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A healthier diet for disaster recovery
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 1, 2012
Some upfront planning and a handful of non-proprietary products can make disaster recovery a whole lot easier. A while back, I found myself giving a dinner presentation on disaster recovery (DR) and data protection to an enthusiastic (and apparently quite hungry) group of IT operatives at a steakhouse in Calgary, Alberta. The event was sponsored by a vendor keen to promote its latest wares for disk/tape storage and ancillary processes like replication, mirroring, backup and archive. My presentation was the “hook” intended to pull folks in so the sponsor could follow up with a brief commercial advertisement. Typical of these events, there was the “meet and greet” as attendees arrived before everyone was seated for dinner. Then I was introduced, the old PowerPoint machine was fired up and we were off on a journey into the world of business continuity (BC) planning -- a subject that can only be enhanced by a medium rare filet mignon and a glass of wine. To be honest, there isn’t a lot of detailed content that can be communicated in...
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Some upfront planning and a handful of non-proprietary products can make disaster recovery a whole lot easier.
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