Data Storage: 10 Disaster Recovery Tips That Could Save a Storage Administrator's Career

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-11-28 Print this article Print
Run a Backup—Now.

Run a Backup—Now.

Yes, it sounds trite, but we're often surprised at how many companies don't do their backups often—or as completely—as they should. We're talking primarily about long-term tape backup. Despite what the hard drive vendors tell you, tape backup isn't dead at all; it's by far the most efficient way to store data for the long term.
There's no question that handling enterprise storage is getting more complicated and requires more professional expertise as time goes by. Increasing creation of huge volumes of data from broad new array of devices along with the rapid expansion of virtual machines and increased federal regulation on securely retaining data archives are only three of the major reasons for this trend. In addition organizations are finding that their data archives contain an unrecognized trove of information that can be mined using the latest analytics tools. As a result, organizations are spending much more time considering what data to keep and what to expunge. This means enterprise disaster-recovery strategy has moved into a more prominent position on the priority list. If key data is lost in an unplanned event, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or other event, fingers will point to the storage administrator as the responsible party. To this end, longtime analyst and storage blogger Jon Toigo recently offered some important tips at the recent Storage Decisions conference in San Francisco that storage administrators should take to heart. Toigo is Managing Partner of Toigo Partners International, and chairman of the Data Management Institute in Orlando, Fla.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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