By: John M. Cook (11/06/2012)
This week, up and down the East coast of the United States, businesses are discovering their disaster recovery plan was not quite what they had hoped. With disrupted power, internet, phone and other technical services for millions along the Eastern seaboard, many businesses are now discovering just how good or bad their disaster recovery plans really are.
Data centers tested their emergency systems and prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. One ISP, however, still ended up with a flooded facility and had to completely shut down operations, to avoid infrastructure damage. Many of the ISP’s (Datagram) customers had already opted for co-location backup and disaster recovery services with the company’s secondary data center location in Connecticut.
There are no real-time statistics on the percentage of companies that have failed or will fail as a result of inadequate disaster recovery solutions. It is reasonable to assume there will be significant disruption and serious financial distress for many small to medium sized businesses because of Hurricane Sandy.
Data backed up, only at a businesses on-site location, is not of much value if it’s three feet underwater or completely destroyed. Even data backed up to an off-site location may not be enough… if it is only backed up to one location.
This is where we learn a serious lesson about the value of The Cloud. Clouding hosting means your valuable data is never in just one location. Even if one data center is completely shut down, your data remains completely safe at the co-location site. Failover from one center to another is nearly instantaneous.
Cloud hosting, especially for disaster recovery, is a flexible, scalable, reliable and cost-effective alternative. Recovery times are faster due to the fact that cloud servers can be up and running in minutes.
An effective, efficient, well-designed disaster recovery plan is essential in today’s business world. Unexpected disasters happen. Information and data that you do not have properly backed up… is simply data that you have not lost… yet!