I saw a post recently that talked about disaster recovery being an important part of your company’s systems and that you needed to be sure that you could recover everything in the event of a disaster. That’s a common perception we all have, but I noticed that another person had replied that we shouldn’t necessarily make DR a huge priority. Our DR spending ought to be inline with the risk of a disaster, and the actual costs, or losses, resulting from downtime.
The decision on what to spend for DR can be answered by the classic DBA response, “it depends,” but I thought this Friday I might ask anyway.
What do you spend on DR?
I am asking as a percentage of your budget, or even the cost of running your large systems. Do you know what is spent? Do you know how to find out?
I’m curious how involved many of you are in the DR process? Do you consider it a part of the application development? Do you think about the failure when the system is being put together and ensure that the setup or rebuild is easier in the future?
This is an area that I think many companies ignore and count on things going their way. That’s not a great strategy, but it works for many companies. Most of us never have major disasters, and can usually fumble through small ones.
I think that over time there will be less tolerance for the bumbling, keystone cops efforts of most IT shops. Our systems are more integrated into businesses and there’s less possibility of even rolling back to non-computerizes systems in many cases.
Thinking about DR earlier, and making the investment to ensure some level of DR is in place is the sign of a more mature business. And a more mature IT professional.