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Enterprise Vault 12 – Why are You Waiting?

Veritas’ latest version of Enterprise Vault (EV) has been available for almost a year now. EV12 offers the latest features that companies require to ensure effective implementation of their archiving and discovery strategies. The six listed here are particularly noteworthy:

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Wed, Feb 01, 2017
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NetBackup 8.0 – 6 Enhancements to Love

Veritas recently released NetBackup 8.0 for General Availability. There are several enhancements and product announcements to this flagship backup product that are included with this release. Here are a few highlights to take specific note of:

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Wed, Jan 25, 2017
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Daymark Has a New Website – Check it Out!

It’s no secret that technology is moving fast – really fast! And its impact on how business is conducted cannot be overstated. To better reflect how we’re helping our clients navigate all the changes in IT, we’ve given our website, www.daymarksi.com, a makeover.

It includes a clean new design, easier menu navigation, faster load times and some really beautiful images in keeping with Daymark’s nautical theme. There’s a lot of great info on: 

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Mon, Jan 23, 2017
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The Importance of HITRUST Certification in Azure

Healthcare providers today are continuing to rely more and more on the efficiencies of the public cloud to store, send, and manage sensitive data. But it’s challenging to leverage the benefits of the cloud while managing the increasing complexity of healthcare security, compliance and regulatory demands.

That’s where HITRUST comes in. The HITRUST Certification is the most widely recognized security accreditation in the healthcare industry.  HITRUST incorporates healthcare specific security, privacy and regulatory requirements from existing regulations such as HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, ISO 27001 and MARS-E as well as industry best practices. Microsoft has recently announced that Azure is one of the first hyperscale cloud computing platforms to become HITRUST CSF Certified.  It’s a valuable addition to Azure, providing a single framework for healthcare organizations to leverage the efficiencies, availability, and scalability that Azure provides.

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Wed, Jan 11, 2017
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One Year Later – Still a Green Light for Defensible Data Remediation

In December 2015, the electronic discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) were amended to substantially expand the Safe Harbor against sanctions for destruction of electronic data. In my November 2015 white paper, C-Level Guide to Covering Your Information Governance Assets, I predicted that the amended rules signaled a pivot away from one of the main sources of eDiscovery uncertainty - the inconsistent imposition of severe sanctions for the loss of electronically stored information relevant to dispute resolution. The prediction holds.

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Wed, Dec 21, 2016
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Cost Justifying a Data Protection Service

To date, we’ve looked at making a compelling financial case for an investment in software and making the business case for a new disk array. In this last blog, I’ll talk about making an increasingly frequent IT decision, seeking the expertise of an IT Managed Service Provider.

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Wed, Nov 30, 2016
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Cost Justifying a Software Management Tool

In my last post, "Making the Business Case for a New Disk Array," I talked about using TCO and ROI to make a decision on whether to replace or upgrade an aging disk array. Now, we’ll look at how to cost justify a new software investment.

Example:

  • The Situation: A business is contemplating investing in a software management tool which will allow them to have a better understanding of their application workloads, infrastructure utilization and know where and when bottlenecks exist within the infrastructure.
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Tue, Nov 15, 2016
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Making the Business Case for a New Disk Array

 

Now that we’ve talked about how how to make IT Investments for the future and how TCO and ROI differ, let’s look at a few examples and see where TCO and ROI analysis might come into play for a business.

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Tue, Nov 08, 2016
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IT Investments: ROI vs. TCO

Today’s CIOs take an active role in helping the business be more competitive, drive revenue and innovate. When new IT investments are needed to support the business, a cost justification, either in the form of TCO or ROI is required. When should you make the case for each? When do you need both?

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Mon, Oct 31, 2016
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Financial Analysis of IT Investments with an Eye on the Future

Today more than ever businesses are being challenged to make sound, financially prudent investments in their IT infrastructure. CIOs are under pressure to contain spending while at the same time deliver the IT services needed to support the business’ increasing desire for applications that are more agile, perform better and are available 24x7.

It is in this context that IT decision makers must decide what infrastructure (servers, storage, networks, software) will be used to support the business’ applications. And this is not a one-shot deal.

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Fri, Oct 21, 2016
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