Backup & Disaster Recovery Overview
Backup and disaster recovery is often the most overlooked aspect of a company’s IT. The main issue preventing companies investing in backup and disaster recovery is down to the nature of the solution itself: it is only used in a worst case scenario. This makes the immediate and tangible benefit to a company hard to justify when faced with any additional costs. It is unlike any other IT solution because there is no immediate performance increase or business productivity benefit.
Hindsight is a wonderfull thing…
Companies that tend to invest effectively in backup and disaster recovery are ones that have already experienced the sting of not having the correct solution in place and finding that they needed it after the fact. This will usually result in days of down time, stress and data loss. The biggest question any business owner needs to ask is, “Will a true backup and disaster recovery solution cost my company more than 1 hour of down time?” or, in a worst case scenario, “Will my company be able to continue trading if my mission critical data is lost?”
I am in a fortunate position, being an IT geek, in that I no longer view IT through rose tinted glasses. I can see the pitfalls and pains that accompany it and the fragile nature of the hardware that is integral to the efficient running of any company. In my experience backup and disaster recovery have always been an afterthought, bolted on to begin with and neglected as the company grows. Being a business owner you need to understand your backup and disaster recovery solution, and it should not be something that happens in the background, taken care of by the ‘IT Elves’. I am not saying you need to understand the ‘nuts and bolts’ but you must be fully aware of the process.
What does your Backup & DR need to deliver?
Is your current solution capable of supporting your needs right now? Has your backup and disaster recovery been tested this week, this month or even this year? What happens to the companies data if your building has a fire? If the answer to any of these 3 questions is ‘I’m not sure’ I would strongly advise that you need the answers.
Effective backup and disaster recovery does not have to be expensive but the process needs to be outlined and documented. The solution in place needs to fit within your IT strategy and business plan. If it isn’t supporting your needs today how will your business survive tomorrow after a failure? Knowing exactly what happens at each stage and who owns the stage is integral to an effective and efficient failover.
Business owners ask the questions, IT Professionals have the answers. Plan for the worst and you will be prepared for tomorrow.