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July 15, 2011 | Volume 8 Issue 28

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

TOP STORY: TechTip: Exploring the GeoNames Free Web Services, Part I: The Time Zone
FEATURED ARTICLE: Do You Really Trust Your Tape Backup More than the Cloud?
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: We've Been Hacked! But What Did the Intruder Access?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: IBM Introduces New Low-Cost Mainframe - the zEnterprise 114 Server
FORUM: Refreshing Interactive Screens
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Security/Virtualization - Coffee with Carol: Security and the Cloud - Blue Skies or a Major Storm
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Feature Article - TechTip
 
TechTip: Exploring the GeoNames Free Web Services, Part I: The Time Zone

This series explores the useful yet simple Web services of GeoNames, starting with their time zone API. I'll explain how to use these free Web services, providing examples of single and orchestrated usage to accomplish tasks that can help your business in innovative ways!

rafael_victoria_preiraWritten by Rafael Victória-Pereira

We live in a global village; there's no way to deny it. Long gone are the days of countries standing alone, of companies staying within the boundaries of their nations. In today's busy world, it's common to find an American company with branches in Japan, India, or France or vice versa. Sometimes, this global presence causes serious headaches, simply because it's not the same time everywhere.


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Feature Article - Analysis
 
Do You Really Trust Your Tape Backup More than the Cloud?

New SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery services from IBM promise to extend to SMBs disaster recovery features approaching high availability.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

IT administrators have for decades backed up data to tape and then quietly endured the surprises that too frequently accompany failed attempts to restore a single file or files from those backup tapes. I would hesitate to ask how many would bet their lives on the reliability of their backup tapes. Yet the survival of their businesses might someday come to depend on them.


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Partner TechTip: We've Been Hacked! But What Did the Intruder Access?

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robin_tatamWritten by Robin Tatam

2011 is quickly becoming the "Year of the Breach." Although the sun has barely set on the summer solstice, we've already heard of significant breaches at financial giants Citi and Bank of America, gaming organizations Sony PlayStation Network and Sega, and a number of well-known household names like Google, Michael's, Netflix, and Best Buy. While the cause of these events varied, the majority of them resulted in illegal access to confidential data. And, in the case of Netflix and Bank of America, a trusted employee simply handed the information to criminal outsiders.


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