The Word Disaster In Disaster Recovery Is A Disaster

In businesses both large and small, IT professionals have no doubt heard the phrase "disaster recovery" more than their fair share of times. On its face, the concept makes sense. Companies, especially those that would suffer adversely from prolonged downtime, should have a strategy for what to do when something goes wrong and technology stops working.

We've noticed a particular rub, however, that's deleterious to the implementation and effectiveness of DR, and that lies in the name itself. The very term "disaster recovery" is often met with eye rolls--distracting from the important elements that businesses should be focusing on to keep their assets safe.

Instead of throwing your resources into constantly harping about DR, instead consider placing your efforts into improving IT resiliency, that is to say, the ability to bounce back quickly in the event of equipment failure, outages and similar technological disruptions.

While this might sound similar to the traditional DR concept, there's a subtle difference. In addition to taking into account potential scenarios outside of floods, fires, etc., resilience incorporates strategies that are designed to work quickly and encompass more than merely creating backups and hoping for the best "after the fact."

Resilience is a more proactive approach to maintaining stability that allows businesses to shift from one solution to another, often by way of automation and simplification of backup options. To implement this approach correctly, though, companies have to conduct a thorough overview of their level of readiness. This includes their testing regimen, documentation and physical data center environment.

To remain adaptable, you'll need to take the time to identify the most likely causes of disruption and prepare for them. Furthermore, you should have the ability to rapidly ascertain when a system has been disrupted so that you can respond accordingly. Having a detailed plan in place, one that addresses both maintaining the continuity of the damaged system and recovering lost data/returning operations to normal as quickly as possible is also key.

This is an ongoing process, one that will continually evolve, which is where comes into play. We can help support your organization in assessing your level of disaster recovery capability, and make suggestions on ways to improve your abilities in conjunction with increasing your overall resiliency so that you're well-prepared to handle the challenges that await.