Disaster recovery isn't just about being able to resume business as quickly as possible after a catastrophic incident. It's also about avoiding the situations that could jeopardize your company's reputation and good standing -- like the loss of customer data.
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But DR isn't a one-size-fits-all affair, with different company assets requiring varying levels of protection and recoverability. We'll look at some of the new tools for testing DR readiness, DR issues related to specific types of data and how virtualization can affect a DR plan, among other topics.
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DR Testing Programs -- How Useful Are They?
Speaker: Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International
Description: Over the past couple of years, a new DR product category has emerged—disaster recovery testing tools. These applications can scan your storage environment and alert you to any potential gaps in your recovery plan.
Virtual DR -- Disaster Recovery Planning for Virtualized Environments
Speaker: Ray Lucchesi, President, Silverton Consulting
Description: Server virtualization is being touted as a near panacea for DR by making it easier than ever to recover servers to a secondary site. But, just as virtual servers complicate backup procedures, server virtualization has an impact on storage infrastructures and may require tweaking disaster recovery plans for storage systems.
Tiered Disaster Recovery -- DR SLAs That Work
Speaker: Bill Peldzus, VP Data Center Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Not all enterprise applications are of equal importance to the ongoing operations of the corporation. Still, many DR plans tend to treat all applications in the same manner. But applying the same safeguards to all apps equally in a DR plan is likely to result in over protecting the less critical apps while not providing enough assurance for the ones that critical to the business continuity.
By treating all applications equally, the recovery process is burdened by having to restore all applications simultaneously—an unlikely event even in smaller organizations. A tiered DR plan helps to address this problem by creating different levels of protection that can be applied to different applications and systems, with associated recovery requirements designed to stagger restoration efforts.
Stand and Deliver -- Data Protection SLAs
Speaker: Brian Greenberg, Data Protection Services Manager and Architect
Description: Storage environments are increasing complex, with multiple tiers of storage often the norm. With a variety of storage delivery services supported by different types of hardware, a one-size-fits-all backup strategy is likely to be inadequate. A system of data protection service level agreements is an effective approach to tailor backup appropriately to the needs of the company's business units.