There has been no shortage of discussion about disaster recovery in the storage industry over the first half of this decade. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the tsunami disaster in Asia and Hurricane Katrina really opened a lot of people's eyes to what it means to lose everything. "Yet, a majority of companies outside of disaster prone areas don't believe they will ever be struck by disaster," said Pierre Dorion of Mainland Information Systems Inc. "Disaster recovery planning got a ton of attention in 2006; no one wants to run the 'IT shop without a plan.' We will be able to tell how serious people are about disaster recovery by the percentage of outdated plans two or three years from now. It doesn't matter whether companies are developing disaster recovery strategies for the right or the wrong reasons, the important thing is that they are planning." Below are the top five tips of 2006, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as vault storage, remote replication, disaster recovery for virtual tape libraries and more. Check them out now.
1. Network disaster recovery checklist
This checklist, which is broken down into four topical areas -- general network considerations, LAN, WAN, and network infrastructure applications -- can help you focus your disaster recovery planning effort to make sure your network is adequately protected.
2. The burning issue of vault storage
Two recent fires at Iron Mountain facilities have generated a lot of talk about selecting offsite storage -- and disaster recovery in general. Learn how the right backup practices can help you sleep at night.
3. Worst practices for backup and disaster recovery
Even when network administrators are aware of the need for a solid data backup and recovery plan, too many companies observe worst practices, thereby dooming the plan. Here's a partial list of what they may be doing wrong.
4. Take full advantage of the remote replication process
With the increasing availability of cost-efficient products, many view remote data replication as the DR strategy of choice to address tighter RTO and offsite media handling issues. This tip outlines the other considerations you should keep in mind that can help you take full advantage of this technology.
5. Disaster recovery approaches for your VTL
It's possible for you to leverage your VTL to support business continuance and disaster recovery products. Learn how it can be an integral part of a data protection strategy to support business continuance and disaster recovery.