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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Is it really a disaster? The first step in an effective disaster recovery plan is defining what constitutes a real disaster. What happens when you say "disaster recovery" in a crowded room? Everyone thinks of something different. That's because the term--like so many others used in the IT world every day--lacks precision. At the very least, we need to clearly define what we mean by disaster recovery. Thankfully, not all disasters are created equal. I once stepped on the power cord for the storage array I was managing. It popped out of the socket, crashing the array and taking down a data warehouse in the middle of the day. You can bet I called that a disaster! But the mainframe staff didn't even notice. Because all disasters aren't equal in importance, it can be hard to decide just what type you're dealing with when an outage occurs. The first thing a company has to do is decide what constitutes a disaster. In general, if something is localized in scope and time (like my fancy footwork), we call the response an operational recovery. This includes outages of ... Access >>>

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