Keeping Disaster Recovery In Step With Business

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You’ve taken the time to implement a disaster recovery (DR) plan for your company – you’re prepared for anything! You’ve covered all the milestones: You initiated a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to determine the recovery times you’ll need for your applications. You tiered your applications and documented their interdependencies so you’ll know which order your servers should be restored in. You found a geographically-diverse data center for your recovery infrastructure. You put together a recovery playbook and tested each and every step. Bring on the storms … the floods … the power outages … you’re ready! Everything may sound foolproof, but here’s the catch: your applications and IT env … Read more

Removing The “Black Box” From Disaster Recovery As A Service (DRaaS)

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How much data does your company generate in a given month? Or day? Or hour? The information itself is important, of course, but what really matters is what you do with all that data -- how it allows you to interact with your customers, collaborate to produce new product lines, and so on. The question then becomes, what happens if disaster strikes and suddenly that critical information isn’t there when you need it? Data recovery is an essential component to the overall success of any business. At Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), we have always been dedicated to the Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) model, but I am excited about a new service we provide that makes the process even … Read more

The London Air Traffic Control System Outage Took Engineers By Surprise, Is Your Disaster Recovery Strategy Actionable?

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This past Friday served as a reminder that even the most complex and closely monitored computer systems can experience outages. The London air traffic control system went down on December 12th due to a previously unseen software glitch in a critical outsourced system. The engineers had not planned for the problem, which remains largely undefined for public consumption, but the fact is that it happened and those responsible for the availability of the system can’t deny the failure (regardless of the cause). In all likelihood, high volume may have put undue stress on the system causing it to fail resulting in chaos that essentially brought air travel in and out of London to a complete s … Read more

Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Best Practices From The Availability Front Lines

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As a Marine I learned the hard way how difficult it is to think straight under pressure. Now I find myself after two decades in the trenches of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) realizing some of the same lessons-learned apply to Information Technology! Since becoming a business technologist in the mid-1990′s, I’ve been ambushed by unexpected problems, had to “march” at double-time to meet our business objectives, and sweat it out waiting to see if a plan-of-attack was going to work like our marching orders said it would! So, I’d like to save you some of the blood, sweat, and tears I’ve experienced along the way by sharing with you these six valuable lessons-learned from the … Read more

Keeping An Eye On Ebola: 6 Steps To Avoid Pandemic And Panic At Your Company While Maintaining Business Continuity

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“Pandemic” and “panic” sound a lot alike. Certainly, the first can trigger the second in next to no time, as the recent outbreak of Ebola has demonstrated. But as a business continuity planning (BCP) professional, you can take healthy steps to avoid both 1. Keep your ear to the ground … and your eye on the Internet Usually, crisis management plans get “triggered” by an event, such as a natural disaster or an outage. But in the case of a pandemic such as Ebola, you might want to pull the starting gun on your plan before anybody so much as coughs or sneezes. To be specific, you should muster your crisis management team and have them start monitoring the websites of the World Health Organiza … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-26-14

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for turkey and gravy, some long-overdue rest, and a time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for. As for most of us, I’m incredibly thankful for my friends and family, but I’m also thankful to attend my university (and for the break from my studies)! What are you thankful for? In this day of economic uncertainty, most people would say that they’re very thankful for their jobs. And for all you hard workers in IT, the last thing you want is to be dismissed from your company. For this reason, be sure to read Roger Grimes’s piece on the ten security mistakes that WILL get you fired. He covers some critical errors you’ll want to avoid, like cutting off the CEO’s access t … Read more

A Guide To Safeguard Your Business’ Crown Jewel (SAP Enterprise) Application

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Is your business one of the 253,500 organizations that runs on SAP ? If so, you understand full well why this industry-leading, all-encompassing client/server platform is considered a “crown jewel” application: First, you’ve made a significant investment to deploy, maintain and extend your SAP application platform. And, second, you can’t live without it. While that may sound a bit extreme, many businesses literally could not function if their SAP ERP system went down. In the event of a disaster or outage affecting an SAP platform, everything that goes into running the business could come screeching to a halt. How could any business—including yours—possibly prepare itself for such a scenario? … Read more

The Simple Way To Explain Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery To A 7-Year-Old

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I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he said, “My daughter asked me last night, ‘What do you do, Daddy?’ You know, it stumped me for a minute. After all, if you’re an architect or a librarian or a teacher or a writer, it’s easy to explain it to a kid. But how do you explain that you work for a BC/DR firm specializing in organizational resiliency? Children don’t know what business continuity or disaster recovery are, or why a company would need either one.” Having a few peers and relatives who do not understand what BC/DR is, I was curious. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “I gave her a very simple analogy,” he replied. “I told her I’m like a doctor. But instead of treating pe … Read more