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The Seven Deadly Sins of BDR

The Seven Deadly Sins of BDR

The recent IT outage at British Airways has been blamed on a power supply failure at the company’s data center, causing hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled and affecting as many as 75,000 customers. The outage should have been mitigated by backup...
Baron Announces Weather API for Public Safety

Baron Announces Weather API for Public Safety

Provides actionable information for the safety of property and personnel HUNTSVILLE, AL – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, announces its Weather Data API for Public Safety.  This product makes it easy to implement superior...
CDC: Teaching skills that save lives

CDC: Teaching skills that save lives

We observed CPR and AED Awareness Week at the beginning of June. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stacy Thorne, a health scientist in the Office of Smoking and Health, who is also a certified first aid, CPR and AED instructor. Stacy has a history of...
When Data Demand Tops Data Center Efficiency

When Data Demand Tops Data Center Efficiency

The enterprise has made great strides in curbing its appetite for energy over the past decade, but will this ultimately be a losing battle as demand for data continues to rise? According to a recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the number of...
5 Hot Storage Technologies to Watch

5 Hot Storage Technologies to Watch

Many technologies are billed as hot, exciting and revolutionary. But which ones are really deserving of that moniker? Which ones are destined to change — or are changing — the storage universe? Enterprise Storage Forum asked the experts. …...
BCI: Climate change will increase fire risk

BCI: Climate change will increase fire risk

The Business Continuity Institute The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has claimed that climate change is greatly increasing the likelihood of devastating wildfires, such as the one that burned its way across Portugal last weekend but is now...
The Risk of Virtualization

The Risk of Virtualization

As virtualization becomes the norm, the risk of virtualization should be in the forefront of any business continuity manager’s mind.  We’ve compiled a list of areas of concerns and controls to reference throughout your virtualization transitions. As...
Nothing Small or Easy About Smart Cities

Nothing Small or Easy About Smart Cities

Smart cities are the ultimate emerging platform in ways both good and bad. Positives include healthier and happier citizens, more efficient and environmentally responsible communities, and better services to attract and support businesses. On the flip side, however,...
Ammonia Leak Sparks Emergency Response

Ammonia Leak Sparks Emergency Response

(TNS) – An ammonia leak at Cashmere’s former Tree Top plant led officials to issue a shelter-in-place order for the area for about an hour Sunday afternoon, and to briefly shut down Highway 2. Chelan County, Wa.,Emergency Management issued the shelter...
Understanding the FEMA Letter

Understanding the FEMA Letter

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Survivors who apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of the federal declaration for flooding from April 28 to May 11, 2017 will receive a letter in the mail from FEMA. The letter will explain the...
BCI: Self, self, self…

BCI: Self, self, self…

The Business Continuity Institute Most business continuity plans pay scant regard to how people might be feeling in the aftermath of a major disruptive incident and simply assume their willingness and ability to drop everything in order to activate those plans. This...
Why IBM i on POWER

Why IBM i on POWER

Migrating from one computing platform to another can and should cause pause. It is important to be prudent when deciding whether to migrate, and to which system. Total cost of acquisition (TCA) often becomes a tipping point, but the ongoing total cost of ownership...
Data Migration – A View from the Trenches

Data Migration – A View from the Trenches

If you are reading this, you either execute data migration or your projects rely on successful migration of data. Regardless of which, I would like to share some insight that I have gathered helping large projects through their data migration exercises. It is NOT a...
Hurricane Season is here; are you ready?

Hurricane Season is here; are you ready?

Brightway Insurance counsels its customers to have insurance information ready to go in the event of a weather event JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Atlantic Hurricane Season is here, and forecasters are predicting above-normal activity with five to nine hurricanes....
BCI: Ensuring the safety of our staff

BCI: Ensuring the safety of our staff

The Business Continuity Institute Overnight a fire raged through a 24-storey tower block in West London, completely destroying it, and claiming several lives. While this may have been a residential building, the speed with which the fire took hold is a clear warning...
How to minimise flood damage in your home

How to minimise flood damage in your home

Natural floods are becoming increasingly common. Our guide will help you be ready, react and recover should a flood hit your area. When flood strikes, it can wreak havoc in two ways. First is the immediate damage from the water itself; the second is the long-lasting...
Eye on commercial insurance prices

Eye on commercial insurance prices

Despite ample capital and benign claim cost trends, insurers have held the line on trading profitability for volume, while still responding as needed to emerging trends, according to Willis Towers Watson. Its most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey...
What if WannaCry Happened in the GDPR Era?

