Significant outages hit several major firms today including United Airlines, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Wall Street Journal. And that was just this morning alone. While many suggest a correlation between the three, I will leave that to the experts.
The point is, outages happen. How prepared you are and how you respond to the next outage is what matters.
DR/ BC: Not new and still broken
The bottom line is that disaster recovery and business continuity is not new and is still broken. IT organizations have cobbled together solutions for decades with limited success. There are shining lights but often they are startups based on an entirely different culture.
Are you only using backups? How do you know you’re backing up the right information? Is that enough? Generally, the answers are less flattering than most would want.
Redundancy doesn’t cut it either. Organizations continue to build redundancy into systems to the point of over complicating systems. And complication leads to greater risk of missing a step along the way
Today, backups and redundancy is not enough. Building to increase the number of 9’s of uptime is not the answer either. Organizations need to go beyond that.
Time to streamline
There are a number of ways this problem can be resolved. DR/ BC is a must but not using traditional means. Investment is needed, and there are clever solutions available today. This is more than just a technology problem. It involves process, organization and culture. Think about DevOps. Think about how to streamline.
Remember: The more the complicated the system, the longer to troubleshoot. And the greater the risk to both the company and its customers. How prepared are you for the next outage?