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GDPR Fines Highlight the Cost of Ignoring Data Privacy

The GDPR deadline is far behind us now, and its impact is starting to be felt. Many companies met their obligations, but those who didn't may want to step up their efforts. Anyone who doubted the […]

3 Approaches to Reducing Cloud Spending

Cloud costs can easily spiral out of control. You only pay for what you use, but self-service lets instances be brought online with no centralized oversight. Over-provisioning and under-utilizing […]

7 Priorities for Cloud in 2019

Cloud has become the infrastructure of choice for information technology in many companies. Where should your cloud effort go this year? 

Digital Transformation Requires Security Transformation

Digital transformation is almost entirely about data. You need to generate and collect more data; use it more often; use it in more places; and use it faster. As a result, data security needs to […]

Tackle Cloud Security Challenges in 2019

Cloud security continues to be one of the most important issues for companies that adopt this technology. The threats to data and applications in the cloud continue to evolve as technology changes […]

Increase Your Cloud Security With a CASB

With the huge success of the cloud—some surveys show cloud being used by 96 percent of respondents—the risks to information have exploded. Cloud obliterates the perimeter where most traditional […]

Use Secondary Storage to Drive Digital Transformation

Old-school thinking is that secondary storage is unimportant. It can be safely ignored. The new way of thinking today is that secondary storage is vitally important to your digital transformation. […]

Keep Tape If You Want, But Use the Cloud for Backups Too

Does anyone still backup to tape? Turns out the answer is yes, lots of companies still use tape as a backup media. If your goal is 3-2-1 backup (keeping at least 3 copies of your data, storing […]

Be Alert for these Dangerous Amazon Web Service Configuration Errors

Many of the biggest security threats on Amazon Web Services (AWS) come from misconfigurations. Default settings can leave resources publicly accessible and unprotected. These are the configuration […]

Overcome Key Obstacles to Building A Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud can be the ideal cloud model for many businesses. The combination of private and public cloud provides the capacity on demand needed for disaster recovery or cloud bursting. As many […]

Are You Getting the Cloud Results You Expected?

The decision to adopt cloud is based on assessing your goals, the perceived benefits of cloud, and the potential risks and costs. Once you’ve completed the move to cloud, it's important to assess […]

Understanding and Supporting Hyperconverged Network Demands

When evaluating the impact of hyperconverged infrastructure on your data center, it's important to remember that hyperconverged infrastructure affects your network as well as your servers and […]

Keep Backups Boring

No one thinks making backups is an exciting use of technology. People think backups are routine and boring, and they aren't given much attention. That's probably a fair assessment, most of the […]

Overcome the Big Challenges of Backing Up Big Data

Big Data projects are no longer special projects that run once. Businesses now run analytics programs every day, searching for insights and competitive advantages. As analytics are now integrated […]

2018 Is Over. Do You Still Have GDPR Work to Do?

Many businesses scrambled to achieve GDPR compliance earlier this year, focusing on identifying where personal information was stored in databases and unstructured formats. Did you remember to […]

Making the Right Choices for Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Moving your disaster recovery (DR) to the cloud is a big decision. Making that decision is just the start; there are lots of other decisions you need to make now.

Overcome the Cost Challenges of Hybrid Cloud

Surveys consistently show that businesses are opting for hybrid cloud because they hope to spend less than they would spend for on premises equipment. Achieving those cost savings requires careful […]

New Year's Resolution: Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan for 2019

It's drawing close to the end of the year. Time is running out to get your disaster recovery (DR) strategy updated to keep you safe in 2019. Here's what you need to do:

Noname Attachments in Gmail (Gsuite)

Do you use Exchange Online (Office 365) and have reports that your emails sometimes contain noname attachments (nonname.eml, noname, or winmail.dat) - specifically to users of Google Gmail / […]

Choose the Right Approach to Using More Than One Cloud

When you have more than one cloud, it's important to be clear whether you have a hybrid cloud or a multi-cloud environment. The difference matters, because they support different goals and create […]

Be Proactive About Data Protection

Your data is out of control—out of your control. Between cloud, SaaS, shadow IT, and mobile devices, critical corporate data resides in environments that aren't managed or protected by your […]

Use Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Achieve Digital Transformation Faster

There's intense pressure today for organizations to undergo digital transformation with the goal of becoming more responsive, more effective, and deriving more value from the data collected in the […]

Take a Strategic Approach to Data Governance

With the tremendous growth in data comes a parallel increase in the importance of proper data governance. New data protection regulations, such as GDPR, make data governance a mandatory part of […]

Business Reasons Can Drive Your IaaS Decision

Though more and more companies have adopted cloud computing, there are those that are still hesitant. If you need to sell Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to your management, don't pitch it as a […]

Are you Utilizing the Best Veritas NetBackup Licensing Model for Your Organization?

Veritas NetBackup has been a best-in-class Enterprise Data Protection Solution for many years.  Veritas ranked #1 in Backup and Recovery Software Market Share Revenue, Worldwide for 2017 with 24% […]

The Broad Scope of Data Governance Means You Need Tools and Automation to Succeed

Data governance requires understanding your data, how it's created and used, and who is accessing it. Given the large volumes of data handled by almost every organization, using tools to help […]

Six Times You Should Consider Using Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconverged infrastructure continues to be a growth technology, finding a place in more and more data centers. How do you know if it belongs in yours? 

Discover the Business Benefits of a Hyperconverged Backup Solution

When creating backups just means copying data to another location and filing it away for safekeeping, that means creating backups is just an undesirable expense that adds no business value. But […]

Modernize Your Data Center With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

When it comes time to refresh and modernize your data center infrastructure, it's time to consider hyperconverged infrastructure. No longer just the choice for limited purposes like virtual […]

Don't Settle for Backup as a Service When You Need Disaster Recovery as a Service

There's a big difference between cloud backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), and it's important to be clear on the distinction before you commit to either.

