A tornado can be deadly for business; having a proper disaster recovery plan in place is imperative.

Data centers withstand disaster in Oklahoma

Stephen Perkins

Companies that use data backup solutions via data centers in Oklahoma may have been worried about the availability of their information, but Patrick Thibodeau wrote on Computerworld that the state is doing well after the tornadoes this past month. At Perimeter Technology, vice president of operations and general manager Todd Currie said their center was built to take on a tornado with up to 165 miles per hour winds. Organizations looking for a disaster recovery option should be sure the center they use keeps issues such as this in mind when guarding business information.

Especially in states like Oklahoma, a place that experiences more tornadoes per square mile than anywhere else in the country, according to Thibodeau, it s imperative to protect against disaster and be sure that every aspect of data protection is taken into account.

"It can sometimes take a little education on our part to explain that the true risk of the facility getting damaged by a tornado is very unlikely," said Currie. "Unlike hurricanes or earthquakes that inflict damage over hundreds of square miles, tornadoes bounce along the ground and damage infrastructure maybe a mile wide for a few miles."

Tad Davies, senior vice president at the Bick Group, told Thibodeau that he believes more data centers should be building to even higher standards, as businesses are looking at issues like data availability more than ever. Even issues like short-term power outages can affect a company's access to its own data in a pinch, so organizations must be sure the solution they are using can meet their disaster recovery and business continuity needs.

Update how backup and disaster recovery is thought of
Victor Mathieu, a data backup professional, told MSPmentor in an interview that many people incorrectly believe that disaster will not happen to them.

"I explain that trying to restore data after using primitive methods of simply backing up files is like having to do brain surgery, and then replace 'old thoughts' into a 'new brain,'" he said. "The brain represents the OS, and the thoughts are like files. You have to backup the brain and the thoughts together."

Organizations must first understand what data backup and discovery recovery mean to them as both are something that can be a real concern to most companies. Looking into issues such as bandwidth, business continuity and making sure there is a plan in place are all imperative to getting back up and operational after a system goes down.

Categories: Disaster Recovery