Creating a disaster recovery plan for your enterprise enables you to minimize damage and bounce back quickly. Here’s how no-code can help protect your applications.
Attacks on your enterprise’s IT infrastructure can come from anywhere. A hacker could be planning their next cybersecurity breach, or a natural disaster could strike your primary processing location and damage your servers. Internal human errors, such as misconfigured files or improper data transfer, could also threaten your organization.
For any kind of emergency, being prepared is the best way to protect your enterprise. Without a proper disaster recovery strategy in place, your IT infrastructure will suffer during disasters and you’ll lose money as well as customers. Let’s dive into how you can disaster-proof your application!
What is disaster recovery?
Disaster recovery, a subset of business continuity, refers to an organization’s ability to respond to and recover from any event that disrupts or stops business. Types of “disasters” include severe weather events like floods, earthquakes, or fires, as well as equipment failure, power outages, cyberattacks, and epidemics or pandemics like COVID-19. With disaster recovery protocols in place, you can regain the use of critical systems and applications as soon as possible following an adverse event.
A disaster recovery strategy consists of many different elements, including running business impact and risk assessment analyses, but knowing your company’s RPOs and RTOs are particularly important:
Recovery point objective (RPO): The amount of data that can be lost during a disaster before business is significantly harmed. RPO helps you understand how often you need to back up data, which influences the development of your backup strategy.
Recovery time objective (RTO): The length of time an application can be down before business is significantly harmed. RTO signifies how much time you can lose during disaster recovery, as well as the effect that loss has on your productivity.
By targeting your RPOs and RTOs in your disaster recovery plan, you’ll be able to recover backups of critical data and save time, energy, and resources. Both RTOs and RPOs anticipate the worst-case scenario, so even the most critical emergencies won’t force you to fall behind.
The importance of having a disaster recovery plan
Thanks to widespread cloud adoption, increased reliance on digital tools, the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, and the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape, implementing disaster recovery is more important than ever. Disaster recovery protocols help your company quickly bounce back from an unexpected event, mitigate damage, and increase uptime. Even the disaster recovery planning stage is beneficial, helping you prioritize business-critical functions and anticipate threats you might not have considered before. These actions all help you provide consistent service to your users.
One minute of downtime costs an average of $5,600 according to Gartner, yet the hourly costs are much higher. The study also shows 33% of companies reported a single hour of downtime can cost anywhere between $1-5 million.
A brief service outage might sound like a small inconvenience, but the financial costs can quickly add up. The Uptime Institute’s Annual Outage Analysis for 2021 reports 40% of all outages and service interruptions cost between $100,000 and $1 million, while 17% of outages cost more than $1 million. One minute of downtime costs an average of $5,600 according to Gartner, yet the hourly costs are much higher. The study also shows 33% of companies reported a single hour of downtime can cost anywhere between $1-5 million. Along with these very real financial costs, improper disaster recovery—particularly poor uptime and the loss of sensitive data due to an outage—usually results in the loss of customers.
These statistics would be of concern to any enterprise with an IT infrastructure, but there’s an additional layer for enterprises that rely on SaaS. When you relinquish control of your software’s backend infrastructure operations, it’s up to your partner to ensure the consistent availability and performance of your business-critical operations. In this sense, their disaster preparedness is your disaster preparedness.
Regardless of infrastructure type, any modern digital business must consider disaster recovery from the beginning of their application development journey. This will enable you and your teams to have strategies in place from the start so you can ensure high availability and redundancy, even as your application grows and your potential disasters change. Unqork’s no-code platform can help.
Stay up and running with no-code software
Unqork’s “always-on” monitoring processes and technologies allow you to have peace of mind when it comes to disaster protection. When you build on our platform, you can trust that your customers and employees will have reliable access to your Unqork services from wherever they are and whenever they need them. Disaster recovery plans on Unqork are based on RPOs and RTOs, where RTOs are four hours for each client while RPOs are a singular day. This results in best-class service when dealing with disasters.
Along with providing reliability and availability, Unqork’s disaster recovery plans are designed for automatic data and configuration backup. Backups on Unqork are highly customized and separately managed to meet your organization's unique requirements. We offer recurring backups, additional storage policies, and retention periods ranging from 24 hours to multiple years. Unqork also leverages failure detection capabilities within each tier of your application and contains failures automatically with redundant data backups to allow for single instances to fail without negatively impacting the entire application.
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No-code software solutions from Unqork operate at near-100% service availability levels, and that’s just the start—we have a demonstrated history of repeatedly meeting and exceeding these levels. Our platform can deploy SaaS solutions in a load-balanced and highly available environment, equipping them with data resilience for multiple service recovery points. This lets you restore a SaaS service to a previous state, which is crucial for disaster recovery.
All recovery plans on Unqork are regularly tested and up to date with your business. This ensures you and your team take the best possible approach when dealing with all kinds of disasters. With Unqork’s no-code capabilities on your side, you can stay prepared no matter where your business takes you!