Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Focus’ personalized approach to business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) strategies.
Organizations need to keep their operations running through many kinds of interruptions, from planned outages for maintenance or system upgrades to unplanned power failures, IT system crashes and natural disasters. Focus’ personalized approach to business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) strategies are based on our personal knowledge of your business and are designed for flexibility, creativity and redundancy to keep your operation running smoothly in the face of interruptions.
What Is Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?
Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that keep a company operational after an unfavorable event, including natural disasters, cyberattacks and other business disruptions. Since most companies rely on data to some degree, BCDR for IT professionals has become critical to business planning.
BCDR strives to assess possible risks and minimize the effects of disruptions or outages. Considerations for BCDR include:
- Possible risks.
- Data backup.
- Alternate operating locations.
- Employee safety.
- Insurance requirements.
- Emergency evacuations.
With a large scope, BCDR considers multiple angles, like physical safety, data protection, legal considerations and more. On the IT side, BCDR is a matter of handling and protecting data, so companies can continue to operate even if their systems fail.
The Benefits of Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery
Business continuity planning and disaster recovery come with four notable benefits:
- Reduce risks: One of the most notable benefits of BCDR is the ability to reduce risks. While you can’t prevent every adverse event, preparing your business for these possibilities will put you in a better position in the long run.
- Minimize costs: Losing data and slowing operations can lead to extensive costs. Whether you lose customers or spend more on rebuilding your system, experiencing a disruption can put your company back. Preparing for the risks now will prevent the need to pay out large amounts later.
- Improve productivity: Major disruptions can cause your company to fall behind on finishing projects and meeting goals. BCDR ensures operations can continue after a disruption, so there’s no significant loss in productivity.
- Protect your reputation: Clients are less likely to go to a company that can’t operate reliably, so creating a stable structure is essential. With BCDR, you can continue serving clients and maintain a solid reputation over time.
Our Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Models
Focus Technology offers three possible disaster recovery models to help your company stay agile amidst a disruption. Learn more about our offerings to find the ideal arrangement for your team.
If you’re not sure which plan sounds right for you, our IT professionals can work with you to find the best route. We’ll discuss your goals, workflow and budget to find a solution that suits your company.
A geographically separate alternative or secondary data center offers redundancy for servers and storage but requires the purchase of duplicate hardware and software. Secondary sites enable off-site replication with no loss of data, and can provide recovery or failover times in minutes. At the highest level of replication, transactions from the same application are processed in each of the two sites simultaneously.
If you’re wary of the cloud due to security needs, a secondary data center offers the privacy you need for your data with the peace of mind you want in the event of a disaster.
In a hosted environment, data, applications and operating systems are replicated from the production environment to a secure, environmentally-controlled data center facility. If replication is performed regularly and completely, this approach offers rapid failover capabilities to a production-ready environment in the event of an outage at the primary facility.
When a secondary data center seems like more responsibility than your team can manage, hosted data centers offer the same benefits with reduced requirements. Our team maintains and updates your system to keep it agile, so when disaster strikes, your data is still available.
Business operations can now be run successfully in the public or private cloud. With redundancy and automation in the cloud management layer, a failed server can be launched in another cloud in minutes. With this level of automation and control, organizations can scale when demand changes and entire server deployments can be migrated relatively quickly to a new infrastructure.
Why Choose Focus for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery?
Focus has built premier-level partnerships with the leading providers of BC and DR infrastructure to enable you to meet service level agreements for your recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives for each business process in your organization. For organizations with secondary data centers, Focus can take a traditional disaster recovery environment and make it part of your active IT infrastructure, transferring groups or subsets of applications or services to your secondary data center for alternate site computing. This innovative approach allows for complete recovery from a data center failure and leverages your backup systems to provide greater value for your business.
At Focus Technology, we prioritize your company’s success in everything we do. With business continuity and disaster recovery data center arrangements, we ensure your business is agile and reliable through any event. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your options and introduce a backup infrastructure.