3 Best Practices for Successful Backup and Disaster Recovery

virtualizationreview | June 17, 2019

The terms backup and disaster recovery (DR) are often used interchangeably. Even so, theres a significant difference between the two. Backups are point-in-time copies that can be used to restore data or a physical or virtual machine to a previous state. In contrast, DR refers to the ability to run a workload in a different location so that the workload will remain online and available in spite of a disaster. Following are some best practices organizations should keep in mind when planning their DR and backup implementations.

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Companies are choosing to deploy apps and consume services on the clouds that best suit their business objectives. This model, known as multi-cloud, uses two or more public clouds, two or more private clouds, or a combination of public, private and edge clouds to distribute applications and services. Multi-cloud strategies offer several advantages, from increased resiliency and agility to data sovereignty. A key benefit is that organizations can leverage a specific cloud provider’s bespoke capabilities and services to further transform their application stacks.


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Digi International Launches Digi SAFE at 2022 IACP Conference Taking Public Safety to Next Generation of Secure Connectivity

Digi International | October 17, 2022

Digi International a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services, today announced the launch of its Digi SAFE™ all-in-one connectivity solution for public safety and transportation agencies. The Digi SAFE connectivity solution, which will be showcased at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo, is purpose-built, secure, and suited for widespread deployment by emergency services organizations of all sizes and budgets. At its core, Digi SAFE features Digi Remote Manager as the command center of an intelligent public-safety network that enables IT support teams to remotely monitor, manage, and update field devices. It facilitates rapid deployment, provides location data visibility, and ensures the devices have the latest software & security updates. Digi provides several router options for emergency professionals, including the new Digi TX40 5G. Encased in a hardened enclosure, the Digi TX40 5G is designed from the ground up to achieve next-generation 5G performance for public safety. Rugged and rated for extended operating temperatures, Digi TX40 5G incorporates Ethernet, Wi-Fi, serial, USB, dual SIMs, and other features to enable a complete Vehicle Access Network (VAN). The Digi TX40 will be available in the Spring 2023. Secure Mobility Powered by Radio IP With its Digi TX40 5G router, the Digi SAFE security solution is empowered by Radio IP, a leading CJIS compliant Mobile VPN provider and enables IT administrators from multiple agencies to securely share one system within a single operating platform. The highly resilient application and session persistence helps ensure constant connectivity enabling greater support for first responders in the field with mobile encryption and reliable data access, keeping officers and citizens safer, while minimizing response times. In addition to the benefits of Radio IP’s Mobile VPN, Digi TX40 5G meets the U.S. government cybersecurity FIPS 140-2 standard and leverages Digi TrustFence® to ensure security compliance throughout the network. Options for Police and Emergency-Service Operations “With a commitment to delivering the most advanced connectivity solutions for public safety, emergency services, and transportation, we are proud to unveil Digi SAFE at this prestigious law-enforcement event,” said Kinana Hussain, Digi’s Vice President of Product Management. “In response to the tremendous challenges faced by field officers in keeping individuals and communities safe, Digi focuses on advanced, secure, and always-on solutions to help agencies realize the benefits of their digital transformation initiatives. Our software-centric solutions with reliable purpose-built devices are why customers continue to trust Digi.” Along with radios for voice communication, public safety vehicles are equipped with dash cameras, body cameras, license-plate readers, eTicket systems, and mobile data computers that create a profusion of data streams from the field. These streams, particularly real-time video, provide critical situational awareness for dispatchers, command staff, and officers at the scene of a public-safety incident. The volume and complexity of data flowing to and from public-safety vehicles is constantly growing and requires relentless, always-on connectivity. Emergency-Service Communications Several wireless carriers offer networks for public safety agencies. These networks ensure critical voice, text, and data communications so that every first responder vehicle can communicate with dispatchers, hospitals, and one another without interruption or delay. Digi TX cellular routers for public safety are certified for emergency services use with all major U.S. carriers. Digi SAFE solutions are available in both 4G LTE models and 5G models with 5G/4G LTE dual connectivity. In 5G cellular routers with 5G/4G LTE dual connectivity, the device seamlessly switches between 5G and 4G LTE connections without interruption and without loss of data. About Digi International Digi International is a leading global provider of IoT connectivity products, services, and solutions. It helps companies create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security and reliability. Founded in 1985, Digi has helped customers connect more than 100 million things and counting. For more information, visit www.digi.com. About Radio IP Software A global leader in mobile communications, Radio IP Software offers a portfolio of innovative Mobile Virtual Private Network and mobile security solutions. Its award-winning services helps overcome the performance, security, connectivity, and roaming challenges associated with wireless networks to achieve faster response times.

