In business, a computer disaster equals an event that halts the normal operation of day-to-day business activities. Events like hurricanes, tornadoes, major fires, blizzards and floods are happening across the country throughout the year. Global warming is also contributing to unseasonal occurrences all over the world. Companies that do not have a proper disaster plan pay dearly through lost productivity and financial loss. As corporate data continues to grow exponentially, so too does its value. Loosing access to critical data for even an hour can cost a company millions of dollars. The National Archives & Records Administration reported that 93 percent of the companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.

The best way to prepare for a disaster is to avoid the disaster. Therefore, users should look for any potential problems one may find and correct them. Regardless of the cause, fast and effective recovery of IT environment is essential. One must be able to quickly implement a recovery plan - which must be tested and well documented before problems occur.

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