Archive for September, 2009

FRP Gets Management and IT Together

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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An IT guy for a major — in fact, the biggest — U.S. company’s corporate office was talking to us about backup.

FRP does a lot of things, as you can see in this blog, but the most common, most obvious use for file replication is remote backup.

“The guys on the floor know how important it is,” the IT guy assured us, “because we know how many man-hours are involved in cleaning up after problems without backup.”

We could see from his suddenly-haggard face that he did know this. We didn’t press for details of what had clearly been a traumatic experience.

“The guys who sign the checks don’t think about it,” he continued. “It isn’t always real to them, because they haven’t experienced it.”

This isn’t important only to giant multinational corporations. Government figures tell us that 20% of small to medium sized businesses will suffer a major loss of ciritical data in any five year period. And the same source reports that 93% of companies that lose their data center for 10 days or more will file for bankruptcy within a year.

The great thing about FRP is that it will do the necessary backup to keep data completely safe without additional effort on the part of either the IT department or management. Install it, configure it, and rest easy knowing that FRP will keep your data safe with the least possible use of resources.

Another great thing about FRP is that you can try it — in your workspace — for 45 days for free. No guesswork. If you’re the guy who signs the checks, you’ll know that it’ll work for you before you make the investment.

Your IT department will thank you.

FRP Makes Systems Disaster-Tolerant

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

stockvault_6965_20070301As Cambridge’s Brendan Cully and Andrew Warfield put it, “Disaster-tolerant systems are complex and expensive constructions that have hitherto been the provision of only the very rich or the very scared.”

Banks can very properly be in both groups.

We’re not suggesting that banks are lacking in courage, but that they realize that even a brief problem with their information systems can have very severe consequences.

One of our clients is an IT provider specializing in banking. They serve hundreds of community banks, providing solutions for all their technology needs. FRP is used to replicate backups of systems across virtual machines for redundancy. Since FRP uses the least possible resources through bit-level encryption and bandwidth throttling, FRP makes this a practical approach.

Even for companies that are neither very rich or very scared.

FRP Saves the Ships at Sea

Monday, September 21st, 2009

shipShip Equip provides all sorts of communication services to ocean going ships, from satellite TV for entertainment to broadband internet. Their clients range from cruise ships full of tourists to ocean going research vessels and oil prospecting ships which need data communications and file transfer for research. Merchant ships carrying dry and/or wet cargoes such as tankers, bulk carriers, gas carriers, cargo and container ships, too.

Ship Equip provides global coverage by using lots of different locations, many of them overlapping, making continuous communication possible. Switching between spots is simple and usually done on 24 hour notice or less. With both C-band and Ku-band coverage, Ship Equip is able to keep ships in communication no matter where they’re sailing.

They use FRP to sync data files and research information from ship to shore and back again using satellite broadband while at sea in the same way a land based business with branch offices might use FRP. Because of the amazing speed and recover-ability of FRP, it can be used in less than ideal conditions such as sometimes spotty satellite access depending on location or severe weather high seas.

FRP’s lean use of broadband makes a difference here, too.

If FRP can do this for Ship Equip, just think what it can do for your office!

FRP Averts Disaster

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

dreamstimefree_5675064As an addition to their line of services to customers, A UK graphics solution provider uses FRP to do cross platform disaster recovery.

As is so often the case for graphics work, the clients often use Macs rather than PCs. Disaster recovery plans don’t always include options for Macs.

With FRP, the company can replicate their critical data to Windows machines in leased rackspace servers at a data center.

This makes it possible for the company to offer disaster recovery at a low cost to small and medium businesses.

Not only are they offering an essential service to clients who otherwise might do without, they’re also able to smooth the oscillations in their cash flow that often affect their industry.

Good for the reseller, good for the clients, and disaster is averted.

FRP Levels the Playing Field

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Net and playerRealtors use an MLS, or Multiple Listing Service, which gives each listed home a unique number. Some Realtors may use a number of different Multiple Listing Services. Through the power of the internet, each Realtor has access to millions of listings.

A very large MLS software and hosting provider hosts over 100 MLS systems worldwide each of which has up to 8,000 member offices. With millions of real estate pictures and listings on the company servers, they have been using RSYNC to backup offsite.

