The Importance of Disaster Recovery Planning For Software Companies
All companies know that it is important to have a proper plan to recover from unexpected disasters. Protecting databases and important systems and backing them up is considered one of the highest priority tasks. Yet few companies go the full length to put a proper disaster recovery planning in place.
Software companies in particular need to be even more careful and prepare for the worst disasters, because their data is where all their business lies. Companies have adopted various measures over the years to ensure that their critical data is safe. In this age however, nearly all data is considered critical and valuable business assets.
Having a backup for each and every piece of information can be time consuming and also very expensive. It needs to be done nonetheless. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions that have come up over the last few years that make disaster recovery planning easier and more affordable than before.
How good are you right now?
Before you embark on a new strategy for disaster recovery, it is important that you have a full report of your current situation. How many of your servers and systems are backed up. What would happen if your main server went off the grid? Would you be able to carry out your business operations normally? How reliable is your backup?
Answering these questions will help you find out just how prepared you are in case of a disaster. It not just about how well you are backed up. The bigger question to ask is how quickly can the backup be activated once your primary systems are down? Ideally, you would want your systems to switch to the backup instantly with no lag, so that your day to day operations are not disrupted.
Using modern technologies
Traditional disaster recovery relies on having multiple copies of the same system, both in terms of hardware and software. However, cloud computing is changing that notion. Storage space is cheaper and managing it is even easier than it used to be before. With many disaster recovery planning systems, you don’t have to worry about spending loads of money on expensive hardware.
Today you focus more on software systems and how well they manage to get everything up to speed in case you have a disaster. The process has become more and more streamlined to the point that they can be completely automated.
Virtualization is probably the biggest benefit that today’s software companies have, when it comes to disaster recovery. Most servers today are installed as virtual machines and they can be copied as many times as needed. Virtual machines are essentially files that hold the entire server operating system.
All you need to do in order to back up your servers is not to install additional hardware, but to back the systems up to a reliable cloud service. Amazon EC2 is a good example of this. However, these services are not geared towards disaster recovery.
What makes disaster recovery planning from mere backups is how quickly you can get your business back on track. You can restore your systems from a backup in case of a disaster, but in the mean while your operations come to a standstill. You want your operations to switch immediately to the backup, so that there is absolutely no hit to your day to day functioning.
What modern disaster recovery planning offers
The disaster recovery planning services that are offered today by reputed services provide a fully managed solution. They take the guesswork out of the whole process and automate the process to a large extent. At the same time, they give you full control over the process, so you can change parameters accordingly.
Modern solutions are easier to implements than traditional hardware recovery solutions. Even if your hardware is different from that used by the cloud services, you still have no problems recovering, because your systems are virtualized. Server recovery is faster and more efficient. It reduces down time by a huge margin and minimizes any loss that might occur.
What makes these disaster recovery planning solutions even more attractive is that they are very affordable. Many are based on a subscription model, so you can pick and choose the feature you want. Services are overall more affordable than maintaining your own recovery solutions. Companies have found that capital expenditure on backup services are nearly zero, when compared to traditional solutions.
Complete disaster recovery planning used to be the domain of Fortune 1000 companies only. Only they had the resources financially and with respect to expertise to implement complicated solutions. However with technology enabling more efficient backups and recovery solutions, it is possible for SMB’s as well to implement a fully-fledged recovery planning. Indeed it is essential and recommended for all businesses.
Author Bio :
Steve is an avid tech enthusiast and loves playing with latest gadgets. He is an expert in Disaster Recovery Planning and has worked for multiple software companies in that domain.