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A Good Disaster Recovery Plan Includes Both a Local and a Cloud Element

The foundation for a good disaster recovery plan gets its strength from both local and offsite data storage. Here are some points to consider as you craft your DR plan.

Disaster recovery

If you have been following the PMI blog, you know that we are big advocates for disaster recovery. We see the statistics every day that show that most businesses are without a plan to keep their operations up and running in the event of a disaster – and by disaster, I mean everything from a site-destroying event to a common hardware failure.

We happen to think that the solution we offer our customers, Axcient, is the best-in-class disaster recovery option there is for SMBs, but once in a while it is nice to hear someone else make your case for you.

Tech news blog The Next Web has done just that. Recently they ran an article that perfectly laid out the disaster recovery case we try to make to our customers: that a good DR plan encompasses both onsite, or local protection, as well as cloud-based, or offsite, data protection.

Cloud, cloud, cloud. If you’re in enterprise you probably hear the word ‘cloud’ multiple times every day. Most of the time, it doesn’t really mean much other than a datacenter that isn’t yours, but it does make you feel safe knowing that someone has your data in hand.

Unfortunately, even in the cloud, disaster recovery is still a necessary evil. Cloud companies that host your data still have outages. Things still break. Disasters do happen. Many companies think that the cloud provider will have their data covered, but they don’t stop to think that perhaps it’s better to consider a world where the cloud provider isn’t able to provide a service after a disaster. Not only that, but how does your business keep going when your local data and premises are gone? That’s often not even factored into the disaster recovery plan.

If you are just starting your disaster recovery plan, this article will get you asking the right kinds of questions. Thinks like:

  • Do you have any data that if lost would need recovery within minutes or hours?

  • Do you have any data that if lost completely could mean the business is lost and would affect the business’ ability to continue?

  • How long does that data need to be stored and how will you access it in a disaster?

And if you need help making your plan, or would like to get a closer look at our Axcient solution, please send us an email.

About the author:

Greg Bussmann is the marketer and blogger here at PMI Computer Supplies. He would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or email your feedback to him directly.

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