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I attended a pandemic exercise at Northeastern University last year that was really enlightening and timely considering the latest information about the “swine flu”. Although far from a pandemic at this time, the CDC is taking preventative measures by communicating with the general public what they can do to avoid becoming ill. Here are a few tips that can help spread the transmission. Hygiene- Wash your hands, it sounds insignificant but good hygiene can prevent the transmission by touching objects that others who have the influenza have also touched. Avoid any hand to mouth, eye or nose contact and cover your face if you have to sneeze or cough to also prevent the spread of airborne germs. Social Distancing – If you don’t have to attend gatherings with others, then don’t. The fewer people you come in contact with lowers your risk of contracting the flu. If you do... (more)

Move, Flex and Protect Your Workloads

Server, storage and site migrations have always been the elephant in the room. IT managers know that it is necessary to reduce costs and improve workload management but cringe over the potential impact to production. In the past, migrations have usually required significant planning, design and downtime, which is no longer acceptable. Now flexible, more efficient workload infrastructure is necessary to reduce costs. A few years ago virtual migrations were no different than any other server or storage migration: P2V products were complex and time consuming - and some P2V solutions... (more)

Business Continuity Planning for Maximizing Data Center Uptime

Next to ensuring the safety, health and well being of your employees, the next most important Business Continuity task is resuming business-critical operations. Keeping servers highly available is what likely keeps most data center managers up at night. There is a higher probability that most data centers will be affected by a virus, hardware failure, power failure or upgrade gone wrong than by a more disastrous weather-related event like wind, fire or rain. However, planning for the smallest interruption of business operations will help ensure your company's assets will be able ... (more)

Double-Take Software Compliments Business Continuity Testing for Hyper-V

Business continuity exercises have always been complicated and hard to exercise. There is significant planning involved to test the availability and recovery of the IT workloads and usually requires extensive downtime and effort from IT managers. Virtualization technology has helped IT managers with this process but that is primarily only for local high availability testing at the primary data center. The roll of a business continuity planner is to exercise the entire IT infrastructure and verify the workloads can be recovered and run at a functional level to restore critical bus... (more)

Workload Flexibility: Server and Workstation iSCSI Provisioning

Workload migrations and portability don’t have to be limited to moving active workloads. Workload flexibility is a key function of workload optimization solutions that allow rapid provisioning of new workloads. iSCSI and workstation consolidation have been the latest trend to provide more flexible management for organizations supporting call centers to quickly deploy new machines. Booting workstations from iSCSI drastically reduces the amount of time and effort involved when provisioning new servers or workstations but also provides a level of security to prevent confidential or ... (more)