A robust disaster recovery strategy is an imperative part of business continuity planning, failing to prepare for disaster can be catastrophic
What does disaster recovery mean to your business?
To assess the potential impact that a disaster could have on your business there are 3 important questions to consider:
- Do you know what the resultant impact of loss of your IT services would have on your business?
- Do you understand the net effect and impact of not being able to generate revenue via utilisation of your IT services?
- Do you understand your businesses RPO and RTO, how far back do you need to go and how quickly do you need to recover your data?
Calculate the cost of your downtime
To help you answer these questions and understand the potential cost to your business of an outage our Zerto powered downtime calculator can help you find that out
Our current IT setup was working fine but we were aware that our ageing IT infrastructure needed replacing and with a single point of failure, there was no failover. If any of our kit failed, we would be offline until the problem could be fixed. The cost of replacing our entire IT infrastructure would have been extremely expensive, so we were keen to work with our IT support team at M247 to find an alternative approach to our infrastructure needs.
Disaster recovery resources
Disaster can strike at any time, anywhere from a force majeure to basic human error. Here are just a few examples of the types of disaster which can strike, impacting your business:
- Fire and flood: Business disruption caused by fire or flood can be catastrophic. Throughout 2017-2018 the fire service attended over 15,000 fires at business properties, and 185,000 commercial properties are estimated as at risk of flooding across England and Wales
- Hardware failure: Difficult to predict and often tricky to resolve, system errors or hardware malfunctions are one of the main causes of unexpected downtime
- Human error or malicious intent: Human error is often the root cause of many high-profile IT disasters, according to Uptime Institute it’s the cause of 70% of data centre outages
- Software corruption: There are different causes of software corruption, classified as malicious or non malicious. One of the main threats to software corruption is cybercrime
- Cyberattacks and Ransomware: 2017 saw 184 million ransomware attacks worldwide, with cybercrime forecast to cost the world economy $6 trillion per year by 2021°
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