• Guest Blog - Disaster Recovery

 

If your technology fails, your access to information goes down with it – your communications, emails, diaries, files, finance. Businesses store their information on servers, so most disaster recovery plans focus on them rather than on individual PCs, tablets, laptops and mobiles.


Two important issues to consider in your plan are recover point objectives and recovery time object times, when considering RPOs decide how many recovery points you have.  You will want to recover ad much up to date data as possible.  With RTOs, look at how quickly you need to get that data, or the critical elements of it. Back online.

Most businesses usually have tape back-up-solutions, which protect them from silly stuff – someone’s lost a file, somethings been corrupted or overwritten. But tape back-up isn’t optimised for the collapse of a sever or a whole system. Recovering data from a server or a whole system. Recovering data from servers takes time, which you may not have.

A better way of protecting data might be to use imaging software it backs up a server by creating a giant file that’s stored on a separate server. You can take that server off site regularly to save critical information. Another option is to move part or all of your IT data to the cloud.  But disaster recovery is not just about retrieving data: you need to consider how, once the data is restored, staff can access it. If a premises has been burnt down, how and where do they work?

One solution is to use a desktop serving system, which means you only need to install software once on a server to allow people to access, even remotely by using a web browser. All they need to do is log on to get immediate access to both the data and software they need.