Common mistakes in disaster recovery planning

Disaster recovery is a critical part of any data management strategy. However, 85% of IT professionals say that their organisations either have no disaster recovery plan in place, or that they are not confident in the ability of their disaster recovery plans to meet their goals[1].

So what are the most common mistakes when it comes to creating an effective disaster recovery plan?

Lack of budget

In most organisations, different departments and priorities are competing for budget. And it’s all too easy to run out of resources before you get to disaster recovery planning. But, when you consider the cost implications of not having a disaster recovery solution in place, this argument doesn’t stack up.

Lack of understanding

Many people don’t like thinking about disasters. Or they don’t believe that one could happen to them. But modern disasters don’t just include things like fire and floods (although it’s important to plan for those too). Today, failures come in all shapes and sizes. And with things like cybercrime and data breaches rarely out of the headlines, it pays to be prepared.

Failure to see the bigger picture

Your data should be continuously backed up, and be restorable should a disaster happen. But, while data backups are a crucial part of the disaster recovery process, it doesn’t paint the full picture. A comprehensive disaster recovery solution should also look at how quickly you can restore access to this data following a disaster. It’s also vital to consider the quality and frequency of these backups.

Not asking your cloud provider about their security processes

At Cloud Geeni, we believe that data security is better in the cloud. Not least because, according to reports, public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service workloads are expected to suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centres.[2]

But just because your data is stored in the cloud, this doesn’t mean it is 100% safe. The truth is that there are lots of ways cloud-based data can be lost (including from cyber-attacks and poor processes). So, as part of your disaster-recovery planning you must make sure that your cloud-provider boasts best-in-class security, backup and recovery processes.

Thinking data security doesn’t matter to your business

Regardless of the type or size of your business, data security matters. Even if you are not working in a heavily regulated industry (e.g. the legal sector), you are still bound by data protection regulations. And with hefty fines for non-compliance, ignorance is not an excuse. To protect your business and your customers, you must create a disaster recovery plan.

Lack of training

Despite the need for robust data protection policies, too many staff are still not aware of their data protection responsibilities. And the consequences for failing to meet them. But with human error the leading cause of data breaches in the UK, your team must be trained on how to protect data. And know what to do in a disaster recovery situation.

Disaster recovery with Cloud Geeni

At Cloud Geeni, our cloud storage boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up. So, if a failure occurs the backup will immediately cut across to its sibling. There is no loss of service and no downtime.

Moreover, your data is replicated in near real-time over at another data centre – at a separate location – in case of unexpected events such as floods and fires. Every night your data is backed up, and you can decide how many of these daily backups to keep.

What’s more, complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, all our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified. This ensures that you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data.

Our data centres are also fitted with fire detection and suppression systems, temperature controlled to ensure optimum performance and protected by Iris recognition entry systems. They also have backup power supplies for independent running.

This means that we offer robust connectivity while making sure that your sensitive business data is protected at all times. So, with Cloud Geeni you never have to worry about losing critical business information because your data is entirely recoverable should something go wrong.

For more information on how our cloud-based products and services can help your business, contact us today for an informal chat.

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[1] Syncsort, State of Resilience survey, 2018

[2] Gartner