Preventing Data Disaster with Cloud Computing

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by nexstepaz No Comments

Are you ready to face disaster? Do you have a recovery plan in place that will allow you to recover your precious data fast and get your systems online almost seamlessly? In today’s furiously expanding technology, these are legitimate questions that every organization should be able to answer immediately. We live in a world where data not only represents knowledge, but also power. So it is only right that every organization should carefully consider safeguarding data before disasters strikes.

Protecting Data

With the available technology at our disposal, what is the most efficient way of protecting data? One of the best methods that any organization can utilize in safeguarding data is online backup. This method that is open to organizations of all sizes allows them to replicate data and protect it against loss in the event of a security breach or any type of IT outage.

It is important to point out that online data backup is not a single solution to safeguarding data despite the many benefits that it offers. It is in fact only one of the steps that every organization should have in their disaster recovery plan. A wider disaster recovery mechanism should be in place to make sure that not only data is protected, but also all the protocols and policies that relate to it.

An acceptable disaster recovery plan takes into account the RPO/RTO threshold of their organization. It also puts a premium on the critical business applications that it runs. This means that the data recovery plan should outline the process of establishing policies that will deliver solutions and processes, which are constantly tested for efficiency and relevance.

Key Areas of Recovery

In order to ensure the success of your organization’s recovery plan, it is important to focus on certain key areas.

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

This is the maximum time allotted for the lost data to be recovered. The RPO should be able to present a specific idea on the amount of data that an organization can lose during a major IT disaster and the corresponding cost of the lost data to the organization. The RPO should provide an insight on the frequency of backups including weighing the costs of the replication to the implications of data loss.

  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

RTO references the time and service level that a process should be restored after an IT disaster. This gives a measure of the system downtime and its cost to the organization. The ability to calculate this gives the organization a clear picture on the value of its application and its impact to the organization if it is not restored in time.

  • Recovery Site Size

Does your organization have an idea of the maximum capacity it needs to remain operational? This mean outlining the essential that must be kept in place until full system restoration is achieved. What dictates the minimum capacity? This would simply be the interconnections for the applications, which would eventually be rendered useless once the feeder is offline. Understanding this data in your recovery plan helps to prioritize applications.

  • Regular Testing

Why should your disaster recovery plan be frequently tested? What is the frequency of the testing? The testing is done to ensure that the disaster solutions remain updated and relevant. The frequency should ideally be every time there is an upgrade or significant changes have been done. All persons involved in the recovery process should be part of the testing.

  • Continuity Plan

This allows for the creation of a continuous relationship between the employees and the technology. This is extremely important considering that specific persons should be identified as to who should declare a disaster and who takes care of informing end users and customers. The person to direct the action plan should also be identified.

  • Recovery Site Location

There are various options for the recovery site location like colocation, Cloud vendor(s), and even on-premises. To be able to effectively identify this, there is a need to understand the importance of the data in relation to its cost to the organization in case of loss. Simply put, what is it that the organization can afford to lose and how to manage it?

All of these are decisions that should be made early on and updated regularly. Should you find it difficult to craft a plan of safeguarding data before disaster strikes.

Contact Keycom Cloud for assisting you in secure digital data storage for your important business data.

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