Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery news, trends, analysis and practical advice

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Disaster recovery planning begins at the desktop

Many organizations have spent large amounts of time and money developing complex disaster recovery plans. Despite all of that planning, an organization can easily be disrupted by the loss of a single key PC or server, a problem most...

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Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered a major computer system failure late Friday that took down its sales systems at stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Bloomberg blames 'faulty hardware' for data terminal outage

Bloomberg blamed a "combination of hardware and software failures" for a two-hour outage affecting users of its popular data and messaging terminals.

Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Designed to survey the meltdown, the machine completed two-thirds of its planned route

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Building IT for worst-case scenarios

The World Bank overhauls IT so it's better prepared to do business in global hotspots where war, disease and poverty may be among the challenges of everyday life.

Disaster-response robot 'Octopus' debuts in Japan

Japan aims 'Octopus' robot at nuclear disasters

Rubble-climbing, path-clearing, four-armed, four-tracked 'bot designed to help during disasters like the Fukushima plant meltdown that beat 'disaster' robots unable to deal with harsh conditions.

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry...

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You’ve been hacked. Now what?

6 key things to do after a security breach.

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Internet of Things could be key to IT's response to climate change

How IT execs can protect their companies from the effects of global warming and create new business opportunities.

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Facebook, Instagram restored after outage in many countries

Facebook said the problems were its fault

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The risks of a big man-made IT disaster are on the rise

IT services are but one human error away from a spectacular failure, and there's very little evidence to suggest that we've found a way to stop people from making mistakes. (Insider, registration required.)

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How to prepare for Verizon's 2-day cloud shutdown

With some of Verizon's enterprise customers about to lose their cloud service for up to two days, now is the time for them to prepare for the extended downtime.

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Human error root cause of November Microsoft Azure outage

Human error was the culprit in a November outage of the Microsoft Azure cloud storage service. The company is hoping that recent updates that automate formerly manual processes will help prevent similar outages in the future.

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Whistling past the graveyard ≠ Data protection

Some thoughts on the data protection and downtime trends noted in recent studies by zetta.net, Vreeam and EMC.

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Why disaster recovery planning can save lives

After Hurricane Katrina left its mark on Louisiana, the CIO of LifeShare Blood Centers says the need for a disaster recovery plan hit home.

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The paranoid person's guide to a complete Mac backup

You think you have a complete data backup plan? Then you haven't seen the lengths Rob Griffiths goes to to secure his data.

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CSO's incident response survival guide

Everything you you need to know to plan, detect and successfully respond to data breaches.

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The 5 SMART stats that actually predict hard drive failure

Backblaze, the cloud service provider that has released several internal studies on hard drive failure rates in its data center, today released data showing SMART stats are inconsistent from manufacturer to manufacturer and don’t...

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