Baseline Data Services is an official business partner with Maxava, a developer of high availability (HA) solutions for IBM i systems. The partnership allows Baseline to add the Maxava HA software to its data centers. As a result, the company is expanding its replication and hosting capabilities specific to this market.
As Lance Thompson, Baseline President and CEO, stated, “With the Maxava software, we can offer more secure and cost-effective options to IBM i users. Companies can immediately migrate from tape backups to a replication environment with real-time backups via our cloud or colocation services. This is especially important for sites with recovery time objectives of one hour or less.”
Simon O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President at Maxava added, “We’re excited to work with Baseline in deploying the Maxava HA Suite. Our software is already used by more than 150 hosted accounts, which proves we have an established solution. Combine this with Baseline’s 20 years of disaster recovery experience and IBM i users gain the benefits of a secure hotsite with experienced engineers – and 100% data protection.”
With the Maxava HA/DR replication process, transactional data is replicated to Baseline’s certified data centers in Indianapolis, IN. The solution is role-swap ready and scalable to fit businesses of any size. Monitoring can be performed by the customer administrator and Baseline engineers. Baseline will also provide installation assistance, managed support and annual testing.
Maxava is a worldwide provider of innovative high availability and disaster recovery software solutions for IBM i systems. Customers have been using Maxava HA software for more than a decade to ensure business continuity, reduce risk and meet regulatory requirements. Maxava’s software ensures business resilience for a cross section of the world’s most demanding IBM i customers through SaaS, cloud, subscription and traditional licensed software models.
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Baseline and IFN entered into a partnership to bring disaster recovery solutions via high-speed broadband data connectivity to Baseline’s Data Center location in Plainfield. Emerging technologies and disaster recovery systems will utilize this infrastructure, enabling organizations to quickly recover from a declared event in ways that were previously not possible.
Lance Thompson, CEO at Baseline stated: “We are excited to partner with Indiana Fiber Network to offer enhanced network availability and performance through one of Indiana’s largest fiber network. Reliable network communication is a crucial component of a robust disaster recovery plan. Fiber connectivity at this level enables Baseline to deliver advanced failover and data protection solutions to customers.”
Kelly Dyer, President, IFN stated: “Baseline is delivering impressive disaster recovery solutions to organizations throughout the country. We are very pleased that they have chosen IFN to help them deliver business continuity solutions to their clients via our fiber network.”
Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN) was formed in March of 2002, whose ownership is comprised by twenty local exchange telephone companies throughout the state. They offer data center, Internet backbone, and data transport services over state-of-the-art Ethernet, CDWM, DWDM, and SONET fiber networks, with service in the State of Indiana and throughout the US via a network of national carrier partners. For more information, please visit IFN’s website at http://www.ifncom.net or call 317-280-4636.
Baseline Data Services recently completed a multi-year $2.25 million project to expand its facility. An expanded list of services available through Baseline include disaster recovery availability on shared servers -- IBM iSeries, Unisys ClearPath and Open Systems on VMware HP Blade technology -- and critical physical servers, such as mid-range Solaris and Microsoft Windows servers. The facility includes secure colocation space to supplement the shared server capabilities, as well as complete secure data storage technologies for online data protection.
“Baseline now offers a unique hybrid approach to disaster recovery, blending managed recovery services with colocation and shared enterprise-level equipment,” said David Loy, vice president of operations at Baseline. “This combination enables customers to meet their highest goals for system availability and performance while protecting the bottom line.”
Baseline’s data center is built with 1 million watts of power, Liebert data center battery backup and CRAC, generators and FM-200™ Fire Suppression. The company's dual fiber 1Gb service on TW Telecom and additional carriers over Indiana Fiber Network available at 733 Henry Street provide robust connectivity to customers and partners. Baseline also has a 36-seat crisis center available for 24/7 workspace recovery in emergencies, complete with advanced video services, shower facilities and kitchen.
“It’s a command center, where on any given day, a bank in St. Louis, a hospital in New Orleans or a distributor from Phoenix could be here in person, or via a secure remote connection, working with Baseline employees to get to their critical data in the event of a disaster,” said Lance Thompson, founder and president of Baseline.
For over 20 years, Thompson operated the disaster recovery business as a division of DCM, Inc., a bank processing company, staying out of the public eye for security reasons. In 2006, Thompson spun off Baseline from DCM’s production company. Today, the company is still federally regulated under the FDIC, Federal Reserve, and US Department of the Treasury (OCC/OTS), and has grown to support hundreds of financial institutions and commercial businesses around the country.
Thompson said Baseline employees, customers and its partners are very optimistic about the future of the company. He also added that Baseline experienced its best financial year in the company’s history, and that he intends to continue to set the industry curve with facility and service upgrades to better meet customers’ needs before they arise.
For more details about the facility expansion, and how it will directly benefit Baseline customers, please contact Thompson or Loy at Baseline Data Services at 317-707-3941.
One of our long-term customers experienced a catastrophic failure of their database server. After it became apparent that their server would not be returned to service quickly, they contacted Baseline. With a complete system recovery time of less than three hours, they were able to begin processing the minute they walked in the door.
We helped them process their paper items, produce incoming and outgoing electronic cash letters, and even printed statements during the 7-day duration of their disaster. Baseline Data Services was happy to assist, and added yet another successful outcome to our 100% client recovery rate.
To assist customers who utilize the online data protection backup service, we provide a weekly email notification which summarizes the amount of space on the vault being consumed by the organization’s data files. This summary can be used to evaluate potential increases in size of data being stored to the vault and then adjust the backup tasks accordingly.
In an effort to avoid any overage fees, which can be incurred after exceeding the storage plan size, customers are encouraged to perform File Maintenance and delete unnecessary files or test files. This will reduce the chance of incurring overage fees.
For customers who wish to speak directly with a Baseline representative regarding their vault size, please call us at 317-707-3941.
We are committed to protecting your organizational data. Our security efforts are comprised of people, processes, and technology, functioning together to prevent, detect, and respond to security threats and vulnerabilities. In a recent third-party network security assessment, the Baseline staff objectively demonstrated its strength through multiple phases of testing and analysis.
Daily security assessments and proactive remediation continue to bolster our position. While the job of fortifying a network is never complete, Baseline is proud to confidently offer a secure environment to our customers. Additional details are available upon request.
Baseline Data Services recently announced that it has 1200 Amps of available service to support electrical power upgrades for improved disaster recovery (DR) protection and distribution. Upgrades to Baseline's infrastructure include the add-on of 120 kVA 3-phase 208V/120V UPS, Foundation Distribution Cabinet (FDC), and all UPS and power feed equipment protected by FM200 clean agent fire suppression system. The 120 kVA 3-phase 208V/120V UPS covers the data center and colocation space servers, network, and communications equipment. It has a high-efficiency power factor of 0.9, and a remote UPS monitoring interface.
The FDC offers individual circuit monitoring. It has 168 poles distributed across four circuit panels. Each panel employs individual breaker coverage, and each side of the cabinet is fed from separate main breakers at the UPS providing redundant power supply configurations.
Baseline Data Services is also planning to expand its generator capabilities by adding a 300 kW backup generator to the upgrade line-up. The 300 kW backup generators will cover the data center and colocation space servers, as well as cooling units.