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There are several challenges when attempting a data center move or even just consolidation. Availability is the number one priority. All the systems during the move need to be available so production operations are not interrupted. Depending on the technology you use some solutions will require more downtime than others. If you are consolidating to a blade or virtual machine infrastructure then you also need to prepare for provisioning new servers rapidly. Here are a few tips to help maximize your data center uptime while facilitating a move, migration and or consolidation. Availability – Host based replication software like, Double-Take Software, can provide real time replication of the application, system data and even operating system all while the production systems remain online. This type of solution can reduce your downtime to near zero as you have the ability... (more)

Cloud Computing: What It Is and How to Use It

Enterprise Cloud Track at Cloud Expo If you listen to the IBM advertisements on television “The Cloud” is described as a “workload optimized service management platform” but what does that mean? Basically, in the most simplistic form, the Cloud is a virtual data center. That is it! People often ask me to explain what it is, how it is used and why is it so popular? Usually, to avoid the deer in the headlights look by trying to explain what an optimized workload is, I will usually explain that it is a virtual data center. However, there are unique characteristics that allow it to ... (more)

Business Continuity Planning for Maximizing Data Center Uptime

Next to ensuring the safety, health and well being of your employees, the next most important Business Continuity task is resuming business-critical operations. Keeping servers highly available is what likely keeps most data center managers up at night. There is a higher probability that most data centers will be affected by a virus, hardware failure, power failure or upgrade gone wrong than by a more disastrous weather-related event like wind, fire or rain. However, planning for the smallest interruption of business operations will help ensure your company's assets will be able ... (more)

Double-Take Software Compliments Business Continuity Testing for Hyper-V

Business continuity exercises have always been complicated and hard to exercise. There is significant planning involved to test the availability and recovery of the IT workloads and usually requires extensive downtime and effort from IT managers. Virtualization technology has helped IT managers with this process but that is primarily only for local high availability testing at the primary data center. The roll of a business continuity planner is to exercise the entire IT infrastructure and verify the workloads can be recovered and run at a functional level to restore critical bus... (more)

10 Tips for Recovering Data After Loss

So, you have just lost your most business critical application or worse yet the entire data center. What do you do? Unfortunately I have experienced these exact situations more than I would like but here are ten tips to get you through and more importantly what not to do. 10 Tips for Data Recovery Don’t panic and remain calm! If there is a disaster event the priority number one of any business continuity plan is to ensure the safety of the employees. Evaluate the disaster! The best business continuity plan is the one that doesn’t have to be implemented and being able to quickly ev... (more)