Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Business Continuity, Data Management and Migration Resources

Vision Solutions is your source for news and information on high availability, disaster recovery, business continuity, data management and migration topics. For information from the industry’s leading professionals, please browse our list of white papers below.

The State of Resilience 2013

How truly resilient are companies as they expand into new frontiers? In this 6th Annual State of Resilience Report, Vision Solutions explores and explains the methods companies use to ensure their strength and what kind of progress they have made in the last year. We give you all the details from our 2013 research, along with insights to help you understand the meaning behind the numbers. Read more.


Double-Take Availability: A Technology Overview

Double-Take Availability® — now in version 7 — offers exceptional application and data protection in virtual, cloud and physical computing environments. Thanks to a single, unified management console, it is easier to use than ever and requires far fewer resources than other availability options. What’s more, Double-Take Availability is one of the most affordable solutions for complete data protection.
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Seven Virtualization DR Myths

As IT departments across the world move more virtualization and virtual technologies into their datacenters, they face new challenges and often confusion about best practices, particularly around server and data protection for business continuity. New disaster recovery and high availability technologies have emerged based on server virtualization, and many assert themselves as the best way to protect virtual machines and data. Myths about virtual server and data protection have risen from these virtual technologies, and it is time to debunk at least seven of them.
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What to Consider When Choosing Virtual Machine Protection

IT administrators are faced with a number of important considerations when weighing data protection methodologies for virtual machines. They must choose between scheduled, periodic backup solutions or real-time replication and availability solutions; various levels of availability or recovery, agent-based solutions or agentless protection, and even host-level versus storage-level replication. These choices are not all mutually exclusive. This White Paper explores several different approaches so you can select the solution that will provide the right kind of coverage for your virtual machine workloads.
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Why Real-Time Replication Is Better Than Periodic Replication

Replication technology enables information sharing between primary and backup servers. It is often used in solutions designed to ensure continuous availability and fault-tolerance. Since replication engines serve as the basis for many availability solutions, they must also ensure parity between these resources. This informative Technical Overview discusses different replication methodologies and how they pair up with multi-tiered computing environments.
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SAN Array-Based Replication and Double-Take Availability

Many storage area networks (SANs) today can replicate data across distances between similar models of storage hardware and this can be an important part of any business continuity or disaster recovery strategy. Double-Take Availability is a software-based solution that also replicates data but at the host level, providing higher availability when systems are at the same location and disaster protection and recovery when they are not.
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IDC White Paper: Improving SLAs for Next-Generation Virtualized x86 Server Infrastructure

International Data Corporation's (IDC) Jean S. Bozman recently completed a new technology spotlight for Vision Solutions that touts our protection capabilities on x86-based servers. This informative six-page paper addresses how mission-critical applications are on the rise, and how Vision Solutions' availability and recovery offerings can protect these workloads. IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence for the information technology market.
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Exchange 2010 Advanced Protection

While the backup capabilities in Exchange Server 2010 can help minimize downtime some gaps remain. 3rd party solutions are needed to achieve uncompromised levels of business continuity. This informative white paper describes the native protection offered by Exchange Server 2010 and explores how a combination of native tools and offerings from Vision Solutions can provide a more complete solution for both HA and DR.
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Real-Time Protection for Hyper-V™

Double-Take for Hyper-V builds extends the platform provided by Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V to provide numerous options for protection and recoverability of your virtual machine environment. It provides real-time data and system state protection that reduce the total cost of ownership for high availability, disaster recovery and remote office recoverability projects. Double-Take for Hyper-V integrates into your existing server and storage infrastructure to provide these recoverability solutions, allowing your IT staff to spend more time solving business problems instead of struggling to overcome technical limitations all at an affordable price point.
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Windows Server Multi-Site Clustering with Double-Take

Improvements to Failover Clustering do not yet provide a way to replicate the shared data used by a cluster which is truly the "last mile" in terms of building multi-site cluster architectures. GeoCluster provides a way to efficiently replicate these data changes and allow cluster nodes to quickly restore application services after a failure.
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Cloud Backup and Recovery

