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June 2013, Volume 2, Number 6

Disaster recovery case study: Preventing runaway costs

If you run a large data center, costs for backing up data can easily spiral out of control. Here's a disaster recovery case study to show how one company reined in the spending. IT professional: Mahmoud Harb, site operations manager Company:, an online job recruitment site Problem: How to back up massive amounts of job-seeker data from data centers in Atlanta, Amsterdam and Hong Kong to a backup data center in Chicago. The goal was to replicate data quickly with a low error rate and without incurring substantial costs for a major wide area network upgrade. "The ability to push data from our primary data center to a disaster recovery [DR] site was becoming a challenge," Harb said. "We had more users as our database grew and the amount of data that we have to keep outgrew our setup. We needed a technology that could transfer data from a primary data center to the DR data center at a reasonable cost. Data freshness for backups also went from about 30 days to less than 30 minutes." Technology solution: Hardware- ...

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