A disaster recovery plan is a document created by an organization that can be followed in the event of a disaster that could affect the business’s ability to operate normally. Your business’s ability to get back up and running quickly and resume operations is key, and the reason why every business should have a plan in place.

 

Disaster recovery documents typically plan for things such as:

  • Application failure
  • Communication failure
  • Datacenter failure
  • Building disaster
  • Campus disaster
  • Citywide disaster
  • Regional disaster
  • National disaster
  • Natural disaster

 

Any of these disasters or failures can happen at any time so it’s important to prepare your business with a plan on what to do if one occurs.

 

What are some types of disaster recovery?

You can choose from a few different types of disaster recovery strategies, or even combine them if you need to.

 

Backups

A backup is the simplest form of disaster recovery. If anything happens to your business database, emails or any other vital data required to run your business are backed up to an external network.

Cold site

A cold site is another location within your organization that your employees can go to in the event of a disaster that requires relocation of your operations. A cold site doesn’t have backups however, so it must be combined with other disaster recovery methods for smooth operation.

Hot site

A hot site is similar to a cold site except it constantly maintains up-to-date data, allowing it to be ready at all times if necessary.

Disaster Recovery as a Service

DRaaS helps you in the event of a disaster or attack. Your third-party DRaaS provider will move all of your organization’s operations to their own cloud infrastructure, allowing your operations to resume.

Backup as a Service

Similar to normal backups, these are held off-site on a third-party cloud infrastructure. 

Point-in-time recovery

Point-in-time is a snapshot that acts as an entire database backup at any given time. But, data can be restored from this backup only if the copy is stored on a third-party site or on a virtual machine that is unaffected by the attack or disaster.

Instant recovery

Similar to a point-in-time recovery except instead of taking a snapshot of the database, instant recovery takes a snapshot of the entire virtual machine.

 

What is a Disaster Recovery plan

A cyber attack or other disaster can seriously disrupt your operations, leading to lost sales or clients -all because of something out of your control. Get in touch with EQ and we’ll help you figure out the best plan to prevent any operational headaches in the event of a breach.


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