Plan carefully for disasters

The most appropriate disaster recovery and business continuity plan depends on the business’s cost-versus-benefit strategy

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Plan carefully for disasters Yasser Zeineldin from e-Hosting DataFort says that hot sites can be used for operations prior to a disaster.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 6, 2013

The most appropriate disaster recovery and business continuity plan depends on the business’s cost-versus-benefit strategy, according to Yasser Zeineldin, CEO eHosting DataFort.

“Hot sites are more expensive than cold sites, since much of the equipment the company needs has already been purchased and thus the operational costs are higher. However, if the same organisation loses a substantial amount of revenue for each day they are inactive, then it might be worth the cost,” he said.

A hot site is a duplicate of the original site of the organisation, with full computer systems as well as near-complete backups of user data.

“Another advantage of a hot site is that it can be used for operations prior to a disaster happening. Perceptions of the acceptability of disruption might be modified by the cost of establishing and maintaining appropriate business or technical recovery solutions,” said Zeineldin.

There is a consensus across the industry that the best solution is one which avoids the ‘single point of failure element’, identified by Hussein Moghnieh, channel manager at IT management software specialist CA Technologies MENA, as a key consideration.

“The main aspect to take into consideration when looking for a DR/BC plan is to understand the needs and objectives that have to be met by it, and putting it down with clear bullet points and flowcharts before looking for a solution to meet those objectives,” he said.

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