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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Insurance company tests its ability to recover

One of the main objectives of an organization developing a disaster recovery (DR) plan is to make the plan specific, yet simple enough so that a storage or system administrator who isn't familiar with the organization's day-to-day processes can walk into the recovery site and restore operating system and application data without the organization's IT staff being available for consultation. That notion was put to an extreme test after Sept. 11, 2001. Consider Cantor Fitzgerald, a financial services provider that lost more than 700 employees in the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster. Many of those employees were the IT personnel. For any organization put in that position, the resulting question is: "Can your applications survive this kind of human loss during a disaster?" I recently gained some insight into that question and more during a DR experience with Sungard Recovery Services in Philadelphia on the second anniversary of the WTC disaster. Sanology Inc. was called by a partner consulting firm two days before the DR test at ...

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Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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