In Search of Disaster Recovery Excellence (but not Perfection)

How good must your disaster recovery be? “Good enough” is probably the best answer. Perfection is unlikely to be required, hospital operating rooms and nuclear power stations aside. The law of diminishing returns means that perfection or anything too close to it costs too much. Continue reading

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What Disaster Recovery Testing Can Miss and Why

Disaster recovery testing before an incident occurs is a must. Whether you test to check or test to improve, waiting until a catastrophe happens before unveiling your plan is a sure way to fail. However, a test environment is usually not a production environment. Continue reading

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Should Disaster Recovery Be a Legal Requirement?

Governments often make legal requirements about things that could damage people’s health, whether in a physical, financial, or possibly other sense. Motor vehicles must be insured. Underage drinking is forbidden. Enterprises are required to meet health and safety standards for employees and visitors. Continue reading

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3 Pitfalls with Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Cloud-based disaster recovery has a lot going for it, including cost reduction for hardware, software, maintenance, and staffing. Not only can organisations avoid the large initial investments associated with traditional DR and the need to buy their own servers, data centre space, etc., they can also restrict much of their ongoing costs to what they use. Continue reading

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Personal Disaster Recovery and the Perils to be Planned For

“It won’t happen to me”. Just as some businesses persist in burying their head in the sand, when it comes to IT disaster recovery, many people turn a blind eye to the possibility of losing data on personal devices. The potential prejudice can go much further than losing your mobile phone contacts, especially now that personal devices like smartphones and tablets are now commonly used for professional purposes too. Continue reading

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Template-Driven Disaster Recovery Has Many Pros, but One (Big) Con

Three cheers for disaster recovery plan templates! Or should that be just two cheers? It’s a fact that good templates offer several advantages. Reduced time and effort are perhaps the most obvious. Continue reading

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How Close to the Wind Can You Sail with Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery has a cost, whether you measure it in money, time, or effort. It’s a cost that starts in the planning stage, before any disaster happens (hopefully), but it’s also supposed to be an investment or an insurance, in case something goes dramatically wrong. Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery in the Micro Data Centre

The new generation of data centres might just be like bacteria, splitting and doubling in number at frequent intervals, to create a host of smaller individual data centres instead of just one massive one. At least one data centre provider sees cloud computing as limited in terms of latency, making the “big data centre in the sky” with its 100-millisecond or more latency less suitable for certain applications, like real time control of machines. Other advantages include local data storage without the need to send high volumes of data over the net. But what about disaster recovery for this new plethora of data centres? Continue reading

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How Disposable is Computing and Disaster Recovery?

In the past, computer systems were massive and made to last. The hardware cost more than the software, and while various processor, RAM, and hard drive upgrades happened from time to time, organisations never junked their investments; they amortised them. Continue reading

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Business Continuity Lessons from 10,000 Feet in the Air

Have you ever considered what happens when essential systems for which no backup is possible then stop working? Continue reading

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