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Purpose of This book

This book is designed to equip company planners with the background knowledge and skills they need to develop an effective disaster avoidance and recovery capability for their companies. It is also intended to serve as a primer for information technology managers and business executives in the critical and sometimes mysterious discipline of disaster recovery planning. It may be useful as a guide for managing the activities of the planning project, whether such a project is undertaken by internal personnel or outside consultants. Finally, it is a pragmatic reference describing the products, practices, and politics of the disaster recovery industry that has emerged over the past three decades.

After reading this book, the reader will understand the principles of disaster recovery planning and will be equipped with a generic model for a DR planning project that he or she may emulate to develop a workable disaster recovery plan. Along the way, the reader will be exposed to some of the current debates and emerging technologies of disaster recovery as well as firsthand experiences of numerous business planners in both the preparation and implementation of disaster recovery plans. All that will remain is for the reader to select and apply what has been learned to develop a workable plan for his or her own company.

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