Disaster recovery is one of the most important overall areas of business IT, namely because it is the safety net ensuring the others keep functioning. No matter how good an organization’s technological resources are, the fact that they could all be destroyed by one natural catastrophe or man-made act of sabotage should give leaders pause. If data protection technologies are insufficient or, worse, nonexistent, businesses can lose everything in a hurry, wasting any progress they have made in acquiring and setting up a good IT environment. Disaster recovery tools are all about not taking this chance, adding a level of security and peace of mind.
Some organizations are already embracing data backup best practices – and some may mistakenly think they are. This is because processes that were once completely acceptable have been replaced and bettered over the years. A recent guide by IT Pro Portal contributor Farid Ouazzani set the scene. He stated that the market has evolved in the past few years, and there are now new options beyond those that populated disaster recovery schemes at their introduction. Ouazzani emphasized that each business will have its own use cases, and they should take these as their guide while selecting the ideal options for their own situations.
The introduction of cloud computing has changed the way businesses manage their whole tech infrastructures, so it is not at all strange that disaster recovery and data protection tactics have gone in this direction. Ouazzani suggested that some firms will see cloud backup as the ideal option. Getting data offsite is a good idea due to the mere fact that losing headquarters data centers to a disaster should not spell total destruction for a company’s IT. The author went further, suggesting that in some industries, data compliance with regulations may hinge on placing content in a remote location. Of course, it also pays to remember that compliance describes a minimum rather than maximum level of data protection – companies can and should go further.
In addition to describing the ways in which data protection has evolved, Ouazzani offered reminders of why businesses should be so eager to protect this content in the first place. Namely, because it is “the lifeblood of organizations,” the product of all a firm’s efforts. Interactions between companies today are defined by a flow of data, and consumer relations as well. Losing servers without a quick and comprehensive way to restore them takes a business out of the fight – something leaders can ill afford.
Mastering the methods
Another IT Pro Portal contributor, Ian Masters, cited the top threats facing companies to help them get ready to fight back. He stated that storage failure is a main reason why firms lose their information. Picking a bad medium or implementing it poorly could end up with a disaster recovery plan snapping into action – and the firm still losing data. Masters also issued a warning that malware can corrupt and destroy saved content. Illicit access to confidential data may be the dominant image of cybercrime, but sabotaging systems also goes on.