Disaster Recovery in the Cloud is Hot, but You May Get Burned

Welcome to the Monday edition of the IP news roundup. Here’s what’s happening in the worlds of disaster recovery, SIP trunking, big data, network security and cloud:

  • During the past 12-18 months, the disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market has grown to a $425 million-$450 million industry. However, an article on Network World warns that enterprises should tread carefully with DRaaS. The article states, “Some (analysts) question if cloud-based DR systems have proven they work at scale and wonder if they’ve yet earned their stripes in helping companies recover from major disasters. Plus, there are a whole new crop of challenges and technical specifications that need to be considered when implementing a cloud-based DR strategy compared to traditional methods. All that adds up to a big caution sign for the enterprise.” See the article for more reasons why enterprises are taking a cautious approach to DRaaS.
  • Are you ready for the SIPconnect 1.1 Technical Specification? TMCnet.com reported that the SIP Forum is encouraging industry-wide adoption of the SIPconnect 1.1 Technical Specification through SIPconnect-IT 2012. As part of this initiative, application developers, equipment vendors and service providers “will be able to demonstrate and test implementations of this SIP trunking interoperability specification in a live network environment.” SIPconnect-IT 2012 will take place December 3-7, 2012, at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory. To register or learn more, please visit http://www.regonline.com/sipconnectit2012.
  • Big data and cloud computing are driving the data economy. A TechCrunch article explored the emerging data economy, where organizations can “access data in new ways, where the currency does not only have to be money, but can be in the form of data or insight.” According to the article, technologies such as cloud computing, big data and APIs are driving this new data economy, as it is “powered by the Internet’s ability to allow rapid collection and exchange of data as well as by APIs that can search for and deliver data exactly where it is needed.”
  • SC Magazine announces the threat of the month – anti-virtualization malware. With more businesses deploying virtualized environments, it is only natural that more malware writers will try to gain access to these virtualized systems. Anti-virtualization malware “looks for any VMware machines on a system and accesses the virtual machine images to place malware that will automatically activate on a system boot-up.” For information on how to prevent anti-virtualization malware from compromising your network, see the full SC Magazine warning.
  • Your cloud services will fail, so you’d better plan for it. The Microsoft Trustworthy Computing blog warns cloud service providers of the importance of planning for service failures. According to the article, “the more complex things become, the more challenging it is to anticipate and predict failures. As a result, designing services to withstand failure, as well as having a plan in place to recover the service quickly, is critical in building trust and maintaining long-term relationships with customers.” The article suggests six areas that cloud service providers can look at when planning for failures. These areas include building redundancy into your systems and conducting regular recovery process drills. For more information on how to build reliable cloud services, please see the Trustworthy Computing article.

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