The importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Perceived and unforeseen threats to operations are a continual concern to business owners. This shows how Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) planning need to form an integral part of the overall risk management plan for an organization.

In the event of a disaster, the continued operations of a company depend on the ability for the business to replicate their IT systems and data.  Disaster recovery portrays all the steps involved in planning for and adapting to a potential disaster with a plan in place which will restore operations while minimizing the long-term negative impact on the company. Good business continuity plans will keep a business up and running through interruptions of any kind including power failures, IT system crashes and natural disasters and more, thus limiting the short-term negative impact on the company.

Since all of the risks cannot be eliminated, companies are implementing disaster recovery and business continuity plans to prepare for potentially disruptive events.  Both processes are equally important because they provide detailed strategies on how the business will continue after severe interruptions and disasters.

One can never underestimate the crucial elements of DR and BC and the best place for business owners to start is by assessing their current situation in terms of existing risks in order to identify and determine how to minimize these and ensure that no circumstance could threaten the existence of the organization.

The benefits of Disaster Recovery as a Service

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offers a number of benefits that directly tackle traditional DR barriers. It offers cost-effective reliability and addresses many challenges including mobility, portability and high performance, thereby making the decision a no-brainer. For businesses where every minute lost translates into thousands of Euros and where credibility matters, investing in a disaster tolerant platform for IT is a must.

Megabyte helps businesses in designing architectures that span across multiple sites in order to reduce bottlenecks and provide continuity in case of disasters. A number of options are available, depending on the budget allocated, the value of the data being protected and the cost of downtime for the business.

Megabyte is able to design and implement a business continuity plan that will be flexible enough to evolve and adapt according to the organisation’s requirements. The ultimate aim of such a plan will be to ensure that business critical information systems can be sustained and operated reliably, in fluctuating economic conditions.

On-premise Disaster Recovery Solutions

Megabyte offers DR and BC solutions to a variety of businesses operating in diverse industry sectors. For enterprises that do not have a secondary site, Megabyte offers a number of services ranging from hosting and maintaining the secondary site at our premises to provision of equipment in case of disasters. These services also include recovery planning and testing of recovery procedures.

Cloud-based Disaster Recovery

Megabyte can also offer an alternative for hosting standby databases for customers who do not have a DR site or who prefer not to deal with the cost or complexity of managing a remote data center. Existing production databases remain on-premises and standby databases used for DR are deployed on the Oracle Cloud. This mode of deployment is commonly referred to as a hybrid cloud implementation.

Creating the Right Plan

The ultimate goal of any disaster recovery plan is to help organisations maintain their business continuity, minimize damage, and prevent loss. The best way to ensure reliability of an organisation’s plan is to run through it regularly, with the appropriate personnel practicing what they would do to help recover business function should a disaster actually occur. This sort of advanced planning will help an organisation minimize the amount of loss and downtime it will sustain while simultaneously creating its best and fastest chance to recover after a disaster.

For any queries on DR and BC solutions, please contact our team on 21 421600 or by email at info@megabyte.net.

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