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Jan 4, 2018

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Disaster recovery; an unnecessary expanse or a valued provision?

Last year the world experienced one of the most notorious and disruptive Malware. Wanna Cry. It was truly horrific and disrupted many organisations, none more noticeably affected than the NHS. Whilst threats like this are creating a sense of urgency throughout IT departments for implementing robust disaster recovery plans, it doesn’t always have to be cybercrime that could take down a business. The simple fact remains, if all your main data backups are located in one central depository, such as your office, you are running the risk of losing everything in the event of a natural disaster such as a flood or a fire.  

The first thing to consider is ‘what would the failure of an application or downtime of your business cost you?’

This will include costs such as:

  • Operational costs whilst down – your business might not be running smoothly, but your staff will still need paying and your company will still have overhead costs.
  • Lost revenue – it’s likely you’ll struggle to make significant revenue whilst your business is offline.
  • Additional expense – you may need to pay additional expense for new equipment and engineer costs to rectify the issue.

These costs will depend on the variables of your business, but at the very least you could expect it to be a significant expense, that could cost thousands of pounds. Take a look at our calculations below and see how much a disaster might cost your own business. 

One of the first things we do, is to help our clients identify their level of requirement for disaster recovery provisions and define their recovery point and time objectives. To do this we define what tolerance the business has for both lost data and downtime. For some businesses the tolerance to lost data is very low, for others it might be an hour or a day. This information helps to develop a bespoke disaster recovery plan that’s unique to your business. It defines how frequently backups need to run, and if the current backup solution is configured correctly.

The main reason why businesses opt for disaster recovery provisions is for peace of mind. You spend the time to map out a plan of action and to test the plan to make sure It works in practice. You know your backups are running and configured correctly, will full server replication at the press of a button. Should the worst happen and a disaster situation hit, you’ll know that you’re ability to remain up and running won’t be affected and you’ll be up and ready (all-be-it in a different location) in a relatively short period of time.

This is why most businesses rely on disaster recovery planning as a highly valued commodity. More information on disaster recovery planning can be found on our resource page