At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of realistic exercises -- test the plan, don't plan to test -- and the need for a follow-up to review and act on the exercise results and feedback.
Study Finds Enterprise Reliance On ‘Always On’ Systems Necessary To Ensure Continual Business OperationsMay 7, 2013 4:31 pm | News | Comments
SunGard Availability Services released survey results published in an IDC White Paper, sponsored by SunGard Availability Services, Lack of Operational Resilience Will Undermine Enterprise Competitiveness: A Strategy for Availability (April 2013) that identify the competitive advantages of establishing sophisticated systems for maintaining uninterrupted business operations.
Continuity Insights sat down with Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of General Electric (GE), to find out more about what he enjoys most about the BC/DR field, how his company operates, the biggest challenge Agility has faced, and what he sees for the future of disaster preparedness.
A massive technology failure forced the nation's third-largest carrier to ground all planes from coast to coast. The company blamed the breakdown on a "software issue" that knocked out both primary and backup computer reservation systems. Passengers took to social media sites to criticize the airline, which for hours could only apologize and say that it was trying to fix the problem.
Silver Peak Systems has introduced a new family of downloadable software products that are purpose-built for storage professionals to accelerate offsite data replication workloads. The new Silver Peak VRX-2, VRX-4 and VRX-8 software products combine data acceleration technology with flexible pricing.
IO will provide BSSP with Data Center as a Service (DCaaST) delivered out of the IO Phoenix data center. Organizations can use IO DCaaS to support cloud computing, big data, high-availability applications, business continuity/disaster recovery, data center consolidation and other strategic technology initiatives.
In the case of a single-site disaster -- as long as the computing infrastructure is running in the data center or a hot site -- telework might be a reasonable option. Of course, the remote access infrastructure needs to be up as well, along with Internet access through the contracted network provider. In the case of a localized or regional disaster, telework could be problematic for several reasons.
SunGard Partners With Regus To Power Expansion Of Its Workplace Availability Business To 550 Cities WorldwideOctober 2, 2012 10:29 am | News | Comments
Customers can now access SunGard’s heritage and experience in multi-layered Workplace Recovery solutions in combination with Regus’ unparalleled network of almost 1,300 business centers located in more than 550 cities across 97 countries: SunGard manages the contract so customers need only to call one number to invoke the service in time of need.
After evaluating onsite and offsite options, HCS chose BCS to host and archive its data; a decision that has proved to be prescient, particularly in light of the fire that recently caused significant damage to the school. Because their servers were not onsite, the school suffered no data loss.
Wedge says the outage hit while passengers for the first flights out of the airport were going through security screening. Transportation Security Administration passenger and luggage screening devices were rebooted and passenger screening has resumed.
Many times, infrastructure devices are located in remote locations that are either staffed with non-IT people or totally unstaffed. Remote infrastructure management is a technology-driven method for secure access, control, monitoring and management of a variety of devices installed throughout a communications network.
In order to overcome the numerous challenges associated with the recovery, Convergys employed workload transition, work-at-home implementation, mobile work-area-recovery, alternate site identification and build-out, and satellite connectivity. Additionally, a tiered incident command team was used to assess the impacts of the flooding and administer the solutions.
StratITsphere, ScaleMatrix Announce Data Center Partnership to Provide Greater Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity To ClientsApril 30, 2012 12:07 pm | News | Comments
Colocation customers of two data centers in Texas and California will enjoy greater protection from disasters thanks to a new alliance announced today.
A disaster preparedness exercise to ensure California's child support system could be run remotely went smoothly, except for one casualty: the names, Social Security numbers and other private records of about 800,000 adults and children.
While many businesses recognize the value of protecting themselves from potentially disastrous security incidents, many fall short in their attempts to do so. Companies need to take more aggressive steps to protect themselves from security threats –- whether it’s closely studying their cloud provider, gaining a better understanding of their business data or considering an investment in outside security services.
Businesses big and small have taken a beating from the power outages caused by the record-setting October snowstorm and the losses are only beginning to be tallied.
DataCenter.BZ uses ultra-high power densities and Tier IV+ datacenter building design, and offers a 150-seat hot site for real-time workforce recovery.
Everything we knew about communications, congregation points, crisis management, leadership styles, succession plans, SPOFs and mental health either changed or was reaffirmed by the events of 9/11.
By reducing downtime and minimizing business interruptions, World Vision U.S. keeps money flowing to communities in need.
In the over 30-year history of recovery, there have never been as many choices as there are today. What's it mean to you? And how do you pick a provider?
Just like a good news story, your plans cover all the Ws – who, what, when, where, and why. Where used to be the easy part, but these days, where to recover is proving to be a complicated question with many potential answers.
In the 1964 movie Fail-Safe, a technical malfunction in the Pentagon's strategic control system causes an erroneous order to be sent to a B-58 squadron on a routine training mission instructing the bombers to fly beyond their fail-safe distance. At this point, the flight crews are trained to cease communications and prepare to fulfill their objective by bombing Moscow. As the planes near their target, the crisis deepens and together the Americans and Soviets decide on a final, desperate solution.
When you plan your work area space, make sure you anticipate not just day one needs, but also how end user requirements will change over time. Have a handle on the amount and configuration of space so that growth can occur without disrupting the recovery operation that is already in place.
Business Continuity, resiliency, high-availability, zero acceptable downtime those are the industry buzzwords and watchwords of today. But what about disaster recovery? While the phrase may scream "old timer", disasters do still happen and you still need to be ready to revover if your plans fail or are overwhelmed.
Mobile recovery is a fast-growing and evolving segment of today’s continuity market. A mobile solution recovers not only immediate business continuity needs, but reduces the impact on employees. This session will explore how mobile recovery work...