|By Josh Mazgelis||
|January 13, 2014 01:15 PM EST||
Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a wide array of predictions for what’s to come in 2014. Vendors, analysts and reporters alike have been guessing which companies will succeed, which technologies will falter and where the industry will stand a year from now. Despite all the different predictions, there’s one underlying theme: more. More data. More mission-critical applications. More virtualization. More reliance on technology.
While these technologies change and grow, the core principles behind your business remain the same: end users need to be able to access and operate without interruption in order to ensure your business can remain functional and profitable. It is critical to ensure that your IT admins are leveraging the right tools and are prepared for the inevitable hiccups that come with running a technologically-dependent business.
In this week’s Disaster Recovery Download, we take a look at a few articles that highlight these tools, from some of the industry’s most influential publications.
When we discuss virtualization technologies, we typically look at the hard metrics behind them. Which are the fastest? Which is the most reliable? In this article for Virtualization Practice, Jo Harder looks beyond the metrics to the people that design, build, sell and support the technology that we use every day. Harder provides an interesting perspective that we often overlook in our day to day analysis of the industry.
If you’ve been keeping up with the IT Continuity Insights blog you know there’s one thing we love here: estimating the cost of downtime. While this article by Brian Karlovsky in ARN may not do exactly that, it does provide some interesting insights into how the cost changes year over year. Karlovsky points to a recent study that shows complete outages are down by 20 percent since 2011, while financial losses owing to these outages are up by 33 percent.
In this SearchServerVirtualization article David Davis analyzes what the vCenter lacks and when it is worth paying for vSphere management tools. Davis not only looks at the challenges that lead companies to look for third party management tools, but also offers a variety of concrete reasons for why they should look elsewhere.