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How to determine your disaster recovery objectives

Ideal recovery objectives are different for every business. Luckily, there are four basic steps you can follow to ensure you set the right RTO and RPO.

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  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk management.

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for unforeseen risks to continued operations.

  • warm site

    A warm site is a type of facility an organization uses to recover its technology infrastructure when its primary data center goes down.

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Cloud disaster recovery

As cloud-based disaster recovery expands and options grows, you can find the latest information on evaluating and implementing disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and other aspects of moving to a DR in the cloud strategy.

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  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe.

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a backup and restore strategy that involves storing and maintaining copies of electronic records in a cloud computing environment as a security measure.

  • cloud outage

    A cloud outage is a period of time during which cloud services are unavailable.  

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Facilities & Operations

A disaster recovery (DR) plan can only be as effective as the operations and facilities that serve the plan. This topic section provides up-to-date news and how-to information for ensuring that the operational processes and housing of a DR plan are effective in the event of a disaster. Check out this section to learn more about failover and failback protection, server virtualization, power as well as best practices for maintaining recovery site systems and data.

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  • warm site

    A warm site is a type of facility an organization uses to recover its technology infrastructure when its primary data center goes down.

  • disaster recovery (DR) test

    A disaster recovery test (DR test) is the examination of each step in a disaster recovery plan as outlined in an organization's business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning process.

  • virtual disaster recovery

    Virtual disaster recovery is a type of DR that typically involves replication and allows a user to fail over to virtualized workloads.

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Networking

Communication is obviously vital to your business, so networking is a critical element in disaster recovery planning. This topic section offers up-to-date news and how-to information about voice and data communications, WAN acceleration/optimization, network services and recovery site configuration.

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  • VPN (virtual private network)

    A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates a safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network, such as the internet.

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue operating during an unplanned event.

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an event.

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Planning & Management

The planning phase is crucial to the success of any disaster recovery (DR) initiative. This topic section provides administrators with up-to-date news and how-to information about the personnel, staffing, training and documentation needs related to DR. In addition, this section discusses the best practices for mitigating risks, analyzing potential business impacts, personnel issues, documentation, change control and performing RTO and RPO assessments.

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  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk management.

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for unforeseen risks to continued operations.

  • disaster recovery (DR) test

    A disaster recovery test (DR test) is the examination of each step in a disaster recovery plan as outlined in an organization's business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) planning process.

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Services & Outsourcing

Disaster recovery (DR) services can provide an organization with an effective option for addressing their DR needs. This topic section discusses the affordability and effectiveness of various services to help you decide which will best address the needs of your business. Check out this section for up-to-date news and how-to information surrounding electronic vaulting, hosting services, hot sites and mobile sites.

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  • ransomware recovery

    Ransomware recovery is the process of resuming options following a cyberattack that demands payment in exchange for unlocking encrypted data.

  • Zerto

    Zerto is a storage software vendor that specializes in enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery in virtual and cloud environments.

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide failover in the event of a man-made or natural catastrophe.

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Storage

Disaster recovery (DR) and data storage go hand-in-hand and a good DR plan must carefully consider how data is stored and protected. This topic section offers news and how-to information about data storage for disaster recovery. Learn about replication, DR testing tools, virtualization, tape backup, disk backup, global file systems, clustering and archiving.

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  • magnetic tape storage

    Magnetic tape is one of the oldest technologies for electronic data storage.

  • data protection

    Data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise or loss.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization patterns.

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Small business disaster recovery

Explore pertinent information for small businesses that want to create a successful disaster recovery plan, including tips on using disaster recovery services for small business and a disaster recovery plan template, as well as other testing, policy and tool advice.

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  • business continuity policy

    Business continuity policy is the set of standards and guidelines an organization enforces to ensure resilience and proper risk ...

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • warm site

    A warm site is a type of facility an organization uses to recover its technology infrastructure when its primary data center goes...

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  • RAM (Random Access Memory)

    RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

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    Primary storage is the collective methods and technologies used to capture and retain digital information that is in active use ...

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    Cache memory, also called CPU memory, is high-speed static random access memory (SRAM) that a computer microprocessor can access ...

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