Toy Story 2 Without a Disaster Recovery Plan

Think a data disaster won’t happen to your enterprise? Think again. Data disasters can have a huge impact on both the biggest and the smallest enterprises. Just ask Pixar and the staff of Toy Story 2.

The movie Toy Story 2 was almost erased from history when someone accidentally hit the delete key sequence on the hard drives where the movie was stored. Within 20 seconds, the only copy of the Toy Story 2 was deleted.

Without a disaster recovery plan, Pixar was able to restore the movie only by a chance circumstance. One existing copy of the movie was left on the laptop of the visual arts director who, luckily for Pixar, had taken a copy of the movie home to work on during maternity leave.

A data disaster can occur because of something as simple as a hitting the wrong key or as catastrophic as a tornado or hurricane. Is your enterprise prepared for a data disaster to occur today? Here are four questions to ask yourself when evaluating your enterprise disaster recovery system.

  1. Does your current disaster recovery solution match the business needs and requirements? Verify that your disaster recovery hardware and system meet your current enterprise needs and covers your mission critical data and applications. For the Pixar staff, an off-site disaster recovery SAN system may have helped prevent mission-critical data corruption or accidental deletion.
  2. Are you confident in your current disaster recovery process? Testing your hardware and storage environment is a good time to test your SAN environment. If the Pixar group had tested their disaster recovery system, they would have recognized their lack of snapshots, backups, and other tools to protect their data. Disaster recovery environment testing may require additional capacity, extra SAN hardware, or added Snapshot software, but the investment will give you confidence that your disaster recovery system will protect your data when you need it.
  3. What is the cost of losing production for a day? A week? A month? In the case of the Toy Story 2 staff, more than 20 people stood to lose all the work they had done for the past two years. What would your enterprise lose if production stopped? Whether it be lost employee productivity, lost revenue, or simply a damaged reputation with customers, data loss can be devastating to an enterprise. Disaster recovery SAN hardware can help you minimize the effects of a data disaster through mirroring, replication, and backup to tape or disk.
  4. Who will be impacted the most if a disaster happens? Evaluate how your employees, your customers, and your enterprise will be affected if a disaster occurs. Without a disaster recovery system in place, Pixar was facing production delays that would affect the Toy Story 2 team and increase operational costs that would likely affect the movie’s bottom line. Failing to implement a disaster recovery program can have far-reaching consequences that impact not only the staff and the enterprise but also the consumer.

To learn more about Pixar’s potential disaster, read the article from the LA Weekly.


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