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AWS re:Invent – Summing Up the Big Announcements

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Another AWS re:Invent is here and gone. While this year seemed more developer centric than years past, two strong themes emerged from re:Invent 2014. First is a clear focused commitment towards the targeted needs of large enterprises. Second is the drive to foster innovation and build solution stacks that generate revenue from open source technologies.

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Topics: News & Updates, Amazon Web Services, AWS re:Invent

DR in the SDDC, Part 4: Clearpath’s Disaster Recovery as a Service with Zerto

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 01:26 PM

Our final solution in the Disaster Recovery in the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is Clearpath’s own Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). There are some truly unique aspects of Clearpath’s DRaaS that help customers meet aggressive Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO). Clearpath assists our customers meet these aggressive objectives by using a virtual-aware, software-only, tier one, enterprise-class replication solution that is also purpose-built for virtual environments. This solution is called Zerto.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter, Zerto

DR in the SDDC, Part 3: vCHS Disaster Recovery as a Service

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 01:30 PM

To this point, our list has covered Veeam and Hotlink DR Express as options for disaster recovery solutions in the software defined datacenter (SDDC). Our next candidate is the up and coming power player VMware vCloud® Hybrid Service™ (vCHS) - Disaster Recovery released just earlier this year. This DR to Cloud offering is completely self-service providing organizations with asynchronous replication and failover for their vSphere virtual environments.

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Topics: VMware, Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter

DR in the SDDC, Part 2: Hotlink Disaster Recovery Express

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Last time, in Part 1 of this series, we kicked off our list of software defined datacenter (SDDC) disaster recovery solutions with Veeam. Next on our list is HotLink DR Express which provides backup and replication plus the cool added benefit of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter, Hotlink

DR in the SDDC, Part 1: Veeam Backup and Replication

Posted by Sean Senior on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Most backup tools were built for the physical world and simply retrofitted for virtualization. Their roots are in the physical world, which results in complications in today’s virtual world. Veeam Backup and Replication was designed and built specifically for the virtualized datacenter. Veeam has a long list of great features for backup and recovery, such as:

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Topics: Backup & Replication, Veeam, Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery in the Software Defined Datacenter Blog Series

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

The modern datacenter is undergoing an unprecedented transformation in the way IT is managed and delivered. Fueled by rapidly evolving business and operational considerations, today's IT executives and administrators are under an increasing amount of pressure to respond to a new set of requirements. Research from Forester shows that the average organization is 50% virtualized and that it will increase by 75% in the next 2 years. Taking it a step further, continued advancements in virtualization are driving companies to adopt a virtual first strategy for most new initiatives. This fundamental transformation and growing requirements has brought a unique set of challenges for backup and recovery in today’s datacenter:

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Software Defined Datacenter, Datacenter

Creating a MySQL Instance Using AWS RDS and Accessing it Using MySQL client

Posted by Sean Senior on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

In this article, I will discuss how to create a MySQL database using AWS RDS. Once we have the instance ready, I will walk you through how you can access and use this created instance using MySQL, our workbench or any MySQL client tool.

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Topics: Amazon Web Services

Disaster Recovery Forecast: Cloudy with the Chance of Longevity

Posted by Sean Senior on Tue, Apr 01, 2014 @ 01:15 PM

Disaster recovery (DR) is about preparing for and recovering your organization’s vital technology infrastructure after a disaster. Any event that has a negative impact on your organization's continuity or finances could be termed a disaster. This could be hardware or software failure, a network outage, a power outage, physical damage to a building like fire or flooding, human error, or some other significant disaster. While traditional disaster recovery options have been expensive, unreliable and time consuming, cloud computing makes disaster recovery affordable, reliable and fast. At Clearpath, we leverage the power of the cloud for various disaster recovery scenarios because it provides our team with the ability to finely tune the costs and performance of the solution to meet the specific needs of our customers. Keep in mind, disaster recovery does not have to be an all or nothing thing. Choose what needs to failover and what does not, some systems are more important than others for your business to continue operations.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery

7 Best Practices for Building in the Cloud

Posted by Sean Senior on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 @ 01:34 PM

Imagine a man on a road crew was given the job of painting the yellow lines down the middle of a highway. On his first day he managed to paint six miles of lines on the highway; the next day he managed to knock out three miles; and the following day he was only able to cover less than a mile. Frustrated with the decrease in performance day over day, the company foreman asked the man why he kept painting less each day. The man replied "I just can't do any better. Each day I keep getting farther away from the paint can."

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Best Practices

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