Tips for a disaster recovery plan

It is more necessary than ever to plan these possible scenarios and develop disaster recovery plans that are capable of minimizing damage. We offer some advice.

Today’s companies face all kinds of challenges when it comes to managing and protecting their data. From security breaches to ransomware attacks, going through natural disasters such as those we have witnessed in recent weeks, which have left the headquarters of many organizations unused. Therefore, it is more necessary than ever to plan these possible scenarios and develop disaster recovery plans that are capable of minimizing damage.

We offer a series of steps so that companies can implement a DR plan with guarantees:

1: Reconsidering the disaster recovery capacity of the company and what it puts at risk. It is not only economic losses, but loss of prestige and confidence of customers. If the recovery capacity of the company is not what you need, it is necessary to change the DR plan. To know the real capacity for recovery, the company must answer questions such as: how long would it take to recover the information? What would be the point of recovery? How much would it cost to recover the data?

  1. What data do I need to recover? In a conventional environment it is not only necessary to recover data and applications, but also workloads, virtual machines, applications, etc., so that the business can continue to develop without problems.
  2. Where is the data? Nowadays, the most usual thing is that, within the same organization, the data is distributed among on-premise installations, one or several clouds, work stations, mobile devices. Ideally, the DR plan that is implemented contemplates the data distributed in the different scenarios.
  3. Take advantage of the cloud in disaster recovery. Cloud technologies offer new possibilities and advantages when recovering data, such as cost reduction, less logistics, faster data recovery, better levels of service continuity, etc.
  4. Automate disaster recovery. Currently, it is necessary to have a comprehensive strategy so that disaster recovery does not involve efforts, risks or expenses. You have to be prepared for when a problem occurs, be it a natural disaster or a ransomware attack. For this, it is necessary to simplify the processes by automating and orchestrating them, so that, when the problems arrive, the DR plan can be put in place without loopholes. So disaster recovery is important for business continuity.

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