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Tony Howlett
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Mar 28, 2017
If you host critical company infrastructure solely on a public cloud like AWS or Azure, you might be wondering how resilient that infrastructure is. After a major AWS outage, their largest region (Virginia) was affected for hours a few weeks ago. Large organizations like SnapChat and NetFlix were affected, as were many small- to medium-sized companies. Your company may have decided that it makes financial sense to use the public cloud as a primary rather than a secondary (or tertiary) backup site. But when AWS… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 21, 2017
The current readout on the eastern region outage of Amazon’s popular AWS cloud service is that it was caused by single technician’s errant command.  The four hour outage caused downtime for many large websites and apps that depend on the service – including Netflix, Slack, and the SEC. It also made headlines in all the major news services.  And while the popular view holds the root cause as a techie typo, this was not the ultimate underlying problem.  Sure, the sequence of events was put in… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 15, 2017
Compliance Regulations for Data Nowadays online backup has become in vogue thanks to a combination of faster, cheaper bandwidth and the increased need for off-site backups. In fact, in many ways online backups have greatly improved the practice of disaster recovery. However, if your company is one that falls under any regulation or standards body, it could bring as many pitfalls as solutions. If you accept or store any kind of financial, health or personal information,  you probably fall under some local, state or federal regulation  And its possible… Read More