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Hybrid cloud: tackling the finger-pointing when something goes wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 5:31:14 PM / by Richard Blanford posted in Fordway Managed Services, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy, Cloud Monitoring



If your organisation is using a mix of cloud services from different providers, how are you going to ensure delivery of the agreed service levels? Human nature being what it is, if a problem occurs, each supplier will typically claim that “it’s not my fault”, so you need a quick, effective way of finding out exactly where the problem lies. Ideally this should use information independent of that provided by the cloud supplier.

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Do we still need backups?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2019 9:03:10 AM / by Drew Markham posted in Disaster Recovery, cloud first, enterprise cloud

Backups are a business essential. They give us the reassurance that, if one day something goes badly wrong, we’ll have our critical business information backed up and ready to retrieve. But they take a lot of time and resource. That’s partly because data size and composition of varying formats keeps increasing; plus, in spite of deduplication, a lot of legacy data remains, especially on old media where it’s not easily recoverable.
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A cloud first strategy for disaster recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 27, 2017 10:15:21 AM / by Richard Blanford posted in cloud, cloud intermediation, Disaster Recovery, DraaS, cloud first, tactical

Any organisation considering moving applications to the cloud will begin with the questions: when is the right time and what services should we move? If you can extend the life of your existing infrastructure while reviewing your options in the medium term, a useful first step is to move your Disaster Recovery (DR) to the cloud.

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Fordway's shared services help councils reduce costs and improve disaster recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 12:38:50 PM / by Caroline Houlden posted in managed cloud, Disaster Recovery, shared services, case study

To meet the need to reduce costs while protecting front line services, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils agreed to work together to implement a shared services initiative. They chose Fordway to design and implement a new IT infrastructure to support the initiative using a shared platform to streamline service provision across the two councils while enabling each to maintain its own identity.

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The importance of people and process in the fight to secure NHS data

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2017 12:01:00 AM / by Navtej Kalkat posted in Security, Disaster Recovery, IT Strategy

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The computer virus which affected Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in November is a further reminder that NHS organisations need to remain constantly on their guard against security breaches. As no ransom was demanded, it’s likely to have been a random attack, but reports suggest that 28 trusts have been hit by ransomware attacks in the last year. Additionally, the NHS was the UK’s biggest victim of data breaches in 2015 according to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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