July 4, 2020  

Featured:


VNXe3150 NAS and iSCSI Storage System

The EMC® VNXe™ series is a new unified storage solution for SMB and lower mid-market companies and remote/branch offices (ROBO) in enterprise organizations. It is designed for IT generalists with limited storage expertise. The VNXe facilitates complete storage consolidation with advanced file and block functionality as well as a simple, application-driven approach to managing shared storage. The VNXe series delivers advancements in efficiency, simplicity, and affordability.

The VNX series is part of a high-performance family designed for small, midsize to enterprise storage environments.


IBM RamSAN 810 Packs 10TB of SSD into 1U

The IBM RamSan-810 is the first enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) Flash storage system. eMLC Flash combines the high speed and reliability of single-level cell (SLC) Flash with the low cost of MLC Flash. The system is optimized for use with read-intensive enterprise workloads.

The patented Variable Stripe RAID™ offered by the Series-7 Flash Controller reduces business interruptions and improves mean time between failures (MTBF) by providing a higher level of protection against both Flash plane failures and Flash device failures.


Nexsan e60 High Density Disk Tray

The Nexsan e60 is one of a new breed of high density storage systems. It packs up to 240 TB into an equipment rack drive tray just 7-inches tall (4U). Add another expansion tray, and up to 480 TB of SATA storage can be managed. With this high degree of density, up to (5) fully expanded e60 systems can be fitted into a single rack - for 2.4 PB of raw storage capacity.


Small Business Backup Made Simple

Symantec Backup Exec 2012 is a cost-effective backup & recovery solution designed for small and medium-sized companies and remote office backups. It provides disk-to-disk-to-tape backup and recovery for Windows, Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and NetWare as well as VMware and Microsoft virtual machines. Backup Exec 2012 storage optimization enhancements include file and e-mail archiving and deduplication.

Vendor-Neutral Storage Courses Offer Breadth and Depth of Knowledge

Technical consulting firm Data Center Enhancements Inc. announces the formation of a new training services group. This new group will focus on delivery of instructor-led training classes for Advanced SAN & NAS Storage, TOGAF, CoBIT, and ITIL. We will present an in-depth explanation of each subject to ensure maximum depth and breadth of understanding. All courses will be designed to assist students in preparation for each topic's comprehensive certification examinations.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

 

Disaster Recovery and Business ContinuityWe live in a world that is always on – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Today’s customer no longer lives down the street or in the immediate area. They can be located anywhere in the nation or in any other part of the world. The reach of a global Internet demands that IT operations remain operational and responsive any time potential clients want to contact your system. Any interruption may cause customers to abandon your website and click on the next provider listed. Modern computing infrastructure must be designed to be highly resilient and tolerant to local equipment failures. But what happens when major catastrophic event occur that disrupts your business? If your IT operations are confronted with a major loss of resources, is it capable of smoothly and flawlessly transitioning operations to other facilities without suffering a loss of services? Once restored, will accounts continue where they left off, or will they need to roll back to some earlier point to ensure data corruption did not occur?

Challenges:

Computer outages are usually painfully expensive. Not only is the continual revenue stream interrupted, but the organization also incurs additional costs from:

  • Detection, containment, recovery, and return to service
  • Loss of employee productivity during the outage
  • Lost or corrupted transactions that were in-process
  • Negative impact on the company's reputation
  • Customer churn and reduced market share
  • Potential loss of future business opportunities
Customers are very unforgiving of disruptions of services. If they are unable to maintain their session due to delivery problems with your system, they will quickly move on. Once they've moved on, it can be extremely difficult to dissuade lost clients from utilizing your competitor’s products.

Our Solution:

Operational integrity is an ability to absorb a catastrophic evert at the primary site, and seamlessly shift operations to a secondary site without any disruption in products and services whatsoever. In addition, this solution must be functional, efficient, economical, and manageable to ensure it doesn’t cost an exorbitant amount to maintain. To accomplish the business objectives of a failover operation, every aspect of business and operations must be evaluated to ensure there are no inherent vulnerabilities. Both internal and external IT architectures must be designed to be robust, performant, secure, and economical.

Next Steps:

Any discussion of operational continuity must began with business management. What are the goals and objectives of the organization? How quickly must operations be restored, and to what extent? Can they be phased in, focusing on critical systems first, or must they all remain on-line throughout the event. First steps should include:

  • Executive and stakeholder interviews
  • Management workshops
  • An equipment inventory
  • Gap analysis studies
  • Identification of all key business processes

Once we have a clear understanding of the organizations risks from a catastrophic event, we can assist you with the development of a disaster recovery plan that is comprehensive in coverage, yet economical to deploy.

Contact:

If you’re ready to move ahead with the formulation of your disaster recovery program, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However, if you already know a change in your disaster recovery plan is needed but are struggling with where to start, we have several assessment programs that can provide the information necessary to make good decisions. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this complex issue.