Articles by Elizabeth Ferrarini 

CrossNodes Checklist: Gauging Potential Disaster Impact

A key step in disaster recovery planning or business continuity planning includes analyzing the impact the disruption will have on an organization's business activity. Surveying tools, such as Business Impact Analysis (BIA) software, can help you to the impact a disaster might.have on your business. This checklist will act as a purchasing template to assess what BIA software is appropriate for you; what questions you need to ask the vendor; and what to ask of their references.

CrossNodes Checklist: You've Got the Power!

Obviously, every network requires robust backup for power protection, and a plan for when commercial power fails. However, the purchase of these systems don't often get the attention and consideration that is due such an integral part of your system. This CrossNodes Checklist provides a purchasing template for selecting better systems / network power protection, from which you can determine your needs, price out the possibilities, know what to ask a vendor, and know what to ask their references.

Establish a Bullet-Proof Security Policy

With worldwide connections, someone can get into your system in the middle of the night when your building is locked up. In this two-part article, you'll learn how create a comrehensive security policy for your network or enterprise. You'll get a template for identifying assets, how to determine what resources you'll require, end-user education, and handle violations.

Create a Disaster Emergency Plan 1-2-3

Elizabeth Ferrarini outlines three steps to make sure your data center's resources will continue to function during and after a major disaster. Included are tips on protecting your data, and creating an off-site data center. This article is being re-published due to its timeliness.

Before Trouble Strikes: The Sequel

In part 2, we cover Plan Development and Testing, and Ongoing Maintenance for your disaster recovery plan.

Before Trouble Strikes

When disaster strikes, recovering the data center is essential. But even more important is getting all the critical business functions back in operation ASAP. Here's a checklist and template for all the steps you need to go through to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan -- before trouble takes you down. This article is being re-published due to its timeliness.

Systems Administrators Must Decide Which Tape Formats to Stick To

The market for tape backup systems is no longer dominated solely by the DLT format. Today, you can choose from LTO, MammothTape, AIT, VXA, depending on your needs for capacity and reliability.

Setting Up Your Server Room for Efficiency, Comfort, and Security

Elizabeth Ferrarini offers some tips for setting up an optimal server room when it's time to redesign or relocate your space.

Create a Disaster Emergency Plan 1-2-3

Any type of a disasternatural or manmadecan bring business to a halt if you're not prepared. However, you can take three steps now to make sure your data center's resources will continue to function during and after a major disaster.

Managing Disk Storage Can Turn Windows NT/2000 Servers Into Top Performers

Any employee can compromise server performance and application availability by storing large files on servers shared by other employees. Directory disk quota thresholds can minimize downtime and enhance performance.

Two Organizations Double Up on Antivirus Protection

Free up space and keep your NT servers virus free with a nifty little utility that blocks employees from saving certain types of files on the servers.

Outsourcing goes beyond storage for dot-coms

An IT outsourcing firm can handle all your infrastructure needs for you, taking the weight of hardware, switching equipment, and personnel off your back.

Guidelines for putting a network storage policy in place

Storage space is finite--and some employees use more than their share. By implementing a well-planned storage policy, you can maintain (or regain) control of storage on your network.

Employees cause groundswell in network storage: Police it, SRM it, or both

No matter how big the disks, employees always seem to fill them with files. It may be time to institute storage resource management (SRM).

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