The current flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey points out the need for technology architecture that is designed to keep the business operating during a disaster. But that is not the whole story.
We conducted an in-depth interview with long term tech leader and CIO Mark Bates, along with Joe Kipp and Brandon Stephenson of KiZAN’s Modern Data Center and Infrastructure teams, to discuss possible learnings from our country's most recent disaster.
The following are some brief takeaways.
In the 2nd quarter of 2016, 88% of all ransomware attacks targeted healthcare entities. In one high-profile case, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid $17, 000 in bitcoin to restore their files.
So what makes healthcare organizations such an attractive target? There are several contributing factors.
Disasters, we all want to avoid them, but sometimes it is impossible. The best we can do is have a solid plan to recover, rebuild and limit the damage when disaster strikes.
We do this in our personal lives, but when it comes to our business, we tend to procrastinate and make excuses. No one seems to think it can happen to them, then a tornado, hurricane, fire or other catastrophic event wipes out their company.
Most business cannot survive if their systems are down for a few hours, not to mention days, weeks or months.
As the technology demands of today's business environments expand, protecting both virtual and physical assets becomes an increasingly complex matter. As such, multiple disaster recovery solutions are often required to address the entire technology infrastructure.
However, this added complexity adds cost and creates doubt as to whether the DR solutions will actually work as intended when everything "hits the fan."
Microsoft's Operations Management Suite (OMS) eliminates the complexity and offers a comprehensive disaster recovery solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and physical servers to analyze, manage, and protect your business.
What is an Active/Active datacenter?
An Active/Active datacenter is Microsoft’s Preferred Architecture (PA) for both Exchange 2016 and 2013.
So what does Active Active really mean?
An Active/Active datacenter within Exchange is when you have Exchange servers deployed to multiple sites with an equal number of servers in each site. The Exchange servers from both sites are added as members of a Database Availability Group (DAG), each holding active databases. (see Figure 1).
Are you ready? Ready for what?
It doesn’t need to be a big disaster, it could be a small fire in your server room, a direct lightning hit to your data center, or another utility company digging up your fiber connection.
It could be a big disaster such as a flood, tornado, earthquake, or something man-made, such a chemical leak or terrorist attack. For some companies, it would not impact them in a big way because they could cease production for a couple of days or even weeks and pick up right where they left off that is if there was anything left.
These tend to be smaller businesses where their IT and management teams physically locate in the same area where operations reside and have a customer base that is somewhat tolerant of a disruption of supply.
Is that your company?