Server recovery continues to be more necessary, whether that service includes Exchange servers, RAID arrays or Oracle databases, as high-end server component costs get lower with improving technology. Even as little as five to ten years ago, these applications were considered high-end, and a part of the technology area reserved for the Fortune 500. As costs shrunk, however, smaller companies discovered the productivity boosting elements of these systems. At this point, then, it is never surprising to see smaller small businesses (under 10 employees) equipped with an Exchange server and RAID array for networked tasks. But with these advances does bring a small disadvantage.
The dynamics of a small organization differ greatly when compared with a large organization. Quite naturally, the accountability levels are far stronger, and decisions can be confirmed faster, without a meetingdiscussion that has to involve several levels of management. Basically, a “do it yourself” culture often permeates the small organization. With high end mission-critical products, however, this DIY-ethic can actually be harmful. When server recovery is required due to a failed hard disk drive, the implications are huge, and it certainly is the worst possible time to “go guerrilla” and attempt a novice recovery. Yet, high trust in administrators can lead you down this path, which can seriously worsen the situation.
Server Recovery Planning And Your Organization
For small organizations especially, a server recovery action plan never seems like a necessary idea. RAID servers by their very definition are “redundant”, many IT administrators assume, so why bother considering their failure? Naturally, this is the “big surprise” we must all be ready for. When catastrophic RAID server failure does occur, being ready is the only way to avoid panic. Some important parts of a server data recovery action plan may be:
Construct A Robust Knowledgebase – The simplest, and most forgotten step when it comes to preparing for server hard disk failure is gathering key resources such as product manuals, IT forums, vendor forums and of course, a experienced hard drive recovery expert. Once the harsh surprise of a crashed CRM system strikes a productive organization, panic can set in, and attempting to develop a knowledgebase under these circumstances can make for big issues. Big mistakes, meanwhile, cause permanent data loss.
Knowing When To Ask For Help – By their very nature, IT administrators tend to be the most knowledgeable in their organizations when it comes to computer systems and software. This is obvious, of course, but what it leads to is a scenario where many administrators feel an invulnerability, and believe that when it comes to systems, they have the skills for whatever the scenario. Hard drive recovery, meanwhile, is a specialized skill that requires specialized equipment. Very rare is the IT admin that has real experience with it. But the need to “do it yourself” can infiltrate a catastrophic hard drive failure occurrence, which of course is a horrible idea. Calling a professional is always a good beginning when dealing with this occurrence . Know this, and save yourself miles of trouble.
Backup Backup Backup – Repetition is for effect here, but naturally backing up your servers weekly in the very least, daily or hourly at the most is one of the simplest, and frankly, most powerful thing that an administrator can do. What if your Oracle server database corrupted one day as the result of a double RAID hard disk drive failure? Now what if you could recover all operations and get back on track within an hour with the use of an extra lower end system? This is what a backup plan can equip you with, and the resource savings can be truly great. Suddenly an “emergency” isn’t so tragic, and may appear seamless to even the most knowledgeable of users. Once in motion, a complete backup plan not only provides you with choice, but saves a lot of face during difficult times.
Data recovery emergencies happen each day across the globe, and all you can do is be ready for them. Readiness is the crucial difference between a safe server recovery and a real emergency.
Maureen Davies is an seasoned data recovery technician and the webmaster and editor of Hard Disk Recovery Services. Discover more about harddrive recovery and fix your own hard drive failure problems here.