Most IT professionals understand the importance of investing in a disaster recovery plan; however, when it comes time to convince business owners or management to understand the critical importance of making an investment, IT professionals are presented with numerous roadblocks.
This post will be the first in a series of eight providing you with valid reasons for managers to not take disaster recovery lightly.
The first reason is emphasizing to them that the organization’s data and applications are the intellectual property that supports the business. Any IT disruption can put that intellectual property at risk and also put the business at risk. If an Exchange server goes down, employees will lose access to their email and the intellectual property that resides within it. If a SQL server fails, the organization could permanently lose customer and transaction data. Just think of the negative impact that will have on the business. The intellectual property that runs through the IT infrastructure must be protected at all costs. And, counting on tape backups to protect that data is extremely risky. According to Gartner, as many as 50% of tape backups fail to restore. A disaster recovery plan that backs up the organization’s data, applications and email can protect the business from a wide range of loss and liability. That factor alone should convince most managers that disaster recovery should be a high priority for their organization.
Stay tuned for future blog posts with additional reasons to invest in a disaster recovery plan.