HIMSS 2015 Roundup

By Shannon Snowden, Zerto’s Sr. Technical Marketing Architect

What a great event! HIMSS 2015 in Chicago was full of compelling ideas, products and services that are completely healthcare IT focused.

(Photo Caption: Shannon Snowden, Zerto ‘s Sr. Technical Marketing Architect , presenting on Disaster Recovery for Electronic Protected Health Information

From the beginning of the show, until the last day, we had discussions with IT leaders — Directors, VPs and CIOs — at the Zerto booth, that were backed by a great sense of urgency to find a functional disaster recovery solution. They are tired of cobbling together solutions from different vendors to do disaster recovery.

Healthcare leaders are looking for a better way to protect their applications with a staff that is too busy already. I had a conversation with a hospital CTO that had no less than four different solutions for DR and he wasn’t happy with any of them.

None of the traditional solutions really allow for a relatively painless recovery for important applications like Epic, Cerner and McKesson from a disaster, even within their own subset of what they were protecting. So he had layers of inefficient solutions that actually compound the complexity and extend any outage, much less a full site disaster. In fact, he wasn’t sure exactly how a site-wide recovery would be performed because he had never tested the layers all together, but he was sure it would be painful, take way too long to perform, and wasn’t really repeatable.

I found the conversations had four common thematic pain points that Zerto addresses. The DR solution needs to be:

  • Intuitive — Easy to configure, update and support.
  • Powerful — Healthcare applications like Epic, McKesson and Cerner house some of the most important data that IT supports regardless of industry.
  • Flexible — No matter what hardware you have or even if you decide to go to the cloud, your DR solution should support it natively.
  • Reliable — The data must be quickly recoverable from any type of disaster and with as little end-user interaction as possible.

Until Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) came along a few years ago, these requirements really couldn’t be met or the solutions simply were too expensive. ZVR makes it clean and simple.

ZVR has changed that to where all of the ideal solution points are exactly the pain points ZVR addresses.

  • Intuitive — ZVR installs in less than an hour and is easy to upgrade and administer from a friendly, intuitive interface.
  • Powerful — Organizations running ZVR often have recovery point objects (RPOs) measured in the seconds. It’s not unusual at all to see a 10 second RPO. ZVR’s continuous data protection and 5 day point in time journal allows for the fastest recovery times (RTOs) in the industry. Many production Zerto customers know exactly how long it takes to fail over a single application or their entire data center.
  • Flexible — ZVR is hardware agnostic and with version 4.0, ZVR is hypervisor agnostic by adding support for Hyper-V. Zerto also allows you to expand into the public clouds by supporting AWS as a target site.
  • Reliable — Zerto is known for “just working” and doing what we say it does. Our customers have great confidence that when they need to failover, they can. With our non-disruptive testing capability, you can be sure that when you hit the red button, you can recover.

There were many amazing technologies at HIMSS that elevate the quality of healthcare and I count Zerto Virtual Replication amongst them. The ability to recover and entire data center, in a matter of minutes, from a disaster is too important with the data that is being protected in healthcare data centers.

Try Zerto Virtual Replication for yourself! We have free trials and are not disruptive to your production environment to test.

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