At the Core
6 August 15

Averting Disaster: 5 Common Mistakes In DR Planning, And How To Avoid Them

No matter what line of work you're in, there's a good chance that most of your daily workflow is dependent on data – lots and lots of data. Whether it's information about your customers, your internal workflows or the business world around you, there are probably countless files that you depend on for keeping up to speed on a daily basis.

"Your business operates under the constant threat of a disaster."

With this in mind, you need those important files to be protected. Your business operates under the constant threat of a disaster that might jeopardize your files – whether it's a thunderstorm, a tornado or an in-house tech malfunction, there are countless ways that your data is at risk for being damaged or destroyed.

This is why many businesses are ramping up their disaster recovery planning efforts. For example, they're exploring new strategies for backing up their data, such as using cloud backup solutions instead of outdated methods like saving files on tapes. New strategies for DR are quickly changing the way businesses maintain productivity in the face of new threats.

According to Forbes, though, it's important to plan carefully for DR and steer clear of any unforeseen hiccups in the process. Anthony Kessel of SungardAS told the news source that if you don't plan effectively for DR, you risk making any potential disaster even worse.

"Disaster recovery planning – it's essential to business resilience, business continuity, business agility and all those other buzzwords you see plastered over the Web nowadays," Kessel noted. "However, there is a caveat. Namely, you have to do it right, or your disaster recovery planning will aggravate, not assist, any disaster you may experience."

Poor DR planning can lead to a major crisis.Poor DR planning can lead to a major crisis.

The following are five common mistakes that companies make in their DR efforts, and how to avoid letting these same setbacks happen to you.

Neglecting some of your data
Is all of your data safe? Don't just back up a couple of important files and then call it a day. Be thorough in your DR planning, gathering as much data as you can and putting all in a safe and secure place.

Struggling to access servers
A common problem is having your data backed up on remote servers, but having trouble with accessing those servers. When it comes to DR, you'll want to have a clear path to retrieving your data at a moment's notice.

Planning inadequately for disaster response
When disaster strikes, will you have a plan ready? Responsibilities need to be delegated well in advance. Make sure everyone knows their role and is ready to contribute when called upon.

Jumbling the chronology of your data
Another common problem is having different files backed up from different points in time. What if one department of your company backs up its files daily, while another has an auto-replication process that runs every 30 minutes? You might have a logistical mess on your hands recovering files that are chronologically disjointed.

Falling behind in change management
No successful company uses the same tech solutions year after year – savvy businesses are always evolving with the times, finding new tools to take them to the next level. Make sure you're on top of the change management process, always looking to upgrade to a better cloud solution for managing your data.

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