What if you could take an SLA-driven approach to protecting your virtualized applications?
Well, for starters, you would be able to provide the right level of protection to your applications. Remember, disaster recovery is still about recovery time and business continuity is about ongoing availability. But, one size doesn’t fit all – the needs can vary by application in today’s virtualized data centers.
Wrapping up our coverage of EMC World (the party has to end sometime), I’d like to go deeper into another of our software announcements for IT transformation, EMC AppSync: EMC’s newest product in the data protection management space. If you missed the news, we essentially took the best parts of EMC Replication Manager and added in monitoring and alerting concepts from EMC Data Protection Advisor to offer a simple, self-service SLA-driven approach for protecting virtualized applications in EMC VNX deployments. Continue reading
What if you could provide application protection with your end-user services?
Cloud computing services conversations seem to focus on providing end-users with business processes and the compute, network, and storage resources necessary to support them. But, not as much attention seems to go into the operational business continuance functions like application protection.
Maybe, it’s because throughput, response time, and capacity utilization metrics are more top-of-mind than measuring unplanned downtime. However, if your business relies on information or transactional processing like all of them do, you need to ensure the integrity and availability of your applications.
Announced today at EMC World, EMC AppSync for EMC VNX simplifies and automates application protection, and provides diagnostics on the health of your automated application business continuance plan. It aligns multiple replication technologies with your applications and their service-level agreement (SLA) to ensure ongoing business processes. Continue reading
How is replication relevant in today’s world of virtualization and cloud computing?
Since the dawn of the information age, replication for disaster recovery has been business as usual for the data center.
In more recent times, many business intelligence tools have emerged that also use replication. But, these processes are relegated to the night shift, meaning done outside of the normal business day.
Fast forward to today and this approach doesn’t stand up to the 24×7 mentality of the modern world and the global, virtual data center.
Add to this never-sleep mentality, rapid data growth and new uses for (big) data warehouses and you can see the need for replication technologies that push the boundaries of data recovery and also feed the analytics engines that drive business intelligence decisions.
Getting there means embracing the not always obvious reasons for replication and retooling and re-organizing to deliver self-service models and to scale.
Key to a successful journey is taking an application and replica management approach to replication. Continue reading
What’s the big deal about email?
You use it every day to communicate. Exchanges are often informal even in business settings where email often takes the place of in-person communications.
If email makes you feel impatient, there is always instant messaging (IM) for rapid fire parlay. And, if you’re on the run, a quick text message will get your point across.
Now, this may be all fine and dandy when everything runs smoothly like on most days.
But, what do you do when your email server crashes? Not so simple now.
Or, what if you need to retrieve an email message from two weeks, two months, or two years ago for litigation or for compliance needs? Things get a bit dicey.
Think that’s bad. Imagine dealing with issues involving your IM and text messages in a business setting.
But, I digress.
Email is where the bulk of business communications happens today. Having a sound strategy for recovering email and searching email archives is critical regardless of what industry you’re in.
Replication made easy.
Sounds good, but what does it mean? How can something as important as data replication in the data center be easy?
Well, the need to do more with less has led to a demand for solutions that tend to be complex in the technology used, sophisticated in the job they get done, and easy-to-use in what it takes to install and work with them.
This has been going on for some time but seems to be gaining momentum as software management interfaces move from software-specific GUIs to unified management frameworks.
It all makes sense given what I’ve heard from customers who are looking for one-stop provisioning of infrastructure (e.g. storage, network, and compute) resources and end-user services. Continue reading