Our last post covered the factors that make DR very difficult today, and a few steps you can take to simplify it. Now, let’s spend a moment debunking a myth: the idea that backup systems are adequate when you face a ransomware attack or natural disaster.
Just think about what “disaster recovery” actually means. It’s about recovering critical data as part of a larger business continuity plan. Backup is just backup. Some organizations still rely on purpose-built backup systems, but they are quickly falling out of favor because they’re insufficient for massive recovery needs. Also, they can’t fulfill the requirement for faster Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) to keep pace with the business. They do little but create stress and deliver substandard results. Backup is foundational, but actual data recovery is what can make the difference between going to work on Monday or looking for your next job. Without thoughtful, well-designed, and efficient recovery, it’s like putting your life savings in a safe and then misplacing the combination.
You should evaluate DR plans using two essential metrics:
- RPO (Recovery Point Objective) measures data loss
- RTO (Recovery Time Objective) measures the recovery period
Read Chapter 2, and find out whether your backup plan passes the “sniff test.” See whether your current DR solution achieves the right levels of validation and orchestration. Or better yet, read the whole guide and become a master. You can download it for free.