Archive for category: Data
Cisco drives that operate for 40k hours will cease to function/in Cisco, Data, News /by Carl Easterday
Cisco just announced a new Field notice regarding Defect ID CSCvt55829 which is an industry wide firmware index bug.
Under normal operation, after 40,000 power-on hours (4.5 years), the SSD will report that 0 GB of available storage space remains. The drive will go offline and become unusable.
These drives were used in the following C-Series products and there is a firmware upgrade to resolve the issue. For more information you can go to the Field Notice FN – 70545.
|UCS Manager based B and C-Series Software Release||Software Downloads|
|Release 4.1(1c) and later|
Backup versus Business Continuity/in Cloud, Data, Network Security /by Carl Easterday
Data protection solutions are essential for businesses of all sizes to implement, regardless of size, industry and geographic location. In this article we discuss the importance of business continuity rather than simply backup.
Downtime is real and it’s costly. How costly exactly? Depending on the size of the organization, the cost per hour of downtime is anywhere from $9,000- $700,000.
On average, a business will lose around $164,000 per hour of downtime.
The numbers speak for themselves. What causes downtime?
- Network outages and human error account for 50% and 45% of downtime, respectively.
- Meanwhile, natural disasters account for just 10 percent of downtime.
- When you look at the cause of downtime by data volume, the #1 culprit is, once again, human error, at 58%.
Just look at the recent Amazon AWS outtage: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/amazon-explains-massive-aws-outage-says-employee-error-took-servers-offline-promises-changes/
As it turns out, businesses should be more wary of their own employees and less of natural disasters. If you’ve been putting off data protection because your organization is located far from any inclement weather, be warned: the bigger threat to your data is inside of your company, not the great outdoors.
What’s at stake?
2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated daily. And 90% of the total data in existence was created within the past few years, a significant portion of which has been generated by small businesses. Considering all the servers, desktops, and laptops that the typical SMBs manage, it adds up to a lot of data to protect. Yet nearly 75% of SMBs operate without a disaster recovery plan and only 25% are “extremely confident” that they can restore data if it was compromised.
Only 50% of SMBs back up less than 60% of their data. The remaining 40%? No protection for it whatsoever.
How much does this cost? Over the past few years, 35% of SMBs lost as much as $500K due to downtime. An unlucky 3% lost over $1 million.
What to look for in a business continuity solution
To sum up what we’ve learned today, here are some key things to look for when seeking a business continuity solution:
- Hybrid cloud backup—A hybrid approach fixes the vulnerabilities that a cloud-only or local-only possess.
- Superior RTO and RPO—Think in terms of business continuity rather than simply backup, and calculate how much downtime your business can endure and still survive (RTO) as well as how much data you can afford to lose (RPO).
- Image-based backup—Make sure that the backup solution takes images of all data and systems rather than simply copying the files.
Forte, in conjunction with our business continuity partner, Datto, can help your company meet it’s disaster recovery targets. No matter if your downtime was caused by a hardware failure, ransomware or the inadvertent keystroke of a well meaning employee.
5 Data Center Trends Changing Business as You Know It/in Computer Technology, Data, Network Infrastructure, News /by Brian Lee
Many of today’s sleekest, most sophisticated data centers have the humblest of beginnings. Whether you are upgrading your existing facility, building a new one, or considering outsourcing your data center to one of the growing number of hardened hosting facilities, here are five things to think about while preparing for the future.
How to Meet your (Large or Small) Business Objectives by Putting IT to Work For You/in Data /by Brian Lee
Nearly all businesses today depend heavily on information technology to function, it is simply a question of degree. In call cases, you want to be sure you invest in the solutions that bring the biggest returns for your business. Here are some guidelines to follow. Read more
Trapped in the Cryptolocker; 5 Ways to Avoid This Latest Phishing Intrusion/in Data, Network Security /by Brian Lee
Phishing, the art of stealing passwords and confidential information using trickery and gullibility, is a continuously evolving art. It can be very simple to very complex, but draws in enough victims to be highly profitable and something that is not going away anytime soon. Read more