Disaster Recovery Planning Essay

2348 Words Dec 19th, 2005 10 Pages
Introduction
"Common natural disasters area a leading cause of data loss…" says Bud Stoddard, AmeriVault President and CEO. Events such as the 8.3 earthquake that struck Hokkaido Japan September 25, 2003, and the firestorm in San Diego just weeks ago are just two examples of how natural disasters are devastating millions of unprepared businesses around the world. These are not the only events that must be considered, however. The terrorist attacks against the US on 9/11/01 and the biggest blackout in North American history in August 2003 are examples of man-made disasters. A 2002 U.S. Bureau of Labor study showed that 93 percent of companies that lose a significant amount of data fold within 5 years. Another survey found that only 60%
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Clients are allowed 24-hour access to their data and technical support is on available around the clock. Back-up generators supply power in case of emergency and the electricity runs through a power conversion system to ensure its purity. The data center utilizes the latest in fire suppression technology; systems constantly sample the air, monitoring for possible fire or flooding. Depending on severity, either dry pipe suppression or temperature reducing measures will be enacted. SBC also offers service in other geographical areas, allowing a company to distribute risk in multiple areas. It is in a company's best interest to not keep all of their eggs in one basket and research all options available in order to protect their business data. Prevention is better than cure.

Advanced Prevention – "Hot Site" plus tape
All organizations' main objective is to resume business as usual within a reasonable amount of time. But why should a company invest in a costly disaster recovery plan? "Nearly one in three companies operate without a formal DR strategy in place" according to Imation Corporation. Natural disasters only account for three percent of incidences reported by BI-Tech. However, since 9-11, the power outages across the nation, viruses, and many natural disasters recently have changed many organizations opinion of having such a plan.
So how does an organization implement a strategy? First

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