As we’ve seen in recent years, natural disasters can lead to long-term downtime for organizations. Because earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms, or other events can put data centers and other corporate facilities out of commission for a while, it’s vital that companies have in place a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
Disaster recovery (DR) is a subset of business continuity (BC), and like BC, it’s being influenced by some of the key trends in the IT industry, foremost among them:
- Cloud services
- Server and desktop virtualization
- The proliferation of mobile devices in the workforce
- The growing popularity of social networking as a business tool
These trends are forcing many organizations to rethink how they plan, test, and execute their DR strategies. CSO previously looked at how these trends are specifically affecting IT business continuity; as with BC, much of the impact they are having on DR is for the better. Still, IT and security executives need to consider how these developments can best be leveraged so that they improve, rather than complicate, DR efforts.
Head over to the source and see how IT disaster recovery is being impacted by each of the four.
- 33 Cloud Service Providers Join Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery Ecosystem (sys-con.com)
- Symantec and Microsoft team for disaster-recovery service (techworld.com.au)
- Colocation’s role in Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity (cashzilla.wordpress.com)
It’s that time again where CompTIA updates its’ Network+ exam.
CompTIA released its updated CompTIA Network+ exam (English only, initially) on Dec. 1. The revised Network+ objectives address virtual networking and give increased attention to network security and coverage of the seven-layer OSI (Open System Interconnection) model. Click here to download a breakdown of exactly what is covered on the new exam.
Here’s what ComTIA’s research showed:
CompTIA research on US Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) found that network efficiency and robustness were among the top items SMBs plan to address immediately, paving the way for other strategies such as cloud computing or unified communications.
Forty-eight percent of server technicians surveyed by CompTIA say that deeper networking knowledge is required when supporting servers in a cloud environment.
Among server technicians and managers of server technicians, 28% say that virtualization is a current focus, but 60% say that it is becoming a larger focus.
So you’ve applied for that IT job and you’ve made it to the interview stage. Here are some tips from Venture Loop CEO Jeremy McCarthy on how to make it a successful interview.
Regardless of how you view this prospective opportunity, always do your best in the interview for you never know where it may lead you. Some of his other suggested tips:
1) Research: With everything literally at our fingertips today, it’s close to blasphemy to enter an interview without having searched and studied as much about the history, fact and figures of the company with whom you are interviewing as possible. Savy online searching can turn up valuable information to prove to an employer they’d be hiring an expert in their industry.
2) Review your triumphs and faults: You can almost guarantee that typical questions such as your vision for five years down the road, strengths, weaknesses, tough work situations and best type of person to work for will be asked, so why not write down your answers ahead of time to review rather than spin your wheels while sitting in ‘hot seat.’
3) Behavioral question awareness: More firms rely on behavioral interviewing techniques to see how candidates answer when asked for specific examples of past professional situations. McCarthy presents some typical queries to prepare for ahead of time:
- How you handled not meeting a deadline
- How you dealt with conflict with a co-worker or boss
- What you did when someone else’s actions caused failure
- When did you show initiative
- What did you do when a customer was upset with you
- What did you do when a co-worker blamed you unfairly for something
For the rest of Mr. McCarthy’s tips check out the source.
- Strange interview questions tech companies ask revealed (zdnet.com)
- Job Search Tip: How to Eliminate Anxiety before an Interview! | Ashley Ellis (skillsinfo.wordpress.com)
In IT the most important goal that also happens to be the most elusive to attain is keeping the servers up.
Yet few managers can honestly say that they are doing absolutely everything to squeeze the most uptime out of their systems. Indeed, many managers needlessly lavish time and funds on technologies and practices that have little or no positive impact on uptime, experts say.
Achieving server uptime excellence is both a science and a management art, says Walter Beddoe, vice president of IT and logistics at Six Telekurs USA, a financial data provider in Stamford, Conn. “It’s a combination of many different things, including having a competent staff, using fault-tolerant hardware, adopting dynamic security practices, and embracing good maintenance and change management practices,” he says. “Most of all, you must have a commitment to doing your very best.”
Alan Howard, IT director at Princeton Radiology, a diagnostic medical imaging firm in Princeton, N.J., urges managers not to waste time and resources on activities and tools that don’t directly contribute to uptime enhancement. The effort put into clustering, for example, can be “pretty wasteful,” he says, noting that redundancy is better achieved with a tool that provides full automation. (Source: CIO)
A very insightful article on maximizing the uptime of servers. Be sure to check the source for six steps to maximize that uptime.
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- [Gentoo] Uptime & reboots? (edugeek.net)
Very interesting. If you are an IT contractor what are your thoughts? Would you agree?
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An interesting prediction by Gartner.
“The need for computing hardware, either in a data center or on an employee‘s desk, will not go away,” Gartner said. “However, if the ownership of hardware shifts to third parties, then there will be major shifts throughout every facet of the IT hardware industry. For example, enterprise IT budgets will either be shrunk or reallocated to more-strategic projects; enterprise IT staff will either be reduced or reskilled to meet new requirements, and/or hardware distribution will have to change radically to meet the requirements of the new IT hardware buying points.”
If Gartner is correct, the shift will have serious implications for IT professionals, but presumably many new jobs would be created in order to build the next wave of cloud services.
But it’s not just cloud computing that is driving a movement toward “decreased IT hardware assets,” in Gartner’s words. Virtualization and employees running personal desktops and laptops on corporate networks are also reducing the need for company-owned hardware. (Source: InfoWorld)
Check the source link above to see other Gartner predictions.
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