Storms and flooding can strike at any moment. Businesses that are not prepared to respond could go bankrupt.

Shortcuts in disaster recovery planning can close businesses

Stephen Perkins

When a company has never had to recover from a disaster, it can be easy to pretend that the possibility of one occurring does not exist. The absence of damage caused by weather, fire and human error can cause its chance of happening to be treated with little regard. But these are very real dangers, and their likelihood of impacting businesses just increases for every day that goes by.

There is, unfortunately, a false sense of security that comes with lucking out in this regard. Enterprises are more likely to forego conducting basic risk assessments if they have never been given a reason to be afraid. This mindset can only be challenged by a reform in common attitudes towards disaster recovery. The practices that are best effective against downtime – and the bankruptcy that can result from it – have to be the new standards that are implemented on day one.

Organizations without proper business continuity plans in place are at a much higher risk for closing permanently in the face of a disaster. Part of building an effective strategy to prevent this is exploring options for remote backup.

Disasters can be amplified by ineffective solutions
When a storm sends critical servers offline, it stands to reason that at least some information will be lost. The odds of a disaster scenario impacting a business are great, but even in spite of this there are still organizations that do not take DR seriously. What is worse, many companies feel that they are capable of backing up on their own using physical means. But the ineffective nature of these methods is incredibly evident when compared to virtual backup.

"If physical storage hardware malfunctions then it can cause the primary location to malfunction too as they are both interlinked," said InformationAge contributor Ben Rossi. "Therefore, even with precautions in place, a total reboot of systems to recover the data may not actually work. It also forces IT management staff to ensure that both sets of hardware are totally aligned, driving up costs and time."

Not only that, but there is an increased chance that, when tasking backup responsibilities to the in-house IT department, backup might get pushed to the bottom of an already full list of responsibilities. Managed, offsite backup - when made available online – ensures that the most up-to-date versions of essential files and systems can be accessed at a moment's notice.

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