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AT&T now conducting disaster recovery simulation in Detroit: Disaster recovery news briefs

This week's disaster recovery news in brief: AT&T now conducting DR simulation in Detroit; Recovery Point now certified as a Tier III facility by Uptime Institute and more.

The following is a compilation of the latest disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) news.

AT&T now conducting disaster recovery simulation in Detroit

AT&T will conduct a full-scale disaster recovery simulation, the Network Disaster Recovery Exercise, in the Metro Detroit area from May 6 to May 14. The NDR exercise will simulate the loss of network operations due to manmade or natural disasters. More than 25 DR trailers and vehicles will be present for the simulation, as well as a search-and-rescue dog team demonstration.

AT&T chose to run this simulation to test the reliability and functionality of disaster recovery and business continuity plans in Detroit businesses. According to their study, 86% of Detroit companies have BC plans and 77% of Detroit companies are planning to invest in new technologies this year.

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Recovery Point now certified as a Tier III facility by Uptime Institute

Recovery Point announced that has been certified as a Tier III facility by the Uptime Institute. The Uptime Institute Professional Services consulting team helps their clients ensure that their data center is managed for uninterruptible uptime over sustained periods. The Uptime Institute rates business continuity and disaster recovery organizations on their Tier ratings from across the world.

Steelhenge completes business continuity project for UK NHS Primary Care Trust

Steelhenge Consulting, a provider of business continuity services, announced they have completed a business continuity project for NHS Primary Care Trust in the UK. The goal of the project was to improve the organizational resilience of the hospitals and its services to ensure that patients could be cared for in the event of a disaster. The whole project took a year to complete, and involved steps such as training their staff, writing a business continuity plan, conducting a business impact analysis (BIA) and performing risk assessments.

DataMail outsources part of disaster recovery to Online Tech data centers

DataMail Services announced they will outsource part of their disaster recovery to two of Online Tech's Michigan data centers. DataMail will host their customer systems at Online Tech's Exchange Drive Data Center and run their disaster recovery servers from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They will then replicate data between the data centers using Double-Take Software's Double-Take Availability product. DataMail has been using Online Tech data centers since 2003. Besides data replication, Online Tech offers automatic IP failover and they are SAS 70 certified.

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