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Fast Guide: Disaster recovery

The first steps in DR planning are always the hardest to take, but it doesn't have to be that way. From DR planning and design to strategies and cost, our Fast Guide: Disaster recovery will help you to get your shop where it needs to be. This Fast Guide will not only help the storage beginner but the seasoned storage professional as well.


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DR planning and design
   Budgets and costs
   DR in the news
   More DR resources

DR planning and design

  • DR planning blueprint
    Developing a good disaster recovery (DR) plan is similar to good dental hygiene -- and almost as exciting. Similar to going to the dentist twice a year, you should also test your DR plan with the same frequency. Wait too long to clean up your plan and you'll be stuck with the root canal of recovering your data.
  • Preparing for the worst: Effective DR in five steps
    The following steps can help your organization prepare for recovering from a disaster.
  • Special Report – Backup and DR
    Take a look at SearchStorage.com's purchasing intentions survey and find out how storage managers and administrators are handling their backup/DR issues.
  • Lack of DR could be hazardous to your company's health
    Everyone knows that DR planning is good for you, but getting companies to do the right thing is a challenge.


  • Host-based or SAN solution for your DR
    Although there is no absolute host-based or SAN solution for DR according to expert Mark Staimer, you might find a solution in replication.
  • Pros and cons of remote mirroring for DR
    Remote mirroring takes place over MAN or WAN distances. It's usually between storage arrays or storage appliances, and can be synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Lack of DR could be hazardous to your company's health
    Everyone knows that disaster recovery planning is good for you, but getting companies to do the right thing is a challenge.
  • Recommended distance for a DR site
    There is no recommended distance per se says storage expert Pierre Dorion. Instead, the distance should be based on risk.
  • A good strategy for DR
    Is it possible to snapshot an entire OS onto a SAN, replicate the OS to a DR site's SAN, then bring the system up identical to the first at the DR site including IPs? According to SAN expert Chris Poelker, not only is this possible, he's done it.

Budgets and costs

 DR in the news

  • Real-world DR
    Storage administrators often ask what their peers are doing to solve DR problems. However, information of this type is usually difficult to make public.
  • DR a top priority for users
    Users at the Storage Decisions show in Chicago this week are talking about DR and replication strategies, and specifically about which technologies they are evaluating and why.
  • DR plans stuck on technology
    Users are moving beyond fighting fires to implementing disaster recovery products. However, tying DR to business operations is the hard part.
  • SunGard DR unit good for the taking?
    Analysts weigh in on the pros and cons of a major vendor acquiring SunGard's independent disaster recovery unit.
  • DR app brings light to darkened N.Y. firm
    After a freak electrical hiccup silenced his company's servers and evaded his UPS, the CEO of a Yonkers, N.Y. firm installed a Linux disaster recovery app to cure his headaches.
  • Users divided on approach to DR
    Two companies' DR plans both leave out replication tools from EMC and Veritas, but that's where the similarities end. Where they diverge, is in the hardware vs. software approach.

More DR resources

  • Crash Course: Recovery
    What good is backing up your data if you can't get it back? The goal of this Crash Course on recovery is to make sure you can effectively and efficiently recover data.
  • Learning Guide: Backup/recovery
    Get help navigating your way through the process of backing up and recovering your mission critical data with this SearchStorage.com Learning Guide.
  • Tech Roundup: DR tools
    Whether you're trying to stay compliant with HIPPA or SOX or just rigorous about protecting your company's data, this Tech Roundup provides an overview of the basics of DR.
  • Storage Survival Guide
    The Storage Survival guide is your one-stop training center for all the site's technical learning guides, fast guides, schools and advanced education tools.

This was first published in August 2005

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