Are the Critical Operations of American Businesses Safer Today Than on 9/11?

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Are the critical operations of American businesses safer today than on 9/11? New book by Disaster Prevention and Recovery Expert, Ronald H. Bowman, offers protection against business interruption and loss of critical data.

Business Continuity Planning for Data Centers and Systems, a Strategic Implementation Guide

Nearly seven years post 9/11, are American financial institutions' 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 Centers and Systems, a Strategic Implementation Guide," written by Ronald H. Bowman, Executive Vice President of Tishman Technologies, 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 evidenced by heat waves that strain electrical resources to capacity, torrential downpours, steam pipe explosions, and the ongoing threat of terrorism, the vulnerability of an aging power grid, 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 center project," says Joshua Rabina, co-founder and co-President of Sentinel Data Centers.

Peter Gross, CEO of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc., 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 center 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 Centers 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 centers.
•The importance of capturing real-time, in-flight data.
•Why relocating backup data centers to rural areas is not necessarily a good idea.
•An analysis of the various types of backup data centers available today.
•How water main breaks (New York City has 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.

About Ronald H. Bowman, Jr.:

Mr. Bowman has extensive international experience in up-time critical data and telecommunications centers, having served as a project manager on trading floor and data center installations in some of the world's most competitive markets, including New York, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Paris, and Shanghai, among others. Throughout his career, Mr. Bowman has managed 50 trading floor and 100 data center installations for such companies as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, E-Speed, Cantor Fitzgerald, DLJ, Mitsubishi, Charles Schwab, and others.

About Tishman Technologies: Tishman Technologies is a national leader in location analysis, planning, construction and commissioning of 24/7 data centers and technology infrastructure for companies such as Bank of America, Reuters, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of New York.

About Wiley: Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901, Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JW.

To order "Business Continuity Planning for Data Centers and Systems:
A Strategic Implementation Guide," please visit or
ISBN: 978-0-470-25861-3, Publication Date: July 1, 2008; $59.00; 206 pages, Hardcover


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