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Dramatic changes predicted in ‘recovery’ market
After more than a decade of stagnation, the data recovery market is going through a pervasive transformation, says one industry expert. The most visible aspect of this is a clear shift in focus from backup to recovery, said Ray Paquet, vice-president and research director at analyst firm Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Conn. By 2008, the analyst said, enterprises will be able to recover data to any point in time, as opposed to today, when recovery time for most logical errors is 24 hours.

Eight best practices for IT disaster recovery
Given the high number of blackouts, hurricanes and other disasters that have come our way during the past few years, many CIOs are wisely reexamining their disaster recovery strategies. CIO Executive Council members share some of their tried-and-true methods with CSO readers

Smart systems, smart strategies
Ontario’s Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) may be a fledgling IT infrastructure provider, but this agency of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care is ready for almost any disaster. Created to enable the secure electronic exchange of health information among healthcare providers and patients, SSHA accomplishes its mandate through two highly available data centres in the Greater Toronto Area.

Continuity expert shares wisdom
Steven Lewis, a certified information systems auditor and a certified computer programmer with a Ph.D. in systems and a couple of engineering degrees, developed more than 120 comprehensive business continuity plans for network-based organizations — many of them banks — attaching an ever-growing sourcing guide to the disaster plan. Eventually, a client suggested he make a product out of his guide. The 2005 version of the Edwards Information Disaster Recovery Yellow Pages is the fourteenth edition of that commercialized product. He recently spoke to Susan Maclean from his office in Brookline, Mass.

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