Data security

Despite the turbulent political landscape of the Middle East, disaster recovery occupies a relatively lowly position on most CIO’s to-do list. However, as data becomes increasing important, end users must formulate effective business continuity and disaster recovery strategies

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By  Angela Prasad Published  May 23, 2005

Information technology is impacting every aspect of business operations. One of the major challenges CIOs and IT professionals continue to confront is ensuring that corporate data is quickly restored should an unexpected disaster incapacitate the data center. Any interruption in service or loss of data of an enterprise can have serious financial implications and loss of customer confidence. However, if a disaster recovery (DR) strategy is in place, enterprises should be able to manage potential disasters. Enterprises in the Middle East are paying close attention to safeguarding their data. They are establishing their own disaster recovery sites and using the services of third parties, which specialise in data storage. “The dot com era has placed an intense focus on the ability of organisations to assemble accurate data not only about their customers, but also about their own business affairs. Also, companies have to [provide] the updated data available in real time, 24/7,” says John Bentley, sales director for Hitachi Data Systems’ Middle East. “What came next brought an equally intense focus on the ability of organisations to recover data and resume operations in the event of a disaster. This included the realisation that back-up data stored only a few streets away is now as vulnerable to a major disaster as the live, operational system,” he adds.

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