Do we have a disaster recovery plan in place?
Seems obvious, but many organisations simply don’t have any backup solutions in place. Of course, everyone hopes that they’ll never actually be in a situation where they need to recover their systems and data, but a majority of organisations will experience a loss of data at some point. Depending on the type of business, the cost implications can run into thousands of pounds.
How often do we test it?
Any DR solution is better than none! But an untested solution isn’t ideal. Would it meet the RTOs or RPOs that are necessary or expected? Has the data been corrupted? How easy is it to actually restore? Organisations may think they have everything covered, but the reality may be quite different! ClouDRaaS includes an annual managed test as part of the service.
How would we actually invoke disaster recovery?
ClouDRaaS is triggered by logging into the BTL secure web portal and setting off the recovery process. And that’s it. Traditional DR solutions can involve hunting through tape backups, potentially held in an offsite location that may be some distance from the primary site.
How long would it take to be back up and running?
A real consideration for any business – some could withstand a little downtime without too much impact, but any downtime will have some financial implications. For some organisations this can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds an hour. That’s why Recovery Time Objectives are so important and why ClouDRaaS can deliver RTOs measured in a few minutes or less.
What’s the actual process for restoring files and applications? Is it manual or automated?
Manually restoring your data can be extremely time consuming and complex. With every minute you’re down affecting your revenue and reputation, this is a situation to avoid. The automated one click disaster recovery from ClouDRaaS alleviates that concern.
Do we have the internet connectivity to cope with our volume of data?
An often overlooked variable when preparing a disaster recovery plan in the cloud! Your DR solution can be performing well under normal circumstances, backing up data, storing it securely and can even have a one click automated recovery process. But how much data would you actually have to restore in a disaster and how good is your internet connection? BTL has access to one of the largest privately owned data centre infrastructures in the UK, including a high speed dark fibre network which, for an additional fee, we can connect to your premises. This would significantly improve your RTOs.
How would we rollback from the recovery site?
Another often overlooked aspect of disaster recovery: once your primary infrastructure has been repaired or recovered, or you’ve arranged for a new cloud environment, how do you get your data and applications back? With ClouDRaaS, it’s just as easy to rollback as it is to fail over in the first; simply log in to the control panel and trigger the process.