Disaster recovery news briefs: Riverbed updates Riverbed Optimization System software

The following is a compilation of the latest disaster recovery news.

The following is a compilation of the latest disaster recovery news.

Riverbed updates Riverbed Optimization System software

Riverbed Technology Inc. updated the Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) software that runs its Steelhead Wide Area Files Services (WAFS) devices, adding support for accelerating Citrix Systems Inc. virtual desktops over wide-area networks (WANs), and improving data protection and security.

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Riverbed's RiOS 6 now allows replication processing for disaster recovery or data backup in the same Steelhead device used for application acceleration. Riverbed also added centralized printing and expanded reporting with the new release.

ActivIdentity introduces new disaster recovery and pandemic planning tools

ActivIdentity Corp. announced a new licensing option, 4TRESS AAA Server for Remote Access, designed to help companies secure access to business-critical data and applications for employees who need to work remotely due to a pandemic outbreak or other disasters that may prevent them from getting to their office. The new licensing option supports text-based One-Time Passwords (OTP) that will give organizations the ability to expand their user licenses during a pandemic or disaster, and is available to all IT organizations.

StorFirst Altus now available through EMC

Seven10 Storage Software announced that one of their flagship software products, StorFirst Altus, is now available through the EMC Corp. Select program. Altus is built for EMC Centera, and offers companies a second disaster recovery (DR) site for replicated data, portable tapes, or other information.

DataCore SAN Software carries out storage virtualization projects in CA hospitals

DataCore Software announced that a southern California partner, Far West Technologies, has implemented solutions that give compliance, virtualization and business continuity to two hospitals: Anaheim Memorial Medical Center and San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. Using DataCore SAN software, the hospitals were able to carry out a storage virtualization project and implement a high-availability storage area network (SAN). Also, the clinical center was able to use over 15 TB from a mix of SATA and FC disk subsystems, as well as integrate their Oracle databases and Microsoft Exchange into the SAN.

AT&T holds disaster recovery planning exercises in San Diego

AT&T announced it will hold a Network Disaster Recovery Exercise (NDR) in San Diego, CA. until October 23, 2009. The NDR exercise is conducted several times a year, and will be held at the Omni San Diego Hotel, providing participants with an overview of safe ways to use business applications and network security. The NDR team provides emergency communication systems for first responders and emergency workers in case of disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, or mudslides. They also have a management team who works directly with federal, state and local government agencies to plan disaster recovery strategies and recovery efforts.

The NDR team has been active in responding to disasters for the past 15 years, and has helped in massive DR efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more.

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