Disaster Avoidance

Forget Disaster Recovery – Let’s Talk Disaster Avoidance

Organizations simply expect IT to deliver continuous service and systems availability. But those in IT who understand the resources, planning and complexities of an always-on solution know it’s not that simple. They understand that to do this, companies need a disaster avoidance and recovery solution that actually works.

The importance of a disaster plan cannot be overstated. Regardless of industry, when an unforeseen event takes place and brings day-to-day operations to a halt, your organisation needs to recover as quickly as possible and continue to provide services to your clients. Not having a disaster plan in place can put the organisation at risk of high financial costs, reputation loss and even greater risks for its clients and customers.

Disaster Recovery describes the strategy an organisation employs to deal with potential technology disasters so that the effects to the business will be minimized and they will be able to either maintain or quickly resume normal business activity and its mission-critical functions.

Disaster Avoidance, as the name implies, is the process of preventing or significantly reducing the probability that a disaster caused by humans, machines, or forces of nature will occur in the first place; or if such an event does occur that the effects to the business’ technology systems are minimized to the greatest extent possible.

The best way to determine which measures your organization should include is to conduct a risk analysis to determine where your major vulnerabilities are.

The minimum preventative measures usually consist of on-site recovery procedures that you can use to keep routine problems from escalating into a disaster. Such measures include keeping spare hardware available, performing regular backups, and maintaining a skilled operations staff. In addition, you might want to consider fortifying your building, improving fire protection, implementing rigorous access control procedures, and strengthening corporate policies. The time and cost involved in implementing and maintaining such measures can be justified by comparing the time and cost involved in dealing with a disaster.

This is usually seen as an issue that can easily be ‘looked at tomorrow’. This simply is not the case. Effective measures need to be in place right from the get-go.

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