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Nov 15 2007   7:09PM GMT

VMware heads 50K network user school district data center and DR plan in hurricane country

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If the Collier County Public School district IT department can trust VMware to to head its disaster recovery program in hurricane-ridden Florida, then you can probably trust it with your company’s IT and DR needs, too.

A SearchDataCenter.com coworker sent me this YouTube video in which Tom Petry of Collier County School District talks (rather quickly) about the disaster recovery realities of running a school district that has 44,000 students and 6,000 staff members “for a total of 50,000 network users” in hurricane-ridden southwest Florida.

Collier uses VMware to leverage failover sites to ensure robust business continuity — even if a rogue hurricane decides to eat the district’s data center for lunch.

In the video, you’ll get glimpses of Collier County school district’s data centers’ hardware, the generators on stand-by in case power goes down, you’ll see how VMware helps the IT department bridge the 120-mile distance between the main data center site and the failover site.

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