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What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

A disaster recovery plan is a must-have for any business and describes how an organisation will deal with a potential disaster.

A disaster is an event that effects the continuation of normal functions. A disaster recovery plan is a strategy in which precautions are taken to minimise the effects of the event so that mission-critical operations can be maintained or quickly resumed.

In IT, a disaster recovery plan needs to cover all systems, applications, and data. This includes servers, networks, computers, connectivity, wireless devices, and data. An effective strategy needs to anticipate for damage or loss to any one of these components.

In creating a plan, special attention must be paid to data. While power can be restored and hardware replaced, lost data is lost forever.

According to figures from the British Chambers of Commerce, 93% of businesses that suffer data loss for more than 10 days file for bankruptcy within a year – 50% do so immediately. Of all businesses that suffer major data loss, 72% will not survive beyond two years.

Taking these figures into account, Cloud Online Backup is an essential aspect of any disaster recovery plan and a solution that should be implemented immediately.

This answer was last updated on 16-Sep-2014 10:23 AM.