New Jersey to beef up disaster recovery ability

New Jersey to beef up disaster recovery ability

New Jersey is taking steps toward disaster recovery for high-availability network servers that support electronic-government programs.

Concurrent updating will let the servers shift loads automatically in case of problems.

Norm Linker, manager of the disaster recovery project, said the state currently backs up networks and servers other than mainframes on a small scale by copying data from primary servers to secondary ones at a remote location. He said the state's disaster recovery plan is taking on renewed importance as New Jersey expands electronic-government services.

'We would like to develop another remote location,' Linker said. 'The process is just in the planning stages, so we don't have a finalized plan.' He said he expects the state to develop a final strategy within 18 to 24 months.

New Jersey backs up its IBM 9672-R46 mainframes with a robotic cartridge tape subsystem from Storage Technology Corp. of Louisville, Colo., which accepts file transfer by modem. The staff also makes manual tape cartridge backups of a Jupiter-2 mainframe from Bull Worldwide Information Systems of Billerica, Mass.

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