Why Data Center Backups and Disaster Recovery Should Be Part of Your Hurricane Preparation

Disaster Recovery (DR) is a frightening concept, conjuring images of a frantic scramble to ensure business continuity within your company and for your customers. In the southeastern United States, Disaster Recovery is often synonymous with ‘hurricane preparedness,’ although recent times have taught us that these challenging scenarios can take many forms. Thankfully, recovery can look and feel a lot more like active preparation when started at the appropriate time: before disaster hits. In fact, Disaster Recover (DR) should be included in every data center ops plan.

To begin, identify and note your hardware, software, and connectivity. Maintain a list of all dependencies your company uses, set aside hardware and other business continuity resources dedicated exclusively for continuous operations post-disaster. Any appropriate information needed to retain continuity with your access to those backups and archives should also be listed. Upload reliable backups to the cloud and any other media you normally use.

Next, analyze your tolerance for loss. Pull financial data that illustrates where your breakpoints are and determine how potential downtime, data loss, and the cost of inactivity impact your ability to resume operations reliably. Use this information to decide what level of these stressors you can feasibly withstand, and then evaluate your insurance policies, mainly their terms and conditions, and adjust your stop-gap coverage accordingly.

After examining these factors, begin implementing your company’s communication plans: create a hierarchy of contacts and assign team leaders to spearhead implementation of your contingency plans. Delegate responsibility for the critical aspects of your contingency plans by designating team leaders to secure and implement a safe and viable place to operate by racking your gear at a 2N data center, like JAX NAP and GoRACK, where all critical systems are fully redundant.

Finally, rehearse the plan; organize a hypothetical scenario that requires these efforts to be put into place quickly and determine the efficiency with which your selected leaders can get you up and running again with as little downtime as possible. With all of these steps in mind, you’re well on your way to creating a disaster recovery and business continuity plan that will protect your business from the worst. And it may just give you some worry free nights.