Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan: What’s your strategy?
Every year, Australia’s bushfire and storm season brings with it warnings from authorities for businesses and individuals to have a disaster plan. This tends to focus on physical preparedness – what to take, what to pack in an emergency kit, when to leave and how to barricade property against the elements.
The 2016 South Australian power outages, which cost businesses $367 million according to Business SA, are just one example of how natural or man-made disasters can impact on a business.
Planning is the key.
Without a Disaster Recovery Plan, and the systems in place to support it, an organisation is unable to react in a timely and organised manner to restore their operations. It goes without saying that if a business is out of operation, it loses customers, credibility and direct income. This is a situation from which some businesses never recover.
Backing up your data off-site is the essential first step to minimise the disruption caused by data loss. But this is often not enough. In the event of a disaster affecting the operation of the entire computer system, the considerable downtime will affect the operation of the business.
A Cloud Disaster Recovery Service can avoid this scenario and not disrupt the business activities for any length of time.
What’s the difference between Cloud Backup and Cloud Disaster Recovery?
Backup is part of Disaster Recovery – but it’s only a tiny part of the story.
A Cloud backup system only backs up data on a regular basis in an off-site location. It does not back up the operating system or any installed software. Cloud Disaster Recovery mirrors the entire system in an off-site location. This location is referred to as the ‘cloud’, is it is hidden from the customer. In the event of a disaster, your business system will be up and running within a short time and will not disrupt your business operations. You do not have to reconfigure the servers, or install necessary software before recovering your data, thus saving a lot of time to recover.
A full Cloud Disaster Recovery service allows your business to:
- Automate disaster recovery workflows according to tested cloud management policies
- Fast recover data and applications directly from the cloud
- Manage the recovery from a single console and apply your policies, backup locations and restore points for different levels of data, stored in multiple servers
- Gives you access to see the status of the system with alerting and reporting tools
- Enables you to activate cloud services, shut them down and restart them
Cloud Disaster Recovery is the best service that allowing your business to continue to operate with minimal interruption.
Up to 75% of business outages are caused by humans, which cannot be anticipated.
A Cloud Disaster Recovery plan provides an environment that allows an organisation to continue to run their critical applications, even when disaster strikes on a pay-as-you-go price.
Why is the RTO important for yours Cloud Disaster Recovery?
Ask yourself: How fast will your business recover in the case of a disaster?
The Recovery Time Objective, or RTO, is the maximum time that a company can afford to be out of operation. It will be determined by the customer when defining its Disaster Recovery Plan. Organisations need to balance the RTO with the amount of money they want to spend to secure the system.
Using Veeam Cloud Connect Replication software, most organisations can perform a failover Cloud Disaster Recovery environment in less than 48 hours. This can also be reduced to less than 15 minutes for critical applications.
With Internet access, the company can still conduct business during the downtime, albeit at a minimal level.
A Disaster Recovery Plan is as individual as an organisation itself. Writing such as plan starts in-house and should involve all levels of management, IT and all major departments of the business. All stakeholders should provide, at the very least, a wish list of priorities of what should be covered in the plan.
The Business Continuity Institute has resources to help organisations write a Disaster Recovery Plan. CloudRecover’s IT support team is certified by the Business Continuity Institute and offers a 30 minute free consultations for businesses interested in cloud services.REQUEST 30 MIN FREE CONSULTATION