AI in Your DR – Should You, or Shouldn’t You?

Artificial intelligence is finding its way into many applications and systems, so why not disaster recovery? The advantages are multiple. Continue reading

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Why Stop at Just Disaster Recovery with Your DRP?

Do more with less. Who hasn’t already heard that in business? And just because something – like disaster recovery planning and management – is vital to ensuring enterprise survival does not mean that you cannot leverage your investment to get more out of it. Continue reading

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How’s Your User Experience for Your Disaster Recovery?

It may sound strange to talk about “touchy-feely” stuff like user experience in the context of IT disaster recovery. After all, the priority is on getting systems up and running again within recovery time and recovery point objectives, rather than sitting around in focus groups discussing feelings and opinions. Continue reading

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Time to Get Your Disaster Recovery Plan Straight?

Time is money, as they say, and it is also a key factor in IT disaster recovery. Take, for instance, the well-known recovery time objective or RTO, which defines how fast you should get back to normal operations after an IT incident. Continue reading

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Mind Your Language in Your Disaster Recovery Planning

Military precision? Business descriptions? No fluff? All these qualifications have a bearing on a disaster recovery plan, but with certain conditions. Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery Trends from 2017 to 2018

Happy 2018!

The end of the year is like your birthday – it’s a useful marker to take stock of where you’ve been of the last 12 months and where you might go during the 12 months to come. Disaster recovery is no exception. There are also some major trends that were present in 2017 and that are likely to continue into 2018.

  • Business is going too fast and is getting too complicated for manual disaster recovery to cope. Smaller IT and IT disaster recovery teams compound the problem. Correctly automated procedures to fail over systems to backups, restore data and switch network connections are increasingly the only way forward.
  • Minimisation of RTO and RPO. Business wants more, and it wants it yesterday. While the laws of physics may make negative RTO and RPO (as in time travel) impossible, the pressure is on to decrease time to recover and data loss windows. Systems are continuously getting faster and smarter, and disaster recovery will need to keep pace.
  • DR capability is designed in, from the basic level of replicating data totally within the cloud to sophisticated solutions that also monitor health, performance, and load balancing, and can spin up and spin down virtual machines before you even know there was a problem.
  • Data replication. As cloud storage grows and network connectivity (slowly) improves, it becomes ever more feasible to shoot your data up into the cloud for safekeeping. A truckload of magnetic tape storage may still be the fastest way to move truly huge amounts of data, but the gap is narrowing every day.
  • Service providers. You probably don’t have your own office cleaning staff, you may not have your own accountancy department, and it may be years since you did any manufacturing of your own. Does it still make sense to do your own DR? This is an open question – only you can decide, but once again, there is an observable trend when it comes to DIY or outsourced DR.

Which trends are you aligned with? Which are you trying to buck? Food for thought as we move into the new year!

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Decommissioning is Part of Disaster Recovery Planning

More moving parts mean more chance of failure. Replace “moving parts” by “comatose IT servers” and the adage still holds true. You may be tempted to reply that 1) there aren’t many of this kind of server anyway, and that 2) comatose servers may not be doing any good, but as such they are not doing any harm either. If so, get ready for a disaster recovery reality check on both counts! Continue reading

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How Much Should Disaster Recovery Preparations Cost You?

If you’re going to spend money on preparing for disaster recovery, you should know how much to spend. After all, there is no point in spending more on a DR solution than the cost of the IT disaster itself. Continue reading

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In Favour of Disaster Recovery Dashboards

Disaster recovery planning is a must. However, DR plans that tell you to carry out step 19 by checking the status of your accountancy systems may not be useful in the heat of the action, meaning when disaster really does strike. Continue reading

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Voice-Activated Disaster Recovery is Closer than You Think

When we say “voice-activated” disaster recovery, we don’t mean shouting at your support team! Continue reading

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