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AlanTLR | 11 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

My role as a Systems Administrator and storage provisioner often results in requests for additional space, usually from an Oracle database administrator.  This often provides a challenge, as working under a very limited budget we often have to re-allocate resources.  We decided to try out Veritas Operations Manager before looking at Veritas Operations Manager Advanced.  

Using Veritas Operations Manager helps in the monitoring of the disk space and also allows one to view the tablespaces quickly of the databases, so one can tell if there's room for the Database Administrators to adjust the sizes of the tablespaces.  In most of my cases, where there is not more space available on the Oracle's filesystem and all tablespaces are full, I've been able to look at the free space of my other VXVM filesystems and re-allocate from there (Attachment 3, vomimg03...

dennis_wenk | 17 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

A principal challenge many enterprises face is identifying exposures to their complex IT infrastructures.   There are considerable business dependencies on this strategic resource and weaknesses within the IT-infrastructure may lead to serious business interruptions.   It is not enough however, to merely identify weaknesses; the impact of those weaknesses must also be clearly understood and quantified.  This is an important point because it is difficult to know how much to invest to strengthen the infrastructure unless there is a sense of the size of the risk to the organization.

IT infrastructures can fail due to a wide range of events.  These events can be as simple as a process failure or as catastrophic as a full system crash.  It is unrealistic and costly to eliminate each and every harmful event; therefore, a priority ranking based on the consequence of the event is very useful.  Ranking the potentially damaging events based on...

dennis_wenk | 17 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Oh yes you DO need to know Probability! Many of Professional and Thought-Leaders have said that ‘there is no reason to know probabilities to know that a big risk exists’ and that it should be intuitively obvious that losing a datacenter would be very bad.  So then, if the IT-infrastructure risk is so self-intuitive then value does not lie in identifying the most serious risks, these risks are self-evident. The value lies in determining the optimal ‘investment’ to mitigate the most serious risks.  In this context, optimal means to allocate the organization’s resources to those actions that will yield the best overall performance.

So even if these self-intuitive, gut feeling about the risks are right, it is not the most effective way to justify the appropriate level of investment.  The fact, this is the reason that many in IT find it difficult to provide a valid ROI for HA/DR solutions; because they fail to understand the value that...

dennis_wenk | 09 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

A real crisis is happening now and if we really want to reduce losses for our organization then we will need to adjust our focus.  We don’t have to wait for any pandemic or catastrophe to strike; organizations are experiencing losses that range between $35 billion and $500 billion per month.  If these losses are the result of best practices that are intended to protect our organizations from crisis, then some might even consider these regulations and best practices to be gravely dysfunctional.   

Compliance with federal, state, and international privacy and security laws and regulations often is more an interpretive art than an empirical science—and it is frequently a matter for negotiation.  When business metrics are applied to compliance, many companies decide to deploy as little technology or process as possible—or to ignore the governing laws and regulations completely. Every company weighs the cost of...

dennis_wenk | 08 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

Stakeholders are becoming increasingly concerned about accountability and management of operational risks.  Regulations like HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Basel II are placing requirements that are more stringent on corporate governance.  More and more high technology is embedded in the operating fabric of the organization and, in many respects, technology is the organization.  Amazon and eBay are outstanding examples of businesses created by and totally dependent on technology.  It is this reliance on technology and escalating dependency on interconnected infrastructures that has elevated the exposure to business interruptions.  These interdependencies ripple through an organization, as well as outside to major stakeholders:  customers, suppliers, lenders, and partners.

Simultaneously, non-conventional threats such as, denial of service, hacking, and September 11th 2001 changed the very nature of operational risk instantaneously and on a...

dennis_wenk | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

There are many business benefits to the efficiencies that IT provides and the vast majority of functions have been automated.  Today, businesses do more transactions, of greater value, faster than ever before.  This intense dependence on technology has also introduced new risks and vulnerabilities that have large consequences.  One of the primary missions, therefore, for any modern organization is to manage the inherent risk within this complex infrastructure. The only rational reason for spending money to reduce operational risk is the expectation that the benefits outweigh the costs.  

Subjective measures such as risk-tolerance or risk appetite can lead to serious errors of fact, in the form of excessive fear of small risks and neglect of large ones.  The stakes are too great for organizations to rely on intuitive judgments that are error-prone.  Creating infrastructures that increase resiliency requires methods that provide better...

jmartin | 20 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

 

On December 18, 2012, Symantec completed another release of Symantec Operations Readiness Tool (SORT)! With SORT’s focus of improving the total customer experience for Storage Foundation and NetBackup customers, we’ve added the following features and improvements to the website:

Storage Foundation High Availability Solutions

nick.kenny | 11 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

 

The IDC expects data generated by enterprises to grow by 48% this year and for 90% of that to be unstructured data.  At this rate, demand is far outpacing the reduction in the cost of storage.  With an ever increasing squeeze being put on IT department budgets, how is this problem being tackled?

The issue draws interesting parallels to the energy crisis governments around the world are currently facing, with demands for more energy offset against rising fuel costs and environmental targets.  There are some interesting parallels in the solutions being used by both as well and perhaps a few tips to be learnt.
 

Saying it with a smile

Power boards in the US have been using some well documented psychological principles to reduce consumption rates, with impressive results and best of all - they're incredibly simple to implement. It likely started with an experiment in 2004 conducted by Roberto...

sai_mukundan | 10 Dec 2012 | 1 comment

 

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