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Addressing Disaster Tolerance in an e-World

Written by  Daniel S. Klein

On the subject of problem solving, the American writer H.L. Mencken noted, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and . . . wrong.”This “point to ponder” is particularly appropriate for those whose responsibility it is to analyze, design, engineer, deliver, and support disaster-tolerant Information Technology resources for businesses or organizations. The point being that there are many possible solutions that can be employed to achieve some form of disaster tolerance -- and some of them are deceptively simple. But the reality is that, in the pursuit of disaster tolerance, every business has different needs. Your business models are different, your economic models are different, and even different parts of your business have differing needs. All of these elements need to be evaluated and balanced to ensure that the result is not only the most appropriate technological solution but also the most efficient economic solution.