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What is a Good Disaster Recovery Plan?

If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan (DRP) for your data, there is no better time than the present to create one. Many organizations choose a cloud VPS system for disaster recovery because it’s efficient.

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In addition, a cloud VPS disaster recovery plan saves time and money. Cloud VPS systems are reliable and secure solutions.

No business is too small to consider a disaster recovery plan for data. While no one wants to anticipate disasters, a DRP is a responsible business management practice. 

Why a Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Plan is a Good Option 

A good DRP requires a risk assessment. In our current times, cyberattacks are a risk for any business. First, it’s critical to eliminate system vulnerabilities. One way to accomplish this is to store backups on a cloud VPS system. 

Also, it’s important to assess the security practices of the cloud VPS provider you select. 

However, even the best efforts don’t completely eliminate the risks associated with cyberattacks. Including a cyberattack response is part of a good disaster recovery plan. 

The next thing to consider are the geographic risks. For example, what are your weather-related disaster risks? Or, are servers located in a city with a higher level of security threats? A way to offset risks due to geography is to use a cloud VPS recovery plan.

The next risk to consider is how an electric grid failure affects your data. Backup power plans are always a good idea when it comes to data. However, backup power is only a temporary solution. A cloud VPS disaster recovery plan should take electric grid failures into account. 

Data Backups are Critical For Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Before you create a formal disaster recovery plan, review your current data backup procedures. How often is it being backed up? Also, what is being backed up?

The necessary frequency of data backups depends on the type of business you operate. However, this is not an area to cut corners, so consider it carefully. If critical data is being backed up frequently, don’t overlook the need for overall system backups. 

Some businesses, for example, operate with a high volume of internet transactions. Those businesses may figure the cost of losing data in a given time increment. When viewed from that perspective, the question of data backup frequency is easily answered. 

The next consideration is where backups are stored. The general suggestion is a secured off-site location. However, for those with a cloud VPS disaster recovery backup plan, this is a nonissue. 

Disaster Recovery Basics for Small to Medium-Sized Businesses

The first step is to create a summary of vital action steps in case of a disaster. Include a list of important contacts in the summary. Consider the summary as a quick reference for steps in an emergency. An accessible document to follow eases anxiety for those responding.  

For organizations with multiple IT staff members, assigning responsibilities for disaster recovery prevents confusion later. 

And a good DRP contains relevant authentication steps and passwords. Also, include key website addresses, such as your cloud VPS provider. 

If it’s relevant to your organization, include legal and financial contacts in your DRP. Another thing to consider including is suggestions on how to handle media inquiries. For those businesses without an established media contact, a DRP is a good place to identify that individual. 

Any business that processes financial transactions is open to media scrutiny and potential legal liability in the event of a data-compromising situation. 

A Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

Cloud VPS disaster recovery is customizable. Options are either specific file backups or a complete system replication. The best choice is a combination of the two. 

Cloud disaster recovery offers the benefit of saving space and time. Also, it’s cost-efficient. Some organizations rely on their own cloud VPS for disaster recovery. But using a cloud hosting provider is easier and often more secure and reliable. 

First, it requires less management on your part. Selecting a cloud VPS hosting provider saves money since it requires no infrastructure investment. A good host provider is established with infrastructure and built-in redundancy. 

Finally, as a cloud VPS hosting provider, we know the importance of security. And you need to know the security offered by your provider. Without compromising security, we are transparent in how we address it. This is a quality to look for with something as important as disaster data recovery. 

Our Cloud VPS Disaster Recovery Solutions 

Solar VPS data centers are in five locations across the United States with one in Europe. Each location is equipped with a backup power supply. In addition, the data centers have state-of-the-art cooling systems. 

Our data centers are protected against fire damage. Additionally, they are protected against security risks, both with remote monitoring and onsite security personnel. 

We eliminate many of the headaches associated with disaster recovery planning. So, to take that a step further, we offer an optional disaster recovery backup plan. 

Our disaster recovery plan offers full server backups and incremental data backups. Backups are stored for three days with the newest replacing the oldest. Also, we offer multiple restoration points. 

Solar VPS customers sleep easier at night because our systems are backed up at a secure off-site data center. Visit our website for more information on our data centers and optional disaster recovery plan.

