DISASTER RECOVERY PROTECTS YOUR BUSINESS'S MOST VITAL INFORMATION
Most small businesses do not have a Business Continuity or Disaster Recovery Plan.
It has been shown that most businesses that do not have a disaster recovery plan and lose access to their financial data and other essential information for more than three days are at serious risk of going out of business.
Disaster Recovery is a service that protects your business's digital assets so they can be recovered quickly in the event of a disaster, such as a storm, fire, flood, or any other event that leads to the loss of an office, or your equipment.
RECOVERY TIME AND RECOVERY POINT OBJECTIVE
When planning for disaster recovery, the two main metrics to be concerned with are Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
Recovery Point Objective is concerned with how much data is considered to be an acceptable loss. If your disaster recovery system syncs your data once every 24 hours, you will lose at most, 24 hours' worth of data. With current technology, it is possible to reduce the RPO to as little as 10 minutes if your data is synchronized to your DR system as soon as it is saved.
Recovery Time Objective is concerned with how long should it take to recover from a disaster. With cloud services, it is possible to have your data live on the disaster recovery platform within a matter of hours or less.
RTO and RPO are important to consider when deciding on implementing disaster recovery services to protect your organization's data. Having a DR plan gives you the peace of mind that you know and understand what you are going to do in the event of an emergency.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY OR DISASTER RECOVERY PLANS CAN BE IMPLEMENTS FOR DIFFERENT REASONS
There are different types of disasters that would require activating a DR plan.
Natural Disasters - This includes hurricanes, blizzards, floods, tornados, or fires.
Human Error - We all make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes can be significant enough where data becomes irretrievable.
Sabotage - Disgruntled employees can do a lot of damage before leaving a job.
Software Errors or Disasters - A disaster doesn't necessarily mean something was physically destroyed. If your data is corrupted due to a virus or malware, then the best way to recover your data might be through the disaster recovery system. Software problems can also arise from updates and did not go as planned and caused your data or application to become corrupted.
Hardware Failure - Hardware failure could be a result of any of the above, such as fire, flood, human error, or sabotage. Hardware also sometimes fails all on its own with no other external reason. Sometimes, hardware just fails.
When you store all of your data on a server or other centralized computer, that server becomes the heart of your business. Protecting the data on that server is vital to the health and well-being of your business. We protect your hardware and data by securely copying an image of your server to the cloud. In the event of a disaster, you are able to connect to the virtual server in the cloud, then when you have replaced the hardware that failed, you are able to bring the image back to the new hardware without missing a beat.
Disaster Recovery is different than Backups in that with a backup, you are concerned with protecting individual files and folders. With Disaster Recovery, you are protecting the server in its entirety, which makes it a seamless process to recover if you suffer from a disaster.
A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN LETS YOU KNOW YOUR DATA AND BUSINESS ARE PROTECTED
At Unfrustrating Computers we will implement your Disaster Recovery system and help you come up with a disaster recovery plan which will let you know if you need to restore your data through your disaster recovery system or if restoring files from your backup system is sufficient.
Just as backups, Disaster Recovery is part of your overall business continuity and is another essential service that gives you the confidence that your company is being protected. Call Unfrustrating Computers at 516-679-5540 to discuss your Disaster Recovery options and learn what other services we can help your small business with.