The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
Storage issues is a familiar and timeless problem in many industries. Ensure your company has addressed gaps in your recovery strategy.
Rebecca Levesque ,
21st Century Software
It’s a story repeated over and over among major brands and organi-zations of all kinds. Experiencing downtime during a vital sales period, an online retailer lost millions in revenue and suffered millions more in damage to their brand. A large financial institution lost online banking capabilities for several days, causing their CEO to issue an apology. An international bank saw their entire mainframe environment go down for eight hours, although they were using the most sophisticated technology.
The truth is that we have grown increasingly reliant on evolving tech-nologies such as replication for IT disaster recovery. At the same time, we have diminished our emphasis on knowledge of the big picture as a defensive strategy. It should come as no surprise that today, gaps in these defenses are as plentiful as the variety of hardware and software solutions on which we rely. And our failure to understand the nature and signifi-cance of these gaps can have devastating consequences.
There’s evidence many of those directly involved fail to recognize that mission-critical data isn’t getting the protection it deserves. A survey tar-geted at users of IBM mainframes, tells a revealing story. More than 72% of all respondents believed their IT departments were sufficiently pre-pared for a major business disruption or disaster to ensure that systems, applications and data would be accessible within the timeframe they expect. But more than a third of respondents already had experienced a major business disruption or declared a disaster, with more than a quar-ter of those going down for longer than eight hours.
It might surprise you to learn that the article above is an extract of one published by 21st Century Software more than eight years ago in August 2011, based on a commissioned study by Forrester of company’s disaster recovery practices.
Other than the dollar figures quoted for outage costs, very little has changed in the years that have passed since this was written. The risk is still the same, and multimillion-dollar outages continue to be a common occurrence across all industries. In a 2017 Forrester survey, only 55% felt their company was prepared or very prepared for an event. Even with all the advances and investments in technology, the confidence level of recovery is heading in the wrong direction. How is your company closing the gaps in your recovery strategy?
Rebecca Levesque has 20-plus years' experience working with clients on resiliency and recovery strategies.
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