Be Prepared For The Next Disaster
Disaster recovery is a goal for any company. It’s always been that way, but how do you know when the next time is? Some companies are proactive, while others wait for disaster to strike. Some companies know they’re under attack and their only option is to change their operating system and possibly the hardware.
The best way to go about disaster recovery is to be prepared. If a disaster strikes, you need to be able to survive and move quickly so that you can keep your business running, as well as your data. You also need to be able to get data offsite as quickly as possible so that you can recover your files.
Guidelines to Disaster Recovery
So, how do you go about disaster recovery? Here are some guidelines. They may not be appropriate for every company, but they should help.
Set up a backup data. Your back up data should include a copy of all your files and databases. These copies should be on multiple disks (for maximum coverage), on a number of different remote servers and in a location far away from the site of the disaster.
Decide what the complete disaster recovery plan will consist of. Do you need to move everything to another server, take down the site and get out of the site’s path, or is the site secure enough that you can simply move it out? Evaluate these options based on your specific circumstances and determine which is most appropriate.
One of the key components of disaster recovery is security. Make sure that you have updated anti-virus software installed on all of your servers. If you think you may have a problem, have your IT personnel check it out immediately.
One of the best security software is a hosted firewall. This software provides firewall protection, control, and monitoring services for the user. This is a good tool for disaster recovery because it allows you to take down a server when it is breached.
Once you have your network firewall running and your security software up to date, the next component in your disaster recovery plan is backup. Try to find a vendor who has access to the same server as you do. If not, find someone who can give you copies of the data that you have on each of your computers and laptops.
The next part of your plan involves recovering data from backup. Again, there are multiple choices here, and it depends on the size of your site and whether or not it is located in a populated area. If you are trying to recover a large amount of data, an Internet server that is protected by several layers of security may be your best choice.
It’s important to be able to replicate the data that is lost in case of disaster. After a disaster, you want to have access to all of your data in the event that the other option isn’t possible. By having copies of the data in your hands, you are better prepared in the event that the disaster occurs.
Finally, make sure that you have a disaster recovery plan for the computers onsite. When these computers fail, you want to be able to recover as much data as possible without having to rebuild your entire site. This plan must include physical and logical recovery of data for all of your systems and must include storage space, network connectivity, bandwidth, and backup devices.
Planning your disaster recovery plan should be easy. It shouldn’t be overly complex, but should have several components for the basic disaster recovery plan and several more for the more involved ones.