Why Site Recovery Manager Dominates Our DR Discussions

By Christian Lappin, Senior Sales Engineer, TierPoint

I often discuss how too much virtualization creates risk in your environment. Virtualization, however, can also play a vital role in your ability to recover from a data disaster. In fact, virtual machine (VM) management has become one of the key elements in a disaster recovery (DR) solution. Done successfully, you get improved recovery speeds, a more effective testing environment, and many other benefits that maximize your infrastructure’s availability.

To manage VMs for DR, many of our customers use a site recovery manager (SRM) from vendors including VMware and Zerto. SRMs allow you to easily manage all of your Virtual Infrastructure (VI) recovery in the event of a disaster. In hybrid cloud environments, SRM manages the synchronization of your Virtual Center data (guest VM configurations) between the primary and backup site. SRM is also important because it provides role-based access control, audit trails and the ability to export your recovery plan. Continue reading

Disaster Recovery Plans Need to Reflect Increased Natural and Intentional Threats

By Christian Lappin, Senior Sales Engineer, TierPoint

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking about disaster recovery (DR) planning at the annual Virtualization Technical Users Group (VTUG) event in New Hampshire. Environmental threats are on the rise as are intentional attacks, which mean organizations have a lot more to account for in DR plans today. My talk was about elements that should be included in a modern DR plan and some of the common mistakes you can avoid. I want to get people thinking about things they do not ordinarily think about when it comes to DR. Continue reading

It’s a Myth that Data is Inherently More Safe Outside of the Cloud

By Christian Lappin, Senior Sales Engineer, TierPoint

Earlier this week, TierPoint in Marlborough, MA hosted a cloud and security event with CAI Managed IT, one of our business partners. I gave a talk about cloud security myths and Frank Motta of CAI provided tips for managing security inside your organization.

I echo Larry Port, of Law Technology Today, who wrote this month that arguably “we’re at the point where cloud providers have the upper hand when it comes to providing secure storage for your critical information.” Continue reading

How Pairing Cloud & Virtualization Technologies Can Slash Costs

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

Virtualization and the cloud are the perfect partners; together, they can produce more cost savings, power and performance with even fewer resources deployed. We’ve also seen where together they help customers avoid virtualization over saturation which introduces risk into an environment.

But as powerful as the benefits can be, how they actually work together can be confusing. We’ve created a primer on how understanding the cloud and virtualization mix. Continue reading

Automating Business Operations with Private Cloud Technology

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

When it comes to business and technology, the main objective has long been automate, automate and automate some more. We’ve seen the advent of VMware and Microsoft Hyper V systems drastically alter the landscape of local network management for the better, replacing cumbersome physical machine maintenance with streamlined, software-defined workflows handled virtually. Continue reading

Top 5 Considerations When Moving to the Hybrid Cloud

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

Cloud, cloud, cloud. It’s in the news everywhere.

Here at TierPoint, we deal in deploying practical cloud solutions that meet the needs of businesses, hospitals, universities and financial firms. Talk about mission-critical infrastructure; our clients simply can’t be mired in bureaucracy or placed in rigid frameworks and be successful in meeting their goals. Increasingly the solution to mission-critical infrastructure lies in the hybrid cloud, a blend of cloud platforms and services custom tailored to meet specific performance, security, and regulatory benchmarks. Continue reading