Don’t let a storm or cyber attack ruin everything you worked hard for. Regardless of the type of business you own, it’s up to you to keep sensitive data and the company’s technologies safe.[Read more…] about 5 Key Points to Include in Your Disaster Recovery Plan
Backup and Disaster Recovery
When major publications stop capitalizing terms like “internet” and “web,” you know those things have become commonplace. They’ve become accepted as here to stay. Even the internet of things (lowercase) is accepted as fact—even if its potential is far from being realized.
We still capitalize Big Data, though, as if we’re still not quite sure. Maybe that’s because capital Big emphasizes the data we collect today has increased by an order of magnitude. Science Daily reports 90 percent of the world’s data has been produced in the last two years.[Read more…] about 9 Ways Big Data Affects Your Backup and Recovery Strategy
A 2015 Evolve IP survey reports 56 percent of companies don’t feel prepared to recover from a business disaster. And 75 percent get a failing grade for disaster recovery, including those with existing DR plans. It’s clear that even the companies with detailed DR plans have trouble executing such projects.
It’s no wonder executives think developing disaster recover plans (DRP) is expensive and somewhat futile. Why spend all that time and money creating a plan that won’t restore operations when you need it to?
But DR projects can produce spectacular results. Here are five attitudes that cause DR projects to fail.[Read more…] about 5 Attitudes That Can Cause Your DR Project to Fail
A few weeks ago, we talked about the United Airline’s computer glitch that halted their takeoffs for two hours. The resulting ripple affected 4900 flights worldwide, far more than the initial estimate of 3500. That article emphasized the importance devising and implementing a company disaster recovery plan (DRP).
Most DRPs focus on recovering costly physical assets. But most of today’s business “disasters” are caused by “little things,” like a power outage or even a software update gone bad. These might not seem like disasters in the usual sense of the word, but their financial impacts can make you think otherwise.
Business continuity plans (BCP) take a broader view. Beyond recovering the infrastructure, they intend to keep the business running during the crisis. The foundation of any effective BCP is a business impact analysis – the Research and Document elements of devising your plan.[Read more…] about 4 Reasons Why Business Impact Analysis is Key to Business Continuity
Last week, we saw a cascade of IT failures from three major companies, each in different industries. United Airlines, one of the largest US airlines, experienced a two-hour outage that affected nearly 3500 flights worldwide. The New York Stock Exchange halted trading for three hours, citing technical difficulties. And the website for the Wall Street Journal – America’s largest financial publication – went offline.
The immediate panic was that major US companies were under cyber-attack. While that proved not to be the case, cyber-attacks are far from the only failure your company should worry about. Especially where Information Technology is concerned.
Most IT disasters aren’t caused by a hurricane, an earthquake or a fire – nor a cyber-attack. A server upgrade can go badly. A network segment can fail. Even a simple power failure can devastate a business that has to be operational 24/7.[Read more…] about If United Airlines Can’t Stay in the Air, How Will You?
Whenever people go on a road trip, they usually prep their car by checking all the fluid levels, making sure the tires are aired up properly, and putting emergency supplies in the trunk. Rarely, however, do most of us check the air in our spare tires. Sadly, the same is true with businesses as they plan for potential technological disasters.[Read more…] about Do You Know If Your Data Backup and Disaster Recovery System Will Work When Needed?