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Disaster recovery strategies threatened by rapid changes

Stephen Perkins

The pace of technological advancement seems only to have increased within the last few years, taking many people by surprise. All of a sudden, the requirements placed on businesses and private citizens alike have become murky and unclear, leaving countless organizations at risk for data theft or permanent loss. This is a direct result of the times changing much quicker than society as a whole is used to, sending many a system and server into chaos. 

While a company may have a long-standing disaster recovery plan in place, chances are it is either outdated or incomplete. There has been an incredible shift in the relationships between technology and enterprise operations well within recent history, and if a re-examination of strategies has not yet been conducted, now is certainly the time to do so.

According to Design News contributor Gregory Breads, the ramifications for failing to properly complete plans could be dire. Certainly, organizations that are unable to bring critical systems and crucial files back online in a timely fashion are risking bankruptcy and possibly even legal action. Should backups be made onsite and through physical media, there is still considerable risk that those redundancies could be improperly updated or even completely destroyed in whatever event potentially takes the servers down.

It is not enough to merely react anymore, as the potential consequences for an incomplete data recovery strategy could mean the permanent shuttering of doors. This is why offsite backup should be considered as a part of any strong business continuity and disaster recovery plan. By allowing systems to be maintained and managed elsewhere while still being readily called upon online, organizations of all sizes will be able to breathe a little easier knowing that they are prepared for outages.

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