In my previous blog, I explained why every organisation needs an effective disaster recovery plan.
I talked about how an alarming number of small and medium organisations have inadequate safeguards against a crisis – or no safeguards at all. And how some feel a false sense of security because they’ve backed up their data ‘in the cloud’ – without scrutinising what this really means.
As recent high profile incidents have demonstrated, even some of the largest organisations are insufficiently prepared.
So, how can you ensure your organisation has the right disaster recovery strategy to truly protect you should the worst happen?
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First, you need to look hard at all the risks facing your organisation. They could be:
Weigh up the likelihood of each and the possible impact on your business.
Your disaster recovery strategy should identify what you need to do now to prepare for the worst – and what you need to do then to recover from it.
If disaster strikes, the goal is for you and your team to know exactly what to do and swing into action to ensure minimal disruption to your business.
Walk through the possible situations in your mind and consider the consequences:
Your disaster recovery strategy needs to include procedures for dealing with any and all challenges you may face. You might not have time to make a decision when disaster strikes!
Of course, vitally, you need to protect your business-critical data and ensure it is never becomes lost, corrupted or inaccessible.
Let’s face it, data is the lifeblood of most businesses. Imagine how difficult it would be to function without the IT and data you use every day at work!
If you keep your IT equipment on-site, its highly vulnerable to any disruptions which could affect your premises. As I discussed in my previous post, it isn’t just the obvious risks like fire or flood. It could be roadworks, a burst water main, a blown down tree, even industrial action.
The best way to protect your data is to place it in a highly secure data centre, purpose-built to reduce such risks to an absolute minimum.
A data-centre is a physical fortress in which you can house your IT equipment safe from unauthorised access, physical threats or extremes like terrorism. Highly resilient to natural disasters, it will be thoroughly protected against technical failures like power cuts and lost connectivity.
Crucially, when deciding on data protection in your distater recovery strategy, you have two options:
Each option has its pros and cons – and very different implications. So, I’ll address these in my next post, which will help guide you on the best route for your organisation.
In the meantime, if we can help in any way to formulate your disaster recovery strategy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.