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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

How good is your disaster recovery plan

Just when you thought you had it all figured out ... The game changes and there are new rules. It's like golf, where it's a game of inches and it turns out that all of your clubs are metric. The thing about protecting yourself is that you can never predict what's going to happen next. When Sept. 11 happened, we thought we saw the worst of humanity and the toll it took on our happy little world of IT. Thankfully, most of the organizations directly affected were able to failover exactly as planned. The problem was that they didn't think about some of the little things--like phones or a desk where people could use their phones. Some smaller shops found they could withstand a power outage; however, they forgot that without power, air conditioning doesn't work and without air conditioning computers melt down. After Sept. 11 everyone talked about disaster recovery (DR). Nobody did anything about it (well, except for the people that had already done something about it), but it sure was talked about. For a while, the government stuck ...

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: What are the best midrange arrays?

    Midrange array users are a generally satisfied group, according to the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards survey. While all midrange array vendors fared quite well in this third installment of our awards program, the vendor that snared top honors might surprise some people.

  • Easing away from ESCON

    by  Alex Barrett

    ESCON, the protocol that pre-dated FICON as a systems-to-storage connection, is incompatible with the newer FICON-based systems. This tip looks at various ways you can tackle this dilemma.

  • Secure your backups

    The headlines tell the story: Lost tapes can jeopardize the confidentiality of personal information and cause public-relations woes for those companies charged with safeguarding that data. Encryption can solve the problem, but implementing tape encryption isn't so easy, as performance issues could impact backup windows.

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