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The mighty chain of IT: Where five 9 uptime falls apart

It used to be said that if you want something done right that you have to do it yourself. True words, but unfortunately that only works if you are ready to maintain the entire scope of build, deploy, monitor and support all by yourself. Earlier this week, GoDaddy.com suffered from an outage which highlighted some significant worries for many people. …

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VMware vSphere 5.1 Feature Spotlight: vSphere Replication

In this Feature Spotlight we are going to look at the VMware vSphere Replication capability. While vSphere has already dipped their toes into the replication waters, the change with vSphere 5.1 is that the feature is bundled with the core and available to all editions. Replication is the backbone of so many functions in IT today that adding it to …

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BCP/DR Primer – Part 5 – Test the plan, don’t plan the test

In the final post in the BCP/DR Primer series we are wrapping up with the final task in BCP program; testing the BCP plan. Another piece of debate is the semantics of the word “test”. Many BCP programs will refer to these as “exercises” rather that “tests” but regardless of the label we apply, this is the ultimate result that …