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.
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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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. This session will examine the different DR testing tools available, how they each work, the pros and cons of each and more.
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.
The Right Way to Test Storage System Performance
Speaker: Brian Garrett, Technical Director of ESG Lab, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: The discussion will introduce the concepts needed to interpret storage system performance claims and the tools and processes required for hands-on performance analysis. In this information-packed session, you will be introduced to the elements of storage systems that affect their performance, including storage controllers, caching, bandwidth, protocols, disk drives, backend interconnects and storage services. You'll also learn about different types of storage performance tools, and where they fit in the storage benchmark spectrum. Tools to be examined include IOMETER, SPC, SpecSFS, JetStress, LoadSimm and iozone. And finally, you will learn how to interpret storage system performance results with a focus on the metrics that matter the most to your business.
Deep Dive into Email Archiving Products: 11 Essential Attributes of Email Archiving Systems
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural
Description: Email archiving is almost a no-brainer for most storage shops. It can significantly trim email data stores and improve the performance of the email application, and it is also likely to play a key role in any compliance effort. While many shops have already implemented email archiving, many others are still on the sidelines, parsing their way through the features of various email archiving offerings and considering the impact that an archiving app will have on the management of their storage systems. This session will introduce you to some of the most popular email archiving products available today, how to implement them into your infrastructure and more.
This was first published in October 2008