Why Disaster Recovery is Still as Important as Ever

Disaster recovery was a big buzzword back in the early ‘00s, and even further back than that. There were consultancies who specialized in making sure that businesses could withstand an emergency that caused their onsite equipment to fail, and who advised them on how to make sure no important data would be lost.

Hand-in-hand with disaster recovery went ‘business continuity’ - the business discipline of being sure that your company could continue to provide its services and allow staff to work, even if the usual site was blocked for some reason such as flooding or fire, or if a major disaster had occurred.

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud Age

These days, these things are less of a concern than they were 20 years or so ago. This is because we now have greater facilities for working remotely, and cloud services that make a lot of earlier attempts at protecting data from disasters affecting physical hardware obsolete.

But does this mean disaster recovery strategies and business continuity plans are no longer important? Absolutely not. Here we take a look at why these parts of a business’s risk strategy are still as important as ever – they’re just easier now.

Redundancy Is Not Enough

There are inherently redundant ways to store data these days, but this isn’t enough on its own. You also need to be familiar with the ways in which your chosen service will allow you to bring that data back and have a plan for how you will do this in the event of a disaster situation. Any good RAID recovery service will help you through this process, but you need to be including the service you use in
your DR strategy rather than using them in place of having one.

Roles and Responsibilities in a Disaster Situation

Another thing you do need to think about and include in a proper plan – preferably one you review annually and update as things change in terms of technology and your business – is who will do what if you are in a situation where your site cannot function normally. Who will be in charge of contacting clients and letting them
know what has happened and how you plan to deal with it? Who will let staff know the situation? Who will liaise with your back-up company and work on getting all your systems back up and running?

Yes, you can sort all of this out in the midst of a crisis, but it is better not to have to. Having a well-drawn out plan can allow you to keep working almost seamlessly, assuming that everyone knows what they need to do and who their point of contact is for each aspect of getting back to work.

It may feel in many ways like cloud computing, better remote working facilities, and other technology that has advanced so much in the past decade really removes the need for good DR plans, however while these take care of the data, the organizational elements still very much need to be accounted for in a cohesive plan.