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January 2013

'New' disaster recovery planning process looks a lot like the 'old' DR

Storms like Sandy show that despite an increased dependency on automation, there's no replacement for a sound disaster recovery planning process in your data storage environment. If you're reading these words, the good news is that the doomsayers advancing the Mayan prophesy have been proven wrong. To wit: December 21, 2012, has come and gone, and the planet didn't change its magnetic poles or eject its crust, thereby expelling you, me and all our mismanaged data into the icy void of space. I would argue that this is, for the most part, a good thing. Frankly, I've never experienced an apocalypse, but from what I've seen in movies and read in books, it seems like the "end of days" would be most unpleasant. So, that's the good news. The not-so-good news is that we may have more to worry about than pre-Colombian prophesies. You might remember that late season hurricane/tropical storm/superstorm called Sandy that visited its own dystopian reality upon the residents of the N.J./N.Y./Conn. tri-state area in late October. Counting that...

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