Disaster Recovery Solutions:
As IT systems have become increasingly critical to the smooth operation of a company, the importance of ensuring the continued operation of those systems, or the rapid recovery of the systems, has increased.
It is estimated that most large companies spend between 2% and 4% of their IT budget on disaster recovery planning, with the aim of avoiding larger losses in the event that the business cannot continue to function due to loss of IT infrastructure and data. Of companies that had a major loss of business data, 43% never reopen, 51% close within two years, and only 6% will survive long-term.
Best 10 basic tips or solutions against Disaster Recovery :
- Store your system passwords in at least two separate secure locations.
- Make sure that the whole recovery process to get you up and running again is documented, and includes the locations of system recovery and other critical discs.
- Establish an automated system to notify critical staff of disaster by text. These staff should be thoroughly trained so that they can perform basic disaster recovery/back-up tasks unsupervised. You may be able to do this through an arrangement with a third-party service provider.
- Practice your disaster recovery plan on a quarterly basis or more.
- No matter how good your disaster recovery plan, it cannot recover data if you neglect to back it up.
- Arrange to have spare hot hard disk drives already in the system, or at least physically available in the same room as your storage system.
- A tape archive strategy is crucial. Tapes used on a daily basis should be replaced every six to nine months to avoid deterioration – backups are no use if they cannot be recovered.
- Get yourself the best, longest-life, most uninterruptible power supply you can. Then get an additional battery back-up for your cache to go with it.
- Don’t neglect to protect yourself from random theft, vandalism and employee malice, they can be just as disastrous as anything else. At the very least ensure that the door to your data/server room is locked, day and night.
- An automatically closing fire door to the data/server room will keep fire and smoke out of the room for a surprisingly long time.
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