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The under-over on DR
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 7 Num. 13 February 2009
One size doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to disaster recovery planning. Learn how to build a multitiered DR services capability. By Jim Damoulakis When Hurricane Ike struck last summer, many feared a repeat of the 2005 Katrina catastrophe. While Ike turned out to be one of the most destructive hurricanes on record, its impact was nowhere near as devastating as Katrina's. This was due, In part, to better preparedness across the board. From an IT perspective, Katrina raised the level of consciousness regarding disaster recovery (DR) and spurred more organizations to invest in "recoverability." However, building a DR capability, particularly in the current economic climate, can still be a tough sell. The business justification for DR is based primarily on risk avoidance -- a so-called soft metric -- rather than on hard cost savings. In addition, DR implementations often involve an investment in infrastructure that mostly sits idle waiting for that fateful day. As a result, organizations may be tempted to shelve DR ...
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