Solve Your IT Challenges by Working With a Managed Services Provider

Managed services can run your cloud, supervise your backups, and generally ensure that your IT runs more smoothly. With specialized expertise, managed services providers ensure a level of service […]

Keep Your Cloud In-House With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Deciding to turn over your infrastructure to a cloud provider is a tough decision. There are good reasons to want to keep control over vital business infrastructure. With hyperconverged […]

Solve IT Problems Just In Time, Not In the Nick of Time

These two expressions mean almost the same thing: "in the nick of time" and "just in time." But you don't want to solve your data center problems in the nick of time. That implies it was only good […]

Meet the Data Resiliency Challenges of Complex IT Infrastructure

Company data today is widely distributed. Companies run applications on traditional bare metal servers, on virtual machines in their data center, on virtual machines in a private cloud, and on […]

These Are the Criteria to Evaluate When Selecting an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Provider

Choosing any cloud service requires understanding what you want and need from the cloud and whether the cloud provider can satisfy those wants and needs. Unlike Platform as a Service (PaaS), which […]

There Are Good Reasons More and More Companies Are Using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Migrating to cloud can be challenging, but cloud adoption keeps on increasing. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market grew nearly 30 percent last year, according to Gartner. For IaaS to be […]

Technical and Business Considerations When Designing Your Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud means blending the public cloud's capabilities with the capabilities in your own, on-premises infrastructure. Making this architecture work requires making decisions about which […]

Taking on Cyber Security Chicago With Bitglass

dcVAST will be joining strategic partner, Bitglass, the leaders in Next-Generation CASB at the upcoming Cyber Security Chicago Conference.

Do More With Data With Copy Data Management

Data never serves just one purpose in business. It's copied and pulled into new databases to serve development, testing, analytics, and other purposes far removed from the original reason it was […]

Using Hyperconverged Infrastructure Will Change Your Data Center Management

One of the biggest challenges of managing your infrastructure is simply figuring out who you need to contact when there's a problem. It isn't always easy to determine if the failure is caused by […]

eDiscovery Is Key to Meeting GDPR Responsibilities

When the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May, it made it more important than ever for businesses to know what data they collect and where it's […]

5 Questions to Ask Before You Build a Private Cloud

For many companies that hesitate to put their critical data and applications into the public cloud, building a private cloud seems like a viable alternative. Certainly, it's possible to use […]

Moving Data to the Cloud Can Be the Hardest Part of Your Migration

If you've decided to make the move to the cloud, you need to help your applications and your data to get there. Moving servers and applications is relatively straightforward: make a copy of your […]

Take Control of Your Global Secondary Data and Apps with Cohesity Helios

Everyday we are providing IT services and infrastructure management to our customers to help them focus on their business priorities. We also continuously adapt the most cutting edge products to […]

Reduce the Risks of Data Protection Non-Compliance With Tools That Help Bring Data Under Control

Compliance is one of those business functions that's almost purely overhead. There's little business advantage to be gained from maintaining high levels of data protection as required by […]

Are You Still Paying Attention to GDPR?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect back in May, and companies that scrambled to satisfy GDPR's requirement are enjoying the sense of satisfaction that comes […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solves Multiple Data Center Challenges

Hyperconverged infrastructure is continuing to grow in popularity. IDC reported that sales of hyperconverged infrastructure in 2017 increased by 64.3 percent from sales in 2016.

Use a Direct Connection to the Cloud To Improve Security, Performance, and Reliability

There are a number of challenges that need to be addressed when you use hybrid cloud. Moving data between the public and private sides of the cloud is one of the biggest. Relying on public […]

Get Ready to Transition to Hyperconverged Infrastructure

The benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) include lower costs, greater agility, and simpler management. If you've made the decision to move to hyperconverged infrastructure, simplify […]

A Hybrid Cloud Is Not Two Clouds

Thinking of hybrid cloud as two separate clouds is the wrong approach. You need to think of hybrid cloud as a single integrated solution, because integration is the key to making hybrid cloud work.

Will Serverless Save You Money?

The less infrastructure you manage, the less it costs. Seems natural, right? That's one reason for the trend towards serverless computing and Function as a Service (FaaS). Serverless is perhaps […]

Enhance Your Cloud Security With Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Security considerations still keep many businesses from moving their infrastructure to the cloud. Private cloud alleviates those concerns, but requires building your own on-site cloud so you lose […]

Be On the Lookout for These Sources of Unexpectedly High Cloud Bills

Achieving the cost savings you anticipate from the cloud doesn't come free. It requires planning your cloud properly, monitoring usage, and taking steps to manage and prevent unnecessary, excess […]

Financial Services Organization Implements Bitglass

Most organizations use a mobile device management (MDM) toolset, whether 3rd party or built-in tools.  Some organizations recognize that a single vendor’s solution may not meet all of their […]

Recovery Comes After Backups, But Recovery Thinking Comes Before Backup Planning

Before you start thinking about your backup tool selection and your backup schedule, start thinking about your backup strategy. There's more to effective backups than simply copying files. Today's […]

3 Hybrid Cloud Use Cases That Don't Require Cloud Bursting

Cloud bursting has been difficult for many businesses to achieve. While the ability to share data and processing between on premises and public cloud resources offers a cost-effective method of […]

8 Ways Disaster Recovery as a Service Reduces the Impact of Downtime

Making disaster recovery processes reliable and repeatable is critical to business survival. The dependence of business operations on data means the financial costs of downtime are significant. […]

How Will You Minimize Your IT Downtime?

The costs of downtime continue to rise. One statistic claims that for nearly a quarter of survey respondents, the cost of server downtime was more than $300,000. That's per hour, not per incident.

