“Disaster Recovery” is basically a system of hardware, application, and data facilities that replicates your company’s database. It also mirrors your system. The IT specialists at ALLTEKS Ltd says that its primary purpose is to ensure the continuity of data-dependent operations even when man-made or natural disasters affect your main system. It performs the same function as an automatic power generator or continuous power supply, but with far more sophistication.
Some businesses define their own disaster recovery policies and protocols, and invest in their own systems. However, many outsource to third-party disaster recovery service providers for financial, logistical and technical considerations.
When Does a Business Need It?
As with any capital investment or operating expense decision, many companies question the need for disaster recovery from a cost-benefit perspective. Any business owner should ask, “Does the benefit of investing in disaster recovery as an operating service outweigh the cost?” For some, it all depends on their kind of business.
For instance, a bank heavily relies on real-time and updated information to smoothly run its day-to-day operations. The various branches and financial transactions with other banks relies on its database and system. These types of industries take disaster recovery very seriously.
On the other hand, a convenience store or retail outlet, whose day-to-day business is less dependent on real time operations, relies less on such disaster recovery systems. However, with the rise of digital information and the Internet as a tool for many small businesses to track sales and orders, a disaster recovery system is a helpful tool to recover lost information. For now, many small businesses employ their IT personnel to use manual adjustments that allow them to continue operations while their system is down.
For any business, disaster recovery applications are integral to assure that its operations—from the continual flow of information to the rapid recovery of its operating systems—continues.