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Last week's Joyent outage brought us thinking how many IT teams make the effort what is the meaningful downtime that will not have significant impact on their business. In this post I will not discuss this particular outage although it is a yet another good example for improving the IT practices and processes but will concentrate on an important step in the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) that is a prerequisite for Disaster Recovery - namely the Cost of Downtime. Very often because the lack of understanding of the overall IT application portfolio the cost of downtime is calculated using made up numbers or numbers for the whole company. Each application must be considered separately and the analysis must be done per application - there is no one size fits all. For now though let's take a simple example: company that has a revenue of $5o0M and 1500 employees and exper... (more)

No! You Don't Want Automatic DR!

Quite often you will hear IT people say that they want the ultimate automatic disaster recovery solution that you can buy. You can also find some vendors who can sell you their solution as automatic disaster recovery solution only because you asked for one. But do you really want an automatic disaster recovery solution? We are often victims of our bad understanding of the words but in technology you need to be very careful what you ask for. If you ask for automatic disaster recovery solution you may get something that you do not expect. Here is the scenario. An automatic disast... (more)

Five Areas to Consider When Estimating Cloud Costs

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)

What Are Good RTO and RPO?

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 recover... (more)

Why Shutting Down TechNet Is Not a Problem for IT Pros

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)