Application and data availability can make or break a business. These days backing up to the Cloud is a simple, cost effective way to get the advantages of a datacenter without the expense of creating and managing a physical center. Double-Take Cloud is a simple way to migrate, backup and restore data and applications to the cloud with minimal downtime and complete control over your expenses.
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Addicted to SAN

If you’re hoping to enjoy higher levels of server availability, there are several different ways to replicate production data to accomplish your objective. When you’re cognizant of the advantages and disadvantages posed by each of the major methods you can avoid the undesirable pitfalls that come with integrating marginally appropriate technologies into your IT environment. This paper addresses the differences between synchronous versus asynchronous replication; the complications associated with vendor lock-in, and the benefits and limitations posed by virtualization.
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Linux: Beyond Backups

Over the past decade Linux has worked its way into business computing environments at a respectable pace. Globalization and expanding online business opportunities are forcing all business computing workloads, including those running on Linux, to be available around the clock. The purpose of this white paper is to explore current disaster recovery strategies for Linux servers and provide an overview of how the Double-Take Availability for Linux ensures uptime and eliminates data loss.
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The Future-and Present-is Virtual

In some areas, such as application performance, high availability, disaster recovery, and security, virtualization simultaneously presents both opportunities and challenges. Because virtualization is still a relatively young technology, some of these challenges and opportunities are only now being recognized and addressed. This white paper expands on these virtualization issues and outlines the role that Vision Solutions plays in the virtualization marketplace.
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Maximizing Data Center Uptime With Business Continuity Planning

Next to ensuring the safety of employees, the next most important business continuity task is resuming business critical operations. Keeping servers available is what keeps most data center managers up at night. There is a higher probability that most data centers will be affected by a virus, hardware failure, power failure or upgrade gone wrong than by a disastrous weather-related event like wind, fire or rain. Having a co-location and planning for the smallest interruption of business operations will help ensure ability to provide the same level of service in any circumstance.
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Six Data Protection Tips for SMBs

Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are increasingly reliant on the critical data stored on their servers. Limited resources and vulnerability to interruptions put small and midsize businesses at higher risk, and relying on native backup for a small business server can leave gaps in the disaster recovery plan. While native backup for Windows Small Business Server provides a small measure of protection, periodic tape backup can leave small businesses vulnerable to data and time loss in quantities they cannot afford. The key to getting back on track quickly is a comprehensive disaster recovery plan, including fast access to an up-to-the-minute copy of your data. This whitepaper provides six tips for an SMB approach to protecting critical data.
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Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Gain Disaster Recovery Advantages Using Cloud Storage

In October of 2010 the Aberdeen Group surveyed over 100 organizations with formal DR programs to learn what DR performance benefits were realized from Cloud computing. This report provides a roadmap for how organizations can leverage Cloud storage to improve their recovery times and overall DR performance.
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Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery

The three most important things you can do to keep IT issues from interrupting your business might surprise you. This white paper reveals how businesses of any size can benefit from the experience of Best-in-Class companies and their successful disaster recovery plans.
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Virtualized Disaster Recovery from VMware and Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions and VMware technologies, when used together, can solve the challenge of providing disaster recovery for physical servers by combining virtualization, real-time data replication and application availability. This combination of virtualization and advanced protection for both data and applications reduces cost and complexity while increasing the resilience of your recovery infrastructure.
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Reducing the Costs and Risks of Branch Office Data Protection

Regardless of form or fury, disasters can take their toll on any business. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security puts businesses in two categories: those who have already experienced the pain of losing valuable electronic data, and those who will at some point in the future. Well-prepared businesses know that deploying the right resources, processes and technology to protect key information and minimize downtime at their headquarters is important; but having adequate resources and technology in place to protect invaluable data in branch offices is just as important, though often overlooked.
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Assessing the Financial Impact of Downtime

