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How To Create A Robust Disaster Recovery Plan crack

Creating a practical and robust disaster recovery plan, which protects your data and IT applications, is essential for any business or organisation, as we discussed in last month’s issue of The Cheltonian. (If you missed the advice article you can still access it via our blog: With some estimates as high as one-in-five businesses which suffer a disaster at some stage in their life cycle, ignoring the issue or gambling that your business won’t face a disaster is not a viable strategy for any business.

So how can you create a robust disaster recovery plan, designed to protect the data and IT applications which are mission-critical to your organisation’s operation? A tape backup is the most common
form of protecting your data from disaster. Tape backup can still be reliable but certain key
procedures must be followed. A backup must be made every evening and you must manually check that each backup has been successful. A separate tape must be used for each daily backup and it goes without saying that you must take the tapes to a secure, offsite location: if your tapes are stored in the same location as your server, when disaster strikes all of your backup copies will be lost as well. Finally, your tapes require replacement every year as they are prone to wear.

Removable hard disks are another option for data backup. They are arguably more reliable than tape-based backups and they can provide faster data restore times, should you need to re-install your data following a disaster. Like the tape-based backup, a removable hard disk system requires management and the reliability of the backup ultimately depends on the safety of the backup procedure and the security of the hard disk’s storage location.

The most secure location for your business’ data is an offsite data centre. This means that if your business premises suffers a disaster, your data can still be secure. Offsite data centre storage often involves a managed service, which means that your data is transferred by an automated process. However beware the location of your choice of offsite data centre: if your data is stored at an overseas data centre, in the event of a disaster it may take considerable time - certainly a week or more - to receive the disk containing your business’ data before you can even attempt to restore it.

The most robust and easily managed disaster recovery plan combines an offsite storage location with an automatic data transfer and a rapid data recovery system. OGL’s Offsite Recovery disaster recovery and data backup solution provides an automatic, nightly transfer of all mission-critical data to our local Tier IV data centre: the most secure data centre available. In the event of a disaster such as a fire, flood or theft, key workers can access via broadband internet all mission critical data, IT applications and their settings, plus all e-mails, within a maximum period of 24 hours. The system retails from £1,500 per year, providing cost effective total protection of your business’ data and IT applications, combined with a rapid business continuity solution in the event of a disaster.

For advice and consultancy on disaster recovery for your organisation, please give me a call on 01299 873 873 or e-mail