No one likes to think about bad things. A picture (mental or real) of a burnt-out data server or office is not something that is easy to see, nor would this image be someone’s voluntary focus. And yet it should. If you are managing an organization and want to have its data protected, no matter what, then disaster recovery services should not be on the backburner, it should be at the front and center of your mind.
Disaster recovery services are like insurance or a spare tire. It’s very good to have, but you seriously hope to never use it – which is exactly why you should get one. Yes, the likelihood that an earthquake or tornado or devastating flood will hit your specific location is rather small, as are vandalism, theft, and the annoying inexplicable “data loss”. But what if it were to happen? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan to get back on track within the shortest period of time? Can your clients be confident that their data is secure? Disaster can strike at any time, anywhere, because machines are made by humans, and so are mistakes.
An interestingly common-sense approach to disaster recovery services is provided by WebHosting.net. The process can be explained through two simple steps: first comes data backup and then comes data replication. Data backup ensures that all of your data, in its intricate interconnectivity, is captured by the remote server, ready to be restored should need arise. The data replication process is more complex – it includes building a fully functional live copy of your data at another location, which provides for seamless transition should the main server fail or experience difficulties. The replicated copy of your server information is active before anything even starts to happen, and at the moment the system recognizes that the main server is no longer capable of ‘holding the fort’, it activates the replication and allows it to temporarily act as a stand-in.
Protecting your data through subscribing for disaster recovery services is the smart thing to do for a number of reasons. First, obviously, you don’t lose your data should something unfortunate happen. Second, a two-step process that includes data replication allows you to have next to no downtime at all. This is obviously a vital necessity for businesses and organizations active around the clock, but is also a great positive feature for others. Thirdly, having such a plan in place does not go unnoticed by your clients and partners. Additional business value is formed from the fact that you have invested in ensuring business process continuity. WebHosting.com includes three parts into the disaster recovery services they provide: prevention, detection and correction. While preventing problems from arising is best, detecting them at early stages is where a lot of focus should be placed. Correction, i.e. recovering the data or restoring it from a back-up or replicated copy, is already the stage where prevention and detection had failed, but business needs to continue without detrimental downtime and customer dissatisfaction. It seems that this tri-part approach is not only a theory – it is the result of vast experience in handling complex disaster recovery services for various clients. This kind of expertise is rare and makes it possible for WebHosting.com to proudly offer highly customizable service packaged to suit every requirement and need.
Disaster recovery services should not be optional. They should be mandatory for all that purport to take their business seriously. Too often, wishful thinking that problems will magically touch down somewhere else if you just ignore them leads to sad outcomes. Data integrity, data safety, the ability to avoid server and business down time should be the major factors of major decisions, and yet one still hears stories of upper management ignoring repeated calls for disaster recovery service at the expense of the business’s future.
Remember, even a minor technical glitch or a minor act of vandalism can cost millions of dollars in damage and hours of downtime with irreparable data loss. That is why getting disaster recovery services should be very high on your list of priorities. Of course, everyone hopes these services will remain unused, but it is surely better to be safe than very, very sorry.