Jul 29, 2013
When you provide 24x7 online health plan self service, your customers and their health care providers expect your site to be available around the clock, with no exceptions and no excuses.
Jul 25, 2013
RTO - Recovery Time Objectives - are a tricky thing to define. Most organizations are ready to quantify how long it will take to perform an actual failover of critical systems, but that's only one part of the total RTO picture. Ignoring the other parts can - and will - lead to disappointment and more downtime than anyone expected. It’s better to talk about realistic RTO metrics, involving three components: People, Places, and Things.
Jul 22, 2013
When a server failure brought the assembly line of a major auto manufacturer to a screeching halt, the organization realized how devastating downtime could be. Although they relied on tape backup for disaster recovery, the incident illustrated that high availability was a critical missing element in their business continuity plan.
Jul 18, 2013
The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and ends on November 30. An average season sees 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes every year, but as more and more businesses set up shop on the coasts, and as more remote employees move their home offices to sunnier locations, each year the number of people who are affected during the season rises dramatically. Hurricanes only last a few hours, but as we now know all too well, businesses can suffer for months after the storm. And, many businesses never recover.
Jul 15, 2013
When Hatch Mott MacDonald, a large national engineering firm, lost a week of time and data during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, they learned their lesson the hard way. Because they build transportation infrastructure, tunnels, water conveyance structures, wastewater infrastructure, gas pipelines, public buildings and utility infrastructures, it’s important that field workers have around-the-clock access to data and applications. If they don’t, the company loses time, money and consumer trust in addition to being liable for compliance violations. Hatch Mott MacDonald needed a rock-solid high availability and disaster recovery plan that could withstand anything. Working with Vision engineers, they devised and implemented a comprehensive Double-Take Availability disaster recovery and availability plan that would protect the company, and the company’s clients’, in case of another disaster like Hurricane Ivan. The plan provided multi-level resiliency and a secure centralized backup facility for all of the mirrored data from all of their North American offices. Now, the company can failover anything in case of a disaster at any location.
Jul 09, 2013