Oct 29, 2014
Like everyone else, during the Great Recession IT departments suffered budget cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs. They did not, however, get a reduction in responsibility. As a matter of fact, during this time new legislation mandating high availability and disaster recovery ramped up, as did consumer-driven demand for technologies and services that require more data storage and management. If you’re in IT, and you feel like you could use a nice long vacation, you’re not alone. Out of necessity, IT departments have been slogging forward with a mix of old and new technologies and low headcounts for years now, so it’s difficult to convince management to cut anyone a break. The fact is, you’re probably not going to get headcount, but the infrastructure you have to manage and the services (and service levels) that you have to provide are just going to increase.
Aug 25, 2014
When it comes to cloud services, every survey on the subject reports that cloud adoption is growing and will keep growing. The majority of organizations already have breakout budgets for cloud, and even those are expected to grow. The few organizations that haven’t adopted cloud yet? Experts say just wait, they will.
Aug 21, 2014
Last month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. we were very honored to receive the Microsoft Platform Modernization Alliance Technology Innovation Award. This award is given to Microsoft partners who deliver innovative solutions that directly address customer challenges. Our migration software solution, Double-Take Move, performs near-zero downtime migrations to the cloud and is designed to help drive the next wave of virtualization. Double-Take Move allows businesses to migrate from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure, a trend that is growing as more and more businesses realize the significant value of migrating their business-critical data to Microsoft’s cloud offering.
Aug 18, 2014
IT managers are under pressure to do more with less. Virtualizing servers and moving to the Cloud is a great way to accomplish this. Streamlining operations, reducing costs and improving performance via virtualization and Cloud infrastructure makes sense and is an easy sell, but getting from here to there can be a nightmare. As soon as servers go down, as soon as staff can’t work, as soon as customers can’t buy things or contact support – an IT manager’s worst fears become reality. What the industry needs is a way to implement new cost-saving technologies while keeping the status quo in production.
Aug 12, 2014
Downtime, data loss, increased operation complexity and costs; all symptoms of a migration gone wrong. Moving critical workloads off of physical machines onto virtual and cloud infrastructure can improve performance and lower costs. But the move itself is high risk. At least, it used to be.
Jul 01, 2014
Even if you get a “great deal” on a “total package” that promises miraculous changes for your business, things can go from miraculous to bad very quickly. The problem with package deals is that you’re locked into a particular technology.
Jun 24, 2014
For a variety of reasons, most organizations have multiple database types in their IT environments. The problem is, supporting all these different databases is expensive: You need at least one knowledgeable staff member for each platform, managers have to oversee multiple maintenance contracts, and administrators have to stay on top of all the hardware needed to support the systems. Obviously, consolidating databases is the answer, but migration can be costly and risky, right?
Jun 17, 2014
Data is the new currency. In order to leverage it however, it has to be liquid. If your organization has data trapped in siloed departmental databases, or if you are performing nightly content transfers using antiquated manual processes, you're wasting time, money, and risking your competitive edge. To put a fine point on it, administrators can’t generate accurate business analytics, managers aren't seeing true business intelligence, and executives are making decisions based on outdated or incorrect data. We have been in this business for over two decades, so we know firsthand that keeping critical databases synced is an enormous challenge for database administrators, but we also know that the ability to do it can make or break a business.
Jun 10, 2014
You’d be hard pressed to find an organization without a multi-database environment today. Recently we conducted a survey in which 87% of the businesses we talked to said they regularly need to share data between multiple databases in their organization. What's really interesting is, 62% are constantly concerned that their databases are out of sync. Out-of-sync databases are nightmare. Among other problems, administrators waste time running reports on different systems and manually aggregating data, managers can’t get the information they need in order to do their jobs, and executives risk making decisions based on incorrect or outdated data. The problem is glaring enough that it can't be tolerated or just ignored. However, traditional, manual ETL efforts that involve nightly data extraction, transformation and loading are costly, labor-expensive and error-prone. So what's the answer?
Jun 03, 2014
In the new economy, who isn't looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs? Everybody is being asked to do more with less, and it's not just a temporary cost reduction measure; it's the new status quo. Managers in every department are looking for ways technology can help them improve and streamline operations, reduce costs and burden on already strained resources. IT managers know that virtual and cloud servers can be used as affordable, reliable HA/DR targets, and can alleviate strain on resources and provide significant cost savings.