A healthier diet for disaster recovery


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It’s much easier, I argued, to build in storage resiliency when storage is conceptualized, planned and deployed than it is to bolt on protection afterwards. The advantages reveal themselves at many layers of the continuity planning process.

Continuity planning serves two masters, I offered. First, we strive to avoid preventable disasters by doing such things as monitoring and managing infrastructure. That way, we can spot burgeoning error conditions and resolve them before we’re hit by an outage.

But infrastructure management is mostly nonexistent in the majority of organizations. With respect to storage in particular, management is too often an afterthought -- certainly not a key criterion most hardware guys list when purchasing a storage rig.

Some of the attendees smiled and nodded with implied agreement at this “insight,” oblivious to the impact of the overdose of rich, fat-laden, charred-flesh-of-cloven-hoofed-mammal they were forking into their mouths. Strangely, my thoughts turned to their spiking cholesterol levels, portending higher blood pressures, expanding equators and Type II diabetes down the road.

In addition to doing something about disaster prevention, I continued, continuity planning aims to develop strategies for coping with disasters we can’t prevent. This is where data protection comes in. Because data can’t be replaced, it must be made redundant as a safeguard against corruption or loss, whether caused by user error,

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application faults, malware and viruses, equipment malfunctions and so on.

This idea was washed down with gulps from wine glasses accompanied by more smiles of familiarity and agreement. I flashed momentarily on the effects the alcohol might have on them.

This was first published in June 2012

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