“All of us thank you all for the help and unbelievably quick response”. Hearing this is like music to our ears. A client of ours had a major system / hardware failure last week. Their bills needed to go out the next day. Fortunately, they had a local consultant who was familiar with their system, and they had us ready to work with their local consultant. When our client called us, they weren’t concerned about the “solution we provide”; they were concerned about the outcome/result of our efforts. They (and we) were successful because they had the necessary resources available to them quickly.
As a manager, you are bombarded with information about all the things you should be doing to prepare for every conceivable threat. It’s easy to put off or gloss over disaster recovery planning. Coming up in my next few posts will be a ‘top ten’ list of things you should be doing even if disaster never strikes. Number one on that list is and always will be: have a reliable backup.
I know what you’re thinking. You purchased a really nice backup solution last year, and you’re in great shape. Great. Is someone in your organization actually monitoring the success or failure of your backup processes? Daily? When was the last time you actually recovered your data from a backup? If you needed to recover from two days ago, could you consistently reproduce your manual efforts since then? Now that you’ve turned on your heating system for the winter, is your server environment temperature controlled? Are multiple copies of your recent backups offsite?
If you can honestly answer all those questions, you are almost alone based on my anecdotal experience over 30+ years. I will swap unbelievable “war stories” with anyone out there. Having a reliable backup and having the resources to use that backup is not optional.