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Ensuring Application, SLA Performance In DR

Written by  Ivan H. Shefrin

The primary objective for IT disaster recovery planning is not only to guarantee application availability, but more broadly, to ensure business continuity – the ability of an organization’s employees, customers and suppliers to continue doing business with minimal disruption and maximum efficiency. A significant portion of the cost associated with IT disaster recovery (DR) is in fact driven by the degree to which an organization must avoid service disruption to these constituent groups. Much of the focus in DR planning justifiably goes toward the labyrinthine task of ensuring basic availability and uptime, in order that the same applications and data that end-users employ on a daily basis are available during disaster recovery situations. However, in planning for disaster recovery, users should keep in mind that availability is only the tip of a very dangerous iceberg – the most visible obstacle of a much larger challenge that mostly lies unseen. Below the