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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Just because a company isn't listed on the Fortune 500 doesn't mean it doesn't need remote replication--a cornerstone of enterprise-class disaster recovery (DR) practices. But many midmarket firms are discovering that vendors usually associated with remote replication simply aren't meeting their needs. "Talking to the big guys wasn't very satisfying," says Matt Kesner, CTO at Fenwick & West LLP, a high-tech law firm in Silicon Valley. With offices in San Francisco and Mountain View, CA, the firm began talking last year to top-tier DR providers like SunGard and AT&T, as well as storage vendors like EMC about ways to replicate data outside the firm's earthquake-prone area. Things never went very far, though. "I found [the big-name vendors] had very impressive presentations, but they couldn't tell me specifics like what my actual bandwidth needs would be or what kind of asynchronous lag we'd have," Kesner says. Dealing with them, he says, "it was impossible to predict our ongoing costs." At the same time, he was being quoted solutions "in the high six figures ... Access >>>

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