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June 2017, Vol. 16, No. 4

Storage disaster recovery plans must account for weather threats

Organizations located around coastal areas tend to view the onset of summer with equal parts of happiness and dread. IT planners are no exception. In addition to juggling staff vacation schedules, managers must concern themselves with often violent weather and dicey electrical service. I know software-defined storage (SDS) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) made short work of availability concerns, at least when it comes to storage disaster recovery. And clouds are a miraculous conflation of technologies that keep operations and data "high and dry" when, for example, the local levee breaks. But these assumptions are not always true. A few years ago, Hurricane Sandy taught many firms located along the Atlantic Coast that their data -- whether hosted on disk or flash drives, or in high-availability topologies -- was still at risk. The reality is that most hypervisor-controlled SDS or HCI platforms implement storage architectures that do the following:  create storage silos that cannot effectively be shared or managed, ...

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