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05/07/2018   |   Tags: System Status  |   Comments (0)

System Status: Operational with Exceptions

Notes: A team is currently assigned to restoring service to Operations VMs to ensure system stability. A second team is assigned to restoring individual customer VMs. Click Read Full Story to see entire post.
05/07/2018   |   Tags: System Status  |   Comments (0)

System Status: Operational with Exceptions

Notes: In Los Angeles, at approximately 11:54am PDT, one of our storage clusters has experienced an exceptional failure. stcl01-node01 reports a kernel panic, and the secondary node did not take over as designed. We are working to bring the storage components and affected VMs back online. Click Read Full Story to see entire post.
25/06/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

The Lesson of the GitHub DDoS Attack: Why Your Web Host Matters

Surviving a cyberattack isn’t like weathering a Cat 5 hurricane or coming through a 7.0 earthquake unscathed. Granting that natural disasters too often have horrendous consequences, there’s also a “right place, right time” element to making it through. Cyber-disasters – which can be every bit as calamitous in their own way as acts of nature – don’t typically bend to the element of chance.…
08/05/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

A quick look at cloud terminology

The more IT terms you understand, the more you can help your institution stay safe

  The cloud may be easier and more affordable than advertised, but it isn’t free. Still, computing horsepower is finally a virtual (or, perhaps more appropriately, a virtualization) bargain. It’s entirely possible for your college or university to spend $10K a month and tap enough…
27/03/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

Cloud 101 for Real Estate Brokerages: Words to Live By

In my view, the IT vendor’s proper role is to showcase the powerful economic rationale for those in the real estate field to get out of the practice of buying/maintaining hardware that is obsolete practically before the paint is dry. And then to set an example, through grounded, customer-centric initiatives designed to simplify the cloud for these organizations – things like “on-boarding” services,…
21/03/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

Cloud 101 for Real Estate Brokerages: Four Myths in Need of Retirement

Cloud migration involves placing applications (and potentially much more) off-premises and online, shifting the focus from locally-based technology to remote access and deployment.  While some real estate brokerages – local offices and parent firms -- are likely to continue buying hardware, the pace of cloud migration continues to accelerate as more and more applications become cloud-ready. What’s…
13/03/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

Ransomware, Insurance Apps and the Public Cloud; Lessons for the Cloudless

In May of last year, the ransomware worm WannaCry fueled a massive attack that paralyzed some 300,000 computers in 150 countries, disabling systems at public hospitals throughout the U.K. along with those connected to Telefonica, the Spanish telecom provider, among other victims. The WannaCry ransomware…
21/02/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

Cyber: No Protection Against Complacency

While data is considerably safer these days in the cloud, no cyberinsurance policy can substitute for active vigilance. Cybersecurity insurance appears to be enjoying a heyday. While it’s been around for some time, the perceived need for it has never been greater, as DDoS attacks and major hacks grab headlines and fray nerves. As recently reported in The Hill, Lloyd’s…
16/02/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

R.I.P., XaaS: Users Must Not Drown In Alphabet Soup

I take no satisfaction in accurately predicting that the defining trend for 2017 would be the weaponization of the Internet of Things. After WannaCry and NotPetya slammed unsuspecting, unprotected organizations with epic ransomware attacks last year, I’m aware that prescience is not always its own reward. As we enter the second month of 2018, I’m embracing what the IT establishment might regard…
13/02/2018   |   Tags: News  |   Comments (0)

Insurance agency cloud lingo you need to know

Underwriting insurance is tough enough; most agencies would prefer not to wade into the fog of IT, especially given just how obtuse the tech world has become. For those insurance brokers making the shift from…