Justifying The Case For Disaster Recovery

Posted on July 06, 2017

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Building the best business case and best-practice for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

For many organisations, they know that Disaster Recovery planning is a must-have, but don't understand how to approach and plan for best-practice responses. 

There are several key areas to consider when creating your disaster recovery and business continuity plan, including:

Be Smart About Site Selection - When looking at the physical location of your preferred data centre, it should take into account the risk of natural disasters. Do a site visit and ask the question about physical risk. 

Expand Your Commitment to Cloud – enterprise level cloud providers already adopt low-risk data management recovery, so leverage their investment. 

Improve Employee Protections – Organisations should utilise strict access control (such as biometric pass cards, uniformed security, and monitored entrances and exits) and immediately cancel passes belonging to terminated staff.

Apart from IT DR/BCP, also ensure that you have access to workplace redundancy to ensure availability and eliminate/reduce any impact on customer experience.

It's all about balancing the risk

There are several key measures and practices that are of critical importance when it comes to protecting your business. We rate the following measures highly:

Active-Active disaster recovery sites that avoid single points of failure and ensure high availability
Regular testing of disaster recovery and business continuity plans to ensure smooth failovers in time of actual disasters
Backing up data to some sort of physical asset, such as tapes, drives, or servers, and then storing separately/remotely
Measuring the right parameters – Recovery point objective; Recovery time objective; and ensure your IT provider's SLAs will meet them.

You can’t control every risk in your business but you can minimise risk exposure and ensure that you are prepared for the most likely eventualities. In the data-driven business of today, these measures become even more important. 

Take the time to walk through your business continuity plans to your provider, like us, and make sure they can deliver on what you require.

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