Would your IT infrastructure be able to withstand a disaster? Are you sufficiently prepared to launch a recovery procedure if something happens? Can you get the most critical applications online again as quickly as possible? Do you have the necessary temporary solutions and high availability? We all hope we’ll never end up in this situation, but if disaster strikes, we need to be ready. Let’s elaborate:
Have you ever thought about what would happen if disaster struck in your business, making your corporate applications and data suddenly unavailable? The impact is usually much worse than you might think at first:
Shortly put, a crisis severely disrupts your company’s daily routine, which could severely impact your business financially.
Many businesses, such as financial institutions, hospitals or retail companies, depend on an IT infrastructure that needs to be available 24/7. These businesses can’t afford to lose any data. Luckily, there are some keys to limit the impact of a crisis as much as possible and ensure continuity: thorough preparation, multiple procedures and a strategy.
Everything starts with thorough preparation: make sure you’ve got the necessary disaster recovery plans and procedures in place. It’s better to be safe than sorry. There are numerous ways to protect your business from different types of crises:
No matter where your data is (on-premises, public cloud, private cloud or hosted), there’s always a solution to protect your data and business continuity.
Remember that repairing and recovering data always takes time. Especially when you need to recover all company data after a disaster, reverting to a backup is usually not an option.
The downtime a company can allow itself and the amount of data a company can afford to lose will determine which data protection and disaster recovery solutions are most suited to guarantee business continuity.
Are you copying your data through a datacentre high-availability system (synchronous or asynchronous data replication)? If so, this can ensure you stay online if an incident should happen, without data loss or with minimal downtime.
But what if your data itself has been compromised? Ransomware, other cyberattacks and even human errors could corrupt your data. A replication won’t help you in this situation, because the data at your second location could also be compromised.
You need to protect your business from these scenarios as well. To do this, it’s important to find out if backups, snapshots or other forms of data copying can offer adequate protection against ransomware and other external attacks. Sure, you could write your backups to another location, but is this location sufficiently isolated from your production environment – and is this location protected against ransom software?
Never say never. Disaster could strike in many ways. There could be a fire in your data centre, a server room under attack, water leakage, a human error or ransomware corrupting your data and applications.
Let’s hope that in such a scenario:
As your ICT partner with years of experience and the necessary expertise, we can help you:
Your business continuity largely depends on how you protect your data and on your disaster precautions.
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