I was reading, this article (subscription required) by Ben Worthen on WSJ about a study on how well companies are prepared for a disaster. I was not at all surprised by (one of) the findings (paraphrased):
…While 70% of 189 tech leaders surveyed by Forrester Research Inc. said that their companies are prepared for a disaster, the reality was quite different…
We run into this all the time, in talking to (prospective) customers. People “think” they are prepared for a disaster. The truth hits them when you start peeling the layers of the supposed plan. Some things to keep an eye on are
- Is it robust and reliable?
- Do you have the right resources engaged in the plan - both design and implementation?
- How often are the plans tested?
- How well is the plan documented?
- How often is it updated?
- How far away from the primary site is the disaster recovery site ?
- Is there a plan B?
Just because someone in the company is keeping a copy of the files or database on a USB stick, does not mean you have backup. You need a robust solution which is flexible and simple to use. A good Backup and recovery plan is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The article concludes with:
Business people dont want to spend money on an IT project unless it’s likely to cut costs or add revenue. A backup plan does neither…..until disaster strikes