How Savanna Energy Chose SunGard Availability Services As Its DRaaS Provider

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Savanna Energy Services Corp. is one of Canada’s fastest-growing energy services companies. With roughly 25 offices worldwide, including Australia and Indonesia, the Alberta, Calgary-based company provides drilling, well-servicing and oilfield services to a diverse oil and gas customer base – and it continues to expand rapidly worldwide. It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, Savanna housed all of its production and server infrastructure applications in one location. This facility employed tape for its offsite backups, and every Wednesday, a Savanna IT employee would walk to the local bank to store the tapes for their protection. Tape backup is a reliable form of data backup … Read more

MetaFarms Grows IT Success with SunGard Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions

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Every year around this time, I travel the back roads of the Texas hill country to a small town where my family spends a few days unwinding in a quiet atmosphere. As we pass farm after farm, I can’t help but think everything looks like a window into the past. Rows of corn, cotton, sorghum and alfalfa are presented in the same even patterns that stretch to the horizon. Acres of ranchland host livestock where they have grazed for hundreds of years. At first glance, it looks as if time has stood still in these bucolic surroundings. You’d never guess that behind each seedling and animal is a wealth of technology and terabytes of data monitoring every stage of growth. It’s the criticality of these … Read more

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

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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 add … Read more

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

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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

SunGard Availability Services is Silicon Valley-bound for Cloud Connect Santa Clara #ccevent – Stop by our booth to win a MacBook® Air!

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We’re escaping the cold, wintery weather at our headquarters in Philadelphia and heading to Silicon Valley for Cloud Connect Santa Clara (#ccevent) February 14-15, 2012. Cloud Connect brings together the entire cloud eco-system to better understand the transformations cloud is bringing to the Enterprise. As a Platinum sponsor, we’ll be setting up shop at booth #414 where SunGard representatives will be available to discuss our cloud offerings, including our Enterprise Cloud Services and cloud-recovery services. Stop by our booth during the expo for a scratch off ticket* where you could win an Apple® MacBook® Air, Apple® iPad® 2 or a $5 Starbucks® gift card. Every card is a winner, so be sure … Read more

A Cloud Recovery Platform in Operation: Detailed Walk-Through

In the consideration of cloud-based recovery services, organizations need to understand more details of how cloud platforms are implemented for recovery. In this blog entry, I walk through the details of how SunGard has implemented a portion of its cloud recovery platform in support of the Recover2Cloud for Server Replication service. Understanding a Virtual Data Center (VDC) Within the cloud, one of the considerations for recovery is to ensure secure access to protected data. SunGard implements a dedicated VDC in the cloud using dedicated firewall protection for each client.  VPN connection is established between the firewall and a firewall in the client’s production location. Within the … Read more

Cloud-Based Recovery: A Preview of One Organization’s Experience

The move from tape as a basis for recovery, to replication as is provided in the SunGard Recover2Cloud for Server Replication service, offers many benefits. Benefits include: Faster recovery time objectives (RTOs) -- recovery is guaranteed by SunGard Recover2Cloud service at sub-4 hours for the entire mission-critical applications environment that is protected Improved recovery point objectives (RPOs) -- offered at near-zero with Server Replication capabilities Transformed recovery testing -- avoiding the common costs and burdens, such as lengthy time of test, tape transport and loading, problems with not having enough time to complete test Yet organizations sometimes seem to hesitate in … Read more

How Do You Evaluate Cloud Recovery Services? Try a Virtual Event

Next week on Nov 9, Information Week and Network Computing host a virtual event called "Virtualization Anywhere." At this event, sponsoring vendors will provide information about their products and services -- and how they can help you to address challenges with managing virtual systems and infrastructures. An online virtual event emulates in-person trade shows, but are far more convenient  and are usually free to attend. If you've never attended a virtual event like this one, then you'll be interested to know that each vendor is available in a virtual booth. You navigate an online map which emulates a typical event show floor, and you decide which vendor booths you would like to visit. … Read more