However, with over 300,000 directories to be traversed RSYNC just can’t keep up. In trial runs FRP demonstrated serious speed gains over RSYNC in the initial replication and a huge difference in followup replications keeping the files up to date.

With bit-level replication, FRP only replicates the data that has changed, rather than copying entire files over and over. The difference in efficiency is striking. This means that real-time replication can be achieved without excessive use of resources.

The MLS software and hosting provider — and all their end-users — can get the full benefit of the MLS systems now, thanks to FRP.

See what FRP can do for you — download your free trial today.

FRP Clarifies Priorities

Friday, September 11th, 2009

iceA new survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that both IT and management decision makers believe that availability of information is of high importance to their businesses — 78% of the businesspeople and 83% of the tech guys took that position.

The gap between IT and non-tech businesspeople widened, though, when they were asked whether disaster recovery and continuity were important. 74% of the IT crowd found that important. Only 49% of business executives agreed.

Think about that for a moment. Less than half of the business executives thought it would be important to be able to recover their data in case of a disaster. Not even half of them — notwithstanding the increasing number of natural disasters we’re experiencing — felt that continuity of their data was important.

We’re even more surprised that a quarter of the IT executives thought it wasn’t that important.

No one wants outages. No one wants the loss of consumer confidence that comes from lost data. No one wants the effects on productivity that downtime brings.

Business leaders still may not realize that a failure to plan for disaster is itself a recipe for disaster when it comes to data. They may not realize, either, how simple a solution can be. FRP will keep your data safe, with minimal use of resources, including staff time. Business executives may not know about FRP.
We’re not sure what the IT executives’ excuse might be.

FRP Bridges the Language Gap

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

metropolitainImagine a company providing business communication services, with offices in 50 cities on four continents.

Certainly, they’re translating documents in a variety of languages. But they also provide a full range of language and business services including translation,interpretation, website globalization, subtitling, voiceovers, multicultural marketing, diversity and inclusion consulting, deposition services, and litigation support to multinational companies.

A large volume of text documents and voice files have to be transferred every day among the offices, and to and from hundreds of clients. The recipients may not be able to understand the language of the document — and therefore can’t be expected to catch file transfer errors.

This is a situation in which you have to be able to trust your file transfer solution.

Fortunately, FRP is absolutely trustworthy. This company is able to use FRP to transfer documents of all kinds with complete confidence.

FRP Alleviates Suffering

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

headacheFRP really does alleviate suffering. We can even prevent it.

According to government reports, 93% of companies which lost their data center for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately.

Secure offsite backup for your data can certainly prevent that kind of suffering. That’s why some companies that make file replication software illustrate their ads with guys in suits mourning over their servers. You can see the misery, and you can just guess the reason.

Not FRP. We really aren’t just about disaster insurance. That may be why you try us out. But once you have FRP, you’ll find that there are many, many ways FRP improves your working life. Greater productivity, less stress, and increased convenience are the reasons to choose FRP.

Life isn’t just a series of disasters.

FRP Keeps the Office Happy

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

happyFileReplicationPro gives you power and speed at a great price, with economical use of resources.

Still, there may be times when you have a lot of data to move and you want to avoid running those jobs during peak hours. You can use job exclusion periods for this purpose, but sometimes the sheer size of the job makes it hard to complete during the available time.

There’s another possibility.

Consider dividing your job up into two or more jobs that run in parallel in the same time window. FRP supports multiple jobs at the same time provided you have available bandwidth.

The result: a happy organization.

FRP Does More With Less

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Spacecraft monumentA major provider of payload processing and launch services for both commercial and government aeronautics companies was running tape backups of servers at their spaceport.

This approach was slow and couldn’t operate in real time. With such essential services at stake, it was time to update to offsite server backup.

They tried one replication software product but found that it was a resource hog. It also couldn’t operate in real time. They liked the concept, but it was still frustrating. They didn’t have margin for an almost-right solution.

Finally, they tried FRP. It’s easy, with a free, fully-functional trial download, to test FRP and make sure it’s a good fit before you buy — and before you put in the time to implement it. You can try it in your workspace for 45 days and see how it works for you. They tried it out at the spaceport, and it was a perfect fit.

FRP replicates files in real time, using less bandwidth, and fewer resources. FRP was the solution for this spaceport.

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