U.S. Companies Don't Invest Properly In Disaster Recovery
ComputerWorld came out with a fairly astounding article about the
results of recent Dataquest research results about companies not
investing in disaster recovery. They started it like this: This is
great ammo for you to finally get HA and DR budget.
" U.S.-led war in Iraq that could spawn new terrorist attacks in
the U.S. could be less than two weeks away, but that hasn't prompted
many companies in the U.S. to invest adequately in disaster recovery,
according to a new study released today by Dataquest Inc.
The study, "Investment Decisions: Preparing for Organizational
Disasters," warns that unless companies invest immediately in
disaster preparedness planning, as many as one in three could lose
critical data or operational capability if a disaster occurred.
IT managers from 205 end-user companies representing eight vertical
industries in the U.S., including government, aren't investing
appropriately in disaster plans because they don't have the money
to reach their required readiness levels," said Tony Adams, principal
analyst in Dataquest's IT services group. "Budget constraints are
forcing an average of 40% of respondents to rely on a best guess to
determine potential risk rather than obtaining formal assessments,
which would be too costly," he said.
"Organizations may have researched and prepared a disaster recovery
plan, but the data shows that only a fraction have involved themselves
in contingency planning for external events that might impact their
capability to perform their business operations," the study concludes.
"Losing data that affects business operations is avoidable and
unacceptable, so CEOs and COOs must make it their priority, otherwise,
"the markets will punish any company who drops the ball", said Keast.
The full article is here:
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Reshape AD Without The Pain
Aelita Software this week introduced the first software ever that
provides automated tools for reshaping Microsoft's rigid Active
The company is first to market and introduce Enterprise Migration
Manager (EMM), which allows users to combine different Active
Directory architectures or spilt one directory into several
directories. Whether your changing world dictates simple "Pruning
& Grafting" or more extensive Active Directory redesign, Aelita
Enterprise Migration Manager offers a pretty compelling solution
to your restructuring needs. Enterprise Migration Manager is all
you need to restructure AD in a constantly mutating corporate
Even before its "official" announcement, the first article has
appeared announcing EMM to the world. This article, in Network
World Fusion, includes quotes from beta user Scott Elia at
Community General Hospital, as well as from John Enck of Gartner.
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Retina's Version 4.9.75 checks for Big Sendmail Hole
Some sources are claiming that Sendmail is the most popular email
server platform, comprising up to 75% of all mail servers in
existence today. A worm for this hole could be really, really bad.
This check available in V4.9.75 could be of interest to a lot of
people. After installing the evaluation or if you already are using
Retina run the Auto Update to get the latest signatures, as always!
Here is the eval:
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Event Archiver 4.x now ships with a failed archiving manager,
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that can arise when database servers become unavailable or a
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the failed archives inside the Event Archiver Control Panel.
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Event Archiver 4.x can be set up to notify an administrator when
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