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What is DisasterRecovery?

Disaster Recovery (DR) is a coordinated activity to enable the recovery of IT/business systems due to a disruption. DR (disaster recovery) can be achieved by restoring IT/business operations at an alternate location, recovering IT/business operations using alternate equipment, and/or performing some or all of the affected business processes using manual methods.

Why do I need Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery is not just for large organizations. Leading analysts have hard facts that point to two out of five businesses, of all sizes, that experience a disaster go out of business within five years of the event.

Many companies believe a 'disaster' is a once in a lifetime incident. In fact, these incidents are very common with growing numbers of viruses, security breaches, software issues, hardware failures and data corruption. Thankfully, more catastrophic events such as weather-related causes, fires, power interruptions and sabotage are exceptional, but the most successful companies, small or large, prepare themselves for all potential eventualities.

Consequences of a Disaster

Loss of Business/customers

Loss of Credibility/goodwill

Cash flow problems

Inability to pay staff

Loss of production

Loss of operational data

Financial loss

90% of businesses that lose data from a disaster are forced to shut down within 2 years of the disaster. 50% of businesses experiencing a computer outage will be forced to shut within 5 years. Source : London Chamber of Commerce

Disaster Recovery Statistics

20% of all companies will suffer fire, theft, flood or storm damage, power failures, terrorism or hardware/software disaster. Of those without a business continuity plan:

43% will never re-open
80% fail within 13 months
53% of claimants never recoup the losses incurred by a disaster / Source: Aveco
Less than 50% of all organizations have a business continuity plan
43% of companies that do have a business continuity plan do not test it annually
80% of companies have not developed any crisis management to provide IT coverage sufficient   to keep the business functionally effectively
40% of companies that do have crisis management plans do not have a team dedicated to disaster recovery / Source: London Chamber of Commerce

IT Consultants can setup backup mechanisms for existing datacenter and build DR site(s) as needed. We can then continue to manage and monitor the disaster recovery center including running restoration drills. This will cover business continuity as part of ITIL specifications.