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Automating the iland cloud using Microsoft Powershell and PowerCLI - Part One

Richard Stinton

We often get questions from customers about the best way to automate their cloud environments. As iland provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service based on VMware vCloud Director, we expose a RESTful API that can be used to automate things at the vCD level.

We also offer a higher level REST API for the iland cloud console which exposes other services that iland has curated into the console, such as vSphere performance data, security and compliance data, disaster recovery services with Zerto, etc.

More information on the iland REST API is available here.

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Topics: ecs

Infographic - The State of IT Disaster Recovery in the UK

Monica Brink

Our 2016 survey on The State of IT Disaster Recovery in the UK generated interesting results. We commissioned leading market research company, Opinion Matters, to survey 250 UK IT decision makers on their DR strategies, experiences, challenges and priorities.

You can download a free copy of the full survey report here and, for easy reference, we've summarised the results in the infographic below. 

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2016 UK IT Disaster Recovery Survey Released - Learn from your Peers!

Monica Brink

It's not a question of if, but when!         

Today, iland releases the results of an extensive survey into the State of IT Disaster Recovery in the UK.  

Download your free copy of the Survey Report here

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Topics: DRaaS

Mark Your Calendars: IDC Declares Cloud "Mainstream"

Lilac Schoenbeck

In a recent Cisco-sponsored survey, IDC has reportedly declared the cloud mainstream. No longer is this bleeding edge or cutting edge - it's actually just normal. "68 per cent of respondents using public, private or hybrid cloud in their IT mix," quotes the Register.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud

The Security of Things

Frank Arriaga

It's easy to get sidetracked by all the bright lights and shiny new gadgets that the era of the iOT has brought with it. But it’s time to step out of the haze, and take a minute to talk about security.

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Topics: security, IoT

Not Just a Unitasker: Zerto Virtual Replication

Lilac Schoenbeck

On Alton Brown’s cooking show, he used to abhor a unitasker – a tool used for only one thing. They clutter the cabinets and are useful only in the rare instance that you need to slice an egg or store half an onion.

Similarly, a unitasking product in tech is annoying. They clutter your IT brainspace with yet another procurement item, another bill, another upgrade and another set of passwords. The value of a single-purpose tool is just lower than a multi-use tool.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, Migration

Upcoming Survey Report on IT Disaster Recovery in the UK

Monica Brink

The unabated activity that we've seen in the UK cloud market over recent years has had flow-on effects on IT disaster recovery strategies.  Indeed, with cloud adoption rising across many use cases, so too has adoption of cloud-based disaster recovery. But, we wanted to dig deeper into these trends and find out the state of IT disaster recovery amongst UK businesses:

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iland a Finalist for UK Cloud Hosting Awards - Vote Now!

Monica Brink

The IT awards season is rolling around and, with growing cloud adoption across the UK and increased recognition of the importance of cloud-based options for Disaster Recovery, iland is being nominated for many of them.  We're proud to have been recently named a finalist in 3 categories of the UK Cloud Hosting Awards for 2016:

• Cloud Project of 2016 in the Private Sector for over 100 employees for our work with Bluestone Group (Judged by panel)
• Cloud provider of the Year (Public Vote)
• Disaster Recovery Product of the Year - iland DRaas (Public Vote)

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Options for Migrating to a VMware-based Cloud

Richard Stinton

Coming to the end of a support contract for your on-premises IT infrastructure?

Will you be buying a bunch of new, shiny X86 servers, a new SAN and an all-10Gb network?

Or, perhaps you’re putting your toe in the water, and looking to adopt a hybrid approach with infrastructure both on-premises and in the cloud?

When migrating services from on-premises to the cloud, there are a number of different options to be considered.

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The Scheduled Failover: Cloud Migration

Lilac Schoenbeck

The amazing replication technology created by Zerto, one of our esteemed partners for Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service, is very good at keeping the lights on. Failovers in seconds, and only a few seconds of potential data loss all spell near-magic for companies grappling with a system failure, a site outage, or a massive disaster. 

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, Migration

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