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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 While most healthcare facilities have disaster recovery plans in place, many are based on an outdated paradigm in which information technology was much less critical than it is today.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)

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)

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)

Actifio Announces Dynamic Data Management Virtualization to Simplify Data Protection, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity and Drive Down Costs by up to 90 Percent

WALTHAM, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/17/10 -- Actifio™, the emerging leader in Data Management Virtualization (DMV), today announced general availability of the first three solutions in the Actifio software suite, Actifio™ DP, for data protection; Actifio™ DR, for disaster recovery; and Actifio™ BC, for business continuity. Built on Actifio's VirtualData Pipeline™ (VDP) technology, these solutions are the first of a series of data management applications offering radical simplicity, unprecedented agility, and up to an order of magnitude lower cost, while co-existing with the current infrastructure. While data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity have been business critical initiatives, they also rank at the bottom for deployment, ease of use and flexibility. Deployments of multiple point tools, each addressing parts of the data lifecycle, have resulte... (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)

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)

Affordable Disaster Recovery: Despite Complexity, Tapes Work

Author:  Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Preparing for a data disaster is one of those projects that are always getting pushed back in small and medium sized businesses. The daily proverbial "fires" seem to take precedence over getting ready for an actual fire, server crash, earthquake, theft, or hurricane. Implementing a disaster recovery strategy is critical, but is often delayed for 2 reasons: The complexity of evaluating business operations to find the critical data that needs to be made available first after a disaster, then calculating the target RPO and RTO for that data. The perception that a disaster recovery solution that meets targets is too expensive As Storage Switzerland noted recently, tapes are holding their position as an affordable backup solution that can also be used for disaster recovery. So, if you are using tape for backup here's how to set up for re... (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)

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)

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)

Research and Markets: Prevention Is Better Than Cure, Read the Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages 2005 Edition

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c15372) has announced the addition of Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages 2005 Edition to their offering (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040820/RESEARCH ) The editors of the Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages, have worked with leaders in the Disaster Recovery field to develop this comprehensive sourcebook, as well as using the experiences gained in working with over 100 organizations and institutions to prepare comprehensive recovery plans for the resumption of their operations following a disaster. These organizations have ranged from banks and insurance companies to manufacturers, retailers, colleges, and other organizations. Based on over two decades of disaster-planning experience, the Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages contains thousands of disaster-recovery ... (more)