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The First Line of Defense for Disaster Recovery

Written by  Shawn Aquino

IT managers at small and medium-sized businesses can heave a sigh of relief when they are finally able to say that their data is reliably backed up, that it is protected and recoverable. There will be no irretrievable loss of precious data resources. But it takes more than well-planned enterprise backup to contain the costs of disaster recovery. Consider the scenario when a server goes down: revenue, productivity, morale, and customer loyalty are slipping away with every tick of the clock. There is no time to lose – but the whole server restore process is a time-loser. First, find the people with the skills needed to bring the systems back up. Fix or replace the hardware. Install operating systems. Configure the hardware. Restore and configure the applications. Restore the data. These are demanding, time-consuming tasks. When performed under fire-drill pressure, they often result in errors that affect the integrity of the