Disaster Recovery: More than just a data backup

5th June 2017

Disaster recovery is back in the news due to the very public IT failure at BA which caused massive flight delays to 75,000 passengers and wiped an eyewatering £350m off the share price of the company. Part of the problem was that although the power surge blamed for the failure caused only a few hours downtime, the knock-on effect caused delays for much of the bank holiday weekend. We work with companies of all sizes on their disaster recovery (DR) strategies and what we’ve noticed is that a lot of people focus primarily on the disaster and forget to consider the recovery aspect in as much detail.

There are several reasons why a company might meet with what, in IT terms, would be considered a disaster – from system failures across hardware or software to security breaches and actual natural disasters such as electrical storms or floods. Any of these issues could cause a company’s IT systems to grind to a halt.

Companies use a range of disaster recovery strategies to preserve their data should any of these problems occur. From data duplication on external hard drives to colocation and cloud backup, what all the options have in common is that the focus is often on how the disaster may wipe out vital company information. While this is an important and necessary step, it’s also worth bearing in mind what the recovery plan is.

For example, if you lose all your data due to a hardware failure, having a copy will certainly help the process but you also need a plan in place to ensure that normal working operations are restored as soon as possible. If a flood wipes out your primary data centre, for example, it’s not just having a second copy of your information that you need to consider. You need to make the switch to your backup location swiftly and with minimal interruption to service provision.

A focus on the recovery aspect of a DR strategy also ensures that the provision you have in place is sufficient. For example, we chose our colocation centre in part because of the excellent transport links so that if you need to deploy your disaster recovery plan, it’s easy to do so. Our centre also has a high level of security and resilience, with intruder detection and 24/7 service monitoring. That means that we’re doing more than just holding on to a “spare” copy of your data should there be an issue which causes your systems to fail, but we’re actively looking to prevent further disaster and get you back online as soon as possible.

Green Co has a range of solutions that focus on your recovery from any IT-related disaster. Our low-carbon operation means you can maximise your infrastructure and minimise your impact on the environment. Read more or speak to a member of our knowledgeable team to find out which option would work best for you.

 

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