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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

Hot Spots: Bring disaster recovery home

My role at the Enterprise Storage Group is to focus on enterprise security, which encompasses storage and all other technology realms. In this role, I've come to an overwhelming conclusion: IT people are definitely spooked by the unprecedented number of perils facing them. Fold these often external dangers in with ongoing compliance tasks (Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.) and you have an environment where business continuity has never been a more critical issue. As a result, ESG believes sales of disaster recovery (DR) products and services will grow from approximately $3 billion in 2001 to more than $5 billion by 2007. Historically, the concept of DR was linked to a number of specialized service providers. These companies provided "hot" and "cold" site services as an insurance policy against rare natural disasters, such as a hurricanes, floods or earthquakes. This protection was not only costly, it usually meant some degree of downtime as service providers set up and emulated corporate systems in remote data ...

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Features in this issue

  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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