back to article It’s 2022 and a Korean web giant only now decided to write a DR plan

South Korean web giant Kakao, a twelve-year-old company that boasts tens of millions of users and enjoys a central place in local life, has decided the time is right to develop operational resilience resources and processes. If it seems a little odd that a company of that scale lacks those items, cast your mind back to the …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They all have a DRP

    "Again: it is a little odd, in this day and age, that a company of Kakao's scale doesn't have those items in place already."

    Every company has a DRP, of course. But the Devil is in the details.

    Literally everyone of our customers has the following as a DRP:

    It pleases everyone, before something goes unwell in real life.

    1. Martin Gregorie

      Re: They all have a DRP

      Judging from both the last couple of years observations and experience on contracts last century, every last department in HMG's Civil Service uses this as their SOP (standard operating procedure). Their baseline DRP appears to be a combination of doing nothing, hoping nobody notices and blaming everybody else.

  2. The Spider

    Not surprised...

    I've been living and working in Korea since 2003, and this simply shows that nothing changes. Nobody ever seems to have a plan, and nobody ever seems to think that stuff might suddenly go down or that there will be a serious problem.

    I'm not involved in anything to do with computing here, but the principle applies to everything. This is merely a higher-level example.

    Clearly they had realised the issue and had instigated a response, but as the author here suggests, it was a bit too late... again, no surprises there...

    1. Mike 137 Silver badge

      Re: Not surprised...

      Not unique to Korea by a long chalk, but probably pretty much universal. The fundamental problem is that DR takes precedence over preventing disasters in the first place. This is exemplified by almost all 'business continuity' plans kicking in only after the disaster has brought things to a halt (as a kind of thin veneer of operations over the DR). Real business continuity planning covers how to keep things going all the time, including, but not exclusively, in the face of an incident so it has minimal effect on operations. Its key attribute is resilience.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Not surprised...

        "Not unique to Korea by a long chalk, but probably pretty much universal."


        Recently, we were contacted by a company seeking a DRP service, as follows:

        - OPEX model, pay per use only (pay only when DRP runs !!)

        - multiple hundreds of VMs in scope

        - multiple hundreds of TB of primary storage

        - tape-based backups only

        - RTO of 24 hours

        - dedicated location where all should be restored.

        We politely explained this is not possible. In short, they were after an insurance you only pay, when you crash your car ...

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