What is Disaster Recovery? How to Automate the Process?
Disaster recovery is the process of regaining critical function after a disaster. When it comes to companies, disasters can come in the form of security breaches, loss of data, systems crashing, and so on. The more time spent trying to get everything back in order is more time lost running the business. Good disaster recovery means getting the business back on its feet as quickly as possible and with minimal disruption to overall function.
For disaster recovery to be effective, several steps have to be put in place. Because a disaster could be electronic or an actual physical disaster like a flood or earthquake, a well-rounded system needs to be in place to counter the effects. Disaster recovery is crucial to organizations to help them keep on track with operations regardless of what problems arise. It is not always about making a profit but can most often just be a matter of not being completely derailed.
What are the steps involved in data recovery?
If these steps are implemented, disaster recovery becomes a much smoother and less stressful process:
Identifying all possible threats: As mentioned, disasters can come in many forms. Some of the more common ones are cybersecurity breaches where systems are hacked into and data, stolen. Data can get corrupted, or hardware can crash. Larger disasters like the complete physical destruction of office space due to natural occurrences, though more widespread are thankfully less common. There are also threats like break-ins, power outages, and even sabotage by disgruntled employees. All these and more are types of disasters that a company needs to identify and be prepared for.
Have a system in place to recover from each type of threat: For each of these types of disasters, companies need to have disaster recovery in place. In many of the cases, secure storage and backup of all configurations is the main requirement for quick disaster recovery. Patching holes in the system, vamping up the security systems, filing for insurance claims and so on are other methods of disaster recovery. In some cases, having configuration backup systems at another location could help business operations continue to function even while one location is recovering from a disaster.
Detailed plan of how the disaster recovery will take place: Once you have identified all possible disasters and you know what methods to use as disaster recovery, you need a detailed plan of action.
For each type of threat or disaster, a step-by-step guide to recovery needs to be set up. In some cases, this might mean shutting down all systems till a breach is secured. Customers might need to be informed of any loss or theft of their personal data.
System functions need to be restored, and configurations need to be recovered from backups. What mission-critical functions need to be recovered first should also be decided. A detailed plan of action will help the organization know what exactly to do in the midst of a disaster. A lot of time and money can be saved with a good disaster recovery plan in place.
Keep all employees up to date on the disaster recovery plan: It is the employees that keep an organization going. When it comes to disaster recovery, every employee of a company should know the drill and their own role in it. Regular training and refreshers of the procedure involved will help make disaster recovery faster and more streamlined.
How to automate the disaster recovery process?
Disaster recovery systems are a must for every organization, especially those dealing with large amounts of secure data. The steps required are clear, and yet many of them can be tedious and time-consuming. In the high demand society that we live in, there has to be a more efficient way for disaster recovery.
The best way for more efficient disaster recovery is by automating the process. Automating disaster recovery means that there are tools in place that remove the need for too much human involvement in the process. Automating disaster recovery can be done using the following steps:
- Find a company that specializes in the automation of disaster recovery processes.
- Inform the company of the systems that need disaster recovery measures.
- Use the provided software to automate your disaster recovery process.
You could choose to get your own staff to develop an automated disaster recovery system, but that just takes your employees out of more productive work and diverts resources. When you hire a company that specializes in the field, you know that they already have the expertise in place to take care of the system for you. When you calculate the overall costs, you will be saving money by outsourcing the automation process.
The advantages of automation of disaster recovery include:
- The process is much quicker, so there is less downtime between disaster and recovery.
- Automation removes the possibility of human error in disaster recovery.
- Automation removes the need for every employee to remember every step of the process.
- An automated system can have scheduled configuration backups and security checks in place to be prepared for any type of eventuality.
How can BackBox help?
BackBox has all the tools required for disaster recovery already in place.
The software can be customised to suit the needs of various organisations and serve with 1000s of processes.
BackBox’s systems are easy to use, so there is no lengthy training process required for employees to be able to operate the system.
BackBox provides a carefully developed product to assist you in disaster recovery. The fully automated system can cover entire networks making sure that all configurations are regularly backed up, collected, and stored securely. The software also helps to minimize the threats of disasters like cyber-attacks. The automated systems help you keep your networked devices and configurations more secure.
The Intelligent Automation provided by BackBox offer centralised management of all systems on a network, optimising disaster recovery. Disaster recovery with BackBox is as simple as a single click to restore all stored configurations with minimum recovery time.