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Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007

Back to DR planning basics

Back to DR planning basics There haven't been many recent disasters, but that doesn't mean you can forget disaster recovery practices. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and company, there's been a sharp rise in the overall awareness of disaster recovery (DR) and the desire to improve DR capabilities. But the 2006 hurricane season represented something of a reversal from last year, and without the same high-profile disaster coverage, some companies may have been lulled into complacency. So it seems like a good time to reconsider some DR basics and discuss a lingering concern: the business-IT expectations gap. I've written about business and IT alignment issues, a topic that has become standard fare in CIO-targeted publications. In the storage arena, we're seeing progress among forward-thinking companies toward better alignment of primary data and the beginnings of true business-driven, data-retention policies. However, DR is still one area where there's often a significant shortcoming. In an ideal DR scenario, IT personnel...

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Features in this issue

  • Protect remote-office data

    Centralizing remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) apps and their data in the primary data center has enormous economies of scale. These remote-data apps cut the amount of data sent over the wire, making it possible to economically back up remote data to a central site. We provide a sampling of the various ROBO data management products on the market, and describe how they can best be implemented.

  • DC saves energy for storage

  • iSCSI for everybody

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