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Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The benefits of big data are real.
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"The key to choosing the right cloud vendor for your organization lies in understanding your big data needs."
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How to make cloud backup a no-brainer

How to make cloud backup a no-brainer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It's time to move from a disk-to-tape to a disk-to-cloud backup strategy
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The idea of backing up with a cloud storage repository as one of those three copies is beneficial in theory, providing an offsite copy of your data should you need it.

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Redundancy is the key when backing up , just ensure you have a backup for your backup 

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3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution

3 Questions to Ask About Your DRaaS Solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There's no standard on what a solution needs to do to be sold as "DRaaS." Here's 3 questions to ask to make sure you're getting the real deal.
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The end result is, the market is full of vendors selling “DRaaS Solutions” with varying levels of capability, some of which are SO varied they’re practically apples and oranges.

 

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Backup Windows and the Challenge of Large Datasets

Backup Windows and the Challenge of Large Datasets | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As dataset sizes increase, the amount of data that needs to be transferred in nightly backups can be more than the backup solution can handle.
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For example, if you need to transfer 200GB between 8pm and 8am, but your backup solution can’t finish backing up all of that data in those 12 hours, you run into some trouble. .....

 

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What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it

What is Cloud Backup and why should you go for it | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As the term itself suggests, cloud backup is nothing but backing up your resources and saving it to cloud. Cloud backup improves efficiency and decreases
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........ cloud backup is really quite different from cloud storage.

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WAN Optimization: The Secret Sauce for Online Backup

WAN Optimization: The Secret Sauce for Online Backup | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How important is WAN optimization for cloud services? As a recent TechTarget article demonstrates, it’s pretty much indispensable.
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Make sure your online backup has the secret sauce.

 

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Microsoft Azure Backup now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

Microsoft Azure Backup now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft Azure Backup is now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Azure Backup is a fast and reliable way to backup your data to the cloud. Curiously, Azure Backup offers an 99.99% service availability, maybe as a way to acknowledge that there may be some shortcomings as Microsoft begins to release Azure Backup in the beginning stages of implementation.

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 Link to Microsoft's Azure Backup is on site.

 

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Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss

Beware the fat finger when it comes to cloudy data loss | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Human error is responsible for one in five data loss errors, according to the latest study from cloud provider Databarracks.
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A fat finger can still have the power to bring down the cloud, at least temporarily. Back in May Joyent’s entire US-East-1 data centre hit the skids because of a typo.

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Kick-start Your Cloud Computing Strategy

Kick-start Your Cloud Computing Strategy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Do you understand cloud computing but struggle to know where to start? Learn more about these cloud application categories to help guide your decisions.
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It seems today that you can’t escape a technology based discussion without cloud computing being mentioned – ten times.

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Dell targets the storage market with new software bundle

Dell targets the storage market with new software bundle | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The package of acquired technologies is Dell's first play at becoming a full-fledged storage software vendor
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The new Backup and Disaster Recovery Suite contains popular Dell backup programs, AppAssure, NetVault Backup and vRanger.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Preventing Disasters In The Cloud

INFOGRAPHIC: Preventing Disasters In The Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Preventing Computing Disasters In The Cloud: Data backups form an important part of an enterprise’s Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity planning.
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Moving to the cloud goes a long way to improving loss of data that would be incurred in the event that your Hard Disk failed. Yet it is still not 100% because maybe something would happen to your host storage provider. Therefore the a backup would even your odds even further.

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The benefits of cloud computing for small businesses

The benefits of cloud computing for small businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
If you are running a small to medium sized business, you will have probably heard of cloud computing.
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Because working in the cloud means accessing applications via a web browser, it’s easy and fast to set up. There’s also generally no need for detailed training for your employees.

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Small Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

What is cloud computing? Cloud computing is an Internet-based facility that allows users to access shared computer applications, storage and other resources through a network of remote servers, rather than each individual user installing hardware and software onto their on-site server and personal computer.

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Accessibility and flexibility, security, affordability, back-up, and so on are aspects one might need to know when choosing the cloud.

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The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data
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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System

5 Tips for Securing Your Cloud Computing System | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As much as cloud computing has helped with the storage of data, it has created the need for increased security. Without testing, backups and proper access permissions, data can be easily hacked or stolen.

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Here are five tips for ensuring your data is protected. Read More

 

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Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest

Tape vs. Cloud: No Contest | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It’s not King Kong vs. Godzilla. And it’s certainly not an epic encounter, as the upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout promises to be. In fact, tape vs. the cloud is more like UFC fighters Ronda Rousey against Cat Zingano--it’s no contest.
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The mechanics of tape make it susceptible to a host of potential failure points.

 

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Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider

Cloud Backup vs. In-House: 3 Points to Consider | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A recent report by Leviathan Security offers significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backups.
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While the report is focused on data storage in general, its findings offer significant insights on the security and cost concerns surrounding online and in-house (i.e. physical) backup.

 

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Q&A: Backup Trends For 2015

Q&A: Backup Trends For 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Big backup and recovery trends for 2015 and how these trends are providing new data protection approaches.
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As the steady growth continues, IT administrators will be challenged with having to reduce complexity and resources of managing large number of snapshots, incremental changes and backup images generated by highly virtualized environments which affects overall backup efficiency and capacity.

 

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CryptoLocker Breach Prompts Cloud Backup Overhaul at K.E. Andrews

CryptoLocker Breach Prompts Cloud Backup Overhaul at K.E. Andrews | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cryptolocker breach prompts K.E. Andrews to overhaul backup strategy with Zetta.net cloud backup.
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Cloud backup had been on the radar screen of KEA’s IT group for some time, but it was the CryptoLocker incident that launched the evaluation effort into high gear.

 

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An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud

An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All kinds of businesses can benefit from cloud adoption — even those in technology. Here's an example of how one technology provider found success in the cloud.
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It took me five minutes to fire up my home desktop, install one of my five instances of Office365 available to me, download the client connector to our main PSA solution and I was up and running.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

INFOGRAPHIC: The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Disaster Recovery - Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern.
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Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Evolution Of The Backup

INFOGRAPHIC: Evolution Of The Backup | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Evolution Of The Backup Infographic...
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"......the time has come to ditch the tape ...."

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VIDEO: How Google backs up the Internet

VIDEO: How Google backs up the Internet | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You think your company's backup needs are challenging? Google has an World Wide Web-sized backup plan
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Raymond Blum, a site reliability engineer, details Google's backup strategy in an hour-long talk.

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Have Offline Google Docs Access Right From Your Hard Drive

Have Offline Google Docs Access Right From Your Hard Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

As long as you have internet access, there are no problems to accessing your Google Docs. But what happens if you're traveling, or are in an area that has no internet access? You'll be unproductively waiting for online access to get your doc. 

We think that's unacceptable, so we found a way to sync your Google Drive to your Google Drive as a folder! Anything on your folder is actually saved on your hard drive! 

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to constantly be able to access your Google Docs offline:

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How to set up cloudHQ

Basically, you need to create a cloudHQ sync pair: Google Drive -> Google Drive/Folder with MS Office and tell cloudHQ to convert all Google Docs files in MS Office format when saving them into ‘Folder with MS Office.’ ....

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