Abhijit Phanse, CEO Of UnitedLayer And UnityOneCloud Was Invited To Join The Forbes Technology Council

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San Francisco, CA (September 30th, 2022) — Abhijit Phanse, CEO of UnitedLayer, a global leader in providing colocation and private cloud solutions, and CEO of UnityOneCloud, the leading Hybrid Cloud Management SaaS platform, has been inducted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Abhijit Phanse was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Abhijit Phanse into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

“I am pleased to be a part of this elite council where I can learn, share, and hone my knowledge along with my fellow members, and very much thankful to Forbes Tech Council for giving me such a wonderful opportunity” – said Abhijit Phanse, CEO, UnitedLayer & UnityOneCloud. “The adoption of cloud is transforming the industry and businesses are no longer relying on a single cloud provider to run their operations, but are instead moving towards multicloud and hybrid cloud models to deploy truly scalable, redundant, and optimized infrastructure as a service. At UnitedLayer, we have had the privilege of delivering the industry-leading hybrid cloud solution at a global scale for the past two decades, and UnityOneCloud has become the most comprehensive Hybrid Cloud Management single-pane-of-glass platform enabling service providers and enterprises to manage their diverse portfolio of data center assets and cloud services distributed across private, public, hybrid, and edge cloud locations”.

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About UnitedLayer:

UnitedLayer is the leading Hybrid Cloud provider offering Colocation, Private Cloud IaaS, Managed Cloud Services, and Multicloud Management solutions. UnitedLayer was established in 2001 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Its key industries include TMT, BFSI, Public Sector, Healthcare, Retail, Logistics, and Oil & Gas, as it serves clients globally with its 100+ data center footprints in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. e information, visit: www.unitedlayer.com

About UnityOneCloud:

UnityOneCloud is the leading Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Management SaaS Platform, which incorporates comprehensive Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) capability, enabling enterprises to manage data centers, private clouds, and public clouds using a single pane of glass. UnityOneCloud provides real-time observability, performance monitoring and alerting, management, audit and compliance, cost analysis, ITSM ticketing, DevOps automation, AIOps, and carbon footprint analysis. For more information, visit: www.unityonecloud.com.

Importance Of Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery In Private Cloud Environment

Importance Of Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery In Private Cloud Environment

Disaster Recovery in cloud computing is becoming more accessible to businesses of all sizes due to widespread cloud adoption and virtualization technologies that facilitate backup and replication.

Organizations now need to update and, in many cases, rethink their approach to risk management, particularly Disaster Recovery, due to the significant changes in how, where, and when employees work. New techniques, procedures, and solutions are required to consider substantial changes in workforce deployment. This blog explores challenges, implications, and possibilities for Disaster Recovery in a world that is changing quickly.

According to Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime is $5,600 per minute. For large organizations, that number exceeds half a million dollars hourly.

Which Solution Is Better For Disaster Recovery: Private Or Public Cloud?

When it comes to cloud Disaster Recovery, shared resources are the primary distinction between private and public clouds. Data recovery to shared resources is possible in both clouds. However, most resources in a private cloud are separate, allowing you to isolate them onto a different infrastructure. The cost-effectiveness of Disaster Recovery methods increases with the number of shared resources.

Private cloud storage, as opposed to public cloud storage, is for businesses that do not want to store their data in a shared location. Isolated and dedicated cloud storage is preferable for such a business because it offers more control and no noise. Your organization will benefit from ultra-low latency in the private cloud. When performing backup and replication jobs to the cloud, ultra-low latency speeds up and simplifies the process. Rapid recovery is essential to minimizing downtime, and high latency may result in additional downtime.

In other words, private clouds provide more customization in Disaster Recovery planning. The user can deploy the private cloud in a personalized way to meet their needs.

For instance, a bank’s IT infrastructure manages enormous amounts of transactional data. Security and customized performance are required for this data. It can be challenging to meet these needs using a public cloud, but private cloud storage enhances the user experience and provides what is required.

Similarly, private cloud storage technology is more suitable for use-cases when the user has unique requirements and must always maintain control than public cloud storage technology.

If your business requires to ensure that all data is secure while it is in transit and at rest. A private cloud hosting package makes this possible. It will provide advanced firewalls, two-factor authentication, and intrusion detection and prevention measures. Therefore, the robust security of the data will be ensured by all these specialized resources.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 51% of IT spending will shift to the private cloud, compared to 41% in 2022. Almost two-thirds (65.9%) of spending on application software will be directed toward cloud technologies in 2025, up from 57.7% in 2022.

