At the New Year, some people struggle to identify a bad habit that they want to end. Their co-workers, of course, instantly produce a long list of irritating behaviors. Similarly, every IT team’s business partners have a 2015 New Year’s Resolution for them – “Stop Being Dr. No.”
Lines of business complain that when they ask their IT for anything new, the answer is always “No.” Sometimes the rejection is instantaneous, with laments about reduced budgets, complex regulations, and distributed operations. Other times the refusal takes the form of “we’ll look at it,” and nothing ever happens. Lines of business don’t aspire to set up rogue IT environments; they feel like they have no alternatives. Continue reading
Outages and data loss are an all too familiar occurrence. In the recently announced EMC Global Data Protection Index, 64% of companies said they had experienced major disruptions in the past 12 months. The study revealed that while natural disasters and other major catastrophes make the headlines, it is common place incidents such as power loss and hardware failures that are most likely to take your systems out and corrupt your data. I have listed below the top causes of disruptions (in reverse order) as revealed in the study, and some tips on how to stop them spoiling your holiday plans.
According to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account! And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged. Continue reading
Does your organization keep old, stale and useless data? Most do. In our practice we find that about two-thirds of data on file shares has not been accessed in at least six months. While the lack of access does not necessarily identify data that has no business value, it’s a pretty good indicator. Continue reading
I feel like I was born with a computer in my hand; I embrace them both from a business and personal perspective.
But I am a Gen-Xer, so certain realities are true. I was not born with a computer in my hand, but rather a typewriter, record player, and an Atari game console. According to the folks who define the characteristics of each generation, I have different priorities, perspectives, and drivers than Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Yers). But how different? Continue reading
It’s been 13 years since the world changed.
While there have been no shortage of tragedies since 9/11, including other acts of terrorism home and abroad, war, hurricanes, tsunamis, and massive tornados, no single event has matched the impact of that day thirteen years ago. The transformation of the world after that event has touched all our lives in ways big and small, the technology industry included.
No, people really don’t care more about data protection now than they did then. Nor did the event set disk-based backup or VPLEX in motion. But 9/11 did help redefine the role and expectation of data protection. That day began the journey to converge data protection and security. Continue reading
According to a recent report from advisory company CEB, for every $1 managed in traditional corporate IT budgets, business executives are spending an additional $0.40 on technology. Put another way, 40% of the CIO budget now comes from what it describes as “business-led IT” initiatives. Further, the report finds that more than 70% of business executives are okay with running their own IT projects.
Data protection is critical to all customers and yet there are a range of technologies that can deliver the required service levels. At EMC, we talk about a data protection continuum, but regardless of you how you define it, the concept is simple – apply the right protection technology to meet application and business SLAs. Continue reading