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Lightbits and Intel to Demonstrate Application Acceleration and Improved Resource Utilization Using an Intel IPU and Disaggregated NVMe Storage

Lightbits | September 29, 2022

Intel Innovation Lightbits, the first software-defined and architected for NVMe/TCP data platform for any cloud, will be conducting a joint product demonstration with Intel at the upcoming Intel Innovation event, taking place September 27-28, 2022 in San Jose. The demonstration will highlight Lightbits software-defined, NVMe/TCP storage cluster providing high-performance block storage to compute servers equipped with Intel® IPU E2000, thereby enabling the freeing up of CPU cores to maximize the customer’s revenue without sacrificing application performance. The demo will highlight the increased infrastructure efficiency and flexibility that results from the on-demand provisioning of remote NVMe storage. Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) need to reduce the CPU resources allocated to storage processing, thereby making more CPU cycles available to run customer applications. Intel Innovation attendees will see how the combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies dynamically provisions storage, significantly reduces Xeon CPU utilization for infrastructure tasks and delivers a high-performance cloud block storage solution. In this example, the number of cores was reduced by more than 4X, demonstrating significant CPU utilization savings. The combined solution of Lightbits software with Intel high-performance technologies delivers an unmatched combination of performance, resiliency, and scalability while lowering TCO. As strategic partners, the companies are helping customers address their complex data center needs enabling CSPs, IT organizations with private clouds, FinTech, and electronic retailers to deliver fast, resilient, and secure services to their clients. The solution can be used as a high-performance data platform for any orchestration environment, such as OpenStack, or to run container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment as well as virtualized applications in a VMware vSphere environment. Lightbits Labs (Lightbits), is on a mission to make high-performance block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud. Lightbits offers a Cloud Data Platform that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for modern data centers. Inventors of the NVMe over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments.

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SiFive��s New High-Performance Processors Offer a Significant Upgrade for Wearable and Consumer Products

