Category Archives: Disaster Recovery

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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.

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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 … 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 … 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.

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Designing in Disaster Recovery

From afterthought to preconception, many aspects of IT are now being designed into systems and networks at the earliest possible stage, i.e. when the first specification documents are drawn up. Code testing, performance, and security can all be part of … Continue reading

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