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How to Migrate without Downtime

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Failing to Meet SLAs and Compliance Regulations Could Cost You

Apr 24, 2014
  • HA/DR
One of the biggest challenges IT managers face is keeping highly complex datacenter always available in order to meet increasingly strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and compliance regulations. Fines from missed SLAs and regulations can be steep, especially in finance, insurance, healthcare and manufacturing; after all they’re in place specifically to reduce client and consumer risk and send a strong message if they’re violated. SLA and compliance fines are another expense that insurance won’t cover if you incur downtime costs from a disaster – and certainly not if you’re enduring planned downtime.

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Planned or Unplanned, All Downtime is Bad

Apr 22, 2014
  • HA/DR
Estimates for average costs of downtime came in at around $8,000 per minute[1] last year. That number leaves little doubt that the direct costs of downtime can cripple a business. However, that number doesn’t even take into account the indirect costs of downtime, such as bad press and negative social media chatter that can add devastating insult to injury.

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Protecting Heterogeneous Datacenters Without Complexity or Vendor Lock-In

Apr 16, 2014
  • HA/DR
By necessity, today’s datacenters are a mix of hardware, operating systems and storage on physical, virtual and cloud platforms. Heterogeneous environments can be notoriously difficult to navigate when it comes to planning business continuity. If you pick one vendor, you may be stuck with the best they have to offer on that day. Plus, you may find yourself signing a contract that can last for years. Vendor lock isn’t an optimal situation because you may be committed to one vendor’s products, limited options and a single approach to high availability and disaster recovery, whether it ends up working for you or not.

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Converging Infrastructure Means More Migrations

Apr 04, 2014
  • Migration
A recent New York Times article caused quite a stir when it reported “datacenters waste 90% of the energy they pull off the grid” and “a single data center can take more power than a medium-size town[1].” Recently InformationWeek reported “the traditional enterprise data center uses just under twice as much electricity as it needs to do the actual computing. The extra amount goes to run cooling, lighting and systems that sustain the data center[2]. In a post-recession economy IT executives are eying the datacenter as a place where they can implement innovations to reduce and avoid costs. Boosting datacenter productivity, ensuring users have continuous access to data, reducing power consumption and streamlining operations are now part of the job description for IT managers and staff.

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“No Fear” Migrations to and from Cloud and Virtual Servers

Mar 28, 2014
  • Migration
  • Cloud
Cloud computing has radically transformed how businesses are investing in infrastructure.

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Eliminating the Old and New Costs of Migration Downtime

Mar 24, 2014
  • Migration
A few years ago migrations started to pick up in frequency as a wave of legacy servers reached the end of their useful lives and storage capacities. Not long after that, migration activity skyrocketed as businesses realized the cost efficiencies of virtualization. Activity took another uptick as enterprises started dealing with big data and defied predictions that the cloud could never be safely or broadly used for business purposes.

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Trading Migration Downtime Costs for Uptime Savings

Mar 17, 2014
  • HA/DR
Last year we conducted a series of surveys that gave us an interesting bird’s eye view of the migration landscape. We found that IT departments were consistently falling short of their RTOs and RPOs and executives lacked confidence in their recovery plans. We also learned out of the thousands of IT managers we talked to, nearly half were delaying migrations that could vastly improve their productivity and business continuity. Why? The high probability and risk of migration-related downtime.

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On-Demand Webcast: Make Near-Zero Downtime a Reality

Mar 12, 2014
  • HA/DR

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Webcast with Microsoft: Reduce Migration and Virtualization Costs

Feb 13, 2014
  • Migration

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Double-Take for AIX: Key Features

Feb 05, 2014
  • HA/DR
In two previous blog posts we looked at how Double-Take for AIX can help you to avoid the high costs of downtime and data loss and at some of the advantages of Double-Take for AIX 4.1. In this post, we delve a little deeper into three key features of Double-Take for AIX: Continuous Data Protection, Vision Solutions Portal and Integration with IBM PowerHA® SystemMirror® for AIX.

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