Disaster Recovery Software in a Changing World

It can depend on the context, but software works as both an archaic and an in-vogue term. In the ’80s or ’90s, software may have meant floppy disks and Microsoft Paint; now, software may mean the macOS Time Machine and Oculus Medium. The truth is, software matters only in relation to why it is needed. A floppy disk remains software in the 2020s, but we have improved upon it to such an extent that it does not fit the current idea of software. Tangibility is not the hip thing these days, and the future could mean trading in your keyboard and mouse for a keyboard-less typing system if “look-ma-no-keyboard” catches on.

When Disaster Comes Knocking…

If we are to believe that history has a cycle a bit like Cuvier’s catastrophism, saying things are changing feels like muffling a megaphone. No one can make out the details, and chances are, no one wants to strain to hear them. Disaster notoriously makes any sound it wants. Now, whether it creaks in its nascent stages is a matter of how well the people around it listen. I say so because disaster may still strike even when everything is done right. Rather than throwing up our hands and declaring surrender, we like to plan for failure in advance. 

Practice Your Strategies

In a blog from StorageCraft, a software company, author Casey Morgan details Google’s disaster preparation plans in which it attacks itself. Known as DiRT (Disaster Recovery Testing), the trained and careful blow to its system “involves everything from causing leaks in water pipes to staging protests to attempting to steal disks from the servers—whatever it takes to bring down the infrastructure.” To anyone whose job it is to prevent such a disaster, the attack is real, the consequences even more so. At any point, however, the Site Reliability Engineers, can stop the assault before things get out of hand. I appreciate Google’s awareness of its fallibility. How many companies can say that they actively attempt to destroy themselves? Google is testing out their disaster preparedness so that they do not have to initiate their disaster recovery plans. Disaster recovery software is “a type of program used to facilitate the preventative planning and execution of catastrophic events that have the ability to severely damage a computer, network, or server,” as defined by techopedia. disaster recovery software All companies should be using disaster recovery software to back up and restore operations in the event of, well, a disaster. Destroying a company is a harder thing to do with so many cloud-based systems defining tech culture. The important things might not be on company property, and company property is probably not in the building. Ars Technica recommends exploring the possibilities cloud services offer, but it does so reservedly. Esther Schindler writes, “if your Internet connection is down, you’re hosed. If it’s a major event, the company might not survive it.” She then cites a FEMA report, stating that “almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster.”  Perhaps we put too much faith in the Internet, viewing it as our answer instead of as our tool. Only, we don’t know why we need an answer, or which answer we prefer. Were we to fix either of those problems, and that is not likely to be soon, we would still be overestimating our skill with the Internet and underestimating its capacity for digital dead ends. Using our disaster recovery plans and software is still important with the cloud. Nonetheless, we are commendable with our evolving tech savvy and ingenuous questing for greater innovation. We have come a long way since 1996, the year The New York Times published a piece on Windows 95, “America’s best-selling operating system,” and devoted a whole paragraph to the necessity of floppy disks. If we so choose, we can laugh at the reverence afforded technology that now lacks practical use, or we can consider that the software we tout mostly reflects what we think we need and that we are a fickle people.

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At Essential Data, our technical writers know that that is only one part of the job, and mind you, they specialize in the other parts. Throw a topic at us, and it is like Joe DiMaggio hitting a home run out of Yankee Stadium: the whole act goes a lot faster than you imagined. We recover from disaster with the help we have by our side, so let us earn your trust. Together, we will succeed. Whether you need a team of consultants to produce a complete line of documentation or a single technical writer for a brief project, Essential Data’s Engagement Manager will lead the project from start to finish. At Essential Data Corporation, the quality of our work is guaranteed. Contact us today to get started. (800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us   By William Boswell

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