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Ensuring Business Continuity: Do You Have a Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan?

24 January 2024

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the importance of a robust disaster recovery plan cannot be overstated. Unexpected events such as natural disasters, cyberattacks, or hardware failures can jeopardise critical on-premise servers, potentially disrupting business operations. 

To mitigate these risks, organisations need a comprehensive disaster recovery solution that ensures data integrity, minimises downtime, and facilitates a seamless transition to the cloud. 

In this article, we’ll explore the integration of Acronis Cyber Protect and Microsoft Azure to create a powerful disaster recovery strategy, and how ICT Solutions can help give you and your business peace of mind.

Understanding the Need for Disaster Recovery

Disasters come in various forms, and their impact on business continuity can be severe. Whether it’s a hardware malfunction, a cyberattack, or a natural disaster, organisations need a plan in place to safeguard their data and maintain operational efficiency. This is where a well-thought-out disaster recovery plan plays a pivotal role.

The Power of Acronis Cyber Protect:

Acronis Cyber Protect is an all-in-one solution that combines backup, anti-malware, and security management to provide comprehensive data protection. Its advanced capabilities ensure the integrity and availability of critical data, making it an ideal choice for disaster recovery planning.

How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan:

  • Assessment and Risk Analysis:

Initially, your IT support needs to identify critical systems and data within the business. This is the time to assess potential risks and vulnerabilities within your existing setup, so that your support can be tailored perfectly for your needs. If you can also determine acceptable downtime and recovery point objectives, your disaster recovery plan can be completed within your individual businesses’ operating guidelines.

  • Backup Strategy with Acronis Cyber Protect:

With our preferred software, Acronis Cyber Protect, ICT Solutions can implement regular, automated backups of on-premise servers. We can leverage Acronis Cyber Protect’s image-based backup for complete system snapshot and store backups securely on-premise and in the cloud.

  • Integration with Microsoft Azure

ICT Solutions utilises Microsoft Azure as the off-site storage and recovery environment.

We establish a secure connection between Acronis Cyber Protect and Azure to create a seamless solution for UK businesses.

  • Replication and Failover

We set up replication jobs to Azure for real-time data synchronisation and implement failover procedures to seamlessly transition operations to the Azure environment.

  • Testing and Validation

To give our clients peace of mind, ICT Solutions regularly conduct disaster recovery simulations to ensure the effectiveness of the plan that we have implemented; in the Azure environment, we can validate data integrity and system functionality. 

Benefits of the Integrated Solution:

  • Reduced Downtime

With swift recovery and failover capabilities, you can minimise downtime during disasters – helping keep your business running.

  • Enhanced Security

Acronis Cyber Protect’s integrated security features safeguard data during backup and recovery processes, giving you enhanced security and peace of mind. 

  • Cost-Effective Scalability

With Azure’s flexible infrastructure, your business will be able to scale resources based on demand, optimising costs.

  • Centralised Management

Acronis Cyber Protect provides a centralised platform for managing backup, security, and recovery processes.

Choose ICT Solutions for Your Disaster Recovery Plan 

Implementing a disaster recovery plan with Acronis Cyber Protect and Microsoft Azure empowers organisations to proactively safeguard their critical data and ensure business continuity in the face of unforeseen events.

By combining cutting-edge backup solutions with the scalability and reliability of the cloud, ICT Solutions can help your business to confidently navigate the challenges of today’s dynamic digital landscape.

To speak to one of our experienced team, get in touch today and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can help your business to be as secure as possible.