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DRaaS: why disaster recovery is no longer the preserve of the rich

Posted by Jonathan Birch | 1 Sep 2015, 13:13 PM

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As demand put on technology to support business operations increases have you ever thought about what would happen in the event of a disaster to allow your business to keep operating? In this blog Jonathan Birch looks at how Cloud has enabled disaster recovery as a service, making business continuity possible for any business.

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Cloud contingency planning – head to the middle of the road

Posted by Simon Michie | 14 Feb 2014, 12:12 PM

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Another week, and another Cloud provider goes out of business. OK, so I am being a little over dramatic, it has been a while since the last high profile closure. However, the importance of have contingency plans in place just in case your Cloud provider suddenly disappears should not be ignored.

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Winter is coming – is your data centre ready?

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Dec 2013, 18:18 PM

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Winter presents data centre managers with a number of possible weather related challenges that require some planning to ensure uptime. Most of these issues are very minor but even the smallest thing can have a cascade effect. Paul Hone, Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager looks at some of the issues that can be caused by a sudden change in the weather.

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Data centre design and the introduction of ‘unreliability’

Posted by Paul Hone | 13 Nov 2013, 00:00 AM

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As more and more redundancy is added to a data centre complexity increases and you’re adding more points of possible failure. Mike Christian of Yahoo! made a wonderful point when he said, “Something as simple as a border router failure can effectively knock an entire building of compute offline, regardless of how many generators it has”. There’s no doubt a Tier 4 data centre has many level of redundancy, but does that really make any difference when faced with catastrophic failure?

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More Level 3 woes

Posted by Paul Hone | 4 Oct 2013, 12:43 PM

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Amidst a second outage at Level 3′s Goswell Road data centre, Paul Hone – Redcentric’s Data Centre Manager – sheds light on the damaging effect two UPS failures in six months can have on business continuity. As well as discussing the potential reasons for such an incident, Paul offers tips on how to choose a data centre which avoids these pitfalls.

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Your essential Cloud checklist

Posted by Stefan Haase | 3 Jun 2013, 14:32 PM

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Stefan Haase offers valuable insight into the aspects of Cloud computing that often go unconsidered when organisations begin planning their hosted solution. Covering topics such as network connections and migration logistics, Stefan discusses what to consider and why, ahead of a move to the Cloud.

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Natwest outages – will the bank face fines for IT failures?

Posted by Tim Wilkinson | 18 Apr 2013, 18:12 PM

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Tim Wilkinson, Divisional Director of Customer Services at Redcentric, relays the latest developments in the RBS downtime saga. With the announcement that the Financial Conduct Authority are to investigate the IT issues which led to the series of incidents last summer, Tim reflects on how an underinvestment in IT can affect business continuity, as well as brand image.

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Hotmail downtime and the need for judicious failover testing

Posted by Paul Hone | 15 Apr 2013, 15:24 PM

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With the cause of the Hotmail meltdown having now been revealed, Paul Hone – Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, reflects on what we can learn. Despite the temperature rise being pinpointed as the cause for concern, Paul also explains the importance of regular failover testing, on full load, to prevent total outages.

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Bank holiday and business continuity

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Mar 2013, 15:40 PM

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Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager at Redcentric, discusses the importance of business continuity in the face of an extended bank holiday. Relaying his own experience of on-site disaster, Paul offers all savvy data centres his top tips for ensuring that the bank holiday weekend remains problem-free.

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RBS downtime

Posted by Tim Wilkinson | 21 Mar 2013, 15:47 PM

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RBS suffered another major outage this month, seeing card transactions and cash withdrawals fail for a large number of customers following a mainframe outage. Tim Wilkinson, Divisional Director of Customer Services at Redcentric, discusses the lessons we can learn from RBS’s recent troubles, including the importance of an in-house customer service team and the dangers of outsourcing such support.

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Technology and the aging population

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Mar 2013, 16:09 PM

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Though technology is ordinarily associated with the young, the aging population of the nation means that such advancements will no longer remain solely a part of youth culture. In addressing the problems caused by an aging population, technological and IT advances will be key players in our adaptation strategy.

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The importance of remote working

Posted by Stefan Haase | 27 Feb 2013, 16:27 PM

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Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! Inc, this week announced a ban on ‘working from home’ within her organisation. She cited her reasoning as a ‘need to be working side-by-side,’ but in an age of emerging remote working technology, is this need out-dated? Stefan Haase discusses the benefits of remote working, and some of the best technology for the job.

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Highlighting the issue of business continuity

Posted by Paul Hone | 5 Feb 2013, 16:57 PM

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This Sunday saw 71,024 fans flood to the New Orleans Superdrome to watch the biggest US sports event of the year, the Super Bowl. And broadcast live in over 180 countries, it is estimated that 100 million people watched the event in total.

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Importance of remote working in the face of snow

Posted by Phil Dyson | 15 Jan 2013, 17:31 PM

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This week the Met office has issued an ‘amber / be prepared’ warning of heavy snow in the North East, Yorkshire and the East Midlands. How will this affect your business operations? Some extraordinary figures have been circulated since the last bout of heavy snowfall, numbers that will have unsurprisingly worried business owners and management teams ever since. Increasingly, snow and adverse weather conditions cause travel chaos across the UK, with roads often impassable and public transport unusable. The result of this is that staff are unable to get to the office, and can mean that your business grinds to a halt.

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Keeping a weather eye on business continuity and disaster recovery

Posted by Stefan Haase | 20 Jul 2012, 16:11 PM

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The Great British Summer has done its best to spoil sporting events like The Open and Wimbledon (and even Redcentric’s company golf day!). But there’s nothing like the sight of the awful flood damage to homes and businesses across the country to focus the mind on the more genuinely negative aspects of the bad weather.

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Fail to plan, plan to fail

Posted by Stefan Haase | 11 Jul 2012, 11:18 AM

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Proper planning and investment in the right technology are key. Generators and UPS equipment are only as good as the quality of the maintenance plans supporting them – age, poor maintenance and over-stressing equipment in an effort to keep costs down can all result in ‘Plan B’ existing in name only.

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Utilising Virtualisation For Disaster Recovery

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 16:13 PM

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According to Gartner, around 15-20 per cent of IT workloads are already virtualised, and this figure could potentially treble to 50-60 per cent by 2012. Such positive adoption is easily explained when you consider that the resultant benefits read like an IT director’s wish list.

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Protecting business-critical data under tight fiscal constraints

Posted by Stefan Haase | 25 May 2011, 10:13 AM

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Exponential data growth brings with it many tough challenges for modern business. IT teams are struggling to ensure data availability under tight fiscal constraints.

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Disaster averted thanks to our own IP Telephony service!

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 18 May 2011, 12:13 PM

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InTechnology recently suffered a power outage at its London office, thanks to building work at a major development next door. This would have ‘shut down’ a traditional on-site PBX telephone system. However, our own IP telephony service, Unity, made sure it was business as usual!

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