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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)

Disaster Recovery Download: The Intersection of Business Continuity and Healthcare – November 15, 2014

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)

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)

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)