Backup and Recovery
ProtecTIER end of life support

Where to look for ProtecTIER end of life support?

Yet another headache in the wonderful world of IT. For several years, major corporates – at least 500 to our knowledge – have been trusting their virtual back-up and restore methodologies on IBM’s ProtecTIER family of products. It did a fantastic job. As we come to the close of 2020, we’ve hit the ‘end of life’ phase for this product.  Where does a...
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disaster recovery

Do your backup and DR facilities fit your needs?

Back up and Disaster Recovery (DR). Some very simple concepts that businesses have always needed and always will need. However, the ‘how’ is changing rapidly as technology surges forward in an uptrend pointing up at the clouds; pun intended. Can you answer these backup and DR questions comfortably? How long could your business go if...
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Managing IT infrastructure in a nationwide lockdown

Managing IT infrastructure in a nationwide lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown some huge challenges for businesses, particularly in retail. Thankfully, Blue Chip’s investment in its Tier IV by design data centre has meant seamless delivery of IT services to companies around the world.
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magnetic tape IBM i

Are you using pandemic-prone 1956 technology in your IBM i environment?

Heartbreak Hotel was released the same year as magnetic tape was first used to store data.
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disaster recovery plan

What are the benefits of a disaster recovery plan?

A Disaster Recovery (DR) plan documents the procedure to protect and recover a company’s critical IT infrastructure in an event of a disaster. That could be any unforeseen event which put an organisation’s operations at risk. These include, but are not limited to: Power outagesHardware failuresFireCyber attacksEarthquakesStorage failuresFloodingApplication crashesComputer viruses In the aftermath of a...
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COVID-19 business continuity

What’s your IBM i business continuity plan for COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly causing changes to business, globally. Large scale events, including industry events like IBM Think, have been cancelled in wake of the pandemic. Many of our customers have reached out to us over the last week to see how we can help them with these challenges. Blue Chip has been supporting...
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cloud Disaster Recovery

How does Disaster Recovery work with cloud computing?

Data is at the core of almost every business decision, having a major impact on corporate performance and business health. Loss of valuable data can therefore immediately affect decision-making, potentially damaging productivity, revenue and reputation. The importance of Disaster Recovery services Disaster Recovery (DR) is a type of planning that enables companies to recover infrastructure...
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cloud security

How can regulated industries gain security in the cloud?

Concerns around data privacy have prevented some companies — particularly those in the most security-conscious industries — from moving to the cloud. Despite Gartner’s forecast that, by 2022, up to 60% of organisations will use an external service provider’s cloud managed service offering (double the percentage of organisations from 2018), there’s still some unease around...
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What is DRaaS?

What does DRaaS mean?

Simply put, DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) is an evolution of Disaster Recovery DR, the practice of restoring IT infrastructure after unexpected downtime. The major causes of IT downtime are operational failures, such as the following: Power interruptionNetwork disruptionHardware faultsSoftware faults As IT failures have doubled for UK banks in the past year, causing...
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