The Myths of Disaster Recovery

Michael Vizard
Slide Show

Five Business Continuity Myths

Avoid these five misconceptions to remain truly prepared.


There are many myths when it comes to disaster recovery. But when it comes to disaster recovery, events such as earthquakes in Mexico will generate all the headlines.

But in reality, disaster recovery is a whole lot more mundane. That doesn't mean that it isn't crucial, it just means that disaster recovery is becoming a whole lot more about continuous availability than it is recovery from disaster.

Bill Hughes, director of consulting services for the business continuity and disaster recovery practice at SunGard Availability Services, has identified five myths commonly associated with disaster recovery, the biggest one being that disaster recovery is all about natural disasters. Instead, notes Hughes, most disasters are the result of everyday events that collectively wind up taking IT offline for intermittent periods of time. (You can check out Hughes' tips in this slideshow.)

In fact, Hughes argues that "the hero syndrome" that affects so many IT people winds up contributing to the problem. IT people, by and large, are really good at responding to events. But nobody seems to pay enough attention to preventing the events from happening in the first place.

Disaster recovery, says Hughes, needs to be viewed as something that is less of a "black art" and more of strategic business initiative that employs technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing to ensure availability without ever having to experience the need for recovery in the first place.

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Apr 7, 2010 1:11 AM Larry Fisher Larry Fisher  says:

A good post, Mike, and while you and Mr. Hughes imply the point, there's a reason why Business Continuity is discussed in the context of Disaster Recovery planning. Business Continuity is focused on keeping the enterprise up and running, maintaining records of, and access to, recent data and interactions. Ensuring availability, as you note, is the key, and while it's important to have data on all interactions backed up in real, or near-real, time, it's better for everyone if we never have the need to restore our data from those backups. 

We make this point in our study on Business Continuity and Disaster Recover (


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