As a kid, you couldn’t wait for a snow day or storm to shut down school for a couple days. As a CEO, CIO, Entrepreneur or IT Manager – you realize a business shut-down even for a day or two is a disaster. With most businesses relying on technology to perform their day-to-day operations, it is more important than ever that precautions are taken to keep the computers and network up and running, while having a plan to recover if faced with a system collapse.
Types of Disasters: Know What You Are Preparing For
When we think about disasters wiping out a business, we normally think about the major weather events and acts of God, like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and snow storms. These can all lead to the inability for a business to operate, but even more common and disastrous to businesses are the situations we don’t think much about: power outages, floods, thunder and lightning storms, theft, and equipment malfunctions.
According to Continuity Central, 47% of businesses are unable to operate due to human error, 29% due to server errors, 15% due to power failure, and only 9% are due to natural disasters. From these statistics, we can see how to prioritize our disaster recovery planning.
Disaster Recovery Planning
Don’t Become a Failed Business Statistic
The IDC reports that more than 90% of businesses fail within a year of experiencing data loss. You don’t have to become a failed business statistic, you just need to create a disaster recovery plan before an emergency takes place. Many industries require a solid disaster recovery plan in order to fulfill audit requirements and the maintenance of audit trails in fiscal systems, as well.