Disaster Recovery Systems

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Disaster recovery systems are something that a company never wants to think about but are an important part of any IT function. Having a plan in place to recover files and data should a network disaster occur is a must for any company today because of our dependence on computers. As the old saying goes, "failing to prepare is failing to prepare," and this is extremely true in the case of disaster recovery.

Backup Importance

While planning for disaster recovery is necessary, having systems in place to quickly and accurately recover data is much more important. Being able to follow through and successfully complete the recovery plan requires hardware, software and other policies to ensure the most data possible is recovered. Disaster recovery systems may only be as effective as backup systems though, as data that is not backed up will never be able to be restored.

Setting Up Disaster Recovery Systems

Forward looking executives realize the importance of backing up data and having a recovery system in place but for others convincing them of this need may take some work. In order to provide the best system it is necessary to have the buy off from all levels of management which will require explaining what should happen should a complete recovery method not be in place. Once approval is given steps need to be taken to assemble groups to work on backing up all systems and a method to restoring information.

No one wants to have to recover data following a disaster but being able to keep a cool head should guarantee success. There should be documented steps as to which systems, applications or programs should be recovered first in order to ease the process. It makes no sense to recover personal email files first if those files could corrupt the system or later be erased when another application is restored.

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