BC&DR

Cloud: the best way to protect your business from vapourisation?

27 November 2017

One of Sungard’s workplace recovery centres. The firm believes that because many cloud-based recovery products still depend on physical IT, customers have only bought a “partial” BC&DR solution. It says what they lack is the people that have the range of skills needed to recover a business in line with the board’s expectations.

One of Sungard’s workplace recovery centres. The firm believes that because many cloud-based recovery products still depend on physical IT, customers have only bought a “partial” BC&DR solution. It says what they lack is the people that have the range of skills needed to recover a business in line with the board’s expectations.

Are cloud-based platforms making the process of business continuity and disaster recovery easier for enterprise organisations – or is it time for IT managers to get off their XaaS and watch out for newer risks? RAHIEL NASIR finds out.

If there is one thing that is certain in life (apart from the fabled death and taxes) it is the fact that IT never stands still.

Each year seemingly brings with it a new set of acronyms – from UC and BYOD dominating the headlines in recent times, we are now in the realms of XaaS and IoT, with AI looming large on the horizon.

So are the challenges for enterprises still the same as they have been when it comes to business continuity and disaster recovery?

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on-premise vs. cloud

Killed by cloud?

01 November 2017

If cloud-based infrastructure is delivering on all its promises, RAHIEL NASIR wonders what the future of on-premise IT is.

With nothing but praise heaped upon cloud and all that it offers, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this now represents the only way forward for enterprise IT, and that the death knell for on-premise hardware has well and truly rung.

Indeed, if the humble server epitomises the type of on-premise infrastructure that is most at risk from a cloud migration, the forecasts are not looking good.

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Energy Efficiency

With great power…

01 October 2017

Stulz’s CyberRack heat exchanger is designed to replace the back panel of a rack.

Stulz’s CyberRack heat exchanger is designed to replace the back panel of a rack.

…comes great responsibility for running energy efficient data centres. RAHIEL NASIR finds out how operators could achieve this.

The amount of electricity consumed by the global IT sector has increased by six per cent (totalling 21 per cent) since 2012, according to a Greenpeace report published earlier this year (Clicking Clean: Who is winning the race to build a green internet?).

And with Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index forecasting a three-fold increase in worldwide IP traffic over the next few years to reach an annual run rate of 3.3ZB by 2021, are the challenges for maintaining energy efficiency in data centres set to get worse?

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