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Corinne Schmidt

Corinne Schmidt

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From Private to DR to Public – The Path to Cloud for Khatib & Alami

Corinne Schmidt

iland serves some very interesting customers. They range from SMB’s to large enterprises, run the gamut of industry types and can be found at locations all around the world. And every cloud deployment is different for each one of them.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS

Who is Your DR Doppelganger?

Corinne Schmidt

We talk with a lot of IT folks about disaster recovery in the cloud. And they occupy positions all the way along the DRaaS adoption continuum:

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Topics: DRaaS

Customer demand drives our data center expansion

Corinne Schmidt

Any business that wants to become successful - and keep it that way - relies heavily on keeping up with the latest technology, innovations and customer requirements. Even if you’ve invested all you can into keeping your business model and offerings up to par, there’s always room for improvement.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS

Cloud = more IT job security, not less

Corinne Schmidt

Not so long ago it seemed that the discussion of cloud within the walls of the IT department at many an organization was a big “don’t go there”. Cloud was a menacing ogre that once it got its wart-ridden hands into your IT world, your job was going bye-bye. When it came to conversations about cloud, IT admins either tactfully veered away from them or, not so tactfully, explicitly refused to have anything to do with them.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud console

Don’t Wait for a Disaster Before You Prepare For It

Corinne Schmidt

Another major natural disaster hits the headlines. The newscasters falling over themselves in their haste to report on the massive Nor’easter earlier this week – each reporter vying for a live account from the worst-hit location they could find – one of these days the wind will take one of them away with it….along with the ubiquitous microphone.

Judging from our previous experience with natural disaster situations, the blizzard likely invoked some degree of panic by those organizations hit by the sudden realization that should the power go out, their business would suffer an outage – along with all the negative repercussions (loss of customer goodwill, revenue, time etc.) that go with that. With storms like that, there’s no knowing how long an outage will last. Unfortunately it’s not at all unusual for businesses to find themselves in this kind of situation because NOT planning for a disaster still seems to be the norm rather than the exception. In The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s July 2014 Annual Report on The State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness, it stated “The bad news: 3 in 4 companies at risk, failing to prepare for Disaster Recovery.”

Many businesses feel they ARE prepared but typically it’s not in a way that enables ‘business as usual’. Although they may back up their data and workloads in some fashion – to tape or to a secondary data center down the road – easily accessing that data by employees to keep the organization going and meet customer needs can be difficult at best and impossible at worst. If employees and customers cannot access your organization during or immediately following a disaster, your business isn’t conducting business.

The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council’s report analyzed the cost of outages to business. The hardest hit organizations are typically those that rely on an “always on” online presence which requires 100% uptime. In the study, more than half had lost critical applications for hours or days. Some experts have estimated the cost of losing critical applications at more than $5,000 per minute. The respondents in this survey reported losses ranging from a few thousand dollars to millions of dollars.

Cloud has made disaster recovery easier, more flexible and more cost-effective for all sizes of business ranging from SMBs to enterprise. Whether a disaster takes the form of the recent Nor’easter or the more mundane situation of a system outage caused by a piece of hardware gone rogue, organizations with cloud-based disaster recovery in place have the means to continue business as usual.

Planning is Key
DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS), like any other type of DR, requires planning. Determine what you need to protect – networks, systems, applications – and define Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives for those that are mission critical.

iland can help you - from the planning stage right through to implementation, testing and expanding your DRaaS as your business grows. In under a week, our DR Planning and Assessment Service will evaluate your technical requirements, processes and procedures as well as your risk tolerance in order to develop a DR plan that fits your needs.

If you have legacy and physical applications that need protecting, don’t worry - we can support both as part of your DRaaS plan. To ensure you can recovery rapidly from a disaster, the network must be able to handle the traffic. iland provides carrier-neutral facilities and a range of configuration options, including colocation of equipment, to ensure your users experience a seamless transition. And don’t forget testing – one of the most important pieces of your DR plan. iland enables you to test as often as you like, whenever you like, so you can be sure your DR plan will work during a real disaster event.

Don’t wait for a disaster to happen before you start to plan for it. For over 9 years we’ve partnered with customers to develop cloud-based DR plans to ensure they are protected. Contact us to find out how we can do the same for you.

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Topics: DRaaS

Data Replication and Recovery - Every Which Way You Can

Corinne Schmidt

As cloud and virtualization continue to lower the entry barriers for organizations of all types and sizes to take advantage of disaster recovery, demand for replicating and recovering data from/to physical servers, virtual servers and the cloud steadily increases.

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Will the REAL Cloud Expert Please Stand Up?

Corinne Schmidt

There’s nothing gets my goat more than an “expert” who proclaims their knowledge about a topic they are allegedly expert in - but in reality knows absolutely nothing about. Take the Birmingham story earlier this week as a case in point.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, cloud console

The Runaway Cloud Went Over the Hill and It Blew…The IT Budget Out The Window

Corinne Schmidt

2014 saw a marked increase in the use of public cloud infrastructure by organizations of all sizes and types. Some were newcomers to cloud. Others expanded their existing cloud footprint. And a few made the leap to an all-in – or almost all-in – cloud environment. If you wanted to cut IT costs, switch your focus to your business instead of on your IT, and protect your workloads from disaster events - then cloud was the way to go. But in the rush to take advantage of a cloud infrastructure environment, how many became victims of the runaway cloud? You know the type – it’s the cloud that time forgot, along with the team using it. The cloud that was employed on a pay-per-use basis in an effort to reduce costs and then unfortunately and ironically got left on to run happily but unnoticed after its sell-by date had expired.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud console

What's your favorite iland cloud management portal feature?

Corinne Schmidt

Our Solutions Engineers are a highly respected group. Zeb, Sam and Lindon all work closely with customers and prospects on a daily basis, demonstrating our offerings and advising and recommending cloud infrastructure solutions that best fit divergent businesses.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, cloud console

The Twelve Days of Cloud

Corinne Schmidt

On the first day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me….a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the second day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me… a login for a cloud I couldn’t see.

On the third day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me… “No live support for you “; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fourth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No credit for that outage – it didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the fifth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “No - you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the sixth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me “You pay for all CPU – whether you use it or not; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the seventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eighth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “We’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the ninth day of Christmas my cloud vendor said to me: “Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the tenth day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: One thirty-page bill (for an instance the dev team had left on over the weekend)!! and said…”Backup’s aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my cloud vendor sent to me: A complex configuration tool to migrate my data (that was the last straw!!); one thirty-page bill; told me… “Backups aren’t included; we’re not host resilient; load balancing is extra; CPU not used you pay for; you can’t colocate; that outage didn’t count; no live support for you”; a login code; and a cloud that I just couldn’t see.

On the twelfth day of Christmas I called iland. They deployed a cloud that I FINALLY could SEE!

Happy Holidays y’all :)

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Topics: IaaS, cloud console