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...

Veeam to be acquired by Insight Partners in $5 billion deal

Veeam has always been a green company – in terms of its branding and UI at least – and now the Swiss cloud backup and data management provider is getting its Green Card.

Software investor Insight Partners announced it is set to acquire Veeam in a transaction valued at $5 billion (£3.84bn), with Veeam becoming a US-based company with a US leadership team.

Winning the IT availability war: How to combat costly downtime

Analysts predict global enterprises will spend nearly $2 trillion on digital transformation by 20221. With digital initiatives and technology becoming ubiquitous with business today, one would think that companies would be more than ready for a world where virtually every touchpoint with customers is digital. Unfortunately, the fact that Target, British Airways, Facebook and Twitter all experienced major IT outages in 2019 suggests there is still work left to do to keep services and an...

Enterprises risking data disaster by not fully exploring cloud backup timeframes, research says

The issue of shared responsibility in cloud security is an issue which refuses to go away. Yet according to a new report from backup and disaster recovery managed services provider (MSP) 4sl, organisations are risking a data disaster by misunderstanding cloud providers’ backup processes.

The study, which polled 200 UK enterprises, found a majority of respondents believe the backup times for their...

SQL Server high availability and disaster recovery for AWS, Azure and GCP: A guide

The public cloud offers a myriad of options for providing high availability and disaster recovery protections for SQL Server database applications. Conversely, some of the options available in a private cloud are not available in the public cloud. Given the many choices and limitations, the challenge faced by system and database administrators is determining the best available options for each application running in hybrid and purely public...

What enterprise IT teams can learn from Google Cloud’s June outage: A guide

In early June 2019, Google Cloud suffered a cascading set of faults that rendered multiple service regions unavailable for a number of hours.

This by itself isn’t totally unprecedented; what made it significant was the way it propagated through the very software that was designed to contain it. Moreover, engineers’ initial attempts to correct the issue were thwarted by the failure of that...

Organisations need to ‘acknowledge challenges’ in not keeping 100% uptime, argues Veeam

It’s the big downtime downturn; according to a new study from Veeam, three in four organisations admit they are not able to meet users’ demands for uninterrupted access to applications and data.

The findings appear in the company’s latest Cloud Data Management Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 senior business and IT leaders across 13 countries. Ultimately, the need for more...

Time is running out for SQL Server 2008/R2 support – here’s what to do about it

Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end in July 2019, giving database and system administrators precious little time to make some necessary changes. Upgrading the software to the latest version is always an option, of course, but for a variety of reasons, that may not be viable for some applications. So Microsoft is providing an alternative: Get three more years of free Extended Security Updates by migrating to the Azure...

Doubling down on disaster recovery-as-a-service – for business continuity and beyond

The prospect of an IT outage is one of the key issues that keeps IT professionals awake at night.  In the past two years, 93% of organisations have experienced tech-related business disruption and, as a result, one out of five experienced major reputational damage and permanent loss of customers. From natural disasters to malicious cyber-attacks, organisations face an abundance of risks to business continuity that impact productivity,...