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The True Cost of Downtime By Kevin Goldberg Do you know how much your organization risks with every potential outage? Application performance issues can impact away more than revenue, your brand might take a substantial hit as well. Hundreds, thousands of potential customers could take to Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, the App Store and voice their complaints and give poor reviews simply because your app crashed, stalled, or they weren’t able to successfully check out. Unfortunately, application issues are inevitable. Even if your uptime SLA is 99%, your application would still be down over an hour and a half per week, over 3 and half days per year! According to the Aberdeen Group, large companies lose an average of $686,250 per hour of downtime. Emerson Network Power and Ponemon Institute also paints a gloomy picture showing that these downtime costs are increasing every ... (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)

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)

Six Myths About Disaster Recovery

Lately we have seen a lot of articles discussing how easy Disaster Recovery in the cloud is but very few of those put the emphasis on talking about the basics of Disaster Recovery and educating customers on why they should be thinking about it. Mostly such articles concentrate on the technologies that can be uses and how to do Disaster Recovery. I would like to start with the basics and write about few Myths About Disaster Recovery. First, let's relate Disaster Recovery to something that is more close to us in real life. The first thing that comes to mind as an analogy is the insurance policies that we pay for our health or our home or our car. Disaster Recovery is almost the same - we invest money in something that we do not need immediately but that pays off when a disaster occurs. Well, I write almost because there is a slight difference. Let's take for example ... (more)

VMware and Liquidware Labs Deliver Stateless Desktops with Integrated Disaster Recovery Options with VMware View and ProfileUnity

ATLANTA, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Liquidware Labs, the global leader in desktop transformation solutions, today announced a joint solution with VMware View that allows organizations of all sizes to deliver stateless VMware View sessions with a best practices disaster recovery design. Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity(TM) is at the heart of the solution, and has seen rapid adoption in the past two quarters as companies seek to overcome user-space virtualization challenges with budget friendly solutions, and create stateless desktops. Delivering virtual desktops while lowering overall capital and operating costs has been a challenge in VDI deployments that lack a clear solution to ensure user personalization and user authored data are properly managed. Many organizations have found it necessary to rely on persistent desktops or a patchwork of persistent disk tec... (more)

Zetta.net Delivers First SaaS Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery for NetApp Filers

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- Zetta.net today announced the general availability of Zetta.net DataProtect for NetApp. The new solution delivers cloud-based offsite backup, replication and disaster recovery for environments that use NetApp filers, without the need for any additional hardware, tapes or third party software. As a result, organizations that rely on NetApp can deploy a reliable offsite backup solution in less than 30 minutes. "Zetta delivers an affordable option for organizations looking for an enterprise-grade offsite backup and disaster recovery solution that doesn't require heavyweight backup software packages, redundant NetApp filers, SnapMirror software, or additional datacenters," said Gary Sevounts, vice president of marketing, Zetta.net. "For businesses that rely today on tape and expensive backup software, Zetta.net helps to sign... (more)

Logicalis US White Paper Explores Advanced Technologies in Disaster Recovery Planning

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's online, always-on economy, if a company's IT systems are down, the enterprise is offline – but its competitors aren't.  Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), stresses the importance of a solid disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) plan, and has created an informative – and easy to read – white paper to help businesses sort through the maze of DR/BC options. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130828/MM71035LOGO-a ) (Download "Advanced Technologies Make Thinking about Disaster Recovery a Lot Less Scary: Why You Should Reevaluate Your DR Strategy Today" here:  http://www.ict-log.us/pdPGR.) "As we're fond of saying at Logicalis, hope is not a strategy," says David Kinlaw, Practice Manager, Protection Services, for Logicalis US.  "Too many ... (more)

Disaster Recovery Ascends to the Cloud, Part I

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)