Let’s face it: bad things can and do happen when you’re deploying and managing complex, distributed applications. There are potential failures in the application, the process, the host, the network, dependent services, and even the data center itself. All of these components can fail, most likely at some point when running your application. With this […]
I was browsing my twitter feed recently, and I ran across a CloudEndure-sponsored survey on public cloud disaster recovery. The survey reported that the top four cloud risks were application bugs, network failures, human errors and cloud provider downtime. The first three risks commonly crop up in most risk and resiliency surveys, including IBM’s annual […]
In my two earlier posts I talked about the need for a disaster recovery solution and how the cloud can form the basis for that solution. In this post I will discuss how the use of cloud for disaster recovery can help you remain compliant and how it can generate new business opportunities. I will […]
The need for business resilience only increases in this uncertain world. What is business resilience? It is the ability of an organization’s business operations to rapidly adapt and respond to internal or external dynamic changes—including opportunities, demands, disruptions, or threats. The whole system of engagement comes into play. It starts with the resiliency strategy. This […]
Recap of the August #cloudchat Twitter chat, held Aug. 9 and moderated by eWeek's Chris Preimesberger.
There are several factors that have an impact on the availability of services, mostly related to infrastructure failures. Failures are not only related to unrecoverable hardware outages, but also to recoverable OS or middleware failures.
Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #6 and was originally published on Sept. 16.
Note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post was originally published on Nov. 7.
Virtual desktop infrastructure, or better known as VDI, has been around for some years know. The technology, in my opinion, has been promising from the start. Although VDI has seen a very slow start and an even slower market penetration, now it is finally picking up. Let's assume we want to go for a VDI environment. What are the obstacles to look out for?
This is the second part of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ blog entry with details about the service offering, features and functions, migration strategy to move workloads into the environment, and more interesting things that IBM is planning to add in the near future.
The major providers in the cloud space, such as Amazon, Rackspace, and IBM, include resiliency mechanisms that ensure data is not lost in the case of an infrastructure outage, at least to satisfy the levels of business continuity established in their service level agreements (SLAs). Some cloud providers also offer services that give users the ability to create private images, and snapshots of the instances and storage they provisioned for added safety from data loss. However, none of these prevent database outages.