Data Recovery is a measure you need so that the proton torpedoes of Murphy’s Law don’t Jedi themselves into your mainframe and make everything blow up in your face.
Your business is a human invention that likely has a weakness somewhere which can’t be entirely curtailed. That’s the nature of human invention: it always has an “Achilles Heel”. The heel of Achilles was the Grecian “thermal exhaust port” of his warrior strength. What is your thermal exhaust, Achilles Heel? You’ve definitely got one. If you don’t know what it is, it’s time for some self-discovery.
Business Continuity Planning
One of the most overlooked weaknesses comes in the form of information recovery following a crash. Business continuity is possible with less expense and hassle than ever, and going this route makes a lot more sense than starting from scratch through lack of foresight.
Cloud computing options through a tech company are cost-effective and are popular ways of retaining functionality and avoiding downtime in the event of a crash.
There are quite a few things that could curtail your operations. Some common examples include:
• Software corruption
• Environmental factors (hurricanes, blizzards, lightning)
• Political upheaval (consider angry rioters)
• Internal hacking
• External hacking
• A system upgrade too advanced for current systems
• A legal investigation tying up operations
• Simple human error
Data Recovery options should be designed to combat any of these situations, and thankfully there are such possibilities available today. The cloud is the prime motivator in a sustainable system backup. It is being combined with traditional means of support to provide the most streamlined transition. Before cloud computing tech, when a shutdown was experienced, a backup system had to be brought online. That system would require regular testing at intervals to ensure it was still in proper operation.
It would also require maintenance just like the conventional server array from which normal operations were conducted. In short, previously, backup and recovery options basically required double the expense of traditional operating hardware, making them less desirable for many businesses small and large.
With the cloud, you can have things configured such that systems are regularly backed up remotely, ensuring if things crash locally, you’ve got an instantaneous operational option whose only limit is the speed of local Internet. This can be used while the “thermal exhaust port” that shut down your mainframe is discovered and rectified.
No One Is Immune
Delta Airlines recently lost $150 million dollars because they had to shut down completely for three days and cancel all involved flights. That’s some serious downtime. Delta is an organization that considered itself impervious to such scenarios. CEO Ed Bastian said the company did not believe it was vulnerable to such a shutdown. Obviously, they had done their homework and thought they were secure from losses that may result from a system shutdown.
The thing is, computational environments are always in flux — especially as technological possibilities burgeon worldwide — and without a team actively monitoring operations, there will always be a vulnerability. It isn’t enough just to have cloud backup and recovery options, it’s not enough to have a backup system and a local tech group bent on maintaining it — if you really want to be safe, it makes sense to outsource an agency devoted to systems maintenance and keep them available perpetually.
About the Author
Jennifer Holmes is President of MIS Solutions and a Georgia native who, after graduating from Georgia Tech, became an accomplished research virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 2000, Jennifer hung up her lab coat to join husband Lliam at MIS Solutions as President.
In the past 16 years, she has led the MIS Solutions team to become the Leaders in Metro Atlanta IT Support. MIS Solutions, Inc. is on a mission to empower small businesses with IT solutions, services and teams to grow and support their businesses. Jennifer’s passion is sharing effective business strategies with her clients to deliver the best business solutions for each client’s unique environment and needs.
In 2013, Jennifer’s leadership and marketing skills won her the title of Spokesperson for the nationally acclaimed Technology Marketing Toolkit, an industry group of over 550 top U.S. She is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett program and has acted on the boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Atlanta chapter, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Technology Board.