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Preparing IT for a Different Kind of Disaster: an Influenza Pandemic 2009
Public health authorities warn risks of a pandemic are growing in light of the swine flu outbreak and avian flu cases. Because pandemics are fundamentally different from the disasters commonly envisioned in business continuity plans, most IT organizations are not prepared to face this threat. This updated report outlines the specific ways in which pandemics are different from other types of disasters. It suggests three planning scenarios, and it outlines specific actions that IT risk managers should consider to prepare for a potential flu pandemic. If adequately prepared, the IT group will be able to continue to support critical business functions, and it can provide solutions to help the organization get through a pandemic. (12 pp., 1 fig.) [Executive Summary]
Would Your DR Plan Survive a Katrina?
This Research Byte is a summary of our full report, Disaster Recovery Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina, which outlines the challenges that a regional Katrina-size disaster presents to the disaster recovery planner. It also provides practical recommendations, based on government studies and current industry consensus, regarding the minimum and maximum distances and geographic considerations for locating the disaster recovery data center site.
Backup Data Center: How Far Away Should It Be?
A client recently asked us how far a backup recovery data center should be from the primary site. After researching industry and government standards, we had a surprising insight: it's possible to have a recovery site that's too far from the primary site.