While migrating workloads from on-prem environments to public cloud environments, public cloud providers cannot provide the customized hypervisor requirements for the existing customer workloads.

While in the case of private cloud, users have the flexibility of choosing their hypervisors powered by a few of the leading hypervisors like Hyper V, OpenStack, KVM, VMware, etc. Because the infrastructure is dedicated rather than multi-tenant, where enterprise-grade data is explicitly stored in the locations that the customers exclusively access, this gives users an upper hand in managing their data sovereignty and other multiple compliances. Workload performance is predictable and unaffected by other organizations sharing infrastructure or bandwidth.

As companies migrate to the cloud, data sovereignty—the notion that some data is subject to a country’s laws and where it is held within specified borders—becomes more of a challenge for them. Some regions have relatively strict data sovereignty laws in place that include factors like where the data is stored and the laws it must abide by. Most businesses are adopting a cloud-first strategy, so these restrictions might pose a severe challenge for firms. For example, countries like Russia, China, Germany, France, Indonesia, and Vietnam require their citizen’s data to be stored on physical servers within the respective countries. Since, in private cloud Disaster Recovery, the data owner has complete control over the location of data storage. Hence this has become the go-to reason for hosting Disaster Recovery in private cloud environments.

Also, the rules of multiple nations may apply to the data kept in cloud computing services. Different regulatory regulations for data security, privacy, and breach reporting may apply depending on where the data is being hosted or who is in charge. Legal constraints may particularly impact organizations using public cloud solutions because each cloud deployment must abide by different local regulatory requirements.

Fortunately, a private cloud strategy may address many of the issues posed by data sovereignty. Businesses can continue with their clients if they abide by local legal requirements. Most Private Cloud IaaS providers like UnitedLayer have 100+ in-country data centers globally. Furthermore, key features in a private cloud, such as encryption and other security-as-a-service options, make it possible for customers to comply with local regulations.

According to the Uptime Institute’s 2022 annual outage analysis, for the past three years, public cloud outages are constantly occurring where ~70% – 80% of data center managers say they faced outages.

On average, one of the three major public cloud providers — AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud — experienced an outage lasting at least 30 minutes every three weeks in 2021, according to Parametrix.

How Has Disaster Recovery Changed To Post Pandemic?

In direct correlation with the increasing significance of data, applications, and other digital assets over the past years, Disaster Recovery has grown more and more critical. System upkeep is crucial since businesses, their clients, and their entire business ecosystem is becoming more and more dependent on technology. Getting systems back online and restoring data to its most recent known state after unplanned outages might make the difference between a successful organization and one that fails.

Cyber threats, including mobile malware, phishing, and ransomware, have dramatically increased due to the pandemic and the increased use of consumer-class devices in home settings. As a result, there are now significantly more threat vectors and a greater sense of urgency to identify, protect, and defend potential sources of data breaches, service interruptions, and expensive downtime.

It is also evident that using remote locations for Disaster Recovery and fail-safe operations makes it more challenging than ever to reduce distance-induced latency, increasing the need for enterprises to include latency reduction in their Disaster Recovery strategies.

New Disaster Recovery Methods And Solutions

To meet the challenges posed by these significant shifts in workforce deployment and to provide reliable, rapid, and documented failover and recovery, new Disaster Recovery in the private cloud environment is required. Even though almost all businesses have some Disaster Recovery plan in place—if not always in a ready-to-go state—many companies created those plans years ago. The new developments like Edge cloud deployments, new cyber threats, and the “new normal” of remote work are now having a dramatic impact on enterprise Disaster Recovery plans.

This demands the upgrading and possibly reworking of Disaster Recovery plans in the private cloud to incorporate a wide variety of new capabilities. These consist of:

  • The capability to improve responsiveness and significantly reduce latency as geographic coverage regions grow.
  • Incorporating remote access and mobility into the overall Disaster Recovery plan.
  • Coverage from the data center to the edge to the cloud.
  • Disaster Recovery is a component of an overall framework for business continuity and a thorough risk management strategy closely connected to primary business objectives.
  • Establishing a flexible recovery and production environment that is in line with each company’s particular objectives and conditions.

