An increase in natural disasters over the past few years has made disaster recovery solutions, like colocation and cloud computing, a top priority among small- to mid-size businesses. Data Center Knowledge reports, "Organizations should look for technologies that work to join the two processes together to making disaster recovery a seamless part of the backup environment." Read the article...
Aberdeen Group reports a shift in the use of simple public Cloud storage to a more advanced, hosted computing infrastructure, reserved for disaster recovery operations. Companies are increasingly renting, not just storage in the cloud, but reserving the use of computing infrastructure to host their applications until their primary site can be brought back up and functioning. Read the Analyst Insight report. Read the article...
By 2020, The Cloud is going to be a major, and permanent part of the enterprise computing infrastructure. Forrester Research Inc. expects the global cloud computing market will grow from $35 billion in 2011 to around $150 billion by 2020 as it becomes key to many organizations' IT infrastructures. Read the article...
Over a period of a few months, hackers rifled one secure computer after the next, eventually hitting seven different law firms as well as Canada’s Finance Ministry and the Treasury Board. A law firm involved in the $40 billion deal detected signs of the intrusion, including network disruptions and spyware designed to capture confidential documents. Read the article...
ASCENT DATA CLIENT NEWS
Avere Systems' FXT Series has established new performance standards and bested former benchmark leaders, with industy-record benchmark of 1.56 Million IOPS.
"Ascent Data was able to rapidly build out the space and power needed to accommodate our benchmark environment, and the 24x7x365 Response Center was instrumental in allowing us to quickly troubleshoot and tune the environment in order to meet our tight project timeline," said Jeff Bearer, Avere Systems’ Technical Team. Read more. . .
Congratulations to Pgh Tech Council CIO of the Year, Ruth DeLost-Wylie
As Senior VP and CIO at Peoples Natural Gas, Ruth DeLost-Wylie led her team through the design and implementation of 72 systems in less than 18 months along with the creation of the supporting infrastructure - including voice and data networks. Ruth was responsible for hiring an entirely new IT staff, the development of requirements for every business process, the coordination of design, coding and testing, and the selection and control of numerous vendors and service providers.
"The overall effort to bring Peoples Natural Gas back to Pittsburgh was a massive undertaking. We selected Ascent Data because they were the best fit, having an excellent facility and staff to host our critical IT infrastructure when we needed it. Ascent Data offered a secure SSAE 16 data center, an exceptional technical staff and the full services of a 24x7x365 Network Operations Center. We counted on Ascent Data and they delivered."
– Ruth DeLost-Wylie, Senior VP and CIO
Downtime can cost small businesses an average of $3,000 per day, according to Symantec survey. Read more. . .
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Ascent Data and Comcast collaborate to offer large-scale bandwidth, paired with enterprise-grade cloud computing and data security solutions, at a competitive price. Read the complete teQ magazine article. . .
Bloomberg News' Peter Burrows discusses the impact of the hurricane on cloud computing services. He speaks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."
Hurricane Sandy vs. The Cloud
Data centers up and down the eastern seaboard are in emergency mode to keep up and running as Hurricane Sandy is expected to churn northwards. But the key to survivability is not last-minute prep, but long-running practices.
John Bussey, Assistant Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, reports that smaller firms are increasingly outsourcing Cyber Security through Cloud Computing
Seeking Safety in the Clouds
Ever-more fearful of cyber attacks, small to mid-size businesses are outsourcing to protect valuable data from security breaches and hackers. Through Cloud Computing, SMBs can count on the redundancy and resiliency of their Cloud and Managed Services provider for the latest in technology, including data encryption, de-duplication and backup, disaster recovery and business continuity and continuous real-time data protection.
Michael Riley, reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the recent rise of hackers targeting law firms' computer networks.
Law Firms Weigh Cost Of Network Security Against Hacking Risk
China-based hackers linked to a nation-state with an interest in global competition for natural resources, zeroed in on 7 law firms handling the $40 billion acquisition of the world’s largest potash producer, Potash Corp, by an Australian mining giant, bhpbilliton.