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Business continuity briefs:
3rd March 2015

'Business continuity briefs' provides a summary of new product and services press releases and other useful resources published recently:

Business Continuity Management with an Academic View
In this new five-part video blog, David Lindstedt interviews postgraduate Camilla Amundsen about her concerns with BCM as a ‘discipline.’ Amundsen’s recent research indicates that the literature within the BCM field is incoherent, comprised mainly of case studies of short time periods and experienced-based articles with anecdotal properties. Only a handful of articles exist that critically analyze or review the discipline and its practices. A significant portion of the professionals and practitioners interviewed for the study voiced concerned with the current state of the discipline. Camilla shares their concerns and discusses whether academic study and research into the field might help make improvements.

Use the links below to view the videos:

New releases from SolarWinds for business-critical applications availability
SolarWinds has announced new and enhanced product offerings to help IT ensure optimal application performance by monitoring the complete application stack (AppStack) through a single pane of ‘glass’.

Specifically, the company has introduced its new Storage Resource Monitor (SRM) and released significant updates to Server & Application Monitor (SAM), Virtualisation Manager and Web Performance Monitor (WPM), including greater integration with SolarWinds’ Orion technology backbone and the new SolarWinds AppStack dashboard. Read press release.

The BCI Middle East Conference
11th - 12th May, Doha, Qatar
Delegates will explore global challenges considering regional solutions. The two day conference programme will examine core business continuity practices enabling both new and experienced practitioners to share ideas and learn about the latest trends through a combination of case study presentations, interactive sessions and plenary addresses. http://www.thebci.org/index.php/upcomingevents/bci-middle-east-conference-2015

New release of AvailabilityGuard software
Continuity Software has announced the release of version 6.4 of its AvailabilityGuard software. AvailabilityGuard v6.4 provides improved coverage and support for the following cloud-based technologies:

  • * EMC VPLEX: AvailabilityGuard analyzes the configuration of the various EMC VPLEX modes, including VPLEX Local, VPLEX Metro, and VPLEX Geo. AvailabilityGuard detects a large number of VPLEX misconfigurations, including both internal VPLEX issues, as well as risks that span the VPLEX system and other IT layers such as storage systems, SAN fabric, host access, virtualization and clustering.
  • VMware Virtual Network: Continuity Software extends its risk detection capabilities onto the VMware-defined virtual network. AvailabilityGuard documents the virtual network topology and analyzes the configuration of virtual switches, port groups, NIC teaming, VLAN tagging (and more) to detect various misconfigurations preventing successful virtual machine (VM) failover or vMotion.
  • Zerto: AvailabilityGuard analyzes the configuration of Zerto components (ZVM, VRA, VPG and more) to detect best practice violations that can lead to data loss or RPO/RTO violations. Furthermore, AvailabilityGuard analyzes additional IT layers (database and application servers, VM OS, ESXi and datastores, virtual network, SAN fabric and more) and VM dependencies that can jeopardize successful VM protection and recovery in environments where Zerto is deployed.
  • Improved risk detection for integrated infrastructure solutions: AvailabilityGuard scans and analyzes the storage, hypervisor and VM components of VMware-based integrated infrastructure solutions such as VCE Vblock and Cisco/NetApp's FlexPod. Using its unique risk knowledgebase, AvailabilityGuard verifies Vblock and Flexpod environments are free of data loss and downtime risks.

http://www.continuitysoftware.com/products/availabilityguard-enterprise/

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Date: 3rd March 2015 • Region: Various



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