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The Audit After: Compliance and Disaster Recovery


We all know the story. Calamity, large or small, befalls data center. IT scrambles to save the day by ensuring systems fail over rapidly and functionally. Nowadays, modern IT DR systems are, to a great extent, cloud-based. So the failover happens five seconds later to a data center at the cloud in, say, Houston. After checking a few configurations, updating some DNS tables and ensuring things are copacetic, IT wipes the sweat from their collective brow. Whew. Crisis averted. That hero tale never gets old – at least, not as long as the memories of tape-backups and decamping to New Jersey data centers loom large in the mind of IT leadership. That story also has an inevitable – and far less glamorous – sequel called "The Audit." Many IT organizations are part of companies that are bound by all kinds of compliance. Some is regulatory, some is industry-specific, some governs data types and