The Iron Throne

How Disaster Recovery is Like Surviving in Game of Thrones

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? We’re addicted, but it’s possible you haven’t seen it. If that’s the case, here’s a quick rundown of what the show is like, all without a single spoiler.

Complex politics. A huge cast of characters. Lots of big, life-changing events. All the typical epic story stuff, like love, betrayal, loyalty and hardship. Plus, one more thing.

Heartache. Soul-crushing heartache.

Wow. That’s harsh, George.

You start to fall in love with a character. You feel where they’re coming from. And then, out of the clear blue, DEAD. And then it happens again. And then again.

When asked about why so many of his beloved characters die, the series’ author George R.R. Martin said, “Sometimes the hero dies, at least in my books.” Apparently, he’s not one to mince words.

But at PCX, we get it. In fact, it kind of reminds us of disaster recovery. If that feels like a stretch, stick with us. It’ll make sense before you’re done reading this post.

The trials and tribulations of disaster recovery.

Game of Thrones is all about intense, realistic drama. If you’re looking for a light-hearted romp through a fictional world where the good guys come out on top, it’s not the story for you. It’s rough and tumble.

Just like disaster recovery.

Just how rough and tumble is disaster recovery? The numbers tell a compelling story. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 93% of businesses hit by a disaster are out of business within one year. Ah, but how common are disasters? We’re so glad you asked.

As it turns out, disasters of some kind are surprisingly common. More than half of all companies have experienced downtime from a single event lasting at least 8 hours. That’s a full workday. Think about what that would cost in lost time, inactivity and decreased customer satisfaction.

But in spite of that, three out of four SMBs don’t have a disaster recovery plan. They’re just rolling the dice, hoping they don’t get hit with power outages, network errors, cyber attacks or natural disasters.

Said another way, they’re like Game of Thrones characters wandering around thinking they won’t die because they’re the good guys. That’s a pretty big gamble.

Playing it safe. (Or at least safer.)

There’s no way to make Game of Thrones safe for your favorite characters. You either accept that it’s a brutal fictional world, or you don’t watch. Similarly, there’s no way protect your business from potential disasters.

But there are things you can do to prepare.

That’s why it’s critical to develop a complete disaster recovery plan before you need it. When disaster strikes, it’s already too late. You need to know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to react before things get chaotic.

That’s what a disaster recovery strategy gives you. A way to navigate difficult times without catastrophic consequences.

Developing the kind of disaster recovery plan that makes a real difference is no easy thing. There’s a lot to take into account. There may be some things business owners can do on their own, but this is an area better left to the pros. After all, the stakes are high. What really matters is making sure your business survives.

Here at PCX, we know disaster recovery. We know what it takes to bounce back fast, even in the worst of times. We can craft a custom disaster recovery plan to protect your business. And we’ll do it with a collaborative approach that ensures you’re a part of the process.

If you’re ready to tackle disaster recovery, we’re here to help. Don’t get caught off guard. Let PCX help you prepare now.