A Disaster Recovery Plan is Better than Backup

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Most businesses, governments, and organizations, no matter how small,
usea network, a server, and a database to manage their daily operations
and store vital information.  Should there ever be a “disaster” (an
unintended disruption of normal), all work would cease and information
would be completely lost. A single disaster could cost an organization
up to $25,000 an hour or $600,000 a day.  

A “disaster” doesn’t
necessarily mean a terrible incident. In layman’s terms, it simply
refers to a system crash. Human error, power outages, and weather most
commonly cause disasters. No matter what you do or how carefully you
plan, you cannot prevent them.  

Disaster Recovery Plan vs. Backup

Many
organizations routinely backup their data on tape based drives. Those
backups methods, however, don’t provide rapid recovery after a disaster.
You have to access them and they are sometimes stored offsite. Then,
you have to upload them and update them. And, in some cases, you need to
re-configure what you’re uploading. That could take time – an enormous
amount of time. And, well, as previously shown, that could cost you.
And, what about the data you haven’t yet backed up?  Even if you backed
up religiously, there will be a gap where vast amounts of data will be
lost in the limbo.  And, then there’s downtime. Backups don’t fix
downtime.  

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is a documented,
step-by-step process and/or procedure by which an organization protects
and recoversan organization’s entire working system in the event of a
disaster. It decreases downtime and diminishes data loss.    

Disaster Recovery Plan

DRP
developmentnormally begins by evaluating an organization’s procedures
and needs. Certain analysis and studies are generated and then a plan
can be put together. The process can sound complicated, especially
because a lot of acronyms are used. The main ones are as follows:

o    BIA:  Business Impact Analysis
o    RA:  Risk Analysis
o    RTO:  Recovery Time Objective – the target amount of time a system can be down.  
o    RPO:  Recovery Point Objective – the point in which a system must be recovered.

UCG Technologies

UCG
Technologies (UCG) works exclusively with IBM Power Systems (IBM i) and
protects all platforms from 10GB to in excess of 100TB.

Options include cloud backup to two remote data centers, hybrid cloud, or private cloud.

To
protect against natural disasters or other catastrophic events, most
companies reply on tape-based backup or high availability. Companies
looking to manage this challenging issue find cost effective solutions
with UCG Enterprise Cloud Backup & DR (formerly VAULT400).

About Author:-

Noah
Truax has spent over 10 years consulting with a wide variety of IT
firms from the very big to the very small. He provides you with his
insights into the leadership needed to combine the separate worlds of
business and IT strategy. He has been is associated with UCG
Technologies; a highly specialized Strategic Service Provider (SSP) of
customized Information Technology products and services. These include
IBM i hosting, AS400 hosting, DR, & H/A; Enterprise Security
Training; AS400 online backup ; and Enterprise Management Software. Visit ucgtechnologies.com to Download Enterprise Management Software Demo and Free Phishing Security Test.