Monthly Archives: June 2012

Harvard Club of Worcester

On June 7, 2012, the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Worcester held its 106th annual meeting and dinner at the Beechwood Hotel. The event was well attended and was very successful. The keynote speaker, Frederick Eppinger, CEO of Hanover Insurance, gave a very interesting speech on the current improvements and the future plans for the City of Worcester.

During the meeting, I was asked to serve as the secretary of the club and I gladly accepted the role. In fact, I am very excited to serve along with an excellent company of officers. I look forward to very fun-filled and successful events.

I have been an active member of the club for the past couple of years – joining sporting events to cheer on the Harvard Crimson football, basketball, and hockey teams; serving dinner to kids at the Worcester Boys and Girls Club during the Harvard Community Day of service, and many others. News and pictures of the past events can be found here.

If you are an Harvard alum living in the Worcester or Central Massachusetts area, and want to get involved or network with fellow alums, please join our club events  or contact any one of the officers.

Disaster Recovery using NetApp Protection Manager

In our effort to reduce tape media for backup, we have relied on disks for our backup and disaster recovery solution. Disks are getting cheaper and de-duplication technology keeps on improving. We still use tapes for archiving purposes.

One very useful tool for managing our backup and disaster recovery infrastructure is NetApp Protection Manager. It has replaced the management of local snapshots, snapmirror to Disaster Recovery (DR) site, and snapvault. In fact, it doesn’t use these terms anymore. Instead of “snapshot,” it uses “backup.” Instead of “snapmirror,” it uses the phrase “backup to disaster recovery secondary.” Instead of “snapvault,” it uses “DR backup or secondary backup.”

NetApp Protection Manager is policy-based (e.g. backup primary data every day @ 6pm, and retain backups for 12 weeks; backup primary data to DR site every day @ 12am; backup the secondary data every day @ 8am and retain for 1 year). As an administrator, one does not have to deal with the nitty-gritty technical details of snapshots, snapmirror, and snapvault.

There is a learning curve in understanding and using Protection Manager. I have been managing NetApp storage for several years and I am more familiar with snapshots, snapmirror, and snapvault. But as soon as I understood the philosophy behind the tool, it gets easier to use it. NetApp is positioning it for the cloud. The tool also has dashboards intended for managers and executives.