Companies Spend 7% on Average for BC / DR

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Article by Verne Kopytoff from the San Francisco Chronicle. Disaster Recovery (DR) is a key driver for why many business use an external data center service provider. For many of our San Diego customers, Phoenix is their DR site — and vice versa. This stat caught my eye: “Companies will spend an average of 7 percent of their IT budgets …

Cloud Architects: the New Rock Stars?

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Data center service providers are always on the lookout for great talent, which is one reason why we know how difficult it is for enterprises to hire in-house IT staff. (BTW: Why hire? Choose AIS instead.) The article below — written by Bill Kleyman in Data Center Knowledge — outlines many of the desired attributes of the ideal candidate for …

Article: Disaster Recovery, Hurricane Sandy

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Article from SearchCloudProvider on how certain data center providers fared during Hurricane Sandy, particularly with regard to implementation of disaster recovery plans. Good news: AIS operates data centers in San Diego and Phoenix, sufficiently far apart to neutralize risks / threats from any one single event, be it weather, earthquake, terrorism, or locusts. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian …

Hurricane Sandy Update re: Datacenter Status

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We at AIS have definitely been paying close attention to how our “brothers in arms” at other data centers on the East Coast have fared during and after Hurricane Sandy. The 451 Research article below summarizes the status of many high-profile facilities. We send our best wishes to those who have experienced setbacks large and small. Hang in there, folks, …

Disaster Recovery Preparedness and Preparation

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Disaster Recovery (DR) preparedness and planning, plain and simple. I found this in FacilitiesNet. And while San Diego and Phoenix typically do not have to worry about weather-related mayhem, fires and earthquakes are still always possibilities. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing —————- Q&A w/ Data Center Expert on Disaster Preparedness, Planning In the wake of …

In-House IT Management vs. Data Center Outsourcing

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Below is a “motherhood” article that I read in eZine Articles by George Baylor — nothing new, but valuable reminders nonetheless. I thought it was worth re-posting. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing ————— In-House IT Management Versus Data Center Outsourcing Internet technology has rapidly evolved over the last several decades. Businesses are often finding themselves …

CIO Journal Article on Disaster Recovery re: Sandy

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Here’s an intriguing article from CIO Journal (WSJ) about a marquee company who did indeed (and still does) have a backup data center but made an explicit decision during Hurricane Sandy to not switch to it. They opted to suspend operations rather than flex to to the backup. Read the article to understand why. Some questions: Would you make the …

WSJ Article re: Disaster Recovery, Data Backup

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Here’s yet another article that I’ve excerpted from the Wall Street Journal on how Hurricane Sandy reminds us of the need to plan for situations when our normal course of business is interrupted — and for disaster recovery (DR) sites to truly be geographically diverse (read: far enough away to be beyond the reach of a single weather or geologic …

10 Tips for Business Continuity Planning

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Verizon recently posted 10 tips for business continuity planning. Nothing new, mind you, but good reminders nonetheless; I picked these up from an article in FierceComplianceIT. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP of Marketing [divider] Plan in advance.  Developing a plan in the midst of a crisis is a recipe for disaster. Anticipate potential problems and have …