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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Disaster recovery planning: Ensuring success

In its simplest terms, disaster recovery (DR) planning comes down to four discrete activities. First, there's a planning process when objectives are set, project scope and schedule are defined and executive management signs off. The next phase involves data collection, where the DR team goes to the organization at large to gauge business priorities and gain access to pertinent documentation that must be included in the plan. The third step is a detailed risk management assessment so that the dollars spent in DR activities protect the most critical corporate assets. The final task is threat mitigation. Once vulnerabilities are identified, enterprise companies need the right processes and technologies to ensure business integrity. A not-so-simple plan Seems simple enough, right? What could go wrong in these four steps? Plenty. I recently spoke with a number of companies doing DR planning and found problems throughout the process. Because the DR plan is just too important to mess up, I'll illustrate throughout this article some ...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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