Why is Disaster Recovery important? Every day, we use mobile solutions and cloud tools for saving our files, sharing them with co-workers and collaborating in real time on countless tasks. Our world is highly convenient, specialized and fast-paced.
Unfortunately, that also means we have a lot to lose when things go wrong. Say, for example, that a massive storm strikes your workplace and threatens your company’s access to its data. This could potentially be a major blow to your productivity. Imagine if all the files you needed to complete a career-defining project were inaccessible for days or even weeks. How would you cope?
“Imagine if all the files you needed to complete a career-defining project were inaccessible.”
According to Melissa Data, this problem is worse than you can even imagine. The news source cited data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which estimated that 40 percent of all companies that experience a disaster never reopen. Of those that do open up again, 25 percent of them are forced to fold later – within two years. From these numbers, it’s fairly clear that we must do more about disaster recovery planning.
IT and disaster recovery expert Bill Hammond told Melissa Data that it’s important to act quickly when it comes to DR. Once you’ve ensured the safety of your employees, your data should be your next priority.
“In the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack, the organization’s first objective should be, clearly, to protect and maintain the safety and security of its employees, and other people on its premises,” Hammond explained. “Once this objective has been achieved, or if people have not been placed at risk by the situation, the highest-priority task of the IT department is to get the business-critical systems running again as quickly as possible.”
Luckily, this is one of the advantages of cloud computing. Here are a few ways to handle disaster recovery in the cloud efficiently:
Cloud Disaster Recovery Tips
Keep a detailed inventory
Awareness is the first step. To this end, your company should have detailed knowledge of all its IT assets. This way, when disaster strikes, you know exactly what needs to be recovered from where.
Identify your key priorities
Not all business data is created equal. This is important because if a disaster does strike your company, chances are you can’t recover everything instantly, so you need to know where to turn first. Get your essential stuff back ASAP so your business can stay up and running.
Have a formal plan in writing
You want to spring into action immediately in a DR scenario. This means having a detailed game plan drawn up in advance – there’s no time to improvise on the spot. Identify clearly who’s in charge of each step of the process so you have accountability.
Test early and often
You want to sleep easy each night with the knowledge that you’re ready for disaster. This means you need to test your DR strategy well in advance. Hammond recommends conducting a “fire drill” three or four times each year. This might seem like a lot, but it’s well worth it to guarantee your business is prepared.
Understand the Business Impact of Downtime
Communicate internally what the potential losses are and the importance of implementing a disaster recovery plan with continuous replication.
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