SiFive | November 07, 2022

SiFive, Inc. the founder and leader of RISC-V computing, today announced two new products that address the need for high performance and efficiency in a small size in high volume applications like wearables, smart home, industrial automation, AR/VR, and other consumer devices. The SiFive Performance™ P670 and P470 RISC-V processors bring unparalleled compute performance and efficiency that is significantly raising the bar for innovative designs in these high-volume markets. The modern and innovative SiFive design methodologies bring raw compute density that is a substantial advantage for SiFive Performance products and also translates into significant cost savings for customers. “The P670 and P470 are specifically designed for, and capable of handling the most demanding workloads for wearables and other advanced consumer applications. These new products offer powerful performance and compute density for companies looking to upgrade from legacy ISAs,” said Chris Jones, SiFive VP of Product. “We have optimized these new RISC-V Vector enabled products to deliver the performance and efficiency improvements the industry has long been asking for, and we are in evaluations with a number of top-tier customers. Additionally, as the upstream enablement of RISC-V has started within the Android Open Source Project, (AOSP), designers will have unrivaled choice and flexibility as they consider the positive implications with that platform for future designs.” "We are excited to see RISC-V solutions for wearable and consumer devices becoming a reality, and we are looking at possibilities of integrating SiFive’s latest products into Snapdragon platforms,” Ziad Asghar, Vice President, Product Management- Snapdragon Technologies and Roadmap at Qualcomm "Samsung’s System LSI Business holds a wide portfolio of solutions for various applications, such as mobile, wearables and other consumer devices. We look forward to evaluating how the latest RISC-V innovations from SiFive can enhance our offerings,” said Jinpyo Park, VP of the Innovative AP Development Team, Samsung Electronics System LSI Business. “SiFive continues to be a market leader in the growing and maturing RISC-V space and again shows its leadership with its new SiFive Performance P670 and P470 RISC-V processors,” said Todd R. Weiss, an analyst with Futurum Research. “These latest and powerful new processors give SiFive feature and performance advantages that will gain plenty of attention from device makers and consumers who want more from their devices. SiFive has been growing its reputation for some time and is truly ready to shake up the marketplace.” Features The SiFive Performance P470 and P670 products offer a finely-tuned combination of compute-density, power efficiency, and robust feature sets ideal for a wide range of applications and markets: Support for virtualization, including a separate IOMMU for accelerating virtualized device IO Full, Out-of-Order, RISC-V Vector implementation, based on the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 Specification First to market with the RISC-V Vector Cryptography extensions SiFive WorldGuard system security Full RISC-V RVA22 profile compliance New, Advanced Interrupt Architecture (AIA) compliant interrupt controller, with better support for Message Signal Interrupts (MSI) and virtualization Enhanced scalability with fully coherent multi-core, multi-cluster, with support for up to 16 cores SiFive Performance P670 The P670 is ideal for applications like premium wearables, networking, robotics, and mobile. The P650, which excludes the vector unit, is already shipping to lead customers and is being used in applications that do not require the additional capabilities that vector compute offers or are more area constrained. The feature rich P670 achieves a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, has performance of greater than 12 SpecINT2k6/GHz, offering optimized performance in a constrained area and power envelope, offers higher single threaded performance and 2x compute density compared to legacy solutions, and includes a 2x 128-bit Vector ALUs compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive Performance™ P470 The P470 is SiFive’s first efficiency-focused Out-of-Order, area optimized, vector processor, ideal for applications like wearables, consumer, and smart home devices. Expanding on the proven P500-Series, the P470 is significantly smaller than competing solutions and optimized to have best-in-class performance efficiency and area density. The P470 was designed to also serve as a companion to the P670 processor for demanding applications that require a sharing of compute resources while optimizing power consumption. The P470 offers a significant upgrade to legacy efficiency cores, achieving a maximum frequency exceeding 3.4GHz in 5nm, and greater than 8 SpecINT2k6/GHz, within a minimal area and power envelope. Other P470 features include: 4x compute density in comparison to leading competitor Includes 1x 128-bit RISC-V Vector ALU compliant with the ratified RISC-V Vector v1.0 specification SiFive will also release the P450 – an area-optimized version of the P470 that excludes the Vector Unit. A presentation highlighting the benefits of the new products will be made at the Linley Fall Microprocessor Conference later today. About SiFive As the pioneers who introduced RISC-V to the world, SiFive is transforming the future of compute by bringing the limitless potential of RISC-V to the highest performance and most data-intensive applications in the world. SiFive’s unrivaled compute platforms have enabled leading technology companies around the world to innovate, optimize and deliver the most advanced solutions of tomorrow across every market segment of chip design, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automotive, data center, mobile, and consumer. With SiFive, the future of RISC-V has no limits.

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Lenovo Think Report Reveals Barriers to Critical Thinking and How Technology Can Empower Progress for a Better World

