Understanding the difference between a backup and snapshots

Often times our support team gets asked “Can I just use a snapshot as my backup?” Even though snapshots seems like an easy way to backup a virtual machine, you will learn in this post that it isn’t the most effective solution and can lead to later problems.

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Comparing the value of Cloud vs Traditional Data Backup

Performing cost analysis on cloud versus traditional recovery can seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s really not that hard. The first step is to calculate what the overhead for your traditional data centers and backups cost you today. Your accounting department likely can give you all of this. Using depreciated values is not a bad idea for looking at annual costs. Be sure to include things like: battery and UPS, fire suppression, generators, server equipment and racks, routers, hubs, switches, cabling from server to server, the cost to install, configure, and maintain the servers. Costs of upgrades and not least, the current costs you’re paying for backups, tapes and RAID. Then, there are the utility usage costs for network access, power, heating and cooling.

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How to Expand Your Cloud Portfolio with Cloud Based Applications

For companies already providing telecom and data services to end users, adding a cloud service model to your repertoire of services can dramatically increase profits and customer satisfaction. As evidenced by the February 2012 Microsoft study, 56% of SMBs want a single source for their IT and many want a mix of applications and infrastructure sources. Additionally, the growth potential for offering compute resources is expected to grow (current users purchase four services, compared to the anticipated six in the future). For corporate developers, adding cloud based applications to your product offering is an easy way for you to utilize the infrastructure and resources you already have and provide more valuable services that your customers want.

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How to Use the Cloud Like a Pro

Becoming a pro in your cloud environment enhances your ability to fully utilize the resources available to you within your cloud. Understanding how your cloud works and how the interpret the data coming from the network operations center will further assist you as you make judgments about your environment.

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Disaster Recovery and What it can do for You

A national tragedy, such as the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, helps us bond as citizens and as a country. It makes us realize the importance of life, how short it can be and that anything can change in an instant. While it’s not always possible to avert a crisis, we can do our best to prepare for them and plan ahead for how to handle what comes our way. Developing a business continuity and disaster recovery plan is the first step toward preparing your business for any type of crisis.

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