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Cyber Resilience Versus Cyber Security? There’s a Big Difference, and Not Understanding It Could Cost You!

There’s a lot of talk these days about cyber resilience. That is, being able to keep your business going after a cyber attack. But wouldn’t it be better to be cyber-secure, so you can keep those attacks from happening in the first place?

April 16, 2019

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Need to Simplify Management of Your Multitenant Environment? We’ve Got a Patent for That!

Businesses and service providers are using multitenant environments within the enterprise to take advantage of benefits such as cost savings, more robust data aggregation and analysis, and simpler maintenance. With these benefits, however, come the challenges of dealing with greater complexity — a greater number of moving parts, or suborganizations, that are constantly changing.

April 2, 2019

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It’s Not Paranoia If They Really Are Out to Get You

Ask any IT professional about enterprise data security and you can feel the tension in the room rise even before anyone starts speaking. Security is a tense topic, and for good reason. Good data security is hard. Total security today is nigh impossible.

March 19, 2019

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ROI – Really Obnoxious Info

You may be shocked to see a CFO making a mockery of a ROI calculator. The fact is, I don’t know anyone who made a purchasing decision based on a proprietary calculation done by a biased software.

March 5, 2019

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New to the Industry, But Not the Journey

So why did a guy who spent his entire career in the media-and-entertainment data business decide to start over in a new market? On the surface, it seems like an odd or miscalculated move at this point in my career, but stay with me. Soon you’ll say, “now I get it.”

February 26, 2019

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The Rocket Science of Data Protection

At its simplest level, data protection isn’t really a hard concept. We start with a bunch of zeros and ones in a certain order and we need to ensure that regardless of disaster, interference, failure, or incompetence that we can always restore those bits to a pristine and fully operational condition. But assuring data protection in practice can be really difficult.

January 31, 2019

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Thoughts on Think 2019

Being new to the industry, I did not attend Think last year. However, I have heard from myriad colleagues that they found the event’s focus on integrating content and solutions to better address current technical challenges to be timely, and squarely in line with the kinds of conversations we have every day at Cobalt Iron.

January 31, 2019

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Why Companies Should Bring the Backup Discussion to the Board Room

It is important to include all of the appropriate stakeholders in IT planning in order to get a complete picture of the total impact of data loss or disruption. This blog explores some key questions that should be discussed by executives and board members regarding data backup and the risks of data loss.

December 18, 2018

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ADP Promotes VTL Functionality to First Class Data Protection

Tape operations continue to play a significant role in data center operations, especially for data backup and disaster recovery. However, IT personnel have long been trying to simplify tape operations such as the management of tape volumes, tape drives, and tape libraries as well as tape-related disaster recovery operations. Read the full blog to learn more about how a new VTL offering can help to transition tape to modernized backup.

November 27, 2018

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Modern Data Protection for Work and Profit

If I had to pick the two most popular IT initiatives that I hear most about today they would be automation and modernization. I find these two initiatives holding the top of the list in almost all data-centric organizations I’ve talked with. We want to be seen as modern and current, but we always want do things better, faster, and with less effort.

November 6, 2018

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The Winner’s Problem – Technical Legacies and Legacy Technology

When it comes to data protection, what worked very well in the past to help the long surviving IT and the well-established business protect their mission-critical data most likely no longer works quite as well as it did in its prime.

October 23, 2018

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Can You Really Afford Reliable Data Protection?

A fair question to ask right now is if it’s even possible to deliver a cost-effective data protection solution, given all the complexities enterprises can face.

October 9, 2018

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Protecting All Data in a Complex World

Are you actually protecting all your important data today? Not “almost,” “just about”, or “we have plans,” but all of it?

September 18, 2018

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Opening a new chapter

Welcome! Cobalt Iron is a fast-growing tech startup in a cosmopolitan nook in the Midwest, where basketball, live music, and technology rule the day.

September 18, 2018

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