Ransomware and BYOD Pose the Biggest Risk, Say IT Pros

Ransomware and mobility (BYOD policies) are the most common cause of concern among IT professionals, shows a recent StorageCraft survey. Among IT professionals, 42 percent believe that ransomware is the technology that brings the most risk. Another 38 percent are concerned about mobility and increasingly prevalent BYOD (bring your own device) policies, shows the survey…. Read more »

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Is Hyperconvergence the Private Cloud You Need?

If you are an IT professional, you are most likely familiar with at least the term “hyperconvergence” or “hyperconverged infrastructure”. You are also undoubtedly aware of cloud technology and some of the options for public, private, and hybrid cloud.  Still, this discussion merits a brief review of private cloud before delving into how hyperconvergence fits […]

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6 Times When Hackers Took On Governments

Cyberattacks can lead to sensitive data exposure, data loss and even downtime as IT departments rush to find the best path to recovery. For government institutions, the damage can be severe, resulting lost trust from the citizens and even legal actions. Only a well planned out security strategy and a solid backup and recovery plan… Read more »

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An Introduction to OpenStack

Last year I attended a half dozen conferences. When I wasn’t browsing the products on the exhibit floor, I spent time speaking to fellow attendees in the halls. One topic came up over and over: OpenStack. I’ve followed the open-source platform for a few years. I’ve watched it gain steam with open-source fans along with… Read more »

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5 Ways Ransomware Will Evolve In 2017

Ransomware models are adapting and evolving in the enterprise economy, show recent reports. New strains are popping up continually, and they are becoming more profit-oriented. As more and more business owners pay the ransom rather than lose access to their data, the industry is adapting and finding new ways to extort money. Read our take… Read more »

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Why DRaaS Makes Perfect Business Sense

The benefits of having a back-up and disaster recovery plan might seem obvious. You are mitigating risk, minimizing downtime and remaining compliant. Too often, management will forget or not allocate enough resources to backup and disaster recovery. This makes it a great opportunity for the channel. Analysts predict the DRaaS business will grow ten-fold over the… Read more »

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A Server Upgrade that Makes Financial Sense?

Each week I speak to a number of customers who have invested in servers. These servers perform a range of functions, from hosting Exchange email boxes to storing company files. I’ve noticed that larger companies have moved many of these tasks to the cloud. Large companies are also more likely to budget for hardware refreshes…. Read more »

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Lessons Learned from Gitlab’s Massive Backup Failure

GitLab.com, a multi-million dollar startup, lost over 300GB of data after a failed backup process. This is just one of the cases that show us that backups don’t matter if you can’t restore. And that IT admins need to make a solid habit out of testing their backups and recovery capacity. We’re living in the world where… Read more »

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