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Aug 01
2013

More than a Plan: Establishing a Disaster Recovery Program

Posted by Courtney Bowers in Disaster Recovery , Business Continuity , Avalution Blogs

Courtney Bowers

By Glen Bricker, Avalution Consulting
Originally posted on Avalution Consulting’s Blog

Many organizations think having a disaster recovery plan is all the protection they need from disasters. However, there is so much more to disaster recovery than just a plan! That’s why most industry professionals see disaster recovery as an ongoing program or process that contains a number of distinct elements. Key process activities include:

Jul 29
2013

Traumatic Incident Stress: No Good Deed..

Posted by Ed Sterrett in Untagged 

Ed Sterrett

..goes unpunished, they say. Nowhere is that more true than with those who respond to disasters- natural or man-made, where death and severe injury is present.  These workers are at risk of experiencing stress from what psychologists refer to as a traumatic incident. A traumatic incident is one that may involve exposure to catastrophic events, severely injured children or adults, dead bodies or body parts, or a loss of colleagues. All workers involved in response activities help themselves and their coworkers and reduce the risk of experiencing stress associated with a traumatic incident by utilizing simple methods to recognize, monitor, and maintain health on-site and following such experiences.  

A Personal Case Study

As emergency responders, we often feel a need to “be brave”, impervious to the bad things we see, stoic in the face of tragedy. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The very parts of our nature that drive us to respond to disasters- to help those most affected- also prevents us from turning a completely blind eye to what we witness. We may fool ourselves for a while, but sooner or later, it will surface.

Jul 24
2013

Virtual backup storage brings cloud down to Earth

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Untagged 

Jarrett F Potts

TSM architecture gives STORServer customers long-term control

 By: John Pearring, STORServer

 

Jul 22
2013

A Look At DRJ Fall World - Tuesday Workshops

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

It may be the middle of the summer, but we've got our eyes on September and more specifically on DRJ Fall World. This blog post continues our series on highlighting the learning and networking opportunities you'll have at our September 22-25 conference in San Diego.

In this post, we're taking a closer look at the Tuesday Workshops. These workshops are designed to give you learning opportunities that take the knowledge you gained from the General Sessions and Breakout Tracks to the next level. 

Jul 22
2013

Can you recover your data seven years from now?

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in recovery , long term data recovery , archive

Jarrett F Potts

Do you know where your data will be in 7 years?

 Seven years ago, you had a pager or really big phone that did not get email. You watched analog TV and bought CDs and DVDs. Life and technology is quite different nowadays. You have a smartphone, hi-def TV, iTunes and Netflix. Can you imagine what you will have seven years from now?

Jul 08
2013

A Look At DRJ Fall World - Breakout Tracks

Posted by Vicki Thomas in DRJ Fall World

Vicki Thomas

In our ongoing blog series on DRJ Fall World, we'll take a closer look at the Breakout Tracks that are available to you. These Breakout Tracks are focused on giving you that next step in learning - allowing you to focus on the topics and questions that you really want to learn more about. 

As you'll learn, our Breakout Tracks cover a range of topics and geared towards all knowledge levels and experience with business continuity. These hour-long sessions are focused on getting you the information that you can take back to your company or organization. 

Jul 03
2013

Your data protection solution could become a data protection problem

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Think , STORServer , Not just IT , Disaster Recovery , data storage , data protection disaster recovery , data center , Data Backups

Jarrett F Potts

You have to plan your data protection. While this might seem like an obvious statement, most people don’t think about it until after they have a solution in place.

Did you sit down with your database administrator to get their requirements? Did you actually vet those requirements? Come on, you know they’re going to tell you they need full hot backups every night and to keep that data forever. Give me a break. They have no idea the cost and burden that puts on the infrastructure and the daily batch processing.

Jun 27
2013

Workplace Disasters: Ready?

Posted by Ed Sterrett in Preparedness , Emergency Response , Disaster Response , Business Continuity

Ed Sterrett

When we think of disasters and the workplace, its usually in the context of a natural disater such as tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes- depending on where one is located. But these are actually the tip of the iceberg- which is a good analogy in fact. The iceberg that was struck by the Titanic would not be considered a "natural disaster" in the same way as a hurricane, but it was no less a disaster for the Titanic.

Because of the belief that the ship was unsinkable, less attention was given to preparing for such an event. Any instructions on how to abandon ship, don life vests, etc., were given tongue in cheek, if at all. Design and other interests were given precedence over providing sufficient life boats, primarily due to management perception that "it can't happen here."

Jun 26
2013

Big data, big changes, big trouble (in Little China)

Posted by Jarrett F Potts in Think , Testing , dr planning , DR , Disasters , Disaster Recovery , data storage , data center , business continuity strategy , Business Continuity , Agility Blogs

Jarrett F Potts

Big data, big changes, big trouble (in Little China)

Every day you add more data to your infrastructure. Some analysts say it averages 20 percent year on year. There are certain types of organizations that can change up to 60 percent year on year. One way or another, data keeps growing and you keep buying more storage, and that can cause big trouble.

Jun 20
2013

Video Games & Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Luis Tapia in Emergency Preparedness , Emergency Management , Disaster Junkie , Business Continuity

Luis Tapia

By Luis Tapia
Originally posted on Disaster Junkie's Blog

After playing through a post-apocalyptic themed video game last night, I thought about the recent success of several disaster related genres. Perhaps the most notable would be the zombie craze, which arguably is enjoying its golden age in television and film.