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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)

Sentry42 Announces Data Center and Disaster Recovery Partnership with EBRC

Sentry42 has today announced that it will partner with EBRC, the Luxembourg based data centre operator, in order to be a able to provide geographically diverse disaster recovery positions to its customers. Sentry42, the data centre colocation business of Migration Solutions, has agreed a partnership with ebrc of Luxembourg. The Sentry42 Norwich data centre opened last year and is a state-of-the-art colocation centre on the outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk. Boasting very high environmental credentials and one of the highest levels of security in any UK data centre, the Sentry42 site offers colocation services to customers ranging from local businesses to large multi-nationals. Through its partnership with ebrc, Sentry42 can now offer its customers a fully geographically diverse disaster recovery position in a world class data centre. ebrc a world leader in Tier IV data ... (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 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)

Marathon Technologies to Speak on Better Disaster Recovery and High Availability Through Virtualization at 2008 NEDRIX Annual Conference

LITTLETON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/15/08 -- Marathon Technologies, the only provider of fault-tolerant, high availability software for physical and virtual servers, today announced that Jerry Melnick, its Chief Technology Officer, will be a featured presenter at the NorthEast Disaster Recovery Information X-Change 2008 Annual Conference held October 20-22 in Newport, Rhode Island. Melnick's presentation, Better Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery through Virtualization, will provide attendees with proven tips on how server virtualization technologies can be used for much simpler and more effective disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) for practical business continuity. Attendees will learn how and why server virtualization done right can: -- Make disaster recovery planning and execution much easier -- Simplify the notoriously difficult process of ... (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)

Cloud Disaster Recovery Made Simple and Affordable -- VMware Delivers vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/14 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ - Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) service that provides a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery is simple to set up, can be self-managed, and is a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional DR solutions. The service is available immediately in all five vCloud Hybrid Service data centers in the U.S. and U.K. Built on vSphere®, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery continuously replicates virtual machines to a virtual data center within vCloud Hybrid Service, with a recovery point objective (RPO) of up to 15 minutes, from just $835 a month including 1TB of sto... (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)