Disaster Recovery Planning
What is it and why do I need it?
Disaster recovery is the art of keeping your business alive and well after
experiencing a catastrophic event.
Disaster recovery planning is analogous to purchasing property insurance. If
you didn't have insurance and suffered a disaster (such as a tornado), your
business would likely suffer irrecoverable damage. But (fortunately) almost
every business has disaster insurance for brick and mortar, and for most
equipment and fixtures. But what about the data, that precious data? Loss of
data is a hidden and ominous disaster, and the one most frequently overlooked.
In the 21st century, business success is clearly and irrevocably
tied to data management skills, and statistics show plainly that the paradigm
of business protection must include protection of data. A recent study by the
National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, D.C. reported
that 43% of all businesses suffering a disaster would never recover
sufficiently to resume business and that 93% of businesses that lose
their data center for ten days or more file for bankruptcy within that same
A devastating fire is the nightmare of every business owner. Here in tornado
alley, the weather is another major decision factor, and many companies have
wisely invested in a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. Those
forward-thinking businesses are also protected from "small"
disasters: an electrical fire in the data center, a loss of power for an
extended period of time (remember the recent blackout on the east coast?), or
even the criminal act of a disgruntled employee. A Disaster Recovery Plan
protects management, employees, stockholders and customers from the unexpected.
The key in successfully guarding the company's valuable data is to assure
the ability to restore it from the backups which were unaffected by the event
and to have alternative resources available to replace those capabilities that
are no longer available. Just as importantly, company staff must posses
information on what to do, and how to do it, in order to minimize the amount of
time the business is at reduced capacity. In disaster recovery planning and
testing, the key is not to design an elegant and complicated plan, but to
devise a robust plan that really works, simple and testable, but without
unnecessary complexities. In order to make sure the plan is viable and
disaster-proof, it should be stressed to the limits by rigorous testing. The
tests must be performed under simulated worst case conditions. When the real
thing occurs, the company can recover quickly because there is documentation on
what to do and how to do it.
Disaster Recovery Readiness
This survey can be quickly performed to ascertain your exposure in the event
of a disaster. Click the little tornado above to see the main elements of the
Disaster Recovery Plan
This is what you need in order to recover quickly from a disaster. We guide
you in the development of it and help you test it. When the real thing comes,
you'll be ready and able to restore your business. Click the little tornado
above to see the major elements of a typical DRP.