Building a Solid Disaster Recovery Process

January 22, 2019

Cyber criminals have sophisticated attack strategies, and they don’t care how large or small your organization is — they’ll come after your data. When IT professionals and executives think about the disaster recovery process, it’s usually in the same thought that involves getting hacked. However, the disaster recovery strategy your organization establishes must take all threats into account.
Hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense. Other types of natural disasters that can hit any part of the world are also big risk factors. Human error is sometimes the culprit, as are power outages and basic to complex hardware malfunctions.
Obviously, all of these risks pose a threat to your data, which means you need to establish a strategy that plans for the worst.
Customizing Your Plan
The strategy the company down the road came up with might be a great fit for them, but it’s not likely to address your unique needs. Your infrastructure is probably quite different, and this is why your disaster recovery process has to be customized.
You have some decisions to make. Do you currently have your data on-premise in your own data center? Is it all being stored off-site with a third party cloud provider, or are you taking a hybrid approach? The disaster recovery solutions you choose can also impact how you implement a new process.
Increasingly, organizations are turning to multiple data centers in different geographical locations, all storing the same data for redundancy. With this approach, if a disaster occurs in one center, your data is still alive and well in another. However, if you’ve decided to keep your data and disaster recovery solutions on-premise or in a hybrid model, there are options for high quality disaster recovery solutions.
Two important aspects of any disaster recovery plan are recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO). When you’re looking at RTO, you’re considering the time required to get your business services back up and running after experiencing an outage. With RPO, you’re looking at your organization’s tolerance for data loss.
What some organizations who have an on-premise approach have found is that when they carefully look at RPO and RTO, they realize their future needs will be best aligned with a cloud-based approach, because this will be the most reliable way to serve customers.

Getting Outside Help 
If you’re looking for an agent that can assist you with improving your disaster recovery process, you need to know about Access Tech. We deliver best-in-class telecom, cloud, IT and continuity solutions that help our clients meet their goals. Contact us today and let’s discuss our solutions.

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