What if WannaCry Happened in the GDPR Era?

Mitigating Risk to Enhance Data Security In this article, Jason Allaway, RES Area VP for the U.K. and Ireland, reveals what the true cost of a ransomware attack like WannaCry will be in the GDPR era. As many organizations struggle to prepare for the upcoming...
BCM & DR: Communication is the Key

BCM & DR: Communication is the Key

Communication; the backbone, or cornerstone if you will, of any successful enterprise.  Without it you can have an organization moving in multiple directions causing confusion and all archways falling down around you when you need to be moving forward as a...
Risk Profiles for Key Employee Groups

Risk Profiles for Key Employee Groups

While hackers and cyberterrorists often make headlines, there is a far more common cause for concern when it comes to safeguarding companies’ confidential data – their employees. Research from CEB, now Gartner, indicates nearly 60 percent of privacy...
Automation For The Better Good – Security

Automation For The Better Good – Security

Automation gets a bad rep these days, what with public fear that robots will take over jobs (an invalid assumption – we will be working side by side with them). However, if you asked the most diehard Luddites if they were ready willing to give up the following:...
IoT Security: Even Worse Than You Think

IoT Security: Even Worse Than You Think

Three items – two surveys and a government study – that were released in recent weeks show just how serious the Internet of Things (IoT) security situation is. Altman Vilandrie & Company found that 48 percent of responding organizations’ IoT...
The Cloud Is Becoming Increasingly Vertical

The Cloud Is Becoming Increasingly Vertical

The cloud is quickly expanding from a general-purpose data services platform to a series of highly targeted industry vertical solutions, further decreasing the need for businesses of all types to maintain infrastructure to support their operational models. This is...
For More Cyber Operations Wins, Cheat…

For More Cyber Operations Wins, Cheat…

Before my last deployment (quite a while ago, thankfully) my unit was training on a variety of tactics to make us all more effective in an operational setting.  That’s the long way of saying we were all getting PT’d repeatedly and learning how...
SMBs Warming Up to Hyperconvergence

SMBs Warming Up to Hyperconvergence

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is typically thought of as a web-scale data center solution. But it turns out that the technology’s space and management advantages are making it equally compelling for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Everyone has a...
BCI: Manifestos Hide Truth About Brexit

BCI: Manifestos Hide Truth About Brexit

The Business Continuity Institute The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats’ manifestos all ignore the true potential impact of Brexit, a new report by academics from The UK in a Changing Europe shows. Brexit may impose significant economic costs,...
The Multi-Dimensional IT Management Challenge

The Multi-Dimensional IT Management Challenge

The data center is on a clear trajectory toward greater abstraction, greater resource distribution, and greater diversity in both the workloads it supports and the technologies it brings to bear. All of this leads to an increasingly complex management challenge that...
8 Vital Data Protection Tips

8 Vital Data Protection Tips

With so many files in existence and so many more being created every moment, it’s no wonder so many breaches and data loss incidents occur. We asked the experts for some of the top tips on keeping storage data protected. 1. Limit and Monitor Access Many of the...
BCI: How to Survive a Ransomware Attack

BCI: How to Survive a Ransomware Attack

The Business Continuity Institute Recently, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched its first joint report into ‘The cyber threat to UK businesses’. Outlined are the key trends that are expected to be seen across...
Company Spotlight: GroupDoLists

Company Spotlight: GroupDoLists

GroupDoLists brings emergency response teams together to handle crises more efficiently than ever before. GroupDoLists centralizes and simplifies team coordination during incidents, instantly creating a common operating picture that harmonizes processes and procedures...
Preparing for the 2017 Hurricane Season

Preparing for the 2017 Hurricane Season

By WILL URBAN Director of Technical Marketing, iland It only takes one storm to change one’s life and business. Natural disasters strike with little to no warning and can be devastating to an organization’s operational and economic infrastructure. In...
In the Age of the Customer, Data Is King

In the Age of the Customer, Data Is King

Successful companies have always been customer obsessed. How to get them, how to keep them, how to make them advocates are all questions that have kept CEOs awake at night since commerce began. Today’s sophisticated data management platforms offer marketers the...