During SuperStorm Sandy in NYC, the computers that business and government rely on for their processing and the storage of their documents were all at severe risk; it was an Israeli disaster recovery company, Zerto, which played a key role in saving some of these important computer systems.
Explains the Times of Israel:
“The Cloud” — that ephemeral computer out in the ether that stores and processes data — is actually more than just a concept; it’s a network of physical computers that are located in cities and towns around the world. In the U.S., many of the key cloud systems are located in places such as Virginia, New Jersey, Lower Manhattan, Boston — in other words, the same places upon which Sandy unleashed her fury.
“There are numerous cloud systems that are critical to the functioning of government, insurance companies, banks, and many other financial institutions,” said Ziv Kedem, CEO of Zerto. “Without those systems, those institutions would just shut down. Our company provides replication services that enable companies to instantly move between servers, getting their data and conducting operations on another system when their main system is unavailable or compromised.”
System replication is far more than just a backup, explained Kedem. “Copying data from one drive to another just preserves the data you copied, but ensuring you have the computing resources to use that data is something else entirely. Systems today are very complicated, with many programs and resources running at the same time. It’s not enough just to save the data: You have to save the context that data is going to be used in.”
“We are the only system on the market that allows for full replication on virtual servers, regardless of the original hardware or operating system used by the client.” Zerto, Kedem stated, is the only solution that enables instant, one-click switching from a server that has gone down to a replacement one, with all data remaining up to date; it does not require a duplicate server with the same environment.
For more details about how Zerto saved numerous hospitals, hedge funds and universities during the storm, read the whole story at Times of Israel. For other Israeli innovations that could help big cities prepare for the next hurricane or natural disaster check out BUDDY and Waze.