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  In a past blog post, we highlighted three of the most common challenges that small to medium-sized businesses face when attempting to integrate a disaster recovery solution into their business model. For these SMBs, a lack of technical expertise, no secondary disaster recovery location and a slim IT budget each present obstacles against adequate preparation. Fortunately, virtualization and cloud computing have altered the disaster recovery landscape, making DR both simpler and more cost-effective. Developing and implementing a comprehensive and effective business continuity plan – until recently only something large enterprises could afford to do – is increasingly accessible for businesses of any size. Companies can leverage the best remote compute and storage resources, with minimal levels of cost and complexity. These solutions are known as Disaster Recovery-as... (more)

Disaster Recovery Download: Estimating the Cost of Data Center Downtime

When asked about the actual cost of an hour or minute of downtime, frequently the response is “it depends.” In some ways, we agree, it can be tricky to pin the cost of downtime to one static number when the variables change so dramatically from incident to incident. One hour of downtime at Amazon may be completely different from an hour at Microsoft, Google or a much smaller business. Nevertheless, we still get excited when the experts make an effort to estimate the value of uptime and the cost of downtime. While they may not be scientifically correct, assigning a tangible moneta... (more)

This is Huge: Update to IT Continuity Architect v1.3

OK, I’m excited. The latest release of Neverfail IT Continuity Architect has landed with some of our most requested features and we just can’t wait for you to try it out for yourselves. When I got walked through a demo of the new features last week I knew this was going to be a big step forward for our new IT business continuity product. If you’re not already familiar with IT Continuity Architect (sometimes called ITCA or simply “Architect”) then let me tell you briefly what it can do for you. Right from the start, Architect helps you establish exactly what you have in place tod... (more)

Virtual Hardware Availability: How Do You Guarantee Application Availability?

Many people have turned to virtualization for, among other reasons, the increased ease of disaster recovery. Because virtual machines are no more than files on a disk connected to standardized hypervisor hardware, those virtual machines can be shared, copied, moved, and recovered almost anywhere. Whether you’re looking at clustered hypervisors with VMware HA/FT, remote datacenters with VMware SRM, or the plenitude of cloud IaaS companies willing to spin up your backups in the event of a failure, all of these solutions provide what I refer to as “hardware availability” If there’s... (more)

Disaster Recovery Download: The Power of the Right Tools

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a wide array of predictions for what’s to come in 2014. Vendors, analysts and reporters alike have been guessing which companies will succeed, which technologies will falter and where the industry will stand a year from now. Despite all the different predictions, there’s one underlying theme: more. More data. More mission-critical applications. More virtualization. More reliance on technology. While these technologies change and grow, the core principles behind your business remain the same: end users need to be able to access and operate witho... (more)