Survival and disaster recovery — Bear Grylls has got nothing on me

“Hey, Mom, wanna watch Bear Grylls tonight?”

“What’s that?”

“You know, Bear Grylls. ‘You vs. Wild.’ It’s an action-adventure show on Netflix, where he goes all over the world and gets himself in and out of disasters.”

“Is that like Indiana Jones?” I ask.

“You mean that old dude with the hat and whip? The one who hates snakes? No, that was just the movies. This is real.”

“Real, huh?”

“Yeah, better than real,” says my daughter. “It’s interactive. We get to make decisions during the show that help him survive when he’s, like, hanging from a cliff or paragliding off a mountain.”

“What do you get to decide?”

“Oh, whether he’s going to jump or rappel down a 50-foot waterfall, or whether he’s going to eat a fistful of termites or have a bunch of grubs for dinner.”

“Huh. Anything else on?”

“Mom . . . you don’t need anything else to watch when Bear Grylls is on. He’s this uber-survivor. He’s climbed Mt. Everest, jet-skied around Britain, crossed the Atlantic in a little boat, hiked Antarctica . . . he can totally recover from, like, any disaster.”

Oh, yeah? Lemme tellya about real disaster recovery.

“All Bear Grylls is trying to save is his life,” I tell my daughter. “DBAs save the databases that support data centers, customer portals and online ordering systems. They keep entire companies from tipping into disaster.”

I spend most of my time working with database administrators, and they can tell you a thing or two about what it takes to survive a disaster and keep on going.

That’s why we’ve released a new eBook called The DBA’s High Availability and Disaster Recovery Survival Guide. It describes the role of DBAs in keeping databases available all the time and safe from disaster. It also covers data replication, an invaluable technology for ensuring high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) for your databases.

Avoiding financial disaster

“I don’t know how much money Bear Grylls makes for paramotoring Mt. Everest or wolfing down ghastly insects,” I say, as my daughter picks up the remote control and tunes me out. “But I’ll bet it’s not as high as $5,600 a minute. That’s the normal cost of downtime to large companies when databases are offline.”

And the cost to small businesses can be even higher, because most of them don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. Without a DR plan, many small businesses are forced to close after a significant disaster, like a flood or wildfire.

That’s why DBAs play such an important role. They’re doing more than keeping databases spinning; they’re helping to ensure business continuity.

Building a disaster recovery strategy

“So while your man Bear Grylls is scanning the landscape for killer bunny rabbits,” I continue, “DBAs are scanning a landscape of dozens or hundreds of database instances. An outage in any single database could cost a week of profit.”

Often, those databases are from multiple vendors like Microsoft, Oracle and open-source providers. Sometimes in the data center, sometimes in the cloud.

Our eBook goes into conducting risk assessments, developing metrics for HA and DR and designing disaster recovery systems for effective operation as soon as possible after an incident. That’s the kind of keen survival instinct required to keep all of those databases highly available and resilient in the face of disaster.

“And Bear Grylls is just worried about keeping snow out of his boots,” I scoff.

Get our Survival Guide eBook

My poor daughter is getting a headache from all the eye-rolling.

“Mom, don’t have a thrombo. All I was asking is whether you want to watch Bear Grylls. Sounds like a no, huh?”

I suppose that’s a no.

But if you’re a DBA wondering about database solutions for maintaining HA and supporting DR, read our eBook, The DBA’s High Availability and Disaster Recovery Survival Guide. You’ll find data points you can take to management to solidify your DR strategy. You’ll also see (spoiler alert) how SharePlex® data replication can be as crucial to your survival as a Gerber Bear Grylls-branded knife can be for the adventurer.

Screen bonding time with your teenage daughter. Ain’t it grand?

And who names his kids Marmaduke and Huckleberry, anyway?

Never Mind Bear Grylls. I Want the eBook

Photo credit: Kenneth Han CC BY-SA 3.0

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