Disaster Recovery Planning – Be a step ahead

Disaster recovery , Cloud backup

January 10, 2018

Disaster recovery , Cloud backup

Disaster Recovery

Natural calamity, accidents, sudden incidence – Nobody in this world can predict them. Disasters can happen anywhere at any time with a little or no warning. Disaster recovery from any consequences is more stressful, time lapsing and expensive for those who have not taken any safety measures for such consequences. On contrary, if a person has taken preventive measures for such disaster, he might not experience that much of pain and stress in recovering from such aftermath. Speaking in perspective of an IT industry, disasters could possibly be – hard drive meltdown, power service disruption, and blackout, the explosion of battery, cyber attacks, malware etc. are some mode of disaster in an IT industry. Recovering from the hit of aforementioned disaster can take a much longer time, especially if the organization has not made preparation in advance.

Cloud back-up: For a developer, it takes months to write a functional code which can be tested and run on the server. Such long scripts and codes are difficult to be taken back-up every day, so it becomes most vital for them to take a backup of their work. There are many options for taking back-up like an external hard disk, pen drives, backup tapes, DVDs, and CDs etc. These data recovery storage devices are inefficient if it gets affected by any Malware or Trojans which can modify the files and will lose your work anyhow

In an organization, critical data like login information, employee credentials, training protocols etc. are the assets and need to be kept confidential. In an event that the production center is destroyed fully or partially since the cloud is operating from a remotely enabled geographical location, the data recovery and production can be done uninterruptedly. The cloud service providers do have a data recovery plans for themselves too, so the data in the cloud is relatively a safer option. Other than backup features, cloud computing is cost-effective, easy to use with high reliability, scalable as per the business requirements, more efficient, etc.

Advantages of Disaster Recovery services are:

Cost effective: Currently, the competition in the world is very high and even small businesses are looking for, a sound, secure, tried and tested DR plans. Cloud services are offering the most cost-effective data recovery options which can be affordable for small businesses too.

How Disaster Recovery works: Hypervisors/Virtual machines takes the back-up of data directly from the host computer, duplicates the data on the cloud through remote servers of the DR.

Ease to use: In disaster recovery, the organization does not have to maintain costly backup equipment and need to track the changes for best practices, cloud back-up automatically update with the required changes.

Flexible options: Availing an option disaster recovery comes up with numerous additional services. These additional services are on-demand and can be available at cheaper options.

Security: Cloud services have enhanced their security options over the years by implementing the latest encryption technology along with two-step verification protocol to prevent unauthorized access.

Factors Affecting The Functioning Of Disaster Recovery Planning

Recovery Point Objective [RPO]: The point of time from the latest back-up till the production stopping time is known as RPO. This is the point at which the loss of data is maximum after which any loss would affect the business. RPO gives the designer a limit to work e.g. RPO set for 4 hours, then the site back-up will be maintained for every 4 hours. Hence smaller the RPO, more costly will be the cloud services.

Recovery Time Objective [RTO]: Period of time after which a business process must be restored after a disaster in order to avoid unacceptable consequences. It can also be said as maximum acceptable downtime, beyond which it will hamper the revenues and customer goodwill. Looking as per the business perspective, smaller the RTO, lesser the downtime for production to start but larger the investment is required to meet the objectives.

Maintenance in performance after DR: It is very important to maintain the application original state after any inconsequent catastrophe to minimize the rebuilding work for the program again. At the time of production, if a site was modified and after the disaster, the performance of the app shows variations then it will be a waste to have such a disaster plan. The DR services should restore the application to a consistent state.

Geographical location: Suppose that you have a disaster recovery center in your own geographical location, then in any natural calamity increases the chance of your data loss as you both are in the same location. Thus, it is necessary to have a data recovery center not in your geographical location so that your data would be safe in case of any cataclysmic situation.

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