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New SAN Architectures Benefit Business Continuity

Written by  David A. Cozzens

In today’s data intensive business world, companies need to ensure the integrity of their critical systems by developing a comprehensive business continuity plan. Business continuity refers to the restoration of critical business systems in the event of a disruption that precludes operation in the production site. Although there are many approaches to business continuity, very few of them totally address the operational and financial needs of an enterprise that constantly must have access to its business-critical information. he traditional method for business continuity has been tape backup, which enables companies to restore their applications and data from tape onto storage devices, configured like the storage devices in their production environment, at an alternate site and to re-load and re-start the applications to the point of failure. However, over time, it has become evident that tape recovery for very large databases may not be feasible, since transferring data from tape to disk