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‘How to Stay in Business: A Data Center Institute Report on Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity’

AFCOM has published a report into data center/centre business continuity and disaster recovery practices.

The report ‘How to Stay in Business: A Data Center Institute Report on Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity’ was written after an AFCOM survey found that:

  • More than 15 percent of data centers have no plan for business continuity or disaster recovery;
  • 50 percent of data centers have no formal plan for replacing damaged equipment after a disaster; and
  • Two-thirds of all data centers have no plan or procedures to deal with cybercrime.

AFCOM's Data Center Institute created the ‘How to Stay in Business’ report as a way to clearly outline the range of risks and events that might potentially affect both critical services and the infrastructure for which the data center manager is responsible. While business continuity and disaster recovery differ significantly from organization to organization, this study covers the essential elements that should be properly addressed to protect core data center services.

Among the recommendations in the report are ‘seven key components’ that a business continuity plan needs to cover; the two ‘priority recovery levels’ for every component; and the eight key steps to leverage the cloud for disaster recovery.

Data Center Institute members can download a copy of the report from here.

•Date: 14th September 2011 • Region: World •Type: Article • Topic: Data centers/centres

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