This past winter we New Englanders got hit with the “Weather Bomb”, a snowstorm that dumped two to three feet of snow across the region, causing school and business closures as well as scattered power outages. We’re used to dealing with snow, but these accumulations certainly don’t happen with every snowfall. Despite that, folks were prepared and had a plan of attack. That preparedness returned most of the area to normal operations 24 hours later. Not so in the south.
The same storm system that blanketed the northeast iced over much of the south and four days later schools were still closed, highways were peppered with abandoned vehicles and grocery stores were running low on staples. Conditions didn’t return to normal until temperatures rose above freezing again …quite a few days later.
Why the huge difference? Well, southern states are not known for severe winter weather and don’t have the same resources set aside as northern states, but as important as resources are, having a plan for execution of those resources is just as critical. It seems pretty clear that many state and city governments didn’t have a good disaster recovery plan and were not prepared to deal with the curve ball Mother Nature threw their way.
It’s the same with systems. Disaster preparedness is all about planning and having a good plan will make the difference between recovering your systems in a timely manner and getting your business back on track quickly, or losing precious time trying to pull together resources in your hour of need and losing valuable revenue during the scramble.
Don’t scramble. Evaluate your business’ needs. How much data can you afford to lose? How much time can you afford to be down? The answers to these questions will help you determine the solutions that best fit those needs.
Maybe your organization can tolerate a 24 hour interruption. If so, a backup and recovery solution might be a perfect fit. Need faster recovery? Then you’d be better served with a high availability solution that gets your users back to work in minutes instead of hours.
Whatever the answer may be, the point is, having a solution and a plan to execute that solution will make all the difference when disaster strikes. Be prepared. Don’t let your enterprise suffer unnecessary downtime for lack of planning.