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Preparing Disaster Recovery Strategies for Winter

10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Business leaders have had to quickly refine their disaster recovery and continuity plans to ensure that modern threats do not disrupt their operations or lead to loss of any kind. This has been no easy task, especially considering the fact that the procession of new technologies entering into the average workplace has been somewhat constant and rapid throughout the past few years, making risk management a far more complex matter. 

With winter right around the corner, now is a good time for firms to iron out their disaster recovery plans and incorporate aspects that are specifically focused on the threats they face in the colder season. The Insurance Information Institute estimated that winter storms caused nearly $27 billion in economic damages last year, and businesses that do not prepare now will be more likely to experience losses in the coming months. 

The brass tacks
Comprehension and intelligence are critically important in disaster recovery planning, as any small vulnerability could quickly become a major issue should a storm or other adverse event come to pass. Getting on board with the more advanced technologies available such as cloud computing can go a long way toward boosting resilience to disruption, especially when the underlying strategies have been carefully crafted, tested and refined over time. 

One often overlooked aspect of recovery involves the network, as most companies have already learned to backup their data in at least two locations. Gartner's Andrew Lerner once explained that the average firm will face roughly $5,600 in losses per minute of network downtime, while that figure goes up immensely as time goes on, reaching the hundreds of thousands for consecutive hours of outages. 

However, leaders are indeed catching on to the best practices of recovery, looking to cloud computing solutions more commonly and finding that they have effectively boosted their protection against loss. For example, the Disaster Recovery Journal reported that following the cataclysmic event of Winter Storm Juno, many businesses have started to leverage cloud services to enable alternative workspaces, ensuring operations can continue even when employees cannot leave their homes. 

Getting down to business
Hostway reported that 90 percent of business leaders believe the cloud has helped improve their operational agility and continuity, especially with respect to recovery needs in the event of natural or man-made disasters. Again, these services will be most effective when companies have gone through the stages of aligning their plans with the best practices and standards currently recognized by industry players and experts. 

Unfortunately, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council found that nearly two-thirds of companies do not pass their own tests, and roughly 25 percent never assess their plans. To ensure comprehensive defense against outages, leaders must create strong strategies, back them with advanced cloud technologies provided by reliable vendors, and regularly test and refine their processes to ensure they are prepared to deal with an actual disaster. 

Winter is coming, and businesses must prepare to mitigate the threats involved in the cold season.Winter is coming, and businesses must prepare to mitigate the threats involved in the cold season.

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