This list will help you painlessly recover from disaster

Organizations need to be ready so that disaster doesn’t cripple them and their bottom line.

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Evacuation plan

Just like an evacuation plan at your home when a fire strikes, you need a disaster recovery blueprint set aside so that everyone in the company knows what to do and where to go when disaster strikes the network. Here’s a list of 10 tips from Exablox that will help keep things calm.

Disaster recovery

Have a plan

Many organizations do not have a DR plan, or have a plan that is outdated. Keep it fresh. New applications are constantly deployed, and storage is growing 50% per year. Be sure your plan keeps pace with business needs.

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Test the plan

Your DR plan should be tested at least once a year. If you’re really serious about testing try locking your workers out of the building and say ‘go’. Yes, this may be extreme, but they’ll know what to do.

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Local HA and/or remote HA

You should know what level of data protection your business requires for each application. It’s important to understand that not all applications are tier 1. Some will require local HA clustering, and others will require remote replication.

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Recovery point?

Decide how much data you can afford to lose in the event of local (e.g., server/storage) and/or site failure. Then architect your most important applications accordingly.

05 time

Recovery time?

It’s important to understand how soon tier 1 applications must be back online after a failure? Minutes? Hours? From there you can prioritize what is recovered first and then move to recovering tier 2 and 3 applications.

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Disk-based snapshots to protect against Ransomware (e.g., Locky and Cryptolocker)

Not all disasters are physical. Ransomware is becoming increasingly common (usually costing between $200 and $5,000) and can impact users and systems. Schedule frequent snapshots enabling granular file, folder, share recovery.

Storage replication

Storage replication

Applications clustered? Check. Network redundancy? Check. Storage replication? Check.

Deduplication

Deduplication and compression for WAN efficiency

When replicating storage, look to utilize bandwidth efficiently. WAN bandwidth is expensive, and reducing RPO is a high priority – and essential to ensuring a success DR plan. Dedupe and compression are two technologies that help minimize bandwidth consumption.

Encryption

Encryption in flight

Take extra security precautions, even if you’re using private networks. Prying eyes are watching you.

Company image and reputation

Company image and reputation

Companies don’t expect to declare a disaster. If they do, protecting the company’s image is just as important as getting the information back online. If it happens, be honest with customers about the impact. Brand loyalty is extremely hard to rebuild. Many companies don’t recover from disasters.

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