Disaster Recovery Solutions are a necessity for all businesses
Each year businesses around the world are impacted and disrupted due to a disaster of some kind. This could be a natural occurrence; such as a cyclone or flood, others could be due to disgruntled employees taking things into their own hands. Either way, disaster recovery solutions and methods are available to help lessen the impact a disaster could have on a business now and into the future.
We’ll investigate below what a solid disaster recovery solution should look like. But first; let’s get into some reasoning why businesses need disaster recovery solutions.
Statistics around business recovery after a disaster can vary greatly; no matter where you look. Just a few to wet the appetite (the following statistics are taken from Invenioit):
- The average downtime for a business in a disaster is between approximately $1000 to $17,250.
- Ransomware detection is up 90%.
- 96% of businesses survive a ransomware incident using their disaster recovery solution.
- 30% of businesses don’t have any data recovery solutions implemented.
Last; but definitely not the least – 90% of businesses don’t survive a disaster without a DR solution.
When it comes to protecting everything that you’ve built; when it comes to a business – it pays to have a reliable disaster recovery strategy to fall back on.
Types of disasters that affect businesses
It’s a minefield out there when it comes to business. While things appear to be smooth sailing for most businesses; it doesn’t take a lot to bring it to it’s knees in a lot of cases.
Just a few of the potential pitfalls that can cause serious IT outages to a business include:
- Critical Application failure
- Entire System failure
- Building disaster
- Regional disaster
- National disaster
Regardless of what type of disaster is experienced; having a disaster recovery solution in place will help overall.
Different types of Disaster Recovery Plans
Virtualised DR plan: Virtualisation provides businesses with a unique opportunity to implement disaster recovery processes in a simple and effective manner. Using the ability to create and boot new virtual machines; application and entire server operating systems can be up and running within a few short minutes when in the past this could take hours or even days. High availability makes it realistic to meet low RTO and RPO limits.
Network DR plan: This type of DR plan can become quite complex; depending on how complicated the network it’s designed around is. The importance of detail within the planning documentation, as well as regular testing are key to making network disaster recovery plans a success.
Data Center DR plan: Deals specifically with the physical data center; the facility and also technical infrastructure. Will include power, physical environment and building security as key elements – however this type of plan is quite broad in scope.
What to include in a Disaster Recovery Plan
As mentioned above, there are a number of different types of disaster recovery plans and solutions. Each being able to cover a specific outage or issue.
However; there are common threads among each of them which can build the basis of a businesses disaster recovery solution. These include:
- An analysis of all potential threats to daily operation
- A Business Impact Analysis to identify key IT systems and processes; and give them a DR priority.
- People and their role within the disaster recovery effort.
- Testing procedures. Practice makes perfect!
Disaster Recovery Plan Testing
It’s all well and good spending the time and resources on your businesses newly minted disaster recovery solutions. However; without thorough testing there could be areas of weakness and deficiencies.
By running regular tests using the disaster recovery plan; this will identify holes and areas for improvement. The more realistic the test; the more life like the reaction and decisions will be.
Not only does this help in grading the DR plan, but also gives some sort of guide on how staff and key stakeholders perform under pressure.
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