With the ever-increasing reliance of businesses upon their IT systems and electronically stored business data comes an equivalent increase in management’s duty to eprotecting them against all causes of loss or damage. This white paper will address the assessment of threats to your IT operations, inclusive of systems, applications, and data, and will guide you through the process of developing solid numbers around the potential costs they represent.
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IBM i (i5/OS, OS 400)
White Papers

Business Continuity Topics

High Availability
Disaster Recovery
Continuous Data Protection
Industry Specific

Systems Management

Archiving
Optimization

IBM AIX
White Papers

Business Continuity Topics

Disaster Recovery
Continuous Data Protection
Industry Specific


The State of Resilience 2013

How truly resilient are companies as they expand into new frontiers? In this 6th Annual State of Resilience Report, Vision Solutions explores and explains the methods companies use to ensure their strength and what kind of progress they have made in the last year. We give you all the details from our 2013 research, along with insights to help you understand the meaning behind the numbers. Read more.


Five Disaster Recovery Tips for Small to Midsize Businesses running IBM i

Gaps in protection caused by tape backup strategies can put small and midsize businesses at a higher risk for data loss and extended periods of downtime. This paper provides a roadmap to a successful modern-day disaster recovery strategy. It also offers an overview of MIMIX DR, a cost-effective disaster recovery solution for SMBs.
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Executive Overview:
MIMIX Availability: Faster recovery. Stronger data protection. And a smarter way to manage high availability for IBM i.

This Executive Overview offers details on how MIMIX Availability has evolved into an advanced solution that offers faster recovery, stronger data protection and a smarter way to manage high availability for IBM i. When evaluating any availability solution, there are a handful of critical functions that must be considered. This paper offers an overview of seven of the most essential availability functions and how each is addressed by MIMIX Availability.
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An Overview of Disaster Recovery and Availability Technologies for IBM Power Systems

Journaling? RAID? Vaulting? Mirroring? Know your data protection and recovery options! Download this information-packed 29-page report that reviews the spectrum of IBM i (i5/OS) and AIX resilience and recovery technologies and best practices choices, including the latest, next-generation solutions.
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The One Essential Guide to Disaster Recovery: How to Ensure IT and Business Continuity

This white paper provides a basic understanding of the building blocks of IT and business continuity—from understanding the concepts of disaster recovery and information availability to calculating the business impact of downtime and selecting the right software solution. Readers can quickly match their specific optimum uptime objectives with the easiest and most cost-effective IT strategy.
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High Availability for IBM i:
Technology and topology choices for ensuring resilience
and data integrity

Achieving effective and efficient high availability protection for larger IBM i environments requires careful thought and clear understanding of the technology options. This white paper describes what you need to know in order to make an informed decision about IBM i high availability strategies so that your business requirements for Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) are not compromised.
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Five Reasons Why Smaller Organizations Should Consider
High Availability

Until recently, System i high availability solutions were reserved mostly for large enterprises. Read about what has changed in both the technology as well as the marketplace that has made it possible for small and mid-sized companies to cost-justify the “luxury” of rapid and complete data recovery.
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Journaling and High Availability:
Understanding the Foundation of Logical Data Replication in IBM i Environments

Journaling is a powerful feature, one that IBM has continued to develop and improve over the years. Journaling is a key component in protecting you against downtime. This white paper addresses what you need to know about journaling, what it can do and how it supports and cooperates with high availability software.
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An introduction to High Availability for Power Systems Running IBM i

This paper presents an overview of IBM System i high availability to companies that are beginning to explore this powerful business continuity technology. The critical components of high availability solutions are detailed in this paper, including data replication engines, system monitors, role swap capabilities, and the importance of autonomic processes. Also provided is information on the cost of planned and unplanned downtime, and a brief overview of disaster recovery strategies.
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The Future-and Present-is Virtual

In some areas, such as application performance, high availability, disaster recovery, and security, virtualization simultaneously presents both opportunities and challenges. Because virtualization is still a relatively young technology, some of these challenges and opportunities are only now being recognized and addressed. This white paper expands on these virtualization issues and outlines the role that Vision Solutions plays in the virtualization marketplace.
Read more.

