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Making the business case for a disaster recovery plan

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One of the most difficult parts of any IT plan is explaining the business case. How can you prove the ROI of your disaster recovery plan if you've never suffered a disaster? If your CEO was never a Boy Scout, arguing that a company should always be prepared is easier said than done. The resources included in this lesson will point you in the right direction.

Disaster recovery plans bring peace of mind, ROI
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Data Backup and Disaster Recovery School for SMBs
Homeroom
Lesson one: Data backup and disaster recovery planning
Lesson two: Policies and management
Lesson four: Business continuity
Final exam

Business execs undercut value of disaster recovery planning
A new survey suggests that business executives do not consider business continuity planning as crucial to a company's success as IT executives do. Upshot: No buy-in; no budget.

Incident response made easy (and cheap)
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Disaster recovery planning: A business impact analysis for IT
Before you develop a disaster recovery plan, you must understand, analyze and plan for the business impact -- from an IT perspective.

The DR difference for SMBs
Disaster recovery expert Greg Schulz answers frequently asked questions on disaster recovery and SMBs.

Disaster recovery is ad hoc and expensive, say users
Users at Gartner's storage show in Orlando this week admit that their disaster recovery plans are unrehearsed and too expensive.

Data storage ROI possible for SMBs
Not only are storage hardware prices falling, but some SMBs are even seeing returns on their storage investments.

>> Continue on to Lesson four: Business continuity


This was first published in October 2007

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