Seven Recommendations to Improve IT Network Resilience
Improve your business continuity/disaster planning readiness with these recommendations
According to the Business Continuity Institute, this week is "Business Continuity Awareness Week." As a PR pitch I received about it noted, celebrating business continuity awareness is a little like celebrating keeping the lights on: You don't appreciate the value of electricity or a computing network until you lose it. Having lived through two weeklong power outages last year (one due to wind and another to ice), I can vouch for this.
So sadly, can the people of Japan, who are dealing with a huge disaster the likes of which most of us will probably never see in our lifetimes. Disasters definitely get companies thinking about business continuity, as IT Business Edge's Carl Weinschenk wrote last week.
Carl earlier wrote that the concept of business continuity is undergoing significant changes triggered by the end of the recession, the emergence of cloud computing and the explosion of data. He cited some survey findings from Back Up My Info!, which found, among other things, that 52 percent of companies do not regularly check their business continuity/disaster recovery preparedness. After interviewing some experts, Carl concluded that many IT organizations may neglect this important area because they are overwhelmed by an explosion of data.
The three most common causes of business disruptions over the past year were power loss, which caused a third of the incidents; hardware failures, which caused 29 percent of network outages; and a loss of telecom services to facilities (21 percent).
The survey contained some good news. It found many businesses are improving DR capabilities by updating their BC/DR plans (34 percent), extending BC/DR coverage to accommodate disruptions of 72 hours or more (23 percent) or updating plans for proactive measures ahead of forecasted interruptions or threats (22 percent).
CDW offers seven key BC/DR recommendations: