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Jan 6, 2017

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Future-proofing for 2017 - Disaster recovery

Taking a look at Disaster Recovery

Many businesses underestimate the importance of developing a disaster recovery plan, however with cybercrime regularly making the headlines, if it wasn’t already, it’s becoming a ‘must have’ for business.

The word ‘disaster’ often throws people off, it doesn’t need to be a full-blown disaster to cause significant disruption and downtime. Through some of our newly acquired clients, we’ve seen first-hand the damage that can be done from failing to protect your IT systems. Your business could literally go under.

When you are considering how to structure a disaster recovery plan, ask yourself two questions:

  1. How much data can you afford to lose? This is known in the industry as your Recovery Point Objective or RPO. It controls how out-of-date you can afford to be, or how much raw data you can afford to lose, and still be able to do business. This might be driven by legal compliance for some businesses, with some industries having a legally required or regulative compliance that requires 0% loss of data.
     
  2. How long can your business cope being out of action? This is referred to as your Recovery Time Objective, or RTO. It defines how long your business could be shut down and unable to function and still be able to recover. For businesses that are heavily biased toward manual or mechanical work and use their IT infrastructure as a secondary tool to facilitate things like billing this might be much longer than a client that uses something like a piece of CRM software to manage their day to day operations.

The answers to these two questions will start to shape your tolerance and will get you thinking about what preventative methods work for your business.

For some businesses, something as straightforward as investing in Cloud-based applications that include off-site backups, emails and data, could be all that’s needed.  It provides an agile approach to accessing work related systems and prevents data loss should anything untoward happen.

For others, disaster recovery is going to be far more important and a more in-depth approach will be needed to plan out a variety of scenarios to make sure the business remains protected in any eventuality.

Here at RockIT, we have a variety of disaster recovery solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of your business. For a free no-obligation review of your current disaster recovery provisions, feel free to email sales@rockit.com with your details.