In the last five years or so, we have seen numerous cases of data disasters that have left their mark on the world. Whenever a data center goes down or a major breach happens, it is the company's handling of the recovery that really tells us whether we can trust them going forward or not. You need a reliable IT support provider to help you create a solid disaster recovery plan (DRP).
Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan
It is no longer enough to trust that the cloud will catch you if there is a major disaster. We have seen data centers go down for weeks at a time, leaving their customers without access to their data. We have seen data centers fall victim to viruses that spread exponentially through their system. Most data centers offer a guarantee on the safety of your data and their ability to recover your data even in extreme circumstances, but what will you do in the time that it takes for them to get back online? Do you have enough resources available to you to keep business flowing while your data is restored? What is the cost of losing all of your data and not being able to get it back in a timely manner?
Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan
The key to creating a robust disaster recovery plan is prioritizing which data you need most and working through the rest over time. It isn't enough to believe that your organization will never encounter a disaster. You must be prepared and you must have a plan of action written down so that everyone involved will know what steps to take to stay above water when it happens.
In all likelihood, the disaster you experience probably won't wipe out all of your data, but it is best to create a disaster recovery plan with that in mind. If everything went wrong and you lost every single piece of data, where would you begin rebuilding? Legal and medical documents often require immediate attention along with proprietary company data. However, you also need to consider employee records, operating systems, and applications that you will need to replace. You need to sit down with your IT support partner and put all of your data into priority categories so you can decide how to protect each tier of data effectively.
Implementing a Recovery Plan
Once you know what data you're protecting, it's time to consider how you will protect it. Redundancy is your best friend when building a recovery plan. Your IT support partner should be prepared to offer you dual redundancy on your highest priority data in the form of local and cloud-based backups. Additionally, you should consider waterproof and fireproof options for your local backups. Next, you need to decide if you are going to enlist the help of a cloud-based service provider or a third-party data center to store an off-site backup. Once you have your most important data backed up in two different locations, you can work your way down to lower priority data that typically only requires one backup.
Your IT support partner will be able to offer you guidance on which backup products are best suited to the risks faced by your business. If you need a trusted company that can help you with a good disaster recovery plan, contact us at LAN Infotech today.