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Disaster Recovery Planning Adoption and Best Practices
As recent outages demonstrate, the ability to recover operations quickly and effectively after a disaster should be an organizational priority. However, too few companies are planning for disaster recovery formally and consistently. In this study, we first look at adoption trends for disaster recovery planning by organization size and sector. We also discuss the elements that every disaster recovery plan should contain, and steps IT organizations should take in establishing such plans. (16 pp., 6 fig.) [Research Byte]
Disaster Recovery Spending Benchmarks
How much should an IT organization be spending on its disaster recovery efforts? In this study, we look at DR spending per user, per server, and as a percentage of the IT operational budget. We also examine differences in DR spending by organizational size and sector. Finally, we assess how many organizations are periodically testing their disaster recovery plans, a best practice that is all too often ignored. The metrics provided in this report can be used to benchmark an organization’s disaster recovery spending and testing practices. (15 pp., 10 figs.) [Research Byte]
Business Continuity Spending: How Much Is Enough?
How much business continuity spending is appropriate for the level of risk an organization is willing to accept? In this study, we look at average spending on business continuity as a percentage of the IT budget. Because risks and compliance issues can vary widely from sector to sector, we break down spending by industry to provide more targeted metrics. We also analyze spending by organizational size and look at the change in spending levels from 2006 to 2007. Finally, we investigate how organizations rank disaster recovery improvements as a budgetary priority. (4 pp., 5 figs.)[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.
Disaster Recovery Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina
Katrina exposed a weakness in the disaster recovery plans of many organizations. In addition to providing a secondary data center to recover critical IT business systems, companies must also plan to relocate key IT support personnel and key users to administer those systems. This article outlines key considerations in preparing for a Katrina-level disaster and provides updated guidelines for the safe distance and location of the recovery data center. (5 pp., 1 fig.)[Executive Summary]
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.
Moving Data in the Enterprise
Capturing changes to business data and propagating those changes to other repositories is fundamental to a broad range of technology and business issues. It is key to customer relationship management (CRM) and single view of customer applications, data warehouse deployments, and to business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios. Similarly, there are numerous ways to move data between enterprise applications and data stores. This article looks closely at data movement technology and its application versus some of the alternatives such as ETL and EAI. Clearly, all these technologies come under the category of integration, which is key to solving many business problems today. Click here to purchase. - $95
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Enterprises today must look realistically at the potential impact of a catastrophic disaster thatâthrough a loss of the IT infrastructureâcould cripple their ability to meet customer needs, fulfill functions in the service or public sectors, or create a large financial loss.
Is Your Offsite Data Storage Approach Serving Your Needs? (3Q03)
Our recent offsite data storage survey revealed that many IT managers are satisfied their current approach is meeting the needs of the business and is reasonably cost-effective. However, it also revealed that a large percentage of organizations are currently reviewing these factors in an attempt to find the right balance of cost versus functionality.
Cost-Effective Enterprise Disaster Planning and Recovery With VM
In the progression of steps from planning for a disaster to recovering from a real event, efforts expended on the early stages pay-off immediately, in confidence that business will not be interrupted. This article outlines features of IBM's VM operating system that are useful in supporting disaster recovery.
DRP and BCP: Building an Effective Corporate Plan
The ability of your business to perform successfully is potentially at the mercy of many unknown factors. These factors can include disasters caused by Mother Nature, physical and environmental accidents, utility failures, and more. Additionally, every organization now faces the ongoing threat of a catastrophic terrorist event--whether you conduct business domestically or internationally.
DRP—Without Proper Testing You May Not Have a Plan
In spite of the increased awareness on external and internal threats to IT systems, many companies still havenât gotten the message that it is critical to build a workable disaster recovery plan (DRP). But even if you have done a world-class job of building a recovery plan, if you havenât developed an effective testing strategy your efforts may have been in vain.