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IT-ToolKits.com - a division of Janco Associates                                      August 11, 2008

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Multi Country DRP Available

Microsoft Flops

Firms Faced Disasters

 Version Now

Disaster Recovery

The Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) Business Continuity (BCP) can be purchased for use for either by a single company in a single county, single company in a county group like the EU, or by a single company for world wide use.

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Janco & IT-Toolkits Products


IT Hiring Kit


 Salary Survey

IT Infrastructure


Microsoft Flops and Loses Another 7% of its Browser Market in 12 Months
Vista Still only used by less than 15% of all users......

Microsoft Market ShareJanco and the IT Productivity Center have just released its Browser and Operating System Market Share White Paper.  The major findings are that Microsoft's IE browser market share has continued to erode and has fallen to 58.50% versus 65.48% (loss of 6.96) in August 2007 and 82.99% (loss of 24.49%) in August 2005;  Firefox has maintained its number 2 browser position and now is used by almost 19% (18.94%) of all users; Google Desktop has over 4% (4.01%) of the market; and Time-Warner made a strategic error in abandoning Netscape as users continue to use Netscape even though AOL no longer supports it.   

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Business Continuity & Disaster Planning Requirements Defined

Disaster Recovery PlanningBusiness Continuity and Disaster Planning require data
consistency with the synchronous replication of data over
long-distances and / or journal replication to protect against local and wide-area disasters. This technology provides other benefits, including:

  • Maintaining more efficient data currency. Using synchronous replication over a short distance in a campus or metropolitan area cluster provides the highest level of data currency without undue impact to application performance.
  • Permitting swift recovery. A campus/metropolitan cluster implementation allows for fast automated failovers after a local area disaster with minimal to no transaction loss.
  • Permitting recovery even when a disaster exceeds traditional regional boundaries. A wide-area disaster could disable both data centers 1 and 2, but with some manual interaction, operations can be shifted to data center 3 and continue after the disaster.
  • Shifting to staffing outside the disaster area. A wide-area disaster also affects people located within the disaster area, both professionally and personally. By moving operations out of the region to a remotely located recovery data center, operational responsibilities shift to people not directly affected by the disaster.

Janco has defined a Template with a Backup and Backup
Retention policy that is a complete policy which can be implemented
immediately.  The document is provided in both Word 2003 and MS WORD format and is easily modified.  This policy is included in the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Template.

Below is a table from the policy.

Type of Data

Minimal Backup Policy

Backup Retention Policy

System software

Latest Version plus patches
 At Least Weekly

Annual (verified) Backup
Monthly Generations
Weekly Generations

Application software

Latest Version plus patches
At Least Weekly

Annual (verified) Backup
Monthly Generations
Weekly Generations

System data


Annual (verified) Backup
Monthly Generations
Weekly Generations
Daily Generations

Application Data

Daily with real time transaction files

Annual (verified) Backup
Monthly Generations
Weekly Generations
Daily Generations

Software licenses, encryption keys, & Protocol Data


Annual (verified) Backup
Monthly Generations
Weekly Generations

26% of All Firms Faced Disaster in Last 5 Years

Janco has found that  more than a 26% of its client firms have faced some sort of a disaster over the past five years.  CIOs need to convince executives in their enterprise to invest in business continuity and disaster recovery systems. CIO's need to effectively communicate that business continuity and disaster recovery planning is not just an insurance policy.

Disaster PlanningCIOs know their systems are vulnerable and they want to do something about it. In these tough DRP/BCP Security Templateseconomic times, it is hard to get funding for business continuity and disaster recovery. CIOs who tie business continuity and disaster recovery planning to mandated compliance needs are more successful in obtaining the necessary funding.

Many of these same companies consider disaster recovery investment as a rolling upgrade that consistently augments existing infrastructure and application investments rather than a one-time event that can be delayed.

In one research study by another firm many CIOs
blamed disasters on non-natural disruptions and incidents. The data shows that 42% of the firms surveyed said power failure was the most common cause of
declared disasters and downtime, while 32% cited hardware failure, and 21% cited network failure.

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