What Is Disaster Recovery Management, Exactly?

by | Nov 3, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Disaster Recovery Management

For businesses, there are a variety of potential disaster scenarios that require preparation. Among the most common of these are: intrusions by hackers, loss of access due to malware or ransomware and unintentional IT mistakes. Depending on where the business is located, you might also experience natural disasters like fires, tornadoes and floods.

Given both the complexity and potential expense of implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery management plan across the entirety of their IT network, many businesses opt to employ a third-party solution. This option greatly simplifies the process for many businesses. It also often proves to be the most cost-effective option for ensuring complete security and recovery capability.

For example, that’s where a platform like Datto comes in. Both your physical files and those stored in the cloud are secured, continually backed up and always available. This isn’t limited to simply securing and restoring individual files, however. Datto can also recreate virtual IT infrastructure when it is compromised.

Combining both local and cloud-based security and backup ensures that if a physical issue like a fire occurs, you’ve got virtual support. And if the issue is a compromise of online security, you always have your local backups available.

Local Elements Of A Disaster Recovery Management Plan

  • Regular Timed Physical Backups

Datto’s system of physical backup to your local secured media uses a “snapshot” system that replicates not just collections of files, but the entirety of your critical software infrastructure. You can customize how often your network snapshots are taken, down to a frequency once every five minutes. These snapshots are backed up locally, then immediately replicated on Datto’s secure cloud servers as well. The ZFS file system that Datto employs also compresses these snapshots to maximize storage space while ensuring that there is no loss of data integrity whatsoever during the process.

  • Backup Power Supply & Surge Suppression

A backup power supply is a crucial measure for businesses who need constant uptime. These generators run on liquid propane or natural gas. An inverter generator is critical for powering computer systems as it cleans and stabilizes the voltage produced, removing the spikes and drops that conventional generators are subject to. For protection from short-term power outages, an uninterruptible power source (USP) provides an electronic solution that can cover a few minutes and provide a bridge to a switchover to generator power.

  • Fire Suppression

This is another element that has to be considered as part of your overall disaster recovery plan, as traditional sprinklers are obviously not an acceptable choice for server rooms or rooms full of computers that contain critical company data. Server rooms are generally built to be sealed off in the event a fire breaks out and to displace the oxygen in the room with an inert gas to starve out the fire. Both server rooms and general office rooms can also employ a synthetic gas cooling system as an alternative to water.

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Offsite Elements Of A Disaster Recovery Plan

  • Remote Timed Physical Backups

As mentioned in the previous segment, Datto pushes local backup snapshots to remote secure cloud servers automatically as they are created. Both local and cloud files can be automatically configured to be “pruned” out as older versions become obsolete and unnecessary.

  • Third-Party Monitoring And Intervention

With Datto, remote monitoring is a trusted safety net, not another security concern. Remote intervention is limited to ensuring that backups are made and retained properly, securing those files appropriately, and providing assistance when a disaster scenario occurs. Troubleshooting support is also continually available.

Disaster recovery management means keeping local backups, cloud backups and the comprehensive support needed to manage and secure both properly. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can do this for your business, contact us today.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.