Does Your Cloud Have a Silver Lining?

Clouds are all the rage right now. And the truth is that cloud-based computing can be a tremendous value. Cloud-based computing is a wonderful chance for small and medium businesses to take a big step toward aligning their information technology spending more toward revenue-generating projects and less toward infrastructure expense. At the same time, the [...]

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7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job)

Conan O’Brien got fired for poor ratings (and because Jay Leno wanted his job back). Most of us in information technology worry a lot more about losing systems and data than we do about ratings – and with good reason. One study reports that a company that experiences a significant computer outage will never fully [...]

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Backup and Recovery

Learn about the most common missteps that organizations make in setting up disaster recovery or business system continuity plans. While there can be no guarantee of perfect success, avoiding these common mistakes vastly improves the odds that an organization will successfully sidestep the worst of the possible ramifications from the inevitable failures that will occur [...]

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The Data Breach Syndrome for April 2011

Over the last ten or so years, we’ve seen every conceivable data breach you can imagine. Most folks think these are the resulf of some foreigners looking to sabotage our lives, but, truth is, we have plenty of problems right here in our own backyard. I like the headline in the FastCompany breakdown of the [...]

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Power as One of the Criteria for Selecting a Data Center Site

In the recent Critical Facilities Roundtable, Steve Rosa, principal of Unique Infrastructure Group, gave a very interesting presentation on power availability and cost as a criterion for selecting a site for a new data center. There are many criteria for selecting such a site (see here). Probably, available and reasonably priced power is the most [...]

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Breaking News For March 30, 2011

AT&T and T-Mobile proposed merger In a follow up to our recent post on the AT&T duopoly, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, noted that cell phones are no longer a luxury but a necessity as more and more subscribers opt to forsake a land line in favor of only a mobil phone. This [...]

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Wireless Monopolies Offer Little Promise For Free Market Enterprise

Just over a week ago, the $39 billion merger between AT&T and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile was announced to a torpid audience of hungry bandwidth and Internet users.  In spite of the fact that as Jenna Wortham of the NY Times says, “It could save the companies a lot of money.  For everyone else, it could [...]

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The Biggest Shortcomings of ISO 27001

If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably think I’m convinced ISO 27001 is the most perfect document ever written. Actually, that’s not true – working with my clients and teaching on the subject, usually the same weaknesses of this standard emerge. Here they are, together with my suggestions how to resolve them: Ambiguous Terms [...]

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Crowdsourcing: Translating For Your Maddening Crowd

Crowdsourcing, as it’s called, is not for the faint of heart however. For big technology, and the enterprise, even if you build it, and even if they come, you may still not attract many sanguine members willing to step up to the plate and offer usable assistance to other members. As the expression goes, herding [...]

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Tokyo Data Centers in the Aftermath of the Major Quake

You need to understand that even though there was a big jolt then countless small aftershocks, there was very little damage to the infrastructure in Tokyo. Daily life is almost normal, except for the scare of rolling blackouts, which do not include the special wards of Tokyo. See here for the explanation of the special [...]

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