Planning for Disaster
To begin formulating a disaster recovery plan, we rank the key business areas to further define the RTO and RPO figures and a risk assessment. Part of the risk assessment process is to review the types of potentially disruptive events that can affect the normal running of the organization.
Disasters can be caused by many different events. These disastrous events can be environmental, when infrastructure or systems fail, deliberate acts of sabotage/terrorism, utility and service outages and not limited to, but including, acts of cybercrime.
GCA Technology Services has professionals on staff that will assist with disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) planning. Our consultants have experience in educating and assisting their customers with all aspects of DR/BC planning, implementation and ongoing support. Systems impact and risk assessments, alternate facility and recovery strategy recommendations, hardware and software technology evaluation, and training are our key areas of expertise.
The key to a successful disaster recovery plan is the leveraging of key hardware and software technologies. GCA Technology Services has partnered with industry-leading technology partners to provide products to enable these advanced capabilities.
Unfortunately, one can never predict when catastrophic events will occur. All we can do is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. In recent years, entire companies have vanished due to cataclysmic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, flooding and terrorist attacks. Corporate data can also be lost due to weak network security, and hackers can cause just as much damage as environmental disasters. However, under catastrophic conditions, circumstances are different. The physical office building may not exist for you to conduct your business. Access to servers and corporate networks may not be available for several days or weeks. This is where disaster recovery and business continuity services differ from merely restoring data from tape to working servers.
Make disaster recovery plans an integrated part of your business. GCA Technology Services has a wide range of services that can accommodate your RTO/RPO objectives and lower the cost of the labor-intensive processes of developing a disaster recovery plan, while ensuring security-enhanced backup, retrieval and archive capability.