Thinking about the Unthinkable
Most humans don’t like to think about worst-case scenarios. It’s stressful and, usually, unproductive to dwell on the bad things that might happen. Yet every business small owner, every CEO, every IT department head, knows that at least some time has to be spent thinking about the unthinkable.
Putting Together a Plan
The hardest thing about disaster planning trying to predict the unpredictable. Every aspect of your company’s operations have to be addressed. You might start with tasking everyone in your company with making a list of the data resources they depend on to do their jobs. If they will be asked to use their home internet as part of your planning, you should also make sure everyone has an adequate connection with sufficient bandwidth.
Loss of an on-premises server
Natural or Man-made Disaster
What then? At Alchemy, this is the first scenario we explored. We have two on-premises servers, containing all of the work we are doing for our clients. If something like the above happened, we would be dead in the water. Our answer to this scenario was to set up a secondary server in the cloud. It is not on durning the day, normally, but it spins up at night, long enough to accept a full set of backups, then goes back to sleep. Once we got this all set up, we ran a test on a Friday afternoon. We shut down our on-premises servers and pretended that we were evacuating the building. Everyone went home. Our IT manager logged in and spun up the server, we each told him what projects we needed to work on (using Slack, which is completely cloud-based) and we were able to get back to work in about 40 minutes. We considered this to be a successful drill.