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Develop a solid DR strategy for a small business

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Do you work for a large organization or a small business? How does size affect your organization's disaster recovery plans? Share your comments about disaster recovery planning in a small business, as discussed in the May 18 Disaster Recovery e-newsletter.

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Why not eliminate tape?

by jzach In reply to Develop a solid DR strate ...

The article states "Of cource, you don't want to elininate tape from your environment". I'd like to know the reason for this. Why continue the use of tapes when most backup software can backup to NAS or online vaulting is available at a reasonable cost. Tape backup seems to be an older technology that is less reliable and consumes an administrator's time each day to check the backup and change the tapes, not to mention needing to periodically check that the tapes actually contain the data that you think is being backed up.

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Tape, or something else

by MikeTalonNYC In reply to Why not eliminate tape?

Point-in-time copies are necessary for proper DR planning. The best replication systems in the world will not help you if they replicate a virus or some form of corruption that they can't detect and/or ignore. Combinations of real-time and point-in-time systems will protect against nearly all eventualities.

Tape is one of the less expensive systems, however some new disk-based systems are becoming more budget-friendly these days. For most companies, tape is going to be the main methodology of point-in-time recovery.

Mike Talon

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