Disaster Recovery

News, advice and discussion on issues in disaster recovery.

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12 Ways to Disaster-Proof Your Critical Business Data

How can you keep critical data safe when disaster strikes? There is no one magic answer, but there are steps your business can and should take to protect important files and applications in the event of a disaster. Full Story »
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A CIO Who Masters Disasters

John Halamka, the CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, doesn't let any crisis go unused as either a teachable moment, or as a chance to lead IT into new directions.

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How CIOs Prepare for the Worst

Three CIOs discuss how a successful business continuity plan requires prioritization, awareness and testing

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The View From One Atlanta IT Firm as 'Historic' Storm Nears

The headlines about the storm approaching Georgia include a tinge of panic and wonder, but the view from Monty Hamilton's Atlanta office is of streets calm and empty.

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Disaster Recovery Options for Smaller Companies

New technologies are giving small companies enterprise-like DR capabilities.

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How to Mitigate Business Risk Using SAM and SLM Tools

Most companies understand the risks associated with disaster recovery and business continuity and plan accordingly. Few can say the same thing about the software they own -- or don't own, as the case may be. That's where software asset management and software license management tools can make a difference.

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How Load Balancing Is Playing a Bigger Role in Tech Transitions

Load balancing isn't just for websites that expect surges in traffic any more. Companies of all sizes, and in all verticals, find load balancing an effective way to address disaster recovery, scalability, failover and application virtualization needs.

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How to Create an Effective Business Continuity Plan

Natural and manmade disasters underscore the challenges of seamless disaster recovery in the real world. Having a comprehensive business continuity plan isn't just an IT concern; though. Nothing less than the survival of your company is at stake.

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Masters of Disasters: IT Survivors of Katrina, Sandy and Other Natural Disasters Share Their DR Tips and Tricks

Natural and manmade disasters are facts of life. Smart IT managers prepare for the worst before trouble hits, so that the businesses and government institutions that rely on IT can resume normal operations as soon as possible.

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Don't Live in Fear of Your Cloud Storage Provider Going Under

The closure of cloud storage provider Nirvanix sent a chill through the cloud storage industry and its customers, but is it really a big deal?

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How to Overcome Small Business Data Recovery Challenges

Data recovery has mattered ever since businesses started relying on PCs in the workplace. Today's common storage options for small businesses all present some disaster recovery challenges. Here's what your organization should do to address them.

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Cloud Computing Alters Thoughts on Disaster Recovery

Cloud computing gives organizations the opportunity to rethink many traditional IT practices, but it may be a particularly good fit for disaster recovery and business continuity. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with IBM Distinguished Engineer Richard Cocchiara, who is CTO and the Managing Partner of Consulting for IBM's Business Continuity & Resiliency Services, for his perspective on the subject. Cocchiara leads a worldwide team who work with clients on systems availability, disaster recovery planning, business continuity management and IT governance.

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An IT Bucket Brigade Relives Hurricane Sandy

A new film recounts how a data center's customers and employees worked tirelessly to keep the facility running after last fall's big storm.

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The Panic is Over. Facebook is Back Up

Facebook blames four-hour service disruption on internal Web infrastructure problem.

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Practical Advice About Disaster Recovery Planning

Disaster recovery plans and the usual mix of uninterrupted power supplies (UPSs), co-location services, data mirroring and hot-standby technologies theoretically make it possible to weather any storm. But are backup systems, replication rules and fast failover solutions enough?