Not too long ago, companies were more concerned about disaster
recovery (DR) than business continuity—as if they were two different aspects of
how businesses operate; but essentially, they’re one in the same. If a disaster
occurs—whether it’s a system disk going down or a flooded data center—business
comes to a halt, interrupting continuity.
Larger enterprises were the first
to fully grasp this concept and took prudent steps to support it, using
replication software and dedicated backup boxes, for example. Of course, these
enterprises had the fiscal resources and IT departments to make sure this
worked as planned.
"When you look at things from
a number of perspectives, including cost, functionality and ease of use,
PowerHA can be very beneficial even for small companies,”
says Keith Livingood, senior
developer for Minnesota-based APi Group.
Without similar resources, small and midsized business (SMBs),
on the other hand, would often cross their fingers and hope nothing horrible
happened. If it did, they would have to rely on daily, weekly and monthly
backup tapes—assuming they had them—and rush to an off-site location to restore
their entire systems—a long, tedious and tense experience.
That’s rapidly changing, however,
even for businesses that can’t afford or don’t want large IT departments to
continuously monitor critical systems.
It’s due in part to the continuing
evolution of the IBM PowerHA* solution, which doesn’t... [Continue Reading]