Even with data stored in the cloud, it is imperative to have a comprehensive Disaster Recovery plan in place.
In the event of a breach, ransom attack or other type of disaster situation, the DR plan can then be put into place in order to maintain business continuity.
Benefits of a Disaster Recovery programme
In addition to ensuring business operations can continue to function, a cloud DR programme helps organisations to:
- Continue staff productivity
- Save human resources and funds
- Provide additional backup locations
- Ensure scalability to recover all key infrastructure
With a robust DR plan in place, organisations will be able to keep critical IT infrastructure running – even in the event of a cyber attack, natural disaster, loss of power, or data breach. This includes IT assets, networks, hardware, and business critical data.
Once all assets are accounted for, it is possible to prioritise according to criticality in the event of a disaster. There will be systems and assets that are vital for the business to function, while others fall into the category of “nice to have”.
Assessing the impact of a disaster
With a cloud-based DR solution in place, your business will be able to conduct an impact analysis before any situation occurs.
This avoids a situation of panic in the event of an incident, and will provide a detailed understanding of how your business functions. With this knowledge, you can efficiently fall to plan B in the event of disaster.
Establish key metrics
To do this, a robust DR solution helps establish your Recovery Time Objective (RTO). This measures the amount of time any particular asset can remain unavailable before it prevents the business from functioning properly.
RTOs can be set from anything to a matter of minutes for core applications, to several weeks for less vital systems. It is then possible to quickly prioritise which systems to get back online first.
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) measures the amount of time your organisation can withstand data loss from an application. If data is time sensitive, you will need to plan for a very short RPO, whereas lower priority data can be excluded from the DR programme.
Implementing a DR solution
With RPOs and RTOs established, it is possible to create an effective DR plan to keep your business operational. It will be tailored to your business, and will include measures such as backup and restore capabilities, the ability to switch cloud with full replication, or warm standby.
By applying these best practices, your organisation will be in a better position to maintain business operations in the event of a disaster.
Working with an established cloud-based Disaster Recovery provider enables you to achieve the perfect balance between preparedness and cost.