The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.
2013 Trends in Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions for Small Businesses
No business is too small to be protected from a disaster and being small isn’t an excuse for having downtime. In this Business2Community article small businesses are encouraged to protect their systems with backups and disaster recovery solutions to ensure their viability regardless of what happens. The article argues that rather than old ways of protecting your environment, like tape backups and physically transferring media, the cloud can be leveraged for a more efficient recovery solution.
How Cloud Computing is Transforming College Admissions Operations
The sheer volume of data and paperwork involved with applying to college can be daunting for one single individual. Multiply that by the number of applicants for a particular college and you can see why colleges and universities could easily get overwhelmed. This EdTech article is the first in a four-part series on how cloud is changing the admissions process for everyone involved. In this initial article the authors note how “virtual” folders are replacing the old physical folders and as a result colleges are eliminating the risks physical folders have with containing all the important information.
The Software-defined Datacenter Meets Disaster Recovery
In this Datacenter Knowledge article by Zerto’s Shannon Snowden, readers will learn how the software-defined datacenter can work together with disaster recovery to provide unique solutions. The software-defined datacenter, a buzzword minted at VMworld in 2012, is already very much in place today. Snowden argues that the next logical step in that evolution is software-defined disaster recovery (SDDR), which, as Snowden describes it, “represents complete hardware abstraction.” Snowden goes on to explain that SDDR has easy implementation requirements and provides easy management. It works at the hypervisor layer and does not depend on hardware. And, SSDR allows for near-continuous data protection and non-disruptive DR testing.