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NHS suppliers face review of disaster plans

Connecting for Health (CfH), which runs the National Programme for IT in the NHS, has ordered a review of disaster recovery arrangements for all five of its local service providers following failures at a datacentre run by CSC earlier this month.

Connecting for Health (CfH), which runs the National Programme for IT in the NHS, has ordered a review of disaster recovery arrangements for all five of its local service providers following failures at a datacentre run by CSC earlier this month.

The outages left hospital trusts in the North West and West Midlands without access to patient administration systems for up to five days.

CfH contracts with local service providers specify that storage area networks at the heart of disaster recovery provisions must have no single point of failure, 99.9% availability and zero data loss.

“The disaster recovery restored time within contracts depends upon the services affected. This is currently between two and 72 hours. However, by January 2007, all services must be restored within two to 12 hours,” said a CfH spokesman.


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