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Thu, Sep 13, 2001 (Vol. 6, #70 - Issue #305)
Disaster Recovery
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • State of Disbelief
  2. TECH BRIEFING
    • Disaster Recovery
  3. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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  EDITORS CORNER

State of Disbelief

Everyone in the company is shocked and horrified about the terrorist suicide attack on the 11-th. Indeed another day that lives in infamy. We?d like to offer our condolences to everyone that lost a family member or a friend in this disaster.

From my perspective, the best way to handle attacks like these is to show the terrorists you keep our head cool, keep life going, and show them NO ONE can get you down. I'm sure the US government is going to find out who is responsible, hit them hard, and then prevent these kinds of things in the future. They will invest heavily in whatever is needed to make sure this will never happen again. On a personal level, donate blood to your local Red Cross if you can.

Life will not be the same after this in many, many different ways. I?ll look at it first from a System Admin perspective. This will impact us in several ways, to begin with air travel. Airport security measures are going to be very severe. The total travel volume is going to drop, and remote communication via the phone and Internet (think video conferencing) is going to dramatically increase. The Internet just got its own trial by fire and apart from light congestion it stayed up. This is a very good thing. If you want to see the actual stats of how the Net survived, check this site:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301-NetTraffic

Regarding your own sites, you will get a lot more focus on security and disaster recovery. Prepare for questions from your management about your own Disaster Recovery plans, updates of and expansion on it. In the Tech Briefing I have a bunch of relevant links for you.

On a macro-economic scale, from a historic perspective what is likely to happen that the major stock markets will open with losses of only about 5-10%, but then rapidly recover to pre-catastrophe levels. And looking at the World Trade Center businesses, after the 1993 bombing these companies have been working hard on their backup and DR systems, so we are not looking at an economic crisis. We?re going to recover fast.

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

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  TECH BRIEFING

Disaster Recovery

I cannot remember how many times I have urged all of you to have a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan and the right people, policy, procedure and tools in place. Lack of that is a sure way to get in trouble. DR is something you don't want to wait with until the last minute. Reviewing your DR plan, and updating it on a regular basis is one of the standard things you need to do in IT. This week?s events are the best reason.

How to create a Disaster Recovery Plan?

Creating and (even more important) maintaining a workable disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a crucial part of your business survival. Despite the fact many people use various different approaches, these are the 7 general steps you need to take into account planning a disaster recovery. Obviously these steps are taken sequentially.

If you are a system- or network administrator, project manager or your business? new Business Continuity Czar, here is a tried-and-true approach which assumes you have air cover from Top Management.

These general steps are intended as your guideline, and you should adapt them to your own organization.

Step 1: Project Initiation
Step 2: Business Impact Analysis of Functional Requirements
Step 3: Determine Disaster Readiness Strategies
Step 4: Construct and Implement the Plan
Step 5: Perform Realistic Testing ? Did You Prove It?
Step 6: Update and Refine the Plan Regularly
Step 7: Prepare Yourself to Declare a Disaster

There is a website that has this plan worked out more fully, and the steps explained in detail. It was put together by the folks of dlttape.com, and I?d recommend this one if you have no DR plan in place, or if you want to compare the plan you have with one that?s a compilation of industry best practices. Here is the link:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301-SevenDRPsteps

In the last few months, you told us that the two areas that scored high on your head-ache scale but also were things you could get budget for were security and high availability. So with that data in mind, we started to find more tools for you that came just on-line this week. We have expanded our category of Security tools, and 3 weeks ago we created a whole new category called High Availability /Disaster Recovery. This is now THE place where you can find a mix of both tried-and-true industry-strength tools and brand new innovative code that promises to increase uptime. If you have been reading W2Knews for a few years, you will find a few very well known tools. Here is the new Sunbelt HA/DR Category. Call your Rep or Reseller if you want to talk to some one and determine which tool is the best for the job.

Note: Octopus and Co-StandbyServer are available ONLY in the USA.

http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301-HA-DR

  FAVE LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  • This site has a bunch of resources about Disaster plans and examples
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301FL-DisasterPlan
  • Disaster Recovery Journal is a GREAT resource. Check the DR Glossary!
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301FL-DRJournal
  • The University of Toronto also has a good DR Plan. Compare with others:
    http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=091301FL-UTDRPlan