The recent mega storm on the East Coast reminds us again that disasters are an unfortunate part of life. They can strike with little warning and leave your business in complete disarray.
Whether the disaster is caused by nature such as an earthquake, hurricane or by a technology error such as a virus or, you are at risk of losing some or all of your data and will have massive disruptions in your business. The statistics regarding the financial impacts of a disaster on the small businesses are disheartening. In most cases it forces the small businesses to shut down the business for good. The same statistics indicate that few small businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place. The business recovery plan should be an essential ingredient of ensuring business continuity. Without an effective business continuity plan, the loss of data can severely paralyze a business.
A comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan is designed to keep a business operational despite the disaster. There is no one plan that fits every business. Each plan is different depending on the size, type of business and priorities, etc..
As part of your plan, we may suggest any number of back-up and disaster recovery services:
- Server and workstation daily backups
- Offsite server replication
- On-line backup including co-location
- Failover strategies for data and power
- Hosted and Cloud services for email
- Infra-structure hardening
Some or all the above items are required by certain government and private agencies such as Hippa for the medical profession. If you are dealing with sensitive data such as Social Security numbers and credit card information, etc, you have a responsibility for the safety and security of that information. Sometimes the disaster recovery plans are provided by these government agencies can be implemented or used as a guideline. It is necessary that the Disaster Recovery Plan include an updating process to be properly structured and controlled. Whenever changes are made to the plan they are to be fully tested and appropriate amendments should be made to the training materials.
The most important item in the Disaster Recovery Plan are the Recovery Objectives. There are two recovery Objectives:
- Recovery Time Objective (RTO): describes the time within which business functions or applications must be restored (includes time before disaster declared and time to perform tasks).
- Recovery Point Objective (RPO): describes the point in time to which data must be restored to successfully resume processing (often thought of as time between last backup and when outage occurred).
The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) along with cost are important criteria when evaluating the right solutions.
Many solutions are available. Choosing the right ones requires that you balance the cost of the solution against the costs associated with downtime and lost data. Some amount of data loss may be acceptable if the data can be captured from other sources or easily recreated. This is not a one-size fits all solution. . A single solution or technology isn’t usually the best choice for all applications.
We encourage you to contact CEO @818-501-2281 for a free consultation to address all your Backup & Disaster Recovery concerns.
Don’t let a disaster keep your business from achieving the success it deserves.