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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

Disaster recovery readiness monitoring applications

Planning, developing and implementing disaster recovery plans can be complex, but a new class of apps can help you determine if DR plans are synchronized with your IT operations. Disaster recovery (DR) planning is typically a significant undertaking that requires many work hours and often a considerable budget. But creating a plan is only part of the process; the plan must be tested frequently enough to ensure it will work as expected. But testing is a time-consuming and often disruptive activity, so it’s often not done as regularly as it should be. A new category of applications -- DR readiness monitoring apps -- can facilitate the testing process. DR monitoring applications address one of the key causes of recovery failures: configuration drift. Configuration drift occurs when storage and other IT gear is upgraded or replaced, but the DR documentation and procedures aren’t updated to accommodate those changes. With the DR docs out of synch with the real-world setup, recovery efforts are more likely to fail. The purpose of ...

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  • Getting real about the cloud

    by  Rich Castagna

    You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment.

  • Who really needs scale-out systems?

    Industries that once operated in traditional paper-based models are being overwhelmed by their digital data stores. Scale-out NAS can provide high-performance application support.

  • Time is right for SSDs

    by  Dave Raffo

    Solid-state was late to enterprise storage and had to be retrofitted into data centers. But a new generation of systems built specifically for solid-state are interesting users.