Tape No Longer a Reliable Option for IT Managers Seeking to Eliminate Single Point of Failure

Acronis Survey shows that Organizations Adopt Cloud for Secure Data Protection As Tape Failure Rates Reach 75 Percent

According to a recent survey from Acronis, conducted by Redmond Magazine, 59 percent of organisations recognise the dangers of Acronis Survey shows that Organizations Adopt Cloud for Secure Data Protection As Tape Failure Rates Reach 75 Percentmaintaining just one form of backup, and many are looking to the cloud to eliminate a single point of failure. In fact, nearly a quarter already back up to the cloud as a secure off-site solution.

It’s no surprise that organisations are seeking more secure data protection option, as 75 percent of survey respondents experienced tape failure in the last year, and 22 percent see phasing out of legacy backups as a future challenge. IT departments see the cloud as a highly beneficial off-site storage solution to resolve such issues, with 43 percent of survey respondents cited the extra layer of data protection as the primary benefit of cloud, while 24 percent were most attracted to the underlying cost savings.

“Organisations no longer have to incur the risk of a tape failure when staging to cloud can provide the simple added layer of protection that organisations need. Old tape options are still used by many organisations despite the high failure rates, and it is fast losing its reputation as an effective  technology with tolerance for downtime reaching near-zero and the velocity of critical data is only increasing. Forward looking IT organisations should be thinking ‘cloud first’ when assessing effective recovery strategies,” commented Scott Crenshaw, Acronis senior vice president of strategy and CMO.

In order to avoid a system relying on a single point of failure and ensure data protection, Acronis recommends organisations adopt a 3-2-1 backup strategy: Keep three copies of data, one primary and two backups; store backups on two types of media; and keep one copy of data off-site. The cloud clearly plays an essential role in the 3-2-1 strategy as a highly secure and cost-effective off-site storage solution, and cloud backup adoption is quickly gaining ground. Now, organisations must focus on integrating personal devices into their backup strategy to ensure availability, accessibility and protection of data, regardless of where it resides.

But, in order to develop a truly comprehensive data protection strategy, companies must also incorporate personal device backup and protection. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) remains an obstacle for IT departments, and a quarter see personal device integration as their biggest backup and data recovery challenge. While the cloud is becoming an increasingly viable form of off-site backup, 65 percent of organizations admit to not backing up personal devices to the cloud.

“Protecting personal devices cannot be a grey area in a data protection strategy that is only tested and maintained for data on desktop or corporate laptops. Legacy backup and recovery policies simply won’t stretch to meet today’s always-on demands. CEO’s are some of the biggest users of the personal iPad for business use – they need to be sure their data is safe.”

To view Acronis’ survey infographic, visit: http://www.acronis.com/promo/cloud/.

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Join TechXperts for a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Technical Workshop in London on February 15th

We have exciting news of an event for business users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  You are invited to join TechXperts for a FREE Technical Workshop on Friday 15th February, at Red Hat’s London office.

In this hands-on, technical session you will explore the new features within Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, and discover how to leverage them to get more from your Linux infrastructure.

  • Learn how to use emerging features, such as High-Availability, clustering, and the new in-built virtualization and cloud support capabilities.
  • Play with the technology in a demo environment, with a Red Hat Solutions Architect on-hand to guide you through the process. Learn how to use Linux Containers and how to configure Cgroups.
  • Collaborate with other Red Hat users. Get their take on the new features, and find out how they plan to leverage them within their own organisations.
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Red Hat TechXperts Technical Workshop

This is the third series of TechXperts workshops, designed to bring together Linux users to exchange ideas and interact with new Red Hat Technologies.

As always, places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so learn more and register now by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/akt8wsc

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EVENT: SolarWinds Technology Preview Day on board the HMS Belfast in London

We have exciting news of an event on board the HMS Belfast for the IT Management community.

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Iconic HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge

Join SolarWinds and Interactive Ideas on Friday 8th February on board the iconic British battleship HMS Belfast, to explore the new and exciting additions to SolarWinds’ Award-Winning IT Management solutions.

In this FREE Technology Preview Day, you will discover how to leverage SolarWinds to overcome the most complex challenges affecting your IT department:

  • Learn all about the new SolarWinds developments, and get a sneak peek into some of the upcoming features and releases happening this year!
  • Hear how the University of Warwick has solved their IT management challenges, whilst generating greater Return on Investment with SolarWinds.
  • Explore the technology in a live demo environment, with a team of SolarWinds System Engineers on-hand to demonstrate key features and answer your questions.

As a special promotion, everybody that attends will receive a 25% SolarWinds discount voucher! Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so click here to learn more about the event and register now.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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FRESH NEWS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Beta Released

Red HatRed Hat have announced exciting news about the next beta release for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 beta release includes a broad set of updates to the existing feature set and provides rich new functionality in the areas of identity management, file system, virtualization, and storage as well as productivity tools.

