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Book available on business continuity for data centres

Wiley : 27 June, 2008  (New Product)
Ronald Bowman's book on business continuity planning focuses on data centres and offers advice on strategic implementation
Nearly seven years after 9/11, are American financial institutions' and corporations' critical operations and data safer today? Are they protected against disaster or interruption of any kind? Disaster can and does strike anytime, anywhere and often without warning, and few businesses can afford to shut down for an extended period of time. An effective business continuity program is necessary to keep a company up and running.

Business Continuity Planning for Data Centres and Systems: A Strategic Implementation Guide, written by Ronald Bowman, Executive Vice President of Tishman Technologies Corporation, does more than answers these questions. It shows CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and IT Managers how to create and maintain critical data centers and recovery sites.

As indicated by heat waves that strain electrical resources to capacity, torrential downpours, intense winds and tornados, steam pipe explosions, and the ongoing threat of terrorism, the vulnerability of an aging power grid and infrastructure is obvious. Any publicly traded company which is laggard in following SEC-mandated Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery guidelines, apart from breaking the law, effectively undermines its financial stability and the security of its clients' investments.

Mr Bowman's groundbreaking book is essential reading at the highest levels of management at thousands of American companies. "Mr Bowman has assembled a terrific guide that will be a valuable reference for anyone planning a major data centre project," says Joshua Rabina, co-founder and co-President of Sentinel Data Centres.

Peter Gross, CEO of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, calls Mr Bowman's book "an admirable and audacious effort to tackle a difficult and complex subject and make it enjoyable to read. A must for all professionals in the data centre industry."

This book is of great importance to a host of companies large and small, especially those who need to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC guidelines and/or the Patriot Act. Mr Bowman wrote it to empower professionals to take a proactive role in preparing a "what-if" plan for every possible worst-case scenario a business may face.

Observes Mr Bowman: "Wall Street and its Tier One financial institutions are better protected than ever before, but there is much work still to be done." In particular, Business Continuity Planning for Data Centres and Systems addresses:

* How the Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery landscape has been impacted over the past two years by rapidly-improving technology.
* Right-sizing and "future-proofing" data centres.
* The importance of capturing real-time, in-flight data.
* Data Centre Efficiencies, Going Green
* Why relocating backup data centres to rural areas is not necessarily a good idea.
* An analysis of the various types of backup data centres available today.
* How water main breaks (New York City has about 250 yearly) can be disastrous to the power grid.
* Financial planning details that most disaster recovery guides do not provide.
* The cost and history of business interruptions and outages.
* Recent acts, legislation, rules and guidelines for disaster recovery.
* The future of business continuity planning.

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