Achieving Business Resiliency in the Face of Natural Disaster

hurricane_for_blogpostHurricane Joaquin may make landfall on the East Coast.  With memories of Hurricane Sandy and last year’s hard, long winter fresh in our minds — it is important to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that your company’s disaster recovery plan will work when it matters the most.

  1. The goal is resiliency, not perfection – Resiliency means planning to have the highest-impact business processes able to recover quickly from unexpected outages. To ensure business continuity, proper planning and processes is critical. When it comes to the IT infrastructure, a good provider guarantee ensures you’re prepared, and this is done through a well thought out plans ahead of time. A focus on both technology and the people behind it will help you ride out any natural disaster – protecting both your core data and staff.
  1. Geographical diversity is paramount – Disasters, by definition are difficult to predict.  Today it may be the East Coast, tomorrow, it could be anywhere else.  It’s imperative that your infrastructure is able to fail over into a selection of data centers in multiple geographies.  Geographical diversity is one of those DR planning challenges that can be a lot harder than it sounds.  It’s not just about setting up alternative sites. It’s a people issue – people need to know what their individual roles are if a failover and recovery process is triggered.
  1. Don’t forget about storage – Remember those petabytes of data you have?  They have to be dealt with in the face of a natural disaster, too.  This may mean different things to different companies, but it is essential to map out how you are going to build access to stored data if one of your sites goes completely dark.
  1. Make sure you can stay in touch –A disaster can shut down email, networks, and phones.  Even the best-prepared disaster recovery team can be caught off guard.  This is a matter of redundancy and resiliency – you have to make sure you have more than one way to reach people in a disaster. Be prescriptive and pre-determine your plans in order to prevent any inabilities to communicate.

Hurricane Sandy significantly impacted the eastern seaboard of the United States and surrounding areas and its ramifications are still being felt today – even 3 years later. Changing the rules of IT, the super storm forced companies to rethink their Disaster Recovery strategies – protecting them now and in the future. Although we’re unsure if Hurricane Joaquin will make landfall, make sure you stay safe.

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