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Are Availability Zones a Disaster Recovery Solution?

Richard Stinton

It’s interesting to see that Microsoft Azure are previewing availability zones in two of their data center regions.

Amazon AWS have had this capability for quite a while – but what exactly is an availability zone, and does it provide full resiliency for applications in the cloud? Is it a good disaster recovery strategy?

For both cloud vendors, the original premise was to provide better availability, and to protect against failure of the underlying platform (hypervisor, physical server, network, perhaps storage).

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, VMware, IaaS

Beyond Disasters — Do More with DR

Jason Clark

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, after unprecedented amounts of flooding have finally begun to recede from the Houston area, I wanted to avoid focusing on the disastrous event itself. It would be doing those impacted by the storm a disservice to write a commentary on protecting data, after a time where protecting loved ones was significantly more important. Instead, I wanted to share other reasons why it would be beneficial to have a solid DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) plan in place.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, security

Leader in High Tech Cleaning Systems Leverages iland Secure DRaaS

Rachel Roach

I don’t know about you, but when I think of dry ice I think of spooky Halloween punch and middle school science experiments. As it turns out, it’s also a great cleaning agent for heavy machinery. That’s multi-purposing at its finest!

iland’s customer, Cold Jet, specializes in dry ice cleaning and production for companies across the globe. They’ve developed innovative, environmentally responsible cleaning solutions that help companies in various industries keep their machines up to snuff. Cold Jet’s dry ice blasting systems use recycled carbon dioxide and eliminate the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

New York City Dance Company Protects Business with iland's Secure DRaaS

Rachel Roach

iland’s customer, New York City Ballet (NYCB) keeps their IT systems on pointe by implementing secure disaster recovery solutions. (You see what I did there?)

The IT team of five at NYCB manages everything in-house— from networking to servers to application programming— for more than 300 users. Needless to say, they’ve got a lot on their plates with day-to-day operations without adding the stress of an ineffective DR solution.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Ransomware Recovery with Cloud Backup and DRaaS

Richard Stinton

In light of the recent ransomware attacks involving WannaCry, I wanted to write a blog article about how iland’s various cloud solutions can help customers recover from such attacks. Indeed, our solutions have protected a number of our customers recently, and they have been able to quickly recover, usually without even involving our support teams.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto, Veeam

iland wins Zerto Cloud Partner of the Year - again!

Monica Brink

Well, what a way to top off what was already a great ZertoCON event for our iland team in Boston last week - we are thrilled to be awarded the Zerto Cloud Partner of the Year for 2017.

On the back of our 2016 win, this is two years running and reflects the continued investment we have made in our Zerto DRaaS solutions, as well as the close partnership we have with Zerto as we support each other in executing our shared mission of helping businesses ensure IT resiliency.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud – Failover Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

Previously in this blog series, we have installed Zerto, created our VPGs and monitored the replication to ensure everything is meeting the required SLA. Unfortunately, a meteor has just plummeted to earth and destroyed our datacenter. All systems and access to our production is offline and we need to get our business back online ASAP. Luckily, all we need is a phone, or internet access to restore business functionality.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud for DR – Management and Monitoring

Mike Mosley


So, in my last blog, I covered best practices relating to Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Once you have your VPGs set up and replicated, you can monitor and manage the service through your Zerto console. With the iland Secure Cloud Console, you can also check the status of your VPG replication under the Continuity tab. Let’s take a deep dive into managing and monitoring your Zerto replication to the cloud.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Replication to the Cloud – VPG Considerations and Best Practices

Mike Mosley

So, having covered an introduction to Zerto and installation and configuration best practices in my two most recent blogs, I’m now going to tackle the very important topic of Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). Zerto VPGs allow you to create a group of VMs to be protected together, giving you many different options for replication and recovery configuration. With your ZVM and VRAs installed, you are now ready to create Virtual Protection Groups (VPGs). In this blog, I’ll delve into the key things you need to consider when creating a VPG as well as best practices to ensure your Zerto cloud DR environment is optimized.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto

Zerto Cloud Disaster Recovery - Installation and Configuration Best Practices

Mike Mosley

Before you can start replication to the iland Secure Cloud, you will need to complete a couple of installation and configuration tasks with Zerto to prepare your environment. The installation process is typically seamless and quick and the iland team are always available for any assistance needed. Please see the below guide for more information and best practices when configuring your Zerto infrastructure.

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Topics: DRaaS, Zerto