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Disaster Recovery Services – Benefits of Disaster Recovery Services

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To elucidate the importance of internet disaster recovery services let us put forward an occurrence. Back in the year 2007, a Customs office based in Los Angeles International Airport, witnessed a sudden computer crash. This in turn led to the delay of over 17,000 airline travelers. In addition to that, US Customs officials discovered that it was the malfunctioning network card that resulted Custom’s to misplace all relevant details required for accessing databases and national systems, including the local area network. Thus, this failure had a “domino” effect resulting passenger delays and losing vital information. Technical Professionals later took about ten hours to assess and resort to a recovery process to resolve the problem.

Therefore, we can conclude that there was an acute need of robust disaster recovery services that would address the infrastructure and network simultaneously. Applications, for instance ERM, CRM and e-mails depend on the network for proper implementation.

Leading providers of disaster recovery solutions enables users to retrieve all lost data without any hassle and secures the business from any unforeseen data loss or theft. They also provide security against systematic and natural disasters. Other benefits are listed below-

* Manage brand reputation and image

* Reduces operational losses and disturbance

* Manage the recovery deployments in a structured manner

* Guards and ensures survival against potential threats

* Restores the confidence of customers, stakeholders and investors

These organizations are also market players in data backup and recovery service, that helps in electronically backing up your data along with numerous security features. An in-built technology further helps in compressing your the data up to 40 to 60 percent, and then overcoats it with other security measures, encrypts it and finally securely saves it in an electronic data vault. This data compression signifies the requirement of a low backup storage and bandwidth for relocation.

However, keeping in mind the possibility of data losses and thefts it is imperative that you realize how a minor security breach can prove detrimental to the business. Service providers of data recovery solutions thus provide firewall services as well. The various benefits that can ensue to any organization from this are listed below-

 * 24 x firewall operation monitoring

* Shared firewall services

* Firewall configuration for data backup

* High Availability firewall services

* Load Balancing service

* Dedicated firewall services

* System administration for firewall, comprising all the updates that influence the firewall performance

Therefore, the security of your company’s crucial data lies entirely on your hand. You simply need to choose a disaster recovery plan in advance, in order to avoid even the minor information loss and disruptions.

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Disaster Recovery And The Things You Should Know About an IT Disaster

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Usually when we come across the word disaster, we think of natural calamities. However, since we are heavily dependent on computerized systems, a breakdown of the IT infrastructure is also known as a disaster. Only people who have faced a situation where they have lost all critical data will know how crippling this can be.

Now that most organisations use IT facilities for nearly all their operations, they are worried about how to deal with such a situation because they know that they cannot continue operations without uninterrupted access to data. Here are the factors that usually cause ‘disasters’, along with some effective disaster recovery techniques.

Natural disasters may cause IT disasters. Droughts, landslides, tornados, hurricanes, electrical storms, floods and freezing conditions may damage the buildings in which hardware is kept. Natural calamities also damage communication systems or cause fires and power cuts. Such events also adversely affect the critical hardware of companies. IT infrastructure may also be lost during wars, terrorist attacks and burglaries.

Since most people are now aware that an organisation can be brought to its knees if its IT system is sabotaged, disgruntled employees, agents of rival companies and hackers who wish to harm a company may intentionally corrupt or destroy the data. However, such damage may also be caused unintentionally due to mistakes of employees.

All organisations that rely on computers must have a disaster recovery plan so that they can continue to function even if they lose vital data or hardware. The best way to ensure that all critical documents are available in such a situation is to store them at an alternative site. An organisation may also store its data in a different country so that it remains protected from regional natural calamities. Some organisations give their data to service providers who store the data in multiple locations. This reduces the chances of data loss because chances of simultaneous system failure in all locations are lower.

It should also be remembered that aside from the data which is used on a daily basis, certain other documents are important for the survival of a business. For example, lists that contain details of emergency services, personnel, products, suppliers and distributors have to be kept up-to-date and secure. The standard procedures and policies of the company with regard to administration, recruitment, remuneration, health and safety matters, production and storage are another set of important documents. Though copies of agreements, contracts, floor plans, industry regulation and papers related to litigation are not required everyday, such documents must be stored safely because the company can not function in the long run without them.

