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If your business operates either online or on computers, then you are bound to comprehend the inconveniences that can be caused by system or web issues. Although not all incidents are major or damaging, some issues can still occur which may be irreversible, however, with a data recovery plan in place, you can prevent the loss of potential data.

So, that you can gain a better understanding of the importance of disaster recovery planning, the team at catalyst2 have united their knowledge within the industry to create this guide for your benefit.

What is disaster recovery? 

Disaster recovery is an area of security planning that aims to allow a business’s operations to resume a normal service following a disaster. A traditional disaster recovery planning process includes planning and testing, as well as identifying alternative locations to host your services or network if needed.

The importance of disaster recovery

  • Minimise downtime

Downtime for any business can be damaging, especially for one that relies on the internet or IT infrastructure. With disaster recovery planning in place, the team will ensure that downtime is minimised to a minimum amount, allowing you to remain operational for as long as possible.

  • Meets regulatory standards

It’s now the case that many businesses handle personal data, and not just for employees, but also for a wealth of customers. As a result, it’s important that corporate and regulatory requirements are met, with just a few worth mentioning include SOX, HIPPS and PCI. Failing to meet these standards can then significantly impact your business, resulting in hefty costs in terms of both money and time.

  • Establishes priorities

To create your disaster recovery plan, you will need to look through your whole operation to identify the key components that will need to be recovered first. This will not just allow you to identify the most critical areas of your business, but can also aid with establishing the how long your business can withstand without specific services whilst your plan focuses on the critical aspects.

  • Back-up solutions

Depending on your disaster recovery provider, many services also include back-up solutions. Often these will be offline servers so that valuable data and information can be easily stored and secured, as well as then used if needed in the unlikelihood of a disaster occurring.

Talk to one of our consultants

As an award-winning UK managed hosting provider, we appreciate the importance of data management and protection, which is why we are also highly-acclaimed for our disaster recovery consultancy services.

Once you get in touch with our team, one of our expert consultants will assess your current IT systems so that we can then suggest the most suitable plans that are fitting for your needs and budget. This is in addition to ongoing audits where we will regularly update the disaster recovery plan to further reduce the risk of future disruption and limit any impact caused by downtime.

Want to find out more? Why not get in touch today? By calling us on 0800 107 7979, you can speak to one of our customer service consultants who will be more than happy to confer about your current plan, as well as discussing how we can assist. Alternatively, we are also available via email at sales@catalyst2.com, where we intend to reply at the earliest convenience.