Disaster Recovery Planning Is Simpler, and Harder, Than Ever
Regulations and troubled times are forcing companies to take a harder and longer look at their disaster recovery systems; virtualization and computing in the cloud are helping to ease the burden.Data storage planning for a disaster of any sort used to be a relatively simple process: The IT staff would back up all important current business data onto extra disk drive servers every night or weekend; transfer older information onto archive tape once a week or month; then watch Iron Mountain or a similar service come take the cartridges away and store them in a cool, dark place where the data would likely never be seen again. It's not so simple anymore, as recovery of that data is of greater concern. Planning, installing, deploying and testing disaster recovery systems is now a mandate for enterprises large, medium and small. Since the Internet began serving as a major business venue in the late 1990s, disaster recovery has become a heavily regulated part of a company's business due to increasing litigation and liability concerns.
In fact, data recovery is now a $20 billion-per-year sector of IT. Two key factors have driven this rise: an increasing number of natural disasters around the world and a number of new data-related regulations recently enacted in the United States and Europe.