Webinar: Next Gen Cloud Security – How to Protect Your Data

The top concern for organizations moving to the cloud – security. While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using […]

Backup Decisions Need to Consider the Recovery Process

When everything works right, your backup process is invisible. Jobs automatically run to successful completion. The restore process is never as invisible as backups, because the restore process is […]

Solve the IT Challenge in Remote Offices With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

A big business can have lots of small offices, each needing information technology services. Providing the IT support they need effectively without maintaining an on-site presence in each location […]

Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing Cloud Backup

Cloud-based backup solutions are a good choice for many organizations, but making the process easy, efficient, and secure requires careful planning. These are some questions you should think […]

Build a Resilient Architecture That Handles Cloud Outages

The cloud offers high resiliency, but it isn't perfect: read the service level agreement closely and you'll see the guaranteed uptime isn't 100%. Even big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services […]

Ask These Questions Before You Migrate Your Database to the Cloud

The conversation about migrating databases to the cloud tends to focus on the mechanics of getting your data to the cloud. That's jumping the gun. Before talking about how to move the data, you […]

5 Key Questions That Should Determine Your Big Data Storage Strategy

Big data is no longer optional for business. Forbes reported that 79 percent of executives think that companies that don't pursue big data will face tough challenges, possibly even being driven […]

Don't Be Limited By A Traditional Backup Solution

Data centers are being remade with new technology. Virtualization and the cloud have fundamentally changed the way servers and data are managed, while the 24x7 internet and analytics have […]

Should You Choose Platform as a Service?

You need to make many decisions when you decide to move to cloud, starting with the question of what kind of cloud you want to use. KPMG predicts Platform as a Service (PaaS) will be the fastest […]

Seven Key Qualities to Design Into Your Private Cloud

For companies that want the flexibility a cloud environment offers without exposing data and applications outside the corporate network, building a private cloud is a good alternative—if you're […]

Does Your Data Protection Strategy Provide These Vital Functions?

Comprehensive data protection requires more than just backups. Take a look at your data protection strategy and check whether it's providing these vital functions:

AWS Blockchain Templates Make It Easy to Get Started With This Vital New Technology

Blockchain is one of the most important new technologies to come along in recent years. In underlying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain works by sharing a distributed ledger […]

CloudSpin: A Backup Solution That Increases Your Application Development Speed

Cloud makes it easy to spin up environments when you need them and then shut them down when you don't. This makes them the ideal low-cost site for dev and test environments, which are often needed […]

Tackle Your Most Pressing Technology Issue: Data Management

Data is your company's most valuable asset. Unlike most of your assets, data grows almost without effort, as mobile, internet of things, and unstructured data sources add their volume. The value […]

Here Are 4 Good Reasons to Use a Hybrid Cloud

Your data center is likely already a hybrid blend of technologies, with Windows, Linux, virtual machines, SAN and NAS. Bringing in any new technology adds to the complexity and difficulty of […]

Can a Data Warehouse in the Cloud Help You Manage Your Big Data?

Whether you're building a data lake or using a traditional data warehouse, the cloud is the place for big data. With its pay-per-usage model, it's a cost-effective location for storing large […]

Adapting Your SIEM Process to the Cloud

While cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) keep the cloud secure, you are still responsible for the security of your applications and data. This means it's important that you gather the […]

Keeping Track of Your Data is Crucial for GDPR Compliance

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect this May. In order to comply with GDPR's requirements, it's important to get your data copies under control so you […]

Don't Let the Cloud Keep You From Seeing Your Data

The very name "cloud" implies a lack of visibility. While using cloud gives companies important benefits, it can be harder to keep an eye on your resources, data, and costs in the cloud than it is […]

Overcome these Challenges to Get the Benefits of Infrastructure as a Service

There are lots of good reasons to switch your IT to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Build Your Microsoft Environment in the Amazon Web Services Cloud

For many businesses, Microsoft products form the foundation of their infrastructure and core application technology. That means taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud requires finding a way […]

Complex Environments Shouldn't Mean Complex Disaster Recovery

The technical infrastructure used by most businesses today is both more complex and more critical than ever. Environments are a mix of physical servers, virtual machines, and public, private, and […]

Do You Have a Modern Backup Strategy?

Backup is no longer as simple as copying files to tape and sending them to off-site storage. Because businesses depend so heavily on data, backups need to support high availability and rapid […]

7 Tips for Keeping Your Hybrid Cloud Secure and Compliant

As hybrid cloud growth continues to grow, companies need to increase their efforts to ensure security and compliance policies apply to data and applications in the cloud. While using hybrid cloud […]

Six Ways Hyperconverged Infrastructure Saves You Money

Saving money and using resources more efficiently and effectively are constant imperatives in data centers. Introducing hyperconverged infrastructure can help you reduce the complexity, streamline […]

Can Office 365 Meet Your eDiscovery Needs?

Increasing volumes of data and increasing volumes of compliance regulations are accelerating both the importance of eDiscovery and the challenges of managing the eDiscovery process. Solutions that […]

dcVAST and United Airlines to Host IT Security Webinar

dcVAST will host a webinar to discuss how United Airlines was able to reduce its patching deployments from months down to days and eliminate IT security risks.

