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Top five data storage and disaster recovery (DR) tips of 2009

A compilation of our top five data storage and disaster recovery tips of 2009.

Data storage and data backup and recovery tools are essential for making a strong disaster recovery (DR) plan. Data replication, tape storage and server virtualization can all play important roles in disaster recovery and business continuity. But if you don't incorporate these tools and technologies correctly with your DR plan, you could be setting yourself up for a disaster.

"If you don't leverage the right technologies, you're doomed when things go south," said Kevin Beaver, independent information and security consultant at Principle Logic. "As a small business owner, I've had to really lean on my backup and recovery tools a few times. I can't imagine larger enterprises not having a reliable means to protect data, but I see and hear about it all the time."

To help you better understand these two subjects, we've compiled our top five data storage and disaster recovery tips of 2009. Whether you want to learn more about data replication tools, tape storage for disaster recovery, or how server virtualization can help your DR plan, we have all the answers here at

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Data backup and recovery tips for disaster recovery purposes
Data backup and recovery solutions work together to form the backbone of your business continuity program, but are your data backup solutions strong enough to support your disaster recovery plan? In order to have successful data backup solutions, you must consider cost, interoperability, using tiered data recovery and use block level and database replication. Check out these data backup and recovery tips for disaster reocvery purposes.

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Data replication tools for disaster recovery
Many data replication tools offer an efficient strategy for disaster recovery. These tools offer a perfect strategy for companies whose recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) kick in within minutes of a data failure. However, there are many things IT managers must watch out for when choosing a data replication tool so that they don't run into any snags along the way that would affect their disaster recovery plan. Learn about data replication tools and WAN accelerators in this tip.

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The role of tape in disaster recovery
Tape backup is a key element in disaster recovery plans, as they help to restore critical and archived data in case of a disk failure. What's the cost of tape in comparison to disk backup? What are the pros and cons of using tape backup for DR? How do you go about restoring data with tape in the event of a failure? What are the DR-related testing best practices with tape? And what about RTOs and RPOs in tape vs. disk backup? All of these questions are answered in depth in this tape and disaster recovery FAQ.

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Data backup strategies simplify remote disaster recovery
Data replication tools end up simplifying remote disaster recovery for many organizations. If replication and other data backup and storage strategies are taken into effect, recovering data and carrying out disaster recovery procedures become much easier for IT personnel. For example, day-to-day administration remains minimal, and restoring lost or missing files becomes easy. Learn more about these data backup strategies and how they can improve the execution disaster recovery in this tip.

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Including server virtualization in your disaster recovery plan
For many organizations, disaster recovery has always been expensive, and with limited budgets, many plans only covered mission-critical applications. But server virtualization helps to minimize the cost of DR plans. Server virtualization has a high level of mobility and hardware independence, allowing many organizations to incorporate more into their disaster recovery plans. Learn more about server virtualization techniques for disaster recovery in this tip.

To help you stay up to date on data storage and disaster recovery in 2010, bookmark our special section on data storage for disaster recovery for the latest news, tips and tutorials on DR storage.

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