Disaster recovery strategies are a vital component in maintaining business continuity. Rather than create a comprehensive solution for protecting and recovering data, which is a time-consuming process, many organizations will cut corners that cost them in a big way later. Mistakes can be avoided, but awareness of the most common errors can assist you in developing a better plan.
Availability and Recovery
Having your data immediately available is a priority, but availability can’t be confused with disaster recovery. Consider the fact that if you’re like most organizations, you only require around 10% of your data at any given moment. Therefore, spending a lot of money on availability can be a drain on the budget, which should be focused on prioritizing recovery-related solutions.
The Importance of Redundancy
Rather than drop a lot of money on availability, look at your redundancy solutions. The goal is to recover data lost during a crisis, whether it’s a cyber attack, natural disaster, or anything in between. If you lose everything locally, you can still access your backed-up data, which is stored off-site. Best practices state that you should have at least three copies of the data in two different locations and at least one copy of it at an off-site location.
What Needs to Be Backed Up?
A disaster recovery plan will involve prioritizing data. In this process, you’ll realize that you won’t need to back up everything because you’ll find a large amount of it is unchanging data, which means it can be placed in an archive platform. You’ll also likely find gigabytes worth of data that can be trashed, freeing up space for data that matters. By backing up necessary data, you’ll separate archive data from production data, which is a great way to improve recovery time.
It’s not a fun thing to consider, but it’s necessary — you have to report attacks when they occur. Failure to do so can lead to a loss of loyalty on behalf of your clients who will eventually find out about any data loss to cybercriminals.
Disasters can often be associated with mismanagement of infrastructure and the data itself. For example, if an organization doesn’t prioritize data and make the decision to back up everything, costs will soar. Furthermore, monitoring a mass amount of data becomes more difficult, which can lead to a lack of awareness about anomalies.
If you’re looking to connect with a trusted agent, contact us at One Connect. We assist clients in connecting with strategic cloud, telecom, energy, and security decisions. As your main point of contact, we’ll provide all the consulting you need for a more robust disaster recovery solution.