Pathway- Ensuring Business Uptime with a Disaster Recovery Plan
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In today’s digital world, you can expect disasters to affect your applications and data. Whether it is a ransomware attack, a deleted file, or a natural disaster, your IT infrastructure has constant threats. Luckily, you can minimize the impact of outages by coming up with business continuity and disaster recovery plan.
How Disaster Recovery Services Ensure Business Operation Uptime
If you aren’t prepared, operational and economic losses can overwhelm your business. An hour of downtime can cost midsize companies as much as $74,000, according to the IT Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. Creating a recovery plan ensures that you don’t suffer financial losses and lose your data permanently.
Essential Components of a Disaster Recovery Plan
Your plan should contain information on the disaster recovery team’s key members, as well as a description of the response actions after a disaster. You need to have a diagram of your IT network and the recovery site.
You will have to identify your most important IT assets and determine their maximum outage time. Have a list of license keys, software, and systems to use during recovery. You’ll also want to have a summary of your insurance coverage.
Challenges in Managing Your Backups
It often makes more sense to get disaster recovery services as new disasters are continually popping up, making it more difficult and costlier for businesses to manage themselves. For example, ransomware is one of the most disruptive causes of downtime. You may need to take different steps than you would with other outages.
Meeting RTO and RPO Needs
Learn what Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) mean. RPO is the maximum age of the files that you need to get from your backup solution to resume normal operations. So, if your RPO is four hours, your system needs to back up every four hours.
The RTO is the longest time after a backup for you to recover your files and get back to normal operations. So, if the RTO is three hours, your system cannot be down for longer than that.
On-Premise Versus the Cloud
With an on-premise disaster recovery plan, you have everything in your facility. With a cloud, a third party does it for you. It is often better to use a disaster recovery company’s cloud in case your facility gets destroyed.
Real World Backup Testing
No recovery plan would be complete without regular testing. It ensures that you can easily access your backups and recover them in the event of a disaster. If there are any issues, you can fix them immediately.
Pathway Communications offers scalability in all of our tools so you can quickly expand. For example, if you’re planning an aggressive expansion, using the cloud lets you connect with customers and businesses anywhere. Contact us today to learn more about our scalability options for our disaster recovery services.
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