Data recovery after a disaster can be a headache. You have mission critical information that you need now to run your business. Businesses that don’t plan for the unexpected can expect to fail. A good data recovery plan can ensure that your business remains up and running or is able to recover quickly after a major catastrophe.
There are some important components to your data recovery plan that you should consider incorporating at the very beginning stages of creation. The first and foremost activity is to establish where your highly critical data will be stored. This highly critical data is data that if lost would “sink” your business. Establishing where this data will be stored will lesson your headache. The second and equally critical component to consider in a data recovery plan is how your data will be stored. Do you have a back-up plan that stores data off-site? Do you have a back-up plan for data that will be stored on-site?
Your critical data needs to accessible. Non-accessible data or data that is difficult to retrieve isn’t going to help your business or your customers. Critical data that can help your business should be recoverable and quickly accessed. Data recovery plans that hold your critical data “hostage” may feel secure, but actually deter both your business and your customers.
Restoration processes are a key component in any data recovery plan. Software that can store critical data securely and restore data effortlessly is a good investment. In some cases, restoration processes can only recover a fraction of the data. This is why a good data recovery plan takes into consideration the possibility of corrupted discs, networks and other storage devices. The more you plan data back-ups of critical information, the better you’ll be able to restore it.
1.Establish what critical data you need to run your business. Critical data can be personal information, proprietary information and mission critical information.
2.Explain how and where this critical data will be stored. There are both internal and external data storage solutions to consider.
3.Have an accessible network that can bring data back up as quickly as possible or provide a way for your business to continue to in a temporary mode.
4.Have restoration perimeters, so you know what data is being restored. There should be some checks and balances so you know what you’re getting back.