Loss of data has led to businesses being shut down, not just millions of lost jobs. In the recent past, we have seen hurricanes bringing down entire states and sometimes, even countries have succumbed. The cost of these hurricanes is widely discussed in the media and is estimated at trillions of US dollars. However, according to NCEI, even this high price tag does not take into account the loss of business due to data loss. Of course, natural disasters are not the only reason for data loss; Malaysia’s CIMB bank recently lost data due to human errors, leading to an investigation on the bank.
According to data by EaseUS, 44% of data loss is because of human error or compromised systems and 14% is caused by viruses. In addition, most hard drives run through their shelf life within five years and if not updated in time, can cause data loss. So many things can go wrong and keeping track of all these requires expertise and resources. For most businesses, this is not possible because IT is not part of their core business. In this article, we will discuss what you can do to keep your data safe.
Identifying Mission-Critical Processes
Before you plan your data loss prevention strategy, you must conduct a risk assessment for your business to identify mission-critical processes and data that is required to keep these processes going. Not all data will be mission-critical, so not all data will need highest availability and protection. For example, if you are a bank, your transaction application is of highest priority, without this, your employees and customers will be unable to use services. Your business cannot afford to lose that data or allow the application to be inaccessible.
Once this is done, you must identify your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). In simple terms, RPO is the interval of time that might pass during a disruption before the quantity of data lost is recovered and RTO is the duration of time within which a business process must be restored.
While designing a disaster recovery plan, you must consider natural disaster as well, which is why it is advisable to include a backup in a separate state or country that is sufficiently far away. Also, ISO/IEC 27031, which is the standard for IT DR, states: “Strategies should define the approaches to implement the required resilience so that the principles of incident prevention, detection, response, recovery, and restoration are put in place.”
Choosing a Disaster Recovery Service Provider
It is now time for you to look for a robust disaster recovery plan. Ensure that your disaster recovery provider understands your business needs. They should be able to help in your risk assessment and RTO & RPO. It is important to check if they have clients from your business vertical as that is often a sign that they understand your needs.
Pay close attention to their security plans; they should provide proactive monitoring round the clock, high level of security, both physical and logical. Check their historical uptime and the SLA that you sign. Often SLAs are made difficult to understand and different services are provided with separate SLAs, making it very difficult to estimate costs and identify overall uptime. This is a sign that your cloud provider is not confident of their services. Insist on end-to-end single SLAs and a simplified fee structure. You should ask if they provide on-demand disaster recovery plans. This will mean you pay a minimal fee for backup and storage and pay for disaster recovery in case of a disaster.
Disaster Recovery service providers like Cloud4C, will put customers first and provide everything they need in a simple easy to understand format. Cloud4C offers end-to-end services in disaster recovery with a variety of disaster recovery plans to choose from.
Cloud4C’s infallible 4Copy cloud is its trademark offering and offers absolute protection from disasters. It consists of 4 copies of your data — 1st live copy, 2nd highly available copy with synchronous replication, 3rd backup copy that is backed up every 24 hours, and the fourth in a different seismic zone that runs as hot DR with RTPO of 1 hour. If you need all this, you can choose to keep 1, 2, or 3 copies in any combination. You can also customize RTO to as little as 15 mins.
Cloud4C has consistently provided 100% uptime since its inception and provides an end-to-end SLA of 99.995% uptime. You can choose DR on-demand, DR as a Service or 4Copy cloud. Feel free to reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and explore what else we have to offer.