Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Is your business ready for a disaster? Business continuity is the advance planning and preparation undertaken to ensure that an organization can operate its critical business functions during emergency events. Events can include natural disasters, a business crisis, pandemic, workplace violence, or any event that results in a disruption of your business operation. It is important to remember that you should plan and prepare not only for events that will stop functions completely, but for those that also have the potential to negatively impact services or business operations.
We create a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) by assessing your business processes, determining which areas are vulnerable. Then we calculate the potential losses if those processes go down for a day, a few days, or for a week. We also create a business continuity checklist that includes supplies, equipment, the location of data backups and backup sites, where the plan is available and who should have it, and contact information for emergency responders, key personnel, and backup site providers.
Preparing for Every Possible Scenario
Our approach is unique to this field from the current industry approach of “risk assessment” and plan development that will cover those systems that face the greatest risk (or will hurt the most if absent). The risk of servers freezing over from the overblown air conditioner is pretty low, but if it happens we feel the client should be covered to the same extent as the primary database failure.
We Load the latest server snapshot and restore the latest data from the Continuous Protection backup. Then, we bring the disaster recovery server from the cold-site to headquarters and swap the hard drives. Lastly, we perform a server restore.
Documentation and Testing
Quarterly maintenance, coupled with periodic “dry runs” where live systems are taken offline and disaster recovery systems are brought online and tested, is crucial in ensuring that disaster recovery protection stays effective. All disaster recovery system configurations, checklists, and instructional materials are thoroughly documented and maintained during quarterly maintenance.