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bpascua | 15 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

This week Telefonica the owner of O2 have controversially announced they will start selling their O2 mobile customer data to third parties. Through Telefonica's Dynamic Insights business unit they are looking to drive revenue out of mining data to sell to third parties. They will take their phone network data and anonymise  and aggregate it. The product will be called Smart Steps and will be sold to public sector companies to enable them to measure compare and understand what factors influence the number of people visiting a location. The aim is so that retailers can then make informed decisions on things like locations and opening times for shops. The big question is around privacy in the use of their customer data. People reacted very strongly when Google started using customer data for their targeted advertising and this seems to be in the same vein. As a mobile phone user I am not sure how happy I am effectively having my movements traced even though I understand this...

dennis_wenk | 05 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Basel II Accord for International Banking Operational Risk is defined as, “Risk of loss from inadequate or failed internal; processes, people, and systems or external events “.   When Processes, People or Systems fail, whether it be from internal or external events, the losses can be substantial.  As an example, the Ponemon Institute estimates that worldwide organizational are losing over $35 Billion monthly from data center downtime.  Nicholas G. Carr point out in his seminal Harvard Business Review article IT Doesn’t Matter, “today, an IT disruption can paralyze a company’s ability to make products, deliver its services, and connect with its customers, not to mention foul its reputation … even a brief disruption in availability of technology can be devastating.”

There are two primary ways for an organization to increase value.  The first way is to...

dennis_wenk | 04 Oct 2012 | 1 comment

“Best Practices” is a popular expression of the intent to manage business continuity prudently.  Best Practices are seen as a way to sidestep both the quantification of operational-risks, as well as, the objective evaluation of the cost-benefit for any proposed mitigation actions.  There are several reasons why Best Practices “Are not.” best for Business Continuity purposes.

  • It is unreasonable to assume that a best practice could optimally answer the business continuity questions for multiple organizations.  Organizations differ widely in terms of their maturity level, their technologies deployed, and their vulnerabilities. 
  • Given the wide assortment of published ‘best practices’, which of the best practices really are the ‘best’ for any particular circumstance? 
  • No organization could hope to implement all of the thousands of best practices to get it perfectly-right, and there is...
dennis_wenk | 04 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. Virtualization is a computing technology that enables a single user to access multiple physical devices. This paradigm manifests itself as a single computer controlling multiple machines, or one operating system utilizing multiple computers to analyze a database. Virtualization is about creating an information technology infrastructure that leverages networking and shared physical IT assets to reduce or eliminate the need for physical computing devices dedicated to specialized tasks or systems.

Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Through cloud computing, a world-class data center service and collocation provider offers managed IT services through a hosted or "Software...

Andy Spry | 04 Oct 2012 | 1 comment

"Is Oracle putting Oracle Solaris Cluster on an EOL trajectory?"

What a question to begin a blog! So what’s happening? What has Oracle done? Oracle has made significant changes to the purchase and support of Oracle Solaris Cluster:

First, Oracle is now charging for Sun Cluster (with no maintenance discounting) at $3,000 per CPU core! (Source: https://shop.oracle.com/pls/ostore/f?p=700:6:0::::P6_LPI:114206479116231741572457). For example, the perpetual licence cost for Oracle Solaris Cluster on a two-CPU Solaris T-4 system with 32 cores, (that’s 2*32*$3,000) is $192,000 at list price! A very significant cost, even after discount, for a product that used to be free!

Second, Oracle has dropped support for Symantec's Storage Foundation with Oracle Solaris...

TonyGriffiths | 03 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

SFHA 5.1 Service Pack 1 Rolling Patch 3 (Unix/linux) available.

The patch can be downloaded from the Symantec Operations Readiness Tools (SORT) portal.

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Veritas Storage Foundation HA 5.1SP1PR3

Rolling Patch

sfha-sol_x64-5.1SP1PR3RP3

2012-10-02

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Veritas Storage Foundation HA 5.1SP1

Rolling...

dennis_wenk | 24 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

Operational resilience is the economical balance between an organization’s requirements for service availability and the consequence of an interruption to that service.  The likelihood that your organization will experience a catastrophic loss from a material service interruption caused by an IT operational-problem is far greater than any service interruption being caused by some disaster or ‘black swan’ event.  So if the overarching objective is to protect our organizations from bad events that generate losses then it is time to focus our attention to creating resilient IT operations.   

We live in a technology driven world.  Every possible business processes has been automated; automated to the point where Information Technology is deeply embedded in the operating fabric of our business and the organization is now highly dependent on information technology.  IT has become a microcosm of the organization and it is used to...

dennis_wenk | 24 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

Recently some have said that the ultimate goal for Business Continuity Management (BCM) practitioners is to get “business continuity management activities out from the computer room and into the business and boardroom”.  Most likely this is the remnant from bygone era in business continuity; the notion that the computer room, or more appropriately the modern data center, should be relegated to disaster recovery (DR) activities, undeserving of serious attention for the business-oriented BCM practitioner.    Nothing could be further from the truth in today’s business-world and if our ‘best practice’ provides this type of misdirected guidance then we have completely lost touch with reality.  

Technology has transformed the way we do business and that transformation puts the data center directly into the domain of business-oriented practitioner because the data center is the largest source of operational risk in any...

bpascua | 24 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

It's clear from both talking to our customers and reading the analysts reports that cloud is here to stay. Most customers I speak with are looking at some form of cloud services in their organizations. This tends to vary from something as simple as an application being delivered through the cloud, a good example of this was recently at Symantec our HR system is now a cloud SAS service. More cutting edge applications are looking at full service provisioning from the point of IT request to the delivery of a fully functioning application/service all run through a self service engine.

This is the vision of many organizations to make the delivery of new systems seamless and self service. Cloud comes with many challenges from the Security aspects to the radical shift of IT organization needed to enable cloud services. At Symantec we have many solutions to ease this pain and make the consumption of Cloud services a safe affordable reality. Something that separates Symantec from...

Mayank Vasa | 14 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

 

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