What’s the lifeblood of your business? Typically, you’ll hear an answer like ‘our people’, or ‘our commitment to the customer’…but while there are events that can hurt a business, there are also events that can bring your company to its knees, in a matter of minutes. Or seconds.
Your responsibility as an IT professional is to put a strategic contingency plan in place to be able to restore mission critical systems within a specific time frame in order to minimize losses.
Do you have a Disaster Recovery plan? Is it tested? Yes, I said tested. Not in a theoretical, process-driven sort of way. Does your organization have Restore Time Objectives (RTOs), and/or Restore Point Objectives (RPOs) that have been tested and verified to be met or exceeded?
Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the duration of time and a service level within which a business process must be restored after a disaster in order to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in continuity.
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is the age of files that must be recovered from backup storage for normal operations to resume if a computer, system, or network goes down as a result of a hardware, program, or communications failure.
What constitutes a disaster? Here are some interesting statistics regarding the cause of IT related ‘disasters’:
60% Human Error
56% Unexpected Updates & Patches
44% Server Room Issues
29% Power Outages
26% Fire or Explosions
Don’t put this off. It’s time to put proper disaster recovery planning at the top of your current list of IT initiatives.
A disaster isn’t a disaster until it’s a disaster. By then, it’s too late.
What is your cost of downtime? Here are some statistical averages:
$164,000/hour – small businesses
$215,000/hour – medium sized businesses
$686,000/hour – large businesses
Know your cost of downtime. Have a plan in place. Test that plan. If you aren’t able to test your plan…it’s not good enough.
‘Oh sh-t’ happens. Don’t let it put you out of business.
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