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  • What to look for when buying data protection software

    A data center's value is in the corporate information it stores and protects. Buy tools that support a data-centric, compliance-oriented architecture.

  • IT business continuity plans help data centers expect the unexpected

    When an unexpected IT event crashes a website, there is an effect throughout the business. Learn to prepare for the worst and handle the unexpected.

  • DRaaS provides peace of mind for accounting firm

    Renee Mengali was 3,000 miles away when Hurricane Sandy hit, but the aftermath hit home and made her realize her accounting firm needed DRaaS.

  • Disaster recovery a gateway drug to public clouds

    Enterprises have a bevy of options for disaster recovery, but cloud backup can be a conservative path away from in-house infrastructure all together.

  • OpenStack private cloud DR benefits clearer than its TCO

    Better DR is a boon to OpenStack shops, but its return on investment can be difficult to communicate to the business side.

  • DRaaS pricing lifts the burden of backup responsibilities

    Disaster recovery in the cloud means even the little guys can have an affordable DR plan.

  • For DR, cloud is the great equalizer

    Disaster recovery is hard and expensive, based on the many enterprises with partial -- or no -- DR plans. But cloud computing is bringing DR to the masses.

    The first step in cloud disaster recovery (DR) may be data protection -- keeping a copy offsite. From there, it's all about restoring and running services and applications after an outage. The cloud is making an appearance in DR plans for its flexibility and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional DR. Of course, the path the cloud DR is paved with technical challenges, people challenges and the specter of Amazon Web Services looming large.

    Also in the realm of off-site data center operations, this issue of Modern Infrastructure provides some tips on curbing colocation costs when choosing and sometimes re-choosing a colo provider. Plus, exploring uses for big data -- IT management, perhaps? -- takes the stage in this issue.

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    Coaxial cable is the kind of copper cable used by cable TV companies between the community antenna and user homes and businesses.

  • The rise of disaster recovery in the cloud

    Disaster recovery in the cloud can take many forms, including a straight public cloud or any number of hybrid offerings.

  • Why a business continuity policy replaces the best disaster recovery plan

    DR won't prevent downtime, but the choice for high-uptime IT shops isn't business continuity vs. disaster recovery, it's how to incorporate both.

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