Disaster Recovery

We've all had it happen - a computer dies, a flash drive dies, a disk dies, and some very important file is lost. Automated Backup can help protect us from that, and that's usually enough for the average individual. But what about businesses? They have dozens, if not hundreds, of computers with very important business documents on them. In fact, for many businesses today, losing their computers could put them out of business. Recovering from that sort of disaster quickly and efficiently can keep a business running with no more than a minor hiccup.

Different Types of Disaster Recovery

How elaborate your disaster recovery plan is (you do have a disaster recovery plan, don't you?) depends on a couple of factors, but mainly on how big and complex your business is. A company with a half dozen computers and one small server will have a much less complex disaster recovery plan than a company with six locations, tens of thousands of desktops, laptops, and tablets, and a couple dozen servers. But, at heart, they're both the same.

The Essence of a Disaster Recovery Plan

A disaster recovery plan answers one very basic question: if there were a disaster that took down our computing infrastructure today, how, and how soon would we be able to get back up and running?

Simple question, really, but the answer can be very complex. Maybe you just need to buy a few laptops and a server, restore the server from the last backup (which you kept offsite), find a new office, set up, and you're good to go. As the business grows, the basic concept may remain the same, but the complexity of execution can grow exponentially.

Cloud Computing

Where does the cloud come into this? Increasingly, disaster recovery plans include a cloud component. Whether you keep your in the Cloud or actually virtualize your servers in either the common Cloud, or your own private cloud, or a data center, planning for a disaster (actually, of course, youre' planning for how to recover from a disaster) will have a cloud component. And many people keep their backups in the cloud as well, which can make restoring those data simple and efficient.

Creating a Plan

Creating a good, solid disaster recovery plan will take time and effort. Many consultants specialize in disaster recovery planning; hire a good one. Every plan is unique, and every plan needs to be updated regularly, as things change in the business. Disaster recovery is just another cost of doing business, and belive me, the ROI is well worth it.

Disaster Recovery News

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