When I was a boy, it was cold in winter and hot in summer. At least, that’s what I remember – maybe in a slightly prettified reminiscence of childhood. Nowadays, winters are getting warmer and warmer. Yes, last winter I was happy I did not need to shovel snow at all. However, even in summer we experience more often than not severe weather now. We are getting used to news of floods, thunderstorms and hail; and according to the news, it seems to be becoming the norm, that even in economically developed countries, severe weather means people are drowning in underground garages and houses are destroyed by usually small runlets. The point is, this is not limited to news of far distant areas anymore. It is happening right on our doorstep. Recently, our local railway station was inaccessible due to water in the underground crossing. One of the major crossroads downtown met the same fate. Gully covers were pushed in the air by water pressure. My son called me because he could not get home and my brother in law’s family, living 500 km away, suffered in the same manner.
Luckily, we could cope with the severe circumstances; but have you ever considered what happens to your business if your data center or server room gets drowned? Or if the local power station or Internet access point is affected? Have you ever made a rough estimate on how costly an hour of downtime is? Or a day, or even a week? Did you take legal requirements into account? And liability aspects? And the impact on your reputation?
Regarding the increasing probability of disasters, it might be significantly cheaper to safeguard your business with respective business and IT continuity measures. But keep in mind that Murphy’s law always hits you when least expected. Experience shows that manual procedures might not be sufficient. You know how it´s like. The very moment you need your subject matter expert he or she is on holiday or on business travel, or somewhere else, but not available.
The answer to disaster recovery must be bullet proof and have an automated and transparent failover like Fujitsu´s ETERNUS Storage Cluster. The business needs to be safeguarded with a second copy of data, stored at another location. In case of an incident, the failover to the surviving system or the secondary site has to take place automatically – without any need of manual actions of system administrators! Bullet proof!
This ETERNUS Storage Cluster animation illustrates how your business survives a disaster without users even realizing that a disaster occurred.
Yes, considering business continuity is a kind of evaluating insurances: Nobody wants to think of miseries. But when the incidence occurs, everybody is happy to be on the safe side. And of course, I hope even more, that your very incident never occurs!
Be on the safe side, especially in the face of changing seasons!