Disaster Recovery (DR) is best compared to an insurance policy. It can potentially be a big investment, but the moment DR is needed, you’ll be relieved you have it. DR is a part of delivering Business Continuity (BC), the capability of an organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident.
Disruptive incidents can be anything that puts an organization’s operations at risk:
- Loss of personnel
- Loss of facilities
- Loss of access to data or applications
- Equipment failure
- Natural disasters
- Cyberattacks (ransomware)
Typically, organizations create a plan and subsequent processes to ensure Business Continuity. Disaster Recovery needs to be a big part of this BC Planning because organizations need to be prepared for the worst. Even with a DR strategy in place, your organization might not be bulletproof. Review our top 6 mistakes you might be making with your disaster recovery strategy.
Main benefits of having a DR strategy in place:
- Mitigating risk such as snapshots or mirror copy failure and corruption, human error, hardware failure, poorly documented configuration.
- Minimizing downtime: aka keeping your business online!
- Insuring against natural disasters by having geographic diversity: multiple copies of data in multiple geographies and cloud nodes.
- Having the ability to withstand human error or physical impact on a production environment.
- Limit effect on business or downstream customers.
Avoid making these 6 common mistakes with your DR strategy.
1) Underestimating the impact of downtime and potential data loss to the business
Downtime is something that organizations need to be prepared to experience, which is why having a Disaster Recovery strategy in place is so important. It has become an accepted, virtually expected aspect of enterprise life. No organization is 100% safe from experiencing an outage, and the cost of downtime for each organization is different. For example, in 2011 major brands Bank of America, Verizon, and Netflix experienced devastating failures and outages. Bank of America’s outage lasted 6 days and affected 29 million online customers; Verizon’s outage lasted 24+ hours and customers across the US were affected; Netflix experienced an outage lasting 4-8 hours which affected 20,000,000 customers.
It’s important to take into account all of the aspects of a business that could be affected by an outage and how much it would cost you financially, down to the minute. Downtime can also have a serious impact on company reputation and customer loyalty which can have a negative impact on organization’s customer retention. It’s also important to note that severe data loss can destroy an organization entirely. In 2014, SaaS provider Code Spaces failed to recover from being hacked and lost all of their data and backups in a matter of 12 hours.
Download our eBook, ‘6 MISTAKES YOU SHOULD AVOID MAKING IN YOUR DR STRATEGY’ to find out what other mistakes you might be making!