Recommended books on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Here are some of the books on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery we have found interesting and / or useful:

Roopendra Jeet Sandhu, Premier Press , 2002

A good introduction to the process of Disaster Recovery Planning, explaining the key activities involved. Apart from the occasional introduction of irrelevant supporting tables and statistics (does the fact that flooding cost $32 billion dollars of losses in 1900 in Galveston, Texas really help you?) quite a readable book.

Dorian J. Cougias, E.L. Eiberger, Karsten Koop, Laurie O'Connel (ed.), Schaser-Varian Books , 2003

Don't let the title The Backup Book fool you (like it nearly did me). This isn't a boring guide on how to backup your computer: it is a good guide to modern techniques in a data center to ensure effective and cost-effective recovery from hardware or software failures.

Backup is no longer a question of racks of tape. Modern techniques, enabled by reduced disk and communication costs, make recovery with minimum disruption or data loss possible (if you have the budget).

Topics covered include making hardware more reliable (RAID, clustering, power conditioning), basic rules for network services (always have two ISPs!) , asynchronous and synchronous replication, recovery sites, internet backup and more.

Although this book strays a little from its main subject area (into areas such as network design), and gives perhaps a little too much weight to the authors' favorite products, there is little here that anyone responsible for running a server farm or a data center will not find interesting or relevant. A good read (and reference) if you need to understand modern backup and data recovery techniques.

Ed Tittel, Mike Chapple, James M Stewart, Sybex , 2003

Even if you're not a security professional studying for CISSP exams, this study guide gives a broad overview of computer security ("a mile wide and an inch deep") which is useful background for anyone concerned with business continuity or disaster recovery planning.

Kenneth N. Myers, Wiley , 1999

Myers has plenty of good advice about how to generate a good disaster recovery plan at low cost. He draws an important distinction which is rarely emphasized enough: there is a difference between recovering a business system and recovering a computer system. It is the business system that ultimately matters. Too much emphasis on computer systems can lead to plans which are expensive to develop and maintain, and give little advantage over less comprehensive plans if the probability of a disaster is taken into account.

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