Don't Let Configuration Errors Expose Your Data in the Cloud

Security in the cloud is a partnership between you and the cloud provider. Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer many features to ensure the security of the services they offer, […]

New Features Offer Good Reasons to Upgrade to NetBackup 8.1.1

Installing the latest application releases is important for keeping up with security fixes and new features. This is especially true for fundamental services like backups, particularly as digital […]

Planning to Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Since most businesses don't even write a disaster recovery (DR) plan, you're definitely ahead of the game if you've gone ahead and created written documentation. Problem is, there's a good chance […]

Get Past the Challenges of Adopting Infrastructure as a Service

Cloud is taking over the data center. A study by Cisco found that within the next three years, 94 percent of workloads will be processed in the cloud. Much of that usage will be Software as a […]

Use Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data

Do you think of your archived backup data as a waste of space? It's time to change your perspective: backup data is the most important data you have. Far from not being useful, it's the most […]

Seven Ways to Start Managing Cloud Costs During Your Cloud Migration

The benefits of using infrastructure in the cloud include financial benefits—if you manage your cloud computing wisely. The time to start managing your cloud costs is when you start planning your […]

Use Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Simplify Data Protection

When a business undergoes digital transformation, its data becomes critical to every business process. Protecting that data is crucial to ensure that the business is able to function, and data […]

Coping With the Challenges of a Complex, Hybrid IT Environment

Every IT environment today is a hybrid IT environment. There's a complex technical mix of operating systems, databases, clouds, and endpoints. There are real benefits from this blend, but there […]

5 Challenges in Keeping Hybrid Cloud Data Safe

The defining characteristic of hybrid cloud is the need for data to be transferred between public and private clouds on an ongoing basis. That means choosing the right data transfer methods and […]

Do You Need a New Backup Strategy?

No matter how effective a technology is, there comes a time when it no longer meets the business' needs and needs to be replaced by a newer, better technology. Is your backup strategy reaching its […]

Enterprise Vault and Office 365, Part 2: Three Ways to Use Enterprise Vault and Office 365 Together

We talked in Part 1 about how the features in Veritas Enterprise Vault offer more comprehensive and flexible eDiscovery and data protection features than are available in Microsoft Office 365. […]

Enterprise Vault and Office 365, Part 1: Five Reasons to Use Enterprise Vault to Manage Data in Office 365

Maintaining control of your data is important even when it's stored in the cloud. While cloud providers like Office 365 offer services for backup, archiving, and eDiscovery, those services don't […]

Knowing Your Data is the Key to Success in the Cloud

One of the most important keys to achieving success in the cloud is understanding your data. How can you know what the cost will be and how will you protect it when 52 percent of data is dark? A […]

7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Disaster Recovery as a Service Provider

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) can make it easier for your organization to recover after a disaster. By using a cloud-based recovery service, you have accessible backups plus support that […]

Moving Data Is Today's Biggest Data Management Challenge

Data has become central to business success today as businesses use data and analytics to drive both operations and strategic decision-making. At the same time, the data itself has become more […]

Finding Backup Solutions That Work for Your Physical and Virtual Servers

Backing up virtual machines (VMs) requires choosing an appropriate strategy. It's possible to back them up similarly to the way physical servers are backed up, but that isn't an optimal solution. […]

5 Tips for Making Multiple Clouds Manageable

More and more companies are finding themselves using more than one cloud vendor. Using multiple cloud vendors reduces risk by adding redundancy and reducing vendor lock-in. Companies may also need […]

Build a Compliance Culture to Make Sure You Meet GDPR's Mandate

The deadline for GDPR compliance is May 25, 2018. Many companies are feverishly working to get appropriate data protection policies and tools in place. The bigger issue is that maintaining […]

Both Hyperconverged Infrastructure and Disaggregation Can Simplify Data Center Management

Nearly everyone uses hyperconverged infrastructure, or plans to. A survey by InteropITX found that only 20 percent of survey respondents had no plans for using hyperconverged infrastructure. The […]

Choose the Right Approach to Meeting Recovery Objectives

Satisfying business needs for minimal downtime is a challenge for most IT teams. Despite tight recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs), restoring operations often takes longer […]

Get Ready for Hybrid Cloud By Planning for These 5 Challenges

Planning to use hybrid cloud? Get your data center ready by preparing for these 5 challenges.

Use Amazon's Tools to Monitor Amazon Web Services Infrastructure

It's important to monitor your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment to make sure that you get the performance you need, security is maintained, and developers are able to be productive. AWS […]

3 Ways Data Governance Benefits Your Bottom Line

There is an ever-increasing alphabet soup of regulations that place controls on how businesses protect and utilize data. The data governance teams that form as a result are an unavoidable cost of […]

5 Changes to Plan for When Switching to Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Gaining the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure requires more than plugging it in. Using hyperconverged infrastructure effectively requires rethinking your approach to how you manage your […]

Avoid Big Data's Big Risks with a Data Governance Strategy

As Big Data continues to grow, businesses are becoming more dependent than ever on data to inform the decisions they make. That makes ensuring the quality of that data more important as well, and […]

5 Reasons to Put Your Development Environment in the Cloud

Many businesses that are considering adopting cloud decide to test its capabilities with their development and test environments. This is a great way to try out cloud; you'll become familiar with […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure from Nutanix Can Increase Your Network Security

There are many aspects to data security, but overall they boil down to knowing and controlling who has access to it. Firewalls and perimeter-based security try to keep intruders out, but intruders […]

The Reasons and Risks of Multiple Clouds

Some companies struggle with cloud, hesitating to add any cloud into their technology mix. Others accept and embrace cloud to the point of having multiple clouds. Multi-cloud isn't a hybrid cloud […]

Slow Recovery from Backups Is No Longer an Option

Online systems and data are intricately woven through today's businesses. Sales can't be closed, products can't be designed, and decisions can't be made without access to data and applications. […]

Hybrid Cloud Means Data Is In Multiple Separate Environments

One of the promises of cloud is that it makes data accessible from anywhere, potentially breaking down the data silos that limit companies' ability to get the most value from their data. Yet if […]

Migrating to Cloud Means Planning How to Handle Your Applications, Data, and Network

Moving to the cloud isn't about replicating your existing environment and dropping in your applications. A true cloud migration requires designing a completely new architecture and adapting your […]

5 Storage Problems You Can Solve With Hyperconverged Infrastructure

It's often the case that one technology can solve multiple problems. This is particularly true for hyperconverged infrastructure, which is a technical solution that brings together multiple […]

One Big New Data Protection Regulation Makes Getting Control of Your Customer Data Even More Important

One of the challenges of running an international business is satisfying the many regulations that differ among countries. Many of the members of the European Union have their own data protection […]

Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan to Match Your Changing Needs

Is your disaster recovery plan as up to date as your technology? With the rapid pace of change in both business and technology, the hardware in your data center, the applications running on that […]

Get Your Hyperconverged Inspiration from Web-Scale Giants

Who's your IT role model? There are companies that achieve levels of excellence with their IT that most companies can only aspire to.

