud Solution For The Enterprise

August 25, 2011 8:30 am | News | Comments

New offering will connect, manage and secure software-as-a-service and on-premise applications.

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