Disaster and Recovery Plan:
IZA Technologies disaster recovery plan is developed in conjunction with the business continuity plan. Priorities and recovery time objectives for information technology is developed during the business impact analysis. Technology recovery strategies include but not limited to restore hardware, applications, and data in time to meet the needs of the business recovery.
Businesses large and small create and manage large volumes of electronic information or data. Much of that data is important. Some data is vital to the survival and continued operation of the business. The impact of data loss or corruption from hardware failure, human error, hacking or malware could be significant. IZA Technoxperts can help plan for data backup and restoration in multi-tier system prioritized by criticality.
The recovery time for an IT resource should match the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) for the business function or process that depends on the IT resource.
Information technology systems require hardware, software, data, and connectivity. Without one component of the “system,” the system may not run. At IZA Technologies, recovery strategies developed anticipate the loss of one or more of the following system components:
- Computer room environment (secure computer room with climate control, conditioned and backup power supply, etc.)
- Hardware (networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers, wireless devices and peripherals)
- Connectivity to a service provider (fiber, cable, wireless, etc.)
- Software applications (electronic data interchange, electronic mail, enterprise resource management, office productivity, etc.)
- Data and Restoration
Some business applications cannot tolerate any downtime. HA, FT, Cluster aware application utilize data centers capable of handling all data processing needs, site mirroring which run in parallel with data mirrored or synchronized between the two centers. This is a very expensive solution that only larger companies can afford. IZA Technoxperts can devise restore and recovery solutions for any size of business with critical business applications and data to protect. No business is small, and No business is too big.
Businesses generate large amounts of data and data files are changing throughout the workday. Data can be lost, corrupted, compromised or stolen through hardware failure, human error, hacking and malware. Loss or corruption of data could result in significant business disruption.
Data backup and recovery should be an integral part of the business continuity plan and information technology disaster recovery plan. IZA consultants have been at the forefront providing support, developing data backup strategies, identifying what data to backup, selecting and implementing hardware & software, backup scheduling and periodically validating that data has been accurately backed up.
Options for Data Backup
Tapes, cartridges with integrated data backup software are effective means for businesses to backup data. The frequency of backups, security of the backups and secure off-site storage is addressed in the plan. Backups Tapes are scheduled for pickup/drop-off for off-site storage vendor with the same level of security as the original data.
IZA Technoxperts can integrate online data backup services including storage in the “cloud” to traditional datacenter backup solutions. This is a cost-effective solution for businesses with an internet connection. Software installed on the client server or computer is automatically backed up.
Data back-up is performed as frequently as necessary without impacting production to ensure that, if data is lost, it is not unacceptable to the business. The business impact analysis evaluates the potential for lost data and define the “recovery point objective.” Data restoration times is confirmed and compared with the IT and business function recovery time objectives.
DR Testing, Business Continuity:
As businesses become less tolerant of outages and demand quicker recovery times, firms small and large have increased spending on disaster recovery and business continuity – and much of that budget is spent on moving top cloud disaster recovery, with 23% of companies now saying the cloud is their preferred DR location.
Organizations often already use cloud-based archiving or cloud-based backup and recovery services. These might be dedicated services, bundled with existing backup software, or set up by local IT teams with generic, public cloud storage.
True disaster recovery goes beyond backup and archiving. IZA Technoxperts simulate a mock DR scenario, the cloud environment needs to host the operating system, application stack, and data. This is achieved by replicating virtual machines (VMs) to the cloud, and then spinning up these VMs once mock DR is declared or in the event of actual system failure. By using a well-planned cloud DR system, staff and customers might notice little, if any, service interruption if there is an outage. Critically, though, cloud data copies are in sync with primary systems and plan for how to restore to a local computing environment after the incident is objectively successful all the time.