Disaster Recovery Planning Can Save Your Business

by | Dec 10, 2020 | Managed Services, Business

graphic depicting a businessman starting a cloud backup. For SpireTech.com, managed IT services in Portland, OR.

If your business relies on technology tools, it is important to have a plan for what to do if they fail. At Spire Tech, we can work with you to develop and implement Disaster Recovery Plans to ensure that when catastrophe happens, you are prepared.

 When you experience technology outages or failures, a Disaster Recovery Plan, details how to circumvent the issue and regain control over the situation. With a good disaster recovery planning, your business will be able to take the worst possible outcome in stride with minimal interruption.

If you have an effective Disaster Recovery Plan for data loss, you should be able to quickly recoup the lost information, averting what could have been a major crisis. If you do not plan for disaster, then your business will be sorely unprepared if it does happen. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Losing your data can halt your business operations. 

Here is what we do at SpireTech with clients to ensure they have a backup plan in place.

How to make the best of your disaster recovery planning

In a data loss scenario, we plan to restore your data via a recent backup that is stored in a different location. We use these steps to determine what backup solution is needed.

1. Identify where all the important data is located.

Half the battle is knowing where everything is and recognizing what you will need to back up. Common important data locations include emails, file servers, hard drives, and cloud storage locations.

2. Determine the necessary Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

Based on the type of data, you may need to recover it faster than others in order to effectively respond to the crisis, and keep operations running. Knowing how fast you need the information recovered informs what solutions we will recommend.

3. Discuss how much data can you stand to lose.

Determining your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) will help you prepare for what you will lose if you have to pull your backup data. Data backup services back up data on different intervals, so depending on what you choose, you could lose a couple hours or a couple days of data.

4. Choose which location(s) you want to keep your data backup.

It is best practice to store your backup data in at least two separate places to ensure it is safe. Also, consider the level of security these backup locations should have based on the sensitivity of your data and any compliance standards you might need to meet.

5. Estimate the amount of space you will need for your backup storage.

If your industry has data retention requirements, you could eventually have 10 years’ worth of data that you need to keep safe and protected.  Make sure to choose a solution that can accommodate this need.

6. Plan for regular testing of your backup solution.

Once we have determined a solution that is the best fit for your business’ needs, we regularly test it to make sure that all is working well, and your data backups aren’t failing.

Working with an IT provider can help ensure you get the correct solutions in place so that if disaster strikes, you can easily navigate the fallout. If your business could use help creating a Disaster Recovery Plan, we would be more than happy to help you out. You can book a call with us via the link below.