Businesses keen to avoid the costly and time-consuming consequences of data loss should invest not only in disaster recovery planning, but also in disaster avoidance.
This is the view of Stephen Bigelow, senior technology editor at TechTarget, who argued companies must build in safeguards to ensure their operations are flexible enough to continue working even when faced with significant disruption.
“Disaster planning and preparation are a critical aspect of any business plan. But there is no single approach to disaster preparedness and the emphasis on disaster response is changing,” he argued.
Mr Bigelow stated the risks associated with running a business are myriad and varied, but what all firms operating complicated infrastructure have in common is the need to protect their critical files and processes from data loss and unnecessary downtime.
With this in mind, he argued firms should consider investing in disaster avoidance measures in addition to existing data recovery services, as this enables businesses to continue to operate even when their competitors may be struggling to do so.
Mr Bigelow concluded: “Disaster recovery technologies typically offer the widest variety of deployment options and price ranges, and are generally used by organisations that can tolerate some level of workload disruption or data loss.
“However, recovery must be tested and practiced periodically to ensure that recovery works as expected.”
Conversely, disaster avoidance requires the use of multiple data centres to provide a round-the-clock ability to operate, ensuring that even should disaster strike one facility or area of a business, there are safeguards and backup systems in place to keep the company working sufficiently to meet customer needs.
While such a system may be more expensive than traditional disaster recovery planning, it does mean firms are unlikely to fold over issues like fire, flooding or data loss, as their flexible IT infrastructure should keep everything running smoothly.
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