Understanding Disaster Recovery Options for SQL Server
Sponsored by: SIOS
One of the challenges IT and database administrators confront when implementing disaster recovery provisions is choosing from among the myriad options available. Existing high availability configurations designed to minimize downtime for critical applications may not be adequate for recovering fully from a widespread disaster. And existing disaster recovery provisions may not be as comprehensive or cost-effective as they could be.
Assuring business continuity requires careful planning. The plan must address all aspects of the business, and one of the most important involves Information Technology. Businesses today run on data. Without a solid business continuity strategy and a disaster recovery plan for IT, the organization risks losing access to data or, worse yet, actually losing valuable data.
This white paper provides some practical guidance to help system and database administrators tasked with creating business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) plans. The first section outlines seven steps for creating a business continuity plan. The second section offers some helpful context for creating a comprehensive and cost-effective DR plan. The third section highlights the most popular options for providing DR protection for SQL Server databases. The fourth and final section describes adding DR to an existing high-availability failover cluster.
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