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Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Prepared to Deal with a Disaster?.

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Posted by Jackie Edwards - 15 November, 2018

Three out of four organizations will experience some type of disaster that takes down critical business systems, applications or the entire network. The disaster might be caused by a hurricane or flood. It could be caused by a hacker or a terrorist attack. It could be caused by an innocent mistake or a malicious employee. But rest assured, a disaster is a matter of “when,” not “if” for most organizations.

For example:

  • A regional architectural firm had seven years of drawings and blueprints, valued at $2.5 million, deleted by a disgruntled employee. There were also significant costs related to data recovery, lost productivity, customer confidence and project delays.
  • Lightning started a fire at a manufacturing plant in Wausau that destroyed offices, IT equipment and the phone system, causing $1 million in damages.
  • A flood of the Fond du Lac River caused 18 inches of water to run through a small manufacturing facility at 3 a.m. The water mixed with machine oil, destroying computers, printers and copiers.

The sad reality of disasters is that many businesses aren’t prepared. The less prepared they are, the greater the cost.

Seventy percent of organizations have lost data because of a disaster, and 93 percent of companies that lose their data for 10 days or more file for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. Gartner reports that 43 percent of SMBs immediately go out of business after experiencing major data loss, and just six percent survive.

Many people think data backup is the same as disaster recovery, but that’s not the case. Simply backing up data without a plan to recover the data isn’t particularly helpful. The longer you don’t have access to data, the greater the risk to your organization. You need to define your tolerance for downtime and determine how quickly your data must be restored (recovery time objective). You also have to determine how old your restored data can be and how much data loss is acceptable (recovery point objective).

Because backups should be offsite to prevent data loss caused by damage to your facility, you need to know where your backups are physically located. You need to know who is responsible for recovering data, where the data will be restored, and how employees will access the data.

RMM offers disaster recovery solutions that minimize the impact of disasters on your business. RMM Vault disaster recovery is a flexible, fully managed data backup solution that can be configured to satisfy regulatory requirements. RMM Vault leverages the hybrid cloud, first backing up data to a local device and then replicating that backup to a cloud server. This helps you restore data faster while protecting against a site disaster. We also offer PC Vault to protect data stored on desktops and mobile devices.

RMM uses Veeam Cloud Connect to move physical and virtual backups to the cloud and replicate virtual machines in a simple, cost-effective way. All data is encrypted at the source to ensure security and compliance. You’ll have complete visibility and control of data in hosted backup repositories through a backup console, which allows you to track storage consumption.

Do you know if your organization is truly prepared to deal with a disaster? Let us assess your disaster recovery plan and help you implement and test tools and strategies that reduce the risk and impact of a catastrophic event.

Topics: Cloud, Disaster Recovery, draas

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