There is a phrase used in the Disaster Recovery industry called “checking the box.” You will hear both vendors and customers use it and what it means is that some organizations are still simply only doing what they are absolutely required to do in terms of preparing for a disaster. In other words, they are only “checking the box” that shows they have a DR plan because they have to. Personally, the phrase and all it implies cause a great deal of concern for me, given the number of disasters we encounter these days (most recently, Hurricane Sandy). No one should be comfortable with a “check in the box” solution when there are so many options available in the market place. Furthermore, nobody should be comfortable with a “check in the box” solution when your data, your systems and your people are equally valuable and necessary assets that need to be protected.
Most often, time and budget constraints are to blame for the lack of Disaster Recovery Solutions in organizations. But when a disaster is declared, a workforce’s routines are disrupted, communications are often disjointed, and employees lose their ability to perform. How can an organization continue to function if its employees have no plan to recover? This is where “checking the box” does not meet the needs of a business. Talk with your Disaster Recovery Partner and work together to find a solution that will align your business requirements and budget. Consider the crawl, walk, run approach. Disaster Recovery should be taken seriously and be a priority for every organization regardless of time and/or budget. None of us want to end up in a situation like Hurricane Sandy and then try to figure out a solution, so stop “checking the box” for DR—get prepared and be prepared for facing the unseen and unknown.