Disaster recovery is an essential part of every organization to deal with unprecedented situations. Be it power outages, pandemics, or cyber-attacks – disasters can occur at any time, and an organization needs to be ready to handle them. That’s where the Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy comes into play.
But how can a company ensure that its DR plan is effective? To know that, let’s understand the basics of DR and where you can find help.
What is Disaster?
For an organization, a disaster is an unpredictable situation that can put it at significant risk by interfering in its operations. Disaster may be natural, man-made, technological, or biological, and a company needs to be prepared for it. Let’s take a look at some of the disaster situations under each category:
- Terrorist attack
- Oil spill
- Bridge collapse
- Coronavirus outbreak
- Malaria and dengue fever
- Pest infestation
It’s not necessary that every disaster will become catastrophic and cause a huge loss, destruction, and death. But things like data leakage and or hardware failure can wreak havoc on the business.
What is Disaster Recovery
While it is impossible to predict disasters, a company cannot just leave everything in the hands of fate! It needs to be ready to handle the crisis and resume operations following a disaster. For that, it needs to put in place tools, procedures, and policies and continue the vital systems and infrastructure.
This is referred to as Disaster Recovery (DR). It entails recovery or restoration of data, power, network connectivity, software/hardware, communications, etc. This may mean dealing with damage or destruction and extending logistical considerations. You can say that it’s a part of the business continuity plan.
Why Disaster Recovery is Important
The truth is, you never know when something destructive or disruptive will take place and halt your business operations or cause huge losses. With the unpredictability of everything from nature to technology, you can’t ignore a proper disaster recovery.
Having a strong DR plan in place will help in two ways –
- a) Quick recovery: With the right tools and strategies, an organization can resume operations without delay.
- b) Cost savings: A DR plan will reduce the time of inactivity and recovery from disruption, saving you a lot of money.
Types of Disaster Recovery
An organization can choose different types of DR plans to deal with different kinds of problems. They are as follows:
a) Backup: Maintaining off-site data backup or storing data on a removable drive, with no IT infrastructure backup for the organization.
b) Cold Site: A quick setup of basic infrastructure for employees to work after a disaster to continue operations, with no protection for data.
c) Hot Site: An expensive and time-consuming process to maintain updated data copies for an organization to reduce down time.
d) Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS): A plan to move computer processing to the Cloud in case of a ransomware attack or if the server is down.
e) Datacenter DR: Using physical elements to protect the data in a data center to help with quicker disaster recovery in certain disasters, excluding cyber attacks.
f) Virtualization: Backing up certain operations and data, or replicating a computing environment on virtual platforms that can’t be affected physically.
g) Point-in-Time Copies: Creating a copy of the database off-site or on a virtual platform that remains unaffected physically for future recovery.
h) Instant Recovery: A plan similar to the Point-in-Time copy method by taking snapshots of the full virtual device instead of copying the database.
There are many different forms of DR plans that follow different approaches to help a company deal recover from an unpredicted situation. An establishment may even use a combination of these.
Elements of DR Plan
An effective DR plan should include the following factors –
- Setting up a disaster recovery team
- Identifying and assessing risks
- Evaluating documents and resources
- Determining off-site or storage or backup methods
- Testing the DR plans and maintaining their continuity
Developing and maintaining a DR plan may seem overwhelming, but you can never be too careful. If necessary, you can take the help of third-party organizations to help you.
How We Can Help with Your Organization’s Disaster Recovery
We at Tesseract Global can help your organization achieve Disaster Recovery for all physical, virtual, and cloud assets and protect your workload. We offer industry-leading backup/replication and storage devices. Write to us at [email protected] to get in touch with our consultants.