Net Access Blog

Finally, a Disaster Recovery Solution Designed Specifically for Virtualized Environments!

Posted by Gene Rogers on Nov 4, 2015 9:38:35 AM

The vast majority of business continuity technologies were designed to protect physical servers, not virtual environments and don’t fully align to the flexibility and mobility benefits offered by virtual infrastructure. Our new FLEXReplication offering addresses this issue head-on

Using technology from Zerto, FLEXReplication allows anyone running Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware to enable Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) effortlessly to their environment. With a VM running in their environment and a VPN tunnel we can, in near real-time, replicate their entire VM environment - including storage and applications - to the Net Access cloud. From there it is ready to power up in minutes in the event of a disaster event. This allows you to keep an up-to-date copy of all of your virtualized data in the secure Net Access data center, and lets you recover all or a subset of it in minutes, as needed, on a self-service basis. It also increases your ability to test recovery on-demand with a near-zero RTO without impacting your production environments.

Users have access to a robust web portal and API to manage their replicated VMs, including adding or deleting protected VMs, testing failover VMs, and viewing status, completely self-service. Meanwhile, they only need to pay a small fee per VM and storage costs until they spin these servers up.

This, combined with our FLEXOfficeRecovery product, offers a complete solution for every customer who needs a Disaster Recovery plan – and these days, DR plans are no longer strictly driven by compliance, or a “luxury” that only the largest organizations can deploy.

 

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Topics: disaster recovery

Pictures From Our FLEXOfficeRecovery Grand Opening Event

Posted by Net Access on Oct 14, 2015 4:20:46 PM

It was a fun and informative afternoon at our FLEXOfficeRecovery grand opening celebration last Thursday in Cedar Knolls. Over 100 guests toured our new business continuity facility, enjoyed Oktoberfest-themed food and drinks and mingled with the Net Access team on a beautiful fall afternoon. Congratulations to Chris Porto from Persistent Telecom for winning our GoPro raffle.

Please click on the picture below to access the photo gallery from this event:

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Topics: disaster recovery

People: The Missing Element in Most Corporate Disaster Recovery Plans

Posted by Gene Rogers on Jun 22, 2015 2:32:00 PM

It’s always beneficial to plan for the worst case scenario. In life and in business there are things you can control, and some things that you can’t. Hurricane season just started, and recent severe weather events in the Northeast, including Hurricane Sandy and the other powerful snowstorms and nor’easters, are prime examples of things that we can’t control. Or more localized events like the recent gas explosion in Manhattan or fire in a nearby building. But what can be controlled is preparation for these events – the ability to proactively have a multi-faceted contingency plan in place to respond to all the “what-if” scenarios.

Most of us pay lip service to disaster recovery planning. The plan looks good on paper and we think we have everything covered, but then when there is an issue – be it a power outage, loss of communications or loss of access to your home or workplace - we realize how insufficient the plan really was. Sandy got the disaster recovery planning conversation started again, but did it really change the behavior of today’s IT leaders?

Disaster-Recovery-Plan-"Most corporate disaster recovery plans seem to place the majority of focus – rightly so - on the IT infrastructure. Keeping the systems running and the data intact, in both corporate and third party data centers, should be priority one. However, that’s the point where most plans seem to stop. A critical, and often overlooked, component of any plan is a reliable and secure contingency worksite for a company’s most valuable assets: their people. What happens if one, or all of a company’s office locations become inaccessible? Or if travel to an office location is inaccessible? Are key employees equipped to work at home at a moment’s notice? Relocating people and operations is crucial to getting all business back up and running as soon as possible, but the people aspect is unfortunately minimized in most plans.

Third party business continuity centers offer a great solution to this dilemma. They provide move-in ready office space at secure location with backup power and redundant network connectivity. This gives companies a place for their employees to work, even during a disaster which disrupts the power grid and network communications.

But just like data centers, not all business continuity centers are created equal. When evaluating a continuity center, companies owe it to themselves to be thorough and think of every ‘what-if’ scenario.

  • Availability – How much control do we have of the office space? Is it truly dedicated, or is it shared among multiple users on a “first come, first serve” basis?
  • Accessibility – How convenient is the location? Are there multiple major roadways allowing for alternate routes to the site? Is there ample parking? Is it accessible via public transportation? What is the proximity to a major airport?
  • Power – what is the power configuration at the location? Are generators supported by a common shared backup or is the infrastructure completely self-sufficient? What plans are in place for emergency fuel delivery?
  • Connectivity – what network providers are available at the facility? Will this impact my ability to access my infrastructure? Is there network redundancy?
  • Amenities – Are meeting rooms and kitchen space available at the facility? And if we need to be there for an extended period of time are there hotels and restaurants nearby?
  • Support – what type of hands-on support is available at the facility?

If IT Infrastructure is the brain of a company, then employees are the heart. So no DR Plans can be considered complete unless it includes back up plans for employees. It’s always beneficial to plan for the worst case scenario.

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Topics: disaster recovery, disaster recovery seating

Disaster Recovery and Disaster Resilience

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Mar 20, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Welcome to the new Net Access blog! For our first post we are going to talk about Disaster Resilience.

Disaster Resiliency

We recently had a seminar focused on Disaster Recovery and Disaster Resilience. What we've found is that many organizations have spent time thinking about how to recover from a disaster, but not enough time thinking about how to not have a disaster in the first place.

Where Disaster Recovery focuses on being prepared to react to disasters, Disaster Resilience focuses on being prepared so that disasters are less likely to occur. We posed this question in our presentation:

  • Q: What is better than a bullet-proof D/R plan?
  • A: To not have any problems in your production!

In the past when organizations planned their Disaster Recovery initiatives, they typically had their primary IT infrastructure in their offices, and then kept some infrastructure in a secondary location (either another office building or data center) in case the primary went down.

One of the reasons for this was because network connectivity at the office was either too expensive or too slow to have the primary offsite and performance would be effected.  The problem with this scenario is that offices are typically not designed to effectively host IT infrastructure, they are designed to host people.

Offices

In the last 5 - 7 years, we have seen a shift in strategy for many organizations where they are moving their primary IT infrastructure to data centers designed to mitigate risk.  This is enabled by new high speed Internet connectivity options like Ethernet that ensure performance is not disrupted by the move.

By keeping the primary IT infrastructure at a data center that is designed with redundant backup power systems, redundant network connectivity, and onsite technical experts, your organization is less susceptible to disruptions, making your business more resilient.

Why Data Centers?

How do we do this?  There are several ways; below is an example of how some organizations configure their networks for this type of resiliency by utilizing a private Ethernet between their office and our data center.

Data Center To Office Connectivity

If you would like to speak with our engineers about your IT infrastructure and our recommendations for making your business disaster resilient, click the link below for more details!

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Topics: disaster resilience, disaster recovery, data center