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Why Today’s Disaster Recovery Test May be Invalid Tomorrow

Test, test, test. Any disaster recovery plan worth its salt must be tested, and any shortcomings revealed by the test must be rectified. That’s how we make DR plans that are robust, relevant, and effective – as long as the … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery or Cyber Insurance – Is It a Choice?

There are four ways of handling a risk, such as the failure of one of your IT systems. The first is to accept it, for example, if it is a non-critical system that you can fix next week. The second … Continue reading

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Why Data Hoarding Can Hurt Your Business Continuity

Are you a hoarder? Do you compulsively hang onto things that have ceased to be useful or valid, perhaps because they might still serve some purpose? Data hoarding is all about stashing away all that “stuff” that your IT systems … Continue reading

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With Everything-as-a-Service, Disaster Recovery is Still Your Problem

Ever since Marc Andreessen declared that software is eating the world, IT’s appetite for transforming the physical into the virtual has carried on unabated. The Internet has created massive amounts of new business.

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How Well Documented is Your Disaster Recovery Management?

Documents for your disaster recovery management can have a double importance. The first, naturally, is to hold details of how to react if disaster strikes. The DR plan must be clear, practical, effective, tested and available to those who need … Continue reading

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent – That’s Disaster Recovery!

In law courts around the world, the golden rule is “innocent until proven guilty”. For many aspects of IT systems, a similar concept applies too. For example, you can see that you have enough data storage capacity, by comparing with … Continue reading

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Disaster in Your Online IT? It’s Not the Cloud, It’s You!

As systems and technologies become more and more complicated, they also become more vulnerable to failure. It may big or it may be little, but when you have 100 moving parts where before you only had 10, your chance of … Continue reading

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Where are the Likely Holes in Your Disaster Recovery Planning?

No disaster recovery plan is perfect. However, there is a big difference between knowing about and managing limitations; and being caught wrong-footed by a problem you never thought about. Some items seem to consistently make the ‘hit parade’ of omissions … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery Planning for the Infrastructure and Beyond

While the term ‘disaster recovery planning’ often conjures up images of servers in racks, disk drives and IT personnel monitoring system consoles, it takes more than that to keep today’s IT systems going. Power, air-conditioning, networks and the buildings that … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery Ramifications – Reputation, Morale and More

Disaster recovery is a term that originated in IT, referring to recovery of computer and network systems after serious interruption of operations or damage. However, from an overall business point of view it would be foolhardy to ignore the further … Continue reading

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