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Disaster Recovery/Avoidance Planning

Disasters including fire, floods, power surges, black outs, brown outs, and storms can strike any business´s computer system. HBR works with clients to put the protection in place needed to avoid most disasters. The three easiest disaster avoidance solutions include proper backup systems, utilization of RAID to protect from hard drive failure, and use of uninterruptible power supplies to protect against power issues. Other plans can include the use of hot swap drives, redundant and/or cluster servers, and disaster recovery site set-up and testing.

For all companies, staying online is the goal. However, if your company does experience a system failure, setting goals for getting back online is beneficial for reducing downtime. Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) both play a key role in the disaster recovery and business continuity planning process.

Recovery Time Objective (RTO)

RTO outlines how quickly you need to recover your systems from downtime after an incident. Have you identified your company´s RTO? How quickly do you need your systems up and running? By defining your RTO, you can make more informed decisions about backups and implement solutions that meet your specific objective.

Recovery Point Objective (RPO)

RPO is the amount of data your business can afford to lose and still be able to function if it were to experience downtime. When was the last time you backed up your data? If you were to lose everything right now and relied on your last backup to be back online, how much mission–critical data would you still have? RPO is the point in time that you need to have your latest backup. The point to which you can recover your systems data.

Downtime Costs

To see an estimate of your company´s cost of downtime and check how you are doing towards your Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives, see our RTO/RPO Calculator