When Hardware Failures Happens

November 14, 2016

Disaster Recovery Plan

By Aimee

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There’s three causes for a business to do a full data recovery – natural disasters, human error, and hardware failure. While natural disasters have low probability of happening, they do have the most impact when they do and may result in total disruption of operations. Your end-users are your most unpredictable as you never know what they may accidentally do that may take your operations down. And hardware, can easily be the most fragile, given their continuous working state. And as they’re a major part of any operation, you best be prepared for recovery.

There are different scenarios where hardware will trigger recovery but most stem from the following:

Old age

You all know how technological advancements seem to get faster every year. This means older hardware get obsolete faster or support for them ceases. Remember when Windows Server 2012 came out, and they decided to end support for Windows Server 2003? There were still a LOT of companies using Server 2003 then which most likely was running on older hardware and are forced to migrate to Server 2012.

Simple hardware failure

There’s lots of nuts, bolts, and parts that make up a hardware and they endlessly churn, heat up, move around to keep hardware running for optimal speed and performance. While the material and strength of hardware are indeed improving over time, it is still necessary to get warranty, and especially an extended one to ensure longer use.

Another disaster

This may be a sudden power outage due to storms, a fire that triggers sprinklers to turn on and short circuits your hardware, an earthquake that destroys a building. Whatever it is that breaks your hardware, your recovery plan should include a plan of action and costs associated with replacing/repairing broken hardware.

Today’s cloud-filled world has made it possible for servers to go virtual, ceasing the worries of servers breaking and recovery. But even so, not everything can be put in the cloud as some functions better perform on a physical hardware. Creating a hardware recovery plan should then be the norm for any new hardware purchased to combat any hardware failure scenarios. But the best plan of action still is to have a proactive approach, ensuring the high availability of the services in your hardware. This is to prevent loss of company productivity and revenue that come with hardware loss.

 


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