Older, onsite tape backups are less understood by newer employees.

Common disaster recovery pitfalls can ruin businesses

Stephen Perkins

Having proper disaster recovery plans in place becomes more essential each day that businesses fail to deploy them. In such an unpredictable world, there is an incredible risk that something can go wrong at any given time. Because of this, many organizations are making sure that they have strategies for circumventing any possible scenario with grace.

But sometimes looks can be deceiving. Many companies might believe that there is an effective DR initiative being executed, but a failure to take modern threats into account can be just as dangerous as having nothing at all. An illusion of security is an unfortunately common occurrence that appears when supervisors are ill-informed as to what needs to be considered when crafting policies. 

It is essential that proper research is performed when building disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. This process will undoubtedly involve investment in new technologies, preferably offsite backup

Outdated tech a major risk to data protection
If something has worked for an extended period of time, why bother changing anything? It used to be that onsite, physical tape backups were the lifeblood of business continuity, and many organizations feel that they have no need to bother seeking out modern methods of data protection. But a growing segment of the workforce has little to no experience operating these tools, and as a result they do not understand them.

"While many people assume everyone knows how tape backups work and how to perform recoveries from them, that is really not the case today," said Forbes contributor Laurie Elliot. "There are any number of young IT personnel coming into the workforce who have no background using tape." This can lead much of the tape backup process to be lost in translation, meaning that current versions of important files might not exist when they are needed.

Trying to back up all company data considered counterproductive
Even with instantly available online backup, it can still take a minute for systems to restore after they have been taken offline unexpectedly. This is why TechTarget contributor Jon Toigo wrote that it is key to pick and choose what is most essential to back up in terms of disaster recovery and business continuity. He said that this is a way for costs to be cut without skimping on essential needs. Given that only 30 percent of what is currently stored within servers needs frequent snapshots, it does not make a lot of sense to back up everything else. By being selective with what is backed up, companies can prevent further downtime caused by delayed system restore.

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup