A must for all businesses regardless of size. Disaster recovery and business continuity help protect and keep your business running during natural and man made disasters. Disaster recovery entails the strategy, planning, and implementation of best practices when it comes to data storage and backup.
What is Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery is the area of security planning that deals with protecting an organization from the effects of significant negative events. Significant negative events, in this context, can include anything that puts an organization’s operations at risk: crippling cyber-attacks and equipment failures, for example, as well as hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) documents policies, procedures and actions to limit the disruption to an organization in the wake of a disaster. Just as a disaster is an event that makes the continuation of normal functions impossible, a disaster recovery plan consists of actions intended to minimize the negative effects of a disaster and allow the organization to maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions.
In information technology, disaster recovery steps may include restoring servers or mainframes with backups, re-establishing private branch exchanges (PBX) or provisioning local area networks (LANs) to meet immediate business needs.
Business continuity describes the processes and procedures an organization must put in place to ensure that mission-critical business functions can continue during and after a disaster. The emphasis is more on maintaining business operations than IT infrastructure. Because business continuity and disaster recovery are so closely related, the two terms are sometimes combined as Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR or BC/DR).
Why Would You Use Disaster Recovery?
This could be one of the most overlooked areas for the majority of businesses in operation today. It’s hard to imagine anything catastrophic happening to your mission critical data, website, or applications. However, many businesses experience that each year with some losing everything. Don’t let this happen to you.
Benefits of Disaster Recovery
Peace of Mind: One of the primary drivers for disaster recovery should be peace of mind knowing that your mission critical data, websites and applications are being backed up and stored in an offsite data center or data centers.
Faster Recovery: If a disaster occurs, how quickly will your business be operational? With a through disaster recovery plan, your company will have an outline of procedures and time frames for getting back up and running.
Insurance Premiums: Did you know that disaster recovery may be able to lower the insurance premiums for your business?
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