Lenovo | October 07, 2022

To take a critical look at how today’s societal challenges have affected global productivity and attitudes, Lenovo today releases its first-ever Think Report. This report identifies a compromised way of thinking in today’s world, with global respondents claiming a loss of roughly two hours per day in productivity due to their inability to think purposefully, primarily because of burnout, stress and mental fatigue they have experienced from the tremendous societal changes in the past two years. This timely report – which surveyed 5,700+ people across the US, UK, Germany and Japan – comes on the heels of the 30th anniversary of Lenovo ThinkPad. The insights look to educate people in the workforce on the importance of “real thinking,” and will enable those to use technology more intelligently, collaboratively -- and less intrusively, in a way that isn’t distracting to living life and thriving. “It is eye-opening to see that people globally feel that societal progress is in jeopardy because of a lack of real thinking. 80% of those surveyed believe that we, as a society, need to develop a new revolution in thinking, As we celebrate ThinkPad’s 30th anniversary, it’s a pivotal time to re-evaluate how human-centered technology can catalyze better thinking in all aspects of our lives – from home to work to school and more.” Emily Ketchen, VP and CMO of Intelligent Devices Group, Lenovo The Thinking Gap Respondents largely feel that the external events of the last few years (e.g., COVID-19, economic disruptions, etc.) are contributing to and exacerbating distractions, heightened multitasking and fatigue, which further impairs the quality of their thinking. Across all respondents, just 34% say they spend "all" or "most" of their thinking time in clear, deep, and productive thinking. 75% of IT Decision Makers globally say that their colleagues struggle “a great deal” or “somewhat” with engaging in clear and productive thinking. 64% of those surveyed feel that they are reliant on practical or “survival” thinking and the ability to think quickly and multitask is “extremely” or “very important” – thus, resulting in a lack of innovative and actionable thinking that can impact advancements. In tandem, most respondents feel the situation is not improving – projecting that their lives will not get any easier or any less stressful over the next several years. The Power of Thinking Across the globe, while broad segments of respondents said they are struggling to achieve better thinking today, respondents have positive associations with improved thinking and understand the benefits that come with unlocking higher-order thinking. 65% of respondents believe that engaging in clear, deep, productive thinking will help them make better decisions. 79% of those surveyed in the U.S. consider critical thinking “extreme” or “very important.” Thinking Habits While people recognize the power of improved thinking, productive thinking times vary greatly depending on the region, and don’t always align with the traditional “9-to-5” workday. 37% of Americans surveyed and 24% of respondents in the UK prefer late nights or early mornings. 25% of Japanese respondents favor mid-morning. On the other hand, 35% of Germans think more clearly in the evenings. Across the board, those surveyed believe the #1 must-have for better thinking is a quiet environment – and respondents in the US, UK and Germany expressed noise-cancelling technologies are most valued to help with deeper thinking. Better Thinking Empowered by Technology Based on the research, evolutions in communication and collaboration technologies are considered as the most helpful features in promoting better thinking. In addition, learning how to use technology more purposefully – including setting some boundaries, limiting distractions and decreasing clutter of information – can help us build better thinking habits. 66% of Business End Users surveyed are looking for information on how technology can help with clear, deep and productive thinking. They are also more willing than the general population to consider re-evaluating their relationship with technology. For example, many feel that simplifying tasks could help individuals achieve better thinking. 40% of respondents in Germany would learn how to use technology more purposefully. 39% of respondents in the U.S. would set boundaries around their technology usage. For example, setting time aside to play an instrument or exercise. Overwhelmingly, IT Decision Makers surveyed feel optimistic about the technology their coworkers have access to and how it enables clear thinking for employees and organizations. Whether it’s crunch time to meet deadlines, a need for business minds to come together, or the opportunity to invent – more than 60% of those surveyed think that technology helps individuals engage in critical, reflective, collaborative, expansive/exploratory and/or new types of thinking. Thinking for Humanity Overall, respondents believe that improved thinking has the potential to leave long-lasting impacts. A majority of those surveyed agree that better thinking would increase our collective humanity and we would be closer to solving challenges facing humanity and society for future generations to come. 62% in the US, 54% in the UK and 52% in Germany say that our society would be kinder if we engaged in more clear, deep and productive thinking. The full Think Report can be viewed here. Methodological Note Fieldwork for this study was conducted via an online survey of 5,768 respondents from July 4 to 24, 2022. The survey sample was comprised of a combination of Gen Pop, BEUs1, and ITDMs2 from the markets of U.S., U.K., Germany, and Germany. The margin of error for individual market samples of Gen Pop respondents is +/- 3. About Lenovo Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #171 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.

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Companies are choosing to deploy apps and consume services on the clouds that best suit their business objectives. This model, known as multi-cloud, uses two or more public clouds, two or more private clouds, or a combination of public, private and edge clouds to distribute applications and services. Multi-cloud strategies offer several advantages, from increased resiliency and agility to data sovereignty. A key benefit is that organizations can leverage a specific cloud provider’s bespoke capabilities and services to further transform their application stacks.

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