A disaster recovery plan should take the operations of all departments of the organisation into account. Departments like maintenance, human resources, accounts, sales, public relations, marketing, online customer service, e-commerce, quality control and production depend on IT infrastructure. Since all these departments must work properly for an organisation to function effectively, none of them should be excluded from the disaster recovery plan.

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Disaster Recovery It’s All About Getting Your Basics Right

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Most companies commonly claim that they regularly keep track of their disaster recovery plan and are always in with a consistent effort of even upgrading their recovery systems and make them more comprehensive and compact. However, in reality, evidences suggest that most of the enterprises are fairly lagging behind in terms of developing and making proper use of the disaster recovery services. So, here are a few useful ways through which companies can look to get their disaster recovery programs improved and updated for their own convenience and better safety and security prospects.

Get All Your Exercise Objectives Defined Specifically Upfront: – Frankly speaking, having a disaster recovery system just for the sake of having one is of no use. As a user, it is your responsibility to make sure that your system is technologically upgraded with the required tools and accessories to serve you to its fullest capability.

As a part of this process, it is vital to define the exercise objectives clearly to be able to succeed in the mission of making a system fully functional. Next, talking of “exercise objectives”, we refer to the parameters or values based on which the merit of a system can be judged. It might be something associated to recovery time, recovery status, database recovery infrastructure or something else. Getting all these parameters defined and described at the top will be more than useful in getting a fair estimate of the compactness of the systems.

Make Sure To Include Your Business Stakeholders: – The business owners do play a key role in exercising disaster recovery plan but at the same the role of the stake holders is also vital to say the least. Make sure that you include all your business stakeholders as a part of the exercising process right from the beginning to the completion of successful recovery of the services. This will help you in two possible ways. On one hand, it will keep you in the safer side as the Stakeholders will also be fully aware of the status and quality of the disaster recovery plan and services. On the other hand, it will also help you in getting a fair estimate of the performance of the system.

Be Smart In Staff Management: – Try to educate a good part of your work force simultaneously instead of relying on any one or a small team of employees as the availability of employees during disasters is always risky and questionable. Therefore, try to impart proper training among a bulk of your work force. Assign them multiple roles during the DR exercises to make them versatile and also instigate a feeling of self confidence among them.

Develop Well Crafted Risk Scenarios: – Try to hold periodic mock risk scenarios to test the skills and abilities of your response team. Exposure to realistic situation is going to help significantly in familiarizing the employees to real time fall over which in turn will enable them to deal with competitive situations better if such a need arises at some stage later.

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Significance of Backup and Disaster Recovery

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The business world is getting difficult day by day due to the rapid increase of demands and competition. In this dog eat dog environment, the pressures have certainly increased, forcing business organizations to become leaner and meaner in their search for making profits from market share. In spite of meeting all the needs of competitive environment, there are some unforeseen challenges that can occur anytime without warning. The situations like a fire at your office premises, flooding or critical human error can cause massive damage to your IT infrastructure which can in turn affect your overall business workflow within minutes that can considered as a disaster.

Though, small IT departments or standalone systems can be replaced and recovered quickly, however, when it comes to business organizations, it is quite a different story. The centralized databases involved in the IT infrastructure of business organizations have made the backup and disaster recovery solutions plans essential for them. For protecting the critical and confidential data of the business organization, an offsite backup disaster recovery database is one of the keystones. By keeping the contingency plan of an offsite data backup system, the business organization make sure that even if the disaster strike, they can continue with their organizational work process and client services with a minimum and negligible system downtime.

In the field of e-commerce and online transaction systems, the importance of backup and disaster recovery solutions is simply undeniable, as this little precaution can mean the difference between a successful business or simply no business at all. Even the most secure and large business organizations have the threat that natural environment holds such as fires, floods and natural disasters, which made backup disaster recovery an essential consideration. Such disasters can be very dangerous for your organization, as they can wipe out all the stored data in a matter of seconds. It is therefore important that all the business owners should take a precaution of having their data backed up at another location to avoid the critical issues.

No matter how strong and unbeatable is your IT infrastructure; one has to consider the need of backup data planning as one of the important issues. In order run your work processes smoothly, all IT personnel of the organization should be conversant with the data backup process. Moreover, the IT staff should know how to use the particular software that is used by their business organization to perform the backup function. One of the important factors that need to be considered for the betterment of the organization is the need of training for backup disaster recovery. All the staff and IT personnel should be given proper user training about the data recovery process.

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