Why Disaster Recovery Isn't an Option Anymore
Despite well-known dangers, many of the world's enterprises still are not applying the right protection policies for their data. Eventually, they will pay a great price if they don't.In a perfect world, recovering a company's data and getting it back into production after a major disaster would be fast and automatic. Got some news for you: Even "good enough" is rare in this world, never mind "perfect." First of all, industry analysts from Gartner and IDC say that 30 to 40 percent of all IT shops either have no disaster recovery system in place or do not know how to use it correctly. Second, even if a shop does have a DR apparatus in place and tests it occasionally, there are plenty of examples of such systems not performing according to plan.
In the world of data recovery, the data is the easy part, the recovery can be hellish, and IT administrators are the ones commissioned with connecting the dots. Enterprises laid up for extensive periods of time due to IT knockouts do not have a glittering record of surviving, so there's more than a modicum of pressure involved here. The National Archives and Records Administration reported in 2010 that 93 percent of enterprises whose data centers were down for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.
- Find a system that fits your business and implement it. Don't laugh; many companies don't have one.
- Select a system that includes snapshots, mirroring and/or replication to a separate location, whether that location is within the confines of the physical enterprise or a cloud-service package.
- Test the system on a regular basis, even if it involves just a portion of the system at a time.