Microsoft Security Patch Interferes With Enterprise Vault Shortcuts

Keeping up with security patches is unquestionably important. Unfortunately, sometimes patches have unintended side effects. That's the case with a recent Microsoft patch that's interfering with […]

Should You Rely on Cloud Bursting to Handle High Application Demand?

One of the most popular use cases for hybrid cloud is cloud bursting. This allows you to keep data and processing on your internal servers during normal workloads, while accessing additional […]

Data Protection Challenges and Benefits in the Cloud

Switching to cloud-based infrastructure changes many aspects of your data center operations. When it comes to data protection, the cloud brings some challenges and also offers some potential […]

What Do You Do After Your Cloud Migration?

What comes after you complete your move to the cloud? It isn't time to relax: now there's work to do to make sure you get all the benefits you expect from cloud.

Make Your Transition to Infrastructure as a Service Successful With These Tips

When you choose Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as your cloud model, you keep more ownership and more control over your infrastructure than when you choose Platform as a Service (PaaS) or […]

Many Conversations Are Needed to Achieve Compliance

Backups are crucial to meeting your compliance obligations to protect and retain data, but the technology itself can't ensure compliance. You need strong communication between your IT team, your […]

5 Tools To Help You Achieve GDPR Compliance

One of the most important data protection regulations companies need to comply with will take effect in May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) means all companies that collect […]

IaaS and PaaS Solve Different Problems

There are three main flavors of "as a Service" (aaS) information technology (IT) offerings on the market: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service. For […]

Can You Manage Your Data Center Without Thinking About Servers?

Simplifying server management started by reducing the number of servers in the data center. With the introduction of virtual machines (VMs), a "server" didn't have to correspond to a device in the […]

Leverage Storage Administrator Knowledge After Switching to Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Whenever there's a technology change, there's a human impact. When you plan to bring a new technology into your data center, you need to consider how it will affect the operations team that […]

3 Steps to Getting the Hybrid Cloud Performance You Need

While many tasks are simpler in a cloud-based infrastructure, a few become more complex. Performance monitoring in a hybrid cloud requires monitoring the individual and combined functioning of two […]

3 Business Benefits of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Technical decisions should never be driven by technical factors alone. Technology needs to fit within the context of the business, including how it conducts its current operations, the types of […]

You're Probably Not As Prepared For GDPR As You Think You Are

When the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in May 2018, it will impact companies worldwide, not just in EU countries. Any company that stores data on EU […]

Fully Integrate Network Management With Hyperconverged Infrastructure from Nutanix

Hyperconverged infrastructure brings servers and storage together into a single integrated appliance, simplifying monitoring and management. Along with the push to cloud, hyperconverged […]

Connecting the Cloud and Legacy Applications

There's one big problem that most businesses face moving to the cloud. That's the problem that not all their applications belong in a public cloud. That can lead companies to think they need to […]

5 Reasons Why Hyperconverged Infrastructure Should Be the Foundation of Your Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid clouds are half easy, half hard. The easy part is the public cloud—with that, you find a cloud provider and leverage their services. The hard part is what makes it hybrid: the private cloud […]

7 Things to Think About Before Switching to Infrastructure as a Service

Are you planning to make the switch to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)? Not only are you not alone, you're already behind: almost two-thirds of companies IDC surveyed last year expected to use […]

How Many Cloud Strategies Do You Have? You Need More Than One

The only way to make cloud a net benefit to your business is to have a strategy. Without one, it's easy to get distracted by all the bells and whistles and "as a Service" offerings. You can end up […]

Use Hyperconverged Secondary Storage to Build Your Hybrid Cloud and Reduce Data Sprawl

Secondary storage. The name makes it seem less important than primary workloads, less deserving of focused attention. That lack of focus means that secondary storage can become a primary challenge […]

Disaster Recovery as a Service Is The Most Important Cloud Service

There are all kinds of cloud services that benefit your business: storage, email, databases, and many more specialized application services that your business can leverage to reduce costs and […]

3 Decisions For Success With Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud means different things to different people. The "true" definition requires a public and private cloud coupled together, sharing the data and processing load for an organization. For […]

Get to Know Your Data to Meet New Privacy Regulations

Some studies show that companies don't know what half the data they store is. That means they can't use it to generate insights that support the business, potentially costing them growth […]

5 Steps to GDPR Compliance

Next year brings a major new compliance regime into effect in the European Union. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be effective starting May 2018. The regulation places strict […]

Three Steps to A Hybrid Cloud Solution

Building a hybrid cloud isn't a single project. Before you can integrate your private cloud with a public cloud, you have to have a private cloud. Since most companies don't have an existing […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Can Help Operations Teams Manage Big Data

As companies collect more and more data to support big data analytics, they run the risk of overloading their operations. This isn't just an issue of having the capacity to store all that data; […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Supports Digital Transformation

Almost every company is now working on a digital transformation. This means that data is no longer just a by-product of business processes. The generated data informs smart business decisions, […]

