Any business, large and small, should adopt a disaster recovery plan that sets specific recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Our economy is becoming increasingly data-driven, which means that any enterprise is accumulating and utilizing piles of data that need to be archived and easily restored in case of emergency.
The most common dangers concerning your business data are related to malware, software and hardware crashes, loss of connectivity and corrupted files. Hence, you should evaluate your business-critical data and set a recovery time objective that determines the period within which your business must recover from data loss to return to normal operation. In fact, your RTO specifies the period in which the business can operate with certain systems and data being down. Therefore, a disaster recovery plan should set an achievable and reasonable period for the recovery of your business data and systems.
That said, a disaster recovery plan comprises many action points and depends on many factors. For instance, your disaster recovery preparation should envision even extremely rare situations where you have backups stored in the cloud but lack Internet connectivity. In this scenario, you can cope with the situation if your backups are stored locally but then you will need reliable, and possibly expensive software and hardware to perform local backups and archiving. Plus, you will need an IT expert not only to configure the backup solution but might need in-house specialist to maintain the entire backup system.
A cloud backup service might be a viable disaster recovery solution. Nonetheless, you should consider aspects like the required recovery time and overall cost of storage, especially if you plan to store a fast increasing amount of data. There is a huge difference between storing current business-critical data and archiving historical data, which is important per se but is not urgently required in case of an emergency. Thus, you should plan for both force majeure and loss of historical data.
If you want your data to survive a disaster, you have to take into account also the long-term cost of any adopted cloud service or on-site solution. Backup can be costly at the end, if you store abundant data or backup too frequently. Configuring and operating a proper disaster recovery solution requires hardware and software expertise that most SMBs do not have internally. Bearing in mind the mandatory nature of disaster recovery for business continuity, you can check Tech Rage IT's reliable and affordable services or consult us at 407-278-5664.