How prepared is your organization in the event of a disaster?
Being prepared for a disruption is natural. As individuals, we generally have a plan for alternate resources to be activated in the case of disruptions or excegencies such as …… Flat Tires, Rains, bad weather, etc. This is a smart business standard that prepares for a “what if” scenario.
In a world where uncertainties abound, it is imperative for every business to have a business continuity plan ready. Heightened exposure to disruptive and catastrophic events in recent years coupled with increasing government and commercial interdependencies make disaster recovery and crisis management a critical business imperative. Any interruption in operations represents potential losses in revenue, opportunity and reputation.
The statistics tell the story:
- “43% of companies experiencing disasters never re-open, and 29% close within two years,” McGladrey and Pullen.
- 40% of all companies that experience a major disaster will go out of business if they cannot gain access to their data within 24 hours.” Gartner
In all the chaos that ensues a disaster, one area that is often overlooked is IT Disaster Recovery. What does this mean? It means how your organization deals with and prevents IT downtime. Even if every other part of your business continuity plan is executed perfectly, you remain at a standstill if your IT systems go down and stay down.
CtrlS helps businesses plan for, survive and prosper in spite of unexpected shutdowns. We help our clients to mitigate the IT risks they face by proactively providing alternatives to follow in case of unforeseen circumstances. We intend to make the shutdowns expected and planned for, therby reducing the cost if and when it occurs.
Benefits to the business leaders is not only to save money and preserve wealth, but also other benefits such as:
- Discovering what risks need to be avoided immediately
- Examining the processes, policies and procedures for their efficacy
- Calibrating processes as per their impact on the business
- Develop a continuity aspect for the creating a resilient business scenario
Are you still wondering how to implement a BCP/DR plan? Experts at CtrlS can help you perform a complete business impact analysis to come up with the best recovery solution to protect your organization in case of unforeseen events.
CtrlS DR Solutions are customized to suit your organization’s needs
Unless you are few of those organizations who have the resources and the expertise to have an in-house DR set up – managing an in-house DR can be a herculean task if not impossible. Managing a DR in-house comes with its own complexities both technical and procedural – minimizing downtime, controlling costs, maintaining high availability are just a few. Fortunately, CtrlS DR Solutions make designing, deploying and managing a DR plan less cumbersome and more affordable. Our solutions are designed to suit your specific needs and requirements.
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Some commonly used terms in DR & BCP
Business Continuity Plan (BCP): Includes planning to ensure the continuity of business critical functions in the event of a major unplanned service failure or disaster—including key aspects such as personnel, facilities, crisis communication, project management and change control. A BC strategy includes a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) for IT related infrastructure recovery.
Disaster Recovery (DR): Part of a larger Business Continuity plan that includes processes and solutions to restore business critical applications, data, hardware, communications (such as networking) and other IT infrastructure. Can also include measures to protect against other unplanned events such as the failure of an individual server or shorter service interruptions.
Mission-critical: Systems or applications that are essential to the functioning of your business and its processes.
Redundancy: Systematically using multiple sources, devices or connections to eliminate single points of failure that could completely stop the flow of information.
High Availability (HA): A system or component that is continuously operational for a desirably long length of time.
Recovery Point Objective (RPO): The age of files that must be recovered for normal operations to resume if a system goes down as a result of a failure.
Recovery Time Objective (RTO): The maximum tolerable length of time that a computer, system, network or application can be down after a failure or disaster occurs.
Hot site: A DR facility fully equipped with the equipment, network connections and environmental conditions necessary for restoring your data and getting your systems up and running instantly. (Unlike cold sites and warm sites, which are not ready to go in an instant)
Total Cost of ownership (TCO): Risk Analysis and evaluation of the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the risk mitigation approaches available.