How to Avoid Downtime with a Proper Disaster Recovery Plan

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The Plan: Define Recovery Targets

Work with your provider to define application recovery targets of zero or greater. Then, work closely with them to customize the appropriate environment to meet those requirements. This may range from dedicated servers in a high-availability environment, with automatic failover to a number of other replication methods including software, SAN, and data switch with defined recovery targets and objectives (e.g., hot stand-by, warm stand-by).

March 31 was World Backup Day – a day meant not just to prompt individuals to take a moment to back up their personal data, but for organizations as well to consider their backup plans. These days, having a backup plan is not just a nice-to-have, but a must-have for any organization regardless of size. While World Backup Day sheds light on the importance of making sure data is properly cared for, it is critical that organizations take a moment to contemplate their disaster recovery (DR) plans (and whether they have one) in order to ensure business continuity should a disaster – natural or otherwise – occur.

A recent Wall Street Journal article references some not-so-encouraging statistics related to disaster recovery preparedness: "A survey of C-suite-level IT pros at mid-sized companies in finance, life sciences manufacturing and technology sectors by data recovery and protection firm NTT Communications found half the businesses don't have a documented business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) plan — and of the half that do, 23% said their organizations have never tested those plans. Ninety percent of respondents said their companies spend 5% or less of their annual IT budget on disaster recovery planning."

According to Connectria Hosting, one of the most important pieces of information to impart, to any company, is that data backup and disaster recovery services are, most definitely, not the same. While these services may sound similar, it is crucial that a company does not make the mistake of believing that their routine backup operations have them covered in the event of an outage or disaster.

The best way to illustrate this difference is to start with the basics – what are the differences between 'backup' and 'disaster recovery' – before delving into a few ways companies can work with their disaster recovery provider to ensure they are prepared for every type of event, while downtime is minimized or eliminated altogether.


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