NORMAN — If your computer broke down today, what would you do? Do you have a contingency plan you can implement in that event? Would you be out of business?
What if your cell phone stopped working? Do you have another way to communicate with the world outside of your cell phone? Do you even know anyone’s phone number, without consulting your phone’s contacts list, to where you could call a friend or loved one using someone else’s phone?
What if the electricity to your home or business failed, your computer broke and your cell phone stopped working, all at the same time? What if these things happened when it was dark outside? Do you know what you would do?
Disaster scenarios and disaster planning should be nothing new to folks here in Oklahoma. Tornados regularly descend from nowhere and blow our crap to kingdom come. Still, I am shocked on a regular basis by people who come to me hoping that I can rescue their un-backed up files that have been lost to some sort of disaster. Sometimes, I can make these people happy. Sometimes, I am the hapless soul who has to inform them that their files are gone forever.
Thankfully, not all computer disasters come in the form of 300-mile wide hurricanes or rip-roaring tornados. More often than not, catastrophic computer losses come as a result of one two things: network outages or hard drive failure. The loss, though, is the same, no matter what the cause.
I place catastrophic computer losses in two categories: the loss or failure of computer equipment, resulting in (A) lost productivity or communication, or (B) permanent lost of valuable, irreplaceable data.
I have put together disaster recovery plans for both businesses and individuals. Of course, businesses and individuals/families will have different reactions and needs relating to computer catastrophes, but many basic principles relate to both camps.