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Disaster recovery and data protection

September 9, 2011 1 comment

An effective backup strategy takes equal account of both perspectives.

Companies generally pursue two different directions when it comes to strategies concerning the backup and recovery of their data. While disaster recovery strategies, on the one hand, are directed towards protecting the whole system, by contrast the area of data protection addresses individual data. An effective strategy takes equal account of both perspectives.

Small and medium-sized companies can gain more flexibility through integrated solutions, which unite disaster recovery and data protection.
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SMEs, the Cloud and the Difference Between Disaster and Disaster Recovery

by By Pete Lamson, E-Commerce Times

The cloud is increasing the effectiveness of small businesses. For example, companies are calling on efficient Web-based services and applications to manage such critical tasks as accounting, customer relationship management, document creation and communication. In addition, cloud storage can simplify a company’s data-protection process in a number of ways.

Many small-business owners may not realize that the cloud plays a big role in their business operations, and its importance is growing every day. I’m often asked, “What exactly is the cloud, and why does my company need it?” Simply put, the cloud hosts resources and applications that are accessed through the Internet, and it now offers small businesses access to powerful capabilities that once were only within reach of larger corporations.

Data protection: What’s your backup plan?

Human error plays a significant role in data loss. It is the culprit in 32 percent of cases, according to recent research. But what about the remaining 68 percent? Hardware malfunction, malware, software corruption and smackdowns dished out by Mother Nature are among the most common causes.

So, a strong data management plan is essential, because disasters will happen. But enterprises can reduce their likelihood, frequency and severity by planning ahead and reacting effectively.

Author: Nicole Smith

Source: http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/enterprise/b/inside-enterprise-it/archive/2011/08/09/data-protection-what-s-your-backup-plan-infographic.aspx

5 Reasons Why Google Uses Tape for Disaster Recovery

Tape backup saved the day for Google earlier this month when a software glitch caused the loss of messages, chats and other data for some 40,000 Gmail users. Tape is an important part of Google’s data recovery mix. And, as far as their users are concerned, that’s a very good thing.

Here are the top five reasons why Google uses tape backup for disaster recovery. 

  1. Embracing redundancy
    You don’t have to be Google to have an ever-growing storage need. Businesses of all sizes have data storage systems that are expanding in complexity. Protection and recovery require the right combination of tools and applications. To accomplish this, Google and many other businesses use real-time replication, backup tapes and media management software. The right combination means protection against file corruption, software update bugs (in the case of Google), and application and storage system failure.
  2. Off site protection
    As Google’s Ben Treynor blogged in Gmail Back Soon for Everyone, their tapes are stored offline and independently from the system. And, as we happily saw with Google, if the system is corrupted, the backed up data isn’t affected. Not even by a system-wide bug.
  3. Sequential data storage
    Tape drive backups are stored and can be accessed sequentially. Disk drives, by contrast, provide random access storage. I’m willing to bet the need to access email sequentially was no small factor in Google’s decision to go with tape.
  4. Lifespan
    Tape can last up to 50 years. Even in the event of a natural disaster or a massive power grid outage, tape stands the best chance of recovery. Plus, relocating tapes at any time during their long lifespan is safer and easier than transporting hard drives.
  5. Proven
    Google is one more (and very high profile) example of the benefits of tape in disaster recovery. Ken Hess put it well in his Data Center Knowledge article: “And, you can be sure that no data center manager responsible for providing backup and restore services to customers, would ever go out on an untested limb to replace tape.”

That’s because tape has proved itself once again—this time for one of the most trusted companies in the world.

SOURCE: http://bandl.typepad.com/

Why Records Management?

From http://www.realstorygroup.com

By Priscilla Emery

Ed.’s Note: This article is excerpted from the Records Management Report, published by CMS Watch.

To some, managing records represents one of the most boring and onerous business functions that anyone could possibly undertake within an organization. Of course, most people don’t even understand what records management is — making it easy to malign an activity that is so misunderstood.

Indeed records management crosses numerous disciplines. Did you know…

  • That categorization and indexing are two elements that are critical to the success of a records management program? Sounds a little like knowledge management.
  • That vital records preservation is one of the key steps in developing a disaster recovery plan? Sounds like infrastructure management.
  • That by ignoring records management policies employees and their companies can potentially end up facing criminal penalties? Sounds like a legal profession.
  • What led to Arthur Andersen’s downfall? Shredding — inappropriate shredding — shredding of records that should have been retained according to the policies of both Andersen and Enron.

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