Sailing requires thought. Like Backup and recovery planning
Backup and recovery planning for the captain.
The parallels to my world and backup and recovery planning seem to be endless or maybe it is just the sleep deprivation that comes with the newborn (see what newborns have to do with backup and recovery here). This week as the warm weather resumes, my thoughts have shifted to my boat and how applicable backup and recovery planning is to ensuring a safe and pleasurable ride. That said, here are three things you need to plan for while out for a sail:
- Things break. Anyone who owes a boat, knows that all too well. Whether it is a winch, a line or something far worse, you need to be prepared as it is inevitable. When you are at sea, you are literally your own little island so any backup plan needs to be aboard or it’s useless when disaster strikes. The same is true for your business’ data. Something will happen at some point so you better have a functional backup, because talking about a backup or assuming your backup is functional in the time of crisis is as good as having a Phillips-head screwdriver in the console of your car, parked at the dock.
- There will be a “user error”. I meant to say there will be a learning experience. As well as you think you know the terrain and the boat, sometimes you just make a boo-boo that can cost you dearly. It’s not a big deal if you’re on a leisurely sail and you miscalculate the course or aren’t making good use of the wind. However, when an employee misuses technology and accidentally deletes data or shuts down a server, your business has downtime, which costs money–and lots of it.
- Ice will melt. On a beautiful day, there is nothing better than a boat and cold adult beverage. What will you do when the ice melts? Well, this is a very serious problem that we just cannot tolerate. We did some brainstorming and low and behold better technology was the answer–we discovered there are high tech and oversized “water bottles” that could save the day, keeping beer and wine at the perfect temperature for over 24 hours! So, when you are backup and recovery planning–look at your technology (of course). Do you have the best of what’s around or just a pre-historic ice chest?
Have you done any backup and recovery planning lately? If not, you should and contact us while you’re at it. Ships a’hoy, matey!