In the event of a disaster, does your business have a plan? How long can you really afford to be down? A few hours, days, weeks? Who’s responsible for checking your backups hourly and daily?
Most people relate disaster recovery to data loss caused by a natural disaster. However, only five percent of data loss is caused by natural disasters. Seventy-three percent is caused by systems failure (55 percent hardware failure, 18 percent software failure) and 22 percent by human error.
So if you’re not too concerned that a natural disaster will destroy your business, you’re probably right. But the likelihood of your systems experiencing downtime for other reasons is significant.
Benefits of Disaster Recovery Solutions:
- Reduces the risk of business failure
- Protects the positive reputation you have built
- Minimizes tough, frantic decision-making during a disaster
- Improve security and reduces exposure to liabilities
- Increases your ability to work with limited resources to combat disaster
- Limits the unaffordable loss of valuable data and production
- Lessens potential for regulation non-compliance
More about Disaster Recovery:
Establishing well-documented processes and procedures is critical for your business continuity plan. Developed in stride with your disaster recovery plan, this will increase the probability of preserving core business functionality and allow your business to continue to generate revenue. Having an understanding of the total cost of downtime and an expectation of acceptable downtime is the first step. Those total costs will naturally dictate how much a business should invest for a recovery solution.
What’s the difference between a DR (disaster recovery) plan and a business continuity plan?
A disaster recovery plan is generally regarded as the “data recovery” portion of a business continuity plan. The business continuity plan itself is the holistic approach to business survivability including data recovery, policies, procedures and responsibilities in response to any external threat to the viability of the business.
Why should I invest in a disaster recovery plan?
The answer varies from business to business based on their individual dependency on their data (including intellectual property) and the business’ tolerance for that data being unavailable. It’s important to know your ability to withstand downtime and the associated costs. If your tolerance is high, perhaps a backup solution is all that’s required. If low, a robust business continuity may be essential. Some of our clients have mandates that require them to provide a disaster recovery plan. We see mandates often in legal and financial sectors along with businesses that are public and adhere to the Sarbanes Oxley act of 2002.
Why is a disaster recovery plan important?
Disaster recovery plans are important to bring systems back online quickly in the event of downtime.
What’s the difference between a backup solution and a disaster recovery plan?
Unlike a backup solution, a disaster recovery plan is a real-time solution – designed to recover data quickly in the event of downtime. A backup solution covers the need for data retention and is more of a “time-machine”, dealing with archived data. Often we see well-designed backup solutions that would take days or even weeks to fully restore a client’s data systems. Make no mistake: backup and disaster recovery solutions have different goals for the business.
What is a recovery time objective (RTO)?
The amount of time required to return the IT business systems to an operational state in the event of a disaster.
What is a recovery point objective (RPO)?
The last good copy of the critical business data. For example, if backups run every night at 9pm and there is a data outage at 9am the next day, the last good copy is 12 hours old. We have clients that find everything from a 24 hour RPO to a 5 minute RPO to be acceptable. We also have clients that have an RPO of seconds.