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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Articles

At Midwest Data Recovery we want our clients to be informed. Below you will find a number of articles related to business continuity, disaster recovery, backup strategies, power point presentations, virus prevention, and other security related information.

These resources are here to help you to better understand our business and what disaster recovery is all about. Feel free to browse through this section and let us know what you think of them.

Power Point: The Business Continuity Process

Learn what disaster recovery and business continuity planning are all about. This overview presentation will guide through the planning, implementation, and monitoring stages of the Midwest business continuity cycle.
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Data Security: Backups are the Key to Protecting your Data and your Business

Everyone knows that protecting computer data is important, but how many can be completely confident that their backup systems will work when needed?
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Reducing Your Risk Profile

Part 6 of 6
Like all plans, there is an ultimate goal to achieve. The goal in a business continuity plan is simply that: to continue your business in the face of a disaster or a disruption. A business continuity plan is not just for a disaster. Itís also for the smaller things in life, like your friendly neighborhood burglar who decides to borrow all of your computers or the small power interruption, which causes loss of data and downtime or the fire five floors below you, which causes a 5 hour building shutdown
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The Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan

Part 5 of 6
Essentially, the plan addresses the who, what, where, why and when of recovery. Goal number one is to reduce the risk profile of the business. Goal two is to be well prepared so the impact of any disruption is minimized. Overall, the objective of the plan is to effectively minimize the chances of disruption and, if there is a disruption to quickly implement the recovery and get the business or organization working again.
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Selecting A Business Continuity Strategy

Part 4 of 6
The risk analysis and business impact analysis have identified risks to key business functions. Also, the potential impacts and probabilities of these risks as well as the costs to prevent or mitigate damages and the time to recover will have been established. Evaluating and selecting strategies is based on using this knowledge.
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Business Impact Analysis

Part 3 of 6
Business impact analysis is a critical part of the business continuity planning process. This step quantifies data and gets into the real world issue of potential losses that can negatively impact your business. It is used to understand the most important impacts and how to best protect your people, processes, data, communications, assets and the organization's goodwill and reputation.
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Risk Analysis and Control

Part 2 of 6
In the risk evaluation phase, there are a number of key areas that must be covered. One of the most important is to understand probable threats. In an ideal world, which most of us have noticed does not exist, we would identify and protect ourselves against all threats to ensure that our business continues to survive.
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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: A Business Not a Technology Issue

Part 1 of 6

Hackers, hurricanes, fires, flooding, power outages, denial of service attacks, application failures, employee error, sabotage and now terrorism are helping companies to focus on the necessity of a business continuity plan.
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Glossary of Terms: RAID Arrays

RAID systems can be very complex in their structure and operation. In order to help you understand how RAID systems work we have included the following raid specific glossary. This glossary will help you to understand the terms and some of the procedures that are associated with our RAID recovery services.
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Glossary of Terms: Data Storage

Data storage has become an increasingly popular topic as information technology continues to redefine modern business practices. This glossary will help you to understand this growing segment of the I.T. industry and its affilition to data recovery services.
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RAID System Review: Types, Strengths and Weaknesses

RAID (redundant array of independent disks; originally redundant array of inexpensive disks) is a way of storing the same data in different places (thus, redundantly) on multiple hard disks. By placing data on multiple disks, I/O operations can overlap in a balanced way, improving performance. Since multiple disks increases the mean time between failure (MTBF), storing data redundantly also increases fault-tolerance.
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