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The Importance of SOC 2 and SOC 3 Validation

  
  
  

By Bruce Hall, Director of Managed Services

Have you heard about SOC 2 and SOC 3 validation? If you’re storing data in the cloud (or considering it) it’s a business imperative. We’ve recently completed a Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) and Control 3 (SOC 3) validation process. While we’re proud of our achievement, it’s important to explain what this means for our customers. When researching an enterprise cloud or managed service solution, it’s essential to not only check for compliance with SOC 2 and SOC 3, but also to review the actual report. Prospective service providers should be more than willing to share their report. We supply our SOC 3 report, filed by CPA firm, Wolf & Company, on our Website.

NetBackup 7.6.0.1 – Lessons Learned

  
  
  

By Ned Fairweather, Data Protection Manager

Symantec has recently released their next version of NetBackup with 7.6.0.1.   Daymark has deployed NetBackup 7.6.0.1 in several customer environments. Our technical consultants have found the product to be stable with a myriad of added features and improvements.  Here are few to note:  

Why VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is Worth Noting

  
  
  

By Corey Roberts, Director of Technology

Over the past week I have taken a close look at the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and I am quite impressed with the new offering.  VMware has done a great job bringing the capabilities of vCloud Director to customers in a pay as you go service offering.  This will enable customers to more seriously consider moving workloads to the cloud by leveraging the skills and knowledge they have already acquired internally.  Certainly utilizing the cloud for enterprise workloads creates many challenges and raises concerns for any IT administrator.  However, the ability to address these challenges and mitigate risk by partnering with VMware could certainly facilitate a more widespread adoption of cloud computing.

Secure Cloud Backup Part 4: Availability

  
  
  
Secure Cloud Backup Venn Diagram

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How easily can you restore your data from cloud?  What is your provider doing to protect your data once it has been stored in the cloud?  Can you backup or restore your data at any time?  These questions address availability.

 

VMware's Roadmap for vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center

  
  
  

By Matt Trottier, Virtualization Practice Manager

As the dust settles from VMworld 2013, more clarity is being provided on VMware’s cloud product strategy regarding vCloud Director and vCloud Automation Center. Here are 2 articles that explain VMware’s roadmap lifecycle for both VMware vCloud Director (vCD) and VMware vCloud Automation Center (vCAC).

Impressions from VMworld 2013

  
  
  

By Sean Gilbride, Director of Professional Services and Matthew Trottier, Virtualization Practice Manager

 

After spending 3 fun-filled days out in sunny San Francisco at VMworld 2013, we wanted to take some time to share our impressions of this year’s event and the most note-worthy products and announcements.

 

Secure Cloud Backup – Part 3: Ensuring Integrity

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

How do you know the data you backed up is the data that can be restored?  That question is at the heart of integrity as it relates to secure cloud backup.

Ensuring integrity can be a tough task.  It definitely requires a leap of faith as you put your data into the cloud.  The way to transform that leap of faith into a sense of assurance is through logging, restore validations, and continuous corruption detection and repair processes.

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Secure Cloud Backup – Part 2: Confidentiality - Ask the Right Questions

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

Ensuring data confidentiality means that only authorized users have access to the data.  Simply put, eyes that should not be viewing the data can’t see it.

On physical media, this can mean several things:  ensuring no physical access to the media, password authentication for disk drives, or encrypting media.  However, cloud backup introduces a major paradigm shift.  There are no doors to lock.  Do passwords mean anything when your data is being transmitted over the Internet? 

What Does Secure Cloud Backup Mean?

  
  
  

By Matthew Brady, Daymark Consultant

With so many pieces of modern business moving to the cloud, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  Backup has quickly found its way to the top of the list of processes, and perhaps headaches, that are driving companies to the cloud.  The advantages are vast.  Data is backed up offsite.  Backups are managed and monitored which frees up IT staff to focus on other tasks.  And backup services can be coupled with DR services.  It makes sense.

 

Solve Replication Problems and Avoid Costly Bandwidth Upgrade

  
  
  

By Kushal Patel, Senior Consultant & Network Practice Lead

 

We see replication challenges within many of our clients’ environments.  When RPOs are not met, the worry (and sometimes near panic) set in. While buying more bandwidth may seem like the only logical solution, it’s not cheap.  So before we make that recommendation, we evaluate the situation to see if WAN optimization may be a better way to go.

 

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