Two Alternatives That Simplify Running A Private Cloud

Companies get several benefits from using the public cloud: expert management of their technical infrastructure; low costs and pay-for-use servers; high availability; and easy scalability. For […]

Avoid Disaster with Disaster Recovery as a Service

In today's era of digital transformation, online data and online applications don't just support a business: they are the business. That means that calling a computer outage or data loss a […]

Choosing the Right Cloud Archiving Service

In some ways, archiving online data is easier than archiving paper records. The storage is more compact and the data is more easily searched. Yet online archival still presents challenges for […]

Gain Control Over Data Lakes With Data Governance

Companies are drowning in data today. Data lakes pull in all kinds of data to preserve it for later analysis, including unstructured data, like comments in user forums, which would have previously […]

Choose the Right Cloud to Control Your Costs

One of the prime motivators for most businesses making the move to cloud is the chance to save money. It's true that you can always spin up another virtual machine (VM) and extend capacity on […]

Get the Benefits of Disaster Recovery As A Service

Do you have a solid backup process? Many companies haven't verified that their backup process is complete or tested how they can restore from their backup storage. But even companies that are sure […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Supports High Availability and Data Protection

Hyperconverged infrastructure can help companies reduce their costs and simplify management of their data center. One of the ways it does this is due to built-in support for high availability and […]

More Than One Cloud May Be A Good Idea, But Needs Careful Planning for Success

In an attempt to gain the benefits of cloud while minimizing the risks, many companies end up with multiple clouds. This can be due to a desire to avoid vendor lock in and minimize the risks of […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Management is Easier With These Features

One of the promises of hyperconverged infrastructure is that the data center becomes easier to manage. Because the compute, storage, and networking elements are designed to work together, they can […]

Address 6 Integration Challenges to Achieve Hybrid Cloud Success

The hybrid cloud is all about blending your on-premises equipment, data, and applications with equipment, data, and applications in the cloud. Optimizing the functioning of this hybrid cloud […]

Don't Let Copy Data Overwhelm Your Storage

Making copies of data has its benefits. Copies offer protection in case data is corrupted or lost, and copies let developers test new code on real data without putting the production database in […]

Questions to Ask Before You Implement Your Hybrid Cloud

With hybrid cloud adoption continuing to grow—MarketsandMarkets estimates an annual increase of 22.5 percent through 2021—companies need to carefully review the technology and to make smart design […]

Nbpem Connection Errors in NetBackup 7.7.x and 8.0

Problem: Nbpem may crash after changing policy schedule type from Calendar to Frequency

Understanding Your Data Is a Prerequisite for Good Data Governance

Effective data governance requires understanding your data so you can apply the right usage policies, the right access controls, and the right retention strategies. The onslaught of data […]

Using DRaaS? You Still Need to Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan

The focus on dealing with the problems of an ordinary day of business make it difficult to stop and think about how you'll deal with the challenges of an extraordinary day of business. That's why […]

3 Keys to Data Governance Success: Communication, People, and Technology

For some companies, establishing data governance policies is driven by compliance with regulatory mandates. For other companies, it's the realization that success with "big data" is only possible […]

Use Different Backup Strategies to Meet Different Backup Needs

If you're looking for a single backup solution, you're probably going to be disappointed. Backups serve multiple purposes within an enterprise: maintain the historical trail of data for compliance […]

3 Phases for Migrating to Amazon Web Services

Migrating to the cloud can be complex, so make it easier by creating a plan that lets you tackle it in phases. That will let you take a more focused approach rather than being overwhelmed by the […]

10 Steps for Coping With An IT Disaster

Having a disaster recovery (DR) plan is critical to guide your actions when disaster strikes, but recovering takes more than simply grabbing the nearest copy of the DR document and executing its […]

Get Your Data Where You Need It With NetApp's Data Fabric

Companies have more data today than ever. There's data on desktops, on servers in the corporate data center, in the public cloud, and moving back and forth between them to take advantage of a […]

3 Reasons You Still Need Data Protection Software in the Cloud

While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using the cloud doesn't mean companies don't need their own data […]

New Guide: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Making information technology (IT) projects responsive to business needs has been a challenge since the earliest days of computers. Companies have turned to agile development methods to speed […]

Enterprise Vault Errors Flooding Your Event Logs??

With Enterprise Vault (EV) you can sometimes see strange behavior in the event logs. For example, reoccurring 29014 errors with an interesting host name or Vault ID:

Two Ways of Looking at Hyperconvergence and Data Protection

Switching to hyperconverged infrastructure in your data center has a big impact on your day-to-day operations; that's the goal, to simplify the routine support and expansion requirements. Along […]

Hybrid Cloud is Only a Subset of the Hybrid IT Your Business Needs to Manage

Whether you're planning a move to hybrid cloud or not, your business almost certainly needs a plan for using hybrid IT. Enterprises today need to manage a mix of data center strategies that […]

Options for Getting Your Data to Amazon Web Services Safely

Once the decision is made to use cloud, the next challenge is how to make that transition. In many cases, moving data to the cloud becomes a stumbling block. Transferring large amounts of data […]

Review Your Cloud Migration from Every Perspective

There's a lot to think through when planning a migration to the cloud. There are purely technical considerations, such as deciding which instance type is most appropriate for your workloads; […]

5 Reasons You Should Stop Buying Hardware and Start Using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Investing in computer hardware is a major expense for almost every business. Not only is purchasing the equipment expensive, providing the floor space the devices require, along with cooling […]

dcVAST Exhibiting at Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World 2017

dcVAST will be at Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World 2017 on March 26 – 29, 2017. Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World is the world's largest gathering of business continuity professionals. […]

Are You Falling for These Hyperconverged Infrastructure Myths?

