Tag: high availability

It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. In the early 1990s, I co-founded a company that built a software product called WARE that tracked and analyzed workplace injury and illness information. WARE included critical data analytics to help with loss control, automated reporting required by Department of Labor regulations, electronic claim submission to the insurance carrier and automating many of the critical decisions required to properly report and track a case. The automated OSHA …

As you watch with amazement and awe of the devastation seen with Colorado’s massive flooding, you can’t help but realize that you can never predict a natural disaster.   Unfortunately, this might only be the start as climatologists predict an increase in coastal flooding and 100-year, 500-year storms. In Some data center operators take their chances with floods, Arielle Emmet states how IT leaders are handling these dire predictions.  There are a variety of expert opinions on what data center managers …

We’ve just launched our latest white paper, Disaster Recovery! This white paper is ideal for executives and IT decision-makers seeking a primer as well as up-to-date information regarding disaster recovery best practices and specific technology recommendations, including cloud-based disaster recovery options. Download the Disaster Recovery white paper. Read below for an excerpt about designing for mission-critical application and data recovery: 4.2. Designing for Recovery High Availability Infrastructure Strategic data center design involving high availability and redundancy can help support larger companies …

An area of Michigan that’s already a key location in Online Tech’s highly redundant system, is re-branding itself to spur tourism and economic development. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce launched its new “See What’s Possible” campaign on Wednesday. The first round of commercials, which begin airing this week, plays off the word ‘See’ and includes the phrase ‘See wired,’ a nod to the area’s desire to lure high-tech industry to the area. A big part of the area’s …

This morning I had the opportunity to watch a great QA team in action. The AV crew at the AHLA’s HIPAA in a HITECH World conference (where Online Tech is sponsoring and exhibiting HIPAA hosting solutions) had a systematic peer approach to test each microphone. But, they didn’t just test it one time. You never check a system that needs to be reliable just once. After one member of the team sat at each one of the 8 microphones in …

Let the data demand ‘Madness’ begin in basketball arenas and workplaces across the country. The NCAA announced the teams participating in its postseason basketball tournament on Sunday, triggering the start of office pools, extended lunch hours and an incredible demand on company bandwidth. The first two days of March Madness take place during work hours on Thursday and Friday and 86 percent of fans say they’ll watch games or check scores at work. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found …

How to Configure a High Availability Rack For most small to medium-sized Michigan businesses, a high availability IT infrastructure is a necessity to conduct business, generate revenue, and ensure customer satisfaction. How do you reduce the risk of downtime? The answer lies in the anatomy of a high availability rack, designed and managed in a Michigan data center. High availability racks are uniquely designed to withstand single points of failure with redundant power and Internet connectivity. We have several resources …

In a recent article, State Energy Efficiency Initiatives for Michigan Businesses, I wrote about Michigan Gov. Synder’s Energy and Environment Special Message delivered last week and how commercial buildings can benefit from energy conservation design. In the report addressed to Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature, Synder also refers to the transmission infrastructure of the state’s electrical ‘superhighways,’ and the need to improve the reliability of the infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula. He mentions data centers when referring to business reliability: …

If disaster strikes, how long will it take before PHI is available again? Part of due diligence is asking yourself and your partners detailed questions about contingency plans in the event of a disaster. HIPAA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act focuses on three key criteria for handling Protected Health Information (PHI): availability, confidentiality and integrity. Of these, availability often takes second stage to security concerns, but in a real health emergency, is most important to patient health. …

HIPAA – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act focuses on three key criteria for handling Protected Health Information (PHI): Availability, confidentiality and integrity. This blog post focuses on availability as it applies to HIPAA applications and HIPAA data. Availability means that PHI is always available, accessible and never lost. When a patient arrives at the emergency room at three o’clock in the morning, the electronic health records need to be available so the physician can address the emergency with …

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