The right disaster recovery solution can protect your data and software from a wide range of threats, and minimize downtime during an emergency. A regular backup can also save you time and money by eliminating the need to reconfigure your hardware or reinstall software when a disaster strikes. The following best practices are essential components of a well-designed disaster recovery strategy:
Creating and maintaining regular copies or backups of your data and software is one of the most important aspects of a disaster recovery plan. Backups should be stored offsite and accessible in the event of an emergency. Blackbaud recommends using a variety of data backup media, such as disk, tape, or optical disc, to increase the reliability of your backups.
System and Network Restoration
In a disaster, an organization must restore its IT infrastructure and network systems to regain functionality. This process can include repairing or replacing hardware, reconfiguring network settings, and restoring applications and databases. In some situations, organizations may need to establish alternative work arrangements, such as telecommuting or temporary facilities, to continue operating while the recovery process is underway.
The recovery process can be simplified by defining and prioritizing workloads. For example, a bank’s online banking system is critical to its operation and must be restored quickly to minimize downtime. In contrast, a less-critical application, such as an employee time-tracking program, can be down for several days without significant damage to the business.