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With IT systems becoming increasingly critical to the smooth running of a company, the importance of ensuring the continued operation of those systems or the rapid recovery of the systems has grown. Disaster Recovery planning is now essential if a business wants to avoid large losses which occur due to the loss of IT infrastructure and data.
A company that has a major loss of business data may never recover, so preparation for continuation or recovery of systems needs to be taken very seriously. Investment in time and money to disaster recovery will ensure minimal loss in the event of a disruptive event.
Disasters can be categorised in two ways
First there is the natural disaster, such as fire and flood. The second are man-made disasters which include hazardous material spills, infrastructure failure and bio-terrorism. Surveillance and mitigation planning is essential towards avoiding and preventing losses from these events.
An organisation may choose to use an outsourced disaster recovery provider to provide a stand-by site and systems rather than use their own remote facilities. As well as preparing for disaster recovery, an organisation should implement precautionary measures with a view to prevent a disaster from happening.
These can include:
- Use of disc protection technology
- Surge protectors to minimize the effect of power surges
- Uninterruptable power supply and/or backup generator to prevent power failure
- Fire prevention such as alarms and extinguishers
- Anti-virus software and other security equipment
A disaster recovery plan is crucial for every business.
Disaster recovery is usually pushed into the background as something nobody wants to think about but it is something every company needs to plan for. Disaster recovery is essentially the ability to continue work after any catastrophic problem, which can range from a computer virus or hacker attack through to a natural disaster such as a fire. Ensuring you have a good disaster recovery plan in place brings peace of mind with the ability to continue work in such an event.
Disaster recovery should be tailored to meet the company's requirements.
The basis of putting in place a disaster recovery plan is to plan out the most critical aspects of day to day business. If your company business in mostly phone based, then a backup phone system should be addressed. Data is one of the areas which can be overlooked but is crucial to disaster recovery. Information stored on computers is essential to day to day running and productivity and loss of vital data can have a catastrophic effect to the company.
It is also important to keep in mind the time frame for disaster recovery.
f your company needs to be able to recover almost instantly from a disaster, much more complex steps should be taken than if you have the capacity to spend more time recovering. If your company works in a real time, online environment, you need multiple backup systems standing by so that they can instantly come online. If we are looking at longer time frames, then allowing for several hours or days to recover records and resume work may be acceptable.
The benefits of disaster recovery will mean you are able to retrieve your date and IT systems in a safe, secure and timely manner. In the event of a disaster, does your business have the ability to pick up the pieces quickly allowing work to continue or will it just grind to a halt? With good disaster recovery planning your company will have peace of mind that if the worst happens, you will be prepared.
These guys really understand what a business needs from its IT partner, a high level of quality customer care coupled with an in depth knowledge of current technology and how to relate it to our business. They give good honest and independent advice, and you cant ask for more than that.Pete Grayer, IT Director, Rabjohns.