The 7 Deadly Sins of Backup and Recovery
This paper guides IT executives and system administrators in designing and implementing business backup and disaster recovery systems that enable every organization to rapidly recover entire business systems including business data, server OS, applications, and user data in case of a system failure or disaster, without experiencing undue planning and management pains.
Your organization’s servers, systems and data are the lifeblood of your business, and maintaining the continuity of these business systems is a complex, and full time endeavor. There are often hundreds of servers or sub-components that can fail, and many more ways that environmental and human factors can trigger such failures. It is impossible to predict in which manner the next failure might occur. But it can be surprisingly straightforward to implement appropriate protections that will limit the occurrences—and the impact-of the inevitable failures.
This whitepaper outlines the most common missteps that organizations make in setting up disaster recovery or business system continuity plans. Smart IT executives will ensure that none of these mistakes is made in their organizations.
While there can be no guarantee of perfect success, avoiding these common mistakes vastly improves the odds that an organization will successfully sidestep the worst of the possible ramifications from the inevitable failures that will occur in any IT environment.
Any one of these mistakes has the potential to introduce fatal failures into a company’s business system continuity plans. Let’s explain each mistake in detail, and offer prescriptions for avoiding the traps they represent.