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Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key features was that it kept all of your important stuff “in the cloud.”  That meant it stored all of your contacts, messages, photos, and just about everything else on a server managed by Danger.  This made it easy to recover your data in case your phone lost power or failed.  What nobody anti... (more)

Amazon Web Services Database in the Cloud

Amazon Cloud Journal Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today introduced Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), a new web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming database administration tasks, freeing users to focus on their application and their business. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no up-front investments required, and you pay only for the resources you use. Also announced today, AWS has lowered prices and introduced a new family of High-Memory instances for Amazon EC2. To get started using Amazon RDS, and other Amazon Web Services, visit http://aws.amazon.com. “For almost two years, many AWS customers have taken advantage of the simplicity, reliability, and seamless s... (more)

Bridgehead Software Raises Bar for Healthcare Storage Virtualization

Bridgehead Software, the healthcare data management software specialist, will next week unveil interim research results from the storage virtualization portion of its Data Management Healthcheck 2010. BridgeHead spokespeople at booth 831 at World of Health IT in Barcelona will be on hand to: • discuss the urgent and growing need for integrated use and management of electronic patient records (EPR) • share interim results from the Data Management Healthcheck 2010 research on cloud technologies and storage virtualization • demonstrate BridgeHead Software's line of vendor-agnostic data management software solutions for hospitals and healthcare organisations of all sizes • describe the benefits of vendor-agnostic (i.e., not linked to a particular imaging vendor) solutions for streamlining storage and management of electronic patient records (EPR) and improving healthcare del... (more)

The Cloud: The Most Disruptive Approach to DR/BC

Floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, pandemics, riots, and hurricanes are just a small sample of the potential disasters that threaten businesses almost daily. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for preparing, managing, and rebuilding major communications infrastructure and the businesses they support before, during, and after disasters. Sometimes this was due to devastating natural disasters but most were the more common disasters that visit us every day like burst pipes, public transportation strikes and the extended loss of utilities to one or more locations. Naturally, businesses are all building good Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance (DR/BC) plans for that inevitable bad day - or are they? According to the Small Business Alliance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), between 25 and 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a ... (more)

CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server Supports Drive Extender

CloudBerry Demo at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - With the release of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server 1.3.3 we introduce a support for Drive Extender. What is Drive Extender? According to Wikipedia Windows Home Server Drive Extender is a file-based replication system that provides three key capabilities: * Multi-disk redundancy so that if any given disk fails, data is not lost * Arbitrary storage expansion by supporting any type of hard disk drive * A single folder namespace (no drive letters) If you translate it to less technical terms it means that you can add disks to your home server and it will automatically spread your data across them. What’s more you don’t have to deal with drive letters directly but with file shares managed by Drive Extender. What about CloudBerry Backup Previous version of CloudBerry Backup allowed you to refer to disks on the H... (more)

The Keys to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Backup Outsourcing Journal on Ulitzer As we come to the close of 2009 and the larger close of a decade, I remind all of you out there to test your backups. With recent events like the loss of flight data at Shaw Air Force Base and subsequent realization that backups were not working, it is more important than ever to test the integrity of your backup, archive and restoration platforms. It is no secret that enterprises have slashed IT budgets over the last few years, and some of this pruning came at the expense of backup platforms and personnel. In many of these enterprises, no one has stepped up to verify that the critical data backups (if they are even backing this data up) are valid. I implore you to not be one of the negative statistics. Let’s take a look at the holy trinity of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Backup Once a company has identified the busi... (more)

Hosted Solutions Expands Managed Services Agreement with Belk

Cloud Hosting Journal on Ulitzer Hosted Solutions, a provider of IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS), today announced it has reached an agreement to significantly expand its roster of managed IT services to Belk, a privately owned mainline department store company. Belk originally became a client of Hosted Solutions late last year, signing a contract for hosting and managed services to support the company's updated e-commerce website. The new agreement encompasses several new and expanded e-commerce services for Belk, including database administration and the co-location of its credit and debit card environments. As part of the agreement, Hosted Solutions will provide IT services to enhance Belk's gift card program. As part of its business continuity strategy, Belk is co-locating a new IBM Power System server, storage, and SAN fabric that will provide enhanced ba... (more)

2010 and 2011 Trends, Perspectives and Predictions: More of the same?

2011 is not a typo, I figured that since Im getting caught up on some things, why not get a jump as well. Since 2009 went by so fast, and that Im finally getting around to doing an obligatory 2010 predictions post, lets take a look at both 2010 and 2011. Actually Im getting around to doing a post here having already done interviews and articles for others soon to be released. Based on prior trends and looking at forecasts, a simple predictions is that some of the items for 2010 will apply for 2011 as well given some of this years items may have been predicted by some in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 or, well ok, you get the picture. :) Image via: http://e-tarocchi.com Predictions are fun and funny in that for some, they are taken very seriously, while for others, at best they are taken with a grain of salt depending on where you sit. This applies both for the reader as well... (more)

Cloud Replication Is Not Backup, But Backup Is!

Early Bird Registration at Cloud Expo Go read that headline again: W. Curtis "Mr. Backup" Preston points out on his blog that replication is not backup, and we can't disagree. Keeping alternative copies of data in multiple locations is a great idea, reducing the risk of data loss and potentially enabling enhanced access, but it's not a historical data protection (aka, backup) strategy. Backup requires management of multiple historic copies of a data set. Clearly, cloud storage in itself isn't backup. Backup vs. Storage SNIA defines "backup" thus: [Data Recovery] A collection of data stored on (usually removable) non-volatile storage media for purposes of recovery in case the original copy of data is lost or becomes inaccessible; also called a backup copy. To be useful for recovery, a backup must be made by copying the source data image when it is in a consistent stat... (more)

Developing Countries in the Cloud

Developing countries may be in a great position to take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing. During a recent visit to Indonesia, it was clear the government is struggling with the problem of both building a national ICT plan (Information and Communications Technology), as well as consolidating a confusing array of servers, small data centers, and dearth of policies managing the storage and protection of data. When we consider the need for data protection, considering physical and information security, decentralization of data without adequate modeling for both end user performance, as well as data management is essential in giving the national tools needed to implement eGovernment projects, as well as fully understand implications ICT planning will have for the future economic and social growth of the country. Considering an E-Government Option Using Clo... (more)

Secure Backup to Google Docs Storage

Google Session at Cloud Expo Earlier this year, Google Docs rolled out support for any file type support. Since then you can upload and store any files in the cloud with Google Docs. With Gladinet, you could easily upload files to Google Docs from your Windows Explorer directly. Perhaps you have considered backing up your data to Google Docs, but wondered what assurance you have that your data will be secure when backed up online? With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files backed up to Google Docs, Gladinet has an answer for you: The system encrypts your files before saving them on the Google Docs servers in their encrypted form. By default, Google Docs has the capability of converting .doc, .xls and .ppt kind of files to Google Docs format. The benefit of converting is that you could later share and collaborate on the converted documents with your team... (more)