As networks and devices become increasingly complex, more and more things can go wrong. As a result, disaster recovery plans have also become more complex.
Is yours good enough?
According to Jon William Toigo, the author of Disaster Recovery Planning, 15 or 20 years ago a disaster recovery plan might consist of powering down a mainframe and other computers, disassembling components, and drying circuit boards in the parking lot with a hair dryer. Thatâ€™s because a disaster, in those days, was usually a fire that set off a companyâ€™s sprinklers.
Today, there are many more threats, including sabotage. Moreover, most companiesâ€™ IT systems are too large to be recovered using such a simple hands-on approach. Even if you could recover from a disaster in the manner Toigo recalls, you probably wouldnâ€™t want to due to the downtime it would requireâ€”downtime that could have a significant financial impact.
Consider the case of Hurricane Katrina. When it slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, it wiped out the communications infrastructure of a whole region, uprooting 1,000 wireless towers and knocking down 11,000 utility poles. Many businesses were forced to shut down entirelyâ€”even critical ones, including 25 hospitals and 100 broadcast stations. But clients of such company did stay in businessâ€”by relocating to off-site facilities equipped with the computing power and backed-up data to keep systems and services online. Some even utilized 18-wheelers with servers and other office equipment inside.
Disaster recovery in the modern age is a detailed, step-by-step course of action for quickly getting back on your feet after a natural or manmade disaster. The details may vary depending on your business needs, and can be developed in-house or purchased as a service.
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