There’s no question there’s a lot of hype about hyperconverged infrastructure these days. The market is expected to grow to more than $12 billion by 2022, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) […]

3 Reasons You Still Need Data Protection Software in the Cloud

While many businesses turn to the cloud as a destination for their backups and to provide disaster recovery (DR) capability, using the cloud doesn’t mean companies don’t need their own data […]

Understand the Impact of Hyperconverged Architecture on Your Data Center

Hyperconverged infrastructure is gaining in popularity for several reasons. The technology offers a streamlined approach to implementation and maintenance, with a single vendor responsible for […]

Give Secondary Storage First Class Treatment with a Hyperconverged Solution

You’re ignoring an iceberg in your data center. As much as 80 percent of corporate data is secondary data, consisting of backups and copies made for one-off development, test, or other purposes. […]

5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconverged infrastructure has become one of the most popular data center architectures now. Gartner expects the hyperconverged systems to become 24 percent of the integrated systems market by […]

Three Ways to Simplify Your Database Management

With the rise of big data, companies are more dependent on their databases, data warehouses, and data lakes than ever. But companies often struggle to make sense of that data, because they […]

Upgrade Your NetBackup Version to Stay Supported and Gain New Functionality

Upgrade projects can be disruptive and time consuming, but companies shouldn't neglect them. Keeping up with the latest software releases not only gives you access to the latest features, it keeps […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Lets Big Data Fit In Your Data Center

The biggest challenge with big data is, well, it's big. Generating the data isn't the problem. These days, there's a steady flow of data coming from all around: enterprise systems that process […]

Look to the Future to Successfully Transition to a Hybrid Cloud

Companies can have different reasons for choosing the hybrid cloud model. They may want the convenience of a cloud-based DR environment, or capacity on demand to support cloud bursting when […]

Master Data Management Plans Need a Strategy for Sharing

Master data management projects are largely viewed as data consolidation projects. The efforts replace separate, scattered departmental databases of key business data such as customer information […]

Protect Data Against Tampering By Focusing on Data Integrity

The standard "CIA" model of computer security requires confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Data protection often focuses on preventing data theft and unauthorized access, viewing it as a […]

If Two People Can't Keep a Secret, How Can Your Entire Company?

Your corporate data is filled with secrets. Your own secrets, like business plans and intellectual property, and your customer's secrets, like account numbers. And your collection of data is […]

Managing Data in a Hybrid Cloud Requires Support for Data Mobility

One of the challenges companies face when using the cloud is managing their data. Since the cloud is outside of the data center, that means data needs to move from the on-premises data center to […]

The Only Reason to Switch to Hyperconverged Infrastructure

There's only one reason to switch to a hyperconverged infrastructure: it solves a business or IT problem for you. If the way your business is managing your IT is working for you, you may not need […]

Pushbutton DR Isn't Here Yet—You Still Need to Document Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Despite automation, scripts, and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), it still takes more than pushing a button to get your business back up and running in an emergency. Make sure your […]

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Still Requires Backups

Hyperconverged and web scale infrastructures are inherently robust. Built-in redundancies and replication mean component failures are almost transparent; processing and storage simply shifts to […]

Meet Federal Data Retention Guidelines with Veritas Enterprise Vault 12.1

On November 28, 2011, President Obama signed the Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records, which is designed to reform records management policies and practices within government […]

Do Multiple Hypervisors Need Multiple Backup Strategies?

It's inevitable that the more complex your infrastructure is, the more challenging it is to manage. Despite that, there are good reasons not to settle on a single data processing solution. […]

Is Your Data Protection Plan Behind the Times?

The start of a new year is a good time to look back at what you accomplished this past year. When it comes to data protection, keeping up with the challenges is tough. Veritas identified eight […]

4 Steps to Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery

It's tough to justify budget requests for a function you hope will never be used. That's why no one wants to spend on disaster recovery. Yet the reality is that disaster isn't that rare. In one […]

6 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Hyperconverged Solution

Hyperconverged infrastructure offers the promise of making your data center easier to manage, but achieving that promise requires selecting a hyperconverged solution that fits in with your […]

Web-scale in the Enterprise Needs More than Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are online businesses that depend entirely on their digital infrastructure. Despite the struggles most businesses have in managing and leveraging IT […]

Don't Be Vexed by the Four V's of Big Data

Big Data is commonly defined by the four Vs: volume, variety, velocity, and veracity. Along with those, companies might encounter a fifth V: vexation. Managing even ordinary-scale data is a […]

The 7 Integration Challenges of Hyperconverged Architecture

Bringing any new technology into the data center means figuring out how to fit it into your data center along with all the technology that's already there: unless you're building a brand new data […]

Disaster Recovery as a Service Helps Businesses Respond to Opportunities, Not Just Disasters

Creating backups is one of those tasks that sounds simple in theory but becomes much more complicated once you get started. Identifying everything that needs to be backed up is one thing; […]

Data Governance is About Empowerment, Not Control

Data Governance is all about policies and controls, right?

3 Ways Hybrid Cloud Can Boost Your Business

When technology is used poorly, it gets in the way of accomplishing business goals. Used correctly, technology instead offers leverage that helps achieve those goals. Hybrid cloud, by allowing […]

The Veritas NetBackup 5240 Appliance is now Generally Available!

Integrated backup appliances help businesses reduce the management complexity of their backup processes while increasing reliability at the same time. NetBackup appliances from Veritas make backup […]

Reduce the Irony of Backup Downtime

Backups are critical to keeping your business going. In case of a crisis, complete, consistent backups let you recover your business data and resume operations. The importance of these backups grows […]

Disaster Recovery as a Service Solves Challenges for Management and Tech Staff

Business managers know that disaster recovery is crucial for business survivability, but it's expensive and there's little apparent return on the investment. For technical staff, disaster recovery is […]

3 Challenges for Big Data's Data in the Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud offers businesses tremendous flexibility in how to use their computing resources, allowing them to use the most appropriate and cost-effective infrastructure model for each workload. […]

Has the Cloud Changed Your Monitoring Strategy?

