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OK, I’m excited. The latest release of Neverfail IT Continuity Architect has landed with some of our most requested features and we just can’t wait for you to try it out for yourselves. When I got walked through a demo of the new features last week I knew this was going to be a big step forward for our new IT business continuity product. If you’re not already familiar with IT Continuity Architect (sometimes called ITCA or simply “Architect”) then let me tell you briefly what it can do for you. Right from the start, Architect helps you establish exactly what you have in place today for  computing infrastructure, applications, and most importantly, Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions for those applications and data.  Once you define your Service Level Agreements (SLA) tiers for Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and start assigning protecti... (more)

Virtual Hardware Availability: How Do You Guarantee Application Availability?

Many people have turned to virtualization for, among other reasons, the increased ease of disaster recovery. Because virtual machines are no more than files on a disk connected to standardized hypervisor hardware, those virtual machines can be shared, copied, moved, and recovered almost anywhere. Whether you’re looking at clustered hypervisors with VMware HA/FT, remote datacenters with VMware SRM, or the plenitude of cloud IaaS companies willing to spin up your backups in the event of a failure, all of these solutions provide what I refer to as “hardware availability” If there’s... (more)

Disaster Recovery Download: Estimating the Cost of Data Center Downtime

When asked about the actual cost of an hour or minute of downtime, frequently the response is “it depends.” In some ways, we agree, it can be tricky to pin the cost of downtime to one static number when the variables change so dramatically from incident to incident. One hour of downtime at Amazon may be completely different from an hour at Microsoft, Google or a much smaller business. Nevertheless, we still get excited when the experts make an effort to estimate the value of uptime and the cost of downtime. While they may not be scientifically correct, assigning a tangible moneta... (more)

Replication is Not Enough: Why the Application “Ecosystem” Matters

Most IT continuity plans and infrastructure solutions focus on protection against hardware, network and site availability issues. The typical approach uses backup and replication to protect the data, and virtualization tools to address server, network and site availability issues. However, there’s little to no focus on the application and user level – despite the fact that Gartner has found that 80% of outages occur at these points. But for IT continuity, the application ecosystem matters. Each application in your datacenter is really a set of resources – servers, virtual machines... (more)

Neverfail Knows: Veeam

Earlier this week we announced support for Veeam in our IT Continuity Architect product. What does this mean for you? It means that Architect can now automatically determine the protection scope and RPO of your Veeam-protected virtual machines. This is in addition to Architect’s ability to see protection capabilities from VMware, Microsoft, and of course Neverfail’s IT Continuity Engine as well. With this wealth of information about your installed high availability and disaster recovery solutions, IT Continuity Architect performs an immediate gap analysis between where you want... (more)