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Author Note: New Release and Sept-Oct Updated Posts List

Good news!  The “NotesOn:  Risk Management – Disaster Impact Analysis Form” post has just been released.   When you have a quiet moment please read it and, if there are any questions, send me an email (or add a comment if you are a registered subscriber).  I look forward to them.  Plus:

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NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Impact Analysis Form

I have made mention of and referenced the Disaster Impact Analysis (DIA) form (which I created and honed over the years) in a number of my previous posts. Herein, I will, at last, walk you through the form in detail, and in the process demonstrate why a typical Business Impact Analysis (BIA) is insufficient when it comes to designing IT’s Disaster Recovery systems; providing the ROI for the use of my DI. … Click on the title to read more [...]

Author Note: Spread The Word …

… because … assuming there are no power outages or meteor strikes or other such unlikely events that would interfere … the brand new “NotesOn:  Risk Management – Disaster Impact Analysis Form” post will be released … tomorrow!  The graphics are done.  The text has been proofed.  And its ready to rock and roll!!!

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NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part III

Begun in Datacenter Assessment – Part II, here is the second half of the assessment list containing details on how to properly assess the risk levels of a, or several, datacenters. Again, plan on spending time working through each section. If you have any questions be sure to ask via a comment, or use my “Contact Us” page (for some reason the most popular method). Click on the title to read more … [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part II

Here is the long awaited first part of the Datacenter Assessment list containing details on how to properly assess the risk levels of a, or several, datacenters. Plan on spending some time working through each section. The second part will be along soon. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity – More

The subject of differences between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity came up again. During the discussion another idea came to me on how to graphically represent the two concepts, one that looks at the matter from another facet of the same jewel, … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery Maturity Model

Being able to gauge where one is at in regards to Disaster Recovery is an important part of Risk Management in particular and company management in general. The question is “Where do we stand?”, or, “How do we stack up against where we should be?”, or “How mature is our DR effort?”. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Datacenter Assessment – Part I

This post provides a high level overview of the best practices surrounding the selection of your Primary (or Production) and/or Alternate (or Disaster Recovery) Datacenters. The “excruciating” assessment details will be discussed in Part II but for them to make sense it is best to understand the framework in which they fit. Finally, while this is not an exhaustive dissertation on the subject it does address most if not all of the fundamentals, and with them under your belt you can more wisely determine your best solution. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Cumulative Recovery Time Objective

A good friend and I were discussing Recovery Time Objective (RTO). During the conversation an heretofore “too obvious to mention” concept related to RTO crystallized into absolute clarity. There is a flaw in the basic definition of RTO, an assumption that is built into it that can have serious negative effects on a business during and post a disaster event. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Definitions

As promised, this is the next post in the series to address Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Its purpose is to define the key terminology used in the business of “DR and BC” so we are all on the same page. Why? Well, Socrates allegedly said “If you would speak with me you must define your terms”. Others have attributed this to Voltaire. But. Whomever first said it, they were absolutely, critically correct. To know anything at all about DR and BC you must first know and fully comprehend these terms as an absolute bare minimum. … Click on the title to read more. [...]