A couple lives in a beautiful waterfront house on the coast of Florida. Wall-to-ceiling plate glass windows give them gorgeous views of the surf and sky. In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the couple tries their best to protect their home. They work for hours to cover their fragile windows with sheets of plywood. Finally, they evacuate, sure that when they return they will find their precious home swept into the sea.
Instead, the couple came back after the storm to find their house virtually untouched. Did the couple overdo it? No. Better safe than sorry.
Companies need to learn from this couple’s example when protecting their data. Preparing for a worst-case scenario will ensure that your backup and recovery plan is up to any challenge.
Here are some worst-case scenarios your business should plan for:
A hurricane can flood your business, and a tornado can lift the roof right off the building. A major fire can gut your offices. Rebuilding may take months or even years. If you are storing backups on site, you have no chance of recovering the vital information you need to run your business.
Backing up your data to a colocation or in the cloud will allow you to restore your business files even if your primary data center is destroyed or has a catastrophic equipment failure.
Even high-availability systems experience brief periods of downtime. But what if your business experiences a lengthy outage due to a blackout or natural disaster? Hurricanes take down power lines and damage the infrastructure that supports them, depriving communities of power for days and even weeks.
Once the power comes back on, it still takes time to recover operations. According to the 2016 State of Disaster Recovery Report, 80% of respondents said it took them more than an hour to recover from an outage, while 26% claimed it took more than 2 hours. Every minute your systems are down cuts into your revenue. Your business needs to failover to a secondary site so you can get up and running quickly.
Backing up to a secondary site might seem like a safe bet. If your primary data center experiences an outage, you can failover to your off-site backup and resume operations. But what if your secondary site is nearby? A natural disaster or blackout might take your off-site backup out too.
Outages can affect wide areas, so your business needs a backup and recovery site that gives you geographical diversity. The cloud widens the scope of your backup and recovery by offering data center options across the U.S. or even around the world.
The best way to prepare for the worst is to expand your backup and recovery to include a formal disaster recovery plan. You should be confident that your business will survive even under dire circumstances. Once you have a formal disaster recovery plan, you need to test it frequently using scenarios that simulate the worst possibilities.
Tectrade can work with your business to develop a disaster recovery plan that prepares you for the unique risks you face. We have more than 50 technical specialists with expertise in data protection services and solutions. When you work with Tectrade, you can keep your business running no matter what by adopting disaster recovery as a service.
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