Why You Should Have a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Dedicated Servers  

August 2019

For 98% of organizations, a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. Every minute your dedicated server is down is another minute during which your business can’t operate. Do you have a plan in place?

A disaster recovery plan can help you mitigate your damages faster and more effectively, putting contingency plans in place for even the most substantial of disasters. Here’s what you need to know.

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

What happens if there’s an earthquake in your server farm? All of your servers could go down at once. It’s the same situation with a fire, flood, or other natural disaster. When it comes to servers, having all of your eggs in a single basket can easily lead to complete, widespread system disruption. What can you do to protect yourself?

A disaster recovery plan outlines everything that should be done in the event that your data is lost, damaged, or otherwise inaccessible. When a disaster occurs, a data recovery plan is used as a guideline to determine who is responsible for resolving the situation and which steps they should take. Through a disaster recovery plan, employees are mobilized to act, and are able to mitigate any threats to your dedicated server and its data far more quickly.

Keeping Your Servers Co-located for Better Disaster Recovery

Having multiple servers in different locations is the way to avoid a complete system disruption. Your servers can “failover” to another server in the event of an incident. Backups can be kept in a location separate from your dedicated server so that your data can quickly be redeployed. Redundancy is essential: the more redundant your data is, the safer it is.

Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan

While keeping your server data separate is a start, what an organization really needs is a complete disaster recovery plan. A disaster recovery plan includes:

  • Responsible Individuals – These are people empowered to act when a disaster starts. These individuals will recognize a disaster and will take immediate action to mitigate any damage, recover any data, and investigate the disaster further.
  • Data Backup Processes – An organization should have set data backup procedures, including a system of checks-and-balances to make sure these backups are done regularly and that they are complete and uncorrupted.
  • Data Restoration Processes – How will data be restored when it needs to be? The process of data restoration can be complex, especially if you are running multiple processes on the same server. Will the entire server be virtualized and then restored?
  • Notification and Visibility Processes – When a system is taken down, it’s often important to notify those impacted. This usually includes customers, vendors, partners, and internal staff. Customers and vendors may need to be provided with contact information if they have questions.

Large enterprises should have multiple disaster recovery plans to cover different scenarios, from fire to cyber security breach. The more complete a disaster recovery plan is, the safer an organization will be.

The costs of a disaster are often calculated by the minute. The faster you’re able to re-deploy your data and access your server, the less likely you are to experience a significant financial impact. A disaster recovery plan can help you protect your dedicated server – as can finding the right dedicated server hosting. If you’re looking for a complete hosting solution for your data or your data backups, contact the experts at Reliable Site today.