[Preface: This is an excerpt to the 7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job) white paper and the 7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job) webinar; click on the respective links to get the white paper or to get access to a pre-recorded webinar (or sign up for a live webinar.)]

 

Play the Odds on Disasters

 

Shortcut to Losing Your Data
Disasters are not a leading cause of data loss by any means. From the charts discussed previously, you can see that data loss due to disasters occurs no more than 1% to 3% of the time. In order to take the shortcut to losing your data, you should focus on the relative rarity of disasters and ignore the severe consequences when a disaster strikes.
Taking Another Path

Why don’t people walk around outside in thunderstorms? The odds of getting struck by lightning are pretty low. The National Weather Service estimates that the odds in any given year are 1 in 500,000. The reason of course is that the consequences of being struck by lightning are very high. The odds of death are 1 in 10; the odds of disability approach 9 in 10.

The odds of data loss due to a natural disaster are relatively low; however, the consequences are severe. In order to safeguard your data, you need to have a disaster recovery plan for your environment. A major part of that disaster recovery plan is protecting your data. There are two basic schemes for this: tape-based rotational archiving and electronic-based replication of data to an off-premise site.

We advise looking at vendors that support an integrated D2D2x approach whereby you can use disk, tape, or electronic replication concurrently to optimize your overall spending in support of true disaster recovery.