We’ve all heard of the 80-20 rule in business, but did you know that there is an 80-20 rule in disaster recovery? Each year 20 percent of all businesses will experience a significant outage and 80% of those businesses will actually shut down within a year. It makes sense when you think about it. If a business cannot access its data or restore its operations, it is sure to lose a lot of money very quickly.
What’s more, customers may not want to put their faith in a business if they experience a significant outage because they may question where else the business falls short. It’s for this reason why disaster recovery becomes a crucial part of any IT agenda. Here are a few points about disaster recovery and ways to optimize it for your business’s data center:
Consider What Are the Causes of an Outage: Although a natural disaster may make the headlines and will certainly wreak havoc on your IT system, more often than not it is due to some sort of human error or failure on the part of the hardware or software.
Test, Test and Test Again: Once you come up with your BC/DR plan, your job is done, right? Unfortunately, an untested plan isn’t a plan, so you must conduct different tests that measure the success of your BC/DR plan in realistic situations. Test should be done regularly as things do change. You could have changed your infrastructure or added applications that may affect the success of your plan. Finally, remember to train personnel thoroughly so everyone is on the same page if an event were to occur.
Prepare for the Elements: If your data center is located in an area that sees a large amount of earthquakes, for example, seismic rack cabinets make a whole lot of sense. The same is true for wall mounted racks if your data center could be affected by flooding. Gaw Technology supplies these and other durable storage solutions to ensure your hardware is protected from elements that could trigger an outage.