Through collaboration with partners, customers and the open source community, we are committed to delivering technology that is tested and stable – including in the beta phase of development. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 demonstrates this commitment and has been designed for optimized performance, stability and flexibility to cater to today’s diverse workloads running in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Key new features and enhancement details include:

Identity Management

  • System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) enhancements improve the interoperability experience with [Microsoft Active Directory] by providing centralised identity access control for Linux/Unix clients in a heterogeneous environment.
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Performance improvements with addition of Direct I/O

File system

  • pNFS (Parallel NFS) client (file layout only) remains in technology preview, however now delivers performance improvements with the addition of Direct I/O for faster data access. This drives particular performance benefits for I/O intensive use cases including database workloads.

Virtualization

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 now includes the Microsoft Hyper-V Linux drivers, which were recently accepted by the upstream Linux community, improving the overall performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as a guest on Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Installation support for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V para-virtualization drivers. This new feature enhances the user deployment experience of Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a guest in either of these virtualization environments.
  • In this release, KVM virtualization virtio-scsi support, a new industry storage architecture, provides industry leading storage stack scalability.

Management

  • The use of swap functionality over NFS enables more efficient read/write tradeoffs between local system memory and remote disks. This capability increases performance in very large, disk-less server farms seen in ISP and Web hosting environments.
  • Enhancement in c-groups delivers the ability to migrate multi-threaded applications without errors.
  • Optimised perf tool for the latest Intel processors

Storage

  • New system log features identify mapping from block device name to physical device identifier – allowing an administrator to easily locate specific devices as needed.

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    Now with support for newer Wacom tablets

Productivity Tools

  • Microsoft interoperability improvements with Microsoft Exchange and calendar support in Evolution. Productivity functions, such as calendar support with alarm notification and meeting scheduling is improved.
  • Customers such as animation studios and graphic design houses now have support for the newer Wacom tablets.

Through this next beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Red Hat is proud to deliver the highest quality open source enterprise platform. Red Hat looks to the community and their partners and customers for feedback to ensure Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 follows this path.

Access to the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 is available here: https://rhn.redhat.com/rhn/software/channels/Beta.do.

Learn More about Red Hat Enterprise Linux at the Optimizing IT Virtual Event on Dec 5th and 6th

Join Red Hat for the virtual event on the 5th and 6th December 2012, covering virtualization, cloud computing, storage, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Hear updates on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat CloudForms from customers, partners, and the broader Red Hat ecosystem.

JOIN ONE OF TWO LIVE SESSIONS

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OPTIMIZING IT RED HAT VIRTUAL EVENT

The Optimizing IT virtual event will showcase Red Hat’s continued commitment to customer success and enterprise innovation. Join Red Hat for the virtual event covering virtualization, cloud computing, storage, and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Hear updates on Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat Storage, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat CloudForms from customers, partners, and the broader Red Hat ecosystem.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization,
  • Red Hat Storage,
  • Red Hat OpenShift,
  • Red Hat CloudForms

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND

  1. TALK TO THE PROS: Access Red Hat experts directly to collaborate and identify the best ways to optimize your IT during both live events.
  2. EASY ACCESS: Attend technology optimization sessions, product update presentations, and hear the latest enhancements from Red Hat partners—all in one place, on your time, from anywhere.
  3. COLLABORATE WITH PEERS: Collaborate and interact with other customers, partners, and accelerated IT professionals.
  4. HEAR IT HERE FIRST: Get ahead of the curve and learn all of the latest enhancements and added value available from your existing Red Hat subscriptions.
  5. BUILD YOUR PLAN: Decide which sessions are best for you and create a plan to optimize your IT.

JOIN ONE OF TWO LIVE SESSIONS

To better serve the Red Hat global ecosystem of partners, customers, and contributors, the live event will be hosted twice.  Sign up for the date and time that best suits you. (All registrants can access both events.)

TAKE THE POLL

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Bitdefender talk Security for Virtualized Environments at Citrix Synergy 2012

Bitdefender exhibited at Citrix Synergy 2012 in Barcelona, one of Europe’s largest gatherings of virtualisation and cloud professionals, to showcase it’s its enterprise solutions, in particular the Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments solution.  Take a look at the video below where Robert Krauss, Director Enterprise Sales & Alliances, North America, Bitdefender and Bo Skeel, Sales Director Europe, Bitdefender, describe Bitdefender’s Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE), which delivers comprehensive, virtualisation-centric security for complex datacenters.

As proud Citrix Ready security technology provider, Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) not only extends the advantages and value of XenServer and XenDesktop, it helps strengthen it, giving Citrix resellers another reason to be excited about the opportunities with Bitdefender solutions for both their current and new customers.

Bitdefender provides centralised management of virtual appliances creating comprehensive coverage across platforms. Organisations can reduce the financial, logistical and performance costs associated with traditional security approaches. Enterprises and cloud service providers (CSPs) with large scale deployments no longer have to choose between improved consolidation ratios and security.

FREE Technical Workshop in London in November to get hands-on with Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints

Join Building Zones and Bitdefender for a FREE workshop on Thursday 22nd November, at Dryland Business Members’ Club in Kensington, London.

In this hands-on, technical session you will explore the features within Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints. Discover how to leverage these products to enable you to securely migrate to a new way of working that dramatically cuts IT investment and boosts productivity.

Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so we highly recommend those interested, register now.

