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(October 5) For a data center, data loss can either be a minor inconvenience or a large-scale catastrophe. That’s why it’s important to have backup solutions and a data recovery system in place. You may think you’re fully protected by simply having these solutions in your data center, but what if one or more of them were to fail? In order to avoid a worstcase scenario, you need to have a plan ready to go, monitor your recovery solutions at all times, and know what you’ll do if you need someone to manually recover your data.

✔Develop A Rock-Solid Data Recovery Plan

When it comes to data recovery, your chances of success or failure begin and end with the plan you put in place. You have to come to terms with the fact that a server may go offline, a power surge may put your facility in a standstill, or someone might wipe a hard drive by accident. You need to know how your systems are being backed up, how to access your backed-up data when you need it, and how to avoid downtime through preparation. But in addition to having a data recovery plan, you should also make sure you know how your IT employees will respond to and rectify a data loss event.

“The first critical step is to build the right disaster recovery team,” says Victoria Moore, research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group. “This isn’t necessarily about inding the right people; the real stress is on ensuring the right duties are being fulilled. It’s about having the right roles and responsibilities and ensuring everyone knows what actions have been assigned to them. When designing the disaster recovery plan, set objective and clear trigger points. Don’t allow reactions to rest on an individual’s subjective opinion when you are risking the organization’s safety.”

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Published: October 5, 2012
Last Revised: October 24, 2012

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