When Two is Greater than Three or Disaster Recovery for Free!

This title reminds me of a childhood cartoon of Rocky & Bullwinkle when announcing the next episode, there were always two names for it. Here are a few examples:

Boris Lends a Hand or Count your Fingers!
Rocky and the Rock or Taken for Granite
Landslide on the Rails or Bullwinkle Covers His Tracks
All in Fever Say Aye or The Emotion Is Carried
Claus and Effect or Yule…Be Sorry

If you’re feeling nostalgic and need a bit more of this Rocky & Bullwinkle, here’s the YouTube link on Rocky & Bullwinkle starring Robert DeNiro.

To move on, we’ve been working to share the great news of the recent advancements in VMWare, specifically VSphere 5. But the very nature of this technology is so awesome it warrants another look, especially for your Disaster Recovery Plan and Property Use Tax bill, especially if you’re in Orange County!

Disaster recovery with VMWare. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you get more functionality for less money. Remember that CPU utilization on an average server is only 15% unless it’s a heavily used database or application server. In summary, there are fewer and fewer scenarios where a Virtual Machine is not the solution. We firmly believe at least 75% of all servers should be virtualized.
So getting back to the 3 > 2, here’s the scenario.

In the above scenario on the left, if one of the three physical machines fail, you’re basically down in that area with all that it does. Not a good place to be if you’re planning on running a business. You get to react and perform damage control because you have just become a firefighter!

In the above scenario on the right using a VM Cluster, when one machine crashes on VMHost 1, it can automatically failover to the VMHost2 and life goes one. In being consistent with best practices, distribute your risk between VM Host machines. As is the case in life, flexibility and adaptability is what this is all about.

Orange County Use Tax. One of the areas I take issue with the most. When calculating use tax, it is based onPurchase Price, not what it is worth. So I have a 5-year old server that cost me $8,000 when I bought it, and today it is worth $500. The use tax is based on the $8,000. Not fair, but that is government. How you get even is with less physical machines as it’s just plain less tax. Go from ten physical machines to four, and your property use tax is reduced by 60% on these items for years to come, not to mention the savings in electricity! At the end of the day, monies paid in taxes could be better used for other business purposes or maybe give someone a raise – like me!

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Roundbrix – Disaster Recovery Site and Private Cloud Services!

As we have grown in size and in our abilities and skills, we have also increased our prowess to serve. Specifically with virtualization, complete managed hosting and high availability, we not only are able to host web site and database servers as we do currently, but we can also support real-time and offline database replication and private cloud services. Yep, more capability and functionality is the name of this game.

What this means to you is simply being able to do more and sleep better for less. More peace of mind is gained by knowing that folks that have been around more than ten years in the technology sphere with over 100 years of experience collectively have your back. At the end of the day, better value and data protection is what the advancing technology brings. This Plan B thinking also raises a few questions to you which you need to have the answers and be quite comfortable with those answers.

      • What would happen if a fire consumed your current location?
      • What would you wish you had access to, like e-mail, database, files, programs?
      • Where are your backups and how current are they?
      • What if you had to recover from backups – what’s your confidence level?
      • How long can you go without access to systems before losing clients?
      • Are you working with technology folks that are seasoned and will have your back?

Answering these questions will likely help you identify possible gaps in your business continuity plan. It’s also about ensuring that the business is well-protected, no matter what! Protecting the business also means to protect those loyal folks that you employ, and trust in me when I say; these folks are your best asset. Long ago, I used to think that getting customers was the hardest thing. It’s not easy, but it pales in comparison of finding great folks that will carry out business execution consistent with the vision that is laid out, as it’s the only way a business can scale.

Description: http://www.mytravelingstory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/low-cost.jpgNow you’re probably wondering about what all this must cost. The good news is that it’s probably not as expensive as you might think. What’s key in any business enterprise is economy of scale and this is no different. At Roundbrix, we accomplish this by buying bandwidth in greater quantity and leveraging physical hardware using virtualization with all devices arranged in a high availability (HA) array. The true beauty of this solution is in the simplicity of mature technology. It couldn’t be more logical!

So whether you need to securely host an entire front and back end web solution, want to replicate a database or web presence to limit your data loss exposure, or are in need of a private managed cloud, we can be that solution for you!

Leverage newer proven technology. It’s just smart, plain smart.