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How to formulate your own Disaster recovery Program

hard disk on fire

What would you do when your hard drive eventually crashed? Do you already have backups when your computer system suddenly bugged down? How ready are you when a calamity strikes, and your computer system is highly at risk? These are the questions that we might want to ask to ourselves, especially those who really depends on the efficiency of computer network and system. You might want to know how you can avoid total loss of your system in case it malfunctions. Doom scenarios on system’s loss are rampant today due to different circumstances. And it left the system’s owner nothing but an empty cold hardware of computer. However, there are already organizations and companies who become savers of this doom.

Software saving software

Software companies are launching different solutions which can help us to make a backup of our data and recover the lost ones. These programs have their own features and uniqueness, but the bottom-line goal is to spare us from total destruction of what we invested in our own system.

Some protection techniques:

  • Creating an data migration script solution then apply this to the database.
  • Use an industrial strength data modeling tools like CA Erwin or Sybase PowerDesigner

Most of business and entrepreneurs are using database and other data system form efficiency of their works. And these companies and individuals are all great potential victim of a disaster; thus, recovery programs are indeed helpful in establishing business with good and dependable network and system.

Self-Oriented Recovery Tips

First things first. How vulnerable at risk is your system? You must do a system assessment or risk analysis to determine the factors which might affect your system and cause relative damage to it (DevX, 2008). You should consider every single outside or inside factors – from simple virus attack to power lapse and natural disaster. You can indicate the level of risk that these factors can affect your system, and indicate alternative on the possible problem that it can cause.

After you analyze the level of risks, you might also want to know the nitty-gritty part of your system. What are the contents of your system? What applications are vital for its efficiency, and what data is most important amongst all? Doing a thorough inventory of your system is a lot helpful, especially those who are working in systems of companies. There is a “check in” process, thus, before anyone can install a new program in your system, it will pass through the registry system of your computer to ensure that the program is legitimate to install (Microsoft Office, n.d.).

The registry of all the programs and applications that are working in your system is helpful to do the inventory faster and easier.

Lastly, the renowned word in computer system, you should always have backup. An offsite backup is very important to salvage your on-site data in case of any natural calamity. However, the security of an offsite should be considered. You can place it somewhere you can access to update it regularly and check its security. For old files, it is encouraged to make backup, also as form of archiving.

With this new programs and a do-it-yourself recovery plan, our fear of system wipe out is, at least, at ease.

References:

DevX. (2008). How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan. DevX: Glen Kunene. Retrieved from http://www.devx.com/security/Article/16390

Microsoft Office. (n.d.). Software Disaster Recovery Plan. Microsoft Office: Author. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sam/partnerguide/howto_review_recovery.mspx

Kasha

Kasha Blake

Web Developer/ Server Admin: Focused on Mobile responsive design and Search engine optimization