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    Ten key steps to a Disaster Recovery Plan

    By Ian Hight

    In my first article on disaster recovery, I identified the two key objectives the business needs to set for its IT recovery strategy: the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). This was followed by an article exploring the key elements of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), which includes a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan for the IT systems. I now drill down into the key elements of DR for an organisation.

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    SAS IT Newsletter November 16

    Welcome to the SASIT newsletter 

    In this issue

    So what exactly is keeping CIOs awake at night?
    Which cloud service provider should I choose?
    VMware and AWS – a complimentary fit?
    Case Study : Automated data sharing between different databases in real-time
    Are you risking software licence non-compliance?
    SASIT – company growth
    New faces at SASIT

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    Top FIVE challenges faced by IBM AIX platform customers

    IBM AIX customers have more in common with each other than you might think, despite a multiplicity of use cases, IT environments and industry sectors using the platform, the market is telling us they all face the same challenges.

    Firstly, what is SAS IT's pedigree in the IBM Power Systems market? We manage in excess of 100 systems, both AIX and IBMi, this makes us one of the largest IBM Power MSP's in Australasia. 

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    SAS IT Newsletter August 16

    Welcome to the SASIT August newsletter

    In this issue

    Market perceptions - thoughts from our CEO
    Simplified back-up arrives in New Zealand thanks to SASIT
    Innovative development work boosts iconic kiwi finance company
    Further expansion of the SASIT customer facing team
    New entertainment platforms herald the emergence of 'Data fabric'
    IBM Systems and Infrastructure audit

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    Preserve and extend legacy applications with Web Services

    By Ian Hight

    In a previous article on legacy systems, I set out the components of a modernisation strategy. I concluded by recommending businesses take on a ‘preserve and extend’ strategy, a less costly and less risky approach than a ‘rip and replace’ strategy. The former enables the business build on the system’s existing strengths, such as reliability, security and performance, while starting to address its limitations.

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    When to outsource bespoke software development

    By Albert VanderplankeOutsource bespoke software development

    In my articles to date I have been examining the issues around legacy modernisation and in this article I examine how a project to modernise business systems might be resourced. As the issues are the same for any bespoke software development project I will use that more generic term as I discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing.

    What business are you in?
    One of the first issues that arises is what business are you in? For a manufacturer, a retailer, a district council their business is not primarily IT. Saying that, management policy may dictate that all corporate services are managed and executed by in-house resources. 

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    The rise and rise of IaaS

    By Ian Hight

    Today you can buy almost anything from the cloud. Applications, back-up and DR and, now, the organisation's entire IT infrastructure.

    This environment can be hosted, managed and serviced somewhere other than on its own premises.

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    It’s all fun and games until someone loses a deal

    By Simon Murphy

    It is shaping up to be another cracker year for the storage industry so grab your popcorn and settle in for the show.

    Public cloud continues to gobble up data like a fat kid at a buffet. The perennial contenders can only strap on the gloves and duke it out for supremacy of what remains of the on-premises storage market. There have been some casualties and there are certainly more to come (more on that in a later post).

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    Assessing the need for storage virtualisation

    By Ian Hight

    Introducing the concept of virtualisation for storage systems and set out the key components of the storage virtualisation plan. 

    I will also drill down into the assessment that provides the foundation for executing a storage virtualisation project.

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    Q: What is the key defining factor in a data centre? A: Resiliency

    By Ian Hight

    Here I examine the differences between a professional data centre and a computer room.

    I will show that resiliency, in both infrastructure and in skills and resources, is the defining factor.

    What is resiliency and why is it important?

    According to searchcio.techtarget.com, data centre resiliency is defined as “the ability of a server, network, storage system or an entire data centre to continue operating even when there has been an equipment failure, power outage or other disruption.”

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