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Asteroids and Earthquakes Belong in the Movies, Not in Your IT Ops
Ryan Arsenault
MAR 02, 2016 13:44 PM
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Asteroids and Earthquakes Belong in the Movies, Not in Your IT Ops



I’ll admit that I have an unhealthy infatuation with disaster flicks. It really started with seeing Armageddon in the theaters back in 1998. There may or may not have been some tears shed, too.

From floods, to fires and earthquakes, to airplane crashes and asteroids, I love any disaster — natural or manmade — that can be turned into melodrama for entertainment. While that may sound a bit morbid, for me, it’s really all about the unintentional cheesiness of the script, and watching a poorly acted soap opera unfold in the face of big problems.

While disaster for me in film is a guilty (embarrassing?) pleasure, I can’t think of too many folks that enjoy disaster in real life. And nowhere is that more apparent than in an organization’s IT operations.

Disasters and IT Don’t Mix 

In a brand-new research report from Aberdeen Group Senior Research Analyst, Jim Rapoza, this very topic is broached: When disaster occurs in IT, it can spell disaster not only for your business, but for your end-users (especially customers!) who are used to high availability and reliable performance for all of your services. It’s safe to say that we live in a zero-tolerance world when it comes to disruptions and downtime. And unlike Armageddon, these disasters are the real deal.

It’s Not Just Cleaning Up After a Disaster, Either 

Leading IT shops have disaster recovery (DR) plans to get back up and running as soon as possible in the event of an alien landing or the Towering InfernoBut it’s worth emphasizing that equal — if not, more — attention should be paid to business continuity (BC). After all, in an ideal world, you’ll be preventing the asteroid from hitting the Earth in the first place, rather than dealing with the fallout after the fact. And leaders in effective BC/DR are making this ideal world a reality with the following strategies:


Just as smoke detectors in the home should be tested regularly, so too should your BC/DR capabilities. Unfortunately, that just isn’t happening in many organizations.

In fact, as the data shows, the Best-in-Class are a whopping 90% more likely than the industry average to regularly test their BC/DR systems. They understand that you simply can’t be ready for disaster if you don’t know that your systems are ready, as well.

Leaders Are Ready for Their Own IT “Armageddon” 

Leading IT organizations know that any downtime or disruption to vital IT infrastructure can lead to lost opportunities, lost productivity, and lots of lost business. In fact, according to Aberdeen research, there is a 20% chance that downtime can cost the organization $2 million over the course of a year. Not as fun as the disaster flick now, is it?

To avoid that, it all boils down to solid BC/DR plans. With these in place, smart organizations are ready to handle anything, whether that means recovering from an actual disaster, or preventing one from even happening in the first place.

Follow the example of the Best-in-Class, and neither you nor your customers will have to miss a thing.


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