Is Your DR Plan Ready For a Disaster?
While COVID-19 and keeping businesses afloat continues to weigh on everyone’s minds, protecting your data and systems may have become an afterthought. However, with businesses facing an increase in cyberattacks from opportunistic hackers and at the beginning of what experts predict to be an active hurricane season, having a comprehensive Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place should remain a priority and could mean the difference between your business surviving or failing. While you can’t always predict when storms or other disasters will hit and how much damage they may cause, you can prepare your business ahead of time to minimize risk of data loss and downtime in the event disaster does strike. Follow these tips to get your DR plan ready for any disaster that may come your way.
Identify what’s mission-critical:
The first step to any disaster recovery plan is to identify the critical components of your IT infrastructure that your business needs to survive. You will want to create a prioritized list of your systems as some are more mission-critical than others. Your DR plan should establish recovery point objectives (RPO), which determines how frequently your data is backed up, and recovery time objectives (RTO), or how quickly your information is back up and running, for all data and applications. You’ll then determine a recovery hierarchy with the mission-critical systems you identified on a recovery tier with the shortest and fastest RPO/RTO while non-critical systems can be on a slower, more cost-effective tier.
Protect and retain:
Your data, applications and systems should be backed up frequently to ensure they are constantly protected and retained. Be sure they are being stored offsite. Offsite backups house your critical information in a remote location that is safe, secure (and located away from the storm and its damage). By taking advantage of the cloud with a solution like Veeam Cloud Connect, you can easily create offsite backups by sending a copy of your backups to your provider’s cloud environment. If you use Office 365, don’t forget to protect that data with hosted offsite backups as well. Work with a provider like Immedion to customize a backup solution that meets your storage capacity and backup and retention schedule requirements. While backups are an important part of your data protection plan, remember that they do not replace your DR solution.
To help minimize the impact of downtime caused by storms, network outages, etc., we recommend implementing Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS. This easy cloud-based solution continuously replicates your information to a secondary location. In the event of a disaster, you switch over to the secondary site within minutes and maintain business continuity. DRaaS allows for near real-time failover, reducing RTOs and RPOs. Maintenance, management and support is also included in the service, making it an attractive option for many organizations.
While storms may come and go, disasters are inevitable. Whether it be a natural disaster, human error or ransomware, having a DR plan in place and working with the right DR provider can make all the difference in minimizing downtime and continuing business operations. For more information about DRaaS, check out our DRaaS whitepaper. If you’re ready to make changes to your DR plan, or if you need help determining which backup and disaster recovery services are right for your business, start a conversation with us today. We’re here to help!