What is Disaster Recovery? How does it influence my company?

Disaster Recovery

The term Disaster Recovery or disaster recovery, refers to the process of recovering defined data and functionality after a system failure caused by natural or man-made disasters. East Emergency plan includes the action protocol and methodology to be used when one, some or all of the company's computer systems are suspended.

The main purpose of Disaster Recovery is restart critical corporate processes in the shortest possible time. In this way, the impact of the disaster is minimized, allowing the organization and its workers to continue operating relatively normally until the problem is resolved.

In their approach, two key metrics are often defined:

RTO (Recovery Time Objective): The maximum period of time that a company's operations can be stopped.

RPO (Recovery Point Goal) – The point before we are willing to return to restore data and business functionality.

The consequences of the interruption of a company's computer systems can vary depending on many factors, including the type of company and its activity. What can be said is that the constant in these cases is economic losses either due to the inactivity of the company for a certain period of time or because commercially important data could not be recovered. And in some cases, not having a disaster recovery plan can lead to the closure of the company. Given this reality, it is imperative to have a Disaster Recovery solution for your company.


1. Is Disaster Recovery the same as a backup?

Having a plan to back up or archive your data is not enough. Make sure your disaster recovery plan addresses the full recovery process, from backing up to restoring and cleaning. This is discussed in the related documents on data and disaster recovery.

That being said, the purpose of backup processes is to protect company data. Usually we talk about offline backup or online backup. That is, if you only have one copy system (Backup), in the event that your business suffers an incident that paralyzes or slows it down significantly (from a natural disaster, such as a storm with a flood, to a fortuitous fire, or a hack), you will only be guaranteed that your data has not been lost forever. Instead, if you have a disaster recovery planwhat you have is a ?Step by Step? to return to normality in the shortest possible time.


2. How does Disaster Recovery work?

The first step is to define and understand your business needs, define which data services are critical and which is its RPO and RTO expected. The plan includes strategies for minimize the consequences of the disaster so that the organization can continue to operate or quickly resume its main activities.

Interruptions can result in lost revenue, brand damage and dissatisfied customers. The longer the recovery, the greater the negative impact on the business. Therefore, a good recovery plan must allow a fast recovery from interruptionsregardless of the source of the interrupt. 

specialized exclusively in Google offers several products and services that can be used as building blocks of creating a safe and reliable DR plan, including Cloud DNS, Cloud Storage and Compute Engine. In addition, they have major partners, such as Veeam, Actifio, and Zerto, who offer disaster recovery capabilities. No matter what your DR needs are, Google Cloud has a selection robust, flexible and profitable of products and functions that you can use to create or improve the most suitable solution.


3. Advantages of having disaster recovery software

Google Cloud offers several features that are relevant to DR, including the following:

A global network. Google has one of the largest and most advanced computer networks in the world. Google's backbone uses advanced software-defined networking tools and edge caching services to deliver fast, consistent, and scalable performance.

Redundancy. Multiple points of presence (POP) around the world allow for high redundancy. Your data is automatically duplicated on storage devices in multiple locations.

Scalability. Google Cloud is designed to scale like other Google products (for example, the search engine and Gmail), even when you experience a large increase in traffic. Managed services such as App Engine, Compute Engine autoscalers, and Datastore offer autoscaling that allows your application to scale up or down as needed.

Security. Google's security model is built on more than 15 years of experience to keep customers protected when using Google apps like Gmail and Google Workspace. In addition, Google's site reliability engineering teams help ensure high availability and prevent abuse of platform resources.

Compliance. Google undergoes regular independent third-party audits to verify that Google Cloud complies with security, privacy, and compliance standards and best practices. Google Cloud complies with certifications such as ISO 27001, SOC 2/3, and PCI DSS 3.0.


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