Data Management

The Business Case for Enterprise Disaster Recovery Planning: Calculating the Cost of Downtime

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Executive Summary

Over the past 20 to 30 years, businesses of all sizes have steadily grown more dependent on their expanding IT infrastructures to help them automate, manage, and analyze their business operations and strategy. Whether it's online trading, insurance-document imaging, airline reservations, financial databases, Web sites, or other computing systems, the fortunes of business are inextricably linked to the continuous availability of these services and data. Unfortunately, IT infrastructures face varying risks of interruption. Most executives focus on natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, and earthquakes. But IT leaders recognize that a disaster can be any event that prevents a business from accessing the data and systems it needs to operate.

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