Planning for Disaster{4}


The article I am blogging about this week is titled, ” Disaster Preparedness: Planning Ahead” written by Samara Lynn from PCMag.com. This article attempt to give a few suggestions of planning for a disaster, and really attempts to stressing the planning phases importance. The article gives an example of an earthquake doing damage to a database server, and states without prior planning, IT may be “scrambling to find a place to set up a replacement server, take a copy of the data and applications from the damaged server, and then restore that data and re-install mission-critical apps to give end-users the alternative access they need to continue key operations” (Lynn 2012). The author states a disaster preparation plan must be able to keep data and apps required for day to day operations, running in a remote location, and ready to be accessed. The author gives a 3 steps for a company to be prepared for a disaster. The company should think about and prepare for disasters most likely to affect the immediate area, such as a hurricane hitting a location near the coast. Determine how said disasters would impacts an IT infrastructure and system. The company should also have inner department meetings in order to keep the non IT departments involved in the planning. Today, disaster preparedness is easier than ever to deploy because of technological advances such as cloud computing, virtualization and the increasing power of mobile/portable devices.

I chose this article because it seemed interesting to be, especially with the recent natural disaster that hit the east coast. While in my 307 course, Professor Lopez spoke about the site for our text book going down and remained down after the hurricane hit the coast. This is surly the result of a poor disaster preparation plan, and the lack of a back up in a remote location away from the disaster. For a company that sells books nation wide and has many school professors relying on the information on their site, this seems surprising. However, the article mentions a recent survey conducted by Symantec of IT decision-makers in small- to-mid-sized businesses, where only 26% of them had a disaster preparedness plan in place.

These results as a whole were shocking to be, because how much easier these plans are becoming to deploy from a technology stand point. This lack of a plan could be for various reasons, such as economic, however losing a large amount of data or even customers would be much more costly. This article relates to the topic of database administration and data back up in the chapter we had recently covered. I believe it would be the database administrator that would be directly involved with this planning and preparation in an organization.

Source: Lynn, S.(2012, August 7). Disaster Preparedness: Planning Ahead. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2408092,00.asp