Many IT personnel resolve to take some steps in order to prevent avoidable interruptions and to cope with interruptions that can happen any time. In fact, they get serious about disaster recovery and data protection for all the business IT operations. And these processes can be tough if you are not careful. Below are some of the mistakes you need to avoid when planning for disaster recovery:
Thinking that high availability equals disaster recovery
It is a fact that improvements may be made in high availability technology, but this does not change anything about the business’ need for continuity planning. You should note that the use of high availability can be constrained by budget and also inappropriate especially for workloads that do not need to be made available continuously.
Trying to make all applications to fit in one data recovery approach
Don’t attempt to apply the ‘one size fits all’ strategy when it comes to data protection. And this fail over clustering is simply not suitable for all kinds of workloads. You should note that all data does not require disk to disk mirroring or disk to disk replication over distance. And continuous data replication through the snapshots is not required either. You may want to consider tape because this will provide portability and resilience that the disks lack. If you are to think about defense, think in depth.
Trying to backup everything at one go
Don’t expect that all your data protection should be included in single backup process. You should note that about 60% of you data is a mix of archival quality bits which are useful but not changing information that need to be moved off the production storage into an archive platform. Also, only thirty per cent of your data needs frequent platforms. It is prudent to work closely with experts because they will advise you when frequent backups, incremental backups as well as off site backups are appropriate.
Overlooking data that is not stored centrally
Companies don’t centralize all of their important data in an enterprise SAN or a network attached storage. In fact, critical data may exist in laptops, branch offices, tablets, and even smartphones. You need to do your homework and find out if you can take advantage of cloud backup service as well as long as you select the right backup cloud.
Mismanaging data and infrastructure
Never ignore the root causes of disaster such as lack of infrastructure and data management. The failure to organize your data according to the priority of restore can be an enormous cost accelerator in the process of disaster recovery planning. And as for the infrastructure, you simply cannot protect anything you don’t see. If you fail to field any sort of reporting capability and infrastructure monitoring, it means that you cannot respond actively to growing failure conditions in plumbing or equipment, hence inviting disaster.
You can address the gaps by deploying tools for data classification as well as resource management in order to manage data and infrastructure better. These mistakes should be avoided if you want your disaster recovery planning process to be successful. And don’t hesitate to contact IT professionals like us for advice.
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