Managed Backups, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
The typical test for a DR Plan for IT would be; “if we lost our a single IT service how would recover them?” Conceptually, the thinking for a Business Continuity Plan is; “if we lost this building how would we recommence our business from an IT perspective?” How much revenue is lost each day while services are down and what is our Recovery Time Objective (RTO) needed to prevent lost revenue that is acceptable to the organization?
Don’t We Just Need Disaster Recovery?
A mistake often made by organizations is that ‘we have an IT DR Plan, we are all ok”. That is not the case. You need to have a Business Continuity Plan in place for critical personnel, key business processes, recovery of vital records, critical suppliers identification, contacting key vendors and clients, etc.
Plan to Succeed!
It is critical that an organization clearly defines what sort of plan it is working on. It is one of the first questions that we will ask as it defines the approach that needs to be taken and the processes required. We are very familiar with both types of plans, we know the process and profiles and can consult and assist your organization.
Disaster recovery is an area of data planning that aims to protect an organization from the effects of significant negative events. DR allows an organization to maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions following a disaster.
Business continuity is the ability of an organization to maintain essential functions during, as well as after, a disaster has occurred. It ensures that critical operations remain online during a negative event or disaster.
Which One Do I Need?
Great question and the answer can have an effect on your bottom line and productivity. It can also affect your customers and the loyalty and trust in your business.
Here we perform local backups to local storage at both a file level and a virtual machine level. This method is kept onsite and while is the least expensive solution it is also the most vulnerable to failure.
Offsite replication is an addition to the local backup method. After local backups are stored on the storage device, the backup software then replicates it to an offsite environment, usually based in the cloud..
In true Business Continuity planning, cloud restoration allows us to replicate your data to a cloud based “live” environment or restore your offsite backups to a cloud based environment, immediately establishing operations.