The Value of Preparing a Computer Disaster Recovery Plan Beforehand

Computer Disaster Recovery may seem like a relatively new area of concern among PC users but it is by
no means a new phenomenon. Actually, many PC users have unfortunately suffered a degree of data loss
every year in the past. When you compute for it, in 1998 alone, US companies lost as much as $11.8
billion due to data loss. If many IT professionals had already been experienced in Computer Disaster
Recovery at that time, most likely the losses would not have been as severe.

Computer Disaster Recovery can either be practiced (or outsourced) to an independent consultancy firm
or assigned to your in-house IT staff. Either way, someone has to be on-site 24/7 so that Computer
Disaster Recovery can be addressed as soon as a disaster strikes. The problem is that many IT
professionals may be acquainted only with simple drive recovery efforts and think that that already
constitutes Computer Disaster Recovery. Simple drive recovery alone is already very expensive (it will cost
a business $7,500 to implement) and is not automatically a sure-fire solution to resort to.

Computer Disaster Recovery should become a more prevalent area of concern for US companies,
because statistics show that US businesses suffer more than $12 billion in losses annually due to data loss
at present. As much as 78% of data loss is attributed to system or hardware failure. On the other hand,
11% of data loss is believed to be caused by human error. Software corruption alone causes just 7% of
total data loss nowadays.

One of the worst things you may ever face is being caught in a disaster without any weapon to fight with.
However, it is a fact of life that disaster may happen when we least expect it. The best weapon against
these disasters is preparedness. This is true even when it comes to computers. Computer professionals
have made great strides – from being simply prepared to creating a system which allows for disaster
recovery even when the unexpected occurs.

Your disaster recovery plan should focus on data protection. This data protection is the process,
procedures and policies for regaining access to data, records, hardware and software that are essential to
business operations and have been subjected to a natural or man-made disaster. No business is immune
from experiencing such a serious incident, called a disaster, which may hamper normal business
operations. A disaster could be caused by floods, accidents, computer malfunctions, explosions,
earthquakes, and many more other factors.

This is why development of a Basic Disaster Recovery Plan is a fundamental responsibility of every

In the planning stage, there are some essentials points to consider. First and foremost, the plan must be
approved by top management to ensure the highest level of commitment and ensure support in terms of
resources and attention from management. Secondly, the plan must be based on and designed for the
needs of the system in case disaster should happen. The so-called DRPs help guard against data loss with
the use of backups sent off-site in regular intervals (compsed of software and data information) for data
recovery; microfilm copies of files with the use of remote backup facility); Storage Area Networks
(SANs); surge protectors (for power control); use of an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) or back up
generator; anti-virus software; and other security measures. Even fire prevention and protection may
become necessary components of your Basic Disaster Recovery Plan.