Ransomware mitigation sees focus from AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Ransomware mitigation strategies have become an increasingly important aspect of major cloud providers’ offering following the pandemic.

In recent weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have all published articles recommending mitigation tactics and best practice in the event of a ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack occurs when company files are encrypted and money is demanded in exchange for the decryption key and the maintained privacy...

OVH Strasbourg data centre destroyed by fire, customers told to activate DR

Updated OVHcloud has declared a 'major incident' at one of its Strasbourg (SBG2) data centres, with the company confirming a fire and telling customers to activate their disaster recovery (DR) plans.

Octave Klaba, founder of OVH, confirmed in a tweet that 'everybody [was] safe', and that damage examination and reports in the SBG1, SBG3 and SBG4 sites remained ongoing.

An update was posted on the OVH dashboard at 2342 UTC which read: "We have detected a degradation in...

Test, test, and test some more: Emphasising the importance of DR testing

With Gartner estimating that the average cost of network downtime is $5,600 per minute or $336,000 per hour, few would argue that regular testing of a robust disaster recovery (DR) plan is essential for organisations. Even if you omit the financial implications, the lost productivity, missed opportunities, brand damage and potential data loss and SLA pay-outs associated with system downtime should be enough to keep even the most hardened IT professional up at night.

So,...

Why cybersecurity isn’t cybersecure without detection and recovery

Anyone responsible for data security who doesn’t get a shiver down their spine when they read the about yet another high-profile ransomware attack in the news is either doing something very right, or something very wrong.  

The danger of falling victim to a cybersecurity issue is getting greater as the volume of attacks continues to rise and bad actors become increasingly sophisticated. Interpol has highlighted how Covid-19 affected both the number and nature of...

How MSPs have coped during the Covid-19 pandemic – and what they need to assess going forward

When the pandemic first hit earlier this year, nobody could have foreseen that we would be in lockdown again by November. With no signs of slowing down, the global health crisis is continuing to create challenges for businesses everywhere, but perhaps the biggest shock was the initial closing of offices when the UK was first told to work from home.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were unprepared, scrambling to set up remote network access, cloud applications and the...

Not all workloads are created equal: A guide to choosing a DRaaS provider

Choosing a disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) provider can be an overwhelming task, especially if your organisation is using DRaaS as a first step into cloud services. There are many solutions to choose from including large providers like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and also smaller or more focused providers.

The decision to work with a cloud provider for DRaaS can be clearly defined by classifying your requirements and confirming that the provider that you choose...

MSPs have suffered amidst the pandemic – but cloud and security services key to the future

How are managed service providers (MSPs) coping with the Covid-19 pandemic - and what does their future roadmap look like? A new report from IT management provider SolarWinds has revealed a rocky road, but optimism going forward.

The study, titled 'Covid-19: Impact and Response', surveyed 500 MSPs across Europe, North America, and Australia.

Three in five (59%) of those polled said they had applied for government financial relief programs, with three quarters (74%) of...

VMware to acquire Datrium to bolster disaster recovery for hybrid cloud

VMware has announced its intent to acquire Datrium, a California-based provider of hybrid cloud infrastructure, adding further options to its disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offerings.

The move is designed with VMware's continued focus on hybrid cloud in mind - with the company citing an IDC forecast showing DRaaS was the fastest growing segment for data protection use cases, with a $4.5bn market at 15% CAGR.

The company has - as CloudTech's analysis from VMworld...

What SMBs can do now to mitigate the economic outcomes of Covid-19

If you’ve ever watched a disaster movie, you know the basics of staying prepared: stockpile food, avoid large crowds, and make sure to (vigorously) wash your hands. The same advice holds true for the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, which has infected more than 220,000 people as of this write-up. But while everyone is busying themselves with canned foods and sanitary wipes, there’s something else you...

A day in the trenches with IT operations: How to create a more seamless practice

Traditionally, IT operators are responsible for ‘keeping the lights on’ in an IT organisation. This sounds simple, but the reality is harsh, with much complexity behind the scenes. Furthermore, digital transformation trends are quickly changing the IT operations responsibility from ‘keeping the lights on’ to ‘keeping the business competitive’.

IT operators are...