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By Nick Mueller, Zetta.net Because companies depend on their IT infrastructure, they can't wait hours or days for access to files from an offsite backup following a data disaster. This is especially true when the definition of a data disaster can be a pinky finger that accidentally deleted a client document, a server crash, or tornado that takes down a whole data center. So, when you're looking for a backup solution, include live DR as part of the features checklist. Here's how to determine your DR needs: 1. Know Your RPO and RTO As with any major backup decision, the place to start is by determining the RPO and RTO for your business in a Disaster Recovery scenario. The odds are good that you don't need immediate access to most of your files, only a small percentage of them, maybe just email, a transaction database, and a few other records for the past month. First, ide... (more)

Protecting IT Assets From a Hurricane: A How To Guide

by Nick Mueller, Zetta.net When the local news starts reporting that a tropical storm or hurricane will make landfall near your town, do you know how to protect your company’s IT assets? If you do, congrats! This post isn’t for you. If not, here are some suggestions. A Weather Warning Is When You Implement The Plan, Not Start It A hurricane — or a similar event, like the June 29, 2012 “derecho” that slammed the eastern United States can strike without warning. “In the greater Washington, D.C. area, where I live, the derecho was so rare and so violent that no one saw it coming — t... (more)

Astute Announces VDI Survey Results

Astute Networks has announced findings from a North American survey on the dynamics influencing the adoption rate of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The findings revealed a strong interest in solid state flash-based storage as a critical solution to overcome key VDI implementation challenges including cost, complexity, and performance. The survey, which was conducted in December 2012 and was anonymous to the respondents, found that as many as 86 percent of respondents that plan to implement VDI in the next year were considering storage systems that either fully or partiall... (more)

How to Get Full Value in a Flash Upgrade

Author:  Eric Slack, Senior Analyst, Storage Switzerland Companies that need to improve application performance, for example, in server virtualization or VDI environments, frequently come to the conclusion that flash is the best strategy. SSD technology is becoming the "go to" solution for enhancing the performance of these kinds of critical production applications. After realizing that a flash-based solution is warranted, the next question involves implementation. What is the most cost-effective way to add solid state flash technology into an existing production environment? For ... (more)

Zetta.net Achieves Distinct Cloud Storage Advantages Through Use of WebDAV

Zetta.net, a provider of 3-in-1 online server backup solutions, has announced that storage analyst firm Storage Strategies NOW reports that the company's use of the WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) protocol is a distinct advantage for its Zetta.net DataProtect cloud infrastructure. The recent Delta Report authored by Storage Strategies NOW outlines how WebDAV delivers both the security and speed required by today’s customers of cloud-based data protection, making Zetta.net unique in terms of throughput and recovery availability. “WebDAV is latency independent an... (more)