With downtime being a major factor behind loss of productivity and reputation, organizations have realized that disaster recovery and continuity planning are critical to success. Proper planning, testing and reviewing are very important for successful disaster recovery.

Determine The Risk Appetite

When talking about risk, each business is different. While some may view downtime as unacceptable, others may view a ransomware attack as a minor problem. Depending on the risk appetite, you may need to prepare and plan for business continuity. You will need to consider your size, sector and your attitude towards resources, verses cost and frequency of server uptime.

Plan Properly

It is important to consider different aspects of a business continuity event, for proper planning of disaster recovery. Any process or technology that you are using must be taken into consideration, along with all the associated risks. Jot down the points, prepare a plan, and list down the solutions. This will help you in investing and strengthening your plan to make sure your business is unaffected in case of a disaster.

Building Blocks And Rigorous Testing

IT solutions are meant to be built and tested in blocks. You need to ask yourself questions like, what happens in the event of a crypto virus? What will happen if the power supply cuts out? Are there any back-ups that you have in place? For system failures, do you have a failover set-up? All these assumptions need to be subjected to rigorous testing.

Cloud Is Not A Solution To All The Problems

It’s a misconception that cloud can solve all the issues. In spite of being cloud-based, the Office365 environment can become corrupted. It will be lost if you don’t put the IT systems in place for data backup. It’s not very often that the public cloud goes down, but when it does, you won’t be able to tell how long it will remain unavailable. In that event, businesses must consider when to implement disaster recovery.

Be Aware Of Your Core Systems

In order to meet their performance criteria, companies run core systems and storage on infrastructure that they trust. System backup is also taken into consideration, including what network it is plugged into, making sure it has a standby wireless router, that the data protection technology works, that the replication is tested, and that the failover system is at a minimum distance of 50 miles on a separate IP provider. This provides the business with much better control and knowledge in a business continuity event. In case of a power outage, businesses can get direct feedback about its length, allowing them to take viable decisions.

Make Use Of Proxies

A proxy can be created to route requests and responses between the proxy-enabled clients and the server. If you use a proxy, you need not update the host file entry or DNS with the host name on each of the client computers. Based on your disaster recovery requirements, one or more proxies can be configured for alternate routing. Make sure you are not using the disaster recovery proxies for routing regular network traffic.