The strategy for restoring mission-critical business activities after any sort of disaster, as well as the implementation of that plan, is known as disaster recovery. What if your data center caught fire and was destroyed? How long would it take you to restore service to your consumers, and do you have a contingency plan in place in the worst-case scenario?
If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected. Accidents do occur. Pandemics do occur, which has roughly translated into a slow-motion catastrophe recovery scenario on a worldwide scale; many firms had to find out how to continue to offer service under unusual and unprecedented circumstances.
Hope For The Best, Plan For The Worst
All bigger firms have catastrophe recovery plans, even though they are rarely (if ever) discussed publicly. Typically, these plans include the following:
Multiple data backups (daily, weekly, and monthly) are physically stored in different geographic locations.
In the case of a disaster, a third-party data center or colocation facility (usually at least a few hundred miles distant from their primary business site) with the required hardware to restore mission-critical business activities from the aforementioned backups.
Team members with the knowledge and experience to restore all mission-critical business processes in the shortest time feasible would be deployed to the off-site location.
These companies will then conduct genuine disaster recovery exercises on a regular basis, sending team members to the chosen data center with only their backup data. The team then tries to fully restore all business operations within the controlled environment, effectively creating a micro version of their entire data infrastructure. This is the only method to know for sure whether or not your firm could be revived in the case of a disaster.
What Is the Importance of Disaster Recovery?
The value of a disaster recovery plan is essentially equal to the value of your data plus the capacity to resume company activities in the event of a disaster. An event of this sort may not be something that a small firm would prioritize over, say, family or other concerns. That isn’t to suggest that there isn’t much to be learned from how huge corporations deal with emergencies.
If you don’t already have backups of your essential data, you should get started right now. External hard drives are relatively affordable these days, with 4TB capacity costing approximately $100 USD. Don’t only rely on “the cloud”; make sure you have a physical backup of any important data.
Keep your data and your business safe. An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure. Now is the time to think about your personal catastrophe recovery strategy.
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