SaaS: On-Demand Continuity Planning — Due Diligence Required

first_imgOne of the beauties and benefits of adopting SaaS is that it shifts operations to an outside vendor. And doing that can significantly free up internal IT support responsibilities. Generally that’s a good thing, but if you haven’t done your homework, it can lead to a false sense of security.What would happen in the event of a disaster hitting your SaaS provider? And how soon would they be able to get your application up and running again after a major event? For any large company, a continuity plan is vital for any type of mission-critical application. The same should be equally true for a SaaS vendor. When selecting a SaaS vendor, it is important to drill down and fully understand the infrastructure and skills your vendor has.Often, especially for smaller companies, vendor infrastructure, knowledge and experience can easily trump whatever IT resources the company itself could pull together on its own, and in these cases, if a disaster struck, the vendor would be better able to deal with the emergency. It is important to choose your SaaS vendor wisely.Consider the case two well known collo companies in the San Francisco Bay area. In November a truck driver hit a transformer that powered the Rackspace datacenter that was home to many well-known Web 2.0 web sites like GigaOm and 37 Signals. After the power came back on, the cooling system then failed to start up, delaying the center from going back online, causing them to be offline for more than 5 hours. A second example occurred earlier in the year when a power surge on an in-coming PG&E line to San Franciso’s 365 Main datacenter causing a shutdown that lasted a few hours, pulling offline sites like craigslist, technorati, and livejournal.A few hours offline may not seem like that long. But these two datacenters are considered to be best in class, and the incidents show how even when companies have disaster plans, problems in real life can cascade in directions not imagined during planning.last_img read more

FTC Finds Paid Reviews Defy “Truth In Advertising”

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#advertising#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In a win for consumers, the Federal Trade Commission settled today with a video game company that hired a public relations firm to post reviews of its app in the iTunes App Store. The FTC found that the reviews, which did not disclose the relationship of the reviewer with the company or product, constituted a form of false advertising by hiding facts that “would have been relevant to consumers who were evaluating the endorsement and deciding whether to buy the gaming applications”.According to Mary Engle, the director of the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices, the reviews defied “long-held principles of truth in advertising”.“Advertisers should not pass themselves off as ordinary consumers touting a product, and endorsers should make it clear when they have financial connections to sellers,” said Engle in the commission’s release.The settlement requires that the two companies remove any reviews that fail to disclose the existing business relationship and bars them “from misrepresenting that the user or endorser is an independent, ordinary consumer, and from making endorsement or user claims about a product or service unless they disclose any relevant connections that they have with the seller of the product or service.” The FTC made a similar requirement of bloggers last year, when it issued new guidelines requiring bloggers disclose their relationships with companies, lest they be fined up to $11,000 per blog post. Those same guidelines, the FTC said in today’s settlement, require that “the online post by a person connected to the seller, or someone who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product or service, should disclose the material connection the reviewer shares with the seller of the product or service.”The decision is not only a win for consumer, but for online review sites like Yelp or Amazon, which rely on users’ trust in reviews to keep operating. If review services become overrun with paid endorsements, they become little more than bulletin boards for advertising, not actual user reviews.last_img read more

De Vrij minor injury concern

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Inter defender Stefan de Vrij has pulled out of Holland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland with a minor injury. The centre-back had been due to start this evening in Belfast. Instead, he is not even on the bench for this game, as he is not fully fit. According to Fox Sports and Mediaset Premium, it is not a serious injury and De Vrij agreed with coach Ronald Koeman to sit this one out. He felt a twinge during yesterday’s training session and preferred not to risk further damage, awaiting more tests.last_img

DNV GL to Class Sailing Vessel Sea Cloud Spirit

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL has signed a classification contract for the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, being built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travellers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.“Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. It will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020,” Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, said.Featuring a length of 138 meters, Sea Cloud Spirit is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.last_img read more