Working With UnitedLayer On A Modernized Disaster Recovery Framework

New methods for Disaster Recovery are crucial in this digital transformation era, characterized by widespread mobility, Edge Cloud deployments, always-on low latency connectivity, and remote work. Because of this, businesses need to look for technology partners who can bring a new, broad perspective to disaster recovery and show a successful track record in assisting businesses in identifying, reducing, and mitigating the effects of risks to system and application availability.

UnitedLayer has a long history of leading the market for its disaster recovery solutions. It has proven to be a valuable business partner for companies with complex and distributed IT ecosystems.

Our Disaster Recovery solutions are highly customizable and come with ultra-low latency options, where customers can build specific Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) according to their business requirements. It also enables you to perform failover testing without bringing the network down and disrupting the business. With on-demand scalability, you can add additional resources to meet the increased replication needs, this helps in reducing cost and improve business flexibility. UnitedLayer’s DR solutions are highly secure and compliant with all the government regulations and industry-leading compliance standards like HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, SOX, FFIEC.

Find out more about how UnitedLayer is assisting businesses with the design of Disaster recovery plans to guarantee that applications recover promptly when necessary and continue to offer seamless services to end users.

FAQ’s For Disaster Recovery

What is meant by Disaster Recovery?

Disaster Recovery is an organization’s process of regaining access and functionality to its IT infrastructure after events like a natural disaster, cyber-attack, or even business disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A variety of disaster recovery (DR) methods can be part of a disaster recovery plan.

What is the purpose of Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery (DR) is an organization’s ability to respond to and recover from an event that negatively affects business operations. DR methods aim to enable the organization to regain the use of critical systems and IT infrastructure as soon as possible after a disaster occurs.
What is the best method for Disaster Recovery?

1. Backup is an obvious solution and the first step to recovering from data loss
2. Choose the Right Backup Category
3. Plan Effective Backup Strategy
4. Data Recovery Software
5. Document Critical Information 
6. Test and rehearse the disaster recovery plan 

How do you maintain a Disaster Recovery plan?

1. Make backups at intervals required by your disaster recovery plan for the level of data you are maintaining.  
2. Check your backups at regular intervals to ensure they are backing up your data as intended and the data are recoverable if needed.

What are the five testing types for a disaster recovery plan?

1. Walkthrough Testing. 
2. Simulation Testing. 
3. Checklist Testing. 
4. Full Interruption Testing and. 
5. Parallel Testing. 

What is the difference between RTO and RPO?
RTO is your organization’s goal for the maximum time it should take to restore normal operations following an outage or data loss. RPO is your goal for the maximum amount of data the organization can endure losing.
What are the steps in disaster recovery?

1. Create your disaster recovery contingency planning team
2. List all names and contact details
3. Determine a chain of command
4. Consider your risk assessment
5. Do you have a ‘Plan B’ 
6. Protect your company data

What are the objectives of the disaster recovery plan?
Here are the primary goals of a disaster recovery plan. To minimize interruptions to normal operations. To limit the extent of disruption and damage. To minimize the economic impact of the interruption.
Sustainable Data Center: A Gateway To An Eco-Friendly Future

Sustainable Data Center: A Gateway To An Eco-Friendly Future

Did you know, as per Nature news, data centers globally contribute around 0.3% to overall carbon emissions? Not only this, they use an estimated 200 terawatt-hours (TWh) per year. Therefore, a sustainable data center is a must to set you on the energy-efficient and green roadmap for the foreseeable future. The data center industry has shown a positive change so far by selecting clear, ambitious targets to reduce environmental damage and ranking among the world’s top clean energy consumers. This is just the beginning; the mission is to encourage more and more businesses to choose sustainable data centers which are run by cloud platforms and colocation facilities instead of carbon-heavy on-prem ones. There is much to be gained in this path to a greener digital future as backup power for data centers is still reliant on carbon-intensive generators. The amount of clean energy generated is on the lower end. 

Although we believe that businesses can overcome the roadblocks of technology and time in the future, the silver lining is that planet and profitability are now at par with each other. Sustainable solutions reduce risks and increase profit margins for enterprises paving the way for excellent business practices that benefit the communities in which we operate. Let’s look at the key drivers of data center sustainability to understand the current scenario.

