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Disaster Recovery and Backup

Putting in place plans to ensure business continuity

For most businesses, it’s unlikely that ‘disaster’ will result in loss of life, however the consequences will inevitably include significant disruption, and the financial implications could be crippling if suitable plans aren’t in place to minimise the impact.

The importance of a disaster recovery plan and backup technology

The starting point is to understand which services and which data are critical to the business. Then it’s about assessing the financial implications, which might include everything from the cost of rekeying lost data to reputational damage.

This information will then inform your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and your Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

What are RPO and RTO

  • RPO or Recovery Point Objective

    How much data can you afford to lose? It might be 5 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, a couple of days or even none at all.

  • RTO or Recovery Time Objective

    How quickly do you need to get services and data back available? Again this could be minutes, days or as close to instant as possible.

Will production cease completely if you lose your manufacturing system or data? Will you still be able to take orders and turn them around for delivery to meet your customers’ expectation?

Even if you have a regular backup routine in place, it’s also important to understand the time it will take to recover the data and reinstall the operating systems and applications required to get you up and running again. Our experts can talk to you about putting disaster recovery and backup plans in place to suit your business requirements.

Here are a couple of blogs on disaster recovery that are well worth a read

Backup is not Disaster Recovery and DR is not backup

It’s a common misconception that backup and disaster recovery (DR) are the same thing. The two certainly work hand-in-hand but it’s critical to understand that backup is not DR and DR is not backup.

Don't let 'leaves on the line' derail your business

The clocks went back at the weekend and with Autumn well and truly here, any rail commuters will be well aware of the impending doom that the falling leaves will cause to their daily commute.

Key technologies

Thankfully, many modern technologies have an element of business continuity build in, especially cloud-based services such as Office 365, which can be accessed from any device and any location where there is connectivity.

Historically, instant failover or recovery – typically with replication – has been out of reach of most business but new developments are now offering affordable alternatives.

Case studies

Server refresh, backup technology & leased lines for engineering consultancy

The construction firm wanted to modernise technology throughout its offices to keep up with present and future growth plans, and increasing reliance on a robust infrastructure.