Disaster recovery is one of those platforms that businesses don’t want to have to use, but need to spend ample time planning in case they do. This is rather unique in business, so only by truly understanding what you need to get out of your disaster recovery strategy can you create the comprehensive disaster recovery system your business requires.
In this article, we’ll take you through the data backup process as it relates to disaster recovery and what you need to know about it for it to be effective for your business.
What Happens with Disaster Recovery?
The disaster recovery process aims to keep your organization’s operational continuity in place where if a situation occurs, and you don’t have a disaster recovery strategy in place, you might have a hard time getting back to business. There are several situations that could affect business continuity including natural disaster, power outage, hardware failure or malware attacks. The immediate goal of disaster recovery is to minimize data loss and quickly restore a business’ ability to operate.
Disaster recovery has two main variables: data recovery and your disaster recovery strategy. Having a strong data backup system will be an important part of a successful disaster recovery platform, as having access to close-to-current operational data that you can restore quickly, whether it be from your normal hardware, new hardware or cloud server, can mitigate the effects any disaster has on your business.
At Advisors Tech, we offer what is called a data backup and disaster recovery (BDR) service. This service identifies critical data, keeps it backed up both on-site and in the cloud, and makes recovery easier so your business can get back in action quickly. With a strong data backup program, your business can be restored to pre-disaster levels pretty quickly.
The actual disaster recovery strategy has to consider a lot of situations depending on the disaster. If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is that no two disasters are created equal. The way you react to a flood of your brick and mortar location will be markedly different from how you would react to a power surge that fries a computer component. Both cause immediate downtime, but one may take longer to come back from and therefore have to have additional considerations. The core variables of any disaster recovery system are mostly procedural and are in place to ensure that the company is able to get operations back up and running before costs of sustained downtime get too high.
What Should Your Goals Be?
Simply put, when you are put in a situation where you risk losing data, you need to have a plan to restore your systems quickly. This demands that you prioritize actions that not only work toward that end, but keep the people that need to be in the know so you don’t inadvertently exacerbate the problems. Your goals should be to create a disaster recovery plan that brings your systems back online as soon as possible and allows you to avoid large swaths of downtime.
We can help you build a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy that not only protects your data from loss, but also allows for quick contingencies to be made with your business’ technology if the need should arise. Give our IT experts a call today at 844.671.6071 to have a conversation about building a successful disaster recovery platform.