Disaster Recovery: Getting Your Business Back Up and Running

March 17, 2023by TNTMAX

Did you know that 40% of businesses fail to bounce back after a disaster

Data loss can set businesses back critically in procuring lost emails, company records, client files, accounting information and more. In the best case scenario, data loss forces businesses to direct needed resources towards data retrieval when they could be focusing on increasing their ROI. And in the worst case, companies may find themselves trying to rectify a tarnished reputation and dealing with the financial repercussions as a result of such a loss. 

Natural disasters, cyber attacks and other disruptions can all have a strong impact on a business. That is why it is crucial to have a disaster recovery strategy in place. Having a detailed plan will not only instill confidence in your brand security from your customers that will inspire loyalty for years to come, but save you major money, time and resources. 

“Do not wait until you’ve been hacked to implement a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan to protect your business – by then it’s already too late,” said TNTMAX President Frederic Farcy. “You need a plan in place NOW. Call TNTMAX to help you get prepared.”

So, what does that look like? 

What You Can Expect

At TNTMAX, will walk you through specific scenarios and the potential aftermath of each. We will then identify valuable assets and ways to safeguard them. We may also run tests such as penetration testing to ensure assets are secure from potential harm. 

Ultimately, the goal of a disaster recovery plan is to make sure that your company is prepared for any situation that occurs, whether outside cyber breach or human error. Your detailed recovery plan will provide a step-by-step guide for reducing downtime, restoring backup systems, and resuming work as usual as quickly as possible. 

By  listening to your specific IT needs, we devise a detailed disaster blueprint that allows you to relax—even during temporary system failures. From running routine data recovery tests to creating an effective data backup system, we give you proactive recovery solutions.

Ultimately, if disaster strikes your business, TNTMAX can get you up and running again.

This comes with four key steps: 

  1. Definition & Structure
  2. Analysis & Planning
  3. Solutions & Findings
  4. Recommendations

Recovery Strategy Preparation 

According to Ready.gov, recovery strategies should be developed for Information technology (IT) systems, applications and data. This includes networks, servers, desktops, laptops, wireless devices, data and connectivity. Recovery strategies should also be developed to anticipate the loss of one or more of the following system components:

  • Computer room environment (secure computer room with climate control, conditioned and backup power supply, etc.)
  • Hardware (networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers, wireless devices and peripherals)
  • Connectivity to a service provider (fiber, cable, wireless, etc.)
  • Software applications (electronic data interchange, electronic mail, enterprise resource management, office productivity, etc.)
  • Data and restoration

Types of Disaster Recovery

There are several types of disaster recovery:

  • Back-up: Entails storing data off site or on a removable drive.
  • Cold Site: An organization sets up a basic infrastructure in a second, sparingly used facility where employees can work after a natural disaster or fire.
  • Hot Site: Maintains up-to-date copies of data at all times. These can be more expensive than cold sites, but dramatically reduce down time.
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS): In the event of a disaster or cyberattack, a DRaaS provider moves an organization’s computer processing to its own cloud infrastructure
  • Back Up as a Service: A third party provider backs up an organization’s data, but not its IT infrastructure.
  • Datacenter disaster recovery: The physical elements of a data center, such as a backup power source, are used to protect data and contribute to faster disaster recovery.
  • Virtualization: Certain operations can be backed up by an organization. Or, there can even be a working replication of the entire computing environment on off-site virtual machines.
  • Point-in-time copies: These make a copy of the entire database at a given time.
  • Instant recovery: Similar to point-in-time copies, except that instead of copying a database, instant recovery takes a snapshot of an entire virtual machine.

For help with your disaster recovery plan, call us at 201-891-8686 or email [email protected].