With the unpredictable nature of the world we live in, businesses must always be prepared to handle any circumstance. It pays to have a disaster recovery plan with specific, step-by-step, easy-to-understand procedures.
An IT Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is made in conjunction with a Business Continuity Plan. Creating these two involve setting up policies and putting together tools and processes that would establish technological groundwork in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
How important is a disaster recovery plan? When faced with a crisis, any organization with a disaster recovery plan would be able to minimize the aftereffects of the disaster, be able to get up on its feet, operate as near to normal as possible, and continue mission-critical functions. The DRP should also allow the organization to continue serving customers.
Here are the trends in disaster recovery:
- The Cloud
Nowadays, manually bringing several devices – a laptop, a mobile phone, a tablet – can be a pain. Add to this the possibility of the devices crashing, drenched or dropped, and you could have a disaster in your hands. This is the reason many businesses have turned to the cloud to store their files. The cloud is always ready and has become more than a means of storing data. It has become an
- Going Virtual
Sometimes, some programs cannot run on a specific operating system. Installing another system on the same device through virtualization will allow the incompatible program to run while not directly contradicting the main system. This method helps in terms of backing up data. In the event of a data wipe on one of the systems, the secondary operating system can be used.
- Mobile Devices
Some mobile devices have become so powerful and storage-generous that they can work as substitutes for computers. It has become normal to have a mobile phone with an internal storage of 256 GB, expandable to 1 or 2 TB with the use of a microSD card. Some phones even have mobile counterparts of computer programs, making them a possible part of a disaster recovery plan.
- Social Media and Email
Social media has got people hooked and has become a portal for a variety of information and activities such as news, learning courses, and shopping. On the other hand, email service providers such as Google’s Gmail direct users to Google Drive as an option to expand storage space and limited attachment capacity.
- A Trustworthy Partner
A solid disaster recovery plan usually employs a third party service provider to support system and data recovery. In the event of a data wipe, the third party can restore data and temporarily run operations until the business gets back on its feet and returns to normal functions. This relationship is based on trust because the data must be secured and copyrighted. Their services include data protection so you can be sure that your information is under lock and key and only you have the means to unlock it.
Nothing beats being prepared for any disaster or calamity with a carefully planned disaster recovery plan. Always designate trustworthy and dependable people and partners who will take care of your data.
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