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There are several challenges when attempting a data center move or even just consolidation. Availability is the number one priority. All the systems during the move need to be available so production operations are not interrupted. Depending on the technology you use some solutions will require more downtime than others. If you are consolidating to a blade or virtual machine infrastructure then you also need to prepare for provisioning new servers rapidly. Here are a few tips to help maximize your data center uptime while facilitating a move, migration and or consolidation. Availability – Host based replication software like, Double-Take Software, can provide real time replication of the application, system data and even operating system all while the production systems remain online. This type of solution can reduce your downtime to near zero as you have the ability... (more)

BCP Lessons Learned and New Ideas for IT Infrastructure Continuity

Businesses in the southeastern United States have been hit hard with hurricanes in the last few years, and 2008 was no exception. As a project manager and CBCP for over 1600 disaster recovery deployments I can share real examples of how entire data centers were failed over to the DR operations center in preparation for hurricanes, while others (due to poor planning) did not have the same success. Those that were successful were efficient in organizing the RTO of their communication servers which helped them prioritize the recovery efforts as well utilize creative testing procedur... (more)

A Pandemic Exercise - Telecommuting & Will the Infrastructure Support It?

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, e... (more)

What's the Disaster Recovery Plan for our Nations Newspapers?

With print advertising declining due to the use of the internet as the primary source of information today, what is the disaster recovery plan of our nation’s newspaper industry? More and more newspapers are facing the challenge of declining advertising revenue and are looking for ways to offset these costs. The Boston Globe recently wrote an editorial column asking their readers, since they already pay about $10 dollars a week for delivery, if they would be willing to pay $10 a week for reading the paper on their website. The answer unfortunately is no. As creatures of habit we... (more)

What is Community 2.0?

Imagine by John Lennon painted a picture of what life might look like without barriers, silos of war and religion and everyone just accepted each other as they were. Now, imagine being able to engage in conversations across all communities, twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or any other social property also without silos or barriers. Communities are evolving and are not limited to just discussion forums. Engaging conversations are occurring all over the social web which can be tough to find and engage if you aren’t listening. However, this is really easy to do. There are several tools ... (more)