Disaster Recovery is a specialized service that helps you recover data when IT business systems are damaged by natural or manmade causes.
The concept of disaster recovery services as an integral part of a company's IT systems is relatively new. Many business owners were not sure about its need until recently and therefore, lacked the will to invest in such plans. According to the Disaster Recovery Journal, an estimated $78,000 per hour is lost due to system downtime. So having calculated the losses incurred due to various natural disasters in the absence of such a service, approximately 40% of all businesses have now made disaster recovery services an essential part of their systems.
Most businesses today are heavily automated and damage to equipment or data can not only disrupt business continuity and inflict financial losses but also threaten the very survival of a company.
A disaster recovery solution provides a host of services to ensure business continuity through restoration of data in the following situations:
Damaged Hardware: This includes the following failures within a hard disk due to natural disasters or other imposed damage:
Intentional Damage: Deliberate attempts
to delete important data with the intention of harming the business and
obstructing the flow of business continuity are often seen in IT and related
businesses. In such cases, disaster recovery services help restore the
deleted data from the hard disk.
Types of Disaster Recovery Services
There are two main types of disaster recovery services:
Cold sites: These are essentially empty spaces with power supply and cooling where you can move in your equipment and start functioning again. No data recovery options are included.
Warm sites: These spaces are better than cold sites in that they come with communication equipment for plug-in connectivity. There is also some back-up equipment (servers, storage, etc.) available to begin work on data restoration.
Hot sites: These are basically duplicate data centers with all the equipment and connectivity required to switch over and go live almost instantaneously after a disaster has occurred.
No matter what the size of your business, including disaster recovery services within your system is no longer an optional add-on. It is an indispensable element of your IT systems because we simply don't know what kind of danger is lurking round the corner.
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