Before getting into this post, let's quickly talk about disaster recovery. Most people see the word “disaster” and think of hurricanes, fire, flood, tornadoes, volcanoes, or other natural disasters. Of course, those can and do cause business disruption. However, what disaster recovery is really about is ANY event that disrupts your business operations – many of them caused by simple human error. Sure, your office could catch on fire or you could be flooded and see your business documents float away. More likely is a server crash that knocks out your network for an hour (or a day or a week). Or someone opens a phishing email, letting in a ransomware virus, and your office loses access to its data. The key question to focus on in disaster recovery is this – how long can you afford to have your operations disrupted?