No matter how good your IT systems are, or how well they are supported, a major disaster can happen. A good example would be a fire. You arrive Monday morning to find your building has burned down. What do you do next? The key element of Disaster Recovery is to get you up and running again in the least possible time. Each second is costing you in terms of wages, running costs and lost business. Any IT company can get you up and running… eventually. Sometimes this is weeks later. With a little pre-planning SR Networks can achieve a recovery time of 3-4hours.
- Server and desktop virtualisation to enable quick recovery (3-4 hrs vs 2-3 days)
- Server clustering across buildings or sites
- Internet connection duplication, load balancing and failover protection
- Redundant power sources and battery backup protection
- Disaster recovery plans, user training and drills
- Protection from major incidents (fire, flood, theft etc)
- Reduce recovery time from 1-2 weeks to 1-2 days
- Reduce recovery costs by pre-planning
- Independent of any one staff member (e.g. IT manager on holiday)
- Cost of recovery with a plan can be less than 5% the cost of recovery without
There are two aspects to disaster recovery planning; the IT infrastructure and the written plan itself. Many IT support companies simply concentrate on the written plan, whereas we look first at the infrastructure. The reason is the written plan can certainly organise the recovery, but it can only reduce the recovery time to the minimum that their IT systems will allow. If the servers and PCs will take 6 days to setup again, then the recovery will always take 6 days no matter how the plan is executed. We first change the IT infrastructure to reduce the setup time to 2-3 hours, and then write the plan.