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DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN

DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN
Fabio Suffell | 26-07-17

If you only read one article this year, make it this one. Backups and test restores are Qbit’s most vital role in your business. Here at Qbit, we pride ourselves on ensuring that your data is recoverable in the event of a disaster.

While most of the time at Qbit we try to keep IT jargon to a minimum, when it comes to this subject it is important that the key people in every business know what to expect from their current backup solution.

They need to take this information and fit it into their Business Continuity Plan and ensure that it meets their expectation. 

Some Key Terms you need to know

Business Continuity Plan (BCP) 

BCP is an essential part of any organisation's disaster response planning. It sets out how the business will operate following disruption and how it expects to return to 'business as usual' in the quickest possible time afterwards. Your disaster recovery plan is part of this, as well as many non-IT related issues.

Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

DRP is a document that outlines how your business will recover from any ICT failure. It will cover when, how and where your services will be recovered to after a disaster and how your employees will become productive again if your building is uninhabitable. This is a basic plan for your business. 

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

RTO is the time in which services must be restored to avoid significant financial and reputational loss. It is useful to work out the loss of income per hour to your business before you set this time. 

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

RPO is the amount of data that your business will lose if there is a disaster. The RPO can be different depending on if the recovery can be instigated from on-site backups or if it has to rely on off-site backups or Archives. It is also useful to work out the cost of recreating that data if possible before you set this time.

Archive

This is a system that keeps all changes to files and databases that are selected. The retention period is typically set to 12 months or more. While all data selected is recoverable, it can be a slow process to recover a whole server.  

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The traits of a good backup method

There are many ways to back up data. I feel that no backup method should be considered unless it meets the following requirements. 

1. Can be monitored, both successes and failures
  • I have seen a backup method stall and not report a failure even though it has not finished in a timely manner
 
2. Secured from the rest of the network
  • Crypto Locker can encrypt backups if they are not secured
 
3. Have a recovery time that meets the Business Continuity Plan objectives
  • Use quality equipment so that fast restores are possible
  • Have standby equipment that can be used in the event of a disaster
 
4. Needs to have an offsite component
  • If your building is uninhabitable, we need to get your business up and running
  • No use backing up to storage in another state if it will take a week to get the data back
  • Your off site recovery plan also needs to meet the Business Continuity Plan objectives
 

If you are reading this and are not confident that Qbit has your business covered adequately, then please contact us so that we can go over your backups and see if improvements need to be made.

If you are not a Qbit customer, we offer free IT Audits to see if your current Disaster Recovery Plan is in line with your expectations or Business Continuity Plan. Please contact Qbit for more information. 

 

 

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