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Vol. 4 No. 3 May 2005

10 reasons why your DR plan could be in trouble

Any wily IT veteran develops a keen sense for the gap between IT fantasy and reality. Best practices are often talked about as lofty ideals, but in the real world they tend to be the best we can do given current constraints. In a well-run shop, the gap between the ideal and the practical isn't that great for most functions. When it comes to disaster recovery (DR), however, the reality gap can be alarmingly huge. The DR vision is a scenario in which all disasters are withstood; using a well-crafted plan, operations are transferred to a remote facility to get the organization back online within recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) targets. But this is pure fantasy for most companies. The reality is that if a disaster should occur, nothing short of Herculean efforts by the IT staff would be required to have the slightest chance of getting back online in any reasonable period of time, much less the targeted RTO. So, it's time for a reality check. Here are some reasons why your DR plan may fail. Business ...

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Features in this issue

  • Real-World DR

    by  Marc Staimer

    Storage administrators often ask what their peers are doing to solve DR problems. However, information of this type is usually difficult to make public. These case studies have a central theme: Increasing data levels and stricter compliance regulations are forcing companies to look to newer technologies to solve their growing DR and backup pains.

  • Build a winning storage budget

    by  Dick Benton

    This tip offers advice on taking a business-plan approach to the process of building a storage budget.

  • Virtualization at your service

    New twist on virtualization

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