Here’s how to prevent it from re-living the same day over and over.
“What if there was no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.”
OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cooooold out there today. Especially cold, but the question on everybody’s (chapped) lips: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
DJ#1: That's right, woodchuck-chuckers — it's... GROUNDHOG DAY!
If you’re responsible for your firm’s data protection, you know the drill. You wake up every day, jumping right into your serial habits: stretch, scratch, shuffle to the bathroom, mentally scroll through all of the do-or-die things on your list … and head into the office for another day. Today, you’ll stay below radar, though. It sucks getting your head ripped off when one little thing goes wrong and yet no one is ready to hand out “good-game” slaps when things are fine.
Phil: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.
You find yourself in a random business-review meeting when your CTO turns to you and asks, “Can we get our website, Exchange and SharePoint up in minutes after an event? I’m hearing from Sales it took a full day last year and our new mobile roll-out requires continuous access.”
Jeez. This guy doesn’t get it. Doesn’t he know you’re already working longer hours to cover the two guys you couldn’t hire last year? Doesn’t he understand that to get this done you’ll need a few extra pairs of arms and legs … and a unicorn?
Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don't think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
The real question is this: will you see your shadow and force an endless amount of even more reward-less stress … or is it time for a change? A time to move beyond the backup and recovery kit you inherited and start building an always-on environment?
It’s completely up to you. I mean, you’re the guy in the thick of it every day. As long as things keep running, everyone thinks you’re doing ok. But how is reliving the same day over and over working out for you, Phil? It’s going to take more than a slap-in-the-face montage to change things. You’ve got to change how you think about data protection.
Rita: This day was perfect. You couldn't have planned a day like this.
Phil: Well, you can. It just takes an awful lot of work.
It’s possible to access backup data as if it was live data. It’s possible to instantly get back to business after an outage, even in the cloud. It’s possible to never risk more than 5 minutes of data loss … oh, and protect everything in your environment instead of picking and choosing (and hoping no one finds out).
Of course you inherited some of your backup infrastructure. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it or that you even have to fully replace it to realize all of those possibilities. You’ve got to figure out a smarter way to work since no one is going to hand you a bigger bag of time (or money) any time soon.
Phil: It's so beautiful! Let's live here. We'll rent, to start.
Take it slow and start investigating today. Start by taking a peek at how other companies got their data protection programs out of seemingly-endless recurring cycles. Does your protection environment match your production environment? Are you treating all backup jobs the same even though all of your data is not? Can you guarantee a successfully recovery of everything you’ve already backed up?
It’s never too late to take a look. One day, you could wake up and say, “You know what today is? Today is tomorrow … it happened!”