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Jun 8 2011   1:12PM GMT

Disaster recovery storage: Lots of talk about backup, but is there enough about recovery?

John Hilliard Profile: John Hilliard

SearchDisasterRecovery recently spoke with Pierre Dorion about the basics of disaster recovery storage, particularly about issues confronting small and medium-size businesses, such as the costs of running your own DR versus hiring a third party to do it for you.

Dorion raises an interesting question–we talk a lot about backup, but maybe not as much about getting that data back quickly:

Data replication is meant to take your data elsewhere, take your data offsite. We tend to focus too much about taking the data out of here, but we lose focus on what happens when that data needs to be used in event of a disaster.

If the connectivity is poor, or restricted enough to need something like WAN optimization to get our data across the wire, what happens when we try to get it back if we had a major site disaster? It becomes an issue–you need to think about that: it’s not all about backing up the data, it’s about being able to use it following a disaster. That’s the ultimate goal here.

Anyone out there share those concerns about accessibility of data in the cloud or at a disaster recovery site?

Check out the transcript or listen to our podcast and come back to tell us what you think.

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