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  • When it comes to business continuity for most enterprises, a physical appliance sits at the center of the data center. Most IT departments use disk-to-disk (D2D) hardware and replication of some sort as the main protection for backup and recovery of critical data, servers and applications. While D2D backup has its shortcomings, including high capital cost, capacity planning challenges and finite storage constraints, it's generally tested, trusted and reliable. It's the convention. With these same services in a cloud model becoming more broadly adopted, many enterprises are considering hybrid cloud backup as a viable option for their data protection needs. Who doesn't want lower costs and increased efficiency? It's a crowded market, so understanding the top requirements will be the key to architecting a hybrid cloud backup and recovery solution that ensures fast and reliable data protection, with the cost savings. In this slide show, developed using eWEEK reporting and industry insight from cloud-based service provider Infrascale, we bring you some important considerations when planning a new-gen business continuity system.

  • Linux hits a new milestone, as live kernel patching lands in the new release. Linus Torvalds, however, doesn't see a lot of special new features in Linux 4.0.

  • According to FireEye's APT30 report, the Chinese government-backed group has been active since 2005.

  • After teaming with Docker to bring containers to Windows Server, Microsoft unveils its own Hyper-V container technology and container-friendly Nano Server operating system.

  • A file containing 1,500 fake identity records and posted to underground forums is quickly downloaded and disseminated to 22 countries, according to research by security firm Bitglass.

  • Deployment of in-store WiFi has had the most significant positive impact on retail sales and customer loyalty of any technology initiative, according to a survey of 100 U.S. retailers released by research consultants IHL Group, cloud-managed WiFi specialist AirTight Networks and EarthLink. The deployment of WiFi to store associates for use with mobile devices boosts loyalty and sales because the technology allows them to get more item information and save sales that would otherwise be lost as well as replicate the experience of their best salespeople across the chain. The study found business benefits were spread out across a variety of factors, many of which are highlighted in this slide show. "For businesses that have already deployed WiFi, most have not yet fully optimized its value for increasing customer loyalty," Greg Griffiths, EarthLink vice president of product marketing, told eWEEK. "WiFi should be a customer touch point for loyalty programs, social media engagement and special promo offers, as well as uncovering a wealth of usage analytics, such as dwell times and the types of sites their customers visit." Watch for these practices to become the norm, Griffiths said.

  • While the Global 2000 have patched their vulnerable servers, they continue to use potentially compromised certificates, Venafi reports.

  • Microsoft celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding, with the help of co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The tech community is now realizing the business and political power it holds when it agrees on a position for a cause and decides to act on it.

  • Most mobile projects will be limited to two years, after which they are moved into Google, spun off into independent ventures, licensed to others or dropped.

  • The U.S. government is now set to use sanctions as yet another tool to defend American interests against cyber-attacks.

  • While there has been some talk of Microsoft eventually leaving the tablet market to renew its focus on software and services, it appears now that the company is determined to make its Surface tablet line a success. On March 31, Microsoft unveiled a new tablet, called the Surface 3. The tablet is designed to replace the lower-end Surface models that previously ran its modified Windows 8 operating system, Windows RT. Not surprisingly, given the product it's replacing, the Surface 3 is designed to appeal to customers looking for a cheaper alternative to Microsoft's flagship Surface Pro 3. In the case of the Surface 3, however, Microsoft hasn't exchanged quality components and design for a lower price tag. Microsoft's new tablet includes features that customers will find will work just fine when Windows 10 launches in the summer of 2015. All together, the Surface 3 is a solid design for those seeking a Windows tablet suitable mainly for personal and student use. But there is nothing to prevent the Surface 3 from being used effectively by business professionals, according to Microsoft. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to learn more about the features of Microsoft's latest tablet model.

  • Separate reports reveal details of two espionage networks focused on the Middle East, one aimed at gathering intelligence and the other focused on infecting energy firms.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: New 3.5 GHz band will allow what the Federal Communications Commission calls innovative uses to take advantage of a variety of wireless technologies.

  • CEOs at Apple and Salesforce are the latest tech execs to take on the "religious freedom" law, which critics say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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