In the same way, CIOs need to ensure that their company's vital information resources are not concentrated in one or two physical locations. They can take advantage of public cloud services that provide an optimal balance of cost and flexibility, while allowing them to extend DR to a broader array of tested systems, applications and data, thereby making their operations more robust. Security in the cloud has also reached enterprise-ready levels with many global companies entrusting their data to established providers; all that is required is to evaluate potential cloud partners with the same rigor and discipline as you would any third-party service provider.
When it comes to DR, there's no such thing as luck.
Despite disaster recovery planning being critical to business continuity, it rarely appears high on the list of business or budgetary priorities, unless mandated by regulators or government. Instead, many companies prefer to rely on blind hope; without going through the rigor and training required to be fully proficient in the ways of the Force.
Major disruptions, disaster or even IT outages continue to strike organisations as they experience at least an hour of data loss, or even more alarmingly, causing a data centre loss for up to five hours. With losses ranging from US$50,000 to over US$5 million, it is a business imperative to implement a disaster recovery plan to protect your data as you would your assets.
Always keep in mind, disasters do happen and not always to the other guy. Best practice organisations have robust DR capabilities that are vigorously tested. If you want to rise from being an information Padawan to becoming a fully-realised Master, disaster recovery and business continuity planning must become part of the fabric of running your business.
May your data be with you. Always.
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