6 Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan

6 Benefits of a Disaster Recovery Plan

Failure happens, even when businesses take all the right steps and make all the right moves to reduce disaster risk. From power grid failures to massive weather events to Internet service provider (ISP) problems, failure is always an option. Despite the risk, however, only 54 percent of organizations have a disaster plan in place, and just 23 percent regularly test these plans.

To both mitigate the impact of a disaster and reduce the stress on IT teams when disaster strikes, it’s worth creating a disaster recovery plan (DRP) — a written document that details the policies and procedures companies use after a disaster to resume operations.

While having a robust DRP is essential to ensure compliance with regulatory and industry expectations, there are also more direct benefits of disaster recovery for your business. Put simply, a solid DRP lets you fail forward instead of falling back when disaster strikes. Here’s how.

The top advantages of a disaster recovery plan include:

1. Reduced Costs

Disaster recovery plans require up-front spending to assess current risks and implement preventative, detective and corrective measures. But these costs are invariably offset by the benefit of quick recovery if systems go down. Instead of reacting blindly to challenges as they arise, businesses equipped with robust DRPs have codified processes in place that assign staff members specific jobs and defined procedures designed to reduce total impact. The result? Up-front spending translates to reduced total costs.

2. Improved Security

Robust DRPs can also help improve security. Consider a ransomware attack. If companies discover that attackers have infiltrated their system and encrypted key data, a cloud-based disaster recovery plan lets businesses quickly failover to cloud backups while they isolate and remediate on-site issues. Other cloud disaster recovery benefits include multi-site storage and on-demand access to data.

3. Increased Productivity

When disaster strikes, productivity suffers. A well-designed DRP, however, can actually improve productivity over time. Here’s how.

First, the assignment of specific DR roles means that staff know their jobs when disaster strikes. Rather than three, four or more employees redundantly working on the same task, roles are assigned in advance to streamline processes. Front-line staff, meanwhile, benefit from the nearly uninterrupted access to key services and solutions thanks to cloud-based backups.

3. Enhanced Reputation

Customers and stakeholders expect IT services to work, no matter the circumstance. In practice, this means that even in cases of unexpected downtime or failure, companies can’t afford to go offline. Multi-site DRPs that include contingencies for customer access not only allow operations to continue uninterrupted, but also increase consumer confidence in both business response to disaster and the company’s ability to secure key data.

4. Customized Response

Every business has different needs for its disaster recovery plan. By partnering with disaster recovery experts, companies can create customized response plans that address their specific concerns. For example, financial firms might require on-demand access to data no matter the circumstance and prioritize cloud-based backups as their first line of defense. Smaller businesses, meanwhile, might look to “keep the lights on,” even when ISPs go down or weather events occur, by working with providers to create a more generalized DRP that provides a seamless transition between on-site and cloud-based services.

5. Augmented Management

By opting for multi-site data backups and service migration, organizations gain granular management of backup frequency and complexity. This allows teams to pinpoint both ideal recovery times and determine exactly what data needs to move — and how often — to limit service interruption at scale.

Worth noting? To capture the advantage of disaster recovery plans, regular testing is critical. Here’s why: Disasters aren’t static. Risks to your business can change as your IT model evolves and as providers make changes to their infrastructure. As a result, it’s worth scheduling regular test runs of your DRP to ensure it still aligns with recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs and RPOs).

How MXOTech Can Help Your Business Fail Forward

At MXOTech, we have the skills, solutions and experience to help your business fail forward.

This starts with daily cloud backups and hourly on-site backups to ensure your data is available on-demand, even when disaster strikes. We also offer real-time virtualization for failed servers, allowing you to easily transition workloads if server functions suddenly go offline. Combined with real-time reporting and verification of daily backups, your team never needs to wonder if data is safe and secure — instead, they have the peace of mind that comes with certainty.

Even better? Our all-inclusive business continuity management and DRP services easily integrate with your existing tools and technology, making it a simple transition from falling back to failing forward.

It’s time for peace of mind: Deliver on the benefit of a disaster recovery plan with MXOTech. Get in touch today.