Good BC Can Save the Life of an Enterprise

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-10 Print this article Print

Thus, a good business continuity strategy and process not only can keep vital data juices flowing, it can potentially save an entire enterprise.
Virtualization of computing and storage resources, which came of age in 2007 and 2008, has widened the technical boundaries for business continuity. BC now can be the savior to guard against something as simple as someone tripping over a power cord and disabling a home business desktop computer in the middle of an online transaction, for example.

In this recessionary age, the small example of business continuity is becoming as relevant as the enterprise version as large numbers of people move into independent businesses that include sales on eBay and Craigslist, among others.

In fact, CEO Jacques Baldinger of Paris-based virtualized storage software maker Seanodes uses that specific example when he is demonstrating his company's products to a potential customer.

"I'll be showing a system streaming a video, for example. Then I will ask my guest to pull out the [server rack] plug from the wall," Baldinger said. "Usually, they will shout, 'No! No! Don't do that!' Then I'll pull the plug for them. Of course the video keeps playing, uninterrupted, no matter what. That's the beauty of virtualization and BC."

In Seanodes' case, the software already has virtualized the storage capacity in an entire system into one large pool with servers located around the world, so it can be carved up and used for both storage and computing. The video streaming process isn't stopped because since it is using the whole system, it doesn't care if one or several servers suddenly go off line, blow up or get flooded in a monsoon.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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