ITS247backup - BDR

In today’s business world, it is crucial to have a Business Continuity Plan in place that gives your company the ability to restore business production in the event of a catastrophe or disaster. A solid Backup/Disaster Recovery (BDR) gives you this capability to restore normal (or near-normal) business operations, from a critical business application perspective, after the occurrence of a disaster that interrupts business operations. It requires that a company in production has the ability to bring up mission-critical applications and the data these applications depend on and make them available to users as quickly as business requirements dictate. For mission-critical applications that demand minimal downtime, the disaster recovery process must be based on a highly automated and resilient solution that will ensure production loss will be at a minimum—such applications require an intelligent application recovery infrastructure.

SLS Networks also offers guidelines and best practices around intelligent application recovery to ensure the right architecture is matched to the business requirements at hand.

As with everything else, determining how quickly you can resume mission-critical operations and the level of automation is always a tradeoff between the business needs of the corporation and the following factors:

  • Costs
  • Abilities of IT/IS staff to manage the disaster recovery environment
  • Existing levels of administrator skill sets
  • Concerns regarding complexity of the disaster recovery environment

In making this determination, it is vital that business interests are the driving factor:

What level of disaster recovery does the business need and can it be justified in business terms? It should not be a decision on what is thought to be affordable, or one that is made by the IT/IS staff in a vacuum without regard for the needs of the business.  The CEO of the company has a fiduciary responsibility to the board of directors and the shareholders (in publicly held companies) and investors (in privately held companies) to properly protect the interests of the business. Government agencies have a moral (and in many cases, legal) obligation to be sure that services are always available. Part of protecting business interests is ensuring that there is a well-defined, documented, and tested Disaster Recovery Plan for the technology-based assets in place that is part of a larger Business Continuity Plan and program based on a thorough and regularly updated Business Impact Analysis.

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Business Continuity Planning

  • A proactive and ongoing process that identifies the key functions of an organization and the likely threats to those functions. From this information, plans and procedures are developed, enabling the organization to respond to a business interruption incident and ensure that critical processes can be maintained at a pre-agreed-upon level of functionality.

Recovery Requirements Definition/Business Impact Analysis

  • A process designed to prioritize business functions by assessing the potential quantitative (financial) and qualitative (non-financial) impact that might result if an organization was to experience a business continuity event.

Disaster/Event/Incident

  • A sudden, unplanned calamitous event causing great damage or loss as defined or determined by a risk assessment and BIA; Any event that creates an inability on an organization’s part to provide critical business functions for some predetermined period of time. The period when company management decides to divert from normal production responses and exercises its disaster recovery plan. Typically signifies the beginning of a move from a primary to an alternate location.

Significant impacts can be some or all of the following (but not limited to)

  • Revenue loss
  • The inability to recognize revenue
  • Loss of market share
  • Potential litigation
  • Brand damage
  • Reduced customer satisfaction

Disaster recovery, in the broad sense, encompasses much more than just the recovery of Information Technology (IT) systems and services (for example personnel relocation, power and cooling, etc.); however, disaster recovery and application recovery more specifically will be limited to recovery of mission-critical applications. SLS Networks’s BDR solution is based in large part on the ability to Virtualize your servers and store that data offsite at an affordable price giving you a complete Business Continuity Plan and peace of mind.

In the event of a server failure, our equipment can substitute for the failed server within hours keeping your mission critical data in production. Once the replacement server has been ordered for the failed server, we can do a “Bare Metal Restore” of the existing server even to unlike hardware. In the event of a disaster such as fire, earthquake or any natural disaster where your servers are destroyed, we can have you up and running within 48 hours as we can ship the data and Operating servers shipped next day and allowing you to get back to business as usual.

Call us today and see how SLS Networks can assist you with your Business Contingency Plans, after all, how much are you willing to gamble on your mission critical data?

 

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