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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Seven steps to backup and restore

As business-critical applications continue to drive the demand for storage throughout the enterprise, managing the backup and recovery processes is becoming increasingly difficult. Although a well-thought-out BRMP can't ensure hassle-free operations, it can help eliminate costly mistakes, build consensus on how to allocate scarce storage resource dollars and dictate what to do when Murphy's Law kicks in and things get ugly. To minimize the effects of unplanned downtime and to maximize data availability and recoverability, smart IT organizations must create, implement and maintain a BRMP. A BRMP provides a framework for understanding the backup environment, a vehicle for documenting the standard procedures to be followed for backup and restore operations and a repository for the corporate best practices and backup policy definitions that have been implemented. Here's how to create a BRMP plan along with tips for best practices. What a backup and restore management plan should contain Staffing requirements. The BRMP should spell ...

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