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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...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 07 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

From application recovery to data protection, Symantec provides solutions to help customers keep their business on-line.  One recent event that has everyone thinking and talking about disaster recovery planning is Hurricane Sandy.  We asked a panel of disaster recovery experts from Symantec to discuss best practices and real life examples of disaster recovery strategies that they have seen first hand.  The recording of that webcast entitled "Surviving the Wrath of Sandy: Is your IT organization really ready in the event of a disaster?" is now available on Virtualization Review.  Please register and learn how your peers are approaching disaster recovery planning. 

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...

c3lsius | 04 Jan 2013 | 0 comments

It has been a busy end of 2012 indeed. Last November and December, a few of my colleagues and I represented the Storage and Availability Management team at the back-to-back NetApp Insight conferences in Las Vegas, Dublin and Macau. At this technically-oriented conference,we promoted our latest product partnership with NetApp, specifically for:

(1) Dynamic Multi-Pathing for VMware (vDMP)- provides performance, availability and visibility for block-attached storage for VMware ESX.

(2) Symantec Data Insight- helps customers improve data governance through data owner identification and visibility into data usage and access permissions.

Through conversations with NetApp's partners and product management employees from around the world, it is evident that there is a big opportunity for vDMP and Data Insight integrated with NetApp storage systems.

Besides from discussions about recent product launches at NetApp and key partnerships formed, some keynote...

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

Pat Coggins | 20 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Few would argue against the importance of robust disaster recovery plans for your applications and services. Events over the last year or so have reminded us how easily service outages can impact an organization's revenue and undermine consumer confidence. At a basic level, the efficient recovery of services is dependent on the availability of the data, and one of the most common ways to achieve this is through data replication to a remote site.

Veritas Volume Replicator (VVR) from Symantec is a replication solution over IP that maintains a consistent copy of your application data at remote sites. Synchronous and asynchronous modes of replication are supported and a bunker option provides a zero recovery point objective for asynchronous configurations. As a host based replication solution, VVR is independent of both application and storage and supports up to 32 remote locations (at any distance) making it a truly flexible and scalable solution.

VVR is an extension...

dennis_wenk | 18 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Operational risk is everywhere in the business environment, every decision has its share of uncertainty.  Nothing is a sure thing, yet we when we make important decision we certainly want to “keep the odds in our favor”.  I have often heard the terms like ‘risk appetite’, ‘risk tolerance’, or ‘risk aversion’ used in reference to making forward-looking choices about operational risk as if we can rationally and effectively manage risk based on our subjective feelings.  These terms, however, provide little guidance and position risk-management in the domain of oracles and soothsayers.  Business is not a game of chance based on our subjective ‘feelings’ regarding operational risk. 

The stakes are too high relative to operational risk to leave it to subjective guesses or ‘gut’...

dennis_wenk | 13 Dec 2012 | 0 comments

Data is the foundation of information; information leads to knowledge, and knowledge is power.  There can be little disagreement that data then has value.  Digital data has become the new world currency and protecting these valuable assets is a central concern of business continuity management.   Data loss, data unavailability and data corruption will all have an adverse economic impact the organization.  Not only do we need to ensure that data is usable and available but we also need to ensure that it is protected from unauthorized use.  While protecting digital data doesn’t sound particularly challenging; it typically begins with a simple task, make an extra copy.  Making and managing these extra copies, however, remains one of the most common pain points for any organization.        

There are three fundamental aspects of data protection that lead to increasing complexities.

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