IT business continuity and disaster recovery planning: Test your IQ

IT business continuity and disaster recovery planning are topping enterprise agendas in 2010. Read about the strategies and technologies here and take our quiz to test your smarts.

IT business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) planning will continue to be top priorities for enterprise CIOs in 2010, but how much do you know about the strategies, technologies and performance metrics your CIO peers are using to gauge their effectiveness?

In this quiz, find out how IT BC and DR planning now can boost your bottom line -- and prevent headaches -- should disaster strike.

1. In's 2009 IT priorities survey, ____ of 92 CIOs and senior IT managers said that DR initiatives were not very vulnerable to budget cuts in this economic environment.

2. To develop effective key performance indicators, or KPIs, a business needs to understand the _____ of its performance.

3. Alan Berman, executive director at the Disaster Recovery Institute International and former CIO at a major financial institution, worked with a number of large insurance companies during a bird flu outbreak. He said that one organization that encouraged employees to work using a virtual private network ran out of _________.

4. On-demand disaster recovery and business continuity services offer a means to get faster recovery times without a large capital investment. Which of the following are viable disaster recovery plans by remote control?

5. Yahoo spent the past four years reinventing its business continuity and disaster recovery strategy as it built new data centers. In its newest data centers, Yahoo is eliminating uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and backup generators by ensuring that ____________.

6. How many layers of redundancy has the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) created for its system data?

7. True or false: Companies can use cloud computing to create carbon copies of their applications that can be brought to life at a moment's notice.

8. Independent Bank Corp. is using virtualization from the desktop to the data center to eliminate some of the most common problems found with traditional DR plans. By combining VMware and Citrix Systems virtualization technologies and EMC backup and replication technologies between sites, the bank now can take virtual desktop and server snapshots and store them on a _____.

This was first published in April 2010

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