Drivers Of Sustainable Data Center

    • Energy Shift From Non-Renewable To Renewable One: Due to the current digital transformation, companies have facilitated this shift. The overall aim is net zero carbon emission, just like United Layer. We are already walking on this path to achieve this overall aim by 2030. We are LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. As per the International Energy Agency, the world’s total renewable-based power capacity will increase 50% between 2019 and 2024. 
    • Governmental Regulations Regarding Power Usage Effectiveness:  There have been several policies that introduce minimum efficiency performance standards and energy consumptions for various appliances and equipment to ensure lower power consumptions. Countries such as China, Japan, the European Union, and the United States are subjected to such long-running regulations. Therefore, a focus is to preserve the data center’s sustainable energy at the design stage itself and then further manage and maintain it going forward. 
    • Growing Prices Of Electricity Worldwide: Gas, coal, and electricity tariffs are at an all-time high in decades. This rapid increase in taxes and rising European carbon prices have contributed to a high electricity price surge. So cost saving is one of the prime drivers towards data center operational sustainability. It relies on clean energy that is less expensive and futuristic. 
    • The Pandemic Surge: The pandemic has resulted in a demand for green data centers because of acceleration of cloud data services, increasing dependency on data center automation, driving up of hardware reuse as a significant hindrance, an increase of remarketing of data center hardware, and environmental awareness. A report from Markets and Markets states that sustainable data center market size is expected to grow from USD 49.2 billion in 2020 to USD 140.3 billion by 2026 at a CAGR rate of 19.1% during this forecast period.

Steps To Build Sustainable Data Centers

A sustainable data center is a data storage, management, and dissemination facility in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical, and computer systems are all designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly. These provide a healthy and pleasant working environment for employees. Green facilities also help to strengthen links with the local community. 

    • Start With Server Virtualization: Energy consumption and datacenter infrastructure are inextricably linked. You can choose to cut infrastructure costs and improve energy efficiency by using Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDCs). SDDCs make use of virtualized servers that can accommodate numerous users. This strategy enables operators to partition their servers and allocate data storage and processing capacity.
      SDDCs can be managed remotely using virtual computers, which reduces transit time to and from the site. The necessity for on-site IT personnel is also eliminated with remote administration. As a result, SDDCs do not spend energy on temperature and illumination. Virtualization reduces the energy footprint of data centers in all of these ways. 
    • Keep In Mind Of Artificial Intelligence & Intelligent Monitoring: Innovative data center service providers utilize artificial intelligence to optimize performance and enhance energy efficiency with the reduction of power consumption. Predictive analytics enabled by AI integrates many processes, offering a comprehensive view of the overall health of all components. Facility managers can foresee hazards and schedule timely repairs using sophisticated monitoring. With AI, remote administration, automated operations, and sustainable energy solutions for data centers are all made easier. 
    • Opt For Sustainable Hardware: Nowadays, finding efficient computer processing hardware, UPS systems, and cooling equipment is not a difficult task. Some servers are energy-star rated; such servers improve energy efficiency, especially when the IT hardware runs close to maximum utilization. To reduce idle state power usage, you can turn off unused servers, replace outdated hardware with high-efficiency equipment, and take full advantage of energy-saving capabilities. Consider using high-efficiency power and cooling infrastructure in your sustainable power data center. This includes modular UPSs that run without transformers, at high capacity, high voltage, and close coupled in-row or consist of overhead cooling.  
    • Rely on renewable energy solutions: Make your transition complete to a cost-saving and high-efficiency sustainable data center running on clean energy. Today, many energy-sufficient data centers consume much power. Any attempts to run entirely on solar power have proved futile as the requisite quantity of solar panels takes up too much space. Moreover, large data center operators have benefits that smaller ones don’t have, such as including hydro or wind power in their site selection criteria. Consider using fuel cells for on-site generating, especially if methane from landfills is available. This allows you to use non-fossil fuels, reduces transmission losses, and allows you to recuperate the significant heat generated by these devices.

UnitedLayer is already set on a sustainability approach

We have set emissions reduction targets for our global operations and data centers that we aim to achieve by 2030. With such an ambitious aim, we are committed to reducing the impact of our operations on the environment. We are moving towards reducing energy consumption by building highly efficient, sustainable data centers reliant on renewable energy. Our corporate design standards keep an eye on the various green certification criteria to meet best-in-class sustainable building standards. We are also retrofitting LED lighting, redesigning our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to correlate occupancy and efficiency more closely. 

Discord Back-up & Running After Outage in 2022

Discord Back-up & Running After Outage in 2022

Discord experienced outages on Tuesday, according to various user reports, social media accounts, and the website Down Detector. Discord’s outage began around 12 p.m. EST, causing disruptions on the popular chat app.

