Protecting Your Business Not Just Your Data
Information security has never been more visible or vulnerable than it is today. For the first time in our economic history we realize there is much more to worry about than a system disaster or an occasional natural disaster. We have seen acts of terrorism, employee sabotage, and even computer hackers bring companies to a standstill. The threats are real and the need to address them is immediate. Yet the choices for help in planning for and recovering from downtime is few, especially if you require experts in midrange and distributed computing. Strategic Technologies has the know-how, the facilities, and the experience to make the solutions happen and our team of experts will help you prepare for any type of downtime or disruption.
When evaluating your data recovery needs, consider:
- Has there been an exponential increase in the quantity of data your enterprise is generating?
- Is your existing recovery system outdated?
- Is geographic separation from your data backup important?
- In the event of an interruption, disaster or loss, how quickly does your organization need to recover data?
HOT AND WARM SITES: KEY DIFFERENCES IN DATA DISASTER RECOVERY
An effective Disaster Recovery Plan – one that will keep your organization going when unexpected adverse events occur – needs to be more than just a mix of random, uncoordinated backups. The best disaster recovery plan will include careful analysis of how often your data is actually backed up. Are your systems continually mirrored all day, every day? Or is the data backed up every night? Each weekend? Unless your organization has invested in a continuous backup system, your most recently produced data will not be backed up securely.
Additionally, your data recovery plan needs to consider the restoration aspect of data recovery. In the unfortunate event of a disaster, do you know how long it will take to restore all your systems and get your regular operations back up and running? How much downtime can your organization afford? Downtime can mean lost revenues, frustrated clients and a deeply damaged reputation.
Beyond the basics, the best data recovery plans consider the need for what are called hot sites and warm sites.
- HOT SITES – A proactive hot site allows your organization to keep servers and a live backup site up and running if an adverse event strikes. Basically, you replicate your production environment in our secure data center. This allows for an immediate cutover in case of critical disruption at your primary site. A hot site is a must for mission critical sites.
- WARM SITES – A preventive warm site allows your enterprise to pre-install your hardware and pre-configure your bandwidth needs. Then, if an emergency strikes, all you have to do is load your software and data to restore your systems.
What is right for you is dependent on your budget, the sensitivity of your data, the amount of risk you are willing to take and the amount of downtime and reputation loss your organization can afford before fully restoring data operations. With world-class references and a long track record of disaster recovery success, Strategic Technologies is the perfect partner for the complex challenges your organization faces in keeping information available.
Backup and disaster recovery are terms that are used in reference to data protection of a computer system. They are complimentary terms that work together to enact a data protection strategy.
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BUSINESS IMPACT ANALYSIS
BIA is a detailed inventory of the primary processes, systems, assets, people, and suppliers that are associated with an organization's principle business activities
A tabletop disaster recovery (DR) exercise provides a practical check list of procedures to follow during a disaster.
MAXIMUM TOLERABLE DOWNTIME
MTD is the maximum length of time a business process can be interrupted or unavailable without causing the business to fail.
RECOVERY TIME OBJECTIVE
RTO defines how quickly you need to recover failed applications i.e. the period of time in which the organization intends to have the interrupted process running again
RECOVERY POINT OBJECTIVE
RPO defines the point in a data stream to which you need to recover information i.e. the maximum amount of data that you could lose if a process is interrupted and later recovered