Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery
Today, access to information is the key to survival. Interrupted access to data or data losses could financially impact an organisation, and in some cases, leave it no room to recover. This could mean loss of business, loss of customers and worst of all, going out of business. Helping you avoid these issues in your day-to-day working and ensuring smooth flow of business processes, Alethe Consulting provides the following business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery (DR) services:
BCP Consulting Services:
Business Continuity Planning ensures the continuity of business processes including services to customers when confronted with natural and manmade disasters. Planning ahead helps mitigate personal, operational, revenue, liability and most importantly, goodwill risk. With the growing importance of certifications like ISO 27001, BS 7799 and compliance with stringent regulatory norms like BASEL and SOX, Business Continuity Planning is no longer an option. It’s a necessity. Our approach to IT results in cost effective Business Continuance strategies. Following are the deliverables of the BCP consulting service:
Asset Identification & classification
It is very important for the organization to identify and value its assets. Not all the assets are critical to business operations. In the event of a disaster, the available resources should be directed towards ensuring the safety of assets that are most valuable.
Risk Analysis and Management
All the potential risks along with their impact on the business need to be analyzed. There must be a mitigation strategy that identifies the potential threats and puts appropriate controls in place to reduce the vulnerabilities. The organization needs to define the “acceptable risk” it is prepared to take.
Emergency Response Mechanism
There must be a plan and detailed procedures in place to respond in cases of emergencies. Responsibilities, resources and process must be defined in detail and communicated. Pre and Post disaster activities must be clearly identified and addressed.
Communication & Review
The business continuity plans have to be shared with all the stakeholders, including employees and partners, to be effective. There must also be periodic reviews to align the plans with changing business needs and objectives.
BCP and DR assessment services
Assessment services from Alethe help customers refresh or review their existing BCP and DRP measures for design, completeness and overall adequacy.
Data replication methodologies:
Following major replication technologies are considered to provide the data sync
- Storage to storage Replication
- Host Based Replication
- In System Replication (Time Finder cloning & Shadow Copy, volume copy)
The selection criteria of replication methodology based on the following requirement:
- Recovery Point Objective
- Recovery Time Objective
RTO (recovery time objective) is the time that elapses between the loss of access to data and the recovery of data access. The shorter the RTO, the better. RPO (recovery point objective) is the point in time when the data backup took place.
Alethe has expertise based on the business requirement & analysis of RPO & RTO, following storage solution will help in achieving based on the organisation requirement:
- One way Disaster Recovery site
- Two way DR Recovery Process
- Three way Disaster Recovery Process
Our consultants have expertise & experience on the following Data replication tools:
- Storage to storage Replication
- Continuous Access on HP EVA storage
- Veritas Volume Replicator
- Application enabled replication