I’m not sure who said it, but when it comes to disaster recovery, this saying surely makes a lot of sense: “It’s better to be careful a hundred times than to be burned once.” Just think about the reasons why we get insurance. It’s to be prepared for the worst, so you can cover costs and get on with the rest of your life. The same thing applies to disaster recovery. Although you might not have experienced a significant event, that doesn’t mean one couldn’t happen in the future. Here are some of the most common causes for an extended outage:
- Natural Disasters: No matter where you are located, there are natural threats out there that could disrupt operations. We’re just about to enter the Winter Season, for example, and for many parts of the country, this means snow, ice and all of that other fun events Jack Frost has to offer. These events could cause downed power lines, collapsed roofs, flooding and other things that could disrupt your systems.
- Hacking: As business operations become more virtual, it becomes incredibly important to have security measures in place to defend against hacking. A hacker may tap into your system, for example, to try and obtain valuable data – like credit card numbers, pins, etc. Any hacking attempt could result in a disruption of your system as well.
- Facility Issue: Whether it’s a burst pipe, electrical malfunction, or damaged air conditioning unit, issues with the facility where your hardware is housed is a possibility no matter where you operate.
- Hardware Failure: This is by far the most common reason for an extended outage. Unfortunately, as IT budgets dwindle and businesses must do with less, the idea of updating or even properly maintaining current hardware may be out of the question. Antiquated hardware is more likely to fail or be subject to a security threat.
Because of these and many other reasons, it’s important to have a disaster recovery plan in place to protect your data and network. A significant outage or data loss could result in lost man hours, reduced customer confidence, diminished sales, and utter chaos. DSS Disaster Recovery personnel can help your business design, deploy and manage your disaster recovery planning, so your critical operations and data will be there in the event of natural disaster, external threat or hardware failure. Unfortunately, when it comes to disaster recovery, the question usually is not “if,” but “when?” DSS can help you stay prudent for when such an event occurs.