One thing is inevitable: disasters will come. They may be natural; they may be manmade. You may see them coming, or you may not. But at some point, there will come a time when every company is tested and strained to the breaking point, and when those times come your company will either be adequately prepared to survive and recover – or it won’t.
When it comes to your company’s IT services, your ability to backup and recover data will either make or break your business. At the heart of this issue are two key concepts: preventing disasters from occurring in the first place, and proper, speedy recovery should anything go wrong.
Below are three tips for preventing and recovering from IT disasters.
1. Define Your Specific Disaster Prevention and Recovery Needs
There isn’t always a clear long between your disaster prevention and recovery needs, especially when the term disaster is defined along the lines of a disruption of data and IT processes.
A great place to start detailing your IT recovery plan is to perform a risk assessment or a business impact analysis, identifying the key IT services that support your business’s vital operations and activities. Once you have a clear picture of what you need to protect, establish some recovery time objectives and get started working out a disaster recovery strategy specific to your company’s needs.
2. Develop Disaster Recovery Plans for a Variety of Scenarios
The first step to ensuring your business survives a disaster situation is to have a disaster recovery plan in place, one that has been analyzed, tested and adapted to fit the dynamics of your company. All the planning in the world, however, will be for nothing if the employees are not properly educated regarding how to analyze emergency situations and how to implement that plan.
But multiple disaster recovery plans should be developed for different types of disaster situations. For example, two very different approaches would be needed to survive a full out cyber assault on the site or to recover from a lost SQL server.
3. Automate Offsite Data Backup and Recover
Keep in mind that it’s important to not only plan out the methods for data backup and recovery – which should be automated as much as possible – but you should also consider how quickly you can get the full database up and running again. How will you recover data if your entire server is destroyed? Do you have offsite data backups? How long will it take for a full restore?
There are many elements to consider in preventing and recovering from IT disasters, but having a well-developed disaster recovery plan that covers multiple scenarios is important to ensure that your company is able to bounce back quickly and to remain productive and profitable.
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