New Catalysts Driving Disaster Recovery Initiatives

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Also pushing DR projects to the forefront are technology advances like the cloud and virtualization that have increased affordability. This is allowing organizations that previously limited DR coverage to certain aspects of their business for budgetary reasons to expand these protections to the entire enterprise. Better DR effectiveness – including the ability to bring businesses back online after an outage in a fraction of the time previously required – is inspiring more business continuity initiatives as well.

Traditionally, most disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity projects have been triggered by a recognition that natural and manmade disasters can strike at any time. Events like the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and numerous other high-profile disasters have highlighted the vulnerability of corporate infrastructure and data to damage or destruction, along with the need to mitigate the risk by implementing a plan for rapid restoration of critical IT systems and data.

More recently, other issues have been pushing DR planning to a higher slot on the priority list. That's reflected in the fact that 70 percent of IT executives at large U.S. companies responding to a recent IDG Research/Datalink survey indicated that they have disaster recovery initiatives on the table. Only security projects ranked higher.

In this slideshow, Paul Thomann, senior manager, Cloud Services Management and IT Resiliency at Datalink, looks at the catalysts that are reinvigorating disaster recovery initiatives.


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