Preparing for a Disaster and Disaster Recovery

By Eric Laff

You don't believe a disaster can happen until it happens to you. It's at that moment the reality set in of the situation, I should have made a disaster recovery plan. Because in this day and age when there is downtime it is literally like losing money by the minute. New York lucked out this past week. We missed what could have been the biggest blizzard in history. But in the process it made me consider the subject matter of disaster recovery and preparedness. Having 99 percent up-time is important, generally speaking its rare for a business to have that as it requires a lot of capital. There are ways to minimize downtime in the event of a disaster. 

Investing in cloud based solutions is a big one. Having onsite resources, like data storage and Email, is convenient until they are down. According to Business Solutions

Hybrid cloud disaster recovery services can help businesses eliminate the need for a secondary disaster recovery site, thereby enhancing traditional disaster recovery solutions and delivering disaster recovery solutions for remote offices

A key advantage with the cloud based solutions is the 99 percent up-time. A service like Gmail or Microsoft Office 365 can help reduce an organizations down time and maintain continuity. Another option is hybrid cloud based solution. Having some application on the cloud and onsite is often more financially feasible then full cloud based solution.

Here are some basic ideas to consider when formulating a disaster recovery plan:

  • Backups can be a life saver in the event of data loss or corruption
  • Cloud-based Mail and Storage, again is a great way to economically and safely handle email and data storage. Office 365 is a great solution again offering all sorts of great features.
  • Consider Moving important application to cloud providers for access in case of emergencies, companies like Amazon and Rackspace can provide hosting for important organizational applications. Virtualization can be a great tool as well in the event of a Server crash, spinning up a replicated server in order to reduce downtime. 
  • Power, having a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) for emergency power can provide vital time needed to perform and backups or data transfer

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