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BroadSpire Seeks to Secure SMBs

BroadSpire this week unveiled a new Disaster Recovery (DR) service tailored to helping small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) maintain and protect their web sites, web-based applications, email, and instant messaging communication during and after a disaster.

"Companies rely heavily on their web sites and web-based applications — in fact, many businesses would be crippled without them," states Suresh Srinivasan, president, BroadSpire. "Yet whatever their size, many companies don't have a plan in place that would keep these business-critical functions running properly in case of disaster.

A recent survey from Imation Corp. found that about 30 percent of companies lack a formal disaster recovery strategy. The survey also revealed that 64 percent of companies say their data backup and disaster recovery plans have significant vulnerabilities.

BroadSpire's DRP Toolkit focuses on providing the proper procedures and technology to deliver a robust Disaster Recovery framework. The service includes a backup email system; a "hot" standby email system for ensuring communication during disasters; a secure, web-accessible company contact list that's securely hosted within one of BroadSpire's global data centers; an IM platform to serve as the critical messaging system between all employees when disaster strikes; and the use of BroadSpire's geographically diverse DNS and a dedicated server to allow corporate web sites to stay online should a disaster transpire.

"Proper security means taking precautions in advance of a threat, not when the threat is imminent and it's obviously too late," says Srinivasan. "Companies should focus on both procedural practices and deploying the right technology. Procedures and technology go hand-in-hand for sound security, which is why we've tapped both disciplines in developing our disaster recovery offering."

Customized quotes for BroadSpire's Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) Toolkit are available upon request. Additional information is available from the BroadSpire web site.


Finisar Joins Brocade's Fabric Aware Program

Finisar Corporation's NetWisdom/Xgig SAN Monitoring and Analysis solution has been verified by Brocade as interoperable with Brocade-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) infrastructure, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Fabric Aware Program, an end-to-end interoperability initiative for SANs.

Finisar NetWisdom

Finisar NetWisdom
SAN Monitoring Solution

Testing was conducted at Brocade's interoperability labs, facilities designed for supporting end-to-end interoperability and performance testing of SAN products in multi-vendor and large fabric SAN environments. The Brocade Fabric Aware Program has added more than forty members since its launch in 2000, according to the San Jose, Calif.-based company.

"The Brocade Fabric Aware program and its extensive testing criteria enables Finisar to offer well tested solutions across the widest range of operating environments. It is an important step in ensuring that end users are offered highly interoperable solutions for their high availability, multi-vendor storage networking environments," says Kevin Cornell, Sr. Vice President, General Manager Network Tools Division. "This achievement validates Finisar's commitment to providing interoperable products for present and future SAN deployments."

Finisar's NetWisdom/Xgig monitoring and analysis solution provides real-time, end-to-end monitoring and analysis of all the switches and devices in a SAN fabric. The vendor-independent solution monitors SANs 24x7x365, alerting administrators via triggers and alarms (phone, pager, or email) when SAN performance falls below specified levels. Finisar's Xgig analyzer is then deployed to drill down and pinpoint the root cause of the degradation in the SAN and provide detailed explanations of the problem — and how to fix it.

"We are pleased that Finisar has successfully completed the Fabric Aware testing with Brocade fabric switches in multi-vendor SAN environments," says Jay Kidd, Brocade CTO, Infrastructure Systems Group. "Storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a scalable, high performance networking foundation for storage environments. The Fabric Aware program is an example of our continued commitment to delivering end-to-end interoperability to SAN customers."


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