By Polina Vasileva
Author, Veeam Software Blog
Here’s a true story from one of Veeam’s customers. A gas explosion resulted in a major power failure downtown, which left the company’s primary data center offline for a week. This is a classic example of an IT Disaster – unexpected and unpredictable, disrupting business continuity and affecting operations.
A Necessity, Not a Luxury
If a company had to be offline for a week, that business interruption would probably add up really quickly. Cost is just one reason why having a strong BCDR plan in place is a necessity, not a luxury. A company’s reputation can also be ruined in a flash if news of a major disaster or data breach spreads. Aside from these reasons, valuable data is at stake. Businesses can’t afford to lose their time, money, reputation or data!
According to TechTarget, disaster recovery is a set of specific steps taken to resume operations in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster or national emergency. Business continuity describes the processes and procedures an organization must put in place to ensure that mission-critical functions can continue during and after a disaster. A good BCDR strategy includes:
- Regularly scheduled backups
- An IT infrastructure assessment (hardware, software, networks, power and facilities)
- Business impact analysis of applications and workloads
- Planning on staff roles and risk assessment
- Testing and exercising of your BCDR plan
“When there’s an interruption in IT services, your customers still expect their business to run smoothly,” says Adam Catbagan, manager of technical services at Arrow ECS. “IT departments are expected to protect company data and ensure that the right people and processes are in place to restore normal business function. A well-designed BCDR plan is most definitely a competitive advantage.”
Overall, technology has vastly improved BCDR efforts, especially with virtualization. Server virtualization has made it so that hardware no longer needs to be identical at both locations while desktop virtualization makes disaster recovery much easier with its replication and connectivity attributes.
For virtualized data centers, Veeam delivers joint capabilities of enabling data Availability and infrastructure management.
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Not If, But When
Most BCDR experts would say that when it comes to IT disasters, physical or man-made, it is not a matter of if it’s going to happen for most organizations, but rather when.
- Save important time during an emergency
- Get the information you need to start your response and get you back in control
- Organize your staff and assigns roles so you can address problems effectively
- Gain situational awareness
- Communicate effectively with employees, customers, suppliers and the community
- Keep business running, even if the disruption takes longer to fix than you anticipated
- Ensure your staff stays safe and your operations legal
- Get back to normal business, recover and learn lessons