SunGard Carlstadt Business Continuity Center serves as Command Post, Shelter During Hurricane Sandy

Police, firefighters and EMTs from Moonachie, N.J. used the SunGard Availability Services business continuity center in Carlstadt as an emergency command post during Hurricane Sandy.

By George Gobla, Technical Service Delivery Manager Like most other residents of the East Coast, I had been following the news about the approach of Hurricane Sandy vigilantly. As a New Jersey resident, my interest was even greater, as the storm the media dubbed “Frankenstorm” was tracking to make landfall on the evening of October 29 over the New Jersey shoreline and proceed inland. When it became more likely that Hurricane Sandy would be as destructive as many experts were predicting, the storm was also becoming a concern from a professional standpoint.  As the technical service delivery manager for the Northeast region for SunGard Availability Services, it’s my job to make sure that ou … Read more

Fireproof Your #DisasterRecovery Plans, Because Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Chocolate Truffles

By: Nora Hahn, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager, SunGard Availability Services Last year, Texas was undergoing its worst drought on record.  Scorching temperatures and seven months without rain was wreaking havoc on the state.  But Labor Day weekend was in sight, and my family couldn’t wait to take a little holiday in the Texas hill country just outside of Houston in the small artsy town known as Round Top. We’d rented a cottage big enough for the grandparents, kids and grandkids, complete with a pool, a couple of horses and one giant Longhorn steer.  Along the way my sister stopped off in Bastrop, Texas – a nearby German community – at an authentic European chocolate shop.  She purch … Read more

My 9/11 Story: People Are at the Center of Life. And Business. And Therefore, #BusinessContinuity Planning.


By: Maryling Yu, Director of Product Marketing, SunGard Availability Services It is 6:05am on September 11, 2001. I am sitting on an airplane at the San Jose airport, waiting to fly to San Diego to give a speech. Our departure time is 6:25am, so I am quickly reviewing speaker’s notes on my laptop when the pilot comes on the intercom and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, you may or may not have heard that a jet liner crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center this morning. And now, another one has crashed into the South Tower. We are now sure this was an act of terrorism, and will not be pushing back from the gate just yet. Sit tight, I’ll be back with an update again soon.” I … Read more

What You Didn’t Think About When Implementing a Telework #DR Strategy

Workforce Recovery

By Ron LaPedis Will work from home work when you need it most? Telework is getting more popular every year — based on current trends, with no growth acceleration, regular telecommuters will total 4.9 million by 2016, a 69% increase from the current level but well below other forecasts.[1] In fact, the US government’s Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 mandates that every department head identifies who is eligible, partially for emergency readiness, but also to reduce energy use and increase employee retention. Teleworking has a few basic requirements: A secure place to work A secure computing platform Sufficient and secure data bandwidth Access to appropriate voice ser … Read more

Disasters Have a Way of Making You “Wake Up” and Rethink Recovery

Hurricane Preparedness

By Maryling Yu When I was a kid growing up in the Southeastern United States, I spent a lot of time in the back of my Mom’s lime-green Dodge station wagon, accompanying her on her many business trips to Miami, Florida. I used to love it when I got asked to go, because a) it meant I could miss school; and b) it meant I could eat as many of those delicious Florida mangoes as I wanted. I remember driving back with her once during a hurricane – she thought she could “get ahead of it” and get home to Savannah before it got too bad. Well, she was wrong. The storm seemed to descend from nowhere, and things got so windy, rainy, and gusty that we had to pull over to the side of the road to wait it … Read more

Why Test Management is Critical: @SunGardAS Heads to DRJ Spring World 2012 (#drjspring)

DRJ Spring World 2012

We have a jam-packed schedule at DRJ Spring World 2012 (#drjspring) in Orlando next week, but unfortunately that doesn’t include a ride on Space Mountain or a show at SeaWorld.  Instead, we’ll be located in booth 415-419 visiting with conference attendees sharing our expertise on why test management is crucial to your overall business continuity management strategy and exploring the three pillars of operational resilience and how to achieve it. SunGard is a silver sponsor of DRJ Spring World. Come by and visit us! Links you need to know: Register for the mobile recovery unit tour Download your free business continuity toolkit We also have several presentations planned this year in addi … Read more

SunGard Mobile Recovery Unit Multi-City Tour – Kicks-Off at DRJ Spring World 2012

SunGard Mobile Recovery Unit

In just few days, we’ll be headed to DRJ Spring World 2012 (#drjspring) – the premier event for decision makers in every aspect of business continuity and disaster recovery.  Its' 46th conference will offer industry insights and trends, best practices and real-world examples through its’ 45 sessions, 12 workshops and 9 keynotes. SunGard Availability Services is a silver sponsor of this conference and we’ll be located in booth 415-419. We have an exciting agenda planned for the conference this year; in particular we’ll be kicking off a multi-city tour of our state-of-the-art Mobile Recovery Unit!  Severe weather in early 2012 has elevated the importance of disaster planning for many organizat … Read more