Disaster Recovery Planning - Now Would be a Great Time!

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
August 14, 2012

Let’s face it; the news lately has been eye opening for most people with the fires, floods, terrible drought, and record high temperatures. But if you’re responsible for your company’s disaster recovery plan and potential execution, the news is particularly alarming.

A recent article in the Disaster Recovery Journal by Nick Mueller – Disaster Recovery: You Can Afford It – sheds light on the costs associated with various data backup and recovery methods, and it’s not as expensive as most people think—though it certainly depends on your specific requirements. The Aberdeen Group reports that the average yearly cost of downtime for a medium-sized business is $880,000. If this figure is accurate (and I have no reason to believe it isn’t), then you really can’t afford to NOT to invest in disaster recovery planning.

We’ve already seen climate-related downtimes this year, from Amazon’s cloud – which took down Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest – to Salesforce.com. We’ve also seen technical problems leading to big outages from the likes of Azure. Now’s not the time to delay disaster recovery planning.

To summarize, here are 6 disaster recovery best practices to consider:

1. Get a thorough Business Impact Assessment (BIA)
2. Find experienced disaster recovery/business continuity planners and project managers
3. Invest the appropriate resources, budget, and time
4. Plan alternate lines of communication
5. Test thoroughly and frequently
6. Keep your plans accurate and up to date

Protect the future of your business! Effective disaster recovery plans don’t require costly new equipment or technology. They just need sound planning around business needs, active support of top management, sufficient resources, and regular testing and updating.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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