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Are Your Cloud Workloads At-Risk?

Aug 25, 2014
  • Cloud
When it comes to cloud services, every survey on the subject reports that cloud adoption is growing and will keep growing. The majority of organizations already have breakout budgets for cloud, and even those are expected to grow. The few organizations that haven’t adopted cloud yet? Experts say just wait, they will.

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Microsoft Recognizes Vision Solutions for Leadership and Innovation

Aug 21, 2014
  • HA/DR
Last month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. we were very honored to receive the Microsoft Platform Modernization Alliance Technology Innovation Award. This award is given to Microsoft partners who deliver innovative solutions that directly address customer challenges. Our migration software solution, Double-Take Move, performs near-zero downtime migrations to the cloud and is designed to help drive the next wave of virtualization. Double-Take Move allows businesses to migrate from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Microsoft Azure, a trend that is growing as more and more businesses realize the significant value of migrating their business-critical data to Microsoft’s cloud offering.

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Migrate to the Cloud with No Impact on Production – or Productivity

Aug 18, 2014
  • Migration
  • Cloud
IT managers are under pressure to do more with less. Virtualizing servers and moving to the Cloud is a great way to accomplish this. Streamlining operations, reducing costs and improving performance via virtualization and Cloud infrastructure makes sense and is an easy sell, but getting from here to there can be a nightmare. As soon as servers go down, as soon as staff can’t work, as soon as customers can’t buy things or contact support – an IT manager’s worst fears become reality. What the industry needs is a way to implement new cost-saving technologies while keeping the status quo in production.

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Cloud and VM migrations: No Longer High Risk

Aug 12, 2014
  • Migration
  • Cloud
Downtime, data loss, increased operation complexity and costs; all symptoms of a migration gone wrong. Moving critical workloads off of physical machines onto virtual and cloud infrastructure can improve performance and lower costs. But the move itself is high risk. At least, it used to be.

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Freedom from Vendor Lock-In

Jul 01, 2014
  • Data Sharing
Even if you get a “great deal” on a “total package” that promises miraculous changes for your business, things can go from miraculous to bad very quickly. The problem with package deals is that you’re locked into a particular technology.

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Thinking About Database Consolidation? It Doesn't Have to be Hard.

Jun 24, 2014
  • Migration
For a variety of reasons, most organizations have multiple database types in their IT environments. The problem is, supporting all these different databases is expensive: You need at least one knowledgeable staff member for each platform, managers have to oversee multiple maintenance contracts, and administrators have to stay on top of all the hardware needed to support the systems. Obviously, consolidating databases is the answer, but migration can be costly and risky, right?

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How Much is Accurate Data Worth to You?

Jun 17, 2014
  • HA/DR
Data is the new currency. In order to leverage it however, it has to be liquid. If your organization has data trapped in siloed departmental databases, or if you are performing nightly content transfers using antiquated manual processes, you're wasting time, money, and risking your competitive edge. To put a fine point on it, administrators can’t generate accurate business analytics, managers aren't seeing true business intelligence, and executives are making decisions based on outdated or incorrect data. We have been in this business for over two decades, so we know firsthand that keeping critical databases synced is an enormous challenge for database administrators, but we also know that the ability to do it can make or break a business.

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Tired of the Complexities of Traditional ETL Processes?

Jun 10, 2014
  • Data Sharing
You’d be hard pressed to find an organization without a multi-database environment today. Recently we conducted a survey in which 87% of the businesses we talked to said they regularly need to share data between multiple databases in their organization. What's really interesting is, 62% are constantly concerned that their databases are out of sync. Out-of-sync databases are nightmare. Among other problems, administrators waste time running reports on different systems and manually aggregating data, managers can’t get the information they need in order to do their jobs, and executives risk making decisions based on incorrect or outdated data. The problem is glaring enough that it can't be tolerated or just ignored. However, traditional, manual ETL efforts that involve nightly data extraction, transformation and loading are costly, labor-expensive and error-prone. So what's the answer?

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Better Protection Through a Virtualized HA/DR Plan

Jun 03, 2014
  • HA/DR
In the new economy, who isn't looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs? Everybody is being asked to do more with less, and it's not just a temporary cost reduction measure; it's the new status quo. Managers in every department are looking for ways technology can help them improve and streamline operations, reduce costs and burden on already strained resources. IT managers know that virtual and cloud servers can be used as affordable, reliable HA/DR targets, and can alleviate strain on resources and provide significant cost savings.

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Are You Protecting Assets in the Cloud?

May 30, 2014
  • Cloud
In 2013, 64% of the companies we surveyed for the State of Resilience Report said they had adopted Cloud services. This is a 41% jump in Cloud adoption in just two years. Clearly Cloud services are working out for businesses of all sizes, and analysts predict radical growth in the virtual server and cloud services market this year and in years to come. There is an ugly reality in this scenario however: If you don’t protect virtual workloads running in the cloud you are risking the many costs and consequences of data loss and downtime and all the ROI you planned for by adopting new technologies. One of the benefits of virtual and Cloud servers is the ability to circumvent the downtime risks inherent in physical servers.

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