Data Sovereignty, Data Locality, is it important to stay local?

I hear a lot from cloud providers that you should house your data locally. Yet also hear from the large hyperscalers based in the US that data sovereignty doesn’t matter.

Data SovereigntyFrom experience, I believe that there are many benefits to staying local. These range from your data being more secure, through to customers having a better user experience when running their applications.

Below I will go into detail on the following issues. Detailing why they should be factors that drive you to keep your data in a local provider like Zettagrid;

1) Data Sovereignty and The Patriot Act
2) Partially in Australia, partially overseas
3) Performance and Latency
4) Access to engineers and architects in the same state Continue reading “Data Sovereignty, Data Locality, is it important to stay local?”

Whats the Cost of Not Doing DR

No, I’m not talking about the short-term cost savings. These aren’t savings you will have in project, capital or software fees if you don’t implement DR!

Cost of DRI’m talking about what’s the cost, and I mean the true cost to your business. What happens if you suffer an outage and you can’t “hand on heart” rely on your DR solution.

The market is definitely maturing in relation to DR. It’s becoming easier to get businesses to buy into the importance of catering for DR. It still isn’t a mandatory item yet though. I constantly see people putting applications into production with little or no thought to business continuity or DR. Continue reading “Whats the Cost of Not Doing DR”

How to Size IaaS VMs in the Cloud Properly

People, you need to stop sizing your IaaS cloud workloads wrong!

Size IaaSIn my 7 years at Zettagrid I’ve seen hundreds of customers and partners move workloads over to an IaaS provider. All too often it could be done in a much more efficient manner.

In today’s post I would like to go through with you some things I’ve experienced and learnt along the way. Hopefully this aides you when you start your journey to the cloud. It should make the transition faster and much more of a seamless experience for your end users. Continue reading “How to Size IaaS VMs in the Cloud Properly”

Cloud migration, how I do I actually get my apps to the cloud?

Cloud MigrationYou’ve decided to move to the cloud, great! Cloud migration full steam ahead. Now how do you actually get there…

Generally speaking there are 3 methods to move/migrate to the cloud which are;
– Build the applications fresh in the cloud
– Use tools to replicate existing workloads as is
– Redesign your applications for the cloud Webscale Webscale WEBSCALE! Continue reading “Cloud migration, how I do I actually get my apps to the cloud?”

The Cloud Has Burnt Me In the Past Can I Trust It Now – Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed the first 4 items affecting successful cloud trust. Today we will go through the remaining 4 and I’ll give you some recommendations. Let’s ensure they won’t bite you and your business when you to move to the cloud.

5) It is just too far away to trust

Trust DistanceDepending on where you are and what service you choose with cloud provider XYZ this has been the cause of significant headache for businesses I speak with. Often not considered until it’s very much too late. Continue reading “The Cloud Has Burnt Me In the Past Can I Trust It Now – Part 2”

The Cloud Has Burnt Me In the Past Can I Trust It Now – Part 1

Trust… OK we’ve all had problems moving workloads into the cloud or we’ve heard of companies that have. They’ve migrated to the cloud and it performed terribly. Maybe suffered unexplained downtime leaving users with a bad taste in their mouth about cloud.

Cloud Burnt TrustCan you trust the cloud not to burn you and your workloads?

Why should you trust your provider? Why shouldn’t you trust them? Let’s take a look… Continue reading “The Cloud Has Burnt Me In the Past Can I Trust It Now – Part 1”

Theres Much More To DR Than Just Replication – Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed the need for a discrete location and the networking aspects of DR. Now we will dive into the Replication, Automation and Management components.

3) Replication software

DR ReplicationThis is the most visible of the pieces typically but still doesn’t mean that it is being done adequately. The decision of what replication software is not going to be the same for everyone. It’s highly dependent on how the customers business operates and what type of applications they are wanting to protect. Continue reading “Theres Much More To DR Than Just Replication – Part 2”

Theres Much More To DR Than Just Replication – Part 1


Think about your own IT environment for a second and tell me what you use for DR?

VMware SRM DR Zerto DR Veeam DR Windows Hyper-V DR

You just thought of a product name didn’t you? You thought VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM), Veeam Backup and Replication, Hyper-V Replica or Zerto maybe. Whilst all those products are fantastic in their own right they are NOT “DR” they are primarily replication products.
The replication part of DR is an integral part! If that’s all you’re hanging your hat on then you’re going to have a rough time when it comes time for the “R” part in “DR”. This relies on your ability to restore your applications. Workloads could be inaccessible by staff in head office or external websites no longer up. Continue reading “Theres Much More To DR Than Just Replication – Part 1”

Disaster Recovery is Easy Stop Making it Hard

Fact #1 – Disaster Recovery and the solutions encompassing it were extremely difficult and time consuming.

Fact #2 – Technology has simplified Disaster Recovery, solutions can be purchased and setup in minutes.

Fact #3 – IT services companies want to keep it difficult to keep the traditional large project revenue setting up Disaster Recovery for customers.

Fact #4 – Companies have an emphasis on risk avoidance which creates a perception that IT must use the biggest vendor, spend a lot of time and a sizeable percentage of the budget to get the best Disaster Recovery solution.

Fact #5 – You can easily try these new Disaster Recovery solutions risk free and if they’re great then use them, if not then don’t. Continue reading “Disaster Recovery is Easy Stop Making it Hard”