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Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006

Is it really a disaster?

Is it really a disaster? The first step in an effective disaster recovery plan is defining what constitutes a real disaster. What happens when you say "disaster recovery" in a crowded room? Everyone thinks of something different. That's because the term--like so many others used in the IT world every day--lacks precision. At the very least, we need to clearly define what we mean by disaster recovery. Thankfully, not all disasters are created equal. I once stepped on the power cord for the storage array I was managing. It popped out of the socket, crashing the array and taking down a data warehouse in the middle of the day. You can bet I called that a disaster! But the mainframe staff didn't even notice. Because all disasters aren't equal in importance, it can be hard to decide just what type you're dealing with when an outage occurs. The first thing a company has to do is decide what constitutes a disaster. In general, if something is localized in scope and time (like my fancy footwork), we call the response an operational ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot technologies for 2007

    "Storage" magazine's editors reviewed technology developments, product introductions and storage standards to come up with this short list of must-have technologies for 2007. We believe iSCSI SANs, hardware-based tape encryption, high-capacity disk drives, virtualization and thin provisioning will have the greatest impact on enterprise storage environments.

  • SAN consolidation strategies

    As islands of SANs proliferate in companies, the cost of storage can soar. Sound SAN design strategies allow companies to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen a primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection.

  • Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array

    by  Rich Castagna

    Another Quality Awards dark-horse candidate, EqualLogic PS Series, joins backup winner BakBone in unseating established players for top honors.

Columns in this issue

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.