The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in modern history. As a result, companies need to readapt their activity at a fast pace and in an unknown scenario. This is undoubtedly a situation in which a Disaster Recovery plan is more important than ever.
At Linke, we know the importance of critical data and workloads within a company. Over the past few months we have seen a growing need to safeguard these assets on secure and flexible cloud platforms, like AWS. Let's take a look at the importance of a well-rounded Disaster Recovery plan and the main aspects to take into account during the alarm situation.
Data and workloads, safer with Disaster Recovery
As we know, a Disaster Recovery plan is a backup specially designed to recover critical data related to the company's activity in disaster situations. Generally, when this type of plan was developed, it was thought of the possibility of keeping that fundamental information safe in case of a natural or human-caused cataclysm.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster which brought massive changes among all levels. We must consider that, from one day to the next, workers in companies have had to move from carrying out their tasks in offices to doing so in their own homes, with all the logistics that this entails. Furthermore, due to the absence of workforce, the maintenance of the equipment is not being able to be what it should be or it needs more time and safe and reliable virtual tools to achieve this.
A disaster recovery plan based on cloud computing is therefore essential. It must draw up a comprehensive roadmap covering all kinds of situations, including the one we are currently experiencing: remote working, mobile alternatives for data transfer, 24/7 connectivity from home, etc. This is the only way to offer effective cybersecurity solutions.
A well-rounded Disaster Recovery plan during Covid-19
The primary objective of this type of backup in the face of disasters is, on the one hand, to ensure that the company keeps its critical information safe for when it recovers its normal activity. On the other hand, it must also serve to allow your employees to perform basic tasks with relevant data during the crisis situation. In this case, during the time that the situation of confinement and the restrictions to labor mobility are prolonged.
Without doubt, the basic premise of this disaster recovery plan must be cloud-based. Many companies have not yet taken the step to move to this type of virtual storage system. But now is the time. It's the only way to ensure access and availability of those critical restoration copies at times like this. And in situations like this, mobile devices are more important than ever.
To realize the importance of this fact, we only have to imagine that the data center fails. If we have a disaster recovery plan in the cloud, we can automatically migrate and run processes from the cloud and from anywhere. However, this requires a permanent work of updating and, above all, of testing in different situations. Today it was a pandemic, but tomorrow it could be another type of contingency.
In short, a security backup using cloud computing tools in the event of a disaster is the best option for preserving the critical information our business needs to operate. Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus, this is more evident than ever.