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The federal government expects another active Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, with six to 10 hurricanes forming. An average season typically spawns seven hurricanes and peaks in August and September. If predictions hold true, it will be a record sixth consecutive year of above-normal activity.
Overall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 13 to 20 named storms will develop. This number includes tropical storms, which contain wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph.
Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and lasts through the end of November. It pays to be cautious and ensure your disaster recovery plan is comprehensive and functioning properly.
If you haven’t secured your business yet with disaster recovery (DR), don’t wait for a dangerous storm to threaten before taking action. Though it becomes top of mind during hurricane season, DR is the insurance policy every organization, big or small, needs year-round. Unfortunately, many don’t fully realize the importance of comprehensive DR until the day their business depends on it to stay operational.
Continuity is a major concern for any organization. Hurricane or not, customers would rather go to the next place than wait on a business to pick up the pieces. Considering this fact, it’s time to consider a move to the cloud — whether hurricane season has you sweating bullets or not.
It is time for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). When choosing the right solution, it is important to consider the following important factors.
DR Plan: A DR plan is not just backing up data. It’s important to understand the difference between the time and point objectives for data recovery.
Disaster Recovery Time Objective (RTO): Data backup is a long-term type of protection that can take months or years. For example, if you need to recover a file that you lost a few weeks ago and it’s not an urgent situation, data backup will come to the rescue. DR, however, is required when your systems are down and you need to recover your most recent data in a matter of minutes. Both types of time objectives are very different but equally important to your business.
Disaster Recovery Point Objective (RPO): The type of data you access in a DR scenario, known as the disaster recovery point, is just as important as the time spent getting your data back online. With backup, it’s not always necessary to find alternate points of data retrieval, but it is important to utilize this method during a disaster. During a hurricane, businesses can replicate data with multiple copies across many locations to mitigate the risk of data loss.
Network Component: The most overlooked and challenging part of a DR process is the network component. As you replicate your data to alternate sites, you must have the same applications and data running as your home site. It’s not just a transfer of data from point A to point B. It’s critical to have network infrastructure designed to configure and support the function of data transit and transfer. When you failover from one site to the next, it should look seamless. That can only happen if you’re using networking, data and applications supported by modern, redundant network architecture.
Cloud-based disaster recovery is an economical solution for protecting data applications. Preparing your business for disaster events starts with combining the right people, process, and technology to ensure a quick and successful recovery. 11:11 DRaaS was designed with this in mind, providing end to end services and capabilities to meet your organization’s recovery requirements. Always be prepared and protect your business with a disaster recovery plan from 11:11 Systems.
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