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08 NEWS IN BRIEF Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey reveals high levels of data loss and downtime Nearly one-third of organisations (30%) said they had lost data as a result of a data centre outage in the past year, while more than four in ten (42%) said they had experienced a period of downtime. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Unitrends, which polled more than 400 respondents from organisations of all sizes and industries about the challenges and trends that IT departments and admins face when protecting data from downtime and disasters. According to the survey, well over half (58%) of respondents said they had to recover at least some of their data from the cloud at least once last year, while 11% in total had to recover data from the cloud five times or more. Surprisingly, however, more than half of respondents (55%) said they tested their data recovery capabilities once a year or less. More positively, the Unitrends research paints a picture of the growing use of cloud in data protection strategies. The survey found 61% of small (1 – 50 employees), 58% of mid-sized (51 – 1000) and 60% of large organisations use the cloud as part of their data protection. Archive/long-term retention topped the list of uses of cloud for data protection, with 61% of the sample referencing it, followed by ‘host disaster recovery as a service (DraaS) and business continuity’ (44%) and ‘store files short term’ (35%). The future continues to look bright for the cloud. Of the 40% of organisations not currently using the cloud for data protection, 53% of them plan to adopt it within the next year. If these plans hold true, it's estimated that by 2020, 80% of all organisations, regardless of size, will be using the cloud for some form of data protection. n Verne Global joins NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Program as HPC & AI Colocation Partner Verne Global, a provider of advanced data centre solutions for high-performance computing (HPC), has joined the NVIDIA DGX- Ready Data Center Program as a certified colocation partner. Enterprises and research organisations seeking to leverage the NVIDIA DGX-2 System – the world’s most powerful AI system – now have the option to deploy their AI infrastructure using a cost-effective Op-Ex solution in Verne Global’s HPC-optimised campus in Iceland, which utilises 100% renewable energy and relies on one of the world’s most reliable and affordable power grids. The DGX-2 System – the world’s first two petaflop system – is the platform of choice for tackling the world’s most complex AI challenges, including complex deep neural networks that were previously untrainable. Verne Global has been selected to join the NVIDIA DGX-Ready Data Center Program following a rigorous certification process to assess its ability to provide the high specification hosting environment required for this complex, high-density system. Verne Global’s track record for delivering TrueHPC solutions at an industrial scale was also a key factor in its certification. Its TrueHPC approach focuses on providing accessible, flexible, optimised and highly-efficient data centre services to its customers, enabling them to benefit from genuine HPC processing power and speed. “The NVIDIA DGX-2 System is a complete game changer for any organisation that wants to accelerate and improve the accuracy of its AI-driven research programs, but it does require a specialist, highly-optimised data centre environment,” said Bob Fletcher, Vice President of Strategy at Verne Global. “We are delighted to be part of NVIDIA’s initiative to make it quicker and easier for these organisations to deploy artificial intelligence at scale.” n