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Mike Reynolds PMM | 31 Jul 2014 | 0 comments

According to Forbes, 70% of organizations that were in the Fortune 1,000 ten years ago have vanished.  The natural question is why did this happen?  The simple answer is business agility.  These organizations were not able to adjust to changes in the business environment and were eventually crushed by their competitors or by changing trends in the market.  

Look at Blockbuster for example.  In 1992, Blockbuster was the largest video rental leader with over 2,800 stores worldwide and by its peak in the early 2000s, Blockbuster grew to over 10,000 stores across the globe.  Then the business environment changed.   In 1997, a startup called Netflix was launched with a completely different business model.  Instead of opening brick and mortar stores that people could rent videos from, Netflix mailed DVDs...

dennis_wenk | 20 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

The pace of technological change and its complexity is challenging traditional business continuity paradigms.  What was once considered a ‘Best Practice’ in Business Continuity (BC) no longer serves the new digital-world and organizations can’t rely on these outdated processes to reach their future objectives.    These ‘best practices’, and the standards/guidelines which are based on these best practices are unsuitable for the modern technologically-dependent organization because they were intended to serve a different purpose within a vastly different business environment. Some might question or be puzzled by the notion that long-standing and widely-accepted best-practices could be unreliable, however, that really shouldn’t be so disturbing. After all, ‘Blood-Letting” was once a medical ‘best practice’; one that no so long ago lead to the death of our first US President.  It is time to modernize Business Continuity and align to the genuine...

Kimberley | 25 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Here is October 2013's Most Popular Content in the Storage and Clustering community:

Top Viewed Content

http://www.symantec.com/connect/videos/vcs-application-failover-within-vmware-virtual-machines
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/veritas-disk-group-disabled
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/how-check-vcs-version-and-update
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/sfha-solutions-601-using-veritas-cluster-server-simulator
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/how-find-lun-size-veritas-commands
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/remove-lun-solaris-10
http://www.symantec.com/connect/storage-management/downloads
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/how-delete-volume-veritas
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-release-announcing-symantec-disaster-recovery-advisor-62
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/veritas...
Mike Reynolds PMM | 07 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

 

I hear it more and more from IT professionals, "our key 'X' application just can not go down."  As you can image, the "X" variable in the prior sentence usually stands for a key business service or application running in the data center.  It might be cusotmer or partner facing website such as an ordering or reservation system, or it might be a service that internal employees use on a regular basis to do their job and keep operations going.  Regardless, if the "X" is down, heavy costs are incurred and someone may be in trouble.  

If you are thinking about how to keep your business up and running, check out Symantec's new Business Continuity homepage called "Run Business Run."  If you have a business continuity or disaster recovery project on the table, you can use the information on this page to give you the key concepts to consider...
Setu Gupta | 25 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

DCIG (Data Center Infrastructure Group Inc.) released their High Availability and Clustering Software Buyer's Guide (attached to this email) that weights, scores and ranks over 60 features on 13 different software solutions from 10 different software providers. Symantec's Veritas Cluster Server (VCS) achieved the "Best-in-Class" ranking and earned the top spot in this inaugural DCIG High Availability and Clustering Software Buyer's Guide.

VCS earned the only “Best-in-Class” ranking, and for good reason. VCS ranked “Best-in-Class” and/or “Excellent” in every single category that DCIG evaluated. Categories ranged from operating environment to management capabilities. DCIG mentioned, “Making Symantec’s achievement so impressive was that it’s in a highly competitive space where most high availability and clustering software packages only focus on a few or even only one operating...

Kimberley | 04 Jun 2013 | 0 comments

More and more information is becoming readily available to companies and they are leveraging it to advance business and give consumers what they want. This practice known as “big data” has the potential to yield big opportunities, as well as its share of management headaches if not approached strategically. In the latest CIO Digest article “Big Data Without Big Headaches,” Symantec lays out three basic strategies that IT leaders should consider when leveraging big data. Getting the strategies right will enable companies to make effective decisions and realize the business value of big data. But get them wrong, you can end up with incomplete information and introduce a New Coke. With these data-driven strategies in place, companies like Asia Pacific Telecom, Telefonica de Espana, and Teradata have seen results in both financial and operational performance. Indeed, embracing big data doesn’t have to come with big headaches. To get more in-depth...

Theresa LaVeck | 18 Apr 2013 | 0 comments

Check out the recording of our super session at Vision. Jeff Hausman discusses the importance of business continuity and how to keep your business up and running.

nick.kenny | 28 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

 

Windows 8 has been released... OK, so I'm not actually that excited about Windows 8 (I'm a Mac user and I like my screen sharp and finger print free).  But as usual it was accompanied by a new version of Microsoft's server OS - 2012 and that does excite me.
 
Yes 2012 has got a load of new functionality, but these 'cool new features' aren't the interesting bits, it's what's been in there for a while that's really exciting.  There are a few components in Windows 2012 that have hit version 3.0 and that's a big deal, one of those is Hyper-V.  What this really means is Microsoft's hypervisor platform has passed a milestone in maturity.  Typically when Microsoft brings a new technology to market it takes a few versions of fine tuning to really hit the mark.  During this time, some early adopters will use it for production workloads, but the majority of large enterprises will...
bpascua | 14 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

Cloud computing has long been a buzz word in the IT sector. A seemingly fitting definition of cloud is “a model for enabling convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort. Many organisations have cautiously been dipping their toes in the public cloud market. Many applications can be seamlessly delivered through public clouds which alleviate the need to on premise servers and reduce the capex costs involved with hosting these services on premise.  Public clouds offer the benefit of utilizing someone else’s  infrastructure to run IT workloads on a pay as you go basis thus reducing your capex costs. Private clouds are different since they leverage cloud technology and ultimately reduce overall opex costs and improve business agility. Many organisations particularly in the financial sector simply wont use public clouds for their mission critical...