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Over the last few days I've been reading about a number of interesting things around the state of the planet and how we should expect some major seismic activity. For example, some recent geological studies suggest some earthquake prone regions on the US' west coast are well overdue for a magnitude 9 quake that could cause a massive tsunami across the Pacific Ocean. Australians are moving into bushfire season and the tropics are getting into the time when floods are an issue. What are your disaster plans?

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During the opening keynote for Cloud Day at VeeamON, Veeam announced the availability of the release candidate version of their new backup solution Veeam PN (Veeam Powered Network). Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is designed to simplify and automate the setup of a disaster recovery site in Azure using software-defined networking (SDN). And, given what I saw during a demonstration given by Aussie technical evangelist Anthony Spiteri, it looks like a very powerful tool that is offered at the bargain price of free.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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IT disaster recovery isn't fun. In fact, it's the opposite of fun. It usually involves going through all the things that could go wrong and preparing for every worst case which may never come to fruition. All of this costs time and money. It's no wonder many organisations are foregoing disaster recovery all together; often to their great peril. But experts say disaster recovery is still vital to businesses and we have some advice to make the whole process less painful.

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EMC has refreshed its Data Domain backup and archive systems and added Active Directory integration to its Mozy cloud backup solution. The ultimate goal? Providing data protection as a service rather than relying on individual solutions for specific servers and systems.

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Six months ago, Hurricane Sandy posed a major challenge for data centre operators across America's north-east coast, and the lessons learned by businesses in that area are useful for anyone trying to plan their disaster recovery (DR) strategies. Here are ten issues to keep in mind, covering everything from checking that your software licences are still valid in your DR site to making sure staff have access to essential medicines.

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Floods, bushfires, earthquakes, nuclear disasters -- if those events in 2011 didn't demonstrate the importance of having a good backup and disaster recovery solution, I don't know what would. But a recent survey suggests that plenty of businesses still haven't got their backup strategy sorted.

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Chances are you have a backup regime in place to ensure you don't lose crucial work information from your computer systems. But do you have a plan that includes where everyone will work in the event of a major emergency? One recent study suggests the answer is probably "no".

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iPad: Having a plan for what to do if your business suffers a natural disaster or other emergency such as a break-in makes sense, but many organisations never get around to creating one. MyBizShield, an iPad app developed by the Australian government, simplifies the process by walking small businesses through the elements needed to create a recovery plan.

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As the slide above illustrates, organisers for Linux.conf.au 2011 had to work through a pretty extensive to-do list when the Queensland floods meant that the original venue was no longer available. In just 10 days, they managed to relocate the whole conference and associated events. Their experience reinforces two crucial points: the importance of having back-up plans, and the importance of being willing to change almost anything at the last minute.