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This article is part 1 in our Disaster Recovery Series.
Your Disaster Recovery plan is fundamental to your business. Without it, you could experience major issues when an unexpected event occurs. Imagine discovering that your business has been the victim of a ransomware attack. The consequences would be a major issue for the running of your business. All your data would be inaccessible. All your hard work just gone. You would no longer be able to operate, the data and documents needed by your team to keep your business going just wouldn’t be there.
Imagine a fire or a flood has occurred at your office. Thankfully, all your staff are safe but your server is damaged beyond repair. You could have been able to get back to normal quite quickly if it wasn’t for the fact that all your data was lost. You must start again.
Businesses don’t need to fear disaster if they have a disaster recovery plan in place for when it happens. A disaster recovery plan is exactly what it says on the tin: a way to recover in the event of a disaster.
What Disaster Recovery Does
A disaster recovery plan ensures that your data can be accessible and your IT back up and running as soon as possible to ensure that you experience the least possible amount of downtime. Typically, a disaster recovery plan will look at your continuity needs and business processes. For example, it will look at how often you need to back up your data. Could you cope with losing a week’s work? Or could you only cope with 15 minutes? A disaster recovery plan takes everything into account and puts a set of processes and technology in place to ensure that you can be back up and running as soon as possible.
Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
One of the best ways of achieving disaster recovery in the Cloud is through Microsoft Azure. Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud platform that allows you to put things like software and infrastructure in the Cloud. In this case you no longer have to rely on hardware like USBs, tape and storage devices to ensure that you won’t experience downtime.
Azure Back Up takes a back up of all of your data and ensures that it is always safe and recoverable in the event that you need to access it. Disaster recovery with Azure (or Site Recovery as it is officially known) allows your business to be able to replicate and recover workloads to the Cloud so that they remain available when a disaster occurs.
Essentially, what happens is you replicate your IT environment either to a secondary site or access it via the Cloud so that you do not need to worry about having to get a new server in the building as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if you have VMs or physical servers, they can all be replicated in the Cloud. The great benefit of this is you don’t need to worry about having the cost of maintaining a secondary datacenter just in case something goes wrong.
Protecting Your Business' Future
Back up and disaster recovery in the Cloud removes the need to rely on hardware that ages and can be unreliable. Everything is where you need it to be when you need it and there is no issue of human error, e.g. losing the back up disk. Making sure that your business has an appropriate disaster recovery plan in place is essential to your business operations. Make sure that downtime is no longer a fear for your business and invest in a form of disaster recovery.
If you’re interested in Disaster Recovery in the Cloud then please contact ACUTEC today on 01675 469020.
Part 3: What is Disaster Recovery?