Defining Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

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Defining Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

For business owners, unanticipated threats to operations are a continual concern. But why put your data at risk? To help minimise the overall risk of potential data threats, implementing data backup and security as part of your integral risk management strategy is a must.

So, how will you keep your business data safe, and what is your backup disaster recovery contingency plan? Is backup alone enough to support your business? Absolutely not. Backup is simply the act of securing data both locally and remotely.

To help implement the right disaster recovery plan for your business, lets define backup, disaster recovery and business continuity in more detail…

What is disaster recovery?

Disaster recovery is the restoration of data in the event of any kind of disaster (large or small). It’s the development of a strategic plan by carefully considering all the steps involved in planning for and adapting to a potential data disaster. It’s an area of security planning that aims to protect your company from the effects of events such as IT system crashes, power failures and other events that might result in data loss.

Disaster recovery allows enterprises of all shapes and sizes to maintain and quickly regain full control of their IT systems and data in the result of a disaster by replicating company systems and data, minimising downtime and enabling continued operations. Sounds rather remarkable right?

So, how does business continuity compare to disaster recovery?

With a business continuity plan in place, your company operations will be restored quickly and effectively, helping to keep your business up and running, and minimising the short-term negative impact.

Although business continuity is closely related to disaster recovery, it differs in that it is a process. It’s that amalgamation of best practices, procedures, and mindsets that keeps your business running to matter what.

Backup and disaster recovery are essential element of business continuity. But while DR is the method of getting all important IT infrastructure and operations up and running following an outage, BC is the process of getting the entire business back to full functionality following an outage, including the physical processes such as how to turn on the power following a blackout.

Many businesses today are choosing to introduce disaster recovery as part of their business continuity plans to prepare for potential crises as both processes offer detailed strategies on how a business can pre-empt, persevere, and recover from a potential disaster.

What constitutes a “disaster”?

As a business owner, there are two main elements you need to be clear of regarding disasters.  Firstly, determining what issues constitute disasters, and secondly deciding on what the solution should be to enable the recovery to happen (and at what speed).

Start by assessing your existing risks in order to identify and determine how to minimise them. Minimising downtime and data loss is measured in terms of two concepts: the recovery time objective (RTO) and the recovery point objective (RPO).

It’s important you understand what the risks are to your business, what you are prepared to do and what actions need to be taken to mitigate or eliminate the risk completely.

How to minimise the risk of potential data loss

Depending on your allocated budget, the cost of downtime for your business and the value of the data being protected, there are a number of options available to you when looking to minimise the risk of potential data loss.

Ultimately, maintaining business continuity, minimising damage, and preventing loss are the fundamental advantages to be gained from an effective disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

To minimise the amount of loss and downtime your business sustains, whilst also discovering the preferred route of disaster recovery, we’ve put together 6 crucial steps to follow;

Step 1: Establish what constitutes a data disaster for your organisation and what amount of data needs to be backed up to reduce or eliminate this risk

Step 2: Separate the data into different locations and mediums

Step 3: Create automated backup procedures or deploy products that have them

Step 4: Be kept informed that successful backups have occurred by the systems taking the backup

Step 5: Test and check the validity of the backups. Perform regular recovery checks at File, Folder and Machine level to validate the backup process

Step 6: Sleep peacefully in the knowledge that you are avoiding a data disaster from which you need to recover from

What’s your plan should disaster strike?

Need help choosing a Disaster Recovery Solution for your business? PW Data Group can help… We can help to confront the challenges most commonly faced by businesses with a dedicated backup and disaster recovery solution. Contact us today for more information.


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