I wrote a number of blogs over the last couple of months on the topic of business continuity and disaster recovery. In case you missed some of them, I have compiled the various articles relating to these two important topics below.
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What better way to get started off on the topic of disaster recovery than to be reminded of the repercussions of not having proper backups. In Fannie Mae Case Is a Reminder Not to Take Data Backup Lightly, a disgruntled developer who was fired decided to append additional instructions into a daily script. Timed to execute some months later, it would have deleted - and then scrubbed - the data from some 4,000 servers.
And while some would have you believe otherwise, backups need to be tested to ensure that they are properly done - and this is made up of more than just the data. You can read more about this in Testing Backups Should Not Be Optional and Backups: More Than Just the Data.
At the end of the day, even the most cost-effective backup medium costs money. In Set Limits to Your Corporate Mailbox, I bring your attention to the corporate mailbox, which - if improperly maintained - can be a culprit contributing to exorbitant costs as storage requirements balloon.
Finally, I take a closer look at the possibility of leveraging cloud-based storage for your data backup needs in Consider Mozy Online Backup Service for Your the SMB.
Where business continuity is concerned, I elaborated in The Importance of Business Continuity.
Moving on, I walked through few areas that I consider as important for business continuity. In SMB Tips to Ensure Business Continuity and More SMB Tips to Ensure Business Continuity, I elaborated on Internet access, the availability of one's Web site, and acesss to computer systems and e-mail, respectively.
As a roundup to this SMB guide to business continuity and disaster recovery, I suggested that SMBs should approach this area as part of a unified strategy. In Forming a United Strategy for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, I made some recommendations in this regard.