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How does an IT guy get to a good night’s sleep?

SleepingI still reminisce about the good old days when I was an IT manager at a mid-sized private company, carrying pagers and not-so-smart cell phones that kept me awake on high-alert at night, just in case any of our email systems or the T1 circuit went down. While getting quality sleep back then was a rarity, it didn’t bother me as much because I was single with no wife or kids to squeeze any more hours out of my available sleep cycles. Fast forward 10 years and although I’m no longer in IT, in meeting customers who are responsible for IT operations at their respective organizations and have family to home come to, I still constantly hear about the same challenges I endured back then that keeps them up at night.

So how does an IT guy get to a good night’s sleep?

Keeping IT continuously running would be an obvious way to achieve this – but is this a dream (“pun intended” for the sleepless IT guy) or is there a path to getting there? There are many solutions out there for keeping downtime and god-forbid data loss for critical applications to manageable levels, but not many IT folks have managed to reap the benefits of the modern day datacenter technologies to achieve the nirvana of zero downtime. There is a constant never-ending struggle for IT teams in trying to justify the business case for IT continuity, especially when they haven’t experienced a major disaster or are not driven by any compliance related drivers.

Sophisticated storage replication solutions from the major IT storage vendors that enable a path for IT continuity are not only cost-prohibitive for many IT teams on a shoestring budget, but they also require appropriate availability management software to be procured. Backup 2.0 solutions have come a long way in reducing or eliminating the legacy backup window issues, but they are nowhere close to delivering IT continuity – given their prime focus on recovery, which assumes something has to fail before it can be recovered. The virtualization and OS vendors have also attempted at bridging the gap in this problem area, but their good enough solutions for backup, replication, availability or disaster recovery are just that, i.e. “good enough” but don’t deliver on IT continuity.

At Neverfail, we strongly believe in empowering IT teams across the globe to have a better quality of life while our IT continuity solutions do all the hard work. What drives us is our customers’ trust in us to protect their business, no matter what happens, while they rest and sleep easy at night. Last week we took another significant step towards delivering on our promises of “no application downtime” to IT teams by releasing IT Continuity Engine 7.0 that delivers unrivalled continuous application availability in a simple, cost-effective solution that is optimized for modern virtualized datacenters. If you are that IT guy who’d rather be spending time at home with your loved ones, getting your 8 + hours of beauty sleep, or for that matter playing “Call of Duty” all night long while your availability solution keeps the light on for your IT infrastructure, you will want to give it a try. It could be the best route to a good night’s sleep you’ve ever had.

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Josh Mazgelis is senior product marketing manager at Neverfail. He has been working in the storage and disaster recovery industries for close to two decades and brings a wide array of knowledge and insight to any technology conversation.

Prior to joining Neverfail, Josh worked as a product manager and senior support engineer at Computer Associates. Before working at CA, he was a senior systems engineer at technology companies such as XOsoft, Netflix, and Quantum Corporation. Josh graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied computer science and enjoys working with virtualization and disaster recovery.

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