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Old 08-02-2006, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since native DR services are lacking in BES, we are looking for a 3rd party app that will handle replication for DR scenarios.

We have a fairly striaght foward BES environment, no custom apps, just email, calendar, and attachments for about 500 handhelds. Current architecture is a single BES server and remote SQL 2000 config database. And we are using a dual datacenter design for the smoking hole theory for developing most all of our DR solutions (ie. prod site goes away in a very permanent manner and have to bring up services at standby facility).

I've heard of a couple products that are suppose to handle replication for blackberry for DR failover scenarios. One is by XOSoft called WANSyncHA the other is DoubleTake for Blackberry. Anyone use either of these products or comeptitors? Any reccomendations?

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We are also investigating DR solutions for our BES 4.1 roll out project.

A T-support contact recommened Neverfail

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I know of one company that can handle that...our company is researching using them.

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Given that I've heard it rumored that there will be some level of DR/failover capability in BES 5.x, I'm holding off on looking into 3rd party solutions and taking the traditional route. I'm doubling our hardware footprint and installing a BES instance on each "standby" server that's identical to one of the "active" instances and just disabling services. Then, if/when an active BES server fails, I just vpn in, enable services on the appropriate standby server and start 'er up. Less than 1 hour recoverability...perhaps even less than 10 minutes once my monitoring is properly tweaked.

I know that this is the most common method of DR planning for BES and for good reason...it works and doesn't take long at all to fail over, even manually. Next choice will be whether or not to spend money to automate that failover process (either homegrown or purchased from the likes of a Neverfail) or wait for RIM to add it to BES down the road in 5.0 or 6.0. For now, my recoverability requirements are less than 1 hour in a site-level disaster and I can do that without a 3rd party.
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We have DR for most of our BES infrastucture, all bar the SQL database. I've heard varying reports about SQL clustering/replication/transaction logging but nor difiative solution yet.
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