Top 6 Disaster Recovery Software Tools

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Information technology is at the core of almost every organization today. The computer data is one of the invaluable assets for a company. Any computer related disaster can result in irreversible losses for the company. To avoid such disasters out of the blue most companies have a disaster recovery planning as a part of a business continuity planning.  This generally include planning for resumption of applications, data, hardware, communications (such as networking) and other IT infrastructure. Even for mid sized companies the system downtime ranges anywhere between $5,000 per hour to over $15,000 per minute. To over this its important for every organization to plan a disaster recovery using with the help of disaster recovery tool. This is my bit of effort to inform about the top 6 disaster recovery software tools that would allow the efficient disasters recovery. Disaster recovery tools are essentially a part of Disaster Recovery Planning(DRP). The DRP documents chalk out the plan of action prior to, during and following a disaster. The DRP helps a business to minimize its losses caused by a system crash and helps it to recover from a disaster in the shortest possible time by identifying critical systems, processes and methods for restoring the processes.

1. Acronis True Image Echo Server for Windows


This is an enterprise class disaster solution to back up Windows and Linux servers. This tool enables disaster recovery as well as complete system restoration to both an existing system or a new system with different hardware and virtual server.


2. UltraBac’s Image based disaster recovery


This image based disaster recovery technology works by taking scheduled snapshots of one or more disk partitions. These images are replica image of the partition frozen at a scheduled time. It ensures a good backup for the files which are open and in use. With the help of this disaster recovery tool the failed machine can be restored using minimum tool.  UltraBac offers two versions of disaster recovery tool -UBDR Pro for small to medium businesses and UBDR Gold for larger environments.


3. Living Disaster Recovery Planning System (LDRPS)ldrps

This is a business continuity software designed to offer disaster recovery planning. The LDRPS can also be hosted as Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that hosts Strohl Systems applications in the data center. Some of the key features in the LDRPS are customizable best-practices-based plan navigators, customizable reports, dependency maps and location resource management.


4. LBL ContingencyPro Software

This is a web-based browser software tool that provides the best practices for business continuity planning. It also includes hundreds of electronic tools guides, templates, and samples. This tool offers a proven methodology to recover from events of disaster.


5. TAMP DRS (Disaster recovery tool)


This tool creates and distributes business contingency plans that includes disaster recovery. It allows the user to manage and roll up documents,  developmental plans, inventory lists, spreadsheets,graphics and flowcharts into one plan. It is completely functional in a disaster afflicted environment.


6. BIA Professional


This is a disaster recovery tool from Strohl Systems that provides the guidelines for developing Business Impact Analysis(BIA). It figures out the financial and operational vulnerabilities, as well as the disaster-related impacts, and possible strategies for disaster recovery .



David Benish
May 5, 2009: 5:58 pm

Hello. I think there is some good information in this article, but I believe there are a couple issues.

1. Strohl Systems was bought by SunGard. Strohl hand, and now SunGard has LDRPS & BIA Professional. They are two distinct tools that can be used together. These are the tools that have been around for about 20 years. They are the first big name in Business Continuity.

2. There are many others out there and I have worked with (or seen) many of the other major Business Continuity Software Packages. Everyone has preferences and the right package for them. (I am happy to share my information and preferences, just email

3. There are a combination of tool types listed. Acronis, for example, is a fantastic imaging tool. LDRPS and BIA Professional are planning tools.

Again, I am happy to share my information and experience with Planning and Implementation tools.


April 23, 2009: 11:46 am

You mentioned 6 recovery tools but definitely are not the leading solutions.
Try: MagiCure software at
MagiCure is a real instant recovery tool and not just an image tool like ghost or Acronis.
You can setup Magicure to take a snapshot of the entire hard drive on a daily basis.
MagiCure using a snapshot technology and not image (Much faster and not take any hard drive space).
MagiCure take a snapshot in 2-3 seconds!!!!
You can keep almost unlimited numbers of snapshot on your hard drive.
You can recover your PC from any problem (Files deletion, setting change, windows problem-even if windows fail to start up, system problems, etc.).
So, imagine you are away with your laptop and from unknown reason your Internet WIFI has a problem, how can Acronis help you?
With MagiCure you should not care about the reason for this problem, just go back to the time your WIFI was perfect (2 seconds) and all your troubles are history.
MagiCure is like a time travel machine that let you travel back and forward in time without losing any data (you will get your data up to the minute)!!!

April 2, 2009: 10:39 am

With such a high cost of downtime ($5k-$15k per minute) people should look at how long the recovery aspect takes, and not just for the data. Even if the DR takes 30 minutes that’s a lot of cost. Take a look at how High Availability over a WAN link can keep the business running.

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