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March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

Thanks to recent storms, the data center recovery plan gets a facelift

New Yorkers know all too well that disasters can come in all shapes and sizes, and this fall’s Superstorm Sandy gave data center recovery plan architects plenty to think about when it comes to infrastructure, applications and staff. Flooding, transportation snarls, and power and communications outages brought businesses in the Tri-State area to a halt for days, and in some cases weeks. And now, several months later, data center recovery precautions that used to seem too onerous or expensive are suddenly anything but. One key disaster recovery (DR) lesson that many companies learned was the importance of having multiple communication carriers, said Francis Poeta, president of P&M Computers, Inc., an IT consultancy based in Cliffside Park, N.J. Since the storm, many of his customers are drawing up plans to have a second and sometimes third provider that is wireless and above-ground. “You can’t just have a standard OC3 or Fibre connection that runs into the basement,” Poeta said. Speaking of basements, organizations are also ...

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