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Backup just means making multiple copies, right? Not any more. Backup now incorporates disaster recovery planning, and has wider ramifications for issues such as compliance and quality certifications. Accepted best practice is for backups to be stored in a 3-2-1 configuration, meaning three copies of data, on two different media, with one off-site. So off-site backups are no longer just nice to have: they’re essential for disaster recovery planning, risk mitigation, and in many cases, compliance reasons. Yet backup challenges you face are considerable and growing. It may be limited bandwidth, too expensive, you have burgeoning data volumes, or simply lack the resources to build or maintain a true off-site solution. Off-site backup solutions One way of instituting off-site backup is to mirror your live production sites, duplicating all systems. However, this approach... (more)

VMware vCloud Director Quick View

The VMware vCloud Director is the browser interface to the VMware vSphere cloud. You use it to manage your applications and virtual machines plus networking, organizations, and storage.  vCloud Director is also the console for the virtual machines themselves, meaning you can use that instead of ssh or Windows Remote Desktop. Here I present some of the features of vCloud Director by showing you how to set up a simple Ubuntu virtual machine. Browser Support The vCloud Director requires a plugin to Firefox.  VMware says that plugin works with Firefox and 32-bit versions of IE.  Sin... (more)

Pexip showcase live virtual videoconferencing at InfoComm14, via StratoGen Hybrid Cloud

Live from the show floor…. StratoGen has partnered with Pexip to demonstrate live hybrid cloud videoconferencing that bridges the gap between on premise and cloud hosted environments. During this interactive demo users are able to see instantly how easy it is to set up a private virtual meeting for users, regardless of location and capability. Showcasing the Pexip Infinity product with the StratoGen hybrid cloud, users are able to see the solution working seamlessly. Each user has been given an instant personal virtual meeting room and can opt to experience true interoperabili... (more)

Backup, Archiving & Disaster Recovery – they are not the same!

  As a cloud service provider offering data backup for IaaS and Disaster Recovery as a Service, we regularly get involved in conversations which bridge the distinctly different disciplines of Backup, Disaster Recovery and Archiving. They are 3 completely separate things which should never be confused, and whilst technologies in each area can be used to achieve some of the functions of the others, users should not be fooled into thinking that one technology solution will work for all 3 areas unless it is specifically designed to do so, which most are not. We get asked questions... (more)

Deploying Hadoop in the Virtualized the Cloud

Apache Hadoop is a distributed file system for storing large amounts of data cross multiple commodity servers. It is said to store both unstructured and structured data, which is true, but you can use Apache Pig and Apache Hive to write a schema around this data to give it structure. That makes it something you can query. Otherwise it would not be of much use, yes? Hadoop data is stored in a Hadoop Cluster. A Hadoop Cluster is the single name node plus multiple data nodes that make up the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).  The namenodes keep track of what data is located on w... (more)