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This Week in Data (March 11, 2016)

Posted by Ben Austin on Mar 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

  

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week Equinix is making progress on its open source platform for data centers, CloudFlare CEO says that they are still years away from going public, and a cloud optimization startup sees its first round of funding.

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Topics: TWID

Using AES-256 Encryption and Bare Metal Restore to Protect Your Hosting Business

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 31, 2015 11:00:00 AM

You don’t have to be in the hosting industry long to recognize the sheer quantity and variety of threats that are targeted at companies within this space. Hosting and cloud providers pose a uniquely appetizing situation for cybercriminals because:

  1. This is an industry that relies almost entirely on online customer interactions.
  2. Service providers aren’t only responsible for storing their own transactional data, they’re also responsible for maintaining their customers’ business-critical data.
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Topics: Bare-Metal Restore, BMR, disaster recovery, encryption

Characteristics of an Ideal Cloud or Hosting Provider

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Last week, 451 Research hosted a great webinar packed full of data about the direction of the service provider industry and what cloud and hosting providers need to know in order to stay successful in coming years. Just looking at it from a high level, there were a lot of good tidbits to take away, including:

  • The trend toward historically technology-based companies leaning into the managed services sphere to create an extra stickiness with their audience.
  • There’s a huge opportunity out there to provide high-order services, such as disaster recovery and compliance, as automated services to the less tech savvy end clients.
  • The fact that IT budgets at most small- and medium-sized businesses have been flat in recent years, so they are forced to look externally for more efficient solutions.
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Topics: hosting industry, cloud services, Industry News

Selling Small Business Owners on the Value of Backup and Disaster Recovery

Posted by Ben Austin on Dec 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

For hosting providers, bringing a new product or service into your portfolio can be an exciting new challenge or a horribly daunting task. It's an opportunity to improve the overall satisfaction of existing customers, a chance to differentiate yourselves from competitors in the eyes of prospective customers, and - probably most importantly - a great way to add a new revenue stream and grow your bottom line.

One of the most common ways that providers are currently trying to expand their portfolios is by adding a backup and disaster recovery solution into the mix. More and more we're seeing hosting providers that are upselling their customers with packages that include BDR, rather than just throwing it in as a free add-on. 

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Regulatory Standards and Their Impact on Backup Processes

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 12, 2015 10:01:41 AM

Over the last decade-or-so, regulatory standards have become an increasingly important part of doing business across the planet. Whether it’s a small eCommerce site out of Norway or a mega health insurance company in New York City, nearly every modern business has some industry standard that it needs to comply with. And whether it’s a federal law, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or an international industry specification, like ISO 27001, hosting providers (especially those offering backup and disaster recovery) are often responsible for helping their clients achieve and maintain their compliance with these standards.

Let me just get this out of the way now: This article is not meant to provide legal advice for organizations who need to comply with these standards. If that's what you're looking for then, my apologies, this isn't the article you're looking for.

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Topics: data recovery, compliance, security, data retention, HIPAA, PCI

This Week in Data (November 6, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Nov 6, 2015 9:42:35 AM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week we saw the arrival of a new version of CryptoWall ransomware, CenturyLink is looking to make a big change in their colocation business, and we may soon see a change in the retention laws around the browsing history of British citizens.

Check out the headlines in this week's infographic and scroll down to the links below if you want more details any of our top stories from this week.

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Topics: TWID

This Week in Data (October 30, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 30, 2015 6:30:00 AM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week the U.S. Senate passed the controversial CISA bill despite pushback from the private tech industry, OpenStack announced a certification program for cloud admins, and a new report shows that humans - not cloud technology - are a security risk.

Take a look at the rest of the headlines in this week's infographic and click on the links at the bottom of the page to get more details on each of our five stories from this week.

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Topics: TWID

This Week in Data (October 23, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 23, 2015 8:21:27 AM

 

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week we saw a major acquisition in the data storage space, some bad news for the universal Network Time Protocol, and a nod of approval for big cloud providers from the U.S. government's top tech figure.

Eager to learn more? Check out the rest of the headlines in this week's infographic and click on the links at the bottom of the page to get more details on each of our five stories from this week.

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Topics: TWID

This Week in Data (October 9, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 9, 2015 6:00:00 AM

  

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week we saw Scottrade added to the ever-growing list of major data breaches, Dell and EMC are in talks over what would be a gargantuan merger, and Europe's highest court struct down a 15-year old agreement about trans-Atlantic data transfers.

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Topics: TWID

This Week in Data (October 2, 2015)

Posted by Ben Austin on Oct 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

  

"This Week in Data" is a weekly infographic that aims to serve as a quick and easy way for our readers to catch up on the latest news about the people and organizations that are shaking up the world of big data, cloud computing, and all things data storage.

This week Microsoft announced some very trendy additions to the Azure family, Rackspace wants to help customers manage their cybersecurity, and T-Mobile seems to be the latest company dealing with a breach of sensitive customer data.

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Topics: TWID

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