In today’s society, more tech-based companies are starting to emerge all around the world and, in reaction to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies are slowly beginning to move business practices and daily operational work online, as well as permitting employees a more hybrid approach in terms of where they work from.
Yet the various hardware, software and technological elements required to run a successful business, as advanced as they may seem, might also run into serious issues when struck by an external and serious catastrophe. A number of providers now offer Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to mitigate the many issues seen in the global pandemic and a number of natural disasters that have become more frequent in recent years.
Disaster recovery is a process whereby an organisation uses a third-party cloud computing environment to recover and protect IT and technological infrastructure after events such as a natural disaster, cyberattack or business disruption. Every company and enterprise corporation should consider Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). It is a practical and effective solution that might mitigate the loss of online work in such an instance of disaster.
Benefits Of Disaster Recovery
DRaaS is extremely cost-effective as it operates similarly to that of a generator for power outages. You only essentially pay for what you use with a cloud-based DRaaS. Since companies will mainly be using their main servers for the majority of the year, resources can be reduced to only what is necessary to backup data on the cloud and usage will only increase if you switch over in the event that disaster strikes.
If your data is stored on a primary server in a certain location, a power outage, software issue or cyberattack might allow you to switch to a backup server in the same location. But magnitudinal disasters such as a tsunami, hurricane or earthquake will affect your backup server too. This is why storing data on cloud-based servers will allow you to access your work from another region that is not affected.
Ease Of Use
Many DRaaS providers will ensure that you have the most effective plan for your business needs and will ensure your DRaaS system is regularly tested and maintained – freeing up the IT management staff and allowing them to focus on major operational tasks instead. A cloud-based server is also activated much more quickly than the hardware installations needed for a physical backup server, ultimately saving time that is dedicated to working.
5 Important Steps To Have In Your Disaster Recovery Plan
- Take stock of your physical inventory and IT components used in your business
- Have a basic timeline of how long it would take to recover your data and physical equipment, as well as how long it might take to be back to regular operation
- Backup data on an external backup server and allocate only the data necessary and important enough to be moved over to a backup server
- Ensure that you test your cloud regularly, usually once or twice a year
- Employees should be trained and educated as to the preventative measures they can take against a cyberattack, and allow them HR and company support to mitigate an internal attack from a disgruntled employee
Whether your offices are based in a high disaster risk area or not, every company that uses technological elements or software as a service should have a disaster recovery plan in place. The long-term implications of not having a backup server or preferably a cloud-based backup server will outweigh the costs incurred to run and maintain such a plan.