Winter Is Coming: Preparing Your Business For The Worst


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You won't want to be left out in the cold when the unthinkable happens! Incomplete Disaster Recovery (DR) thinking is a risk that can cost your organization dearly in both reputation and bottom line.

In this presentation we look at different kinds of disasters, the impact disasters have on disaster recovery plans, the top concerns about disaster recovery, what business owners want from Directors of IT, CIOs and CFOs, disaster recovery assumptions, and ask the big questions: "How much data can you afford to lose? How much downtime can you afford to have?"

The information presented in this slideshow is from our webinar “Weathering the Storm: Disaster Recovery for JD Edwards” (September 19, 2013).

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Winter Is Coming: Preparing Your Business For The Worst

  1. 1. WINTER IS COMING Preparing Your Business For The Worst A Look At Disaster Recovery Presented By TeamCain
  2. 2. In the event of a disaster... Natural Equipment Failure Site Loss ...would YOUR JD Edwards system remain intact?
  3. 3. Different Kinds of Disasters: • Flood • Fire • Hurricane • Tornado • Earthquake • Severe Weather • Power Outage • Telecommunications Failure • Tsunami • IT Failure • Supply Chain Disruption • Epidemic/Pandemic • Terrorist Event • Sabotage • Utility Outage • Cyber Attack • Health and Safety Incident • HazMat Explosion • Environmental Accident
  4. 4. Nature’s Impact on Disaster Recovery Planning How prepared is your business? Can you protect your equipment from wind and water? Can you guarantee recovery from your DR plans? Is your staff always available? Does your provider allow you to declare prior to a disaster? The two most common issues with weather related outages are wind and water.
  5. 5. Concerns When It Comes To Disaster Recovery 1. No off-site data storage 2. Getting the system back up after a disaster 3. Don’t actually have a DR plan! “We are not ready for a disaster...” 93% of businesses that suffer a significant loss of data are out of business within 5 years! – Bureau of Labor
  6. 6. What Business Owners Want From You Director of IT • say with confidence that you can recover your business • reduce risk of data loss • meet compliance requirements CIO • ensure continuous operations • reduce risk to business • meet compliance requirements • provide service with less impact on your resources CFO • protect your company’s revenue stream • reduce risk to business • meet compliance requirements • protect your company’s reputation • answer to shareholders and customers
  7. 7. Disaster Recovery Assumptions • Only the primary site has been disabled by the disruption, all other facilities are unaffected WRONG: What if critical data only exists at the primary site? The other facilities would rely on the primary site and therefore are affected by disasters. • The off-site storage location for critical backup media is accessible WRONG: Do you have to fly to get there? Is the airport even open? What modes of transport are available to you? If nothing is available then access to an off-site storage location is inaccessible. • Qualified personnel as identified in the DR plan are available to perform DR responsibilities WRONG: In the event of a disaster, is my main responsibility to my business or my family? Many cases, the safety of ones family is more important so it’s important to include a plan if your employee’s families are also affected by the disaster.
  8. 8. Disaster Recovery Assumptions • The hit site is accessible and available for use WRONG: You can’t be 100% sure that your primary site is accessible even if where you are located it is a disaster. You also can’t be sure if the power is working, if the network is up or if there is an unforeseen disaster, like a flooded basement. • Plan review and testing performed on a regular basis to ensure a viable state of readiness WRONG: We all work in a busy environment and it’s possible that reviewing and testing your company’s DR plan falls to the bottom of the “To-Do” list. Testing needs to be done on a regular basis.
  9. 9. You Must Make Predictions! Even though we hope that these disasters never happen, it is important to plan so you are prepared. Let’s pretend your data center is located between an airport and a railroad track. Sure, you can predict unplanned downtime related to loss of disc drive or loss of internet network connectivity due to some construction a couple blocks away. But you can’t predict a train derailing... When in doubt, prepare for the worst!
  10. 10. Points of Failure for Disaster Recovery • IT staff capabilities and availability • Modernization of current backup and recovery system • Data center, offsite storage, and hot site in same geographic region Q: How much data can you afford to lose? How much downtime can you afford to have?
  11. 11. Know You Can Recover Your Data, Don’t Just Hope For It! For more tips and tricks, visit to watch the latest Disaster Recovery webinar recording. Velocity Technology Solutions hosts and manages ERP, related applications, and disaster recovery services within its virtual private cloud environment. TeamCain is an Oracle partner specializing in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and World products and services. We also offer valuable add-on solutions that can significantly extend the value of your ERP. For more information, visit or contact us at The information presented in this slideshow is from “Weathering the Storm: Disaster Recovery for JD Edwards” (September 19, 2013)