In such a dynamic field as IT, it is important to keep up with the current knowledge and techniques employed by others in the industry. The resources listed below reflect some state-of-the-art techniques and knowledge employed by seasoned AIX, Linux, and Solaris administrators in disaster recovery.
- Linux administration is a complex topic, and with new knowledge being produced 24/7, it can be difficult to keep up. NixCraft is an excellent resource full of “tips, hacks, tutorials, and ideas.” Their FAQ section is especially useful when running into a specific problem.
- Sometimes, a backup is not necessary for certain files, and archival is the desired solution. In this case, IBM has an excellent support article on managing archive data on Solaris. It specifically touches on optimizing read/write and storage performance.
- AIX disaster recovery should not be implemented after the fact. This article on AIX disaster recovery at IBM developerWorks provides tips on resolving resource conflicts that typically occur during a disaster recovery.
- Forrester research has compiled a whitepaper (available courtesy of Continuity Insights) on Maximizing Data Center Investments for Disaster Recovery and Business Resiliency. This paper outlines techniques for disaster recovery and how to make the most out of your data centers.
- No matter what your disaster recovery plan, good data center design can help mitigate the need to enact it. Northwestern University has made available a whitepaper by Gartner, Inc. that outlines the best practices to design data center facilities.
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