Acronis DR Cloud

Disaster recovery planning

Get ready for a stunning statistic. A report from Deloitte determined that all but 10% of businesses will fail without a disaster recovery plan in place. What’s more amazing is that 75% of all small businesses don’t have any disaster recovery plan. Perhaps these business owners see headlines about natural disasters and catastrophic downtime and – in misguided denial – think, “It won’t happen to me.”

Since not everyone could be among the more than 1,000 IT pros and business owners who attended the Disaster Recovery Journal fall conference this week, we thought it would be a good opportunity to review the basics of modern disaster recovery planning.

After all, it’s never too late to get serious about the threats that are out there and always a good time to plan for the worst.

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Disaster at the Devil's Tower

Disaster at the Devil's Tower

“Never update your system on Friday, 13th or on Halloween”. I knew the rule, I remembered it – but decided to ignore. I went ahead and began updating a few systems on October 31. I started the procedure late and with the last-minute requests and unruly users, my day has got away. I knew the update would go late into the night.

The sun was already down, and a light rain mixed with the wind created a gloomy atmosphere outside. Dark shadows mixed with swaying trees were not for the faint of heart. Then, the sky suddenly lit up as if it was in the middle of the day! It was so unusual that I dropped everything and ran outside.