Beyond Products

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2002-01-14 Print this article Print

Beyond Products

A successful disaster recovery system goes beyond products, installation and maintenance to include regular testing and verification.

To bulletproof the system, test to see how long it will take to recover data and if data will be corrupted during the backup process. Recovery tests should be run fairly often—quarterly, at least.

In addition, an effective disaster recovery system is the result of thoughtful threat assessment. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were an all-too-extreme example of the importance of a data protection and recovery scheme, but IT managers must neither overreact nor underreact to threat.

This task has been made more difficult by organizations that have used the tragedies to market products, but keeping sight of what your data means to your company will allow you to take the necessary precautions to safeguard it.

Senior Analyst Henry Baltazar is a five-year veteran of eWeek Labs, covering the areas of server hardware, storage, knowledge management and network operating systems. Baltazar designed some of the earliest testbeds and techniques for measuring the performance of storage area networking systems and led the first-ever tests of kernel-mode Web servers.

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