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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 today for  computing infrastructure, applications, and most importantly, Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions for those applications and data.  Once you define your Service Level Agreements (SLA) tiers for Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and start assigning protecti... (more)

Disaster Recovery Download: Hands-on with IT Continuity Engine

Usually on these Friday blogs I like to talk about a favorite news article that caught my interest, but this week I want to talk about something different.  I want to talk about Neverfail IT Continuity Engine. Yes, I know… I made a big announcement just a couple weeks ago, but I’ve got something new and exciting to share. This week we published two new public videos to the Neverfail YouTube Channel showing the deployment and operation of ITCE in one of my labs. If you’re at all familiar with previous versions of our core failover and disaster recovery technology, then you’re sur... (more)

Transforming the Hungry IT Caterpillar to an Elegant Butterfly

Amazon, Inc. is a remarkable business.  Not only has it transformed the internet shopping experience for most of us but their hosting business, AWS, has also thrown down the gauntlet to commercial IT shops by showing how much can be done to dramatically lower the cost of IT operations.  Indeed, there’s a parallel with adoption behavior during the early phases of the virtualization market, as customers test out potential benefits by migrating some non-critical workloads, such as test/dev, that remain under IT’s direct control, into the public cloud.  In parallel, the lessons of pu... (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)

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)