Everything You Need to Know about Disaster Recovery.

Author:Amin, Ahmed

Sufficient planning for a data-loss disaster is something that many businesses neglect. This can be seen as a constant consumption of time and resources in preparation for an event that will probably never happen, often deterring people from investing in their own procedures.

An SMB disaster preparedness survey commissioned by Symtec found that 57% of small businesses do not have a plan in place to deal with an outage or disruption to their computer or technology resources, compared with 47% of midsize businesses. Emphasising the issue at hand, these statistics highlight the importance of maintaining a reliable disaster recovery plan.

To assist in your understanding of disaster recovery and what this means for your business, Alissa Irei outlines 6 critical points for you to consider:

  1. Understanding your options.

    Companies with multiple data centers, or an overly demanding data-load, need to consider the most appropriate approach to disaster recovery.

    There are much more efficient ways of protecting your business' crucial files than the traditional process of replicating the application state between two data centers, simply creating a duplicate of the most recently copied data. There are multiple Cloud-based alternatives, as well as software like GuruSquad's GS RichCopy 360, which will replicate and protect your data independently, with much more efficiency and very little risk of human error.

  2. The importance of forward planning.

    The aim of a disaster recovery plan is to be able to seamlessly continue your critical operations after an interruption of some kind. This should enable the recovery or continuation of critical technology, infrastructure and systems within your business. Spending on such a plan may feel like a waste when you hope that it will be something you're never going to need to implement. On the contrary, this is a dangerous assumption, as it's been found that 93% of companies without disaster recovery protocols, who suffer from a major data disaster, are out of business within just one year. By the time you realise you desperately need a disaster recovery plan, it will be too late.

  3. Potential disasters.

    Your disaster recovery plan will be invoked after either a natural or human disaster. Some examples of natural disasters include fires, floods and hurricanes, whereas a human disaster may be down to a simple error, or potentially something more nefarious like sabotage. A well...

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