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5 Key Elements for a Secure Disaster Recovery Plan
In the world of business, having a solid disaster recovery plan is of paramount importance to preserving operational continuity moving forward. It is not a question of "if" a disaster will happen, but "when." Accidental deletion by users, complete data center failure and everything between are all very real threats that you need to account for to get things back up and running as smoothly as possible.
When extending your business’ IT to the cloud, such as using an external file sharing service, it is equally important that your disaster recovery plan be extended to the cloud service provider. Any secure disaster recovery plan needs to have five key elements for the sake of your entire business.
5 Elements Your Disaster Recovery Plan Needs
Daily Incremental Backup
Think about everything you accomplished at work today. Now, think about how much money it would cost if all that progress was suddenly lost. Daily incremental backups are a key component of a disaster recovery plan for that reason, which is a large part of why FTP Today places such an important emphasis on it in its disaster recovery services.
Having a single backup is no longer enough to protect your business from certain types of disasters. Companies like FTP Today write data in two different availability zones simultaneously to create a series of redundancies that will help protect against the unexpected moving forward.
Recovery Time Objectives
Having a recovery time objective is one of the keys to knowing how long it will take for your business to be restored after an interruption has taken place. FTP Today's recovery time objective from a complete facility failure/disaster is (a maximum of) 48 hours, during which they will restore all application servers to the latest recovery point, create a VMware infrastructure in a new location and more.
Recovery Point Objectives
A recovery point objective is defined by your business as the acceptable age of data that may not be recovered depending on the situation. This will depend on when your last recovery point was related, what time the disaster occurs and more. FTP Today's recovery point objective is less than 24 hours and could be as little as 3 hours depending on the circumstances.
The Ability to Recover Accidentally Deleted Files
Accidentally deleted files aren't a disaster on the level of a complete system failure, but they are a pressing matter that should be addressed. Your disaster recovery plan should give you the ability to store backups for at least five full days, allowing you to recover any files that were accidentally deleted by users as quickly after the incident as it was discovered. FTP Today gives users the ability to recover deleted files for a full five days, allowing the problem to go un-noticed for a short period of time and still giving you the ability to regain access to those important files before they disappear from the server forever.
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About Martin Horan
Founder of FTP Today and an expert in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.