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3 misconceptions about disaster recovery

Keeping a business running is hard work. It takes constant dedication, years of struggle and just a little bit of luck. Sadly, sometimes luck doesn’t go your way and a disaster befalls your successful company. This is why organizations invest in creating a disaster recovery solution, a vitally important part of any business’s continued operations.

That said, many company leaders have preconceived notions about this service and what it requires. Sometimes this involves an incorrect assumption of an organization’s ability to weather the storm, or it could even be just a misunderstanding of how often such events occur in the first place. Regardless, there are quite a few errors about disaster recovery that should be stamped out.

As such, let’s take some time and rule out the three most common misconceptions about this incredibly useful service:

1. Downtime doesn’t happen that often

One of the biggest misunderstandings within the business sector in terms of disaster recovery is the notion that downtime is not a common occurrence. Whether this is actually the spread of misinformation or just wishful thinking on the part of company administrators is beyond the point, as this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Disasters can very often result in expensive downtime for a company.”

A study conducted by EMC found that just under two-thirds of surveyed organizations had to deal with either a downed network or lost data within the last year. While the causes of these situations were varied, the point here is that disasters happen all the time, and they can very often result in expensive downtime for a company. Clearly, downtime is not such a rare event after all.

So how did this misconception spread?

Perhaps the best explanation has to do with the fact that companies rarely bring up their own missteps. Unless the news reports on it, a company will do everything in its power to ensure that an interruption of services doesn’t color its customer-facing image. As such, administrators often don’t see the network struggles of their competition, thereby influencing their view of downtime as a whole. It is important to remember that downtime is a huge problem for businesses right now, and planning for it is a crucial part of mitigating the risks of extended interruptions.

2. Your business is strong enough to survive a disaster

People take pride in the things they create, especially something as complex and time-consuming as a business. While it’s great to admire all of the hard work you have put into building your company into the success story it is today, it is important to keep a realistic opinion of your ability to properly handle a disaster.

Major events that disrupt the normal flow of business are notorious for their ability to completely destroy an organization, especially for small businesses. In fact, the Red Cross reported that nearly 40 percent of smaller organizations shut down for good following a “major disaster like a flood, tornado or earthquake.”

Viewing your business as resilient shows you have confidence in your company, but taking that too far is playing a dangerous game that you very well could end up losing. However, this does not mean you should be treating your organization as if it were made of glass. Rather, administrators need to understand the massive impact a disaster can have on operations as well as respect the fact that the business could very easily crumble if proper steps aren’t taken to prevent such a catastrophe. This is a problem that needs to be taken seriously if it is to be handled properly.

3. Just having a plan is good enough

This is probably one of the worst misconceptions surround disaster recovery. Many companies believe that just having any procedure at all is enough to properly mitigate the risks of extended downtime following a catastrophe. In fact, a study conducted by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council found that around 54 percent of organizations did have a plan, but this procedure wasn’t “fully documented.” This means that every system’s recovery cycle wasn’t discussed in length.

Having a shoddy disaster recovery solution in place is just as bad as not having one, perhaps even worse in certain scenarios. An IT employee scrambling to get systems back online wouldn’t be able to follow along properly with a poorly documented disaster recovery plan, causing even more confusion and panic that could result in extended downtime.

This is why the creation and implementation of a disaster recovery solution is often best left to the professionals. The experts at 3CS have years of experience making plans like these, and they can help ensure your company experiences as little downtime as humanly possible following a disaster. Contact a 3CS professional today and find out what a proper disaster recovery solution can do for your company.

 

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