Perhaps it’s human nature, but often, we only act when the situation around us forces a change in behavior. Whether it’s because of a hurricane like Isaac or after a unforeseen failure or data loss occurs, but not being proactive and ever-vigilant about data protection can become costly – in fact, 43 percent of businesses that close after a natural disaster never reopen, and an additional 29 percent permanently close within two years (according to the “Gulf Coast Back to Business Act, 2007).
Having been in the forefront of data projection focused on Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) for more than a decade, we at Data Storage Corporation make it our top priority to ensure that your data and your businesses can standup to whatever threats and challenges arise. That is why we wanted to remind everyone about some of the top reasons why your DR/BC plans can fail.
Top Five Reasons Disaster Recovery Programs Can Fail:
1. Backups Do Not Work. This can be caused by many issues – because the data is old or has become corrupted. You need to ensure that the backups you’re counting on to restore your business after an interruption actually work.
2. Poor DR Planning Doesn’t Address The Full Scope of Potential Threats or Provide for Contingencies. Beyond traditional security and failure issues, have you considered any unique natural threats to your business caused by its location? Are you in a tornado or hurricane-prone area? Is there a risk of earthquakes? Is the power supplied by your local utility reliable? Beyond these threats, does your plan include failsafe communications should the communications infrastructure become damaged (loss of telephone lines, damaged cellular network towers, etc.)?
3. Inadequate Capacity. Good DR planning ensures your DR infrastructure provides enough power in the event that the outage persists. Make sure your backup generators have enough fuel and make sure the batteries in your uninterruptable power supplies are fully charged and operating at peak efficiency.
4. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (BC) Plans Haven’t Been Tested. Amazing as it may seem, many DR/BC plans will be implemented, but not actually tested. Beyond the initial stress tests we at Data Storage Corporation mandate, recovery plans need to be tested on a periodic basis to ensure they actually work [see our previous “TRUST BUT VERIFY” blog posting on this topic here].
5. Your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan Isn’t Updated. Any plan is only as good as the information it is built from. Since business is always changing, your plans need to be updated to ensure it still addresses the risks and needs of your business. We recommend that the plan be revisited and updated accordingly, at least every three months or as soon as there is any change to a system or application included in the plan.
Your business doesn’t have to become the latest statistic. Get prepared with a comprehensive and fully-tested DR/BC solution from Data Storage Corporation. For more information, contact us at 212.564.4922.