Why do you need disaster recovery?
The importance of disaster recovery is centered around business continuity.
In today’s world it is hard to imagine a company that can continue business as usual without IT. Business processes and IT systems increasingly depend on each other and the need for IT uptime during working hours or even 24/7 has become undeniable in today’s enterprises, both small and multinational.
If your company can continue business as usual without IT being up and running, well, then, relax and take a holiday! Chances are, however, that an IT problem can easily and quickly turn into a business problem.
If your environment and your IT team is unprepared for a glitch, chances are your company runs into problems with employees unable to work, customers not being able to use your services and logistics turning into chaos. Your company may suffer financial loss or, worst case, go out of business completely.
While it is important to consider what a day’s downtime would cost your company, the uptime of systems is not the only challenge in today’s IT. The availability of the data in those systems is possibly even more important. Is your company’s data its true value? Is data for you indeed the new gold? Then what would happen if your data was held for ransom by cybercrime?
So, now that you come to think of it, how important is the availability of IT systems and your data for your company? Time to make a plan?
Why do you need a disaster recovery plan?
We can guarantee you something will go wrong, whether that will constitute a disaster for your company will depend on your plan. A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a documented set of technologies, procedures and responsibilities to recover and protect your business IT infrastructure if an unforeseen event should occur. The plan should reflect the specific needs of your company: what has priority, no data loss or no down time (RTO and RPO), budget or risk mitigation, …
Once you know what your internal and external customers’ business needs are that depend on your IT environment you can start mapping them to solutions and architectures. There is a solution for every need and every business model. It won’t take long, however, before you will hit the third player in the game: the budget! While everybody dreams of 99,999% uptime very few will be willing to pay for it. That said, if your business depends on it, find a way!
The solution that will suit your business needs will primarily consist of specific technologies and a clever architecture. While this will make a huge difference in whether a glitch turns into a disaster, it is not yet a complete plan. Once you have the solution in place you will need to surround it with procedures, responsibilities and, often forgotten but so valuable, regular testing!
Sounds like a challenge? Well, it is. But wouldn’t it be nice to know that your data is safe and you can start up again quickly and effortlessly, whatever nature, distracted colleagues or faulty hardware throw at you? And remember, we are here to help you.
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