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A review of High Availability/Disaster Recovery solutions, does one solution fit all of your needs?

One of the most important parts of an IT environment is availability of service to the end-user. When problems occur, the ability to restore service to a working state can be achieved in many different ways. Most IT professionals will know a lot of the different methods of data/service protection but with the Backup/High Availability market...
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data centre

Blue Chip partners with Falconstor to provide innovative data availability solutions

Experienced IT solutions provider becomes one of only two UK Premier Partners’ offering leading-edge Data Availability solutions. Falconstor, a leading developer of innovative, scalable and open network solutions designed to optimise the storage, efficiency, protection and availability of enterprise data and applications, has appointed Blue Chip, a leading facilitator of Cloud Computing Solutions and Data...
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lightning

Microsoft Data Centre in Dublin offline due to lightning, affecting Amazon’s EC2 platform

Microsoft’s €350 million Dublin Data Centre has suffered a total power outage due to lightning. The outage has caused downtime for many sites using Microsoft’s facilities, including Amazon’s EC2 Cloud Computing Platform, as well as users of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). Reports indicate that lightning struck a transformer near the data centre at...
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data centre

HPD Software improves Disaster Recovery efficiencies with a Blue Chip High Availability solution

When HPD Software needed an improved disaster recovery process to ensure high availability of business critical data, they turned to high availability solutions provider Blue Chip. As an experienced high availability solutions provider, Blue Chip have designed, implemented and tested a fully clustered HA solution, allowing HPD Software to fail over critical systems in the event of an emergency....
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data centre

Improved back end SAN storage in a large VM estate

One of the biggest headaches for technical people using large VM estates is the back end storage. Here is why… With VMware’s Thin Provisioning utility, a techie is easily able to eliminate the need to dedicate full capacity of the hard disk of a VM upfront. Example: The old method… VM is built and 50GB...
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running for charity

Adidas Thunder Run – 96 miles covered and £970.88 raised so far

On Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2011, all in the name of charity, I participated in the Adidas Thunder Run, a 24hr endurance event with a friend of mine. Over the 10K off road multi-terrain course, we covered 96 miles between us & it felt good! During my fundraising, I had great support from work colleagues, Blue...
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Next I/O

Blue Chip go bleeding edge with Next I/O

Blue Chip’s new shared VM estate will feature state of the art technology in virtual I/O. Looking after fibre fabric for SAN connectivity and then Ethernet/Fibre fabric for network connectivity in a large VM estate is a huge burden for technical support folk. Next I/O eradicates this headache with an innovative solution; virtual I/O. The technology is...
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data breaches

Intel team update – improved backup to disk, upgrading VMWare VCenter Server and Double Take High Availability install

We have been working on improving data transfer speeds of our backup to disk offering within our shared VM estate. To reduce data hops we have directly attached our Netbackup Media server to our storage. This has given us the ability to perform direct backups of our VM estate; reducing backup window times and network traffic. http://www.symantec.com/business/netbackuphttp://www.storagesearch.com/engenio-art2.htmlhttp://www.ibeast.com/content/tools/band-calc.asp...
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Inner London council at risk of data loss

Inner London council at risk of losing thousands of town hall records

An inner-city London council has been identified as having an astonishing lack of business continuity policy. The extent of the threat is such that should a disaster strike, all electronic records could be lost, including taxpayers’ private information, records of vulnerable children and benefits records. Identified in a recent report as a single point of failure, the...
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running for charity

Charity event – Adidas Thunder Run 30th & 31st July 2011

In the name of charity, I’m running the Adidas Thunder Run on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2011. The event is a 24hr endurance run over an off-road 10K course at Catton Park in Derbyshire. I’m running as a pair with a friend and one of us needs to be on the course at all times throughout...
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