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The Disaster Recovery Handbook, 2nd Edition by Lawrence WEBBER, Michael WALLACE

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CHAPTER 17DATAYour Most Irreplaceable Asset

640K ought to be enough for anybody.—Bill Gates, cofounder of the Microsoft Corporation, 1981

INTRODUCTION

Most of what you lose in a disaster is relatively easy to replace. Buildings can be rebuilt or new offices leased, furniture is easily replaced, and even new computers can be purchased at the click of a button. What is not easy to replace is your competitive advantage, which is stored in the files and databases within your computer systems. This critical information is in accounting files, customer lists, part lists, manufacturing drawings, etc. This information is unique to your company; it is what makes your company special to your vendors and customers. It is the very essence of your company. ...

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