Tuesday, October 24, 2006

How often do you Backup your Data Center?

A recent article in Computerworld provided the chart below reflectiong Date Center Backup Schedules. How often do you Backup your Data Center? VAULT400 helps firms define their strategies even if they don't use the VAULT400 technology.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Don't Gamble When Choosing a Disaster Recovery Provider

Below are some great tips I read in Processor Magazine that will help take the risk out of choosing your Disaster Recovery Partner...
  1. Make sure your DR (disaster recovery) provider can offer you multiple choices for data recovery solutions to meet your needs.
  2. Choose a provider with global reach and disparate, redundant, and hardened state-of-the-art facilities.
  3. Choose a provider that allows you to retain access and control of your data.
  4. Choose a provider that supports a wide range of computing platforms from legacy and midrange to Intel-based systems.
  5. Make sure your provider has a proven track record in its field.
  6. Be certain that your data is protected by a high level of encryption while in transit over the Internet and while resting on your provider’s servers and that your company has the only encryption key.
  7. Always identify and document your recovery resources.
  8. Make sure your DR provider invests in research and development regularly.
  9. Check to be sure the provider is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  10. Make sure there are no hidden fees; know all the costs up front.

VAULT400 has particular focus for the IBM iSeries (AS/400 System i5) and Windows, UNIX, Sun and Linux platform environments.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Health-Care Compliance and Data Backkup

Having access to files all the time can come in handy if a company is pressed for an audit or has regulatory compliance issues. Regulatory compliance has become commonplace in virtually every business environment. Companies are constantly faced with litigation and regulation issues that require them to store important documents, and they're usually unprepared to deal with specifications for storage media, data authentication, accessibility and audit trails. Health-care organizations must abide by HIPAA provisions, which regulate how patients' medical records are managed and communicated electronically. The VAULT400 service allows for quick access to files and compliance issues to be easily regulated if need be. A great reference site Health and Legal Related issues is Juvan's Health Law Update.