Bracing for Impact: Navigating Disaster Recovery with Ballast Services

Shutterstock_1692095581Disaster does not discriminate based on geography or industry – it can strike any organization, at any time, in any form. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, Flooding, a successful ransomware attack, supply chain disruption, or extended power outage, businesses need to be prepared to ensure continuous operations even when disaster strikes. For example, Cybersecurity Ventures has modeled that a business fell victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021, up from every 14 seconds in 2019. The 2021 hurricane season alone caused an estimated $120 billion in storm damage, with businesses bearing a substantial portion of these costs. A business hit by a successful ransomware attack is sd under threat as a business in the middle of a hurricane, but the way a business responds to these threats is very different in both preparation and execution of Disaster Recover and Business Continuity. In this post, we explore how a resilient technology environment, along with robust disaster recovery (DR) processes, powered by an expert technology service partner like Ballast Services helps organizations mitigate disaster situations.

 Understanding the Risk: It's crucial to recognize that disruptions are a matter of 'when' not 'if'. According to a study by the Uptime Institute, almost one-third of all data centers experienced downtime in 2020, with an average recovery time of 130 minutes. Disasters can impact businesses in various ways, including:

  • Direct damage to physical assets and infrastructure.
  • Data breaches result in the loss of sensitive information.
  • Operational disruptions lead to productivity losses and decreased revenue.
  • Supply chain interruptions affect production and delivery systems and related processes.

Design and Implement a Resilient Infrastructure: Resilient businesses invest in robust infrastructure designs that can withstand, adapt to, and quickly recover from disruptions. Key elements include:

  • Redundancy: Duplicate critical systems or data to reduce the impact of a failure. Redundancy ensures operations continue even if one part of the system fails. Cloud-based or hybrid solutions deliver the best value in 2023 but can be complex to design and implement a reliable and cost-effective solution.
  • Fault Tolerance: Design systems to continue functioning even in the event of partial system failures. This includes both systems as well as data with separate backup and recovery strategies.
  • Scalability: Implement technology systems that can quickly scale up or down based on demand to handle sudden changes or traffic spikes using virtualization or container-based services as well as scalable connectivity designs.

Implementing Adaptable Disaster Recovery Processes: While robust infrastructure can resist disruptions, adaptable DR processes ensure quick recovery when disruptions occur. Key steps include:

  • Risk Assessment: Identify potential threats and evaluate their impact on operations.
  • Business Continuity Planning: Develop strategies and processes to continue operations during and after a disaster, using Risk Assessment data as the guide.
  • Regular Testing: Continually test both systems and the DR plan to ensure its effectiveness and make necessary adjustments based on the type of disaster.
  • Employee Training and Communications: Regularly train employees to effectively respond to, communicate during, and recover from disruptions.

Partnering with Ballast Services: A key component of an effective disaster management strategy is partnering with a reliable technology service provider like Ballast Services. Here's how they can help:

  • Expertise: Ballast Services provides the expert support needed to design, implement, and manage resilient systems and disaster recovery processes.
  • Secure Managed Services: They offer a range of managed services, including data backup, network security, and cloud services, helping businesses maintain operations during disruptions.
  • 24/7 Management Support: Their round-the-clock support ensures quick response and resolution of issues, reducing downtime and its impact on business operations.

A combination of robust infrastructure, adaptable DR processes, and the support of a technology service partner like Ballast Services can equip businesses with the resilience they need to survive and thrive amidst disruptions. Don't wait for the next disaster to strike – act now and protect your business with Ballast Services.

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