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Disaster Recovery Planning

Our consultants understand the maze of requirements your business needs to plan for Disaster Recovery. We will complete an analysis of your business and any compliance requirements and guide you through the steps to get you on the most suitable backup plan for your business.

OVERVIEW

Backup, disaster recovery and business continuity planning should be of paramount concern to all businesses. Every business is vulnerable. Power failures, hard disk crashes, energy disruption, cyber-attacks, hacker activity or natural disasters such as fire or floods could bring your IT systems down without notice.

Maximising business continuity while minimising business disruption can be especially challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB’s) following a server failure. Many SMB’s choose to avoid the issue altogether. Some continue with a backup solution that does not meet the needs of a growing business or deciding that a server-based disaster recovery plan is too painful a process to contemplate.

Our consultants have many years of experience working across multiple industries ensuring you are in safe hands when it comes to advice and planning.

KEY BENEFITS

Some of the benefits of consulting with Arc Systems include the following:

  • Full data analysis
  • Understanding of disaster recovery planning to ISO9001 standards
  • Peace of mind
  • Managed by experienced consultants
  • Backup plan design
WHAT IS RPO & RTO?

RTO defined

RTO, or recovery time objective, is the target time you set for the recovery of your IT and business activities after a disaster has struck. The goal here is to calculate how quickly you need for recovery, which can then dictate the type of preparations you need to implement and the overall budget you should assign to business continuity.

If, for example, you find that your RTO is five hours, meaning your business can survive with systems down for this amount of time, then you will need to ensure a high level of preparation and a higher budget to ensure that systems can be recovered quickly. On the other hand, if the RTO is two weeks, then you can probably budget less and invest in less advanced solutions.

RPO defined

RPO, or recovery point objective, is focused on data and your company’s loss tolerance in relation to your data. RPO is determined by looking at the time between data backups and the amount of data that could be lost in between backups.

As part of business continuity planning, you need to figure out how long you can afford to operate without that data before the business suffers. A good example of setting an RPO is to imagine that you are writing an important, yet lengthy, report. Think to yourself that eventually your computer will crash and any content written after your last save will be lost. How much time can you tolerate having to try to recover, or rewrite that missing content?

That time becomes your RPO, and should become the indicator of how often you back your data up, or in this case, save your work. If you find that your business can survive three to four days in between backups, then the RPO would be three days (the shortest time between backups).

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