Disaster recovery, downtime, data loss. Not words many people like to hear. Sure, you understand that a disaster recovery (DR) plan is important, even critical to your company’s business. But building a disaster recovery plan is expensive, time consuming, and requires skills most IT departments don’t have. Besides, how often do disasters really happen, and what are the chances it is going to happen to my company?
A common misconception is that DR is all about natural disasters. While natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes get the most attention, industry research shows power failures, IT hardware, software and network outages, and human error are much more likely to cause business disruptions. Many studies quote that as much as 75% of downtime is caused by human error. According to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Emerson Network Power, unplanned downtime costs organisations an average of $7,900 per minute in 2013.
The lesson here is that disasters can happen to you and probably will – so you need to be prepared for all potential causes of business disruption.
I was catching up with Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst at ESG, a couple of days ago and we started reminiscing about how long we have been in “the industry” of data protection and disaster recovery. Now, I don’t want to get in hot water with Jason, so let’s just say it’s been a long time and leave it at that.
It’s interesting how much the challenges around disaster recovery have grown over the years, yet many companies are approaching it in much the same way they did back in the old days. Every day, we speak to companies that claim to have a DR solution because they are moving tape backups offsite or replicating data to a vault somewhere. But in today’s modern data centre, backup and data replication do not equal disaster recovery.