When considering business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), a failed recovery means discontinued business. Having systems inoperable and people unavailable for a matter of days or even hours can be disastrous in terms of lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and negative press. It is therefore critical to understand the root-causes behind why recoveries fail the first place:
Failure to Plan.
.To avoid the specter of a failed recovery, BC/DR plans must be comprehensive, detailed, and consolidated.
Failure to manage change.
.Change management is required to ensure that daily business operations, the BC/DR plan, and the recovery solution are all kept in sync.
Failure to validate.
.The combination of tests (does it work) and exercises (can we do it) provide the final stamp of approval that a business has done their due diligence to protect themselves against a failed recovery.
The bottom line - and the encouraging news - is that each and every one of the root causes behind failed recoveries can be overcome, providing businesses with the resiliency they need to move forward with confidence.