Businesses’ most precious asset is the data they collect and analyze, and it must be safeguarded. Natural and man-made disasters pose the greatest hazards to a company’s IT infrastructure and the data exchanged and stored there. A disaster recovery strategy is the foundation of a successful data backup and disaster recovery system (DRP). The elements of a solid DRP are as follows.
Tips For Creating A Reliable Data Backup And Disaster Recovery Plan
- Determine which of your data assets is most critical to the smooth operation of your organization.
Determine what needs to be safeguarded and take the necessary procedures to offer that protection. Determine the financial impact of a disaster that interrupts those critical assets.
- Determine the Most Tolerable Downtime (MTD)
How long may your valuable data assets be inaccessible before your company suffers irrevocable harm? The goal of finding the maximum acceptable downtime (MTD) is to understand how much time you have before your business is utterly destroyed.
- Determine the Required Data Backup Recovery Point
What is the maximum amount of data loss your company can sustain while still surviving a natural or man-made disaster? Companies that conduct online transactions require an up-to-the-minute Recovery Point Objective (RPO). For some businesses, the RPO may be backed at the end of each business day.
- Establish the maximum time for disaster recovery.
The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the maximum amount of time it can take to restore important business applications or systems. The maximum allowable downtime for disaster recovery success is calculated in seconds, minutes, hours, or days.
- Choose a Location for Data Backup
Considerations include whether to backup data physically or in the cloud, whether a separate disaster recovery site is required, and whether to contract a third-party vendor for data backup and disaster recovery services.