When making a disaster recovery palm, many companies makes some common mistakes that might cost them their ability to get their systems back online. Failing to plan entirely is the most common problem, but failing to plan effectively is just as bad. In order to manage a system recovery effectively, it’s important to know what the common mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Keeping Backup Copies in the same Place as the Original
In the event of a system failure due to nature disaster, it is very likely that a company’s offices and equipment will be permanently damaged. If all of their backup files as stored in the same place as the originals, then the backups will be damaged to. To avoid this, companies should keep backups in a separate place. Ideally, they will keep their backups in a cloud storage system that will allow them to access their backups from anywhere.
They don’t have Hardware on Hand
Usually, when data is completely wiped out, it is due to a problem with the hardware of a machine. Even viruses are known to permanently damage hard drive, making them completely unusable. When a company is trying to recover from the loss of their data, the last thing they need to worry about is shipping time related to obtaining new hardware. In addition, computer hardware becomes obsolete quickly. If a company waits until they absolute need a replacement part to buy it, they might find that the part is no longer available or extremely expensive to purchase. Instead, companies need to be prepared for system loss by having backup components available to repair a system.
They try to Do it Themselves
When restoring one single system, it might be easy to simply download the data from the backup after fixing the issue. However, when trying to fix an entire network of computers, this might not be so easy. Companies who choose to allow inexperienced IT professionals or even administrative workers take care of their IT issues are already at a loss. Before systems can be restored, the central issue that caused the failure in the first place needs to be found. Only people who are experienced in restoring systems can handle the massive responsibility of getting company systems back online. In order to back a system up to working order following a disaster, it is important to have experienced employees on hand to fix problems.
A disaster recovery plan is not something that can be halfway done or just thrown together. Even the smallest of businesses needs to have a way of maintaining records and data following damage to their computer systems. Customers may understand when a company is having computer issues, but that won’t stop them from going somewhere else. In order to maintain their customer relationships and handle their businesses, companies need to have a fast disaster recovery plan designed to get their business back online as quickly as possible following damage to their network.