An Important Complement to the Disaster Recovery Plan

"Disaster Prevention? Oh, yeah. We already have a Disaster Recovery Plan."

Such significant attention to issues of Disaster Recovery has been given in the media that Site Managers are generally aware that a plan should exist to enable an organization to cope in the aftermath of a Computer Room crisis. Rehearsed procedures for retrieving archived data media from off-site facilities are commonplace, and Maintenance Contracts, 'Hot' Stand-by Sites and Distributed Architectures all play a part in helping to continue 'business as usual' in the hours during and immediately following a Computer Room Disaster. These techniques, though indispensable, are much like Insurance Policies; mobilized AFTER a disaster, and then offering only limited and temporary relief.


Though it has been said that most disaster recovery plans, when put to the test of a true disaster, fail to serve the organization, no one who has contemplated the consequences of failing to plan for a Computer Room Disaster would advocate the abandonment of contingency planning. It can be shown, however, that relatively few have considered or implemented a System for Disaster Prevention.


In most cases, the keys to effective Disaster Prevention are the early detection of abnormal conditions and notification of persons capable of dealing with the pending crisis: Catch an air-conditioning failure as soon as the temperature starts to rise; gracefully power-down computing equipment before fire systems discharge; arrest an intruder before the commission of a vandalism act. By detecting and treating minor problems early, major problems can be avoided.


A third key to the disaster prevention plan, incorporating Automated procedures, products and services has been made possible and affordable by recent technological advances.

The 3 Principles to Employ for Preventing an Environmental Incident From Becoming a Corporate Disaster

  1. Early Detection
  2. Swift, Appropriate Action Taken by Responsible Personnel
  3. Automated Procedures (Products, Services and Activities) to Ensure Thoroughness and Execution in the Absence of Appropriate Personnel

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