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and the Role of the Cloud

Road Sign The End Of Crisis, Economic Recovery Business continuity plans, including disaster recovery systems and protocols, offer preventative measures so that companies are less likely to experience massive and costly losses of data. Beyond simply creating systems and procedures to contain any issues without experiencing widespread damage, the principles of these approaches allow businesses to think long-term, incorporating any worst-case scenarios into their developmental strategies. EssentiaLink, a firm specializing in the issue, notes that the fusion between the general business world and information technology has created a climate in which data is a top asset (second only to a company’s workforce). Because technological disasters and failures represent such an incredible threat to companies of all sizes, it’s become crucial for organizations to take proactive steps so that unnecessary downtime and data loss do not occur. Statistics related to this aspect of IT include the following (as curated by EssentiaLink):
  • 1 out of every 4 computers experience failure annually (Gartner);
  • 1 in 4 organizations have undergone a complete IT disaster (Forrester);
  • 3 out of 4 companies have not deployed redundancies for 100% of their virtual machines (Veeam);
  • 19 out of 20 establishments experience a lapse in data accessibility each year (Ponemon Institute);
  • medium-sized firms log approximate total downtime of 18 hours annually (Gartner);
  • the expense of that downtime, per business, averages $1.3 million (Gartner); and
  • the estimated value of data ranges tremendously based on type: per gigabyte, the expense of data regeneration is $850,000 for sales, $950,000 for accounting, and $4.9 million for engineering (National Computer Security Association).
Finally, the most ominous and pointed fact, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCooper: 7 out of 10 companies that lose a significant amount of data are bankrupt within 12 months. Clearly viable solutions are needed for organizations that do not have sufficient business continuity strategies in place. Despite all the dreary information above, innovative technologies offer an increasingly attractive opportunity for companies to stay on track throughout catastrophes. Cloud computing for disaster recovery As Tom Kiblin reports on CRN, the cloud presents a fast and reliable data restoration model unmatched by traditional methods. Standard hard drive backups require secure storage areas, preferably at distant locations. The revolutionary systems allows businesses not just affordability but options. Companies can choose the frequency with which data is backed up, as well as the number of locations where the backup is stored. A number of reasons why cloud hosting represents a strong choice for business continuity, along with other benefits, include the following (per Kiblin):
  • multiple geographical locations can be easily and efficiently used for backups;
  • the solution is relatively inexpensive, in part because it is built on the basis of scale, meaning that companies only pay for the resources they need at a given time;
  • restoration of data can occur more rapidly than with traditional methods, due to the real-time redundancies inherent to this strategy’s architecture (particularly when protected for DR);
  • the clarity with which compliance can be tested and exhibited is optimized in the environment, with security features that often surpass those of on-site systems;
  • automation of management decreases the need for monitoring and the possibility of human error; and
  • because expenses are rendered more consistent and predictive in this system, businesses are able to set aside safeguarding resources for disaster recovery that could otherwise be absorbed by operations or development.
RPO & RTO A crucial concern of business continuity is determination of two parameters: the recovery time objective and recovery point objective. The RTO is the maximum permissible amount of time that an application can be inaccessible before infrastructural workflow is interrupted. Depending on the significance of the application to the company, an RTO can range in length from 0 seconds to 24 hours or beyond. The RPO, in contrast, rather than having to do with the measurement of an outage in time, specifically refers to the data. It represents the maximum permissible amount of data that can be lost. Again, this variable differs wildly based on business type. The figure for a merchant processor will, out of necessity, be indicated by its most recent transaction. For a business that does a very small amount of online sales, the RPO could be expressed by a backup that occurred the previous day. Once the acceptable parameters have been determined, a business has a better sense of the kind of disaster recovery plan it will need in order to maintain adequate functionality (business continuity, in other words). When your recovery point objective and recovery time objective need to be minimal, your budget for DR should be more sizable to account for your heightened expectations. Locations, replication vs. backup, and the plan itself IBM engineer Richard Cocchiara, in an interview for Network World, mentioned three particular factors related to this subject:
  1. Replication vs. backup – Redundancy is accomplished, in one form, by failover systems that take over when the primary systems go down. However, the failover method, which allows replication of processes to a machine – acting as a “backup” in a sense – doesn’t have the full functionality allowed by a strong backup system. Backup systems allow you to recover data from specific times in the past. Replication via failover, on the other hand, won’t necessarily allow you to recover from the point of time you need.
  2. Location – A fundamental reason that cloud hosting is recommended for backups is simply that the data is saved to a faraway location. Although enterprises generally have otherwise strong disaster recovery plans in place, they frequently don’t store the backups at a distant facility. Local data recovery is not always possible because outages can occur. Because speed is essential to reducing the costs and other damages of downtime, it’s crucial to have the same data available in another geographical region.
  3. Business continuity plan – Make sure that your business continuity plan is itself backed up. Notes Cocchiara, “[Y]ou’d be surprised how often … plans are lost in a disaster.”
Disaster recovery plans are critical for organizations because, unfortunately, catastrophes are more common than we might hope. Cloud virtual private servers (VPS’s) have become increasingly popular DR solutions for various reasons, including affordability and reliability. Proceed thoughtfully, including assessment of your RPO and RTO, to protect your company from the worst.

New SolarSystem Features

Here at Solar VPS we have been hard at work improving the SolarSystem. From our product offerings to how we present them to you, we have been actively working for the past few months to improve your our overall customer Cloud hosting experience. On that note, we want to announce the release of three different additions to the SolarSystem: An improvement to SolarSystem Backup Solutions, a more fluid and streamlined order process for Plesk Control Panel and our brand new SolarSystem Knowledgebase (SolarSystem Information Dock).

SolarSystem R1 Soft Data Backup Solutions

R1 Soft Data Backup Solutions

R1 Soft Data Backup Solutions

For every web hosting consumer, regardless if you’re a professional blogger or a mid-level ecommerce firm selling high quality diamond products, the data you advertise to your consumers is highly important to you. From your public facing data, to the applications your virtual private server (VPS) is running, SolarSystem R1 Soft Data protection means your data will never go lost again. SolarSystem Data Backup Includes:

  1. 10 Day Data Backup Solutions

  2. Restore any of your data from the last 10 backups, provided you have the available quota, i.e. sufficient space

  3. Bit-by-bit data backup. Instead of continually backing up 10GB of data, SolarSystem Data Protection solutions incrementally backs up new files which were added after your most recent data backup

  4. SolarSystem Data Protection can be purchased with a new Cloud VPS or added on after purchase via our store