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What is Hypervisor-based Replication? (We know!)

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Are you like one of the millions of people pondering the answer to ‘what is hypervisor-based replication and how will it change my disaster recovery approach’?  I know I was. 

So, let me help you with that!

Our technology experts here at Eze Castle Integration spent some time in the lab testing and evaluating hypervisor-based replication and recently incorporated it into our Eze Disaster Recovery 2.0 offering.  We think it delivers excellent benefits, but let’s start with the basics.

Eze Disaster Recovery with Hypervisor ReplicationWhat is hypervisor-based replication?

TechTarget defines hypervisor-based replication as “a technology that automatically creates and maintains replicas of virtual hard disks or entire virtual machines (depending on the platform that is being used).”  Analyst firm IDC goes on to say that this replication approach “protects virtual machines (VMs) at the virtual machine disk format file level rather than at the LUN or storage volume level, thus replication can be done without the management and TCO challenges associated with array-based replication.”
 

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Business Continuity Planning  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



What Hedge Funds Can Learn from Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy NASA ImageHurricane Sandy created a path of devastation, disrupted countless lives and businesses, and taught us many lessons.  Over the last week, here at Eze Castle Integration we have reflected on what we learned now that the lives of our employees and clients are slowly getting back to “normal.”

Communicate Openly & Often.

With Hurricane Sandy we had the “luxury” of knowing the storm was approaching, however, that isn’t always the case.  Companies must have a communication plan that can be quickly initiated should an unforeseen disaster occur.  We encourage clients to look into Automated Messaging Systems that allow notifications to be sent to all employees or clients simultaneously across multiple devices (i.e. home phone, work phone, cell phone, email).

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning 



Does the Cloud Provide Backup and Disaster Recovery Coverage?

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

hedge fund protectionToday there is no excuse for a hedge fund not to have a disaster recovery plan in place.  Both investors and regulators have raised their expectations and want to be sure that appropriate safeguards are in place.

Private cloud solutions are ideally suited to meet a hedge fund’s requirements for backup storage and disaster recovery (DR) solutions.  Additionally, the growing acceptance of cloud-based services has driven down the costs substantially, making these solutions highly economical for funds of all sizes.

While business continuity planning (BCP) focuses on the people and processes needed to keep a hedge fund or investment firm in business –  such as selecting a backup work site for staffers in an emergency – DR solutions emphasize the technology necessary to support a firm’s operations.  In both areas, firms need to understand their operational processes and specific risk landscapes.
 

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Operations  Business Continuity Planning 



Disaster Recovery Game Changer: From SAN-to-SAN to SAN-to-Cloud

Posted by Mary Beth Hamilton on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Happy 5th of July!

We interrupt this holiday week to talk about how cloud services are expanding disaster recovery options for users of Storage Area Networks (SAN that is).

A traditional SAN-to-SAN disaster recovery scenario may rely on host-based replication technology transmitting data and applications between two mirror SAN environments.  While this works for some firms, cloud technology presents a viable, cost-effective alternative where data and applications from a firm’s production SAN are replicated to a cloud environment for disaster recovery.

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Business Continuity Planning  Cloud Computing 



MPLS Networks Simplified

Posted by Dina Ferriero on Thursday, June 28th, 2012

What is an MPLS Network?

MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a mechanism in high-performance telcom networks that directs data from one place on the network to another based on short path labels rather than long network addresses. MPLS is highly scalable and protocol agnostic.

In an MPLS network, packets of data are assigned labels, and all packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of these labels, eliminating the need to examine the packets themselves. As a result, end-to-end circuits can be created across any type of transport medium, using any protocol.

At Eze Castle, we like to boast that our private cloud services are delivered via an MPLS network which connects our data centers. That sounds good, but what are the real benefits of this type of network infrastructure? We asked our vice president of networking services, Mike Abbey, for some insights. Here’s what we learned.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning 



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