Companies need to prepare for the worst in order to avoid the costs of recovering lost data.

Disaster preparedness means more than data backup

Stephen Perkins

Most companies are reliant on technology and electronic access to their information. Zack Schuler, founder and CEO of Cal Net Technology Group, told Smart Business Online that his business has a few times almost lost all of their information due to disasters and in each case the company had a solution in place that the organization believed was enough to keep them safe. This is why companies must use online data backup to have another copy of their information in their possession no matter what kind of disaster hits their company.

"The first case was a company that had a sprinkler break right above its servers. While it was taking a daily backup, the company left the tapes on top of its servers," he told the news source. "The tapes were drenched and basically unusable after the downpour. The server hard drives were sent to data recovery, and after several days the company was up and running again. Had the tapes been taken off site, the downtime would have been significantly less."

Use online data backup to recover from any disaster
In another case, a company's building burned down with the tapes being stored on-site. Thankfully though, the company had older backup tapes offsite. Even so, Schuler told the news source that the restoration plan was painful. In his last case, a internet outage affected a company that was highly reliant on email.

None of these companies were completely prepared for the downtime, showing why businesses needs to be disaster recovery plans made in advance so business can continue on and downtime can be avoided. Schuler said companies must look at what their plan is if hardware fails, what they should do in case of a physical failure and how to take on lengthy internet downtime for more online-based businesses.

"The smart thing to do is to make sure that you have multiple connections to the Internet, over different mediums," he wrote. "Having a connection via a T1 and a DSL line is not a smart move, as they both traverse over the strands of wire. An Internet connection through a telephone company and another through a cable provider is the way to go."

The High Plains Journal spoke with Chrystal Irons, business development specialist at University of Missouri Extension, who said that business critical data should always be recoverable. Any type of data that affects how the business is run needs to be backed up, and organizations should be a focus on having redundant data backup solutions in place to be as safe as possible.

Categories: Disaster Recovery