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Successful IT resiliency strategy based on high availability and DR
This article is part of the Storage issue of November 2018, Vol. 17, No. 8
Next to security, high availability along with disaster recovery are the most pressing IT initiatives for enterprises over the next 24 months, according to data integration and big data vendor Syncsort's "2018 State of Resilience" report. Businesses often measure HA relative to never failing or 100% operational or 99.999% availability. These criteria are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. However, the goal for most companies is to get as close to these uptime targets as possible. Disaster recovery planning and technologies help enterprises develop an IT resiliency strategy for increasing business continuity and maximizing HA. It achieves this by eliminating, or at least minimizing, the stress of an interruption to business operations by keeping data flowing and IT systems functioning in the face of a malfunction, whether it was caused by malfeasance, human error, natural disaster or some combination of the three. Most enterprises use between one and three data protection technologies while more than 25% of them use four ...
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