Backup tapes were stored at protected sites away from computers.
Recovery efforts were almost always triggered by a fire, flood, storm or other physical devastation.
On August 20, 2018, Southwest Wisconsin was swamped with such record setting rainfall that a state of emergency was declared.[i] It impacted our affiliated team’s office as well as their design and fabrication site.
When we think about preparing for disaster, we think about the project site.
The plan should cover how to reestablish office productivity and enterprise software so that key business needs can be met.
Manual workarounds should be outlined in the plan, so operations can continue until computer systems can be restored.
But what if the disaster happens back at the office?
What have you prepared in advance so that you can keep the business going - even if the lights go out?
Applications such as decision support, data warehousing, data mining and customer resource management can require petabyte-size investments in online storage.
An IBM Redbooks Business Continuity planning guide points out that the typical yearly growth of new data in an enterprise is in the range of 40% to 70%. Data recovery no longer lends itself to a one-dimensional approach.