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How Reliable is Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Disaster recovery for Cloud Project Management

With companies all over the world experiencing an ever increasing reliance on digital data, the importance of data backup and a data recovery plan in the case of a disaster cannot be stressed enough. However, good luck if simply throwing together a disaster recovery plan. Instead, it is important to consider key priorities while formulating the plan that best fits your individual business needs.

Backing up data is becoming increasingly tricky as more and more data floods us each day. Completing a back up within the needed limited time window to avoid substantial issues to everyday business is much more difficult than it may seem at first glance. With such a small time window to backup data compounded with the risk of a backup job failing during that time window, the room for error is huge.

To further complicate things, regular testing of the backup is required to ensure 2 things. First, that company data is being backed up correctly and second, that backup data is readily accessible to restore in the event of a disaster. Unfortunately, many companies often miss the latter, crucial step in creating and maintaining their backup system.

Key in formulating a backup system is defining the recovery needs of your company. This can range as different data or applications have varying levels of risk and criticality to the business. Companies must evaluate and decide what their RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) needs are to create a personalized backup system that fits their business.

Both RPO and RTO are equally important when formulating a backup system. RPO, being the amount of data that a business can afford to lose from the moment an event occurs to operations resuming must be evaluated carefully. While some businesses can stand to have a RPO of 12 hours (worst case scenario 12 hours of productivity lost) other businesses could be severely impacted with that same RPO time. The shorter the RPO time, the more complex and expensive the backup system tends to be as more frequent backups are required. Therefore, it is important for companies to weigh how much data they can afford to lose versus the cost of maintaining a more sophisticated backup system.

In addition to gauging RPO time, businesses must consider their RTO, which is the time a business can afford to be down while company data or systems are being restored. While some companies can stand a RTO time of 5 hours, for other companies the same amount of time could be detrimental.

Has your head stopped spinning yet from the dizzying array of options when it comes to backing up data? The good news is LoadSpring™ can help with our legendary Extreme Disaster Recovery service.

Know that your data is safe no matter what and avoid expensive downtime with the following perks provided by LoadSpring’s Extreme DR:

  • Setup and maintenance of asynchronous replication services from your primary data center facility to a second fail-over data center
  • Matching of all performance levels to production environment in a secondary facility and full failover for all covered applications
  • Extreme DR provides a guaranteed RPO and RTO of 15 minutes. Although, most often we can get your company RPO down to as little as mere seconds. Yes, seconds.
  • All failovers are pre-scripted with testing being a push button event
  • Zero risk of any data loss on a fail back in the case of a data disaster
  • The option of protection at an environment level rather than the entire cloud allowing for changes to only affect the RPO of just one server rather than the whole cloud

So, are you ready to rest easy at night knowing your company data is secure with LoadSpring Extreme DR?

Reach out to our specialists to learn more about LoadSpring Extreme DR now at information@loadspring.com or call +1(978) 685-9715.

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