Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Special

Lead features

More bang for your backup
Interview with Don Kleinschnitz, vice-president, infrastructure management solutions at Symantec Corp. on products that simplify, speed up and essentially solve enterprise data recovery and backup problems.

Dramatic changes predicted in recovery market
The data recovery market is going through a pervasive transformation. The most visible aspect of this is a clear shift in focus from backup to recovery.

Katrina highlights Disaster Recovery need
Hurricane Katrina made every IT organization question the viability of its disaster recovery (DR) plan.

Smart systems, smart strategies
Ontario’s Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) may be a fledgling IT infrastructure provider, but this agency is ready for almost any disaster.

New technologies, lower prices ease barriers to DR adoption
Toronto-based Clearview fully appreciates the value of daily incremental backups, with weekly full backups stored off-site.

On your Gard, get set, go
SunGard has developed and implemented strategies to deal with disasters of every type. Dave Palermo, SunGard’s vice-president, marketing, shares some of these strategies.

Related articles

Microsoft releases backup, recovery software
Microsoft released Data Protection Manager, backup and recovery software and the newest member of the company’s System Center family of management tools.

VON: Katrina, user rights take center stage
The role of the telecommunications industry as part of disaster response and recovery was a focus of the VON (Voice on the Net) conference.

Hurricane, floods put IT staffs to the test
Babco had relocated his operations on two occasions when hurricanes threatened New Orleans. Both storms turned out to be near misses, but the practice runs helped him fine-tune his plan for when the real thing hit.

Continuous data protection finds supporters
Nearly every storage vendor has acknowledged developing a continuous or near-continuous data protection scheme.

Redefining disaster
World events have changed the way many CIOs think about their disaster recovery plans.

The heat is on to backup
Increasingly, organizations find themselves having to archive data in order to meet regulatory requirements and to avoid legal exposure.

Backup grows up
Compared to hot areas like security or wireless, data backup and restore may have seemed like IT’s forgotten child – until now.

Disaster notification tools get a boost
In the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and a rash of earthquakes off California’s coast, businesses and governments are racing to roll out more-sophisticated electronic messaging systems to alert and guide people.

The new business continuity
Gone are the days when a comprehensive business-continuity plan meant mailing back-up tapes to a hot site a few miles away. Today, businesses are always on. And their business-continuity plans need to reflect that reality.

It’s the smaller disasters that matter
Disaster recovery plans should focus on the real issue at hand: what kind of outage will affect the business itself.

White papers

Cutting costs with Virtual Infrastructure
This white paper (PDF file) discusses how to make disaster recovery cost effective with virtual infrastructure.

Business and IT requirements for high availability
When disaster strikes, what is needed is true high availability, with recovery in seconds. (PDF file).

Reader Resources

Eight best practices for IT disaster recovery
CIOs share their views on disaster recovery strategies given the high number of blackouts, hurricanes and other disasters that have come our way.