Has the cloud changed your monitoring strategy? If it hasn't, you may want to rethink your approach. The more places you put stuff, the harder it is to keep track of, relevant to almost every company […]

Reduce Hybrid and Private Cloud Headaches With Nutanix

There are so many good reasons to want to use cloud. High availability, self-service provisioning, usage-based payments, reduced data center costs, and reduced support costs are just some of the […]

dcVAST Enters Partnership with Nutanix for Cloud-Based Offerings

dcVAST, a leader in IT infrastructure management and support services, announces a new partnership with Nutanix. Through this relationship, dcVAST provides managed services to enterprise customers on […]

How can I convert an RHEL or RHEL-compatible system to Oracle Linux using public-yum?

Oracle Linux is binary compatible with Red Hat Linux, meaning that all your applications should continue to work without any issue; system libraries are unaffected by the conversion. Nevertheless, it […]

6 New Reasons You Always Need to Focus on Information Security

National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October is a good reminder that you always need to focus on information security. No matter how much effort you put into implementing security measures, […]

Enterprise Vault Exchange Archiving Targets in a DAG

Enterprise Vault (EV) Exchange Mailbox Archiving Targets in a Database Availability Group (DAG)

Know Your Data and Who’s Accessing It!

The explosion of unstructured data shows no sign of slowing. Analysts predict that the growth of data is 40 percent to 60 percent, but for unstructured data in the enterprise, the growth rate can be […]

Data Insight - Security Use Case

Data Insight (DI) is a must-have strategic tool that is used for developing and maintaining your Information Governance strategy.  Many organizations struggle with quantifying and evaluating the […]

Top 5 Enterprise Vault 12 Upgrade Must-Haves

EV 12 Benefits:

Health check costs before EV upgrade?

In addition to the full-featured Enterprise Vault health check we offer (see http://healthcheck.enterprisevault.co/ for more information), dcVAST includes a simplified health check with every upgrade […]

SQL Maintenance for Enterprise Vault

SQL maintenance might be one of the most important things in an Enterprise Vault environment. It’s something you truly cannot neglect or the performance and functionality of Enterprise Vault can be […]

Dtrace and Enterprise Vault

Having an issue with Enterprise Vault and don’t know where to start?

Don't Be Surprised by Your NetBackup Capacity License

On almost a weekly basis, I get asked to help customers navigate the winding roads of the NetBackup license guide. For many customers these activities also include some looking under the hood of […]

Enterprise Vault Bulk Client Add-in Deployment

There is really no official recommendation from Veritas for Enterprise Vault client add-in deployment. But you can find information from Microsoft. See: […]

Troubleshooting Enterprise Vault for SharePoint

Often we get asked how to troubleshoot Enterprise Vault for SharePoint issues, so here is a little bit of information. A good starting point is to review:

Backing up Enterprise Vault using Trigger Files

Here is some information on backing up Enterprise Vault with trigger files:

dcVAST—NetApp Partnership Bolsters Hybrid Cloud Solutions

“With the addition of NetApp, we will be able to provide mission-critical technical support to hybrid cloud applications,” says Robert Swanson, Director of Services, dcVAST. “Along with our […]

Ever had to call Veritas (formerly Symantec) Technical Support?

If you're someone that is familiar with Enterprise Vault, you know it's not something you want to "set and forget." You also likely know that even with monitoring and maintenance plans in place, […]

Enterprise Vault Health Check??

Enterprise Vault must be monitored and managed to avoid serious and costly issues: • Legal searches that are slow, full of errors, and not delivering the needed results • Potential fines for not […]

It’s Here! dcVAST Announces Launch of Newly Redesigned Website

dcVAST, a leader in IT infrastructure management and support service, is proud to launch its newly redesigned website: www.dcVAST.com. The redesign features streamlined menus; simplified navigation; […]

Need Private Cloud Computing?

It can be a struggle to keep up with the high cost of IT and its constantly changing technologies. Small to mid-sized companies specifically find this to be an issue due to fewer internal resources, […]

Need Managed Services?

Let’s start with a case example: The file server fails at a law firm, with 200 users, resulting in employees losing access to client records, forms, document assembly and case management resources. […]

dcVAST Continues to Expand Service Personnel

Chicagoland-based IT Services Company Adds Two More Engineers – Further Commits to Specialization Model.

Intro to dcVAST

DOWNERS GROVE, IL, January, 2015—dcVAST, a leader in IT infrastructure management and support service, has introduced new 24x7 support solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS) clients. This service […]

dcVAST Enhances Amazon Web Services (AWS) with 24x7 Managed Support

DOWNERS GROVE, IL, January, 2015—dcVAST, a leader in IT infrastructure management and support service, has introduced new 24x7 support solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS) clients. This service […]

dcVAST ADDS MIKE SPICUZZA AS REGIONAL DATA PROTECTION SPECIALIST

Expands Company’s Symantec Expertise in Archiving, eDiscovery and Data Protection

dcVAST Speaks on Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure at Oracle OpenWorld

September 17, 2013 — Downers Grove, IL – Oracle has elected dcVAST, one of the Midwest's premier IT consulting and services companies, to speak at two sessions during their annual OpenWorld […]

Oracle release insightful Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) White Paper featuring dcVAST

Chicago, IL - March 22, 2013 – dcVAST partners with Oracle to release a new white paper, "dcVAST Unleashes the Power of IT for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Clients." This white paper quotes […]

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