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You Can Never Go Home Again

Written by  Larry Wisniewski November 22, 2007

Ihave to admit that until recently, I was completely unfamiliar with the term “fail-back.” I’m still not sure if it’s even real computer lingo, but it did come up during a conversation with a client. He used it to refer to the process of resuming computer operations at the home office after a disaster recovery operation. His company was one of those affected by the blackout in the northeast. Rather than risk a prolonged outage, they decided to quickly initiate their disaster recovery plan, transferring all computer operations to their hot-site facility, not a trivial procedure. The good news is that they were successful in restoring business operations from their remote location. There were some glitches, but for the most part, their recovery plan worked well. They were able to completely resume processing in less than 36 hours. The bad news is that their recovery planning didn’t give much thought to

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