Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Keep your business operating after a disaster
Disaster recovery refers to the process of getting the technology that supports your business back up and running after a disaster. It should be an important element of any business continuity plan. Managed disaster recovery incorporates a disaster recovery plan that has been designed, implemented and tested by a third-party specialist provider.
How does Managed Disaster Recovery work?
Our managed disaster recovery solution is designed to offer clients a tested plan that will restore access to their IT systems and critical business applications, in a timely manner, in the event of a disaster / crisis affecting access to the IT infrastructure.
Our specialists will work with you to establish the requirements for the disaster recovery plan. A disaster recovery gap analysis is the ideal starting point for this. It will identify the critical business applications, the technologies that are currently in use and the potential threats that the business is at risk from. Having identified the gaps we will recommend how these can be eliminated, such as with the adoption of a specific technology.
The information gathered during this stage will aid the design and the implementation of a suitable disaster recovery plan. From a preventative aspect, the plan will outline steps to be taken to reduce the possibility that identified risks will occur. From a reactive aspect, the plan will set out the steps to be taken in the event of a disaster / crisis. It will establish the applications that are critical to the business and their Recovery Time and Recover Point Objectives, testing procedures, and the key personnel.
The first test of the disaster recovery plan will validate that the plan will allow the business to actually recover data, restore access to business critical applications and continue operations after an interruption of services. Issues identified during testing will be recorded and rectified. On an ongoing basis, testing will focus on the recovery of data and critical business applications. This will ensure that the plan is kept up to date and that newly deployed business applications are incorporated into the plan, if they are deemed to be business critical.
Why might clients need Managed Disaster Recovery?
For most businesses, the IT infrastructure is a critical component of keeping the business running. To minimise the effects of a break in service, it is vital to have a disaster recovery plan in place.
Our managed disaster recovery solution offers an effective disaster recovery plan to businesses without the need to invest in and manage their own off-site disaster recovery environment. Our service is especially beneficial to any business that does not have the necessary expertise to provision, configure and test an effective disaster recovery plan in-house.
A disaster recovery gap analysis is an assessment of how prepared a business is to deal with a disaster or crisis.
How does our Disaster Recovery Gap Analysis service work?
The IT Force disaster recovery gap analysis assesses and evaluates how ready a business is to deal with a disaster or crisis that affects access to the IT infrastructure.
Our specialists use a structured methodology to assess how prepared your business is to recover in the event of a disaster or crisis. They will undertake detailed interviews with key staff, and they will examine the organisational structure, the business location, the priorities placed on different business applications and the work streams. For a business with a business continuity plan in place, the analysis will identify potential problem areas with the plan such as an out of date definition of the critical business applications, the technology in use and staff awareness.
The gap analysis report will include recommendations for the business to implement in order to close any existing gaps.
Why might clients need Disaster Recovery Gap Analysis?
As dependence on IT systems continues to grow, businesses need to have an IT system that is available 24 or 7. Our disaster recovery gap analysis helps clients to understand how prepared they are to recover in the event of a disaster or crisis. For a company that does not have a formal disaster recovery plan in place, it is an ideal starting point. For a company that does have a disaster recovery plan in place, it delivers a professional analysis of the plan from an independent third party expert.
Workplace recovery for business continuity provides you with an office suite to work from when your own office is inaccessible.
How does the Workplace Recovery for Business Continuity service work?
In the event of a disaster or crisis making your own business premises unusable or inaccessible, we can relocate your key office staff to a dedicated premises in a central Dublin city centre location.
The secure office suite is fully equipped and furnished with fax and analog lines, a DDI phone system and high speed internet connections (wireless and Fibre with failover). It offers secure computing facilities and access to a conference room. It is located close to all main public transport services.
As part of this service, we will assist with the recovery of your systems, software, data and telecoms. In addition to the 5 seats that are available in our secure office suite, we can also incorporate a number of mobile staff into the plan. Such staff would, for the duration of the crisis, work from a pre-planned location e.g. a home office.
The workplace recovery for business continuity service offered by IT Force incorporates testing to ensure that it will continue to meet the changing needs and priorities of the business.
Initial testing of this element of the business continuity plan will validate that the plan will allow the business to actually recover data, restore business critical applications and continue operations after an interruption of services.
Twice a year, we will run a disaster recovery test that focuses on the recovery of data and applications. This will ensure that the plan is kept up to date and that newly deployed business applications are incorporated into the plan, if they are deemed to be business critical.
Why might clients need Workplace Recovery for Business Continuity?
Businesses need to develop an effective disaster recovery and business continuity contingency plan to minimise the impact of a disaster or crisis. An alternative workplace for your key staff should form an important part of this.
Cloud Computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. SaaS (Software as a Service) applications are designed for end-users, delivered over the web offering an access anywhere approach.
How does the IT Force Managed Colocation service work?
While colocation removes the hassle of housing servers and saves you money on infrastructure, our managed colocation service provides many more benefits.
Our specialist engineers will look after the entire lifecycle of your servers, from specification and procurement, to set-up and implementation in our datacentre. We will then monitor and manage your equipment around the clock, giving you and your IT team the freedom to focus on your core business activities.
In the event that a disaster or crisis affects your business systems, we can quickly restore your systems and business critical applications to your servers hosted in our data center.
Why do clients need Managed Colocation?
Managed colocation gives you access to the benefits of a data center without the capital expenditures that are associated with building and maintaining an offsite computing facility. Our managed colocation service is especially beneficial to any business that does not have the necessary expertise to specify, build and manage an offsite data center.