Strong Online Retail Lead-In for Cyber Monday

A graph of Black Friday activity at retail sites shows traffic peaking at midnight, indicating strong activity by mobile deal-seekers as well as "couch commerce" among shoppers seeking virtual doorbusters. (Source: Akamai)

Today is Cyber Monday, and all the trends suggest solid growth in online retail activity over the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. Here’s our roundup of holiday retail data, featuring data on e-commerce activity seen by Akamai, IBM and Paypal. Read More

Minimize Downtime with Proper Management

In “Strategies for Minimizing Downtime by Managing Change,” Sungard makes a case that the best disaster recovery plans are often well conceived but poorly nurtured. The reason is a lack of resources. This whitepaper uses statistical data from a Forrester research study to prove the point that only a small percentage of organizations adhere to the proper standard of annual testing and continual updates of their disaster recovery strategy. Read More

Power Surge KOs Washington State Data Center

A power surge crashed the state’ of Washington’s s primary data center in Olympia last month, according to local media reports. The Aug. 21 outage occurred as a new high-voltage power line was being added to expand the power capacity of the office campus. Read More

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