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The Ghost of DR Present

by Scott Kantner, July 6th, 2011 in Backup/Restore, Disaster Recovery

“Coal is momentary and coal is costly.” So said Ebenezer Scrooge in my favorite 1984 version of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.”

Scrooge could have easily been talking about disaster recovery plans too, because DR plans are both costly and tragically momentary, relatively speaking. The problem lies in the fact that a DR plan is never really finished. As soon as you hit “Save”, something, somewhere in your organization has probably already changed that affects your newly revised plan. Every DR plan has an expiration date.


To further paraphrase Dickens, “There is no doubt that Marley was dead I despise DR planning. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story points I am about to share.”

Most days I would rather chew glass than work on a DR plan, yet it’s something of critical importance that falls to me in our organization, and I take it seriously. As a builder at heart, I like to build something well, one time, and then move on to the next project. Unfortunately, the Ghosts of Disaster Recovery do not permit that. It simply is not the nature of DR Planning. Read more »