Anyone who has a decent amount of experience with data centers knows that it’s not a matter of if disaster strikes, it’s when it strikes. That’s because breaches and other issues are facts of life. What makes the difference is your ability to deal with the issues effectively when they happen. 

Preparing for the day when disaster strikes a data center is probably one of the most effective uses of any administrator’s time. Giving that administrator the guidelines that they need to work effectively is the function over at Prime Data Centers and this article. 

 

Have a Plan That Fits Your Business 

When a disaster strikes, the chances are good that routine business operations will be affected. This is when a data plan should be ready to go into effect. Further, the disaster plan should be decommissioned as soon as operations have returned to normal. 

 

Causes of Disaster

There are some disasters, such as the failure of a hard drive, that are obvious. This is even though modern hardware is much more durable and flexible than in the past. 

Despite this, other causes of the disaster are not nearly as flexible or forgivable. These include natural disasters, power outages, viruses and malware, human error, and improper training. 

 

Likelihood and Severity 

Disasters can strike at practically any time and affect nearly any aspect of a business. When data center administrators determine all the possible causes of potential disasters, they need to be analyzed for the likelihood that they will happen and the significance of disruption that they are likely to cause. Once these have been determined, remedial responses can be planned. 

 

Plans for Recovery

Getting a data center back up and running is essential, but there should also be a plan for returning to normal so that no operational elements are forgotten. This includes effects on the financial or reputational aspects of a business. 

It is also vital that a data center administrator make assignments for each staff member and determines which aspects of a recovery plan they are responsible for. The administrator must also ensure that each member of the recovery team is appropriately trained to handle their assignments and is educated in that regard. 

 

Getting Back to Normal

After getting each aspect of a disaster identified and prioritizing the chances of occurrence, a suitable recovery method should be created. All recovery steps for each type of disaster should be listed. 

Based on how critical the business data is to operations, the methods of recovery can vary. For example, for the most critical data, administrators should perform recovery tasks by using the instant recovery mechanism of their backup solution. They can also bring the data to live, which should have been replicated somewhere else already. Less critical data could be incorporated on spare computers and configured with their required applications. 

 

Test and Improve

Just as any function within a company, a data center should have a recovery plan ready to implement appropriately. But having a plan is not enough. Instead, such a plan should, from time to time, be drilled to rehearse the feasibility and effectiveness of this plan. Having drills of this sort will ensure that the plan works and that the appropriate team members are ready to carry it out. 

Regardless of the type of disaster being planned for, it should be ready for implementation. This will give everyone confidence that they can handle any disaster.