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“We needed technology that would enable us to fully recover our data center in the event of a catastrophe, without any gaps,” said Paxton Powers, IT Infrastructure Manager, IBFX. “Our idea was for a completely virtual DR site. Real-time replication from physical to virtual machines would be the fastest way to transfer data from the Salt Lake City data center to the New York DR site.”


After evaluating their requirements, IBFX came to the conclusion that tape-based infrastructure could not meet their highest recovery tier requirements, and that the business impacts of excessive downtime justified an investment in newer technology. Candidate technologies to meet IBFX’s recovery requirements included CDP, asynchronous replication, recovery automation, and disk- based recovery.


InMage Systems provided a software-based recovery solution that integrated local (backup) and remote (DR) recovery capabilities into a single solution designed to support heterogeneous environments. InMage’s foundation technologies, which


“We needed technology that would enable us to fully recover our data center in the event of a catastrophe, without any gaps,”


included CDP, asynchronous replication, application failover/ failback, WAN optimization, and disk-based recovery, were a good fit for IBFX’s needs. CDP helped minimize the impact of data protection operations on trading servers, helping them to maintain high performance, and provided options to minimize data loss on recovery while meeting very short RTOs. Asynchronous replication, combined with WAN optimization, allowed IBFX to maintain very current copies of their production data sets at their remote data center in New York while keeping bandwidth costs to a minimum. Application failover and failback extended the solution’s abilities beyond just recovering data, helping IBFX


Paxton Powers


to automate application-level recovery operations to make them faster and more reliable.


“Our main objective was to be able to recover our data center and remain operational during downtime events,” said Powers. “InMage gave us that ability. We’ve got our production trade servers being replicated between our two data centers, which is a huge win. Additionally, we can meet near-zero recovery time objectives, enabling us to come back online very quickly after a problem. In the trading business, time literally is money and every minute of downtime counts. We have peace of mind now that we’ve minimized the risk of impacting customers or revenue due to server downtime, whether it’s a simple failure or a natural disaster.”


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