When it comes to business continuity, if you are proactive and foresightful enough to set up a plan in advance of disaster, it is of course tempting to set up a system that is absolutely bulletproof. Unfortunately, it often transpires that there are tradeoffs to make in order to square your desired … [Read more...] about Active-Active vs Active-Passive Configurations for BCDR
Big Data is everywhere. It’s starting to train artificial intelligence, it’s providing market insights, it’s showing where and how to cut costs, and it’s informing decisions big and small.That’s the dream, anyway. The problem is that it’s not working out that way for many businesses. Big Data is … [Read more...] about The Technical Challenges of Big Data
Within the world of digital security, there is a constant arms race between hackers attempting to find and leverage vulnerabilities, and security specialists attempting to plug the holes.Naturally, this sort of field spawns innovation after innovation. But the most notable innovation recently is … [Read more...] about Botnets: The Darker Side of the IoT
Imagine this: It’s 1PM on a summer Saturday, and you get a phone call from Chuck E. Cheese. They’ve had a small electrical fire. No one is hurt, but they have to close for the rest of the day. This is a problem for you, because at 2PM, you are hosting 15 rambunctious 7-year-olds for your kid’s birth … [Read more...] about Business Continuity: What Does it Mean for your Organization?
Good, cheap and fast: Pick two.This pithy quote encapsulates everything we need to know about the fundamental trade-offs facing cloud provisioning. Everything, of course, except how to decide.The fundamental promise of the cloud is that you have the room to grow (or shrink) your resources as … [Read more...] about Flexibility vs Cost: The Pros and Cons
Ten years ago today, my partner, Stephen Klenert, and I set out on our mission to shape our new business into a major, nation-wide provider of Managed IT Infrastructure Services. At the time, I was not certain where this path would lead us and how much we would grow. I merely wanted to act on my … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Atlantic Metro!
The most common type of aviation accident is a bird strike. Because of this, most airplanes can handle a bird strike without much, if any, damage. However, there are cases, like with US Airways Flight 1549, aka “The Miracle on the Hudson,” when a whole flock of geese got sucked into the engines and t … [Read more...] about The Escalating Threat of DDoS Attacks
Like most people, you probably have a drawer or a box in the top of a closet full of old hardware. An iPod, a dot matrix printer, an old Nintendo 64. No? Maybe it’s just me.Those bits of old tech were either cast aside when a newer, better replacement came along. Or they just stopped working. B … [Read more...] about Navigating End-Of-Life Concerns with Server Hardware
Last Friday saw the outbreak of a new, high-profile type of ransomware. This virus, named "WannaCry," has been spreading like wildfire, causing thousands of people to be left with the choice of paying ransom to get their data back. Here are some tips you can implement to avoid falling victim to … [Read more...] about 5 Tips to Avoid the WannaCry Virus
It seems like every week or so there’s a report of a major data center outage. Major events like Hurricane Sandy remain an important lesson. Even things like the Amazon Web Services outage earlier this year remind us that merely trusting in the biggest providers is not enough to assure uptime in the … [Read more...] about Geo-Redundancy: Not as Simple as You Think