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Posted by Anna Nicholls on 18-Oct-2021 12:13:56

What's your disaster recovery plan?

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A disaster recovery plan will outline processes and procedures that will keep your business up and running in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as power outages, cyber attacks and network failures. The plan should outline critical systems and key workers, and explain the steps required to ensure business continuity, as well as RTO - Recovery Time Objectives; an estimate of how long it will take for normal operations to resume, and RPO - Recovery Point Objectives; the measure of how much data may be lost during recovery efforts. 

To create a disaster recovery plan there are a number of steps that should be taken;

  1. A full systems audit & inventory 
  2. Decisions on which applications and assets are business critical 
  3. Threat and risk assessment
  4. Roles and responsibilities
  5. Steps to be taken to ensure that business critical assets remain available
  6. Test and review 

You’ll need to think about how to make sure that your teams can work - immediately, with as little downtime as possible, as well as the steps that will need to be taken to restore and recover from a complete systems failure to full operations. 

The steps you need to take to ensure business continuity, could actually be quite simple - depending on your set up. For example, if you run your business from a cloud first strategy, and your business premises are rendered out of action - this could be due to a power outage, flood, fire, a break in or even something like traffic issues caused by bad weather, accidents or more topically the Insulate Britain protests preventing staff getting to work - well, with a cloud based working model, employees can simply relocate home, or to the closest branch of Starbucks, and get to work. And if your business benefits from active-active cloud, then you have even more peace of mind because if there was an outage on your cloud platform, the active-active setup means that your systems would simply failover to their secondary location, preventing downtime and ensuring business continuity. 

You can find out more about active-active cloud platforms and how they work - here.

If your business doesn’t use cloud, then your disaster recovery plan may need to be a little more complex. Backup procedures will need to be analysed and tested, emergency migration processes outlined and disaster recovery sites identified. You will need to establish detailed restoration procedures as well as methods to collect data and learn from the incident to ensure damage limitation from potential future incidents. 

If you’d like to talk to us about how cloud could help your business continuity, or for help with your disaster recovery planning, get in touch with the team here or call 0161 498 1200.

Topics: disaster recovery, redundancy, resilience, cloud hosting, cloud, it industry, tech

Anna Nicholls

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