The European Commission has announced the new EU-US Privacy Shield law, which replaces Safe Harbor effective immediately. The new ruling addresses European concerns about US access to the data of Europeans and gives Europeans more options to file concerns regarding the use of their data. U.S. companies may certify compliance beginning Aug. 1. Tech companies praised the new agreement, saying it restores trust that’s needed after the Edward Snowden leaks of 2013. “Our members are ready to implement the new …

Recently, Yan Ness and Bill Frohriep of Online Tech held a thought leadership event with a dozen business and IT executives at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The main topic on the agenda was Shadow IT, or “IT behind the scenes.” Shadow IT refers to companies who implement IT projects without the department’s knowledge (or permission, in some cases), usually because the internal IT department is too slow or doesn’t have enough resources to respond to requests. An example of …

A key component of a successful disaster recovery plan is testing it. Testing once a year is usually not enough, and you’ll want to make sure you can run a proper failover when you need to. A failover is when you move from one environment to another. In disaster recovery terminology, it’s used to mean the transfer from a production environment to a recovery one. A failover is a huge process, and there are many complications that can arise from it. …

Ransomware has been rising at an “alarming rate,” according to security researchers, with a 3,500 percent increase in criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns. According to Microsoft, the U.S. has the highest number of ransomware attacks, with more than 300 thousand. It can affect anyone with a computer or mobile device, and there are already plenty of examples of large businesses being victimized and shelling out large amounts of money to get their data back. How does ransomware …

Online Tech CEO Yan Ness will be speaking at the Fifth Annual Chicago and Midwest Data Center Summit this week! He is part of a panel that will be speaking on topics such as the role monetization has played in data centers, how the cloud affects the data center, and how enterprises view the retail data center with the advances in cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The conference will take place today and tomorrow at the Westin Hotel River North …

Online Tech CEO Yan Ness had the opportunity to speak at the IMN data center conference in Washington, D.C., on June 9-10. He was part of a Cloud Service Provider CEO panel, and answered questions on future growth areas, how to remain competitive in a market dominated by large players, and specializing geographically. What is Online Tech doing to remain competitive in today’s crowded market? Yan explained that it is Online Tech’s people who make the difference, citing his white-glove …

There are three basic pillars/tenets of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The first two are popular models of cloud. But what about PaaS? Below are frequently asked questions about this branch of cloud. What is PaaS? Platform as a Service, or PaaS, is a model of cloud computing that allows applications to be delivered through the Internet. A PaaS provider will have all the equipment needed for …

When doing research about disaster recovery, you may come across some key terms that are unfamiliar. The following is a glossary designed to help you navigate the waters of disaster recovery. Disaster recovery: A subset of business continuity, disaster recovery is how your organization will recover and maintain operations during and after a disaster has been declared. Disasters can come in all forms, from fires and floods to electrical outages, cyber attacks, and administrative failures. Disaster recovery plans are critical …

Your organization’s data is money unaccounted for on the balance sheet, and it must be protected. A secure production site with no single point of failure goes a long way, but disaster recovery is the insurance that keeps you running in case of a fire, cyber attack, or accidental database wipe. Many factors, most importantly cloud economics, have been a driving factor in the growth of disaster recovery, making it imperative to business continuity. You need simple data protection. There …

Disaster recovery is more than a luxury, it’s imperative to an overall business continuity plan. But it can be overwhelming and expensive to implement. However, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is becoming the answer to the many woes of traditional IT disaster recovery. Disaster recovery spending has been on the rise since 2014, with 46 percent of TechTarget’s annual IT Priorities survey respondents saying it was a top priority for their budgets in 2014. In a separate study by CIO …

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