Ease Your Mind - Have a Data Center Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Chris Isham on January 7, 2016

Migrating to a reliable, proven cloud hosting solution can help your business survive serious system failures, and prevent many of them from occurring.

After a disaster, the odds are stacked against your business – interruptions in service, loss of confidence, and destruction of data and assets spell demise for companies that aren't prepared. This is why business continuity planning is so important, and disaster recovery is a key component of your business continuity plan.

With a solid plan in place, your business stands a better chance of surviving, and being recognized as a reliable supplier even under the worst of circumstances.

Assess your needs

The first step in creating a business continuity plan is to identify your key assets, data, and business functions. Your plan just isn't meaningful if you haven't thoroughly defined what it is you're protecting. Don't assume that another business' data recovery checklist will be adequate for your needs. An experienced hosting provider can help with this assessment, though – having supported many other businesses before you, there will be things you have in common, and things that people commonly miss when carrying out their assessment.

Identify your risks

The threats to your assets will vary based on your location and business type. You'll want to focus your efforts on the greatest sources of risk to your company. These include prominent man-made threats like security breaches, terrorism, vandalism, and power failure, as well as natural threats like hurricanes, fires, and severe blizzards.

Create your disaster recovery plan

Once you've identified the risks, you need to develop plans for mitigating them. Your hosting provider will have systems to prevent or control many sources of risk already, and will know what specific solutions need to be put in place, particularly data backup plans. It's not one size fits all, and only an experienced provider will be able to identify your needs and make sure you get everything you need.
Document your plan – Without proper documentation, your plan won't be there to serve you in the event a data center disaster occurs. This needs to be detailed enough that nothing is left to chance in the heat of the moment. Be sure to clearly indicate how failover is to take place, and how and when failback to original systems will proceed. Don't forget to figure out how your plan will be accessible after a disaster, too, so that it can be followed.

Verify your plan

This is crucial for ensuring that your disaster recovery plan will keep you covered should you ever need it. Testing will also help you ensure that your documented disaster recovery plan gives enough instructions that it can be followed completely. Consider testing multiple disaster scenarios at once, too – in practice, life rarely hands you only one problem at a time.

ByteGrid has state-of-the-art data centers, with many protections in place to help you avoid threats in the first place – things like our intrusion detection system, physical security, backup power, fire protection and advanced HVAC controls. We also have years of experience developing disaster recovery plans for some of Maryland's most critical businesses.

Put your mind at ease. Partner with ByteGrid and keep your business protected.