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Are Availability Zones a Disaster Recovery Solution?

Richard Stinton

It’s interesting to see that Microsoft Azure are previewing availability zones in two of their data center regions.

Amazon AWS have had this capability for quite a while – but what exactly is an availability zone, and does it provide full resiliency for applications in the cloud? Is it a good disaster recovery strategy?

For both cloud vendors, the original premise was to provide better availability, and to protect against failure of the underlying platform (hypervisor, physical server, network, perhaps storage).

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, VMware, IaaS, cloud, IT Resiliency

iland joins line-up for CloudSec London 2017

Monica Brink

With cloud adoption booming across Europe against a backdrop of increased IT security risks,  iland is thrilled to be joining our partner, Trend Micro, to share our cloud security expertise as a sponsor and presenter at CloudSec London on Sept 5th, 2017.  This event presents many opportunities for attendees to learn the latest on cloud security including presentations from industry leaders, hands-on labs, a Solutions Village,  networking and more.

Register for CloudSec London here: https://www.cloudsec.com/uk/ 

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, backup

Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing: Who Does What in the Cloud? Part Two

Richard Stinton

In the first part of this blog series, we looked at the cloud service provider side of the shared responsibility stack.

Looking at the rest of the stack, particularly the upper areas where the customer is responsible, it is extremely important to remember that there is no magic pixie dust in a cloud implementation when compared to an on-premises one.

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Topics: IaaS, Compliance, security, HIPAA, healthcare, cloud, FISMA

Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing: Who Does What in the Cloud? Part One

Richard Stinton

There have been several articles published recently around the internet media discussing the shared responsibilities of cloud service providers (CSPs) and customers when it comes to cloud computing.

The lure and mystique of cloud computing sometimes gives customers a false sense of security (no pun intended) that the cloud will auto-magically provide new levels of security for their applications, without them even having to think about it. However, the cynics out there will also remind us that the cloud is just ‘someone else’s computer’ and to a certain extent, that is true.

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Topics: IaaS, Compliance, HIPAA, healthcare, cloud, FISMA

iland Secure Cloud Helps to Power Cybersecurity Company

Rachel Roach

Lately, it feels like the threat of ransomware is everywhere. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have been hit. I’m sure you’ve read the headlines and heard about the recent WannaCry attack. Hopefully, you haven’t had to experience first-hand what a virus like this can do. If you’re like a lot of IT professionals these days, you’re securing your systems to ensure that you never have to find out.

iland’s customer, My Digital Shield (MDS), is a cybersecurity company that is staying on the forefront of preventing cyber-attacks like WannaCry. With just one simple yet sophisticated piece of equipment, MDS provides small businesses with the same level of security used by the federal government and fortune 500 companies.

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Topics: IaaS, security, cloud, ransomware

The Challenges for MSPs Working with the Cloud

Richard Stinton

Over the past few years, Managed Service Providers have been faced with a number of important decisions about how they continue to operate and differentiate their businesses with the rise of public cloud services.

The MSP (and outsourcing) model has traditionally been based on the premise of being able to operate and manage a customer’s IT services in a more cost-efficient manner than they could do it themselves. This may have been by bringing in a team to augment or replace the IT department using the customer’s equipment on-premises, or, perhaps, by transforming the IT infrastructure to the MSP's own facilities.

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Topics: IaaS, cloud hosting, colocation, Compliance, security, azure, amazon

Momentum Continues for UK Cloud Adoption

Monica Brink

I recently read with interest the results of the latest Cloud Industry Forum research survey into UK Cloud adoption and a couple of things jumped out at me, as they mirror the experience iland is having in the UK market:

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Topics: IaaS

Moving Your Business to the Cloud? Be Careful About Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket

Richard Stinton

The recent outage with Amazon’s S3 cloud storage facilities has highlighted the risk of relying on a single cloud provider.

To Amazon’s credit, they were quick to acknowledge the problem and get everything working again. However, the outage was significant and it demonstrated the number of well-known applications that are relying on these kind of cloud services. It also showed that while S3 has historically had excellent availability statistics, this outage has made organisations revisit the way that they consume public cloud services.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, Compliance, cloud, azure, amazon, s3, outage, vendor diversity

Addressing Cloud Challenges - iland Secure Cloud Services Release

Monica Brink

Well, the market asked and, today, iland delivers with the latest release of iland Secure Cloud Services. Based on direct feedback and insights from customers, industry analysts and partners, we've incorporated new features for cloud compliance, billing visibility and resource management which further strengthen our core cloud services offerings across DRaaS, IaaS and Cloud Backup. And, we've updated the user experience of our iland Secure Cloud Console to make important cloud management data more easily accessible to users. 

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Topics: IaaS

Cloud services for SME business - a fork in the road

Richard Stinton

Last week I had the privilege of speaking at a TechUK event in Newcastle, England, hosted by the Federation for Small Business and the Local Enterprise Partnership at Newcastle College.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, backup, cloud, ecs

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