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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 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)

The True Cost of Downtime | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #IoT #DataCenter

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)

IBM Steals HP Disaster Recovery Chief

IBM has poached the head of HP's disaster recovery unit John Jackson three month after he arrived at HP from Comdisco, where he ran its disaster recovery operation according to Gary McWilliams of the Wall Street Journal, who broke the story. IBM dubbed him VP of its much larger business continuity and recovery unit overseeing strategy, business development and marketing, succeeding Don DeMarco, who's become VP, IBM integrated technology services, Americas. HP tried to buy the Comdisco business a couple of years ago losing out to SunGuard Data Systems Inc. HP is a bit flabbergasted by IBM's move. ... (more)

Cloud Storage Strategy Series I – Disaster Recovery

Cloud Storage is a natural fit for Disaster recovery. It could also be the most prominent use case for cloud storage because the storage is offsite and faster than tape. Step 1 – Find a Cloud Storage Provider Many will pick either Amazon S3 or Rackspace CloudFiles. These two are the biggest 2 cloud storage service providers. However, we see many more options starting this year. For example, Windows Azure started in January. Google Storage announced around May. EMC World announced the EMC Atmos. At the end of the year, almost all major MSPs will have cloud storage offering. This article discussed in more details on how to pick a cloud storage service. Step 2 – Organize Storage Tiers You may need to categorize your internal data first. Such as the data on this server is more important, the folder with these names are important and so on.  You will need to do so to bac... (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)

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)

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)

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)

MessageOne Wins Prestigious Law Technology News Award for Best 2006 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Provider

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/31/07 -- MessageOne, the leading business continuity and email management company, today announced that it has won Law Technology News' (LTN) prestigious 2006 award for the best Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Provider. MessageOne provides market-leading business continuity managed services to ensure that mission-critical applications, email and data are always available no matter what system fails or disaster strikes. The company also offers the most powerful email archiving service and emergency notification system currently available. MessageOne is Top Choice for Legal Industry MessageOne received the LTN award for its EMS Email Continuity(TM) offering, which defends against all categories of email downtime with Microsoft® Exchange and Lotus Notes®, ensuring that email and BlackBerry® services are always available. Mes... (more)

VMware Introduces Next-Generation Disaster Recovery with VMware Site Recovery Manager

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VMware, Inc., the virtualization leader, today announced VMware Site Recovery Manager, a pioneering new product for disaster recovery automation. The new software will be among the many products and solutions showcased this week at VMworld 2007 in San Francisco. "Disaster recovery is one of the key factors driving customer adoption and standardization on the VMware Infrastructure platform," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions at VMware. "VMware Site Recovery Manager introduces disaster recovery automation and management capabilities to reduce the risk, cost and complexity of organizations' disaster recovery plans." Although organizations face an urgent need for effective disaster recovery, recovery from site failures remains one of the most difficult and complex aspects of IT. Traditio... (more)