To fix this problem, Discord officials said that “We are aware of an issue causing message failures and are working on a fix”.




A thorough investigation from Discord started for the “API Errors and Push Notification Errors” at 12:16 p.m. EST and efforts were taken to find and remediate the issues. The incident report stated that a “root cause was also found in their streaming service” at 1:08 p.m. EST, involving a controlled restart, which would have resulted in a “brief disruption of streaming, which leads to the outage.”

Discord has already experienced multiple outages in 2022. This includes one as recently as February and a two-hour outage in January, which prevented users from joining calls or using chat functions. According to “USA Today,” Discord also experienced a major outage earlier in November 2021, along with Spotify, Snapchat, and Etsy, all affected by Google Cloud issues.

Here, in the case of Discord, they could have mitigated this issue if they had hosted their infrastructure on a private cloud. The reason is private clouds such as our G3 private cloud gives them greater control, visibility, and guaranteed up-time of 99.999% as compared to public clouds, which offer an uptime of 99.95%. Also, our G3 private cloud users get control to set up and manage Routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, PDU, WAN configuration, traffic engineering, BGP, security, DDoS mitigation, monitoring, alerting, and WAN optimization for guaranteed performance. Our users can observe and analyze the status of their devices, health, and performance for complete visibility of their infrastructure. This gives them an edge to mitigate issues quickly and not get stuck in vendor lock-ins, similar to what happened previously in the case of discord.

How Unitedlayer can help you?

UnitedLayer offers its users enterprise-grade G3 private cloud solutions where customers can host their application on dedicated private cloud servers powered by OpenStack, VMware, Hyper-V. It comes with all benefits of cloud computing with greater control and security of the enterprise-grade private cloud.

  • We guarantee the availability of 99.999% with N+M clusters
  • We offer fully flexible vCPU and RAM size configurations without lock-in on specific VM types, along with adaptive resizing.
  • We provide high performance compute through all-flash storage ranging from 1K- 100K+ IOPS on 10g/40g/100g network fabric infrastructure.  
Spotify Is Down, Do You Know Why?

Spotify Is Down, Do You Know Why?

On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the entire world witnessed their favorite music app: Spotify, unresponsive. It was not a mere internet connection error but a major outage that inconvenienced the global music enthusiasts. This outage logged users out of their accounts without the ability to log in again or reset the password. It appeared to occur sometime around 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Data from downdetector.co.uk suggested that more than 72,000 problematic reports came in with the music streaming service in just an hour. For tracks that have already been synchronized with a user’s Android or iOS device, the issue does not occur. Whereas users who try to play any music they’ve recently played on the app are experiencing a persistent outage.

Spotify users were logged out and prompted to log in. Upon entering the user’s email address, the music streaming platform didn’t recognize the email address associated with the account. According to a few sources, the issue raised was majorly due to mismanagement of traffic handling on servers they are hosted on. What could Spotify have done to overcome this issue?

The one solution can be a reliable private cloud solution provider because public clouds come with a SLA of 99.95% uptime, whereas our G3 private cloud comes with guaranteed 99.999% uptime, and we achieve this by enabling next-generation firewalls (NGFW) with automated network mapping and automated firewall change policy monitoring to adapt for workloads. We also optimize load balancing for our customers based on traffic by distributing incoming traffic for peak performance, bypassing any failed server, and increasing scalability by adding more servers so that our customers always be sure they are on the business line, unlike what happened in the case of Spotify.

After numerous reports, finally, Spotify tweeted.

As per the CEO of Cloudflare, the online outage that affected Spotify, Discord, Wikipedia, and other Internet companies appeared to be a Google Cloud malfunction.

How UnitedLayer Can Help You?   

UnitedLayer offers its users enterprise-grade G3 private cloud solutions where customers can host their application on dedicated private cloud servers powered by OpenStack, VMware, Hyper-V. It comes with all benefits of cloud computing with greater control and security of the enterprise-grade private cloud.  

  • We guarantee the availability of 99.999% with N+M clusters.  
  • We offer fully flexible vCPU and RAM size configurations without lock-in on specific VM types, along with adaptive resizing.  
  • We provide high-performance compute through all-flash storage ranging from 1K- 100K+ IOPS on 10g/40g/100g network fabric infrastructure.  
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