What IT organizations want is not always aligned with what they really need.
With conflicting data and continually-evolving theories around business
continuity best practices, it’s no wonder why there is sometimes confusion.
That’s why it’s up to BCDR professionals to work with organizations to
reconcile the latest research and technological options with their needs and
business goals in order to develop the right, customized approach.
In this week’s Disaster Recovery Download, we explore new best practices,
data points and misconceptions around IT resilience. At Neverfail, we
recognize that running a business is difficult enough. Business continuity
should be simple.
IT Resilience – What Do Organizations Really Want, Anyway?
In this piece for Forbes, Chris Burgher discusses the topic of IT resilience,
exploring what organizations think they want vs. what they really ... (more)
Business continuity is critical to companies within any vertical. We’ve
said many times before that an outage can easily lead to lost revenue or a
tarnished reputation – both of which shouldn’t be taken lightly. However,
within the healthcare industry, even more can weigh in the balance. Doctors
and healthcare professionals need consistent access to their data and
applications as the critical care they provide often depends on it. Without
the appropriate tools at their disposal at all times, patients and overall
care can be negatively impacted, potentially leading to the loss of ... (more)
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)
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)
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