With the SharePoint Conference 2014 starting in a couple days I thought I
would take a few minutes and talk about increasing SharePoint availability.
While building applications may (or may not) be an easy thing to do,
maintaining a highly available SharePoint environment isn’t so simple.
There are a lot of different parts that make up a SharePoint application,
from the web server front-ends through the SharePoint components themselves
and all the way down to the back-end SQL Server database. Each of these
pieces is a different application, and that might mean using a different
method of protection each layer of the SharePoint farm. Cost, complexity, and
skillset requirements quickly escalate.
Following the recommended configuration for a SharePoint failover farm
involves maintaining two separate but identical farm installations as well as
managing the failover of... (more)
Recently we announced the availability of our high availability / disaster
recovery software, Neverfail IT Continuity Engine. I asked our product
management team to help point out some of the values of the product set, and,
to be honest, they gave me quite a list! I wanted to share some the better
thoughts that came of that conversation, so I crafted this set of slides to
highlight those value points. From Availability to Virtualization, these 24
slides show why IT Continuity Engine is the tool to turn to when availability
matters to the most.
When Availability Matters the M... (more)
Don’t Get DR Wrong
We cover a lot of news stories on our social media outlets every week, and
every now and then something sticks out as been right on target. (If you’re
not already following us, I ask that you start today!) This week our friends
over at Tech Target’s Search Disaster Recovery site featured a story from
Jon Toigo titled 10 mistakes to avoid in your disaster recovery planning
process that I highly recommend to our readers. In his article Jon offers
some great advice on how to avoid making DR plans more complex than they need
to be, or by trying to save money wher... (more)
The DR (disaster recovery) Man receives an intriguing call and suits up to
save the day.
Downtime is almost always unexpected, and sometimes the cause of downtime is
not immediately obvious. When faced with an unexplained problem,
administrators often turn to Internet searches, community forums, and frantic
scrambling. After all, not everyone has DR Man’s number in their contact
list. What do you do when a critical system goes down and the solution
In this first episode we are introduced to The DR Man, a not-so-average IT
good guy who lives on the beck and cal... (more)
It’s exciting to look back at the end of every year in the IT industry to
see how far we’ve come. In 2013 we saw the meteoric rise of SDN/NFV, the
continued hype around big data and even more conversations circulating about
virtualization and the cloud. With all these buzz words filling the air,
where does IT business continuity fit in?
In 2013, businesses came to terms with the necessity of an effective disaster
recovery strategy. Many made the move from simple backup and tape solutions
to more flexible and cost effective cloud-based technologies.
While there were improvements, ... (more)