Today, businesses of all types are dependent upon their information technology. Almost all work carried out is recorded in some way onto a computer system. Most people now have a computer on their desk or access to a computer. However, rarely do people stop and consider what would happen if they arrived at work and that computer was no longer there or all the data was missing.
Disasters can take many forms, from natural disasters to power surges, to computer viruses or sabotage. Consideration needs to be given to all of these situations and how the Information Technology Systems currently in place will be affected and what contingencies can be put in place to minimise interruption to business.
By identifying critical data and systems, plans can be put in place ensure they can be fully restored in the shortest possible timeframe agreed to by the business.
Items to consider when discussing disaster planning are:
• What is the cost of reconstructing your company’s financial, personnel and other business data? • Would your business insurance cover any or all of the cost of replacing data? • How long would it take to reconstruct your business data? • Do you know the cost per hour to your business of server downtime?
Once your Disaster Plan is complete, copies should be kept both on and off site for easy access.
The disaster recovery plan will cover the following items:
• Deciding what data you need to backup and how often these backups should be performed. • Saving critical computer or any other hardware configuration information that is not saved during normal tape backups. • Identifying what data needs to be stored on-site and how should it be physically stored. • Identifying what data should be stored offsite, and how should it be physically stored. • Identifying what training is required for server operators and administrators to enable them to respond quickly and efficiently in an emergency situation.
When considering disaster recovery, there are a number of options. These can range from the following:
• Redundant servers available to install if an emergency arises • Having redundant components such as hard drives available • Full backup strategy for protecting software and data.
Unified Solutions Australia is able to provide a full range of advice and services to ensure you are fully prepared to deal with a Disaster Recovery scenario.