 

Assessing the Financial Impact of Downtime

With the ever-increasing reliance of businesses upon their IT systems and electronically stored business data comes an equivalent increase in management’s duty to eprotecting them against all causes of loss or damage. This white paper will address the assessment of threats to your IT operations, inclusive of systems, applications, and data, and will guide you through the process of developing solid numbers around the potential costs they represent.
Read more.

 

The Power of Information Availability - What Every Senior Executive Should Know

This white paper explores how the power of an information availability solution can transform that non-productive, non-profitable downtime into the optimum level of value-producing business uptime for your organization.
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The Data Protection Benchmark Report- The Road to Recovery

Aberdeen Group has embarked on a survey of end-users, in different job roles and across numerous industry sectors, to gain insight into customers’ data protection strategies. About 100 customers were surveyed and the results presented in this white paper reveal what drives customers’ data protection strategies.
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The Benefits of Data Replication in PowerHA (HACMP) Cluster Management Implementations

For AIX IT departments looking to take the next step in data protection strategies, PowerHA (formerly HACMP) clusters multiple servers to shared storage, offering automatic recovery of applications and system resources if a failure occurs with the primary server. But clustering is only one part of a truly resilient IT infrastructure. The other essential component is data replication technology.
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Achieving Rapid Data Recovery for IBM AIX Environments

Planning for recovery is a requirement in businesses of all sizes. Business requirements are not the only mandates that may be driving the evolution of your recovery plan. Various industry-specific regulatory mandates, including Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and SEC, specify requirements for data retention and recoverability. Do you have a plan that meets your recovery requirements across these areas?
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The Benefits of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) for AIX Environments

Downtime and data loss pose intolerable risks to every business today. From IT departments to the Board Room, managers have seen the importance of business uptime and data protection to continued success, productivity and profitability. This white paper will provide a road map to the most effective strategies and technologies to protect data and provide fast recovery should data be lost or corrupted due to accident or malicious action.
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High Availability in an SAP Environment-
Keep mission-critical SAP operations running no matter what.

Due to its integration into every aspect of your business, any lack of availability of your SAP® application, or its underlying data, represents a serious threat to your ability to deliver your products and services to your customers. This white paper will review the unique issues related to High Availability and Disaster Recovery in your SAP environment, including 2- and 3-tier architectures, and guide you in developing appropriate SAP data and application management strategies.
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Optimization Best Practices for IBM Power Systems Servers on IBM i

A set of highly automated management and optimization tools can reduce the strain on the IT department, while ensuring timely performance of vital management and optimization tasks. But before you can set out to evaluate the tools available to undertake this automation, you must first have a clear understanding of what needs to be done. This white paper examines some of the areas that you need to address in order to ensure healthy operations that deliver the highest possible performance.
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Executive Overview: Simplifying the Management of IBM i Environments

IBM i provides a wealth of data to help analyze performance and storage usage. This information can be employed to liberate wasted space and tune the system. The problem is that, using IBM i administration tools alone, much of this information is cumbersome to access and in some instances, easy to overlook. This executive overview explores the requirements for these tools and details how to fully utilize the data to optimize the performance and storage of the system.
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Data Lifecycle Management

Companies that rely on financial management and ERP applications are realizing that ongoing archiving can provide a long-term solution to the problem of accelerating database growth. Advanced Data Archiving is required to achieve effective, sustainable Data Lifecycle Management. This white paper explores the key issues driving the need for more effective and manageable data archiving and provides a roadmap to sustainable data management that also yields measurable ROI.
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Achieving Rapid Data Recovery for Credit Union Core Processing Applications

Credit union members are now demanding that certain services be available 24 hours a day and outages of these services are very noticeable to an ever increasing audience. This paper explains how to achieve minimal data loss as well as rapid, reliable recovery all while not imposing any downtime on production applications.
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Complying with Financial Services Regulations

