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While many new technologies claim to revolutionize the practice of disaster recovery (DR) for IT environments, few have significantly altered the economics and logistics of building and maintaining a secondary IT site. For most organizations, a secondary site housing server and storage infrastructure has remained the only recovery path for their business from a primary site disaster, failure or outage. While it might seem preferable to avoid the expenditure of a secondary IT site altogether, what drives investment in DR infrastructures is a set of recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) that respectively determine the maximum allowable downtime and data loss an organization is willing to sustain. While certain organizations may require both of these objectives to be near zero (i.e. instant recovery, no data loss), other organizations ma... (more)

LeftHand Networks Boosts Disaster Recovery Capabilities in Virtualization Environments

LeftHand Networks announced its support for VMware Site Recovery Manager. VMware Site Recovery Manager is a pioneering product for disaster recovery management and automation. Part of VMware’s suite of management and automation products for the data center, VMware Site Recovery Manager simplifies business continuity planning and testing, and reduces the risk and complexity associated with implementing disaster recovery. LeftHand Networks’ certified Storage Replication Adapter allows customers to deploy a complete disaster recovery (DR) solution that automates DR for systems and storage across virtualized environments. “VMware and LeftHand Networks are making disaster recovery rapid, reliable and affordable,” said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware. “With the interoperability between LeftHand’s storage solutions and VM... (more)

VMware Site Recovery Manager Virtualization Simplifies and Automates Disaster Recovery

VMware announced that VMware Site Recovery Manager, a pioneering product for disaster recovery management and automation, will be available for order next week with general availability expected to follow within 30 days. VMware Site Recovery Manager, which is part of VMware’s suite of management and automation products for the datacenter, leverages virtualization to simplify business continuity planning and testing, and reduces the risk and complexity associated with executing disaster recovery. Traditional recovery plans leave organizations exposed to risk of extended downtime because they are laborious to set up, time-consuming to maintain, and difficult to test. As a result, only a subset of important systems can be adequately protected. For example, traditional disaster recovery plans for datacenters require extensive documentation consisting of hundreds of... (more)

Disaster Recovery in the Electronic Era

A hurricane strikes and your healthcare facility must care for an influx of injured patients. How quickly will you able to access your computer systems and electronic data? While most healthcare facilities have disaster recovery plans in place, many are based on an outdated paradigm in which information technology was much less critical than it is today. Today, many healthcare providers lack adequate capabilities to restore critical information and services in an adequate amount of time in the event of a disaster. With the rapid migration of healthcare systems from manual, paper-based processes to centralized computer systems, data backup and disaster recovery has become more critical than ever, but also more complex. This increasing reliance on computer systems has led to an explosive growth of data - and a growing challenge when disaster strikes. Whether a disas... (more)

Providing Ultimate Disaster Recovery Through Virtualization

The evidence from Gartner, Meta and other research organizations indicates that conventional physical disaster recovery plans are largely fiction; the true intent behind them is to secure an auditor check off rather than to provide a workable design for quick IT recovery from a disaster. The problem is that physical DR solutions are too limited, complex and expensive to be practical for most organizations. Virtualization, though, provides both the platform and tools required for creating a cost-effective disaster recovery solution that actually works. This session describes how to incorporate not only virtual servers, but also virtual storage, backup, network and replication in order to enable ultimate disaster recovery.  Speaker Bios: Gary Lamb has over 24 years of IT experience dating back to MVP systems programming, and including running a security consulting pra... (more)

Disaster Recovery on Demand

Our prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. As we highlighted last week, traditional disaster recovery options leave open a huge hole: At one extreme are high-cost, quick recovery time options using hosted or colocation sites and at the other extreme are low-cost, long recovery time options such as tape or disk backup. As a result, organizations who cannot afford a cold or hot standby site have been left to either cobble together a complicated and risky DR strategy or rely solely on offsite data protection, which affords them limited business continuity. You’ll recall that we outlined three cloud-based options that are beginning to fill this hole: Recovering applications on virtual servers through a cloud provider’s ... (more)

New Disaster Recovery Planning Video From SunGard Availability Services Outlines Essential Steps in Preparedness Success

WAYNE, Pa., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new online video from SunGard Availability Services aimed at business and IT professionals outlines the critical success factors in creating and maintaining a disaster recovery plan. The informational video examines disaster recovery planning, looks at how to address the top challenges in developing a plan, defines the essential contributors to involve in the planning process, recommends plan testing strategies and describes how to update a plan to ensure it is effective at time of need. Disaster recovery planning expert, Don Norbeck of SunGard Availability Services, presents eight video segments that are short and easy to watch, each ranging from one to four minutes. The segments answer the important questions organizations may have about disaster preparedness, including: Where do I start? Who needs to be included in creat... (more)

Acronis Provides Disaster Recovery Tips for Businesses to Prepare for Hurricane Season

WOBURN, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/15/11 -- With hurricane season upon us, it is increasingly important for businesses to back up their data assets to maintain continuity that can weather any storm. According to a recent survey by Acronis(1), approximately one-third of U.S. businesses reported having no backup and disaster recovery strategy in place. Acronis, a leading provider of easy-to-use disaster recovery and data protection solutions for physical, virtual and cloud environments, has issued five tips to help businesses ensure all their critical data is fully protected and can be recovered quickly in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster. 1. Opt into disk imaging. To ensure that companies can be up and running quickly, make images of computers and servers so full copies of data and applications are safely tucked away. You can either store on different ... (more)

NetApp Provides Virtualization Disaster Recovery for Hillsborough County Library Services

NetApp announced that the Hillsborough County Library Services (HCLS), located in Tampa, Florida, has solidified its disaster recovery capabilities and streamlined its overall storage environment thanks to its recent installation of the NetApp S500 storage solution. HCLS, with over 350 employees, is the central facility for the library system that serves Hillsborough County. The library contains over 2.1 million volumes and circulates 8.2 million items a year. While data growth was never an issue for HCLS, its previous IT infrastructure was unable to handle backups at the same time as file storage. Furthermore, with physical space at a premium in the server room and limited IT resources, any upgrades of the previous infrastructure needed to factor in both space and management constraints. Adding one final layer of complexity for HCLS was the disaster-prone location... (more)

Implement a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution with EVault CDR 4.0

Perhaps you've heard of this new technology floating around the internet called “Cloud Computing” and maybe, just maybe you’ve even thought about using this to satisfy some of your IT needs. Sarcasm aside, leveraging cloud computing services for disaster recovery is an example for how cloud computing can be applied to the business. EVault, a Seagate Company, has a product that helps you create an automated cloud based disaster recovery solution that includes the backup and recovery of your critical applications and data. The EVault Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution (CDR) has three components: EVault Agents are installed on each of the systems you want to protect or backup. The agents scan the target systems, transmit any changes, compress the data, and encrypt the data before transmitting. EVault Director authenticates the backup data from the agents and then stores ... (more)

Recovery in the Cloud: A Cloud-Connected Approach to Disaster Recovery

Data is the lifeblood of any organization, and its loss can be a serious blow to the business. If your systems and data are not adequately protected and supported by a well-tested disaster recovery plan, chances are you are placing your organization at risk. As more and more data is stored on computers and servers, properly planning in the event of a disaster is becoming an increasingly important part of the IT mandate for business continuity. While implementing a solution or service to protect your organization's valuable digital assets is important, the ability to quickly access your systems and data in the event of a site disaster or outage - as to not hinder workflow and productivity - is even more vital to the livelihood of your business. There are several different approaches that can be taken to protect and recover systems and data in the event of a disaster... (more)