When disaster strikes what do you do? Unfortunately, if you get to this stage without ever having asked this question before…well then, it’s too late. Therefore, it is no surprise that a high percentage of companies (over 40%) that fall victim to a disaster never recover and capitulate because of it. Indeed, even more concerning is that a further near 50% of business affected by a disaster close within 2 years of the occurrence.
What is your Disaster Recovery Plan ?
While every organisation and business is different, one common factor is that regardless of the size, industry, turnover, you must decide on two KPIs when it comes to planning your DR (Disaster Recovery) plan:
RTO (Recovery Time Objective) – how long can my business cope without access to my critical files, data and systems
RPO (Recovery Point Objective) – how far back do I need to go (point of time) in terms of age of files in order for normal business to resume.
Establishing your plan based on the above KPIs will give you a good indication of what your bespoke strategy should look like.
Part of our disaster recovery planning is to evaluate deployment options. Do you need to keep some disaster recovery functions or backup data on premises? Is a cloud based DR facility best or indeed would a hybrid approach of both cloud and on premise be the solution that fits your budget and KPIs?
What is the best DR solution for my business?
When is a Cloud DR suitable?
There is no doubt that Cloud-based backup and Disaster Recovery solutions are becoming increasingly popular among organizations of all sizes. Our cloud solutions provide the infrastructure for storing data and the tools for managing backup and disaster recovery processes.
By selecting a cloud-based backup or disaster recovery offering, you can avoid the large capital investment for infrastructure as well as the costs of managing the environment.
In some cases, keeping certain backup or disaster recovery processes on-premises can help you retrieve data and recover IT services rapidly. Retaining some sensitive data on premises might also seem appealing if you need to comply with strict data regulations.
When is an On-premise DR suitable?
The Hybrid approach could be the option to give you the best of both?
Combining both an on-premise and cloud-based DR strategy can be the best strategy for most companies You might decide, for example, to store only backed up or replicated data in the cloud while keeping your production environment in your chosen on site data center. With this hybrid approach, you still gain the advantages of scalability and geographic distance without having to move your production environment.
As part of all of our managed service packages and where there is a DR plan in place, we monitor the DR on a daily basis. We also provide optional DR testing on a bi-annual basis whereby one of our highly experienced infrastructure consultants performs testing to ensure all services are working as expected.
How will I know if my DR works?
Top Reasons for Distaster Recovery
56% Unexpected Updates
20% Power Outage
60% Human Error
it was crucial we found the right partner that understood our business processes and had the right expertise to help us keep our critical systems online
Clive Arnold, Head of IT of Linden
How can Nimbus help?
We have worked with many organisations in researching, strategizing, and implementing a DR plan specific to their requirements. A Nimbus Security Audit is a great starting point for establishing current infrastructure environments. We then consult with the client about their expectations and pain threshold for data loss. Of course, everybody would choose NO downtime and NO data loss but the budget available for implementing the plan will determine the level of recovery