Experiencing downtime is not something that companies wish for but as we
have seen lately it is something that we hear quite often about.
Interestingly enough very few enterprises, especially in the Small and
Medium Business area, spent enough time to work out good procedures for
recovery of their IT systems and applications. The recovery procedures
should always be driven by the business needs, and this is the part where lot
of IT departments are failing and as a result the recovery turns out to be
reactive procedure that is triggered by the issue, results in a chaotic
recovery activities and ends up with post-mortem but no improvements after
that. Putting more initial thought into the Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
is a prerequisite for a good recovery procedures and defining the two main
characteristics - RTO and RPO are crucial part of this process.
Let's star... (more)
In his opening keynote for Red Hat Summit, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat
asked the audience: "Name an innovation that isn't happening in Open Source -
other than Azure!" I can certainly add iPhone and AWS to the mix but let me
stick to the cloud topic with the following question: "How much Open Source
matters in the cloud?"
Let's first elaborate on a two misconceptions about Open Source.
Open Source Is Free
Not really! In the cloud doesn't matter whether you are running on an Open
Source platform or not - it is NOT free because you pay for the service. And
for long Open Sou... (more)
Lately we have seen a lot of articles discussing how easy Disaster Recovery
in the cloud is but very few of those put the emphasis on talking about the
basics of Disaster Recovery and educating customers on why they should be
thinking about it. Mostly such articles concentrate on the technologies
that can be uses and how to do Disaster Recovery.
I would like to start with the basics and write about few Myths About
First, let's relate Disaster Recovery to something that is more close to us
in real life. The first thing that comes to mind as an analogy is the
While reading the news yesterday I stumbled upon the following article in
Puget Sound Business Journal - Why is Microsoft alienating its biggest
customers? IT pros want TechNet back. Everybody has the right to complain and
sign a petition but more important is to understand the message Microsoft
sends. Some think of it as "Microsoft doesn't care about IT Pros anymore",
and they may be right; but the message sounds to me more like "Hey, IT Pros
- the world is changing!" Although I think Microsoft could be a little bit
more responsive to the complaints, I don't think IT Pros should... (more)
At the Prepare for Multi-Cloud Future panel yesterday the guys from
Equinix, Redapt, RightScale and Datapipe offered great insights about
the challenges of using multiple clouds. One of those is of course
estimating the cost of running your application in the cloud or in multiple
clouds. With that in mind I wanted to elaborate a bit more on what should you
think about when doing the estimate.
Quite often you will see IT or business teams estimate the cloud costs only
based on the compute power and storage that they need. One quite often
overlooked component of the cloud cost is ... (more)