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With ransomware attacks on the rise, a global pandemic, and cities all over the world still facing potential lockdowns, now is the time to be thinking about your company’s disaster recovery plan. And if you don’t have such a plan in place, now is definitely the time to be thinking about it.
But let’s assume your company has already set up a process and infrastructure for disaster recovery in the event of data or network downtime. If you haven’t done so in a while (or ever), it’s worth asking yourself a couple of key questions now: Is our Disaster Recovery solution as effective as it could be? Are we confident it will protect our business in the event of an actual emergency?
Here are a few suggestions to help get your Disaster Recovery plan from bad to good, or from good to great.
1. Test your Disaster Recovery processes
If this advice sounds too obvious to mention, consider this: A study by Spiceworks found that nearly 1 in 4 businesses with a disaster recovery plan have never tested it.
Worse, this failure to test has clearly led to negative consequences for businesses. According to that same study, 27% of companies that have experienced a business outage have lost revenue as a result.
If you’re going to learn that the Disaster Recovery infrastructure you’ve put into place isn’t effective—or doesn’t get your staff back up and running again according to your RTOs (recovery time objectives) and RPOs (recovery time objectives)—you need the opportunity to discover this before a real disaster takes place.
2. Treat your different corporate data with different levels of urgency
One reason many IT teams put off implementing a Disaster Recovery solution is that the offerings from most vendors can seem cost prohibitive. Indeed, many of these solutions might be more expensive than your business can afford—particularly if you assume you need to apply the highest levels of backup and Disaster Recovery services to every file, operating system, and network device across your company.
But think about that for a moment. Imagine a worst-case scenario. Say your company’s headquarters suffered an outage, or a natural disaster made your building unsafe, and your staff had to temporarily work remotely. Would you need to restore all your corporate data, apps, and systems immediately to avoid major operational problems or loss of revenue? Almost certainly not.
The right disaster recovery solution takes this into account. It will offer multiple tiers of service and costs, to let you fully customise the levels of backup and recovery you apply to each type of data and each application.
If your staff won’t need urgent access to 5-year-old email archives when the power goes out, there’s no need to create the same level of RTO and RPO for that data as you do for your customers’ credit card information—which, presumably, you will need access to as soon as possible during an outage.
With the right Disaster Recovery solution—such as the world leading Veeam Cloud Connect—you can ensure all mission-critical digital assets are accessible as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster, while at the same time controlling your overall data backup and Disaster Recovery costs.
3. Don’t confuse data backup with disaster recovery, or recovery with DRaaS
Another common pitfall for corporate IT teams is assuming they’ve checked the “disaster recovery” box because they’re backing up the company’s data. Backup is definitely an important component of operational resiliency, but it’s only a small part of a true disaster recovery solution.
An effective Disaster Recovery plan must include not only backed-up digital assets, but also:
A plan for restoring access to your business’s digital assets if their primary location (an in-house company server, for example) fails.
The ability to regain access to your mission-critical data within the timeframe you need to maintain normal operations during the disaster.
Ideally, a DRaaS partner that will work with your company to customise protocols for your backup and recovery plan—and actively monitor your digital infrastructure so they can alert you immediately to potential issues.
If you’d like help with these steps, KeepItSafe is here for you. We’re one of the longest-operating and most trusted backup and DRaaS providers and a Platinum Partner of Veeam, the world’s #1 developer of cloud-based disaster recovery solutions. Schedule your consultation today!
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“Disaster Recovery Planning: Getting from Good to Great”