You can also learn more about the event on the registration page.

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Event: Discover secure new ways of working that cuts IT investment and boosts productivity this November 22nd in London

Join Building Zones and Bitdefender for a FREE workshop on Thursday 22nd November, at Dryland Business Members’ Club in Kensington, London.

In this hands-on, technical session you will explore the features within Bitdefender Security for Virtualized Environments and Cloud Security for Endpoints. Discover how to leverage these products to enable you to securely migrate to a new way of working that dramatically cuts IT investment and boosts productivity.

  • Learn how companies are using Bitdefender technologies, to secure an increasingly mobile and dispersed workforce.
  • Play with the technology in a demo environment, with Bitdefender experts on-hand to guide you though the process.
  • Hear the benefits that other organisations have experienced from choosing Bitdefender and Building Zones to secure their mobile workforce.

You will also get an opportunity to learn more about Work Different, share your workspace experience with companies like yours and to see the wonderful new office concept that is Dryland Business Members’ Club.

Places are limited and we expect attendance to be high, so register now.

You can learn more about Building Zones and Work Different at the Dryland Business Members’ Club in this video

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Kerio Technologies Updates its UTM Security Appliance for Cloud and Virtual Networks

Kerio Technologies this week announced Kerio Control 7.4, which adds VLAN support for easier network management of cloud, virtualised,and large environments. As corporate networks become more advanced and more stressed with employees adding their own devices, IT administrators are working hard to keep their network securely behind the firewall. Kerio Control 7.4 enables network admins to use VLANs to separate a large network into smaller, isolated segments, without incorporating additional switches or routers.                                                              Click image to enlarge

“Kerio Control 7.4 comes at a time when corporate networks are going through interesting changes. Everything from virtualization and cloud, to IPv6 has an impact on security,” said James Gudeli, vice president of business development, Kerio Technologies. “We have made a great deal of investment in new features that support these advanced networks and IT environments while still meeting the needs of our legacy customers.”

As Kerio Control has diverged from its Windows software version to Linux, we have created a Hyper-V software appliance so customers in Windows invested environments can still test and deploy the Linux software appliance on the Hypervisor.

Kerio Web Filter, an optional module of Kerio Control that prevents users from visiting websites that are known to contain malicious content, has been upgraded with HTTPS and embedded URL filtering. This ensures the network is not exposed by employees using encrypted Web connections or by accessing approved sites with embedded links to view inappropriate content.

Redesigned Kerio Control Statistics

Formerly Kerio StaR, the new Kerio Control statistics interface has a fresh new look along with support for groups, user photos and better rights management for accessing statistics and email reports. Administrators now have the flexibility to specify which groups to gather statistics for, assign group statistics access to any user (a director or VP for example) regardless of their group membership, and even allow users to access their own statistics data or email reports. Imagine your teams’ productivity gains if they could see just how much of their internet activity you are monitoring. Now that’s powerful.                                            Click image to enlarge

Admin Dashboard

The admin Dashboard, which is displayed as the default “home” screen upon login, provides admins with easy access to important system and license information, system health charts, traffic charts, connection status, bandwidth utilization, top active hosts and more. The Dashboard is completely customizable using a modular “tile” concept – admins can select which tiles to display and arrange tiles as they like on the dashboard page. Admins will also appreciate the redesigned charts and the new problem/alert notifications.                                                                                                                                                                  Click image to enlarge

Other Improvements

  • Allowing of incoming IPv6 connections
  • Improved charts
  • Better notification of problems
  • NTLM improvements

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Does Open Source Hold The Keys To Innovation In Government?

A new narrative is emerging in government innovation and it goes something like this: Truly great leaps in innovation are almost never possible with monolithic, proprietary approaches to software development, and many small innovations, when taken together, often lead to large, game-changing paradigms.

That was the message delivered by both government and private sector IT professionals at the Red Hat Government Symposium on Oct. 23. The event, sponsored by Red Hat Inc. focused on the importance of transparency, open sharing, and collaboration to the success of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, as well as how open source software can help agencies accomplish their missions in a time of dwindling resources.

“When it comes to the questions of innovation, one of the most profound things that we have seen in the world of open source [software] is the power of incremental innovation versus the traditional big-bang theory of innovation,” said Michael Tiemann, vice president of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat (pictured right.)

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Join Red Hat TechXperts for a FREE Technical Workshop to explore Red Hat VDI

Join Red Hat TechXperts on Friday 9th November for the final Technical Workshop within the current series. In this session, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on with Red Hat’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution.

This FREE Technical Workshop will give you a firsthand feel for Red Hat’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution and the technology behind it. Attend this session to:

  • Learn about Red Hat’s virtualization technology. Discover why it’s the best choice and delivers unrivalled performance for Linux-based environments.
  • See the technology in a live demo environment, with a Red Hat Solution Architect on-hand to demonstrate how to create Virtual Machines (VMs), control user access, and access VMs in the user Portal.
  • Collaborate with other Red Hat users. Get their take on Red Hat’s desktop virtualization technology, and learn how they are using Red Hat within their own organisations.

Places are limited, so learn more and register now here: http://bit.ly/S1E5Vq.

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