4 Tips for Developing an Effective Data Disaster Plan

Companies deal with massive amounts of data in this day in age which has resulted in them facing many difficult challenges. Various types of data disasters are not among these challenges, yet the difficulties associated with developing a strong plan for handle them are. A effective data disaster plan needs to be able to simultaneously recover an increasing amount of data from an increasing​ amount of applications, and do so in alignment with service level agreements that meet the needs of a specific business.

There is often confusion in regards to what data really needs to be recovered, what data needs to be recovered immediately, and what data can be recovered at a later date. Many companies still rely on outdated data backup and protection solutions that make it difficult to backup all necessary data, or recover it in the time and manner the company needs.

RedWave Technology Group, LLC has provided the following tips that will help companies structure effective data disaster plans that enable companies to quickly and affordably recover the data they need in the event of a data disaster.

Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail

Companies who do not plan ahead for data disasters will have a more difficult time getting operations back in order. By laying out definite data recovery service levels that meet the company’s business needs, you streamline the recovery process while also avoiding overspending on unnecessary data backup and protection solutions.

Plan for Different Types of Data Disasters

Companies are typically familiar with the damage data disasters can cause, yet often do not consider all the different types of data disasters that could significantly affect their business operations. Natural disasters and human error can damage a companies’ data just as much as software issues, hardware failures, or ransomware such as the recent ‘WannaCry‘ virus. In order for companies to be fully ready to recover from any data disaster, they must develop a plan for all realistic potential disasters.

The first step is to determine how much impact various data disasters would have on the company. Afterwards, companies would need to evaluate how soon you need the data to be recovered in various data disaster situations. By knowing the recovery times needed, you can ensure the plan is designed keep operations running along with keeping everyone in the company calm and on schedule if a data disaster does occur.

Prepare to Handle Disasters on All Infrastructures

Companies are increasingly using cloud computing. Therefore, they need to prepare to handle data disasters that impact not just their on-site network, but their cloud network also. If an emergency does arise, it is important for companies to be able to recover the data they need in the time they need, on whatever network/infrastructure it resides.

Update your data disaster plans

Updating your data disaster plans is often overlooked, but it is vital to avoiding data disasters. Organizations often use technology that is 5, 10, or even 15 years old. With technology constantly changing and evolving to digital business needs, it is essential for companies to have up-to-date data disaster plans.

With application, data, technology, and business needs constantly changing, a data disaster plan that was working three months ago could be completely obsolete now. Now only could the plan not be protecting data it needs to be, but the new technology that’s available will probably protect the data even better, reduce the risk of a data disaster, and accelerate the data recovery time.


RedWave Technology Group, LLC offers multiple, state-of-the-art utilities to ensure that your data is safe and secure, no matter what. By utilizing today’s most advanced encryption and multiple cloud locations throughout the United States, you can get your business back to doing what it does best. Let RedWave’s Data Backup Services handle your date needs.