|The survey provides an overview of data centre and server farm usage within today’s enterprise environment, providing insight into both existing practice and future development. It shows that there is still considerable scope for many organisations to improve the operational efficiency of their data centres and server farms, despite the widespread implementation of optimisation projects having already taken place. Further consolidation and virtualisation benefits exist wherever IT departments continue to host and run applications and services on dedicated, physical servers for example, with specific performance intensive workloads yet to be virtualised.|
|The cloud services market remains relatively immature but is forecast to grow significantly within the next five years in terms of both subscriber numbers and value. Enterprise IT departments have, to date, moved a limited number of specific applications, most commonly web applications (40%), office suites (25%), and CRM/ERP applications (23%) offered under a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, out of their own data centres and server farms and into external cloud hosted environments.|
|This paper sets out to investigate some of the issues raised by the question of the security of cloud computing, and to provide practical guidelines to help enterprises to settle on a sustainable position on the cloud computing model. Find out more about what you need to know regarding cloud security.|
|The Available Enterprise - Why the workplace offers a new source of increased productivity and competitive advantage.|
|In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern United States with devastating impact, causing an estimated $65.6 billon (£42 billion, €48.6 billion) in losses due to damage and business interruption. Here at SunGard Availability Services, we received 342 alerts and 117 disaster declarations due to Hurricane Sandy.|
|Data management and storage is, quite literally, a growing issue. Both the pace of business and the sheer volume of data transactions continue to increase: industry figures suggest that the amount of data businesses need to store is growing at an average rate of 40% each year. That is a phenomenal amount of information to manage effectively and safely.|
|Some say that replication is expensive and complex. They are wrong.|
Disaster recovery is not what it used to be. In the event of a flood or fire, for example, organisations have restored tape-based backup data from a remote location. This option is becoming less realistic as time constraints, data volumes and the cost of being offline continue to grow.
New research commissioned by SunGard Availability Services has revealed those organisations that fail to recognise the link between enterprise availability and customer satisfaction will ultimately lose customers, significantly harming revenues and profitability.
|This paper assesses the evolution of Business Continuity Management (BCM) from its traditional technology roots, towards a more business focussed approach. It also considers the value of BCM Software as an enabler of this transition.|
|The purpose of this paper is to explore the view that any business seeking to reap the benefits of cloud environments should not only look at the cost of cloud services but the value they provide. |
|How organisations can effect faster, affordable business recoveries while involving more of their people. When organisations make business continuity plans to cope with a disaster, they tend to focus most attention on the immediate aftermath: the priority is to ensure key staff – typically around 30% of the workforce – have connectivity and an alternative workplace from which to get critical systems up and running again quickly.|
|This document sets out how social media is impacting business from the business continuity perspective. It argues that business continuity managers must recognise this issue as a new discipline which needs to be understood and managed within a business and not dismissed as passing teenage fad. Failure to do so, could damage the reputation of the business and may lead to financial losses. On the positive side, social media has the potential to be harnessed to support business continuity practice. |
|Earthquakes, ash clouds, strikes, pandemics and severe weather frequent the news and, as the global economy becomes ever more entwined, there are few organisations that haven’t been affected by some kind of disruptive incident over the past twelve months.|
Most organisations believe they have adequate recovery plans in place. But the fact is, due to a lack of budget and time, the change management process essential for a successful recovery gets neglected.
This white paper will briefly explain what cloud computing is; will look at the facts which underlie the hyperbole; and will consider both the benefits and challenges that it brings to organisations.
This paper outlines how firms can recover their telephony in the fastest possible time using business continuity (BC) providers who have the in-house capability to recover even the most complex telephony systems. It also highlights how recovery can be achieved and how to identify the providers from the pretenders.
|This paper explores the attitudes of UK CIOs to the cloud – both in its own right and when compared to other forms of IT outsourcing – and addresses the issues they raise head-on.|
|As has been widely documented, the 2012 Olympic Games will focus the world’s attention on the UK and present firms with numerous challenges that must be overcome if they are to continue business as usual.|
|With the start of the Olympics less than six months away, a number of organisations will be up-to-speed on planning, but for those of you that haven’t started yet there is still time to be Games Ready, as the diagram above demonstrates speed of response is critical!||