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Save the Farm: Disaster Recovery for SharePoint

Presented by Jesse Roche and Joe Beyer on October 10th, 2013 at 11am EST

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Save the Farm: Disaster Recovery for SharePoint

Our latest webinar Save the Farm: Disaster Recovery for SharePoint is a short, yet in-depth look at how you can prepare and protect your data from incidents that can rattle or unravel your business. This very important "Fpwebinar" will help you identify a company strategy for continuing operations after disaster strikes.

Topics this webinar covers:

  • Defining Disaster Recovery
  • Identify Recovery Point Objective
  • Identify Recovery Time Objective
  • Cold, Warm and Hot Standbys
  • Discuss Hybrid Options

Disaster Recovery is an attack or incident that can’t be predicted, but can be prepared for. This webinar explains the statistics that all businesses are up against when they choose to operate outside of a business continuity plan. Only 35% of businesses tend to have a plan in place and 10% of all organizations are affected by a man-made disaster. Natural disasters can affect as much as 30% of small businesses. Of companies that suffer a major incident without a Disaster Recovery plan, 80% who lose data are likely to go out of business within a month. Quite shockingly, the survival rate for companies without a DRP is less than 10%.

What is Disaster Recovery for SharePoint? The process or procedure put in place to prepare for the continuation of your SharePoint infrastructure after a disaster.

A DRP centers on an RPO and a RTO. The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is how much data you can afford to lose. The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is how long after a disaster your system can be down.

There are three different standbys that your organization can have in place to allow business continuity after an incident.

Cold Standby: This is typically used for non-critical information and scheduled backups. It is the cheapest option that requires no additional hardware, software or licensing. It is a completely manual process that offers the slowest recovery time.

Warm Standby: This is typically used as a close mimic of the primary system. The standby environment has the potential of coming back up within 10 minutes of the disaster and requires no additional hardware, software or licensing. One drawback, however, is that it is still a manual process and there are periods where both servers don’t contain the same data.

Hot Standby: This backup system runs simultaneously with your primary system. There should be no data loss or interruption of service (making RPO and RTO essentially zero). It is the most expensive option and requires additional equipment and licensing.

There are hybrid cloud options available:

Hot Standby Hybrid Option: You can work with a Hot Disaster Recovery plan on-premises but place a production environment in the cloud. The cloud has higher uptime and typically better security.

Cold Standby Hybrid Option: You can take your own SQL backups and push them to the datacenter. It ends up only costing you nothing but the space on hard drives. Your takeaways from this webinar:

  • There is no cookie-cutter Disaster Recovery plan
  • Find the DR Plan that works best for your business
  • Three types of Disaster Recover strategies: Cold, Warm and Hot
  • Many different hybrid options are available

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