'Time to data' measures success in your business continuity program

'Time to data' measures success in your business continuity program

Date: May 22, 2013

One of the key measures in disaster recovery is making sure your critical data is available as quickly as possible following a disaster. In this Storage Decisions video, DR expert Jon Toigo of Toigo Partners International discusses the major goals of a disaster recovery/business continuity program.

"Disaster recovery is actually a function of time to restoration of access to data," Toigo said. "A disaster isn't a disaster unless the interruption event is protracted. If it's a momentary interruption, it is not necessarily something that blackens your eye as an IT person."

Toigo said that when it comes to data, disasters for organizations are really about the loss of access to an organization's data and not necessarily the cause, like an earthquake or flood. He said restoring access is the measure of success in the DR/BC area.

"The meaning of success in business continuity is the shortest possible time to data in restoration activity. We need to bring things back. We need to do it quickly. We need to do it in a way that doesn't disrupt for an ongoing period of time," he said.

He said a business continuity strategy needs to have three goals -- recover data, re-host applications and reconnect users -- and the time it takes to accomplish all three is what "time to data" is about.

Toigo said a data protection strategy should be nonobtrusive and should not interfere with day-to-day operations.

"It's something that we can implement, and then we don't have to sit on top of it every day. It's not something difficult to implement, operate or maintain; it's easy for employees and staff to understand how to use [with] minimal additional training. And it shouldn't be expensive to deploy or to test," Toigo said.

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