Most organizations today have a secondary data center or external wholesale colocation backup facilities, but having a planned Disaster
Recovery colocation blueprint is critical to assess the vulnerabilities of various risks affecting the data center reliability and functionality. The DR blueprint should have careful risk assessment keys, which illuminate the impact of a disaster on direct users, stakeholders, etc. facilitating efficient prioritization and scoring of risk assessment.
Neither big or small organizations can afford downtime in their data center operations, the losses due to downtime have jumped to almost $138,000 on an hourly basis in 2012, which is three times more than the loss calculated in the initial days of data center usages way back in 2004 when the figures were just around $42,000 an hour.
Taking the downtime factor out of your operational formula is impossible because, even if you have the necessary resources, you still must deal with Mother Nature. The recent examples of Hurricane Sandy and the devastating Japanese Earthquake are testimonials to this fact.
Therefore, ensuring business continuity is vital, and this calls for radical steps. But you should not confuse a business continuity plan with a disaster recovery plan since these are two different concepts that ensure data protection.
Disaster recovery is just a piece of the bigger business continuity plan. The aim of disaster recovery is to restore your data after an unexpected disaster in your data center facility.
On the other hand, business continuity combines all efforts and managerial principles that are involved in making sure that key business functions like IT, resource management, and finance are not impacted in the event of a disaster. Without a business continuity plan, it would be very difficult for organizations to get things back to normal. As IBM pointed out in 2011, nearly 43 percent of companies experiencing a big data loss never reopened their business when disaster recovery alone was not enough to undo the damage.
So, foresight and planning for inevitable threats and determining the impact of disasters on your facilities are quite important to ensure continuity. In other words, your data center operations need to have a business continuity plan if they are to survive significant downtime threats.