If you are a CEO, or owner of a company, you know that the logistics of moving are a nightmare!
I have moved data centers while keeping the existing company going. That is what got me interested in Disaster recovery. If you are going to provide business continuity during a disaster, providing the same for a move is a little simpler.
If you have a disaster recovery plan, this would be an excellent way to test it. If you don’t; may I suggest you create one before the move and then use the move as a way to test it?
The simple facts are that most CEO’s are oblivious as to the true state of their data infrastructure. It seems to work and beside the occasional glitch, business continues.
As a DR specialist I see things way too often that are far from “best practice” and usually so sub-par that the person in charge of the mess does everything they can do to get me out of there before their boss learns the tenuous situation that they have going on.
Rule of thumb.
You don’t have to understand too much of the technology to know if you are being snowed.
Go into the wiring closets and or data center and look at how things arranged.
Are the cables dressed as they should be or are they simply plugged in with no rhyme or reason?
Is everything in the computer room labeled?
Can your CIO or manager or sysadmin produce an up to date network map?
Can they produce your software licenses in case the SBA comes for a visit?
Can they produce an accurate inventory of all of the software in your company?
Can they show you the “run book.”
These are just real simple things that you can look for to get a feel for how prepared your company is to either move, or recover after a disaster.
Usually the turnover in such a company results in messes being piled on top of messes. Before the Gordian knot becomes truly inexorable; a review is necessary.
The review turns into an audit which inevitably makes those who are responsible anxious. My job is not to point fingers, but simply point out that which needs to change.
See my blog “attention Ceo CiO etc…”
There are many things in there to ask of your staff.
The point to this writing today is simple this. If you are pondering a move, using your disaster recovery plan as an outline for the move, has lots of advantages.
The main advantage is that you get to test it, and work on it. While it may not be complete it is a starting point.
We live in difficult times; not having a DR plan is like driving without insurance, risky. While driving without insurance could get you a ticket, or paying for the other guy out of your pocket, not having a DR plan could cost you the entire company.
Feel free to contact me if you need some help.
Staylor AT guard-protect.com
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