When your network and data are housed in a central server room, either onsite or offsite, there is a range of disasters that can cause them to go offline. It could be fire, flood or any range of environmental factors disconnect your business systems, would you be able to continue operations? That is why disaster recovery is so critical to businesses of all sizes, so you can minimise your downtime and continue to service your customer and client base.
What is disaster recovery?
A disaster, in the IT sense, is any force of nature or human interference that compromises your network, data and systems.
This could be a storm, it could be a major power outage or it could be a direct attack on your network by cybercriminals.
In Australia, business-critical outages take 5.29 hours to repair for larger organisations (over 20,000 employees) and around six hours for smaller companies.
With business downtime costing so much money, the need to be proactive rather than reactive with disaster recovery is clear.
There are four different disaster recovery preparation methods to consider:
- Data back-up: For your precious company data, this method will keep your files protected. It involves a third-party regularly backing up your data to multiple places (physical and in the cloud) so it can be restored if it is lost onsite. This is only for data, though, not for systems.
- Cold site: This involves renting a second facility that has the basic infrastructure ready for your team to work in.
- Hard site: Like cold site recovery, this method means having a second facility to move data into. In this instance, though, you have all of your company systems, apps etc backed up and installed to devices and servers with all your data ready to roll. This is an expensive way to recover but is effective in the instance of total destruction of your primary base of operations.
- Virtual disaster recovery: This allows you to create a mirror image of your computers, systems and servers that can be rolled out quickly. If your network was locked down by ransomware or other cybercrime, this allows you to continue working immediately until the greater problem is fixed.
The benefits of cloud storage and disaster recovery
In the modern era, cloud-based storage is the best solution for disaster recovery and presents a raft of benefits to business.
Your data and systems are regularly backed up to remote servers in a secured cloud environment that is available to access in the advent of a disaster.
The key difference between this and traditional methods is that the backup and restoration are all handled offsite so IT staff onsite don’t need to spend hours backing up the data and systems.
It is also secured by high-end anti-intrusion software so your data is safe from cybercriminals.
Cloud-based disaster recovery is also an extremely cost-effective method of restoring your systems and data, eliminating the need for physical backup servers or hard drives.
It is extremely reliable and the transfer of data for restoration can take minutes, not hours.
Is your business prepared for the worst? Talk to the team at EMPR Solutions!