CIOs should plan for a second economic downturn, Gartner says


CIOs should plan for a second economic downturn, Gartner says

Kayleigh Bateman, Site Editor

The Daily Data Centre

Gartner says CIOs should plan for second recession
If a second recession unfolds in the next 12 to 18 months, no CIO should be forgiven for being unprepared, according to analyst Gartner. The firm has suggested, because of the growing belief that economic recovery may not be possible this year, that all CIOs should prepare themselves for another downturn by creating a clear plan of action.

"Just the potential for a second business downturn should be sufficient to compel CIOs to plan for another business downturn," said Ken McGee, a vice president and research analyst with Gartner. "However, most CIOs will not have a response strategy prepared if a second business downturn occurs."

Colt unveils a potentially faster module approach to building data centres
Telecom provider Colt has announced a module approach to building new data centres, claiming it can deliver large projects in just four months. The Colt Modular Data Centre scheme is set to build facilities from 500-square-metre blocks. Each pre-built facility is tested before shipping, and can be sent to its designated European site for assembly or housed and managed in one of Colt's data centre locations.

Rackspace and GlobalSCAPE launch Xchange service
GlobalSCAPE has released its Managed Information Xchange cloud-based file transfer service. The service integrates GlobalSCAPE's Enhanced File Transfer Server solution with infrastructure from Rackspace Hosting. The service is designed to allow customers to outsource all or part of their exchange needs to reduce costs and increase security.

Sourcefire offers security services through Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
Security vendor Sourcefire has announced cloud-based Intrusion Prevention services around its open source Snort technology. Snort and Sourcefire Vulnerability Research Team (VRT) rules are available through the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) in the form of an Amazon Machine Image (AMI).This is designed to enable the IT manager to monitor their network for any malicious behavior and provide automated responses.

European teleport service provider selects Isilon storage platform
STN, the European teleport service provider has implemented Isilon Systems' scale-out storage platform, to help migrate customers onto its new playout system. The 216 TB scale-out storage pool, consisting of 6 x Isilon IQ 36000X nodes, has been running at STN for the last six months.

Kayleigh Bateman is the Site Editor of

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