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The record-breaking weather on the East Coast in October left an estimated three million homes and businesses without power. Those businesses had to continue running and access to critical data from databases, mail and file servers and ongoing employee access to their online business files were critical. Due to power outages and hazardous travel conditions, when a lot of people couldn’t get to work, and the IT infrastructure, including primary and secondary data centers, was often down, access to mission-critical data was not an easy task for IT administrators.  Even if there were backup copies of data stored on tapes, external disks or USBs, it could be very difficult to obtain them, and almost impossible to restore the data when the data centers are down. A recent blog post talks about the importance of online data backup and recovery services, such as Zetta, a f... (more)

Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring for Best User Experience Network Performance Monitoring tools that collect traffic flows (e.g., NetFlow, IPFIX, SFlow) provide much greater insight in what is happening in your network. One of the primary reasons for deploying network performance monitoring tools is to gain insight into the quality of the end user's experience and how applications are performing. This key capability is lacking in a network topology mapping tool. Quite simply put, network topology mapping is not a monitoring tool. Ulrica de Fort-Menares, vice presid... (more)

Welcome Spring to a Green, More Efficient Data Center

  We are all getting ready for Earth Day in one way or another. I taught my three-year old what goes in the recycle bin, and he is quite obsessed with recycling these days - in a good way, that is.  He is certainly doing his part, and I am also doing mine by sharing with you a new book with a very green cover and content to match any IT manager’s “green IT dreams.” I am talking about a must-read for those trying to create an eco-friendly data center while taking advantage of the latest virtualization technologies, but also conserving existing resources, “The Green and Virtual ... (more)

Construction Company Makes Zetta Data Protect Its Home in the Clouds

Robert Bogucki, IT manager at Skender Construction, researched multiple solutions when he started the disaster recovery project at Skender. Then he found Zetta. Zetta has a much more reasonable cost model with no charge for the ZettaMirror agent software, no matter how many copies are installed. Skender Construction's almost four terabytes of data are now backed up in the cloud with Zetta Data ProtectTM. "Cost was an important factor, and paying $1.40 to $1.60 per gigabyte just didn't make sense after finding Zetta," said Bogucki. He installed the lightweight ZettaMirrorTM agent... (more)

What to Look for When Selecting a Cloud Storage On-Ramp or Gateway Device

In a recent blog post, Joel Christner, chief scientist at StorSimple, is looking at various factors that customers should be considering in their search for a cloud gateway. When researching their cloud gateway options, Christner advises organizations to consider: Performance - when using cloud storage, you are effectively injecting Internet latency, bandwidth, and packet loss in between your server and its storage.  Gateway devices mitigate this, and an understanding of the architecture - and quantification of the system's performance - will help you understand whether or not ... (more)