Disaster Recovery

Three Basic Aspects That Makes Sense to Include In Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Gartner’s recent research on IT Disaster recovery analysis states, roughly 80% of survey respondents reported an incident during the past two years that required an IT DR plan.

Every organization must have plans to manage an unexpected event or pay the consequences. Now, with increased need for business continuity, and technical skills to help mitigate risks, IT disaster recovery has become a top priority. This is a positive fact as businesses need continuity plans at a lower cost, and with the least resource management.

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In our webinar, we will be covering this subject in detail. However, here are the three basic aspects that makes sense in building a disaster recovery plan.

Critical

What is critical to your business and how much risk your business can face? This is a fundamental question in business continuity management. However, it is driven by what’s critical and how that could change over time.

  • Mission critical – Information that is critical to business that may have an immediate impact on your business

  • Most Important – Information that does not cause massive impact, however not immediately unless it is taken care within an agreed period.

  • Important – These are items that you’d prioritize after the above two.

  • Not Important – Items you can just don’t worry during a disaster.

Severity Levels

The above provides a way to classify, whereas severity signifies the intensity to take necessary action.

  • Non-Critical single app failure - You may need just one or two resource depending on their skill level to check, analyze and resolve.

  • Non-Critical multiple app failure – Although this falls as non-critical, you’d need experienced engineers to help resolve.

  • Critical single app or server failure – Prepare how you'd want to respond and allocate trained technical resources to resolve within a stipulated time.

  • Critical multiple app or server failure – A dedicated team should be assigned to find what is causing the failure and should be able to determine how soon you could be back online.

Scenarios and Risks

Derive a brief overview of the type of disasters like fire, flood or a power outage. The idea is to have activities described to manage the event, impact and recover as quick as possible. In addition, information to perform a risk analysis will help to minimize the impact.

A disaster occurs due to infinite causes, so, focusing on causes only is a potential risk. Rather, shift your focus on outcomes and how they manifest themselves.

There are four possible outcome scenarios:

  • Loss of technology

  • Loss of a building Denial of access to a building

  • Loss of staff/people

  • Loss of supplier or a vendor

Preparing and managing the responses for these scenarios constitute an excellent disaster recovery plan, which in fact also calls for a business continuity planning. Select the utmost scenario that applies for your business, and solutions to help maximize your chances of survival.

Get help from an Azure partner

When talking about solutions, you’ll need to weigh the trade -offs first. In addition, you'd want to look for a solution that is flexible and costs less. Only a cloud-based solution could offer this. Azure backup and Azure site recovery are two powerful components of Microsoft Azure which can help in creating a disaster recovery plan.

With over 17 years of expertise and a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider, we could help you in all stages of strategy, planning and implementation, contact us.

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Do you have a plan to save your data from disaster and quickly get back live?

The AEC industry is relying on technology to run their daily processes which include the line of business applications, productivity tools like the word, excel. But if an unknown downtime occurs, it impacts the business resulting in a revenue loss.

What could go wrong? There are no definite answers, but disasters vary in types that includes man-made, natural and then the cyber-attacks. The severity of the downtime is also important to understand how quickly you can get back on track. With a well thought backup and disaster recovery plan, you should be able to estimate how soon you could get back.

What should the Disaster Recovery plan include?

Disaster plans can cover everything from how to get out of your store or office during a fire drill, save lives and emergency management.

As the subject is on IT, the plan should include how to get back up and running if your servers are underwater, or under cyber-attack.

Disaster recovery plan is not the same for businesses because of the objectives and the selection of the solution. However, the plan should address;

  • Technology asset inventory that names mission-critical processes and data

  • Schedule for updating and testing any disaster recovery plans

  • A clear understanding of the trade-offs between cost and complexity

Understand how your plan works

Whoever drafts the plan, the best way to understand is first to ensure you get answers for these questions.

  • Does your plan include an inventory of mission-critical business processes and data?

  • When was the last time anyone reviewed your plan? Tested your plan?

  • Is cyberattack preparedness included in your current plan?

  • How much depends upon human intervention?

Automate the DR process

Referring to the last question above, it is given that human resources may have priorities in an emergency like a disaster and hence automating the DR process is a good consideration.

A cloud-based solution is a best option to recover quickly. Whether it’s a large or small business, this works from a financial perspective as the cost should be less than that of a traditional setup.

Evaluate

You’d need to make some research and comparisons to understand which solution provider fits your business model.

  • Do they offer a hybrid solution so that you can keep some data on-premise as well as in the cloud?

  • Do they offer metered service so that you can save even more money by ‘turning off’ services when you don’t need them?

  • Is the service easy to use, with good support for your team?

  • Do they offer geo-redundancy?

  • Are they compliant with your industry?

Is the cloud a safe option?

Yes, it is.  But there may be also scenarios where an enterprise or small companies losing their data in the cloud during disasters. It could be due to a poor backup strategy.  Copies of data should be available in multiple regions for a successful restore or recovery when one region is hit.

With the Microsoft cloud, you can get ‘geo-redundancy.’ This means that your data is in more than one location. So, if your area is hit with a hurricane, along with floods and electrical storms, your data would be safe in a data center across the country.

That also means that your company data is available even during the storm.

What’s the next step?

Discuss with us your plans to keep your business running. You can call us or email and we’d be happy to offer a no-cost consultation to review your plan or create one. 

Phone : (212) 505-0381;  Email: sales@aeccloud.com

If you are still evaluating options, download our e-guide to learn more.

If you’re somewhere in the middle, attend our webinar about building a reliable Backup and Disaster Recovery plan on September 26, 2018, 11:30 am PDT.  You’ll get a chance to discuss and ask us questions.  We’ll be talking about Microsoft Azure as a solution, but we’ll also share useful information related to planning for disasters.