If A Disaster Strikes, Is Your Business Well-prepared?

When every business ranging from small to large organization runs on mission critical IT services, the data center services providers do their best to prevent, alleviate, respond and recover technology infrastructure from human induced and natural disasters. A subset and an integral part of business continuity, disaster recovery aims to create resilient business in the process.

A data center has to face challenges like power shortages, floods and sudden shut offs, pilferage, cooling etc. Data centers need to prepare beforehand to encompass the areas of emergency and plan the response and recovery accordingly. A disaster recovery plan can never be accurately prepared or predicted to bounce back from a disaster 100 percent fool- proof. So, a recovery plan should be flexible enough to cope up with the predicament of a disaster to minimize the losses.

While some of the data center services providers aim to provide a complete and perfect resolution to the disaster, most of them fail. Here are four cases which ponder over the reasons of the failure of adopting a fool-proof business continuity or disaster recovery plan.

1)Stale Methodology: Most of the data centers fail to understand and determine between the most critical elements of a business’s IT infrastructure. The business continuity plan of the data centers never seems to resonate with the business they work for and the objectives they store their data or computing resources. Sometimes, it happens that a company develops and with the time the focus on products, infrastructure grows as well. But the data center service provider is not updated on the front of the development and hence, cannot come up with a streamlined approach to handle the disaster well.
2)Wrong Evaluations of Resources: Most of the data centers keep stressing on capability, value and efficiency of their disaster recovery plan but forget that nowadays mission critical services demand a new angle of business continuity. Rather then focusing on the all components, they should be actionable and clear towards aligning key products and services of business. They should show preparedness towards restoring the business with key services in real time. A proper risk assessment and understanding of the needs and priorities of a business is must before drafting a precise and near-accurate business recovery plan.
3)Misdirection of the Program: Even if the providers understand the risks and come up with a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts, they are unable to come with a strategic recommendations and actions. The program objectives should be changed on timely basis and tested to check interdependencies of computing resources and their impact on business operations.
4)Impractical Approach towards Business Continuity: While drafting any business continuity plan, double check it for practicality. Make sure that it could be implemented in real time. Keeping a ring side view of time and resources needed to be saved is critical. All the functions related to the creation /analysis of business continuity plan should resonate in call to action.

It is a well-known fact that a well planned disaster recovery strategy by a data center can reduce the operational, financial and regulatory aftermath significantly. However, to roll out an effective disaster recovery plan, review of the existing plans, evaluation of the unforeseen events and active participation in recovery objectives is imperative.

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