Modern Middle Manager
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DR on the (Relative) Cheap

Wednesday, June 30, 2004  

Last weekend I performed a test of our disaster recovery site. Thursday I spent down at the site preparing it and testing most of the connections. Saturday was the real test, from 9am to 3pm. Most of our servers are virtualized, so I had updated the copies during Thursday's prep work. The data on the servers doesn't change much so it only requires an update perhaps once a month. The really sensitive, daily data gets mirrored using Network Appliance filers (an F940 cluster at our primary data center and two FAS250's at the hot site). Our Exchange information stores, SQL databases, web sites and user files make up that data getting mirrored. Most remote users will access their desktops via Citrix, although we tested locally with volunteers at several branches as well.

Most of the test went well and, naturally, revealed more holes that need to be plugged. We've handled just about all of the must-haves on the relative cheap (at least, cheaper than Sungard Recovery Services has quoted us in the past) and there's still some polishing left. However, it's good to see the DR part of our emergency plans come together so well.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 6/30/2004 04:02:00 PM

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