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Biz Continuity Not Always a Disaster

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- Effective disaster recovery and business continuity can't be patched together, storage administrators said at a panel here today.

Business continuity has to be thought of from the start,” said Al Todd, SVP of IT services at Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCB) in Santa Barbara, Calif. “You have to think about how you can recover your system if you need to.”

John Gideon, business continuity manager of Rent-A-Center in Plano, Texas, added: “You have to bring business continuity in from the beginning. How are you going to back it up, and when?”

As for the roadblocks, there’s always the issues of money and vendor compatibility. Hal Weiss, senior systems engineer of Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp., says the financial restrictions are sometimes out of his organization’s control.

“We’re constrained in how much money we get, because we don’t know how much programs like Medicaid and Medicare are going to pay us,” he said, adding that applications are purchased according to staff needs. "Sometimes applications we use don’t lend themselves to a disaster recovery strategy. If we have two SANs from separate vendors, and the switches won’t talk to each other, we need two separate disaster recovery systems.”

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