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Vol. 7 No. 8 October 2008

Dial "D" for disaster

ONCE A DISASTER strikes a main data center, it's vital to get the proper personnel to the recovery site, track their progress, and let all users affected by the loss of their apps and data know what happened and when they can reasonably expect service to be restored. For the past four years, Symantec has conducted a global survey on how well, and fast, companies feel they can recover data and get back to normal operations after a major business disruption. For those companies with disaster recovery (DR) plans, this year's findings are grim: 30% of DR tests fail. The 2008 Disaster Recovery Research Report cited the following reasons for the high failure rate: "People do not do as they are supposed to (35%); technology doesn't do what it is supposed to (29%); insufficient IT infrastructure at DR site (25%); out of date plans (24%); and inappropriate processes (23%)." One way to increase the odds that your DR operation will succeed is to use an emergency communication system. Systems from vendors such as 3n Global, Dell MessageOne,...

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Features in this issue

  • Are solid-state disks ready for the enterprise?

  • Green spin cycle

  • Second-generation CDP

    Continuous data protection (CDP) received lots of attention but garnered few takers as a standalone product. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into data protection products and its role is now likely to expand. In addition, rapid data growth and shrinking backup windows are two of the trends that support the increased adoption of CDP.

  • Solid-state distinctions emerge

  • Economy and capacity at odds

    With fewer bucks in the budget, storage managers are facing some constraints in dealing with growing storage capacities. But, according to Storage magazine's Purchasing Intentions survey, they're responding by earmarking some of those dollars to newer technologies like data deduplication that will help them cope with burgeoning data stores.

  • The green storage gap

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Storage departments are trying energy-saving technologies, but measuring ROI is still a challenge. Some storage administrators are plugging vendor-supplied product power consumption numbers into so-called green calculators, but it's no easy task as there are inconsistencies in how each vendor presents its product's power requirements.

  • Storage for high-performance computing

    by  Deni Connor

    The storage and server cluster installed at The University of Texas at Austin is a lesson in how to do high-performance computing (HPC). Storage requirements for HPC go beyond massive capacity and include the use of high-performance file systems.

  • Ask the Experts

    Where and when should we use data dedupe for remote-office backups?

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Why you can't go it alone

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    Most IT departments are split into islands of expertise, like storage, servers and networks. But the time is coming when those disparate groups will have to learn to work together. Network consolidation is just one of the technologies forcing storage pros to build stronger interdisciplinary IT teams.

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