Earthquakes can be destructive; companies must be prepared with a data backup solution.

Cloud offers viable disaster recovery alternative

Stephen Perkins

The Christchurch earthquakes in New Zealand rocked many businesses and robbed them of their power and connection. Backup professional Michael Snowden wrote on Techday that normalcy was quickly replaced with chaos and confusion, especially for those companies that had no disaster recovery plan.

"The outlook for a number of these organizations was bleak and unfortunately many of them realized that a well thought out disaster recovery plan was something that had been neglected," he wrote. "One of the significant advantages of subscribing to cloud computing services for businesses is that, in theory, a large part of their disaster recovery planning may already be taken care of."

Even though it is the cloud, Snowden said people must remember that clients must do their own work and be able to figure out what they should do to fortify their disaster recovery plan with the cloud. Not every organization is going to need to go full cloud backup, but it could be useful to help fortify an online data backup plan.

Snowden wrote that Sherratt Ingredients, an importer and maker of ingredients for the food processing and manufacturing industries, was facing  many structural problems after these earthquakes but said it was good to know all of their information was well taken care of in their cloud-based disaster recovery solution. With an internet connection back in place, the company was able to get back to work even after the havoc the earthquakes caused.

Test even after adoption
Even after adopting a data backup solution the organization feels will be able to help it during a disaster or any other outage, TechTarget said testing needs to be a standard practice with the business. A recent report from the website found that more than 50 percent of companies were confident their disaster recovery plan would save them, but only a third actually regularly tested to ensure the plan would work. Businesses that do not properly test are taking a risk with some of their most sensitive information, something that can be avoided by forming a routine around ensuring continuity and recovery are in place.

"Technology is vital to the operation," said Harvey Betan, an independent business continuity consultant, according to the news source. "Without a robust disaster recovery plan, an interruption in technology could bring business to a halt. An untested disaster recovery plan is a serious risk, since many things can occur that one would not think are issues."

Categories: Disaster Recovery