Not complying with the recently imposed financial regulations may have serious consequences for financial services institutions. The goals of this white paper are to explain the impact of specific regulations on information availability and to give an overview of the range of solutions available. It also offers straightforward guidance on how to develop an effective Information Availability strategy.
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Get the Facts on Information Availability-Essential Data Protection, Recovery and Resiliency for Banks

This white paper explores how the power of an information availability solution can unlock the latent potential of your IT environment and deliver new value for your organization. It includes an “Action Worksheet” to use in discussions with your IT executives.
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Electronic Health Records - The Availability Imperative - How to Solve Downtime Challenges to Patient Care, Operations and HIPAA Compliance

The movement in the healthcare sector to store and manage medical data electronically rather than on paper and film has been ongoing for some time. This white paper shows how Vision Solutions’ high availability solutions ensure the availability and accessibility of data and applications, regardless of planned or unplanned interruptions.
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What Every Retail IT Organization Should Know

This white paper describes how high availability software, like Vision Solutions’ MIMIX information availability solution, eliminates planned and unplanned downtime and ensures that retail data and applications remain available even in the face of disasters or hardware and software failures or during inevitable maintenance periods.
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Get the Facts on Information Availability for Gaming Organizations

This white paper provides an overview of information availability solutions for gaming organizations. Find out how to use information availability to cut costs, improve customer services and solve your data protection challenges. Discover strategies that could make the difference for your gaming organization.
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Information Availability for the Transportation Industry: How to Win the Service Race

In this white paper, you’ll learn how an information availability solution helps transportation companies fulfill their commitments to customers and maximize business performance by keeping IT systems protected and available.
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Get the Facts on Information Availability: How to Solve Downtime Challenges to Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations

This white paper explores how the power of an information availability solution can unlock the latent potential of your IT environment and deliver new value for your organization. It can enable your organization to immediately tap into the unused value—downtime—that exists within your IT infrastructure.
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Solving the Technology Migration Puzzle

Resembling puzzles, complex technology migrations require a commitment of time and thought to successfully complete. Today, business environments require uninterrupted server availability leaving network administrators few convenient opportunities to perform critical tasks—such as migrations. Companies simply cannot afford to have their systems be offline. Learn how a complete 360◦ migration competency will ensure a successful outcome with no downtime.
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Migrating Workloads to and from the Cloud with Platform Independent Replication

When an organization needs to reduce their IT infrastructure costs and improve scalability and flexibility, it simply needs to look no further than how it migrates workloads to and from the Cloud with platform independent replication Cloud technologies. Yet, how can it get there quickly and easily? Vision has a solution. This executive overview explains how migration tools packaged as virtual appliances can help you move between two very different topologies and also avoid downtime and risk.
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How to Migrate Without Downtime: An Executive Overview

Migrating applications, systems and data has always been a challenge for IT staff; in fact, most have just gotten used to the pain and suffering that comes with migrations. To properly migrate applications and data to new platforms involves risk and takes time to complete, meanwhile users have to stop changing data while it's migrated. The larger the storage footprint, the longer that it's going to take, and migrations routinely take hours or days to complete.
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Easy, Automated, Real-Time Data Sharing:
What Can It Do for Your Business?

Demands on business today – tighter regulations, leaner budgets, intensifying competition, accelerated M&A activity and more – are driving an ever-increasing need to improve efficiency and decision making. Access to timely, accurate data when, where and how it is needed, regardless of platform, is key to streamlining operations and accelerating time to action. This white paper describes the market forces driving the need for data sharing, examines the complications of traditional approaches to the problem, and proposes an alternative – real-time, automated, cross-platform database replication.
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Easy Server, Operating System and Storage Migrations, Without Downtime

Migrating applications, systems and data has always been a challenge for IT staff; in fact, most have just gotten used to the pain and suffering that comes with migrations. To properly migrate applications and data to new platforms involves risk and takes time to complete, meanwhile users have to stop changing data while it's migrated. The larger the storage footprint, the longer that it's going to take, and migrations routinely take hours or days to complete.
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