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Receive or provide recovery assistance

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Tell us what you think about Mike Talon's advice on receiving and providing aid after a large-scale disaster, as featured in the July 30th Disaster Recovery e-newsletter. Is your organization prepared to receive or provide recovery assistance?

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by pegasusi In reply to Receive or provide recove ...

I agree with what Mike said, however this is like any other preparation for a Disaster. He mentions using SunGuard. This is becoming the norm for BC and DR services, however this is not the only answer. In about 30% of companies trying to build a stable Disaster recovery plan the services of SunGuard and IBM Recovery centers let the customer without a recovery because of the first call status of the services. In 50% of the systems that I have built over the last 25+ years, a true Hot Site is needed that the fall over can be accomplished within minutes in stead of days. These hot sites are available and are dedicated to the clients specific needs, they are not shared services and when the client's physical facility is back in operation, they can move the equipment from the hot site to their facility. In addition to this when a disaster with the impact of 9/11 or Hurricane Andrew happens it is to late to find out that your planned DR site is full or not available.
A true hot site can be established for the enterprise that is nearly the same cost as using a Disaster Recovery site, if a BC or DR event happens.

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by editor's response In reply to REACH OUT IN TIME OF NEED

Here's a comment from one of our readers:

Your entire write-up on disaster recovery is well
understood and I really dof my hat for a job well

In fact, reading through the write-up, I could see that your advice is worth while and well taken. Although sequel to what actually happened on September 11, 2001, a lot of organizations have gone to the drawing board and what they can actually do in term of disaster for their business continuity.

For my own organization, we have re-planned our
business continuity in such a way that even if any
disaster happen, my organization will not loose much and they will be able to commence their
business/operations immediately.

Therefore, instead of our partial backup we usually carried out at the end of day operations; we have equally introduce an on-line full backup and it is off-site.

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Thank you!

by MikeTalonNYC In reply to reader comment

I always enjoy hearing from my readers with their opinions on the topics I discuss, even if they are not in favor of the particular opinion I express. It's great to hear that you have initiated the procedures necessary to minimize the impact of a disaster in your organization, just remember it's an ongoing process =)

Mike Talon

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Great for larger companies, but. . .

by MikeTalonNYC In reply to REACH OUT IN TIME OF NEED

I agree that a true hot-site is the best option, however a large percentage of companies would be unable to afford dedicated sites for DR purposes, and can therefore make use of the SunGard and IBM BCRS services.

Either option is a better bet than no other site to fail to. Budget and fault tolerance (specifically Recovery Time Objectives) will determine which option you go with.

Mike Talon

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