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Business Continuity: Key Factors for Success

Written by  Jason Buffington

Someone recently asked me, “What is the single most important factor in regard to business continuity in Windows environments?” To be difficult, I said it was a three-part answer.First, recognize that many parts of a Windows environment are already fault resilient. This includes most of the infrastructure technologies, such as Active Directory, DNS, WINS and DHCP. What is left is the data (and the applications which rely on the data). So one can safely focus most of their business continuity efforts on “data protection” and “data availability.” The truth is, without the data, nothing else matters. Second, assume there is at least one technology (you may not know about) that is cost-effective and meets your goals. For example, many environments today still presume data protection translates to only tape backup and/or mirrored hardware. In those same environments, some presume that data availability only translates to clustering. So, be willing to broaden