By Zerto, on 18 February, 2014
How are you preparing your data center for hurricane season? With such a rough winter in the Northeast, this year’s hurricane season is expected to be harsh.
How do your peers handle hurricane season in their datacenters? By using a Disaster Avoidance strategy, like the one Woodforest National Bank uses.
A national bank headquartered in Texas, Woodforest National Bank takes an “always on” approach to relationship banking, offering 24×7 live banking with tellers and personal bankers and only closing its doors one day each year – Christmas Day. For more than 30 years, Woodforest has delivered unsurpassed quality customer service, now offering both consumer and business products and services at more than 750 branches in 17 states throughout the United States.
In 2008, Woodforest experienced a disaster in the truest sense. When Hurricane Ike passed through Houston and its surrounding areas, Woodforest’s primary datacenter lost power and remained on generator power for 10 days after the storm ended. Fortunately, prior to the hurricane Woodforest migrated all customer-facing applications to a disaster recovery site.
After that experience, Woodforest transitioned from disaster recovery to disaster avoidance preparedness. Each June, all production applications are pre-emptively “failed-over” to a secondary site, with a return to the primary site by mid- to late-October, avoiding the hurricane season. If a hurricane strikes the area, all of the systems are already protected.
After implementing Zerto Virtual Replication, they are now able to migrate their entire datacenter in one Saturday morning. The functionality used to make changes via scripts is now provided for in the application itself – IP addresses, gateways, mask and DNS entries and things that are unique to our environment - all are now automated by Zerto.
Hear from Rich Corl, Solutions Architect Manager at Woodforest National Bank. He will discuss the bank’s 24/ 7 consumer banking approach, which requires their applications to be always-on and how Zerto helps with this approach.
Title: Hear from your Peers: Hurricane Avoidance, is it for you?
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
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