Be Prepared – Create an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Be Prepared – Create an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Don’t let a cyberattack cripple your business. Your disaster recovery plan (DRP) details the procedures your company must undertake to become fully operational when these types of events happen.

The primary obstacle organizations face when developing a DRP is effectively managing risk during the process and planning for all possible contingencies. While certain disasters come to mind almost immediately – broken pipes flooding equipment rooms, for instance – others are difficult to conceptualize.

For instance, although you’re probably aware of the most famous types of malware in the wild, the nature of cybercrime means there are potentially thousands you don’t know about. Guarding your critical data against a threat you don’t know is a difficult challenge.

But there are ways you can protect your data through disaster anticipation and prevention, with powerful tools for on-the-spot data migration. Smile’s partnership with Datto provides complete IT disaster recovery solutions to businesses at all levels of organization, from small offices to large enterprises.

What Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan Needs

To implement a reliable DRP, you have to plan for redundant processes so that you can access and use critical data even when missing key components of your business infrastructure. This lets you keep your business running even when recovering from network disasters, reducing downtime and improving restoration.

A robust IT disaster recovery plan needs to benefit from independent network infrastructure. That means putting procedures in place that compensate for business technology you may otherwise take for granted. Consider planning for the following scenarios:

  • A Ransomware Attack. One or more of your business-critical systems is crippled. Your DRP needs to provide both a recent backup of that system’s data and the hardware you need to use it, fully compatible with your unaffected systems.
  • Flooding and Water Damage. Floods don’t only happen during monsoon season. A burst pipe can flood an entire office building if left unattended overnight and ruin your entire fleet of workstations, printers, and more. If your business-critical data is on the cloud, however, you can temporarily migrate to another office and continue working.
  • Fires and Earthquakes. Structural damage can destroy equipment, injure employees, and make communication impossible. Your IT disaster recovery plan needs to correlate with your broader business continuity plan without relying on communication – everyone must know what to do beforehand.
  • Blackouts. A blackout can immediately push your entire business back into the Feudal era. Without your computers or network infrastructure, the only tools you have on-hand are your employees’ mobile phones. Companies with a disaster-resistant BYOD policy and cloud data infrastructure in place will be able to navigate this disaster successfully.

Datto Partnership for Comprehensive Disaster Recovery

The large number of cybersecurity concerns and disaster scenarios that you need to account for makes implementing your own in-house, on-premises DRP solution infeasible. There is simply no economically viable way to deploy redundant copies of all of your business-critical data and make them available to your employees on your own.

However, with a cloud-based business continuity service like Datto, you can enjoy fully privileged access to all of the benefits of comprehensive disaster recovery in a scalable format. Housing your disaster recovery resources on the cloud offers key benefits:

  • Cloud services are physically independent of your existing infrastructure, allowing you to work despite physical damage to your office or systems.
  • Cloud services can be more secure than on-premises systems. Properly configured, the private cloud provides a framework for stringent user verification, while offering no opportunity for physical break-ins.
  • Cloud-based services allow you to create centralized backups out of decentralized systems. The cloud is location-independent, so it can gather information from any number of other systems.

Datto takes these benefits and makes them even more attractive. Datto offers unified continuity, networking benefits, complete sync capabilities, and full-featured business management options.

  • Unified Continuity. Datto allows you to restore a lost file or your entire business infrastructure using the same intuitive interface.
  • Networking. Datto helps you prevent networking downtime by ensuring that wherever you have an internet connection, you have access to business-critical data.
  • Backup and Sync. Simple, secure backup services allow you and your employees to collaborate and backup directly off of Datto’s servers.
  • Business Management. Use Datto to create a centralized security solution for decentralized business infrastructures and gain access to comprehensive data insights.

Datto makes it easy to protect your business from the broadest range of data threats. Use this technology to keep your systems safe while making your business-critical data easy to access and restore.

Are you concerned your organization may not be able to fully recover from a data disaster? Talk to our IT disaster recovery experts today and find out how our technology can help you.