Business Continuity and Satellite Communications for Remote Locations

While hurricane season lasts from June 1 through Nov. 30, storms and other unforeseen events at any time of year can create significant problems for companies with operations in remote locations. The people working on oil platforms, mining operations, distant construction sites, or even distant resorts often are connected back to civilization only by means… Continue reading Business Continuity and Satellite Communications for Remote Locations

Small Corporation Stretches Resources to Make Disaster Recovery Strategy a Reality

CNA Surety Corporation provides commercial and contract surety products to clients in every state. In fact, it is a giant in its field. However, by corporate giant standards, Surety is a small corporation. And until recently, there was no comprehensive, information technology or disaster recovery strategy in place. It’s our guess that many small companies… Continue reading Small Corporation Stretches Resources to Make Disaster Recovery Strategy a Reality

IT Department Rises From the Ashes After Fire Destroys Building

Bill Davidson survived one nightmare every IT manager dreads. He arrived to work on a Friday morning as fire devoured his company’s building. No one was injured, but fire and smoke damage ruined almost everything at MARS Advertising. Davidson, the CIO, had to replace all the servers and end-user PCs and reinstall the network quickly… Continue reading IT Department Rises From the Ashes After Fire Destroys Building

Cable Manufacturer Recovers From Fire in Unique Way

It was 6 p.m. on a Wednesday in March when Draka USA in Franklin, Mass. – the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of wire and cable solutions for industrial, commercial, military, and defense use – learned their Pennsylvania manufacturing facility had caught fire. A contractor who was doing repairs on the building had accidentally ignited the… Continue reading Cable Manufacturer Recovers From Fire in Unique Way

An Internet Based Disaster Recovery System

Data is a vital asset to businesses of all sizes, so it is crucial it be protected at all times. However, most businesses are at risk of losing or corrupting their data due to hardware and software failures or virus intrusions. Many rely on traditional approaches such as data backup and cluster technologies to protect… Continue reading An Internet Based Disaster Recovery System

Tape-based Back-up Systems Require Care and Proper Feeding

There once was a company that purchased and configured a high-end, expensive, and full-featured tape library for the company’s system backups. Unfortunately, the back-up library was placed right beside the primary system. When the primary system got fried, so did the backup library. And then there’s the one about the regional-wide ambulance monitoring system that… Continue reading Tape-based Back-up Systems Require Care and Proper Feeding

Enterprise-Class Data Protection For Everyone

The greatest worry of system administrators in IT departments used to be server and system downtime and the possibility of losing data. Storage system threats such as viruses, malicious users, and disk crashes were certainly high on this list. In recent years, however, system administrators in the well-funded Fortune 500 IT departments have worried less… Continue reading Enterprise-Class Data Protection For Everyone

Wide Area File Services Could Save the Day

Business calamities and disasters can occur at any time or any place, and recent disasters have expanded the scope of the potential damage to enterprise wide IT infrastructures, data, and storage. These disasters have also called into sharp focus the IT disaster prevention practices that businesses have been forced to implement. When natural and man-made… Continue reading Wide Area File Services Could Save the Day

Addressing the Challenges of Data Protection

Protecting high-value data and delivering 24×7 data protection and business continuity is of paramount importance to organizations throughout the world. Unfortunately, those organizations that have embarked on this mission have found considerable challenges along the way from the many infrastructure challenges associated with managing heterogeneous platforms, applications and data, to the challenges presented by the… Continue reading Addressing the Challenges of Data Protection

Adaptive Backup: Beyond Due Diligence

Backups are a staple of any network. However, while created to help ensure the ongoing availability of data, backups are more often the last resort in the wake of a disaster. Transferring data onto tape through either a complete or incremental backup is one issue, but actually being able to access that data is another.… Continue reading Adaptive Backup: Beyond Due Diligence