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Preparing for 'little disasters' often neglected

Quoting from TechTarget

Tom Dugan, chief technology officer of backup services provider Recovery Networks Inc., says it's a common problem he's seen among the users he consults with on a daily basis: They are prepared for the big disasters, like hurricanes or terrorist attacks, but can be totally at a loss when something as simple as a server crashes.

In this Q & A, Dugan shares customer anecdotes and words of advice about how to better prepare for everyday catastrophes.

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What can customers do in the case of servers that can't be clustered?

Dugan: VMware {Inc.] comes into play a lot of times in my opinion. It's a reliable solution for most of the situations where it's OK to take time to rebuild the whole server, but it's a lot quicker than restoring from scratch and from tapes. VMware can precreate that SQL server, let's say, it can provide a snapshot in time. You don't have to invest in 20 physical servers, invest in two, and just have virtual servers running on those systems -- just disk files sitting there waiting to be used. The manual labor is still there to regularly update the copy of the production server, but minimizes overall cost and rebuild times in the case of a corruption or failure. With enough disk space on the physical server, you can back up and restore the data using the virtual machine in the event of a crash, too.

It's also the problem Recovery Networks is trying to solve for our clients -- that single or two-server disaster. Customers can use a service like ours to back up data at our facility, and if they lose a server, they activate the one on our end, VPN [virtual private network] the two together and they're up and running. We offer different levels of service, too, to make it more flexible and affordable.

Read the entire interview to find out Tom Dugan's thoughts on Disaster Recovery.

Published Tuesday, August 22, 2006 7:19 PM by David Marshall
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