Apr 24, 2014
One of the biggest challenges IT managers face is keeping highly complex datacenter always available in order to meet increasingly strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and compliance regulations. Fines from missed SLAs and regulations can be steep, especially in finance, insurance, healthcare and manufacturing; after all they’re in place specifically to reduce client and consumer risk and send a strong message if they’re violated. SLA and compliance fines are another expense that insurance won’t cover if you incur downtime costs from a disaster – and certainly not if you’re enduring planned downtime.
Apr 22, 2014
Estimates for average costs of downtime came in at around $8,000 per minute last year. That number leaves little doubt that the direct costs of downtime can cripple a business. However, that number doesn’t even take into account the indirect costs of downtime, such as bad press and negative social media chatter that can add devastating insult to injury.
Apr 16, 2014
By necessity, today’s datacenters are a mix of hardware, operating systems and storage on physical, virtual and cloud platforms. Heterogeneous environments can be notoriously difficult to navigate when it comes to planning business continuity. If you pick one vendor, you may be stuck with the best they have to offer on that day. Plus, you may find yourself signing a contract that can last for years. Vendor lock isn’t an optimal situation because you may be committed to one vendor’s products, limited options and a single approach to high availability and disaster recovery, whether it ends up working for you or not.
Apr 04, 2014
A recent New York Times article caused quite a stir when it reported “datacenters waste 90% of the energy they pull off the grid” and “a single data center can take more power than a medium-size town.” Recently InformationWeek reported “the traditional enterprise data center uses just under twice as much electricity as it needs to do the actual computing. The extra amount goes to run cooling, lighting and systems that sustain the data center. In a post-recession economy IT executives are eying the datacenter as a place where they can implement innovations to reduce and avoid costs. Boosting datacenter productivity, ensuring users have continuous access to data, reducing power consumption and streamlining operations are now part of the job description for IT managers and staff.