Disaster can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. That is why it is so important for San Diego businesses to have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place. But creating one can be difficult, as there are so many factors to consider to ensure the effectiveness of your strategy. In this blog post, we will discuss how to simplify your disaster recovery plan to ensure that it is easily executable when the time comes.
Read on for some helpful tips that will help you streamline your DRP.
- Use continuous data protection
Continuous data protection (CDP) is a technology that backs up data on a computer system every time a change is made. CDP keeps track of all changes in data in a continuous journal, which enables you to go back in time and restore a system to any previous point in time. The continuous journal also eliminates the risk of losing data between two backup sessions (called a backup window).
Because every copy of every change to data is automatically saved in real time by CDP, rapid recovery is possible, allowing you to return to any previous state in a matter of seconds. This makes CDP an excellent tool to improve your data management metrics, as it can potentially push your recovery point objective (RPO) to zero. Essentially, this translates to having no differences in data between repositories at any given point in time, making data recovery simple, clean, and straightforward.
- Save your data in immutable storage solutions
In a ransomware attack, hackers typically encrypt a company's data and threaten to delete it unless a ransom is paid. While there are numerous things you can do to prevent a ransomware attack, one you shouldn't do without is using immutable storage solutions. Storage immutability tools allow businesses to store data backups that aren’t alterable by anyone outside a highly specified set of parameters.
Because a copy of the data cannot be altered or deleted for a certain period, this guarantees that a business's data is always up to date and secure from external and internal threats. Because attackers will have no ability to encrypt or erase that copy of the information should ransomware strike, your ransomware reaction plan becomes much more effective with immutable storage.
- Leverage cloud-based data management
A cloud repository is a physical, off-site storage facility where you may keep your data safe from any calamity that might occur on site. You can use the cloud repository as the source for backup to recover any data lost in a catastrophe.
Previously, SMBs would have to build, deploy, and maintain their own data center in order to utilize a cloud repository. Fortunately, SMBs can now get these services from their IT or technology providers. A big benefit of arranging a cloud repository with your tech provider is that they can easily integrate it into your system and you won’t need to source another provider for support and maintenance.
- Segregate your data
The amount of data a business must preserve is increasing in today's digital world, but not all of it is critical for day-to-day operations. Companies frequently back up their older or less crucial data to the cloud for archival storage in order to decrease the burden on on-premises storage solutions.
Consider splitting your storage into two segments based on the type of data it contains. Put your low-priority data in “cold storage," which is still accessible, but does not utilize the heavy computing power needed to keep heavy-use data in an easily accessible state. For this data, many companies use a cloud archive that securely holds information until it is needed. Meanwhile, store higher-tier data that must be recoverable regardless of circumstance in “hot storage,” or storage devices that are constantly running to keep the data available for use.
By separating data, you can eliminate the clutter and ensure that your business's most important components can function during a crisis. Working with your IT provider to figure out what data should be sent to a cloud archive is an excellent approach to keep expenses low while also simplifying your disaster recovery plan.
Key to business disaster recovery is leveraging current and emerging tools to your advantage. Recovery planning isn’t a one-size-fits-all task, so it’s always best to consult with trusted information technology organizations to identify the best solutions for your business. USWired is one of Southern California’s most trusted technology providers. Contact us today for your disaster preparedness and recovery planning needs.