Bush fires, floods, severe storms, earthquakes, landslides—Australia experiences them all. Theses disasters are so frequent that they have become part of regular life for many Australian citizens. With this level of instability, business continuity and disaster planning is a must!

Digital disasters caused by these natural events cost Australian businesses millions of dollars each year in equipment, property and most importantly, data loss. According to the Institute for Business & Home Safety in Tampa, Florida, 40% of businesses that lose a significant amount of data close within 5 years. This can be avoided.

To be better prepared, disaster recovery planners use preventive, exploratory and reactive plans to reduce or eliminate threats to business infrastructure.

Preventive planning puts in place fault tolerance systems to automatically handle the most rudimentary types of errors so that the system will be able to handle the error and continue to operate as normal.

Exploratory planning tests the system in order to discover more in depth problems before they occur so that a preventative plan can be put into place.

Executing on a reactive plan is what all IT staff work hard to avoid because it’s an intense exercise put into place to restore a system when disaster strikes. Testing reactive plans early and often will ensure a plan’s success in a true disaster situation.

Remote offsite backup providers, such as Corporate Backup of Australia, use ROBOBAK as an integral part of a business’ disaster recovery plan by seamlessly and securely storing data offsite, out of harm’s way. These machines are protected if disaster strikes. Are you?

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The world is not the only thing that is expected to end in the year 2012, so are IPv4 based Internet addresses.

Researchers are struggling to prepare themselves for the transition and deployment of the next generation of Internet based addresses before the demand for Internet ready devices exceeds the limited quantity of IPv4 addresses that still exist.

All telecom and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be required to be IPv6 compliant by Dec 31, 2011 with government agencies having a deadline of March 2012. IPv6 standards are being dictated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) USGv6 Test Program.

IPV6 - Implications for Backup and Storage

The transition towards IPv6 will not happen overnight and when the World Wide Web does run out of IPv4 addresses, millions of devices that only support the IPv4 protocol will still exist. With this being said, IPv6 enabled dedicated and Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are designed with native tunneling and dual stack gateway services that they can be used simultaneously to support both the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols.

IPv6 is also Mobile Multicast enabled and supports high performance networks such as Gigabit, OC-12, and ATM. To utilize the IPv6 protocol, your operating system and hardware must first be IPV6 aware. This will require worldwide system upgrades.

What questions do Managed Service Providers (MSPs) providing offsite backup services need to ask?

– Is your current backup solution fully IPv6 compliant? (Remote server and backup agents)
– Is your current network fully IPv6 compliant?
– Is your hardware fully IPv6 compliant?
– What software and hardware configurations will be required to enable IPv6?

ROBOBAK, a complete cloud based data protection solution for the Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) backup, is fully IPv6 compliant. ROBOBAK V11 also offers full support for agent based/agentless backup & restore of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft Exchange 2010 on both the 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.

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