Planning Done Right
From our experience of delivering IT disaster recovery strategies in Colchester, we know that there’s no such thing as a standard recovery plan. Sure, there are similarities but for a plan to really work, it must be bespoke to your organisation.
Colchester Cloud Disaster Recovery
Our IT infrastructure and recovery solutions are based on this reality.
We always start by safely testing your existing data recovery solutions to discover if they work. From there, our specialist IT disaster recovery team in Colchester will assist you with implementing a data recovery solution that will restore your workloads and critical data in the event of an outage.
Typically, our solutions involve a combination of:
Agile OBS+ Online Backup
A fast, affordable, high-performing online Colchester IT disaster recovery solution.
Agile Virtual Disaster Recovery Simulation Pro
Where we test how long it would take to recover your system. For most clients, our Colchester team will run at least one of these per year.
Agile Private Cloud Server
We have our own data centre based in Colchester where you can essentially have your own private cloud.
Agile DRaaS Elite (Disaster Recovery as a Service)
We replicate and host physical or virtual servers to provide failover in the event of a business disaster or unexpected outage.
We recognise that like all technology solutions, IT disaster recovery management is an ongoing process. For many of our clients, we routinely stress-test their plan and run full cloud recovery simulations.
Here’s what one of our local clients, Richard Edwards Group, has to say about our IT disaster recovery service in Colchester:
“The IT solutions they have created for us range from disaster recovery to threat management and the team are always on hand to help when we have any issues. I would recommend Agile to any business who has an upcoming IT Project or requires IT Support.” David, Richard Edwards Group
Your IT Disaster Recovery Service Experts in Colchester
When you need to talk to someone, you want someone who knows and cares about your business. We understand that. Our directors and IT engineers are approachable, jargon-free and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience.
Best of all, as IT disaster recovery specialists, we’re proactive and quick to respond; we’re only up the A12 and have many clients in the Colchester area. So, if you’re a local business interested in our business continuity services, please contact our team today.
Business Continuity FAQs
What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?
An IT Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) is the term used to describe the plan for returning business operations to normal after a disaster. If daily business operations have been interrupted, your IT Disaster Recovery Colchester Plan will transition your continuity measures back to normal processes.
However, just 30% of businesses have an official Disaster Recovery Plan. One of the primary reasons for this is that too many assumptions are made. Many people confuse having a backup strategy with having a DRP. Sadly, this confusion contributes to 70% of small businesses ceasing within a year of a major data breach.
Do you know how long it would take your existing backup solution to restore all your data? How long could your business survive? These are answers you would confidently know if you had a Colchester IT Disaster Recovery solutions plan.
It’s much easier to consider the risks if you think of backup as a copy of your data and the Disaster Recovery Plan as the insurance that enables its recovery. At a minimum, your DRP should provide detailed answers to the following questions:
- Who should be involved in the planning?
- How will your business recover from infrastructure failure or data loss?
- Who will be responsible for recovery tasks?
- How frequently should we stress-test our DRP?
- Who will run the stress-tests?
An effective DRP is seldom handled purely in-house since it is a very specialist area of IT. That’s why partnering with specialist consultants like ourselves will give you absolute peace of mind.
What is a Business Continuity Strategy?
A Colchester Business Continuity Strategy must consider all possible eventualities that pose a risk to your business. Nobody saw the COVID-19 pandemic happening, but those who already had a business continuity strategy found the pivot to remote working easier.
Large global incidents aside, though, you need to ask yourself a series of questions when preparing a business continuity strategy. The list of scenarios could be anything from a flood through to your reliance on third-party suppliers and cyber-attacks.
It’s important to create a plan that is bespoke to your business. Here are some common things every business continuity strategy should plan for:
- Temporary change of premises
- Remote working for home (and now hybrid working)
- Data backups
- Reallocation of roles to staff
- Use of third-party contractors or suppliers as a fallback
- Ability to safeguard and restore personal data (to meet GDPR)
What is the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?
It is easy to get business IT business continuity and Colchester IT disaster recovery solutions confused. For a start, they go hand-in-hand. Companies use both to prepare for a wide range of natural and human-made disasters.
However, they are not the same thing, and it’s very important not to confuse them.
It’s easier to think of an IT business continuity plan as a temporary solution to keep your business running and an IT disaster recovery Colchester solution as a way of returning everything to normal after the event.
How do Disaster Recovery plans work?
The purpose of a Colchester IT Disaster Recovery solution is to resolve the disruption. At a simple level, it involves identifying the cause of the business-critical problem and finding a way to return business operations to normal. It can, however, involve very complex technical solutions against a tight deadline. After all, every minute of downtime is a cost to a business.
A Colchester IT Disaster Recovery Plan will often include Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) – these are time estimates to restore a product, service, or function to normal working order following an incident.
Take a fire, for example. A business should prepare for its servers being damaged (possibly beyond repair) and that its systems will need to be restored from a recent backup. The RTO details how long it would take to restore everything to enable people to work.
To restore a business to normal after an incident, many companies are now turning to DRaaS – a Colchester cloud disaster recovery service. The acronym stands for Disaster Recovery as a Service. Essentially, it’s a category of Cloud computing that protects applications and data from a disaster or service disruption at one location by enabling a full recovery in the cloud. This means that your business can operate virtually, in a secure cloud location while your primary systems are restored.
At Agile Technical Solutions, we have our own DRaaS replication service. This involves replicating either your physical or virtual servers into our local data centre in Colchester, Essex. It’s a fraction of the cost of traditional IT disaster recovery solutions and DR systems.
How does a Disaster Recovery Plan help your business?
There are many benefits to having a Colchester IT Disaster Recovery Plan. In the event of a business-critical incident, you can expect to realise the following from having an effective IT disaster recovery strategy:
- Massively reduce your restoration time (the time it takes for you to operate as normal again)
- Limit financial fallout. Faster recovery and restoration time mean less business lost.
- Minimise disruption to business-critical processes. Your IT disaster recovery strategy should identify the most important business-critical functions and look to restore these as a priority.
- Limit reputational damage. How a business deals with an incident reflects on its brand. The sooner you can recover, the better you will be perceived by customers.
- Ongoing Disaster Recovery (DR) suitable to your business, provided you regularly stress-test your disaster recovery solution (ideally at least yearly).